Gossip Girl

Season 2 Episode 3

The Dark Night

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Sep 15, 2008 on The CW



  • Trivia

    • Goof: When Nate is talking to Marcus when he runs into him on the street his headphones are around his neck. When they are saying goodbye the headphones jump from his neck to his hands and then back to his neck again when he is placing a call on his cell.

    • The girl Dan and Serena met at the park who was on Serena's side is wearing a similar outfit to Serena's in Bad New Blair.

    • Serena is wearing the same dress she was seen holding (when deciding what to wear) in the previous episode Never been Marcused.

  • Quotes

    • Serena: What are you so afraid of?
      Dan: Right now, heatstroke.

    • Jenny: (to Eleanor) I'm..I'm so sorry. That was completely, completely unprofessional. And I promise it will never happen again from me. I.. I swear.

      Eleanor: (to Jenny) I know you wont. Not here at least. I need people around here that I can trust. (pauses a second) Clean out your station.

    • Nate: (to Vanessa) When you called the other day, it was like... I could breathe again.

    • Blair: (about Marcus) You know he wasn't pressured me about sex? Not once! (sad) Not once...

    • Serena: Why can't you support me?
      Blair: Have you two talked about everything? The very real reasons you broke up last year?
      Serena: Not... completely.
      Blair: Well, when you do, if you're still together, then I'll be happy for you. Until then I think you're just fooling yourself.

    • Rufus: (to Vanessa) He's not still reading one of those Dan and Serena should-be-or-shouldn't-be threads is he?

    • Serena: It's just so obvious. You're not over Blair. This is your body's way of telling you!
      Chuck: I don't have a romantic bone in my body. Least of all that one. But you do raise an interesting idea. Clearly there's some kind of ... blockage... Perhaps...
      Serena: No!
      Chuck: One more go-around, just to clear the pipes.
      Serena: You are not using Blair as sexual Drano!

    • Serena: (About the three girls who were meddling in their relationship) What... was that?
      Dan: That was Gossip Girl.

    • Blair: It's a city-wide blackout, but we have candles. Everything's going to be fine!

    • Vanessa: I don't believe this. I kept telling myself you were different than Blair and all the others, but you're just as bad!
      Nate: It's not that simple, okay?
      Vanessa: Are you sleeping with that woman?
      Nate: Yes.
      Vanessa: Is that the reason you keep canceling on me?
      Nate: Yes, but...
      Vanessa: No, Nate, there are no buts. You lied to me and you're sleeping with some Mrs. Robinson. And while on the Upper East Side that might be totally normal, I didn't sign up for some love triangle with you and somebody's mom!

    • Catherine: Nate makes me feel alive. I'm not gonna give that up.

    • Jenny: (looking at designs) It looks like a pilgrim at a funeral... I am so, so sorry.
      Eleanor: You're absolutely right.
      Jenny: I am?
      Eleanor: Yes. Don't let it go to your head.

    • Vanessa: Nate, you have to end this for yourself. Forget about what I said before. You are better than this. I'll be here when you get back.

    • Blair: Marcus wait!
      Marcus: Did you really not know it was him? Can you honestly tell me that?
      Blair: I knew it was him.
      Marcus: Thank you.
      Blair: But I want you!
      Marcus: No Blair. You want my title. The idea of who I am. But you clearly want him. Which makes me a fool. Because I really did want you. I DO want you.
      Blair: Then show me! I'm not some delicate little flower. Show me!

    • Marcus: (sees Blair and Chuck) Blair!
      Blair: Oh My God, Oh My God!!!
      Marcus: Blair, what is it?
      Blair: You don't understand! I thought it was you! He had an accent!
      Chuck: Please, you knew exactly who it was!

    • Serena: I forgive you... for Georgina.
      Dan: And I forgive you...
      Serena: We keep having this same fight. At Bart's brunch, a year ago. At the wedding...
      Dan: Where we talked about the fight at Bart's brunch.
      Serena: And now here. I can't change who I am, Dan.
      Dan: Me neither.

    • Serena: What do you want, Dan? For me to never say my name?
      Dan: That's not what I said.
      Serena: We thought we could avoid talking about last year, well? This is fate telling us we can't.

    • Gossip Girl: Love may fade with the season, but some friendships are year round. Like you and me! You know you love me. XOXO, Gossip Girl.

    • Dan: Why'd you tell him to stay with that woman? You know, I thought you liked him.
      Vanessa: I do. That's why I did it.
      Dan: I don't understand.
      Vanessa: She told me that if Nate left her, she would go to the FBI and tell them where Nate's dad is hanging out. So... I really didn't have a choice.

    • Chuck: (hooking up in limo) This isn't gonna work.
      Girl: I thought you said you're better!
      Chuck: I am... just not for you.

    • Gossip Girl: In these last hazy days of summer, a few simple tips to beat the heat: 1. Drink plenty of fluids. 2. Stay out of the sun. 3. Limit all physical activity... that is, within reason.

    • Blair: Not that it's any of your business, but Marcus and I have an amazing sex life.
      Chuck: Really? [pauses] What names does he call you when you make love? Where does he put his hand? Does he... [whispers] Have sex with me.
      Blair: What?
      Chuck: Just once, that's all I ask.
      Blair: You are disgusting and I hate you.
      Chuck: Then why are you still holding my hand?

    • Gossip Girl: Looks like Lady B is determined to have it all. Question is... who with?

    • Gossip Girl: Spotted: Lady B acting not so lady-like. Hope you kept the receipt for that tiara, B.

    • Serena: Who was that?
      Chuck: A whiff of the Far East.
      Serena: Sometimes I envy you. Wait, what am I saying? You're disgusting.

    • Gossip Girl: Sorry to break it to you B, but this party just went over... to the dark side.

    • Catherine: Blair, have you seen Nate?
      Blair: Umm, no. It's a blackout.

    • Blair: Honestly, Catherine, so what? If they wanna be together you can't stop them. Just deal with it.
      Catherine: I wouldn't expect you to understand.
      Blair: Hot young guy? Aging beauty enjoying her last hurrah before the surgeries start? It's called a cliche.

    • Dan: I can't believe Nate Archibald is a gigolo.
      Vanessa: You can't tell anyone!
      Dan: Who? Who would I tell? Except everyone I've ever met.
      Vanessa: (glares)
      Dan: I won't.

  • Notes

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Temná noc (Dark Night)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Latin America: November 19, 2008 on Warner Channel
      Sweden: November 23, 2008 on Kanal 5
      Australia: December 23, 2008 on FOX8
      Norway: January 14, 2009 on TVNorge
      The Netherlands: January 16, 2009 on Net 5
      Philippines: February 17, 2009 on ETC
      Greece: February 21, 2009 on Star Channel
      Denmark: June 21, 2009 on Kanal 4
      Turkey: September 22, 2009 on CNBC-e
      Poland: October 11, 2009 on TVN7
      Czech Republic: February 13, 2010 on Prima
      Slovakia: May 1, 2010 on Doma

    • When Chuck tells Blair to blow out the candle, Ed Westwick uses his real voice (his British accent).

    • Music featured in this episode:
      "Lights Out" by Santogold.
      "Like Knives" by The Fashion
      "Closer" by Ne-Yo
      "I Can Feel A Hot One" by Manchester Orchestra
      "It's A Lot" by The 88

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

  • Allusions

    • Laurel: Have you ever seen Cinderella?

      Jenny: The cartoon? Sure.

      Laurel: Remember the little birds that helped her dress? Remember how they didn't offer their opinion? Try to imagine that you're one of those birds?

      Cinderella is a classic fairy tale, and the animated film version came out in 1950.

    • Episode title: The Dark Night

      The Dark Knight is a a DC comic book about Batman and the title is also the name of the 2008 film which is a sequel to Batman Begins (2005).