Gossip Girl

Season 2 Episode 11

The Magnificent Archibalds

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Nov 17, 2008 on The CW



  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • Dan: You okay with it? Jenny not being with us tonight?
      Rufus: If by okay you mean extraordinarily depressed, then yes. I miss her a lot.
      Dan: You know, in all the arguments you two have had, I haven't once heard you tell her that.
      Rufus: (Shocked) Oh my God, you're right.
      Dan: That's not ... that rare is it?

    • Rufus: I was kind of hoping she'd be here.
      Dan: Yeah, me too. (Jenny comes around the corner)
      Jenny: I love you too, Dad. I don't want to not be your daughter. (Rips up the emancipation papers and hugs Rufus. He pulls Dan into their hug) Guys, I can't breathe.
      Dan and Rufus: Good.

    • Gossip Girl: Signed, stealed, delivered, I'm yours. XOXO, Gossip Girl

    • Blair: (Talking to Serena about Aaron) And how do you plan to introduce him? Mom, you DVR 'Big Love'? This is Aaron and he's just like Bill Paxton only younger and with scruff.

    • Gossip Girl: For the rest of the country, Thanksgiving is when families come together to give thanks. But on the Upper East Side the holiday thankfully returns to its roots. Lying, manipulation and betrayal.

    • Erik: (Talking about Lily's time in an institution)I look forward to talking about it when you're ready. It takes time, I should know.
      Lily: How did you get so wise?
      Erik: The nanny.

    • Gossip Girl: As the end of another holiday draws near, I'd like to take a moment to list all the things I'm thankful for: I'm thankful that no matter how dark things might get, old friendships can still be rekindled... and thankful for new relationships that help us realize how far we've come from who we were... and how close we get when we can really be ourselves... I'm thankful to know that no matter what they say, you can go home again, whether it's your home or not... but the thing I'm most thankful for: how even on the most giving of days, people can still do something unforgivable.

  • Notes

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Archibaldův osud (Archibald's Destiny)

    • Wallace Shawn (Cyrus) also worked with Sam Robards (the Captain) in the 1994 movie Mrs. Parker And The Vicious Circle.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Latin America: February 18, 2009 on Warner Channel
      The Netherlands: March 13, 2009 on Net 5
      Norway: March 18, 2009 on TVNorge
      Philippines: April 14, 2009 on ETC
      Greece: April 25, 2009 on Star TV
      Denmark: August 9, 2009 on Kanal 4
      Turkey: November 17, 2009 on CNBC-e
      Poland: December 6, 2009 on TVN7
      Czech Republic: March 14, 2010 on Prima COOL
      Australia: March 18, 2010 on GO!
      Slovakia: May 30, 2010 on Doma

    • Music in the episode:
      "My Only Offer" by Mates Of State
      "Bad Man's World" by Jenny Lewis
      "Danger! (Ice Cream Shout Version)" by The Sound Of Arrows
      "I'm A Slave 4 U" by Britney Spears
      "Reasons To Sing" by The Crash

  • Allusions

    • Blair: Mom, you DVR 'Big Love'? This is Aaron and he's just like Bill Paxton only younger and with scruff.

      Big Love is the HBO TV show starring Bill Paxton as Bill Henrickson, the man with three wives.

    • The title of the episode, 'The Magnificent Archibalds' is a reference to the 1942 movie 'The Magnificent Ambersons', written for the screen and directed by Orson Welles, from the novel by Booth Tarkington.
      This is the tale of a well-known and respected American family - "The Magnificent Ambersons" and their rise and fall.