Gossip Girl

Season 2 Episode 19

The Grandfather

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Mar 23, 2009 on The CW
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Episode Summary

Blair explores her dark side!!! Devastated by her current situations, Blair turns to her wild side, causing Serena and Chuck to have serious concerns about their friend. Vanessa convinces Nate that it may be time to forgive and forget when it comes to his mother's Kennedyesque family, The Vanderbilts, who abandoned Nate and his mother when they needed them most. In an effort to be completely honest with each other, Lily and Rufus agree to share lists of their past lovers.moreless

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  • 219

    I'm surprised I'm saying this but this was another "good" episode of Gossip Girl. Now I couldn't care less about the Rufus/Lilly scenes, nor the Nate scenes considering he's done virtually nothing all season.

    Another thing I didn't like was the partner swapping. At least the very tired Nate & Vanessa relationship is over. I just really didn't like where they went with Nate & Blair. Guys, this isn't The Secret Life of the American Teenager. You know the show is going downhill when everyone begins hooking up with each other for shock value.

    Minus some annoyances, you can't deny, this was a well-done episode. The Dan/Serena scene was the light-hearted fun I'm sure we were all seeking from this show and got that. Her reaction to Dan sleeping with Rachel was hilarious. I liked the Serena/Chuck interactions here. Overall, good episode.moreless
  • ...

    Well, this was one pretty amazing episode, especially after previous one or some of the last episodes. It was more like 1st season's "Gossip Girl", which I'm still missing because it was amazing. In this episode Blair is just awesome. Leighton was at her highest. In fact, it seemed to me that Blair was on the same path as Chuck after his father's death. I expected that there would be more Blair - Carter interaction to make Chuck jealous, but it was kinda poor. I like that Serena and Chuck are acting like siblings, it's sweet and untypical. There was only one thing that I can't get it - why Dan all the time took part in the Vanderbilts' family activities? For Vanessa it was OK, she's Nate's girlfriend, but Dan? Is he too?? lol. And in the second review in row I could say that I really like how Nate and Vanessa are included in all storyline.moreless
  • An episode that makes you want to yell NO!!!!

    This episode annoys me so much¡K. There¡¦s just no amount of words that describe how annoyed I am. Blair and Nate Boooo! Nate is so mean making Vanessa feel stupid when he chose that silly internship whatever over a pretty awesome sounding vacay. And then Chuck not telling her something comforting and of course not saying those three words I LOVE YOU~ God why can¡¦t he just say it to make her feel good and plus it¡¦s the truth so that helps. Also I refuse to swallow the next promo Chuck and Vanessa kissing holding hands ewwww we see that enough of screen don¡¦t bring them lovers on screen. Imoreless
  • Return to the old.

    As is the problem with Gossip Girl,some of the characters are very flat and when an episode has too much Nate in it it gets very boring very quickly. Nate and Vanessa are a good idea conceptually, but the two actors have no chemistry and have a story line that could not be more cliched. Despite all of my criticisms of Nate are he was very likable at the end of this episode. The vintage Nate and Blair moment was really well done and very sweet, I was so happy when I saw it at first and they didn't make it into something sexual, but just showed them as friends. This, of course changed by the end of the episode which at first was angering, but I think will be a very good plot point for the next couple of episodes. Chuck and Blair's moment in this episode was really hot as well, I do think that they should of pushed her descent into darkness a little further, but I guess it wasn't a legit because of the Sarah Lawerence thing. Something that I thought was kind of a failure in this episode was the voice- overs which are normally really good but in this episode had some really cheesy and unclever moments.

    Speaking of cheesy, Lily and Rufus in this episode were on the fine line between being unbearable as always and cute, but I think they ended up on the cute side.moreless
  • This was a surprising turn for Gossip Girl.

    Gossip Girl came out with a different twist in 'The Grandfather' which worked out far better than last week's 'The Age of Dissonance'.

    We welcome back Lily and Rufus after a long break. I'd anticipated a bit juicier storyline between them, though there were a bit of funny moments between them.

    Lily and Rufus squabble over their past relationships and the fact that Lily's list was a tad longer (okay that's an understatement), but making a list of past lovers only spells disaster.

    This was the first time where and episode revolving around a 'Nate and Vanessa' made sense. Nate bonding with his grandfather was trendy, though I often find myself wondering where he was when Nate sunk to the bottom. Probably watching Nate from the distance, hoping he would 'man-up' and take responsibility, like his grandfather stated he was proud of. I smelt something fishy with Nate's cousin after all began to cave in on Vanessa and she realized that the slight shove she gave Nate to reunite with his family, might have led to a tight squeeze and their inability to let him go. Nate got a taste of his grandfather's persuasion and ended up choosing the internship instead of a summer get-away. Still the internship does sound like an interesting way to spend your summer; a couple get-away could be done anytime I don't think Vanessa and Nate should split because of it.

    I definitely did not expect a Blair-Nate reconnection. From the moment Blair and Nate got a one-on-one scene together I knew they were going to initiate something between them. When he gave Blair his coat and she gave him back, I actually thought Blair was up to something; probably remembering how happy she used to be with him, her first boyfriend.

    The heart of this episode was watching Blair go into the lowest of lows, from welcoming an overnight guest into her home, to degrading herself in public and taking down some others with her. This was a side of Blair we haven't seen before. Degrading her image and lowering her inhibitions so that even an untamed Chuck could take her in his arms; but even that didn't work out as he threw away the opportunity in Blair's weakened state with a "It's not you" liner. Who felt a bit sorry when Blair had to beg her way into another school, let alone in front of Chuck and Serena? Sadly enough they could help her out of her depressing state.

    There would be a triangular struggle between Blair, Nate and Chuck next episode Remains of the J and somebody might get hurt in between... or everyone might get what they want, who knows how it would go on Gossip Girl? Let's just hope it uses the same formula and mix it up next week.


    *So Serena finds about Dan and Rachel from a drunken Blair, which ended as quickly as it began. She slaps him and they have a laugh off? not what i expected, it was a bit amusing, sort of pictured hr making a scene though.

    *Jenny was way underused here. It was a good thing for Vanessa and Dan otherwise we wouldn't have seen her at all. What happened to her clothing line? All in time I guess.

    *I hope they spruce up Lily and Rufus' relationship; I liked them in the earlier stages when things were 'complicated', now they are getting a bit dull.moreless
Sebastian Stan

Sebastian Stan

Carter Baizen

Guest Star

James Naughton

James Naughton

William van der Bilt

Guest Star

Aaron Tveit

Aaron Tveit

Tripp Vanderbilt

Guest Star

Jill Flint

Jill Flint


Recurring Role

Zuzanna Szadkowski

Zuzanna Szadkowski


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • In this episode there are some references to Poland. Vanessa and Nate eat pierogi, traditional polish dish. Chuck says Looks like Polanski is in town which refers to great polish director, Roman Polanski. Also, Dorota says some words in polish: Zwariowales gówniarzu?! Ja pracuje dla miss Blair, nie dla ciebie. Co ty sobie wyobrazasz? which means: Are you crazy little sh*t?! I work for miss Blair, not for you. What are you thinking?. What's interesting, Zuzanna Szadkowski who plays Dorota was born in Poland.

  • QUOTES (28)

    • Gossip Girl: Springtime. A season for rebirth and new beginnings. For some it's a chance to turn over a new leaf. For others, it's the surprise of seeing something bloom. But for yours truly, it's a reminder that on the Upper East Side, everything old can be new again. XOXO -Gossip Girl

    • Gossip Girl: Call your travel agent, kiddies. Looks like Nate Archibald traded in a summer of love for a one-way ticket to his legacy.

    • Nate: Do you remember when you used to make us watch your favorite movies over and over again? Like Tiffany's and Holiday. You used to drive me nuts.
      Blair: This is a pep talk.
      Nate: I finally asked you why you like watch movies you've already seen? And remember what you said?
      Blair: I like knowing how things are gonna turn out.
      Nate: Exactly.

    • Gossip Girl: The danger with calling someone's bluff is that even if you win - you risk them walking away from the table for good. And who wants to play with themselves?

    • Blair: Do you remember the first time you saw the real me? The Blair that danced for you that night at Victrola? The Blair with none of the hang-ups, none of the frustrations? That's the Blair right here. Take me now.
      Chuck: Why?
      Blair: To prove that nothing matters.

    • Lady at the Van der Bilts reunion: (speaking about Eleanor) You must have her call me. Gerald and I, we just got engage and I need Eleanor Waldorf design for the big day.
      Blair: Oh, sure! Though I think she discontinued her third-trip-down-the-aisle, only-took-the-plunge-for-money line.
      Lady at the Van der Bilts reunion: Oh Blair, I think you had too much to drink!
      Blair: Oh, you would know! Three DUIs now, is it? Not that I blame you. Her way to escape the whispers that you made your money in adult entertainment websites.
      Chuck: Sorry everone! Big fan of your sites.

    • Vanessa: (on security check) Security check? I can't even put my lipstick in here. What could I possibly been trying to sneak in?
      Dan: I don't know. Liberal agenda? Universal health care? Education reform? Increase in the estate tax?

    • Blair: By the end of tonight, the old Blair Waldorf will be dead and buried, with no chance of resurrection.

    • Blair: I realized that while we can't tear out a single page of our life, we can throw the whole book in the fire. George Sand, she understands me. And what better place to go up in smoke than in front of the crème de la crème of New York society?

    • Gossip Girl: Poor B. Couldn't spin this one in her favor. Looks like now she's spinning out.

    • Carter: What's this? Good cop, Bass cop?

    • Gossip Girl: Spotted: B taking one small step for new Blair. One giant step towards a strange townhouse. Enter at your own risk B.

    • Lily: Do you think he'll judge?
      Serena: I think you should just sneak a peek at his little black book before you drop the yellow pages on him. Just make sure your numbers are on par.

    • Blair: Do you know how exhausting it's been being Blair Waldorf for the past 18 years… all the work, the planning?
      Serena: You mean plotting?
      Blair: Yes, exactly. I'm glad it all blew up in my face. It was a wake-up call. I was such an overachiever. I was headed for a quarter-life crisis at 18.
      Serena: Oh, B. You've had a couple of setbacks, but there must still be a way to get into a great college, and if anyone can do it, it's you.
      Blair: No, S, I've learned the hard way. I can't control everything, plan everything. Now with Carter's help, I'm trying something different.

    • Gossip Girl: We hear Carter Baizen's dealt Chuck another losing hand. But rest assured, Upper East Siders. Chuck always has a card up his sleeve.

    • Gossip Girl: Looks like V is leading a lost lamb back to the flock. And C is coming to B, sheepishly bearing gifts.

    • Tripp: Nate, changed your mind!
      Nate: Six times, actually!

    • Dan: (excited) What?! Nate, you said it was a mansion not a country club.

    • Dan: (seeing a helicopter) It's flying low must be a hospital nearby.
      Tripp: It's not a medical. It's grandfather's ride.

    • Dan: You gonna skip out your family reunion? I appreciate the commitment to the game..
      Nate: No, listen man, I'm not gonna go pretend to bond with people, who shot me and my mum out, when my dad got busted. Let's go inside, game starting!

    • Chuck: (talking to Serena about Blair) I went to see her last week. She never came home. It's not like our girl to be out all night. I know something's going on. This is more than her having her dirty laundry aired on Gossip Girl.
      Serena: She, um. She got rejected by Yale.
      Chuck: The only thing she wanted more than me. (deep breath) That would be painful.
      Serena: Chuck, she's embarrassed. So we just need to give her some time to lick her wounds.
      Chuck: Maybe I can lick em' for her.
      Serena: (disgusted) Ugh.

    • Gossip Girl: Everything old can be new again. XOXO, Gossip Girl

    • Chuck: I'm losing her.
      Serena: Well then fight for her. She did for you.
      Chuck: I tried. I failed.
      Serena: Well then try again. She's scared, Chuck. Her plan hasn't worked out for her and she doesn't know what's gonna happen next. If you want to be back in her life, make her feel safe. You know what to say.

    • Serena: You slept with her at school during a play with me probably twenty feet away.
      Dan: Okay, right, yeah.. Uh. When you put it like that.. mm.. What? Why are you smiling?
      Serena: I don't know. I am mad, but that was invigorating.
      Dan: (laughs) That's good. That's good to know that you enjoy hitting people.

    • Blair: We used to talk about our future - how perfect everything would be, remember?
      Nate: Yeah.
      Blair: What happened? When did everything get so screwed up? This isn't how it's supposed to be. I don't know who I am anymore, what I'm supposed to do. I feel so -
      Nate: Lost.

    • Serena: B, why didn't you tell us?
      Blair: What? That I was coming to debase myself by begging to be accepted at Sarah Lawrence? Gee, you're right! Why didn't I update my Facebook page?
      Chuck: It's nice to know the old Blair's still in there somewhere.
      Serena: I know you didn't give up.
      Blair: You're wrong; I just did! Don't follow me!

    • Blair: In fact, if I'm somewhere and I can say Blair Waldorf would never do that. (wears shades) Guess what. I'll do it. (walks away)
      Serena: B, but you have to pay for those.
      Blair: So call security.

    • Chuck: What are you doing with this insect?
      Blair: Having the time of my life. Thank you very much.

  • NOTES (4)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Potíže s dědečkem (Troubles with Grandpa)

    • International Airdates:
      Latin America: April 22, 2009 on Warner Channel
      Norway: May 20, 2009 on TVNorge
      Greece: June 7, 2009 on Star
      Turkey: January 12, 2010 on CNBC-e
      Poland: February 7, 2010 on TVN7
      Czech Republic: April 11, 2010 on Prima COOL
      Australia: May 25, 2010 on GO!
      Slovakia: June 27, 2010 on Doma

    • When Lily makes her ex-list, we do see all names, including Bart Bass and Rufus Humphrey. It's chronologically listed. It's likely that Lily's last man before Bart was Mr. Van Der Woodsen, yet we do not see a name reference here.

    • Music in this episode:
      "Be Alright" by Vienne
      "Kids" by MGMT
      "Band-aid For A Fracture" by One Silver Astronaut
      "I Can Make You Feel It" by Home Video


    • Nate: Do you remember when you used to make us watch your favorite movies over and over again? Like Tiffany's and Holiday. You used to drive me nuts.

      Tiffany's is allusion to Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961), a story, written by Truman Capote and directed by Blake Edwards, about young New York socialite who lives in Upper East Side. Portrayed by Audrey Hepburn. Holiday (1938) is a movie directed by George Cukor. Story about free-thinking Johnny Case (Cary Grant) and his wealthy fiancée (Katharine Hepburn).

    • Vanessa: The only thing Nate's ever voted for was American Idol.

      American Idol is a TV show/reality contest between potential new solo musical talents.

    • Serena: Slash? Seriously?!

      Slash is Saul Hudson's stage name. He's a well-known lead guitarist, formerly was playing in Guns N' Roses, currently in Velvet Revolver.

    • Gossip Girl: Looks like V is leading a lost lamb back to the flock. And C is coming to B, sheepishly bearing gifts.

      A lost lamb is a Bible story about a shepherd, who owns hundred sheep. One night he looses a little lamb and he goes out into the dark to find it and return it back to safety.

    • Episode title: Grandfather

      Godfather is extremely popular crime drama movie (1972) based on the novel of the same name by Mario Puzo (who has also written a screenplay for movie) and directed by Francis Ford Coppola; starring Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Diane Keaton and many great actors. It's a story about Don Vito Corleone, the head of a Italian-American New York Mafia family. Movie has won 3 Oscars and is ranked among three greatest movies ever.