Gossip Girl

Season 2 Episode 5

The Serena Also Rises

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Aired Monday 9:00 PM Sep 29, 2008 on The CW
8.1
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Fashion Week is here!!!

Blair is furious with her mother for giving Serena and her new socialite friend, Poppy Lifton, front row seats to the Eleanor Waldorf show. Hurt by both Serena and her mother, Blair decides to sabotage the show.

Meanwhile, Dan starts hanging out with Chuck, but he quickly learns that the dark side has its risks. Lily learns a secret that her new husband, Bart has been keeping from her.moreless

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  • 205

    7.3
    After 4 episodes of uninteresting story lines, we finally got a satisfying episode of Gossip Girl. We actually got a lot of character development and emotion especially from Chuck, finally he's becoming a three dimensional character after a whole season of being a stereotype.



    Nate's absence boded well for this show, considering the Catherine drama is finally over. Jenny is still annoying, but it's great to see how she develops over the course of the show's run. She started the show out as an innocent 14 year old, lets see where she ends up.



    One of the reasons season 1 of Gossip Girl was so good was the on going rivalries between the characters, one of which being Serena & Blair. We got those interactions back on tonight's episode. I'm really looking forward to the future dynamics because of this. Overall, first "good" episode of the season.moreless
  • Kinda of a filler episode

    7.0
    We see Serena’s rise as she gets out of Blair’s shadow, once and for all. She confronts Blair about all the past glory that Blair has gotten because of Serena’s loyalty. Blair on the other hand, was busy scheming her own plans to ruin Jenny and Serena at the same time (hehe, I love it). However, as the show closes, we see plans backfired against Blair. Not to worry, I’m sure Blair has a backup plan...and it’s not throwing a purse at Serena (hint, hint). We also see Dan and Chuck rekindling their friendship? Not for long anyway. There was no mention of Nate anywhere, or Vanessa, or Catherine...seems like they completely dropped that storyline or something. Oh well, it was an ok episode, but in the end, nothing really happened.moreless
  • Was I the only person who got that season 1 dejavu feeling???

    8.0
    This was an enjoyable episode, the Dan vs Chuck plot was carried out too fast though. Serena is a mayor bitc* and Dan is a little slow. I'm glad that Amanda is gone, Nate is a fa* Vanessa is so so so so so so so hot! I'm curious to how the next episode will deal with the whole Blair, Vanessa and the English Royalty bizz. 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 100 101.moreless
  • chuck is my idol...

    8.5
    This was just brilliant! I love how we got to see a more sensitive side of Chuck, just unfortunate with the whole jumping to conclusions thing with Dan and his notes. I thought they were a very funny match and unlikely pair of mates. I would love to see more of them together and Chuck just taking the p*ss out of Dan really, but deep down they will start to like each other. I'm glad to see a more humane side of Serena again, just hoping she'll go back to nice, normal Serena again. Hurting Blair was a bit harsh, but I guess she's right to some extent, although she said it in a pretty mean way...moreless
  • We had the oppurtunity to learn more about the characters and unlikely friendships formed, but most of the storyline's weren't very exciting.

    7.5
    I'll start with what I liked. First off, Dan and Chuck bonding time. It is always great to see two characters that don't know or like each other much open up to each other. I also liked the conflict between Jenny, Blair, and Serena. It really showed how hard Blair tries because no one appreciates her. I loved how she started out agianst Jenny but ended up on her side. Serena has always been trying to aviod outshinning Blair and it made sense that she finally decided not to worry about it. The thing I didn't like about it was the whole focus on jobs. I just don't buy that Jenny is an amazing designer right after starting. People want to see people they can relate to, not the most talented, out of the ordinary people. The way Jenny treats her dad also really annoys me. I also just didn't find Dan's writing storyline very interesting. Another problem I had was that the seating chart arguement seemed like it should not have been that big of a deal, but they made it into the main premise of the show.moreless
Leighton Meester

Leighton Meester

Blair Waldorf

Taylor Momsen

Taylor Momsen

Jennifer "Jenny" Humphrey

Blake Lively

Blake Lively

Serena van der Woodsen

Ed Westwick

Ed Westwick

Charles "Chuck" Bass

Penn Badgley

Penn Badgley

Daniel "Dan" Humphrey

Kelly Rutherford

Kelly Rutherford

Lillian "Lily" van der Woodsen

Nastia Liukin

Nastia Liukin

 

Guest Star

Michael Kors

Michael Kors

Himself

Guest Star

Michelle Hurd

Michelle Hurd

Laurel

Guest Star

Margaret Colin

Margaret Colin

Eleanor Waldorf

Recurring Role

Tamara Feldman

Tamara Feldman

Poppy Lifton

Recurring Role

Robert John Burke

Robert John Burke

Bart Bass

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Goof- Right before Eleanor Walfdorf goes out onto the runway to "take her bow", she hands her ID tag to an assistant, but in the next shot as she makes her public appearance, you can clearly see that her ID tag is clipped to her waistline, which then goes missing in the subsequent shot.

    • Goof: When Jenny is at the fashion show, she gets a call from her dad. On the phone closeup, the signal indicator show that no network is available and the title reads "pictures & videos". It's a video recording of a fake call.
      Furthermore on the closeup there is only one hand holding the phone but in the previous and next shot Jenny is holding it with both hands.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Gossip Girl: They say in fashion, one day you're in and the next day, you're out.

    • Guy from the bar: Did you just call my girlfriend a prostitute?
      Chuck: It was an honest mistake.
      Guy from the bar: There's nothing honest about it!
      Dan: Oh, common, calm down, he said he was sorry.
      Guy from the bar: Did he? Well, maybe I just teach him some manners than.
      Chuck: It's not my fault your girlfriend dresses like high class call girl.

    • Gossip Girl: Spotted: Dan Humphrey. Shoeless and clueless. That's all.

    • Dan: How do you know so many twins?
      Chuck: Twins find me.

    • Chuck: (to Serena) You're a born queen... this is your year to rule.

    • Blair: What do you want?
      Serena: I tried to reach you all night. Why haven't you returned any of my calls?
      (Blair speaks sarcastically)
      Blair: What is there to say? You've only taken over the girls at school and abandoned our oldest tradition to go to my mother's show with a complete stranger.
      Serena: First of all, I didn't take over the girls at school-
      Blair: Are you really gonna pretend like you don't notice what's been going on?
      Serena: What? These girls are like hummingbirds, they move from flower to flower. They'll be on to someone else next week and then back to you. It's not a big deal
      Blair: And I suppose it's not a big deal that you're sitting front row at my mother's show either.
      Serena: She asked me to do it as a favor.
      (Blair stars yelling at Serena)
      Blair: Oh, and how could you possibly disappoint my mother?!? Though you have no qualms about screwing over your best friend.
      Serena: Fine. I won't go.
      Blair: Good.
      Serena: And then Poppy won't go and her friends won't go and you can explain to your mother why she has an empty first row. Would that make you happy?
      Blair: At least I won't have to watch the next episode of the Serena show.
      Serena: You know, I was come here to invite you to hang out with us.
      (Blair uses an angry and sarcastic voice)
      Blair: Oh, how generous, Serena. I should feel so blessed that you would include me in your little group.
      (Serena confronts Blair)
      Serena: You know what, Blair? I am gonna go to that show and I'm gonna sit front row and I'm gonna enjoy every minute of it.
      (Serena turns her back to Blair and leaves.)

    • Dan:I need to get out of my comfort zone. I need to experience new things.
      Chuck: Are you gay?
      Dan: Now that would be out of my comfort zone, but no.

  • NOTES (5)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Serenina hvězda (Serena's Star)

    • International Air Dates:
      Latin America: December 3, 2008 on Warner Channel
      Sweden: December 7, 2008 on Kanal 5
      Norway: January 28, 2009 on TVNorge
      Philippines: March 3, 2009 on ETC
      Greece: March 7, 2009 on Star TV
      Denmark: July 5, 2009 on Kanal 4
      Turkey: October 6, 2009 on CNBC-e
      Poland: October 25, 2009 on TVN7
      Australia: February 4, 2010 on GO!
      Czech Republic: February 21, 2010 on Prima COOL
      Slovakia: May 8, 2010 on Doma

    • Music in this episode:
      "NYC-Gone, Gone" by Conor Oberst
      "Made Concrete" by The Republic Tigers
      "Poker Face" by Lady Gaga
      "This Ship Was Built To Last" by The Duke Spirit
      "Fille Atomique" by Nous Non Plus. Serena walks the runway
      "Raise The Dead" by Phantom Planet

    • Chace Crawford (Nate), Connor Paolo (Erik) and Jessica Szohr (Vanessa) do not appear in this episode.

    • Chuck to Dan: "Are you gay?"

      In the Gossip Girl book series the character of Dan Humphrey actually does go through a period of questioning his sexuality and briefly experiments with dating a man.

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Episode title: The Serena Also Rises

      The Sun Also Rises is an Ernest Hemingway novel which was adapted into a film in 1957. It is also the title of an unrelated 2007 film by Chinese director Jiang Wen.

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