Gossip Girl

Season 1 Episode 6

The Handmaiden's Tale

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Oct 24, 2007 on The CW
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Episode Summary

Masquerade Ball, anyone?

Dan finds himself caught between two girls when his childhood friend, Vanessa, returns to Manhattan and declares her feelings for him, just as he and Serena are trying to figure out what they mean to each other. At the masked ball, Blair sends Nate on a scavenger hunt, but Nate is distracted by his feelings for Serena. Although Blair said that outsiders were not welcome to the party, a disguised Jenny and Dan sneak into the ball. Finally, Lily asks Rufus to accompany her to an Eleanor Waldorf event hoping to make Bart Bass jealous.moreless

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  • 106

    A really entertaining episode of Gossip Girl. We got some great interactions, a kind of over the top ending, and some great one liners from a few people in the cast. The Rufus & Lilly scenes are just incredibly boring, and I'm really not liking how much screen time they are getting.

    Nate continues to be really uninteresting and things were no different here with him battling with his feelings for Serena and being blamed for his father's indiscretions. Also the Nate & Blair relationship needs to end soon, it's not doing this show any favors.

    The Dan, Serena, and Vanessa interactions were quite good, and I'm looking forward to this triangle and how it will play out this season. I've once called Jenny annoying, and I stand by this statement, but she was good here too and she tied in quite nicely to everyone thinking she was Serena (the ridiculous ending I was talking about).

    This episode was good, but I just don't get why people liked it so much though.moreless
  • Awesome.

    What an awesome episode. I loved every minute of it, it was amazing. I loved the way Blair was bossing Jenny around, eventhough it wouldn't be fun to get done too. But we see that Jenny isn't so innocent as we thought. But I'm glad she got Chuck back, I thought that was clever. We also see that Nate wants Serena back. So Dan, Vanessa and Serena. I don't really like Vanessa in this episode, it's a good storyline but it's Dan and Serena all the way for me. I loved the Masquerade Ball. Anyway, another awesome episode from Gossip Girl. Can't wait to see more this show.moreless
  • Another great addition to the best teen drama on TV right now.

    Very busy episode. Very good but for a good amount of time it will be a huge failure.

    Okay, so, I don't like it when there's a boy and a girl who struggle to get together. And when they finally do, something bad happens to them and they break up. Like, an episode after they hooked up. I HATE that.

    So it seemed that this episode, that was going to happen. But oh god, thanks. That wasn't the case. This episode was full of twists and turns, lots of funnies.

    I finally came to the conclusion that Dan is a great character. He was good before, but most of the time he just appeared to be this middle class guy who's really funny. But It's nice to see some extra depth to his character every now and then, like now. Also, the previous episode marks the improvement of the parents storyline and so it continues in this one. Still falls short compared to the teens', but still pretty good!

    Overall a fun episode, exactly what I expect from GG .moreless
  • Masks off at midnight.

    This was a great episode. I loved how Blair bossed Jenny around and made her do errands and stuff. It's was so cool, lol. Vanessa is unlike the Vanessa in the books but judging from the different storylines, I don't care if she's different :D UGH, I couldn't stand Nate! He didn't even make an effort to patch things up with Blair. He's so insensitive, and good thing Jenny switched masks with Serena. Or else, if Nate really kissed Serena, Serena and Dan wouldn't have admitted each other's feelings at the end of the episode. Jenny was wicked awesome, but I kinda felt bad for Chuck, lol :) I love this episode, makes me wanna throw my own masquerade ball.moreless
  • The Masked Ball, damn near perfect!!!!

    The Handmaiden's Tale was a nearly perfect episode. The gang attends a masked ball. Blair desperately wants Nate to want her but Serena's just too damn fine. I'm rooting for S and D but with Vanessa all of a sudden coming into the picture its hard to tell whats gonna happen. Jenny keeps on doing things that makes me believe she'll turn out worse than Blair, but I still like her. She got revenge on Chuck for tryna push up on her and she also kissed Blair's boyfriend Nate. Nate thought she was Serena but still it seemed like Jen initiated the kiss. She's really stirring things up, I wonder will Blair find out. The kiss between Lily and Rufus was also amazing, its obvious that something more will happen between them. I'm looking forward to the next episode more than ever!!moreless
Penn Badgley

Penn Badgley

Dan Humphrey

Blake Lively

Blake Lively

Serena van der Woodsen

Leighton Meester

Leighton Meester

Blair Waldorf

Chace Crawford

Chace Crawford

Nate Archibald

Taylor Momsen

Taylor Momsen

Jenny Humphrey

Kelly Rutherford

Kelly Rutherford

Lillian "Lily" van der Woodsen

CariDee English

CariDee English

Bart's Date

Guest Star

Ward Horton

Ward Horton

Edward Abbot

Guest Star

Chase Coleman

Chase Coleman

Rich Kid

Guest Star

Jessica Szohr

Jessica Szohr

Vannessa Abrams

Recurring Role

Robert John Burke

Robert John Burke

Bart Bass

Recurring Role

Margaret Colin

Margaret Colin

Eleanor Waldorf

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

  • QUOTES (27)

    • Chuck: Mysterious financial transactions. Warring parents. Welcome to the Upper East Side.

    • Rufus: There you are.
      Lily: I just needed a moment with what just happened.
      Rufus: The kiss?
      Lily: Yeah. I mean I feel a little...
      Rufus: Nostalgic?
      Lily: Nauseous.
      Rufus: Right. Ummmm. Ouch.
      Lily: No. I... I'm kidding. Kind of. I'm sorry, Rufus. I... I... Maybe I shouldn't have asked you here.
      Rufus: Right, ummm... and ummm I'm sorry I kissed you, but I did it because that mercenary in the starched white shirt... he doesn't appreciate everything you have over an attractive 25 year old mannequin, because beauty fades but yours has done a remarkable job of holding on. And in the long run it's going to be his loss, and I thought he should know how it feels to lose you. Because trust me, it's not fun.

    • Vanessa: The Pacifier played for like a year.
      Dan: And they said Vin Diesel couldn't do comedy.

    • Dan: Vanessa, wait! Why don't you wait... because you're not Vanessa. Sorry. Case of mistaken identity; ironically, not involving masks.

    • Jenny: Let's play a game.
      Chuck: I'd say strip poker. But I don't have any cards.

    • Rufus: Since when were you the patron saint of former rock stars?
      Lily: Since when were you a rock star?

    • Rufus: I thought he should know how it feels to lose you. 'Cause, trust me, it's not fun.

    • Blair: (on her answering machine) Hey, it's Blair. I'm sorry I can't come to the phone right now, but I'm getting ready for the masked ball. See you tonight, if you recognize me, which you won't.

    • Nate (talking to Jenny thinking she's Serena): Serena, don't say anything. Just let me explain. I'm trying to do the right thing, but it's killing me. I know we both care about Blair, but the best thing to do to is tell the truth. I'm not over you. I though I could fight it, but I can't. If you don't stop me, I'm gonna kiss you (he does and Jenny pushes him then runs away).

    • Serena: Hey, um, you know I hear the Ice Capades are coming to town.
      Dan: Hmm...if you're there, so am I.

    • Dan: Let me just say. For the record. I like you. Only you.
      Serena: Well, that's good because I feel the same about you.
      Dan: Glad that's cleared up.

    • Nate: Chuck, I'll see you later.
      Blair: (stops him) Uh uh. No, you didn't find me by midnight. No happily ever after for you.
      Nate: Blair, I'm sorry.
      Blair: (sighs) All I wanted was for us to start over...and you didn't even try.

    • Chuck: Little Jenny Humphrey manages to get my pants off and have me not enjoy it. Quite the accomplishment.
      Blair: Good thing someone else in the party was as lecherous as you or you'll still be up on that roof...and no I don't want to know what you had to do to get that tux.

    • Jenny: Everything okay?
      Serena: I'm not sure. Dan surprised me by showing up here.
      Jenny: Well, go Dan!
      Serena: Yeah, except then he threw me through a loop by chasing after some girl named Vanessa.
      Jenny: No, V's Dan's best friend.
      Serena: Oh, they seemed a little more than that. They kinda have a history, don't they?
      Jenny: Sure. But, I mean, Dan's never liked a girl as he likes you. Really, I mean, come on! He's at a masked ball! And I think he'd go basically anywhere with you. Except for maybe in the Ice Capades because that really freaked him out when he was five.

    • Vanessa: You said you love me.
      Dan: Loved you. In the past, in the pre-shaving sixteen-year-old kind of way. You know, things have changed.

    • Dan: Really? You're not into, uh, Pompous Ass IV?
      Serena: You're saying you're not into your old friend, Vanessa?
      Dan: (takes her mask off) That is exactly what I'm saying. (and they kiss)

    • Dan: Serena, hey.
      Serena: What are you really doing here, Dan?
      Dan: What am I doing here? I ran across the city, I rent a tuxedo, I stole this mask from some drunken kid only to look like Robin, I conned my way in here all to see you. I care.
      Serena: Well, you didn't seem to care this morning when you were with another girl and lied about it.

    • Serena: (to her date) Yeah, um, if you would excuse me. I think I'm gonna go--
      Dan: (appearing beside her) Change partners? Hey.
      Serena: Dan? What are you doing here?
      Dan: I'm saving you.
      Serena: I don't need to be saved.
      Dan: Really? 'Cause I could see you eyes roll up the back of your head from across the room.

    • Blair: What is Nate doing? He's supposed to go find Kati and Is. It's getting late and I'm losing heat.
      Chuck: Well you look ravishing. If I were your man, I wouldn't need clues to find you.

    • Gossip Girl: What was it we say about appearances? Yes, they can be deceiving. But most of the time, what you see is what you get.

    • Gossip Girl: Why is it that friends of Serena van der Woodsen have to search for her suitor? Have fables fallen so out of fashion that Princesses have to do everything themselves? Call us old school, but sometimes the Fairy Tale ending requires the Knight to get off his ass and saddle up his steed.

    • Blair: Who does this Dan Humphrey think he is? Serena is putting up a strong front, but I can see how hurt she is. We have to help her heal her heart.
      Kati: Blair, it is pretty late notice.
      Isabel: Most of the good ones are already taken.
      Blair: No more excuses! Serena must have the hottest date ever. If he's got plans, he'll change it. If he's got a girlfriend, he'll dump her. If he's out of town, he'll charter a G5 and fly home. Make it happen.

    • Serena: (after talking to Dan on the phone) I think I need a date.

    • Dan: (to Rufus) It's a masked ball. I'm sure she thinks I'd never go to something that pretentious, which shows she knows me well.
      (the scene cuts to Serena and Blair)
      Serena: I know him. A masked ball? Dan would never wanna go to something that pretentious. He has to wear a mask and a tux?
      Blair: He likes you! He would wear a tux and a mask and one of my mother's dresses if it meant that he could go out with you. Come on! What are you worried that he already has a date? I mean, he is Dan Humphrey.
      Serena: Shut up. I don't know. I guess a masked ball is better than a regular party because then all those kids from school that he hates, he wouldn't even recognize them.
      Blair: Hey, invite him. I insist.
      (scene cuts back to Dan and Rufus)
      Dan: I'm not saying I wouldn't go. If Serena asked me I wouldn't deprive her of my company.
      Rufus: No, that would be too cruel.
      Dan: But she hasn't asked me, so...

    • Dan: A ball?
      Rufus: Haven't you heard? Your sister's Cinderella.
      Dan: And let me guess. Your wicked step-sister is Blair Waldorf.

    • Blair: Tonight is all about starting over. I trust you...and him.
      Serena: (pretending to bow) Well, then I will be honored to serve you, my queen.

    • Blair: Is that a bong, Mother? I didn't take you for a stoner.

  • NOTES (5)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Maškarní bál (Fancy-dress Ball)

    • This is the first episode to feature Anne Archibald (Francie Swift) as a recurring character.

    • This is the first episode to feature recurring character, Vannessa (Jessica Szohr).

    • Original International Air Dates:
      India: December 7, 2007 on Zee Cafe
      Latin America: December 13, 2007 on Warner Channel
      Australia: January 22, 2008 on FOX8
      Norway: January 30, 2008 on TVNorge
      Sweden: March 4, 2008 on Kanal 5
      Denmark: April 6, 2008 on Kanal 4
      Philippines: April 8, 2008 on ETC
      Poland: May 13, 2008 on TVN7
      The Netherlands: July 1, 2008 on Net 5
      Turkey: October 21, 2008 on CNBC-E
      Greece: October 25, 2008 on Star
      Slovakia: December 7, 2008 on Markiza
      Hungary: February 1, 2009 on Cool TV
      Germany: May 23, 2009 on ProSieben
      Czech Republic: October 24, 2009 on Prima

    • Music in this episode:
      - "Alright!" by Shiloh
      - "Central Park" by Goodmornings
      - "Kiss, Kiss" by Yeah Yeah Yeahs
      - "Guess Who (Parov Stelar Remix)" by Nekta
      - "Take It to the Top" by 5 Alarm Music
      - "A Taste" by Sofia J
      - "Nasty Funky Crazy" by Becca Styles
      - "Ring A Ling" by Miss Eighty 6
      - "Timebomb" by Beck
      - "Happy Ending" by Mika


    • Serena's Date: almost as bad to make you not want to summer in Newport again.

      Newport is in Orange County and where The O.C. was set.

      Newport is also a wealthy town in Rhode Island, where the Vanderbilts spent their summers, as well as the location of the "Summer White House" for both Eisenhower and Kennedy

    • Perogies (pol. Pierogi) are Polish variation of Slavic stuffed dumplings. They are made of unleavened dough and can be stuffed with mashed potato, soft cheese, sauerkraut, meat, mushrooms or in the summer with seasonal fruits. In US or UK the perogies are the most common name for every Eastern European dumplings which is not accurate as they are differentiated in making technique and stuffing. In Russia they are called vareniki, in Hungary they are referred to as derelye.

    • Dan's ex mention going to Angelika. Angelika is an independent movie theater on Houston Street in Soho, Manhattan.

    • When Dan's ex mentions "perogies at Veselka" she is referring to eating perogies, an Eastern European dumpling. Veselka is a restaurant on 2nd Avenue and 9th Street in the East Village in Manhattan.

    • Episode Title: The Handmaiden's Tale

      This is a reference to the 1990 movie The Handmaid's Tale, which is based on a Margaret Atwood novel of the same name.