Gossip Girl

Season 1 Episode 8

Seventeen Candles

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Nov 14, 2007 on The CW
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Episode Summary

It's Blair's 17th Birthday Party!

Blair is feeling heartbroken and guilty by the current state of her relationship with Nate and her recent indiscretion. But she manages to put on a happy face for her 17th birthday party and attempts to hide her feelings from her friends. Hoping that Serena and Vanessa can bond, Dan takes Vanessa to Blair's birthday party, but this ends up making Serena more uncomfortable. Jenny brings her mother home as a surprise, but Rufus isn't ready to forgive and forget. Finally, Nate's parents ask him to make a huge sacrifice to save his father's business as he faces charges of embezzlement and fraud.moreless

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  • 108

    Chuck & Blair's chemistry really is incredible, and you can really tell in this installment of Gossip Girl. I was surprised upon watching the last episode, and I'm glad the writers aren't treating this as just some random hook up. Chuck actually likes Blair, very interesting. The wager at the very end was dark but intense, and in the end, it didn't seem like Blair was "forced" to sleep with Chuck, the necklace was another great tie in. I'm really loving this couple right now.

    Nate's actually becoming a three dimensional character? What? Okay, that's a little too harsh, but as late as the eighth episode, I began to sympathize for Nate's character. His interactions with Jenny were good, but I hope they don't actually get together, because that definitely would be ridiculous. I think Jenny should have her crush, but I think that's where things should end for these two if the writers decided to continue with their friendship.

    The Dan/Serena/Vanessa scenes were definitely entertaining but it all just seemed too familiar with the past 2 episodes, Vanessa likes Dan, Dan likes Serena, blah blah blah. I would like to add that the Guitar Hero scene was pretty great, and it was just good fun, definitely a nice break from the drama. Overall, good episode, nice cliffhanger.moreless
  • A whole new side to Chuck!

    This was a whole new side to Chuck. I loved it. I didn't like him much as an aspiring rapist in the first two episodes. I'm glad they decided to change him, in a way. So... After a night together in his...limo, Blair seeks forgiveness from God and Chuck seeks a repetition of what happened between them. This reveals something new in the Bass-tard. He buys her the present she wanted, knowing Nate won't bother to. He admits he...likes her with a "define like". And when Nate doesn't show up and wins their bet, he says he's sorry. How can Blair not give in to that?moreless
  • Awesome.

    Well I told you I was back into this show. Thank god for that, another awesome episode from Gossip Girl. I just really, really, really, enjoy this show. But as I was saying a awesome episode, I loved the storyline to everything really. I love the whole Dan, Serena and Venessa, awesome story line. In this episode I started to like Nate more, I didn't really think his storyline could go anywhere else other than Blair but I was wrong, I really like where he is heading. Well another awesome episode from Gossip Girl, lets hope there is more like this one because it was awesome.moreless
  • Happy Birthday, Queen B!

    The confession scene was marvelous. Though I can't understand why Blair's still madly in love with Nate even though she already had sex with Chuck. This ep was great because it had Chuck and Blair in it! :D Chuck was really sweet, buying her the necklace and all, while she thought it was Nate who bought the necklace. I loved all of the CB scenes. Especially the "butterflies have got to be murdered" and I use that line quite often now. Nate was such an a** but it was okay, because if he came to the party, CB would never have happened and they'd still be stuck in their loveless romance. Poor B, getting that picture of Nate and Jenny. But she sure ended her birthday with a blast!moreless
  • It's Blair's birthday

    The first scene in this episode where Blair goes to the priest to confess is classic and I love her little black veil that she has on to dramatize the moment. I also really like the song that plays when she flashes back to the last night with Chuck. Then he just happens to be outside as she leaves the church, it's great. I cannot stand Vanessa's character especially in this episode, I hate her line about them all knowing how to swim, they are making her so pretentious it is annoying. Jenny and Nate were really cute in this episode together as they went through their respective family drama. The best part of this episode was Chuck and Blair who really cute together and when he admits that he likes her and then tells her that it wasn't that great anyways, it shows a whole different side to him. Then when he gives her the necklace it is a really sweet moment and then the narration over the scene when Serena walks in is really great.moreless
Peter Maloney

Peter Maloney


Guest Star

Zoe Winters

Zoe Winters


Guest Star

Dan Ziskie

Dan Ziskie

The Archibald Lawyer

Guest Star

Nicole Fiscella

Nicole Fiscella

Isabel Coates

Recurring Role

Nan Zhang

Nan Zhang

Katy Farkas

Recurring Role

Jessica Szohr

Jessica Szohr

Vanessa Abrams

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (7)

  • QUOTES (31)

    • Alison: (about her leaving) I asked if you were okay with me going away and I'd hoped that if there was a problem you would say something.
      Dan: Like what? Your daughter's a freshman at a school populated by mean girls and date rapists, I think she needs her mom? Or maybe my father is madly in love with you and will probably never get over this. (pause) Why should I have to tell you this?

    • Alison: Hey, can we talk?
      Dan: Well that depends, are-are you back for good?
      Alison: I don't really know, your father and I haven't really had a chance to talk, so.
      Dan: Well do you want to come back?

    • Blair: (On the phone) Hi, this is Blair Waldorf, I was wondering if any of the pieces I put on hold today were picked up. (other line responds) The diamond necklace. Okay, thank you. (looking up at the ceiling)Thank you, thank you!

    • Anne: May I remind you that it was your own rash actions that got us into this predicament.
      Nate: We're in this predicament because dad has a drug problem. I was trying to help him.
      Anne: Then help him.

    • Dan: Hey, Dad, Jenny (pause) and and-Mom?
      Alison: Hey, honey.
      Dan: Well, look at this. The whole family's together, eating waffles.
      Jenny: Want one?
      Dan: You bet. Just one question. Am I the only one who thinks this is extremely weird? I-I mean given everything?

    • Nate: (about his mom) She wants me to give Blair her ring.
      Chuck: What? You guys broke up.
      Nate: Yeah, I know. I mean wait, how did you know?
      Chuck: Predictably, your ex ran the old, uh, grill-the-best-friend play.

    • Gossip Girl: Whoever thought monarchy was dead didn't realize it just changed zip codes. So, what will it be, Nate? Blair Waldorf's hand or your father's head?

    • (Gossip Girl voice over as Serena watches Chuck and Blair make-out on the bed)
      Gossip Girl: Spotted: B turning a year older, but not necessarily wiser. Guess Chuck's the gift that keeps on giving. Blow out your candles, B; this'll be better in the dark. xoxo Gossip Girl.

    • (Blair is lying alone in her room after Nate fails to call her at midnight for her birthday. Chuck enters the room)
      Blair: (sitting up) I'm not in the mood, Chuck. It's pretty much the worst birthday, ever.
      Chuck: (pulling out a box from behind his back) Maybe it can be salvaged.
      (He sits next to Blair on the bed)
      Blair: (sighs) What's that, our sex tape?
      (Chuck opens the box to reveal the diamond necklace Blair put on hold)
      Blair: (eyes wide) It's the Erickson Beamon necklace.
      (Chuck moves towards Blair with the necklace)
      Blair: No. I couldn't.
      Chuck: Yes, you can.
      (He unclasps the necklace and places it gently around Blair's neck)
      Chuck: Something this beautiful deserves to be seen on someone worthy of its beauty.

    • Serena: Blair, stop. You can talk to me.
      Blair: (crying) We ended it. I wanted to tell you, but a part of me thought that if I didn't say it out loud, then it wouldn't be true. It was my birthday wish for us to get back together, but now, I think it's really over.

    • Gossip Girl: Spotted -- Nate Archibald depositing a mystery girl in a taxi after midnight. All we know about her for sure, she's not Blair Waldorf.

    • Serena: Make a wish, Blair.
      Blair: It already didn't come true.

    • Gossip Girl: Happy birthday to who? Forget cake and ice cream, I'm saving room for just desserts. Looks like Chuck's wish might come true.

    • Chuck: 12:01. I'm sorry.
      Blair: No, you're smarmy. There's a difference. If you're coming to collect, you can forget it.
      Chuck: Turn around.
      Blair: You get grosser by the second.
      Chuck: (pointing at a cake behind Blair) You get older. Look.

    • Serena: I can't believe you didn't tell me your mom came home.
      Dan: I'm sorry. Really, I...
      Serena: What, you didn't think it was important?
      Dan: No, no. Of course, it is.
      Serena: Why bother? You already told Vanessa.
      Dan: I tell Vanessa everything. Alright? I have, since I was six.
      Serena: Well, you're not six anymore, Dan. I just, I was just hoping that I would be the person that you would tell these things to, now.
      Dan: I want you to be that person, too. Really, I do. This whole girlfriend thing is very new to me, you know? I don't know the rules yet.
      Serena: Well, Blair said that in a relationship the best friend...
      Dan: Serena. Are you really taking relationship advices from Blair?
      Serena: (laughs) Good point. Look, I just don't wanna have to compete with Vanessa. You know, with Guitar Hero, okay. I'm way more awesome, if you didn't happen to notice. But, um, not with you.

    • Dan: If it's weird, I can go talk to her.
      Serena: Oh, no, no, no. Don't do that. Look, tell me something Vanessa likes -- besides you -- and I will make an effort to bond.
      Dan: (smiles) Aw, thank you.

    • Serena: So, you brought Vanessa as your date to Blair's party?
      Dan: No. No, you're my date. i just thought it might be a good opportunity for all three of us to hang out.
      Serena: Oh, yeah, because it was so fun and not remotely awkward at breakfast this morning.

    • Blair: (seeing Chuck beside her) Stalk me, much?
      Chuck: What are you still doing up here all alone?
      Blair: I don't know where Nate is, and he always calls at midnight when it turns into my birthday.
      Chuck: Well, I wouldn't count on it tonight. Doesn't it strike you as just a little bit of a coincidence? The timing of everything?
      Blair: What do you mean?
      Chuck: Well, Nate suddenly decides he wants to get back together just moments after your mother puts on the brakes on her deal with the Captain?
      Blair: So, you're saying that Nate is only pretending to like me and that he's actually using me to get to my mother. He wouldn't do that.
      Chuck: Yes, he would. If it was to help his family. You know he would.
      Blair: Nate loves me. Whatever he's doing, wherever he is, he will call at midnight, you'll see.
      Chuck: Care to make a wager? If he calls, I'll leave you alone forever. If he doesn't, you spend the night with me.
      Blair: I will not!
      Chuck: I thought you were sure.
      Blair: You're gonna lose. He's never missed my birthday.
      Gossip Girl: Careful, B. There's no safe wager when you bet on a Bass. You just might lose your shirt... and your pants.

    • Blair: (to Serena after looking at Vanessa) Oh, sweetie, you did not tell me that she looks like that. This is such a problem.

    • Nate: (to Chuck) Come on man, I can hear you breathing on the other side of the door.

    • Blair:Sighs You nauseate me.
      Chuck: All this talk about how you have to be with Nate or the world will end. Face it, it's over.
      Blair: You sound like a jealous boyfriend.
      Chuck: Yeah, right. You wish.
      Blair: (scoffs) No. You wish.
      Chuck: Please. You forget who you're talking to...
      Blair: So do you. Do you like me?
      Chuck: (after a pause) Define like.
      Blair: Oh. You have got to be kidding. I do not believe this.
      Chuck: How do you think I feel? I haven't slept. I feel sick, like there's something in my stomach... fluttering.
      Blair: Butterflies? Oh, no, no, no, no. This is not happening.
      Chuck: Believe me, no one is more surprised, or ashamed than I am.
      Blair: Chuck, you know that I adore all of God's creatures and the metaphors that they inspire. But, these butterflies? Got to be murdered.
      Chuck: (considers it) Fine... it wasn't that great, anyway.
      Blair: Thanks.

    • Chuck: Are you ready for your present? (Blair grabs his hair and puts his head over the balcony rail) Ow! If you wanted to play rough, all you had to do was ask.

    • Chuck: (opening the door to Nate) Nathaniel!
      Nate: Where's the girl?
      Chuck: In my dreams, I was trying to get some shut eye. What's on your mind?
      Nate: Just my mom.
      Chuck: Sounds Freudian.

    • Blair: I can't believe he told her you guys were going to do it.
      Serena: Well, I told you.
      Blair: That's different, I'm a girl.
      Serena: Yeah, well, so is she.
      Blair: Exactly my point. But even if she wasn't, when you get a boyfriend, you become the best friend and the best friend becomes the second best friend. That's just how it has to be, if it's ever going to work.

    • Gossip Girl: Speak of the devil and he doth appear -- wearing his trademark scarf. Careful, B, hell hath no fury like a Chuck Bass scorned.

    • Chuck: (seeing Blair coming out of the church) Well, this is the last place I'd expect to find you.
      Blair: Go away, Chuck! I've been given orders, practically from God himself, to avoid you.
      Chuck: Would you consider avoiding me over breakfast?
      Blair: Sorry, but as is tradition on the day before my birthday, I'm heading to the jewelers to put some pieces on hold for Eleanor and...
      Chuck: Nate? Oh, I don't think he'll be singing Happy Birthday this year.
      Blair: No one knows that Nate and I broke up, and it's going to stay that way so I can fix this. And I don't think you're best friend would still be your best friend is he knew...
      Chuck: If he knew how much I enjoyed the removal of a certain chastity belt in the back of this very limo?
      Blair: From this moment forward, the events of last night will never be mentioned again, is that clear?
      Chuck: Not as clear as the memory of you purring in my ear, which I have been replaying over and over...
      Blair: Well, erase the tape because as far as I'm concerned, it never happened.
      Chuck: I'll see you at your party tonight.
      Blair: You're officially uninvited.
      Chuck: Never stopped me before.

    • Vanessa: Serena, hi! It's nice to see you.
      Serena: This time you're seeing less of me.
      Vanessa: Sorry about walking in when you were, you know...
      Serena: Yeah.
      Vanessa: You guys are up early. What did you do last night? (Dan gives her a look) Oh, my God. I totally didn't mean to pry.
      Dan: You're not prying.
      Serena: Why would you think you're prying?
      Dan and Vanessa: No reason.
      Serena: (turns to Dan) Did you tell her?
      Dan: What? No. What's to tell?
      Vanessa: I know nothing. But, if you guys did this thing that I know nothing about, then I would totally support that.
      Dan: Thanks, Vanessa. Good to know in the event that that should happen.
      Vanessa: Oh, you mean it didn't happen?
      Dan: Meaning I don't even know what we're talking about, right now.
      Serena: I know I'm lost.
      Vanessa: And I should get lost.

    • Blair: Forgive me, Father, for I have sinned. It's been...awhile since my last confession.
      Priest: What troubles you, my child?
      Blair: (sighs) After being broken up with my boyfriend for exactly twenty minutes, I succumbed to inebriation, performed at a Speak-Easy, and surrendered my virtue to a self-absorbed ass. The only good news is that he's a total pig who'll act like it never happened, thank God.
      Priest: Ahem.
      Blair: Sorry. Truthfully, I'm not even Catholic.
      Priest: (sarcastically) You don't say?
      Blair: But losing my virginity to Chuck Bass? None of my friends will ever understand. I'm ready for my punishment. Whatever you and God think is fair. Flogging, fasting, putting that thing with the teeth around my thigh like Silas.
      Priest: How about some food for thought instead? Don't drink, keep your clothes on, try avoiding those who might cause you to stray.
      Blair: Oh, I plan to. Thank you, Father. That was very good advice. (gets up to leave but comes back) You don't grant birthday wishes, do you?
      Priest: I'm a priest, not a genie.
      Blair: Well, the next time you talk to Him, would you ask Him to send my boyfriend back to me?

    • Gossip Girl: According to the Catholic Church, mortal sin can only be absolved through the sacred act of confession. But it looks like a certain wasp Princess has rececntly found herself desperately in need of little unburdening. And who is the Man upstairs to discriminate?

    • Nate: Where's my boy? Seal the deal, tap that ass, money marries bigger money?
      Chuck: Look, I care about three things Nathaniel. Money, the pleasures money brings me, and you. I'm just trying to have your back here. Your parents have been controlling you your whole life. If it doesn't end now, when will it ever?

    • Chuck: So, where is your head?
      Nate: Spinning. I mean, my mom wants me to get back together with Blair so Eleanor doesn't pull out of the business deal. It's all because of my dad's whole trial thing, you know?
      Chuck: I'm sorry about that. But look, if you're done with Blair, be done. Don't cave to your parents' wishes if they're not your desires.

  • NOTES (5)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Rozchod (Breakup)

    • Although she is credited, Kelly Rutherford (Lilly) does not appear in this episode.

    • This is the first episode we see Dan and Jenny's mother, Alison Humphrey (Susan Misner).

    • Original International Air Dates:
      India: December 21, 2007 on Zee Cafe
      Australia: February 5, 2008 on FOX8
      Norway: February 13, 2008 on TVNorge
      Latin America: February 21, 2008 on Warner Channel
      Sweden: March 18, 2008 on Kanal 5
      Denmark: April 13, 2008 on Kanal 4
      Philippines: April 22, 2008 on ETC
      Poland: May 27, 2008 on TVN7
      The Netherlands: July 8, 2008 on Net 5
      Turkey: November 4, 2008 on CNBC-E
      Greece: November 8, 2008 on Star
      Slovakia: December 14, 2008 on Markiza
      Hungary: February 15, 2009 on Cool TV
      Germany: June 6, 2009 on ProSieben
      Czech Republic: November 7, 2009 on Prima

    • Music in this episode:
      - "One Week of Danger" by The Virgins
      - "Your Birthday" by The Shapes
      - "Love is Colder Than..." by The Virgins
      - "Rich Girls" by The Virgins
      - "Feathers" by Two Hours Traffic
      - "Nice Buddy" by Puffy Ami Yumi
      - "How We Breathe" by Pinback
      - "Fernando Pando" by The Virgins
      - "Freebird" by CAST
      - "Inside Out" by Miss Eighy 6
      - "How Does it Feel" by Eskimo Joe
      - "Kissing Song" by Dawn Landes
      - "Radio Christine" by The Virgins


    • Vanessa: Hey, I am a golden god.

      I am a golden god is a quote from the successful film Almost Famous, about a rock band.

    • "You went down like Britney at the VMAS".

      This refers to Britney Spears and her comeback performance at the Video Music Awards (VMAS), which did not go exactly as planned.

    • At Blair's birthday, they play Guitar Hero.

      Guitar Hero is a very popular video game series.

    • In the church confessional Blair refers to Silas, a character in Dan Brown's novel "The Da Vinci Code" who injured himself as penance for his sins.

    • Episode Title: Seventeen Candles

      This is a reference to the 1984 film Sixteen Candles starring Molly Ringwald and Anthony Michael Hall. Directed by John Hughes