Gossip Girl

Season 2 Episode 12

It's A Wonderful Lie

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Dec 01, 2008 on The CW
out of 10
User Rating
307 votes

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Episode Summary

Chuck and Blair make a bet to choose the perfect date for each other for the annual Snowflake Ball. Lexi has her sights set on Dan leaving Serena confused with her feelings. Nate and Vanessa are forced to be together leaving their emotions and friendship in danger of being burnt.moreless

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  • It could have been better.

    This episode was a total bore for me. It is what you would call a filler episode. The whole Dan, and Serena subplot was horrible. That storyline was finally killed in this episode. I didn't like the bit about Jenny, Vanessa, and the mean girls. Anything to do Vanessa is boring really. Rufus and Lily were very predictable in this episode. When Lily calls Bart to tell him not to come to the dance made me cringe. The one upside to this episode was, of course, Chuck and Blair. Anything they do is entertaining. When it turned out the people they picked for each are exactly like themselves I laughed. Their love for each other is obvious to everyone. A good episode, but it could have been better.moreless
  • 212

    I really couldn't believe what I was watching as I saw this dreadful episode. We all knew Gossip Girl was going downhill this season but this was just intolerable. All the story lines were so incredibly stupid and annoying.

    Everyone thought the Jenny scenes would have done and over but nope, they're still intact. The whole Nate/Jenny/Vanessa thing has never interested me and the fact that this was what the episode was all about really bothered me. Rufus & Lilly scenes continue to bore me week after week.

    Dan & Serena have problems regarding their current love interests. This has so been done before, and nothing really changed by the end. You'd think that the Blair & Chuck scenes would be a highlight but the whole "bet" was contrived and not believable. Just a disappointing installment.moreless
  • Wow what an episode.

    This Gossip girl episode was indeed pivotal to future life on the upper east side and not to mention the ramification to those in brooklyn. Quite possible the worse secret ever was Bart is the one to die, however they left lots of room for speculation as it is quite literally just Lily saying Bart's been in an accident. The question that come to me and probably any fan is what kind of accident, what does this mean for Lily and Rufus (who confessed his regret for letting her marry him), what does this mean for th Bass empire and most specifically Chuck. It should be an interesting new year. I know I'll be watching. "xoxo"moreless
  • Read my review before agreeing or disagreeing.

    I know shows like Gossip Girl get 9's or 10's on just about every episode and anything less, no matter how accurate, receives a plethora of thumbs down votes.

    This episode was acceptable to me, but the problem I have is that the show is reaching way too much this season. Vanessa would never fall into the traps of her Upper East Side stalwarts and Jenny, despite always being impressionable, would not stoop to something like this.

    The Rufus and Lily scenes just get more awkward week after week. It's clear that they do not know what to do with the two of them, but having them flip-flop their feelings toward each other is not the answer.

    The show has always required the viewer to suspend disbelief while watching, but now it has become almost impossible to believe the characters would behave this way.moreless
  • Sweet.

    I plan to devote this review to the developments in the Chuck & Blair area because all the others have tired me. I mean, Serena, Dan, get together already and stop dancing around the issue. That "we're friends" thing really annoys me; they'll never be able to be friends. Jenny and Vanessa, ok, here's an example of the kind of friendship between girls that I hate. They betray each other, they dig each other's grave and then they feel bad about it! Please.

    Now. In C&B. This was a very sweet episode for them. There was lack of the usual lusty kisses or near sex scenes, and I'm glad for that. It seemed like they said "I love you" with everything they did. The way Chuck was interested in Blair's date list, their bet, Blair describing Chuck's dream girl and ending up describing herself, the fact that she wore his necklace, the dates they had picked ("I'm your one and only", "My thinking exactly"), their dance. Yes. It was a good episode for C&B.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

  • QUOTES (22)

    • 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 (3)

    • 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 (10)

    • 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.