Gossip Girl

Season 2 Episode 12

It's A Wonderful Lie

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Dec 01, 2008 on The CW



  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • Blair: So where's my prince un-charming?
      Chuck: Sandbox rules: I'll show you mine if you show me yours.

    • Aaron: Lexi likes to sleep with guys on the first date. She claims it's a political statement against a male-dominated sexual hypocrasy... or something.
      Serena: Can't she just vote?

    • Blair: Andy Clark.
      Chuck: Outscored your verbal on the SAT.
      Blair: I like an intelligent man; he can whisper mellifluous nothings in my ear.
      Chuck: You only think you like an intelligent man. The moment he gave you a history of the word mellifluous, you'd rip out his sweetly flowing tongue.

    • Blair: And Elizabeth Philips is somewhere between mormon and moron! How did you come up with these??
      Dorota: Facebook. I joined a few groups.

    • Chuck: Dance with me.
      Blair: What's the point, Chuck? We're never gonna be them. You said so, remember? It's not for us.
      Chuck: Maybe, but I wouldn't change us, not if it meant losing what we have.
      Blair: Well, what do we have, Chuck? You tell me.
      Chuck: Tonight. So shut up, and dance with me.

    • Blair: If you actually like your date, I'll get your limo for a month.
      Chuck:Fine. And if you like yours, I get Dorota.
      Blair:What? Dorota!
      Dorota:Yes, Ms. Blair?

    • Dan: You know, when you rent a tux in Brooklyn, they throw in the shoes.

    • Gossip Girl: Poor Vanessa. Even Cinderella was given the courtesy of a stealth getaway. Then again, what's a trio of ugly step-sisters compared to Jenny Humphrey?

    • Vanessa (talking to Nate about the transparent dress): It's easy for you to say because you didn't just pull a Janet Jackson at the Snowflake Ball.

    • Blair (talking about Justine): But she's me, only less.

    • Blair (to Chuck): We both know that I'm your one and only and a Canal Street knock-off seemed the best option.

    • Lexi: Do you have any cope louac back there?
      Dan: Cope what?
      Lexi: It's a coffee made from berries that have been passed by the asian palm civet. It's a cat.
      Dan: Oh.
      Lexi: I had it in Indonesia. It's delicious.
      Dan: Well our cat lives with our grandmother in Florida. My sister has allergies.
      Lexi: It's a shame.
      Dan: Yeah. We do, however, have this bag here of nondescript beans whose berries have been passed through a massive corporate infrastructure.

    • Jenny: Penelope, what are you doing here?
      Penelope: Snowflake Ball. I want to commission a dress. Your fashion show was impressive.
      Jenny: Thanks. But the Snowflake Ball is tomorrow and I kinda hate you, so-
      Penelope: I know but this is about fashion, not friendship, J.

    • Gossip Girl: Winter in New York. A Gossip Girl check list to surviving the cold. Cashmere stole for ice skating at Walman rink, Jacques Torres hot chocolate for window shopping the holiday displays and the perfect date to the Senior Snowflake Charity Ball.

    • Serena: There's something I love about the Snowflake Ball. It reminds me of Anna Karenina, only by Anna Wintour.

    • Lily: I never thought my life would turn out like this. I've always tried to do the right thing!
      Rufus: It's all you can do. Just smile and fake it.

    • Blair: This has to be Chuck's dream girl, intelligent, but not a bookworm; strong will, but still feminine; an equal. And he likes brunettes, deep brown eyes.
      Dorota: But Miss Blair, that's you.
      Blair: NO! That's girl is out there and you better hope for your sake that I find her.
      Dorota: Please, I don't want to shine Mr. Chuck's shoes for a month.

    • Chuck: (to Dorota) By the way, I'm taking my breakfast in bed.

    • Blair: (to Dorota) What are you staring at? Go polish something.

    • Serena: I just thought sex was meaningful to.. That's all.
      Dan: Oh, it is and especially when I haven't had it in a long time.
      Serena: Right.. OK then.. Have fun!
      Dan: Oh, Serena. I was kidding.

    • Penelope: Oh, hello weird documentary girl.
      Vanessa: Bye sad Blair wannabe.

    • Blair: What do we have, Chuck?
      Chuck: Tonight.

  • Notes

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Báječná lež (Wonderful Lie)

    • Original International Airdates:
      Latin America: February 25, 2009 on Warner Channel
      Norway: March 25, 2009 on TVNorge
      Philippines: April 21, 2009 on ETC
      Greece: May 2, 2009 on Star TV
      Denmark: August 9, 2009 on Kanal 4
      Turkey: November 24, 2009 on CNBC-e
      Poland: December 13, 2009 on TVN7
      Czech Republic: March 20, 2010 on Prima COOL
      Australia: March 24, 2010 on GO!
      Slovakia: May 30, 2010 on Doma

    • Music in the episode:

      "Lady Jesus" by The Asteroids Galaxy Tour
      "Sexual Riot" by The Metros
      "Steady" by Alain Whyte
      "The Sun Ain't Shining No More" by The Asteroids Galaxy Tour
      "Breakdown" by Deerheart
      "Saturday Morning (After The Funeral)" by Afternoons
      "Hero" by The Asteroids Galaxy Tour

  • Allusions

    • There are several references to Cinderella at the ball. Cinderella is a classic fairy tale.


    • Title: It's a Wonderful Lie

      It's a Wonderful Life is a 1946 movie directed by Frank Capra and starring James Stewart and Donna Reed.

    • At one point during the episode, Lily calls Bart and speaks with his secretary, whom she names "Mrs. Landingham". This is most likely a reference to President Bartlett's tough, amicable secretary Mrs. Landingham on The West Wing.

    • Serena: How long is the Enforcer going to be with us?

      The Enforcer (1976) refers to the third 'Dirty Harry' film starring Clint Eastwood as a tough cop who must foil a terrorist organization.

    • Vanessa : "You didn't just pull a Janet Jackson at the snow flake ball"

      Refers to Janet Jackson's involuntary public nudity scene during the halftime of the superbowl 38 (2004)

    • Blair: But in the meantime Dan is going to be taken a ride in the Lexi-coaster.

      Lexi-coaster is combined by the roller coaster, which is a popular amusement ride in the amusement parks, and Lexi, who is Aaron's ex.

    • Dan: And actually Norman Mailer used to live in that tan house right there. You can't imagine how much times I thought about knocking on his door.

      Norman Mailer is the Brooklyn-born and Brooklyn-bred writer. He was he the icon of American culture and literature since the 1960s. Innovator of the non-fiction novel, a towering figure in American literature for nearly 60 years. Norman Mailer developed a form of journalism that combined actual events, autobiography, and political commentary with the richness of the novel.

    • Serena: There's something I love about the Snowflake Ball. It reminds me of Anna Karenina, only by Anna Wintour.

      "Anna Karenina" (Анна Каренина) is famous novel by the Russian writer Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy (Лев Николаевич Толстой). The novel is about the life of the highest circles of 19th century Russian society.

      Anna Wintour is the editor-in-chief of American Vogue. Anna Wintour, through the years, has become a huge fashion icon and one of the most powerful people in fashion, setting trends and anointing new designers. The Guardian has even called her the "unofficial mayoress" of New York City.

    • Vanessa: Did you accidentally poor Red Bull on your cereal this morning?

      Red Bull is one of the world's most famous energy drink. This energy drink vitalizes body and mind.

    • Blair: How you come up with these?!
      Dorota: Facebook! I joined few groups.

      Facebook is one of many social networking websites, where people find old friends and make new ones. Facebook's users can create their profiles, exchange private or public messages and join groups.

    • It's a little When Harry Met Crazy.

      This is an allusion to the movie When Harry Met Sally.