Gossip Girl

Season 2 Episode 2

Never Been Marcused

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Aired Monday 9:00 PM Sep 08, 2008 on The CW
8.0
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Spotted, Lord Marcus having a conversation with his mother?

The identity of Lord Marcus mother is revealed - which leaves our favorite Upper East Siders shocked. Nate and Serena get closer. Chuck and Lord Marcus begin an unexpected friendship and Blair makes a revelation.

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Not really up to season 1 standards

    7.0
    I have to say this season of GG so far is not so hot. OK, 2 episodes in that's a brave thing to say but the first few episodes are supposed to show the direction of the season, right? Well, I'm not really liking it.



    In season 1 I loved the presence of hostility between certain characters. Like, Blair and Serena, Blair and... Blair and... Blair and.... erm, you get the idea.



    I also loved the developing relationship of Serena and Dan, Dan and Serena, and Dan, and.....



    Also loved the somewhat cliche but still very entertaining "poor girl trying to fit into the rich world" storyline (little J). And, in general, the whole show just seemed very diverse. In season 2, we don't really have those elements. It's almost all about relationships now. Romantic ones.



    Without Chuck, this episode would've been in the low 5's for me, but he saved the episode with his evil little plan to get back with Blair.



    He's just the most entertaining character, along with Blair - hands down.



    The not so hot part: well, where do I start? I don't rally like Nate and his MILF love, it just feels forced. Dan and Serena.. urgh. I liked them in season 1 but after breaking up, I hoped they wouldn't get back together so soon. I feel a little cheated; why break up if 2 episodes later they are together all fine and dandy?



    Besides, I'm not feeling the chemistry anymore; I wonder why. Dan isn't all that cool this season, so far.



    As for Jenny, well, ok. Nothing. And that's about it really. An episode that focused on Blair & the "Lord" and Serena & Dan just a little too much. Chuck, the dialog and Kristen Bell's commentary on the other hand saved the day. 7/10moreless
  • 202

    6.5
    Why was this episode rated so highly? I have no idea, the only relevance this episode had was the entertainment factor but that's really about it. The Catherine/Lord thing is getting more and more ridiculous to a point you can't help but dismiss the story line.



    Gossip Girl has proved itself in it's first season, but so far, this season has been significantly weak overall, the heart is missing, and the story lines are contrived.



    I never thought I'd say this, but Leighton Meester was definitely the best thing about this episode with her snarky remarks and her comedic timing. Dan & Serena have already become annoying as early as the second episode. And Nate is the most uninteresting character on this show, seriously. Hopefully, it's better next week now that the summer is officially over.moreless
  • It may not be realistic, but it's still entertaining.

    8.5
    The one problem I had with this episode was that it seemed like to much of a coincidence that Katherine was Lord Marcus' mother. Although it was unrealistic that Nate and Blair would both start dating people from the same family, it was entertaining to watch. I loved the part where Nate found out and Serena tried to keep it covered up. The best part of this episode had to be the scheming on Chuck and Blair's part. It was funny how Chuck became friends with Lord Marcus just to find a way to ruin his relationship with Blair. I loved how Blair was able to find a way to outdue him in the end. I didn't love Serena and Dan in this episode, their storyline seemed a little pointless.moreless
  • Everyone plots. Everyone, except Dan, Serena, Jenny and Vanessa.

    9.0
    This episode was full of mysteries (for the characters, not us) and I found myself wondering almost every minute if a character will find out the big secret. And most of them did. Nate found out about Marcus and Katherine, Katherine found out about Blair, Blair found out about Nate and Katherine, Chuck found out... nothing, but schemed at least 2 plots. Nate found out about Chuck and Ann. Marcus didn't find out anything (except maybe a glimpse of Blair and Katherine) and didn't plot anything either. He seemed boring. But then again, he seems boring to me all the time. I really felt sorry for Vanessa, she deserves Nate and he should be with her. Jenny didn't appear much, but when she did, she was awesome. Shame Eric wasn't in this episode. Loved the scenes with Dan and Serena, clever and well written.

    Subjective opinion, but I hate Katherine. And Marcus. I don't like their storyline at all.

    Even though I agree with her: Blair's attempt to try was completely transparent, she can do more than that.

    Good episode, not quite as good as the season premiere, but good. Loved the ending with Blair and Chuck. It seemed almost as if she wanted him.moreless
  • What's happening?

    7.6
    Yes this is just the beginning but I find it hard to really enjoy Gossip Girl for the moment.



    The first episode was ok but the second one was seriously damaged. I get it, the point of the writers is to be sulfurous but it's really over the top. Come on, what's Serena doing with the strawberries? And what happends to her and Dan who can't help having sex. Their relationship was kind of special last year but now it's really getting stupid. What can I say about Nate who ends up sleeping with his "girlfriend" on the carpet?



    Fortunately Blair and Chuck are still so great. Even though I'm not a big fan of the lord story...



    And there is a big thing missing: Lily! I look forward to seeing her back. Her and Rufus are not done...moreless
Blake Lively

Blake Lively

Serena van der Woodsen

Leighton Meester

Leighton Meester

Blair Waldorf

Penn Badgley

Penn Badgley

Dan Humphrey

Chace Crawford

Chace Crawford

Nathaniel "Nate" Archibald

Ed Westwick

Ed Westwick

Charles "Chuck" Bass

Taylor Momsen

Taylor Momsen

Jenny Humphrey

Mädchen Amick

Mädchen Amick

Catherine

Guest Star

Patrick Heusinger

Patrick Heusinger

Marcus

Guest Star

Emily Dorsch

Emily Dorsch

Ingrid

Guest Star

Zuzanna Szadkowski

Zuzanna Szadkowski

Dorota

Recurring Role

Francie Swift

Francie Swift

Anne Archibald

Recurring Role

Margaret Colin

Margaret Colin

Eleanor Waldorf

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (4)

  • QUOTES (39)

    • Rufus: I'm freaking out. This place is amazing, people might actually come here.
      Vanessa: That was the idea.
      Rufus: I know but when i talked about converting our storage space into a cafe i was thinking of a folding table and a coffee maker.

    • Gossip Girl: As summer comes to an end, I'd like to share a few things I've learned about fun in the sun. Gossip Girl's guide to summer fun tip #1: Don't fall asleep on the job. The best hookups are free of morning breath and awkward conversation. The only thing better than making up... is waking up.

    • Serena: I'm just a little...
      Dan: Overwhelmed?
      Serena: Confused.

    • Serena: I just think that we should... think, before we get back together.
      Dan: I thought this meant we were back together.

    • Serena: (to Dan) Okay. I will see you back in the city. Fully clothed. With lots of people around. Okay?

    • Gossip Girl: Summer Tip #2. There is no "we" in summer. Only "u" and "me".

    • Blair: (to Marcus) Don't worry. I'm well versed in your lordly ways. And I'm ready to meet the queen... which I also just watched on DVD.

    • Blair: I have to get back to the city. Senior year awaits.
      Marcus: Let's see. Beautiful girl. Autumn in New York. I think I can find some way to entertain myself. My family will be happy I'm staying in one place for awhile.

    • Serena: And you really expect me to believe this isn't all about revenge on Chuck?
      Blair: Revenge is so 12 hours ago!

    • Blair: Just because Marcus is the perfect post-Bass palate cleanser doesn't mean he isn't a tasty dish of his own!

    • Serena: Blair Waldorf, a fling? You're not exactly low maintenance.

    • Blair: Squash? I'll squash YOU.
      Chuck: It's just a game, Blair.
      Blair: Not to me, Basshole. I like him!
      Chuck: So do I. And apparently he doesn't have too many friends.

    • Gossip Girl: Summer Tip #3. Take time to stop and smell the flowers. It's true that all good things must come to an end. August is no exception. They don't call it Fall for nothing.

    • Catherine: (leaving voicemail) Nate, it's Catherine. Last night... was not smart. In fact, it was very, very stupid. Which is why we're going to have to be much more clever when we get back to the city. Call me when you get this.

    • Gossip Girl: Cheers to that, Blair. Nothing says welcome home like a bottle of bubbly... or a scandal bubbling.

    • Nate: No offense, but don't you think you're a little outmatched?
      Chuck: At squash? I've been playing my father since 8th grade, how good can Marcus be?
      Nate: No, I mean as a guy. Blair wants to be a princess and your greatest achievement is owning PART of a burlesque club.
      Chuck: Which is why I have to get to know him. No one is that perfect. Once I get him outta the way, I'll have a clear shot with Blair.
      Nate: You know it's love when you start talking like an assassin.
      Chuck: I think you're jealous of my new best friend!

    • Rufus: Does this place actually serve coffee, or what?
      Vanessa: Yes, it does!

    • Marcus: No one's ever good enough. I've dated a lot of top-flight girls and she always sends them running. She gets inside their heads, figures out their worst fears and then...
      Chuck: Ruthlessly exploits that fear. Sounds rough.

    • Gossip Girl: Spotted, Chuck Bass putting his new BFF on speed dial. Is it the beginning of a beautiful bro-mance? Or the end of Blair's bid to be British?

    • Serena: Well, if you can't find common ground with a dictator, I don't know who can.
      Blair: Dan likes soccer, right? Or football, as Marcus calls it? Think it would be too weird if he came?
      Serena: Not... necessarily ...
      Blair: Good, you'll call him?
      Serena: Does this mean you actually think Dan has a redeeming quality?
      Blair: As long as knows his arse from his Arsenal, I think he's aces.

    • Serena: This could be a good opportunity for us to talk about things, I'm still kind of down about the breakup...
      Blair: What is there to talk about? You're finally free of Downer Dan and I've got my old Serena back!

    • Dan: I was just thinking about... this morning... on the bus...
      Serena: Yeah, we didn't exactly stick to the plan, did we?

    • Nate: They're obviously just trying to scare us to get me to rat out my Dad.
      Vanessa: You do know where he is, right?
      Nate: Yeah but... I couldn't. Not even after what he's done.
      Vanessa: Just had to put it out there... But I promise if worse comes to worse, my sister and I can give your mom pointers on how to do more with less.
      (Nate laughs)

    • Catherine: Charles Bass?
      Chuck: (pauses) I'm sorry, I wasn't expecting anyone so young... or so beautiful.
      Catherine: Just because I didn't give birth to Marcus doesn't mean I'm any less interested in his well-being.

    • Dan: (to Serena, about Blair/Marcus) So, she actually refers to him as The Lord?

    • Chuck: I thought you might like to meet my friend.
      Blair: Why, so she can warn me bout the effects of too much botox?
      Catherine: Blair, is it? I'm Duchess Beaton.
      Blair: (flabbergasted) Duchess? Nice to meet you.

    • Blair: Duchess? I'm so sorry, for what I said about the botox. Your work is flawless.

    • Blair: I know you're here with Chuck, and I can only imagine what he said about me. Limo sex, social torture, freshmen, blackmail. But I assure you, there's an explanation for all of it.
      Catherine: Save your breath, Blair. Chuck didn't tell me a thing.
      Blair: He didn't.
      Catherine: I told him it didn't make any difference to me, because ... despite your best efforts, which are completely transparent, by the way, Marcus will never end up with a lowly Waldorf.

    • Gossip Girl: What's this? Chuck's date and Blair's date are mother and son? And Nate and Blair are exes? And Nate and the mother are in a book club? Now there's a novel plot twist.

    • Serena: This is you. Just be yourself!
      Blair: (after being humiliated by Catherine) She made Waldorf rhyme with Spears! I may as well have gone commando and held my party at Nyla's Burger Basket.
      Serena: Fine. While you stand here and feel sorry for yourself and denigrate the fine people of Kentwood, I'm gonna go find Dan.

    • Serena: (makes move on Dan) What do you say we ... just forget thinking and... follow our hearts.
      Dan: You sure that's your heart you're following?

    • Blair: (sees Nate and Catherine on the floor) Oh my effing God!

    • Jenny: What about you, Dad? You were the one on the great American road trip? Any good stories?
      Rufus: Oh, well, there's no place like home.
      Dan: That's profound.

    • Blair: Your plan to ruin me totally backfired. Turns out Marcus' mommy is even sicker than you are.
      Chuck: You got along great?

    • Gossip Girl: Summer vacationers traverse the globe in search of new sights and experiences. But when it comes to scandal, I'll take Manhattan every time. Welcome home, Upper East Siders. You know you missed me.
      XOXO, Gossip Girl.

    • Gossip Girl: Spotted! Chuck Bass putting his new BFF on speed-dial. Is it the beginning of a beautiful bro-mance? Or the end of Blair's bid to be British.

    • Serena: So you love him.(about Marcus)
      Blair: Very much, and not only because Tom Hanks gave him a clean x and lady D's funeral.

    • (Blair talks to Serena on the phone about her new boyfriend)
      Blair: It's like "Roman Holiday", only I'm Gregory Peck and he's Audrey Hepburn.

    • Gossip Girl: Every summer, vacationers peruse the globe, in search of new sights and experiences. When it come to scandal, I'll take Manhattan. You know you missed me, xoxo Gossip Girl.

  • NOTES (5)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Jak na Marcuse (How to Handle Marcus)

    • International Air Dates:
      Latin America: November 12, 2008 on Warner Channel
      Australia: December 16, 2008 on FOX8
      Norway: January 7, 2009 on TVNorge
      The Netherlands: January 9, 2009 on Net 5
      Philippines: February 10, 2009 on ETC
      Greece: February 14, 2009 on Star Channel
      Denmark: June 14, 2009 on Kanal 14
      Turkey: September 15, 2009 on CNBC-e
      Poland: October 4, 2009 on TVN7
      Czech Republic: February 6, 2010 on Prima
      Slovakia: April 25, 2010 on Doma

    • Music in this episode:
      "Boy In A Rock And Roll Band" by The Pierces
      "Tell Me A Lie" by The Fratellies
      "Cat Piano" by Seabear
      "Creator" by Santogold
      "New York, I Love You But You're Bringing Me Down" by LCD Soundsystem
      "How Deep is the Ocean (How High is the Sky)" by Diana Krall
      "Spent Nights" by Magic Bullets
      "Minuet From String Quartet In E Major" by Boccherini
      "Move On" by Wes Hutchinson

    • Connor Paolo (Eric) and Kelly Rutherford (Lilly) do not appear in this episode.

    • Starting with this episode, all season 2 and continuing through the rest of the season, Gossip Girl airs a day ealier in Canada on A.

  • ALLUSIONS (5)

    • Dan's knowledge of the English Premier League refers to the Barclay's card premiership, a football league that takes place every year between 20 English football teams. With some of the greatest players in the world.

    • Blair mentions Arsenal. Arsenal is an English football team based in London, also known as the Gunners.

    • Gossip Girl: ...Manhattan, here we come!

      This is most likely an allusion to the song California by Phantom Planet which has the line "California, here we come" in it. It was used as the theme song of The O.C., a show with the same creator.

    • Gossip Girl: When it come to scandal, I'll take Manhattan.

      I'll Take Manhattan is a 1987 movie starring, Barry Bostwick, Valerie Bertanelli, Julianne Moore, Perry King, Staci Keanan and Jane Kaczmarek.

    • Episode title: Never Been Marcused

      Never Been Kissed is a 1999 comedy directed by Raja Gosnell starring Drew Barrymore and David Arquette.

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