Gossip Girl

Season 1 Episode 12

School Lies

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Jan 02, 2008 on The CW
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Episode Summary

Impromptu party at the school swimming pool!!!

Serena, Blair, Nate, Chuck and the rest of their friends break into the school swimming pool for a night of fun, but when someone nearly dies, the school threatens to expel the person responsible for the break-in. Everyone agrees to keep silent, but this creates major problems between Serena and Dan, because Dan is not ready to take the fall for someone else and risk his future. While working on a documentary project about private schools, Vanessa accidentally captures Blair and Chuck discussing their affair. Meanwhile, Lily tries to tell Rufus how she really feels about him.moreless

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  • An illegal party at school results in a serious accident and threats from the new head mistress.

    "Dating Serena van der Woodsen."

    "Does it say that on my file?"

    Besides the cheap thrill of having Leighton Meester and Blake Lively in bikinis in the opening scene, this was a well-written episode of Gossip Girl. All the actors played their parts and the story progressed fairly nicely. Vanessa should be given a bigger role in Season 2 as she seems to be the one "real" female character on the show, that is down to earth and not an exaggerated personality. The insufferable Eric was kept to a minimum and Chuck was somewhat funny in this installment. There were some boring parts but pretty much every scene with Blair in it is always exciting.

    This is the kind of episode Gossip Girl needs to become a top show on TV.moreless
  • 112

    First, let me start with saying, this episode was wildly unpredictable. We were getting plot twists left and right. I loved how a lot of story lines tied in with Blair taking the key, and Nate taking the fall when really, Serena did it all along. The point of the episode was basically hinting some future problems Serena & Dan might have due to Serena's obvious advantages. We really got a sense of that by the end of the episode.

    The kid hitting his head and falling in too the pool was unexpected and definitely intense. Another great tie in was Vanessa's film. Vanessa isn't my favorite character, but she's not awful. And her interactions with Blair as of late have been for the most part enjoyable. Nate & Blair get back together in this episode, so what, that's like the fifth time this season?

    Anyways, right now I'm rooting for Chuck & Blair. The Rufus & Lilly story is just so heartbreaking, I really think Serena needs to put herself in her mother's position. I understand that there is a gross factor at Serena & Dan becoming step siblings, but it really stunk that Lilly had to end it with Rufus because of that. I love the idea of Chuck & Serena being step siblings though, that was hilarious. Overall, surprising enjoyable episode of Gossip Girl.moreless
  • The whole Serena blocking her mother's happyness for a whim, was completely out of character, up to the point of ruining a so-far flawless series.

    One of the reasons I like Gossip Girl is because the dialogues are so well written, and the characters behave like real (fictional) people.

    You get to know them and you expect them to behave in certain manner, flirting, distrusting, enjoying, etc. The big problem comes in this chapter, and not because I was looking forward for a Lily / Rufus recouppling, but because it was obvious the writters found themselves out of obstacles and made up the most stupid possible one.

    Come on: The whole Serena blocking her mother's happyness for a whim, was completely out of character, up to the point of ruining a so-far flawless series.

    She's a new person with Dan (so she claims), she's generous, she's happy, etc. She has never (in the whole series) shown such flaw of character. Not even after sleeping with Nate, which being drunk she regreted the next day.

    The whole problem here is, after she blocked her mom and even told her "she knew what to do", we are ZERO symphatetic to her woes among the Bass family. Lily, rushes into marriage as if she had no other choice (dumb dramatic choice again), and we are supposed to feel sorry for Serena when Chuck does his thing with her.

    Even if they play Rufus as a renewed, closure full, ready to live again guy, the whole thing feels forced.

    It even did since the beggining. The previous chapter left us in a cliffhanger (as cliffhanger's do in Gossip Girl) with Rufus dialing Lily, while Bass was proposing. Next thing, she flew to Africa or something?

    Bad turn of events, if they start this path, they at leas will loose a viewer (soon).moreless
  • Serena, Blair, Nate, Chuck and their class break into the school swimming pool for a night of fun, but when someone nearly dies, the school threatens to expel the person responsible for the break-in.moreless

    Who broke into the pool at Constance Billard? That's what they're all trying to figure out. This episode was by far my favorite one this season. The whole finding out about who broke in was a really good storyline. I thought it was Chuck who broke into the pool but then we found out it was Serena. She admitted to it. Nate saw the key in Blair's bedroom and thought it was her. So he went to the headmistress and told her it was him. He got suspended for it. I felt bad for Lily in this episode. Chuck was pretty funny to Serena with his whole brother/sister act.moreless
  • Sex, Drugs & Videotape

    When first aired back in January, the makers of "Gossip Girl" guaranteed that this was one of the best two episodes that you didn't want to miss. And they were right. This episode took place with the kids from the Upper East Side breaking into their school's pool and having a lavish party filled with booze and drugs. But when a fellow student almost drowns, the students are forced to ban together and swear to secrecy in order to not face expulsion. I can watch this episode over and over again. And the other subplot of the episode was the Chuck/Blair/Nate triangle. It continued to get more and more complicated especially since Vanessa (another favorite character of mine from the book) captured the confession on tape. This episode was excellent.moreless
Kelly Rutherford

Kelly Rutherford

Lillian "Lily" van der Woodsen

Matthew Settle

Matthew Settle

Rufus Humphrey

Penn Badgley

Penn Badgley

Dan Humphrey

Leighton Meester

Leighton Meester

Blair Waldorf

Blake Lively

Blake Lively

Serena van der Woodsen

Ed Westwick

Ed Westwick

Chuck Bass

Linda Emond

Linda Emond

Miss Queller

Guest Star

Reed Birney

Reed Birney

Mr. Prescott

Guest Star

Kyle Gilbert-Gregory

Kyle Gilbert-Gregory

Andrew Collins

Guest Star

Jessica Szohr

Jessica Szohr

Vannessa Abrams

Recurring Role

Robert John Burke

Robert John Burke

Bart Bass

Recurring Role

Connor Paolo

Connor Paolo

Erik van der Woodsen

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Gossip Girl's post at the beginning reads:
      "What is B hiding?
      Has anyone else noticed Blair has not been acting like her usual self? She has been behaving all secretive as she goes off into corners texting away to an unkown source. Does she have a secret lover? Or did Nate just hump and dump her? Maybe she's having some girl problems with Serena? Luckily for us, on the UES, secrets always end up being revealed, whether you like it or not.
      XOXO Gossip Girl"

    • There are TWO songs played during the episode that are played by Filthy Youth (Come Flash All You Ladies and Orange). Ed Westwick who plays Chuck Bass in the series is a member (lead singer) of the band.

  • QUOTES (35)

    • Lily: Rufus, what are you doing here?
      Rufus: I'm not leaving you a message from the courtyard this time.
      Lily: Well, I can see that but five minutes ago my kids would have to...
      Rufus: Why did you really come to see me yesterday?
      Lily: I told you out of respect for...
      Rufus: Respect or regret? You wanted me to give you a reason not to spend the rest of your life with Bart Bass.
      Lily: Rufus...
      Rufus: I'm still in love with you.
      Lily: So what exactly are you offering, Rufus? Some retrospective of the way we were over a decade ago? We are not twenty and on the road.
      Rufus: Thank god we're not! Because your mother made this decision for you back then, remember?
      Lily: Yes.
      Rufus: Look, I don't know exactly what it would mean for us to be together... but can you look at me and tell me you're not the least bit curious. You're at the same crossroads you were years ago. Claim you life this time. Live it the way you want to live it.
      (Rufus kisses Lily and then leaves)

    • Blair: You're probably wondering why I asked you here.
      Nate: After our last conversation, yeah.
      Blair: Do you think it's possible for two people who have been through as much as we have to really...forgive and forget?
      Nate: If we really want to, I think we can.
      Blair: A lot of mistakes have been made.
      Nate: If you're ready to forgive me...then nothing can tear us apart. I promise.
      Blair: What you said before...
      (Blair walks toward Nate)
      Blair: I love you too...always have, always will.
      (They kiss)

    • Blair: Nate!
      (Nate looks at Blair)
      Blair: Are you okay?
      Nate: It'll be fine, it's uh, my parents have so much other stuff going on right now...they'll get over it. Either way it was worth it.
      Blair: Worth it?
      Nate: Yes! Blair I know how much your future means to you. And you've worked so hard for Yale and everything...
      Blair: What are you talking about? (confused
      Nate: You don't have to lie. I saw the key in your bedroom.
      Blair: That key isn't mine. I was just hiding it for someone else! Wait, that's why you were suspended? You told the headmistress it was yours because you thought it was mine? That's the most romantic thing anyone has ever done for me.
      Nate: I love you.
      (Nate leans in to kiss her)
      Blair: Please. You and I just can't happen right now.
      Nate: Why not?
      Blair: I don't wanna be with you.

    • Dan: Wow (sighs) oh wow. You really can't be, damned if you do and screwed if you don't.

    • Chuck: (to Dan) And in case you were wondering you narc, I only took the key from the party to hide it so we didn't all get blamed. Including you.

    • Chuck: You're taking that paper seriously. (Walks over to Nate)
      Nate: This isn't a paper it's...it's a heartfelt letter to Blair.
      Chuck: A heartfelt letter? Who spayed you, man? Blair doesn't even want you, she's been crystal about that since we got back.
      Nate: Didn't seem that way when she kissed me at the pool.
      Chuck She kissed you?
      Nate: Well I kissed her but...yup.

    • Bart: So. Your new step-brother told me about your problem at school. Frankly, I wasn't surprised given your propensity for recklessness and adventure.
      Serena: I'm sorry?
      Bart: Don't tell your mother, but... I made a call.
      Serena: You did what?
      Bart: It was harder than usual. That new headmistress of yours is a new piece of work. I had to go over her head. Sorry I couldn't get the charges completely dropped, but, at least I got you minimal sentence.
      Gossip Girl: One thing about being on the inside, once you get there you don't always get to choose where you stand... or sit.
      Chuck: (Chuck comes over, puts his hand on her knee but she tosses it away) I was just looking out for my family. The new Van Der Woodsen-Bass library should be completed for Eric's graduation.

    • Blair: You just won 365 more days in your Ikea-furnished closet.
      Vanessa: You went to my building? You talked to my landlord?
      Blair: No, I don't speak Ukrainian, but I do speak envelope of cash and he understood me perfectly.

    • Serena: What are you up to besides missing me?
      Dan: Just wondering whether you were missing me.

    • Chuck: (to Dan) What do the Humphreys have to offer? Your dad's cassingle?

    • Chuck: How glad are you that our two families are merging together, sis?
      Serena: So glad that if you ever call me that again it will be the last thing you ever say, Chuck!

    • Serena: (to Lily) I would rather be Chuck's step-sister, than Dan's.

    • Gossip Girl: Sometimes you need to step outside, clear your head and remind yourself of who you are. And where you wanna be. And sometimes you have to venture outside your world in order to find yourself. As for me, I'm happy right where I am. I only wanna be with you. XOXO Gossip Girl

    • Gossip Girl: Who knew B and C were such patrons of the arts? Call it philanthropy or bribery, it looks like everyone has their price...

    • Vanessa: You're sick!
      Chuck: You're welcome!

    • Gossip Girl: Spotted -- Lonely Boy learning that when the punishment fits the crime, there's no reason you can't serve your sentence in style...

    • Gossip Girl: There's a weak link in every chain. And it's just a matter of time before this one snaps...

    • Gossip Girl: On the Upper East Side, it's easy to think that the world is exactly as it appears. Refined, elegant, imposing... But sometimes, all it takes is a little key to open the door to the wild side...

    • Nate (to Ms.Queller): Can we just move into the punishment portion of this meeting?

    • Ms. Queller (To the students): I've already talked to your parents, at least those I could reach, and look forward to reading your personal essays. 10,000 words describing how you came to be on school property after hours, with alcohol and drugs, where a fellow student almost died. In other words what the hell is wrong with you?

    • Dan (to Vanessa): Well, if you wanted to get the perfect shot of me feeling like an outsider, I'm ready for my close-up.

    • Vanessa: What's that? Your stripper money?
      Chuck: Ten thousand dollars for the tape.
      Vanessa: You think I'll take your money?
      Chuck: Yes, I do. I know girls like you. You act like money is not important... the truth is money is important to everyone.
      Vanessa: And I thought Blair was manipulative.
      Chuck: Blair is an amateur. She thinks you're just like her. To Blair, this means a couple pairs of Manolo's and a Chanel bag but I know that this much cash could make a real difference in your life.

    • Dan: You need to tell the truth.
      Chuck: What happened to 'don't speak until spoken to'?
      Dan: I just saw you with that key. I know you had it at the party.
      Chuck: Poor little Humphrey Dumpty. Look, let me clarify something for you. Regardless of who you're currently sleeping with, you and I come from different worlds. In my world, if I'm suspended or expelled, a wing is donated in the Bass name.
      Dan: That does sound like quite a world.
      Chuck: It's not perfect, I'll admit but one thing is does offer in spades is security. My family can take care of me. What do the Humphreys have to offer? Used metro cards? Your dad's cassingle?

    • Blair (to Serena): You are so naive. Michael Moore over there is obviously just using this film to get close to Dan.

    • Blair: (to Ms. Queller) I'm innocent. Well, except for a crime of passion. I did something stupid with someone and even worse than doing that stupid thing I did the same stupid thing with someone else and pretended I had never done that stupid thing before. You look confused, should I walk you through it?

    • Vanessa: (Rufus starts playing guitar) Okay, not big on the soundtrack, whatever movie he's scoring sounds depressing.

    • Chuck: You know, if my dad and your mom come back from South Africa tomorrow engaged we'll be brother and sister. And you know what they say, the family that plays together stays together.
      Serena: Ah. Incest, the universal taboo. One of the, uh, only ones you haven't violated.
      Chuck: I'm game if you are.
      (Chuck leans in to kiss Serena, she leans forward, then hits his drink away)

    • Vanessa: So what will it be, Dan? Cheerios and Chaucer, or an illegal party at your prep school pool with your high society girlfriend and her nasty cohorts.
      Dan: Dad. Vanessa and I are going out.

    • Blair: Enough with the blackmail, aren't you bored already? I can't avoid Nate forever.
      Chuck: I didn't say forever, just until the sight of you two together doesn't turn my stomach.
      Blair: And when will that be?
      Chuck: Only time will tell, I'm afraid. So unless you want dear Nathanial to know how you lost your virginity to me in the back of a moving vechicle, I encourage patience and restraint.
      Blair: Isn't there someone else you can torture?
      Chuck: Probably, but I choose you.

    • Chuck (to Serena): Why don't I turn that one-piece into a no-piece?

    • Blair: If you didn't pay your rent with it, what did you do with Chuck's money?
      Vanessa: I may have created a medical grant for teens with genital herpes. In his name.

    • Blair (to Vanessa): You have no idea who you're dealing with.

    • Dan (to Chuck): Hey, last time I checked, I still owed you a black eye. So, unless this is you coming to claim it, stay away from her.

    • Gossip Girl: This just in. Nate Archibald. Dead man walking. We hear St. Jude's has a new policy. An eye for a lie.

    • Blair: Hey, let go of me Bass.
      Chuck: Drop your Archibald habit first.
      Blair: You know I already have.
      Chuck: Really? A kiss does sort of send the wrong signal. Lets not waste time denying.
      Blair: You know what? I'm tired of this. Go ahead and tell him.
      Chuck: Really? You want me to tell him how you slept with me and then faked your virginity for him?
      Blair: I'll just tell him your lying. And you do you think he'll believe? You who bangs anything in his field of vision. Or me, his pure and honest girlfriend of many years.
      Chuck: I know he'll believe me.
      Blair: Why?
      Chuck: I have proof.
      (Turns to look at Vanessa taping their conversation)

  • NOTES (6)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Někdo musí z kola ven (Someone Has to Go out of the Circle)

    • The character of Miss Queller shares a name with one of the producers, Jessica Queller.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      India: January 25, 2008 on Zee Cafe
      Australia: March 4, 2008 on FOX8
      Norway: March 12, 2008 on TVNorge
      Latin America: March 27, 2008 on Warner Channel
      Philippines: May 20, 2008 on ETC
      Sweden: June 10, 2008 on Kanal 5
      The Netherlands: July 22, 2008 on Net 5
      Turkey: December 2, 2008 on CNBC-E
      Greece: December 6, 2008 on Star
      Slovakia: January 4, 2009 on Markiza
      Denmark: January 26, 2008 on Kanal 4
      Hungary: March 15, 2009 on Cool TV
      Germany: July 4, 2009 on ProSieben
      Czech Republic: December 5, 2009 on Prima

    • Music Featured In The Episode:
      - "Last Night (Oh Yeah)" by Moby
      - "Someone Great" by LCD Soundsystem
      - "Come Flash All Your Ladies" by The Filthy Youth
      - "Orange" by The Filthy Youth
      - "Autumn Pink" by Harry Warren
      - "Breakfast In NYC" by Oppenheimer
      - "Come Home" by OneRepublic
      - "Four Romantic Pieces, Opus 75" by Dvorak
      - "Piano Quartet in G Minor" by Mozart
      - "Cross The River" by La Rocca

    • Although she is credited, Taylor Momsen (Jenny) does not appear in this episode.

    • In Canada, CTV aired, this episode on Wednesday instead of the usual Tuesday timeslot.


    • Blair: Michael Moore over there is obviously just using this film to get close to Dan.

      Michael Moore is a producer of several high-grossing and controversial documentaries.

    • Episode Title: School Lies

      This is a reference to the 1992 movie School Ties starring Brendan Fraiser, Chris O'Donnell, Matt Damon and Ben Affleck.

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