Gossip Girl

Season 1 Episode 1

Pilot

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Aired Monday 9:00 PM Sep 19, 2007 on The CW
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Filmed entirely in New York and based on the popular series of young-adult novels by Cecily von Ziegesar, "Gossip Girl" revolves around the privileged prep school teens on Manhattan's Upper East side and the anonymous blogger, Gossip Girl, who provides them with the latest rumors about their highly exclusive inner circle. In the series premiere, Gossip Girl is busy spreading the news that "it girl" Serena van der Woodsen has returned to Manhattan after a mysterious and self-imposed exile to boarding school. Serena's best friend, Blair Waldorf, has conflicted feelings about her friend's return since she has enjoyed being the Queen Bee during Serena's absence and might not be ready to relinquish her new position on the social ladder, not to mention the fact that she has always suspected there may be unspoken feelings between Serena and her longtime boyfriend, Nate Archibald.moreless

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SUBMIT REVIEW
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    5.5
    how can i see it?
  • Awesome

    9.0
    Awesome. Must watch
  • GG, Gossip Girl!

    10
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  • Pilot episode.

    7.2
    Good start to the series here, I was definitely not expecting a lot as I began watching. We got a few standout characters, every character is pretty much tolerable. The story lines are cliche but they aren't awful.



    The pilot really didn't prove itself different from all the other teen drama shows/pilots. The element that I did really like about it was Gossip Girl's sinister narration. It definitely is very entertaining, and I can definitely call this a guilty pleasure, to say the least.



    So overall, not the most original series, but it's an entertaining watch, and it's, from what I've seen, an above average show that has some interesting things to offer.moreless
  • Filmed entirely in New York and based on the popular series of young-adult novels by Cecily von Ziegesar, "Gossip Girl" revolves around the privileged prep school teens on Manhattan's Upper East side and the anonymous blogger, Gossip Girl.moreless

    10
    Pilots are always pretty boring, and not really that great, they're really just used for getting a base for the characters and figuring out who they are. Well this pilot did all that and so much more. It was fun, upbeat, and did a great job of really setting up the stage. I loved the music in this pilot. It was very well chosen and the directors did a great job with the show. Well I certainly was not disapointed in this episode. And I'm pretty sure the rest of the series is going to do just fine. I love Gossip Girl!moreless
Brian Vowell

Brian Vowell

Hotel Guest

Guest Star

Andrew Stewart-Jones

Andrew Stewart-Jones

Concierge

Guest Star

Florencia Lozano

Florencia Lozano

Eleanor Waldorf

Guest Star

Nan Zhang

Nan Zhang

Kati Farkas

Recurring Role

Nicole Fiscella

Nicole Fiscella

Isabel Coates

Recurring Role

Sam Robards

Sam Robards

Howie "The Captain" Archibald

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  • TRIVIA (11)

    • Blair Waldorf lives at 1136 Fifth Avenue, New York NY 10128 in the penthouse. Chuck Bass and Serena van der Woodsen live in suites at 455 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10022 - otherwise known as the Palace Hotel.

    • The Humphrey family is briefly shown to have a pet cat that doesn't appear in subsequent episodes. However, in season 2's "It's a Wonderful Lie" Dan reveals that the Humphrey's cat lives in Florida with their Grandma, because Jenny developed allergies.

    • While in Central Park, Chuck offers to steal his mother's Paxil pills for Nate. It is stated later in the series that Mrs. Bass died giving birth to Chuck.

    • This is the only episode so far in the series that Chuck Bass and Nate Archibald ride a public bus to school, unlike the usual private limo ride.

    • Dan has a Cabbage Patch Doll named Cedrick.

    • Rufus Humphrey owns an art gallery.

    • Rufus Humphrey plays in the band Lincoln Hawk.

    • In the scene where Chuck and Serena are in the kitchen, when they are first talking Chuck is wearing a big watch on his left hand. As the scene progresses and they flash in and out Nate and Serena, Nate and Blair, and Chuck makes advances on Serena and she kicks him away you can see that Chuck is now not wearing a watch on his left hand anymore.

    • Unlike the first book, which starts out with Blair talking to Isabel and Kati, the episode starts with Serena on the train back home.

    • After Dan and Serena save Jenny at the "Kiss on the Lips" benefit, they go outside and Jenny gets into the cab. Then, Dan and Serena talk for a minute and Serena gets into the cab first. So she should be next to Jenny but when we go to the shot in the cab Dan is next to Jenny.

    • The Constance Billard School for Girls is based on The Nightingale-Bamford School on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Cecily von Ziegesar, the author of the books which the series is based on, attended this prestigious school.

  • QUOTES (46)

    • (Dan trying to introduce Serena to his dad)
      Dan: Serena, this is Rufus Humphrey. Dad, this is Serena.
      (Rufus and Serena hold hands.)
      Rufus(With excitement): Serena Van Der Woodsen!!
      (Dan looks at him in suspicion)
      Rufus(Awkwardly): I don't know how I knew that.

    • Chuck: Serena looked effing hot last night. There's something wrong about that level of perfection, it needs to be violated.
      Nate: You are deeply disturbed.

    • Blair: I love you, Nate Archibald. Always have, always will.

    • Dan: Hey!
      Jenny: Ah, the invisible man returns. You know I really had no idea you could move that fast.
      Dan: Yeah, well, your fashion emergency was solved, so I figured my work was done.
      Jenny: Come on, Dan. Serena said 'Hi' to you at her 9th grade birthday party and you've never forgotten it.
      Dan: How could I? She was the only person who spoke to me. And I'm pretty sure she thought I was someone else.
      Jenny: You know she's actually nice. And if she did know you, I think she'd really like you.
      Dan: I don't know, I think she might be a bit overwhelmed by the glitz and glamour of the Humphrey lifestyle.
      Jenny: Well, I heard she's living at The Palace Hotel.
      Dan: Well, my point exactly.

    • Rufus: Look at this.
      Dan: Top 10 forgotten bands of the 90's!?
      Rufus: Yeah, check out who's number 9.
      Jenny: He's very proud.
      Dan: Hey, hey, way to be forgotten.
      Rufus: Well, that's how you get remembered.

    • Nate: (Serena hands him a bottle of champagne the cork immediately pops, spilling onto both of them) Whoops! I swear, that's never happened to me before.
      Serena: That's ok, your still a man in my eyes.

    • Jenny: (To Dan, about a dress) Too bad it's more than our rent. But I think I can sew something like it.

    • Rufus: (to Dan)Maybe if musicians got off their blogs and picked up their guitars, the music business would be in better shape.

    • Isabel: Someone saw Serena getting off the train at Grand Central!
      Chuck: Good. Things are getting a little dull around here.

    • Jenny: So we should just be anonymous losers who eat lunch alone and never get invited to parties?
      Dan: Works for me.

    • (Blair is trying to have sex with Nate after finding out that Serena is coming back)
      Gossip Girl: Better lock it down with Nate, B. Clock is ticking.

    • Chuck: Who's the newbie?
      Kati: Jenny Humphrey, she's a freshman.
      Chuck: I love freshmen. They're so...
      Isabel: Fresh?

    • Rufus: Guess whose dad is cool!
      Jenny: It's a trick-question.
      Dan: Yeah, cos it can't be ours.

    • Chuck: Hi. I'm Chuck
      Jenny: I know! Um... I mean, hi I'm Jenny.

    • Chuck: Nathaniel, any interest in some fresh air? (Chuck signals Nate that he wants to smoke a joint with him)
      Nate: When I get back?
      Blair: If he gets back! (Blair leads Nate into her bedroom and pushes him onto the bed)
      Nate: What's going on?
      Blair: I wanna do this... It... Now.
      Nate: Now now? You wanted to wait...
      Blair: Not anymore.

    • Serena:(to Blair) You're like my sister. And with our families... we need each other.

    • Serena: So, when's the party?
      Blair: Saturday... and you're kinda not invited. Since, until 12 hours ago, we all thought you were at boarding school. And Jenny used up all the invites.
      Jenny: Actually...
      Blair: You can go now.

    • Serena:(to Nate) Look, Blair's my best friend and you're her boyfriend, and she loves you. That's the way things are supposed to be.

    • Serena: You know my mom, if it's not broke, break it.

    • Chuck: Serena looked effing hot last night. There's something wrong with that level of perfection. It needs to be... violated.
      Nate: You are deeply disturbed.
      Chuck: And yet you know I'm right.

    • Serena: Oh my God, this is so good!
      Chuck: Well if you're looking for a way to thank me, I've got a couple ideas...
      Serena: It's a sandwich, Chuck.

    • Dan: (to Jenny) I don't read Gossip Girl. That's for chicks.

    • Blair: You missed some classic Eleanor Waldorf meltdowns. If it wasn't such a tragedy, it would've been funny. (smiles) Actually it kind of was.
      (both start laughing)
      Serena: I wish I could have been there.
      Blair: You are now.

    • Gossip Girl: Spotted at The Palace Hotel, S and B having a heart-to-heart. Mhm. Why so thirsty, S? (Serena is drinking some cocktail, greedy) You may have won over B, for now, but we still think you're hiding something.

    • Serena: You asked me out on a date and you didn't think I was nice?
      Dan: No, I just thought you were hot. And, technically, you asked me out.

    • Blair: (About Serena) She better not show her face again.
      Chuck: I'm actually hoping she will.

    • Serena: Let me guess. You've told everyone Eric is just visiting Grandpa in Rhode Island.
      Lillian: Your Aunt Carol in Miami.
      Serena: So you are actually hiding him. He tries to take his own life and you're worried it's going to cost you 'Mom of the Year'.
      Lillian: Serena, you've been gone, doing who knows what, with God knows who.
      Serena: I've told you. Boarding school was not like that!
      Lillian: You know, as happy as I am to have you home, you have no idea what it's been like.

    • Rufus: How was your weekend? How's your mom?
      (At the same time)
      Jenny: She's fine.
      Dan: She's good and fine.
      Rufus: Like 'Maybe I should have never left Manhattan' fine or 'Take some time away from my marriage was the best idea I have ever had' fine?
      (Pause)
      Dan: Uhm, you know what... I'm starving.
      Rufus: Let's go home. I'm cooking.
      (They start going; Dan sees Serena)
      Gossip Girl: Spotted. Lonely boy. Can't believe the love of his life has returned. If only she knew who he was. But everyone knows Serena and everyone is talking. Wonder what Blair Waldorf thinks. Sure, they're BFFs but we've always thought Blair's boyfriend Nate had a thing for Serena.

    • Rufus: Lily. Are you shopping for some more art to match your furniture?
      Lillian: Why is my daughter going to one of your concerts?
      Rufus: Because we're awesome.
      Lillian: With your son?
      Rufus: Dan's got a date with Serena?
      Lillian: Hmm.
      Rufus: Well, our kids were about to meet. It's a small island.
      Lillian: You sure it's not some ploy you're using my daughter to get to me now that your wife left you?
      Rufus: How do you know about Alison?
      Lillian: Like you said. Small island.
      Rufus: Oh, I get it. You hear about Alison, use your daughter as an excuse to start something.
      Lillian: Yeah. (laughs) In your dreams.
      Rufus: Well, you are in my dreams, Lily. And one of them particular occurs finding you in the back of a Nine Inch Nails bus with your shoes in your earrings and Trent Reznor... oh, that happened!
      Lily: No need to rehash details of decades pass. So I moved on.
      Rufus: Yeah, from Chanterlane to Paris until you switched up rock stars for billionaires.
      Lily: You think you're so cute. Washed up band, crappy so-called 'art gallery'.
      Rufus: Well, not all of us have settlements from mulitple divorcés to sustain us.
      Lily: Just stay out of my life, Rufus!

    • Eleanor: Blair. If you're gonna wear one of my designs, tell me, so we can at least get it properly fitted.
      Blair: Thanks Mom. (smiles) Keep that in mind. Great party. (Blair walks away still smiling)
      Eleanor: (whispering to her friend) She is my best advertisement.

    • Chuck: (To Dan) Are you following us or something?
      Dan: No, I go to your school. (points to both their outfits) Identical uniforms, that's kind of a tip-off?
      Nate: That's funny.
      (Nate and Chuck walk away)
      Dan: (To himself, sarcastically) So, you guys wanna sit together at lunch?

    • Serena: You just love it when a girl talks to you.
      Chuck: Actually I prefer them when they're not talking.
      Serena: Hm. I've missed your witty banter.

    • Serena: So is that your dress for the 'Kiss On The Lips' party?
      Jenny: Sort of. Speaking of that... (she hands Serena an invitation) I made you one during free period but if anyone asks where you got it, I know nothing.
      Serena: Thanks.
      (walks away, then turns back) Jenny, that dress would look even better in black.
      Jenny: Black, cool, thanks.

    • Chuck: You guys have been dating since Kindergarten and you haven't sealed the deal?
      Nate: Who says 'seal the deal'?

    • Serena: So, how's your mom doing, with the divorce and everything?
      Blair: Great. So my dad left her for another man, she lost 15 pounds, got an eye-lift, it's been good for her.
      Serena: Eh, I'm really sorry.
      Blair: Ya, I could tell, since you didn't call or write the entire time it was happening.

    • (Chuck and Nate are taking a walk, smoking a joint)
      Chuck: This is some good stuff.
      Nate: Yeah, I'm gonna need it. Blair's mom's at the country house.
      Chuck: Yeah? Then maybe I should swipe some of my dad's viagra? Or my mom's paxils? Nathaniel, you're finally about to have sex with your girlfriend. It's like you're heading to your execution.
      Nate: No, man. I'm good.
      Chuck: Talk to Chuck, buddy. You and Blair have been dating forever, all of a sudden there is a problem?
      Nate: There is no problem. It's just... do you ever feel like our whole lives have been planned out for us? That we're just gonna... end up like our parents?
      Chuck: Man, that's a dark thought.
      Nate: You know, aren't we entitled to choose... just to be happy?
      Chuck: Look, easy, Socrates. What we're entitled to is a trust fund... maybe a house in the Hamptons, a prescription drug problem. Happiness does not seem to be on the menu. So smoke up and seal the deal with Blair... 'cause you're also entitled to tab that ass.

    • Jenny: You're going out with Serena and I'm going to 'Kiss on the Lips', who said this family wasn't cool?

    • Serena: Blair, think we can meet tonight?
      Blair: I'd love to... but I'm doing something with Nate tonight.
      Serena: The Palace. Eight o'clock? Nate will wait.
      Gossip Girl: Spotted at the steps of the Met. An S and B power struggle.
      Blair: I could probably do a half hour.
      Gossip Girl: Did S think she could waltz home and things would be just like they were?
      Serena: Thanks for making the time.
      Blair: You're my best friend...
      Gossip Girl: Did B think S would go down without a fight? Or can these two hotties work it out? There's nothing Gossip Girl likes more than a good cat fight. And this could be a classic.

    • Nate: Serena.
      Serena: No, no.
      Nate: But you're back now.
      Serena: I didn't come back for you.

    • Concierge: How do you know it's Miss van der Woodsen's if you didn't read it? And if you're not a guest at the hotel, what were you doing here?
      Dan: What? Uh, look... when Prince Charming found Cinderella's slipper, they didn't accuse him of having a foot fetish.
      Concierge: And you're Prince Charming? Well, there's Miss van der Woodsen now. Uh, Serena!
      Dan: No, no, no, no, no! What are you doing? Wait!
      Concierge: Do you know this young man?
      Dan: She doesn't know me. Nobody knows me. It's cool. It's fine.
      Serena: From last night, right? Sorry about that.
      Dan: You remember me? (to the Concierge) She remembers me!

    • Chuck: I'm going to have to tell my parents the hotel they just bought is serving minors.
      Serena: And if you get a drink, they're also serving pigs.
      Chuck: Ooh, I love it when you talk dirty.
      Serena: You just love it when a girl talks to you.
      Chuck: Actually I prefer them when they're not talking.

    • Gossip Girl: (In the generic) And who am I? That's one secret I'll never tell ... you know you love me. XOXO, Gossip Girl.

    • Gossip Girl: (last line) Spotted Serena making an heroic exit from B's party. Too bad for her there is school on Monday. So until next time ... you know you love me, Gossip Girl.

    • Dan: So ... think I got a chance at a second date ?
      Serena: Well, I don't think you can top this one.
      Dan: I did punch someone.
      Serena: True, we'll talk about it in the cab.

    • Gossip Girl: Hey Upper East Siders, Gossip Girl here, and I have the biggest news ever!

    • Lillian: (To Serena) Guess what I got for you — a dress for "Kiss on the Lips". I saw the invitation on the nightstand.
      Serena: Oh, uh... I'm not going to that.
      Lillian: What do you mean? Blair's throwing it.
      Serena: Yeah, um... See, the problem is... By the time I got the invitation I, um... actually already had plans.
      Lillian: Plans with whom?
      Serena: (Points to Dan) My friend.
      Dan: Uh... Yeah, hi. Nice to meet you, Mrs. Van Der Woodsen. I'm Dan, Humphrey.
      Lillian: What are you and Dan Humphrey doing?
      Serena: We... Uh...
      Dan: Uh, we're going to a concert tonight.
      Lillian: Lincoln Hawk?
      Dan: Yeah, Rolling Stone named them one of the Top 10 Forgotten Bands of the '90s.
      Serena: Wooh! I'm a huge fan.
      Lillian: Well, this party would've been the perfect opportunity for you to announce your return, but I guess I'll just... keep the dress for myself.
      Serena: (To Dan) Thank you.
      Dan: Yeah, no... It's not a problem, really.
      (Dan turns and walks away)
      Serena: So, pick me up at eight?
      Dan: You'd really go out with some guy you don't know?
      Serena: Well, you can't be worse than the guys I do know.

  • NOTES (13)

    • This is the only episode that features Florencia Lozano as Eleanor Waldorf. Later on, Margaret Colin plays the role.

    • International Show Titles:
      Czech Republic: Super drbna (Super Gossipmonger)

    • This episode was nominated for the 2008 Artios Award for Outstanding Achievement In Casting-Television Pilot-Drama.

    • For the first 11 episodes, the show was nominated for the 2008 People's Choice Award for Favorite New TV Drama.

    • Kristen Bell, who plays the Gossip Girl, and Leighton Meester previously worked together on Veronica Mars.

    • Was originally pitched as a feature with Lindsay Lohan as Blair Waldorf. When that fell through, its backers (who had the rights to the stories) approached Josh Schwartz about turning it into a series.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      India: November 2, 2007 on Zee Cafe
      Latin America: November 8, 2007, on CANAL WARNER
      Australia: December 4, 2007 on FOX8
      Norway: January 2, 2008 on TVNorge
      Sweden: January 29, 2008 on Kanal 5
      Philippines: February 12, 2008 on ETC
      Denmark: March 2, 2008 on Kanal 4
      United Kingdom: March 27, 2008 on ITV2
      Poland: April 9, 2008 on TVN7
      Thailand: April 25, 2008 on True Series
      The Netherlands: June 3, 2008 on Net 5
      Belgium: July 24, 2008 on VIJFtv
      Turkey: September 9, 2008 on CNBC-E
      Greece: September 29, 2008 on Star Channel
      Slovakia: November 23, 2008 on Markiza
      Hungary: December 28, 2008 on Cool TV
      Germany: April 18, 2009 on Pro7
      Czech Republic: September 19, 2009 on Prima

    • Starting with this episode and continuing through episode 13 (except for episodes 11 & 12), Gossip Girl airs a day earlier on CTV (Canada).

    • Music in this episode:
      - "Young Folks" by Pete Bjorn and John
      - "If It's Lovin' That You Want" by Rihanna
      - "What Goes Around...Comes Around" by Justin Timberlake
      - "Diamond Hipster Boy" by Washington Social Club
      - "Concerto in G" by Antonio Vivaldi & Brian Reitzell
      - "99%" by The Mooney Suzuki
      - "Bounce With Me" by Kreesha Turner
      - "Back to Black" by Amy Winehouse
      - "Space For Rent" by WhoMadeWho
      - "Send You Back" by Matthew Dear
      - "Photograph" by Air
      - "Joyful Waltz" by Zdenek Bartak
      - "Hang Me Up to Dry" by Cold War Kids
      - "Time Won't Let Me Go" by The Bravery
      - "Hard to Live in the City" by Albert Hammond Jr.
      - "The Way I Are" by Timbaland Feat. Keri Hilson and D.O.E.
      - "Go" by Hanson
      - "Don't Matter" by Akon
      - "Knock Knock" by Lyrics Born
      - "The Gift" by Angels & Airwaves

    • The series was originally supposed to premiere on Wednesday, September 26, 2007.

    • The pilot was available on iTunes, five days before the actual series premiere. A day later, it was removed.

    • The show is based on a popular series of novels, Gossip Girl by Cecily von Ziegesar.

    • This is the first of 13 episodes ordered for the season.

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