Gossip Girl

Season 1 Episode 3

Poison Ivy

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Oct 03, 2007 on The CW
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Episode Summary

It's Ivy week for the Upper East Side teens of Constance Billiard and St. Judes and the visiting representatives arrival brings more than just college applications. Cutt-throat rivalry is at it's sharpest this week as the students compete for prestigious positions. Blair discovers a shocking but juicy secret about Serena and plots to drop the bomb at the best possible moment. Dan is sure that landing the coveted usher position with the Dartmouth rep will either make or break his future at the school. Unfortunately, it's Nate who nabs the position, despite total disinterest in the school. Meanwhile, Jenny gets close to Serena's younger brother Eric and Rufus asks Lily for a favor.moreless

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  • Ivy Leage week at Constance and St-Jude.

    Although they all spend more time shopping, partying, smoking and doing anything else that involves not studying, the whole gang is looking forward to which Ivy League college would most accomodate their neads and wants. So Blair and Serena both want to go to, Chuck just wants to be a gigollo for the rest of his life and Nate and Dan are both aiming for Darthmouth, but Nate has second thoughts about going to the Big Green. Why would anyone not want to go to Darthmouth?

    *I liked a joke blair made.

    Chuck: (Tthe Ostroff Center)-it's a facility for the disturbed or addicted!

    Blair: You must have your own wing.

    C: You don't get nearly enough credit for your wit.

    B: (smiles)moreless
  • 103

    Gossip Girl surprises us all with it's best installment yet, the spats between Blair & Serena were just wildly entertaining, and we got quite an emotional payoff. Everyone is always very skeptical about this show, but don't be narrow minded like I was, this show actually has some substance to offer.

    The field hockey game was definitely my favorite scene, they way they just battled it out throughout the episode was incredibly evil and fantastic. I loved the tie in with Eric confronting Blair in the end, I really hope this rivalry isn't over, because is the only thing that's keeping me watching right now.

    Nate's character bores me to tears, and I just find Jenny annoying, and I really hope the Eric/Jenny thing doesn't go anywhere. Dan, Serena & Blair are the strong links in the cast so far. Good episode, can't wait for the next.moreless
  • Interesting.

    Another awesome episode, not as good as the other two thats why I have give it a 9, but that its still good in my books. I'm glad Serena and Blair worked it out, for now I don't think it will last though. I also like the fact the way Blair and Chuck are working together type thing, sharing there evil minds, it is so good. I'm glad Eric has got Jenny now, I can see them becoming good friends or even more, but who knows. Anyway, awesome episode glad I started watching this show. I'm going to watch the next one now, bring it on.moreless
  • Serena and Blair

    Another great episode. I really enjoyed this episode as it further developed Serena's and Blair's relationship which obviously is the driving storyline of the show as of now.

    I loved the ending how it all concluded: no it wasn't a "omg im gonna cry!" moment but I definitely could feel the emotions behind it.

    Liked how Serena's brother was involved. It was done very well and I loved the honest reaction by Blair. One thing I didn't like was probably that Gossip Girl kept saying how Serena and Blair are fighting. I dunno. I really only saw Blair "bombing" Serena; sure, Serena did "steal" that guy from the university from Blair but come on, that was nothing too big.

    Another thing I enjoyed was Nate and Dan's dynamics and while it was predictable it was still good. Loved the interviews, especially Chuck.... "Because... I am Chuck Bass."

    Overall another episode in which that I didn't find any major issues, and once again it felt really well written and well done, i don't understand the negativity towards GG.moreless
  • Is their friendship getting better?

    We can see how much hatred there was between Serena and Blair in this episode.

    Chuck always butt in and this time he found out something new. He saw Serena going to visit her brother Eric and I guess he thought that she was either a recovering addict or an alcoholic but I guess he was wrong.

    When Chuck told Blair I guess one can say that she was very happy with the news and when they had to choose an organisation they should give money they decided to give it to the Ostroff Center.

    She blurted this news with everyone and managed to damage Serena's future into getting into a good college.

    Eric tells Blair the truth and we can see how shocked she was with what she did.

    The last part of the episode was very interesting... While Serena and Blair get along now that they know that they both are goign through some though time!

    I really liked the part between Eric and Jenny. I think Eric needs some company and a new friend :)moreless
Darren Pettie

Darren Pettie

Jed Hall

Guest Star

John-Paul Lavoisier

John-Paul Lavoisier

Field Hockey Coach

Guest Star

Yetta Gottesman

Yetta Gottesman

Faculty Member

Guest Star

Nicole Fiscella

Nicole Fiscella

Isabel Coates

Recurring Role

Nan Zhang

Nan Zhang

Katy Farkas

Recurring Role

Sam Robards

Sam Robards

Howie "The Captain" Archibald

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • When Eric explains to Blair that he is a patient at the Ostroff Center for attempting suicide and not Serena, he raises his right hand to show her his scar while in the pilot he has a bandage on his left hand.

      Correction: He has bandages around both wrists in the pilot.

    • Blair and Serena both play field hockey.

    • College choices:
      Nate would like to attend U.S.C.
      Blair would like to attend Yale
      Serena would like to attend Brown
      Dan would like to attend Dartmouth
      and Chuck would like to attend Princeton.

    • After Serena and Blair came to blows on the field, Blair grabbed her right leg in pain. In the next scene, it is her left leg being iced down.

    • The dress Jenny wore to the Ivy League party is the same dress Blair gave her in "The Wild Brunch".

    • Ostroff Center: Dawn Ostroff is President of Entertainment of The CW Television Network, the same network that Gossip Girl airs. The representative of the Ostroff Center is named Donald Ostroff as well.

  • QUOTES (31)

    • Dartmouth Interviewer: Why should Dartmouth pick you as an usher?
      Dan: I believe I am the ideal Dartmouth candidate. I've been dreaming of Dartmouth for years. And I haven't asked Dartmouth...but I think she's been dreaming of me too. (Interviewer looks confused) That was supposed to be a joke.

    • Serena: It's a tough week.
      Dan: Not for me, apparently.
      Serena: Oh, you got an usher position?
      Dan: No I didn't. In an ironic though not totally unexpected twist, Nate got the one I wanted.

    • Serena: I really want to believe that was an accident.
      Blair: Then you must be delusional.

    • Serena: Blair, what the hell was that?
      Blair: Will you excuse us, please?
      Serena: So we good now, we square?
      Blair: No. Because nothing I do will ever be as bad as what you did to me.
      Serena: Look, I'm asking you please. I'll stop if you will.
      Blair: You're just saying that because today you lost, and your gonna keep losing. Now if you'll excuse me, unlike you I have a future to get back to.

    • Jenny: We're Humphreys Dad. Not exactly royalty uptown.
      Rufus: You okay with that?
      Jenny: No, but I'm used to it.

    • Blair: My father left my mother for a 31-year-old model. A male model

    • Gossip Girl: Super-successful parents expect nothing less from their offspring. And when it comes to college, that means the Ivies. It's more than just getting into college, it's setting a course for the rest of your life. And those who aren't legacies are no exception. When parents have sacrificed for their children, what kid would want to let them down?

    • (Blair's phone rings and she answers it)
      Blair: Finally.
      Chuck: (ironically) Hello to you too. I heard about the field hockey throw down: All those mouth guards and short skirts, I hope somebody filmed it.
      Blair: (scoffs) You're heinous.
      Chuck: Which is probably why you called.
      Blair: (smiles) You know me well.
      Chuck: Women like to pretend they're complicated, I know better.
      (Blair gets Isabel and Kati to leave the room by claiming she needs a heating pad)
      Blair: (once alone, she stands up) Serena came home for a reason.
      Chuck: One can only guess.
      Blair: Well I'm done guessing, I want answers and no one likes to be on the ground floor of a scandal like Chuck Bass.
      Chuck: I am a bitch when I wanna be.
      Blair: Opportunity to cause some trouble, uncover a secret.
      Chuck: I say yes for an answer.
      (Blair smiles and hangs up the phone)
      Chuck: (to his driver) Let's turn back to school, I left something important inside.

    • Erik: Serena is not a patient at the Ostroff Center.
      Blair: Erik. You've always been a sweet kid, and I can understand you're trying to protect your sister.
      Erik: I am.
      Blair: I've never even seen you take a drink.
      Erik: I'm not an alcoholic. I did this. (displays his scarred wrists) And today Serena protected me.
      Blair: Erik, I... I didn't...
      Erik: See that coming? Yeah. Must be a shock for someone who thinks she knows everything.
      Chuck: What was that all about?
      Gossip Girl: Another bomb launched in Blair's lap. Will she use it as ammunition or will she finally surrender and put down her arms?
      Blair: Nothing.

    • Dan: I appreciated it. All of this. Even if I sometimes don't show it.
      Rufus: We're real men, son. We don't like to share our feelings. But... (Pause) I know what you're capable of. And nothing, my last name, my bank account, is going to keep you from getting what you deserve. Not if I can't help it. (Pause) And I see that Dartmouth has an electro-acoustic music program. What do you think of me applying?
      Dan: What?
      Rufus: Yeah. Jenny's smart, can get earlier admission. (Pause) Maybe we'll all go!
      Dan: So not remotely funny.

    • Rufus: (to Dan, about Dartmouth's rep) You really impressed the guy, uh... Must be the way you poured those sodas.

    • Blair: (on stage, to everybody) Every year our schools choose to support one local institution that we feel benefits our community. This year our schools have chosen to honor the Ostroff Center. This semester our choice is a very personal one. Because the center has helped one of our own.
      Lillian: (whispering) What is going on here?
      Blair: It's because of their excellent program which aids so many young addicts and alcoholics that a student here with us today is clean and sober. At least for now. Can I please have Serena van der Woodsen joy me on stage?
      Gossip Girl: Spotted at the Ivy Week Mixer. S and B's last stand. And only one gets out alive. Better take cover.
      Lillian: Please, tell me this isn't happening.
      Eric: It's not.
      Serena: No. You're not going up there. You're gonna stay right here, okay?
      Lillian: Whatever you're doing, think about who is standing in this room right now.
      Blair: (whispering to Serena) Don't try to deny. Chuck saw you.
      Serena: (on stage, to everybody) Hi, I'm Serena van der Woodsen. I just wanna thank my friend, Blair Waldorf, for recognizing the Ostroff Center and all the good things that they do. Thanks Blair. At the center one of the main things that we learn is forgiveness.

    • Dan: You wanna go to Yale then?
      Serena: No, Brown. It's just this thing with Blair.
      Dan: Oh, I get it. I mean, since you don't have to actually worry about getting into college, why not make the entire evening about screwing over Blair?
      (Dan offers her a drink, since he is refreshment committee)
      Serena: No, thanks. (Nate comes over) Hey. (Nate doesn't say anything) You're seriously not going to talk to me? Like, literally, not speak.
      Nate: Hey.
      Serena: Oh, much better. (not pleased) Thanks guys. (goes away)

    • Chuck: Look who has arrived. Dr. Ostroff. (Pause) Blair, Dr. Donald Ostroff.
      Gossip Girl: Interesting choice of guests, B.
      Blair: (to Dr. Ostroff) Such a pleasure. I heard such wonderful things...
      Gossip Girl: Coincidence? I think not.

    • (About Erik, getting out of the treatment center)
      Lillian: He is not ready.
      Serena: He is not? Or you are not?

    • (About usher position)
      Nate: You get the one you wanted?
      Dan: No, no. Actually you did. Which makes total sense. Because I'm second in our class and you're somewhere around... last?

    • Rufus (About Dan's shaving ability): Hey, look at the bright side. You're not a hemophiliac.

    • Serena: Please, don't tell me it's over.
      Dan: What? You were there. I'd say it's pretty over.
      Serena: I meant the assembly.

    • Lillian: You shouldn't have stayed at your brother's again. I mean, why sleep there? It's not like he can even see you. His eyes are closed.
      Serena: Do you have one maternal bone in your entire body?

    • Dan (about Nate): Last year, I believe he had an original thought... It died of loneliness.

    • Gossip Girl: Honesty may be the best policy in some zip codes, but not this one, and not this week, cause "I was a teenage drug addict" is not exactly a winning college essay.

    • Dan: Sorry about the melodramatic entrance.
      Rufus: You didn't get it?
      Dan: No, I didn't get it.
      Rufus: And that I do not get.
      Dan: They gave it to Nate Archibald.

    • Gossip Girl: Hey Upper East Siders, we hear World War III just broke out, and it's wearing knee socks. Choose your side or run and hide, we have a feeling this one's till the death.

    • Ref: I'm running out of colors here, Blair.
      Serena: And I'm running out of patience, enough okay?
      Blair: It's enough when I say it's enough.

    • Blair: Whenever something is bothering you, I can always find you here.
      Serena: You're here for another catfight? (Pause) What's that?
      Blair: A letter. I wrote it to you when you were away at boarding school. I never sent it. (Pause) "Dear Serena, my world is falling apart and you're the only one who would understand. My father left my mother for a 31-year-old model. A male model. I feel like screaming because I don't have anyone to talk to. You're gone, my dad's gone, Nate's acting weird. Where are you? Why don't you call? Why did you leave without saying goodbye? You're supposed to be my best friend. I miss you so much. Love, Blair."
      Serena: Why didn't you send it? I would've...
      Blair: You would have what?! You knew, Serena. And you didn't even call.
      Serena: I didn't know what to say to you. Or even how to be your friend, after what I did... I'm so sorry.
      Blair: Erik told me what happened. I guess your family has been going through a hard time too.
      Gossip Girl: Spotted in Central Park, two white flags waving. Could an Upper East Side peace accord be far off? So, what would it be? Truce or consequences? We all know one nation can't have two Queens. What happens next? Only time will tell.

    • Lillian: Look, what's happened to Erik has put a huge strain on our family but... We are still a family.
      Serena: Why do you think I did what I just did?

    • Gossip Girl: Spotted S not so fashionably late and dressed down by B. Game on, ladies.

    • Chuck: (Showing pictures where Serena is getting out of the treatment center) Admit it. Even for me this was good.
      Blair: If you weren't such a perv, I'm sure the CIA would hire you in a second.
      Chuck: Defending my country. There's a future I never imagined.
      Blair: With good reason. What is she doing there?
      Chuck: What's anyone doing there? It's a facility for the disturbed or addicted.
      Blair: You must have your own wing.
      Chuck: You don't get nearly enough credit for your wit.
      Chuck: So the question is: What do you do now?
      Blair: Oh, I was thinking... Total social destruction.
      Chuck: And here I thought you were getting soft. (Blair grins at him)

    • Chuck: Why should I be chosen to be an usher? (prolonged pause) I'm Chuck Bass.

    • Gossip Girl: (about B and S) It takes two to tangle... and girls like these don't go down without a fight!

    • Blair (to Serena): Too bad you missed the assembly... Not that it matters. Brown doesn't offer degrees in slut.

  • NOTES (3)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Akademický týden (Academic Week)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      India: November 16, 2007 on Zee Cafe
      Norway: January 9, 2008 on TVNorge
      Sweden: February 12, 2008 on Kanal 5
      Philippines: February 26, 2008 on ETC
      Denmark: March 16, 2008 on Kanal 4
      Poland: April 22, 2008 on TVN7
      The Netherlands: June 17, 2008 on Net 5
      Turkey: September 23, 2008 on CNBC-e
      Greece: October 4, 2008 on Star
      Slovakia: November 30, 2008 on Markiza
      Hungary: January 11, 2009 on Cool TV
      Germany: May 2, 2009 on ProSieben
      Czech Republic: October 3, 2009 on Prima

    • Music in this Episode:
      - "Glamorous" Constance Billard Choir
      - "Brandenberg Concerto No.4 in G Major - BWV 1049: I. Allegro" by Bach
      - "I Got It From My Momma" by Will.I.Am
      - "Can't Be Happening" by The Marlows
      - "Raise Your Hand" by The Lights
      - "I Feel It All" by Feist
      - "Dusk Till Dawn" by Ladyhawke