Gossip Girl

Season 2 Episode 24

Valley Girls

Aired Monday 9:00 PM May 11, 2009 on The CW
out of 10
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Episode Summary

In a flashback to the 80s, we see a 17-year-old Lily who gets kicked out of boarding school and runs away to L.A., she there sees her parents, Rick and Cece, and her sister, Carol. Back in present day, Blair and Nate go to a prom together, but the night doesn't turn out as planned and Chuck has a something to do with it. Serena and Lily don't see eye-to-eye over Serena's recent run-in with the law. And we see No Doubt perform as an 80's band named "Snowed Out".moreless

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  • confused

    I'm confused why they let a blue eyed girl play a dark eyed woman and didn't even try to put contacts in Brittany's very bad casting and makeup artist also young carol looks noooooothing like the actress who plays older carol...
  • 224

    I don't get why some people didn't like this episode. At least Gossip Girl opted for an ounce of originality tonight and didn't run with their usual contrived story lines. We managed to get a lot of back story. I loved how the flashbacks went back and forth and compared to the current situation.

    I couldn't find the reasoning in Nate & Blair's breakup. Their separation was as abrupt as how they got together in the first place, so I really couldn't feel anything genuine for the two.

    Going back to jail to prove a point? Not the brightest idea, Serena. Overall, satisfying installment of Gossip Girl even if it wasn't the most necessary one especially after last week's episode, I still found this enjoyable, and definitely will stand out from the rest.moreless
  • Best episode in the season so far!

    I have to say i loved the 80's flashbacks and Britany Snow did a great job and actually looks like Lilly except for the eye thing. Loved the outfits when Lillys trying on all the clothes ha ha :) I liked the prom when Dan says 'Who voted for her any way?' and Chuck says 'Me, about 150 times' Aww! And it was psycho Derek from One Tree Hill! (In the 80's flashback thing) And the best part i thought was when some girl says something like 'Take the trash back to the valley' And Lilly and Carol turn around at the same time and go 'What did you just say?' Ha ha :D Anywayy, great episode and can't wait for the finale :) Tis all Dudes (Y)moreless
  • Waste of an episode!

    What a disappointment. Almost the whole episode is spent on flashbacks to Lily's life when she was Serena's age. Totally boring! And the actress who plays young Lily looks nothing like Kelly Rutherford. Her nose is huge, for a start.

    I was expecting some new wickedness from Georgina, and lots of Blair and Chuck... all we got was Serena making up with Dan and a few lame prom scenes. This just felt like a total waste of an episode, especially so near the end of the series. I don't even care about Lily now (could she and Rufus please just get married and take a honeymoon for the whole of series 3?), let alone 20 years ago. Boo!moreless
  • So did you like this Valley Girls prequel?

    Valley Girls, known for a backdoor pilot, is non other than a prequel focusing on Lily van der Woodsen a.k.a (Lily Rhodes).

    I am sure interested in what Lily's life was, it somewhat mirrors Serena's life now. How was Brittany Snow as Lily Rhodes? Did you think she looked like Lily. I know they are the same person, but think about it, has Lily van der Woodsen ever really grown up? There is still a hint of Lily Rhodes in there, mixed with a bit of her mother's (Cece) cliche moments.

    Serena getting arrested was done very sloppy in 'The Wrath of Con'. I believed the show had met it's final moments and decided to just pull the final Wild Card.

    Surprisingly, Valley Girls, picked up much better than I'd anticipated.

    Still for some strange reason I thought I would be seeing Georgina in this installment, since they just dropped the Poppy and Gabriel theme like a hot potato! Even though they needed to use this entire episode to promote Valley Girls, it's not right leaving us hanging in the balance there. I am sure Poppy would not hang around until prom was finished.

    Another main theme in the Valley Girls theme was Prom.

    Prom signified the end of senior year and it seemed to have brought an end to many things as well;

    Blair and Nate

    Lily and Rufus

    ...and a begining for Serena and Dan

    Lily and her Mom

    Looks like Nelly, Hazel, Penelope and Isabel were up to no good ...again. It only took Chuck to clean up the mess they created for Blair.

    There latest scheme; giving Blair false hope of becoming Prom Queen at the same time crowning Nelly. Those girls really need to grow up! Blair got the crown non-the-less, with Chuck's help, by helping Blair be happy on the day. Don't' you think it's funny that even though Chuck gave Blair everything she wanted, she still ended up splitting with Nate!

    This episode had so many fond moments, that I had to capture it in dialogue!

    Vanessa - "So was Lily blown away?"

    Dan - "Well not really"

    Jenny - "Yeah he never actually ah..."

    Dan - "...proposed! Minor detail, made a proposal"

    Jenny - "Kind of the key ingredient to the recipe"

    Dan - "So he came, he went into his room and we haven't seen him since"

    Jenny - "Ehemm Hey Dad!"

    -> This was another scene with Vanessa. We hardly see Jessica Szohr anymore she has had pretty little scenes since the 'Chuck' incident. Now that Nate's free again do you think they'll be hooking them up again?

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    Brittany Snow does look like Kelly Rutherford, except the difference in eye color. Brittany's eyes are blue and Kelly's are grayish-brownish. Although I read in an Article that your eye-color does change as you grow older...

    Gossip Girl may not have the same spunk like Season one, and this episode might not make up for some past episodes they just passed us of with, but by the length of this review I'm sure you must already know that I liked this one. Definitely a different take on the overall series.

    I just hope that they would conclude the Georgina mode quickly and I hope it would end better than her last encounter in Season one.

    So, are you excited for The Goodbye Gossip Girl?

    ...and how much did you enjoy that performance from No Doubt!

    Special Credit goes to:

    No Doubt

    Krysten Ritter as Carol Rhodes

    Brittany Snow as Lily van der Woodsen

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    Four and a half out of Five Stars

    Grade B+

Blake Lively

Blake Lively

Serena van der Woodsen

Leighton Meester

Leighton Meester

Blair Waldorf

Chace Crawford

Chace Crawford

Nathaniel "Nate" Archibald

Kelly Rutherford

Kelly Rutherford

Lilian "Lilly" van der Woodsen

Kristen Bell

Kristen Bell

Gossip Girl (Voice)

Jessica Szohr

Jessica Szohr

Vanessa Abrams

Cynthia Watros

Cynthia Watros

Younger Cece Rhodes

Guest Star

Matt Barr

Matt Barr

Keith van der Woodsen

Guest Star

Shiloh Fernandez

Shiloh Fernandez

Owen Campos

Guest Star

Connor Paolo

Connor Paolo

Eric van der Woodsen

Recurring Role

Nicole Fiscella

Nicole Fiscella

Isabel Coates

Recurring Role

Yin Chang

Yin Chang

Nelly Yuki

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (12)

    • Dan: I think I need a dress for prom.
      Jenny: Okay. But you're going to have to wear your own shoes.

    • Serena: Oh, I can't believe Blair won!
      Dan: Yeah, who even voted for her?
      Chuck: Me. About 150 times. I wasn't putting the Nelly Yuki ballots in, I was taking them out.
      Serena: But what about what she said you did you her limo and hotel and her corsage!?
      Chuck: Her new dress looks better without it.

    • Lily: I should forgive Serena for defying me.
      Rufus: Or first maybe you need to forgive Cece.
      Lily: My mother doesn't need forgiveness, she needs electro-shock therapy.

    • Gossip Girl: Shoulder pads may come and go, but a Bff is forever, because even when you're not sure where you're headed, it helps to know you're not going there alone.

    • Gossip Girl: Who knew the mother Chucker could also play fairy-godmother? ...but if C just made B's dreams come true why does it feel like our queen is standing with the wrong King?

    • (Dorota hands Blair her morning coffee)
      Blair: What's this for?
      Dorota: Strength! You would need! I have good news and bad news! Which do you want?
      Blair: Good news first always.
      Dorota: There's replacement!
      Blair: What are you talking about?
      Dorota: Makes more sense if you pick bad news first. Your dress for prom the dry cleaners, they ruined it!
      (Blair reaches for the dress)
      Dorota: Dis' body bag, corpse not pretty!

    • Blair: Why are you still in jail!
      Serena: It's by choice!
      Blair: Oh God! You're not going to come out of there with a mullet and a girlfriend are you?
      Serena: My mother didn't think that I was old enough to make my own decisions, so I decided to stay in jail and I'm not leaving until she decides to let me live my own life!
      Blair: So it's a War of attrition!
      Serena: So to speak.
      Blair: Except she gets to wage the war from the comfort of her penthouse while you remain behind bars!

    • Blair: Serena's been in jail for over four hours, she's already served more time than Nicole Richie and Lindsay Lohan combined!
      Chuck: She's a socialite mistakenly accused of stealing a bracelet, I doubt they're working her over with the phone book.

    • Chuck: (to Serena) You didn't think you were the only one who knew about the scrapbook, did you?

    • Blair: Turns out fairytales end when they do for a reason. I really wanted to go to prom with my high school boyfriend, and now that I have -
      Serena: It feels like your high school boyfriend.
      (Blair nods)

    • Blair: (to Chuck) This is my moment. I own prom!

    • Gossip Girl: Life can still surprise us, and we can still surprise ourselves. XOXO, Gossip Girl

  • NOTES (5)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Holky z valley (Girls from Valley)

    • Brittany Snow (young Lily) and Matt Barr (Keith) worked together in the season 3 episode "California Dreamin" of American Dreams. Brittany Snow and Penn Badgley co-starred in the movie John Tucker Must Die.

      Penn Badgley (Dan) and Krysten Ritter (Carol) also worked together in the episodes "Tell Me No Secrets" and "The Art Of Science And Manipulation" of The Bedford Diaries. Krysten Ritter (Carol) and Amanda Setton (Penelope) also worked together in the 2008 movie What Happens In Vegas. Krysten Ritter (Carol) and Cynthia Watros (young CeCe) also worked together in the 2007 TV movie The Rich Inner Life of Penelope Cloud. Krysten Ritter (Carol) and Ryan Hansen (Shep) also worked together in several season 2 episodes of Veronica Mars.

      Andrew McCarthy (Rick) and Kelly Rutherford (Lily) worked together in several episodes of E-Ring. Yin Chang (Nelly), Andrew McCarthy (Rick) and Cynthia Watros (young CeCe) also worked together in the season 7 episode "Offense" of Law & Order: Criminal Intent.

      Leighton Meester (Blair) and Ryan Hansen (Shep) also worked together in the season 1 episode "A Trip To The Dentist" of Veronica Mars.

    • This episode was used as a backdoor pilot for a spin-off, which would show a teenage version of Lily (Brittany Snow) and her life in Los Angeles during the '80s, with her sister Carol (Krysten Ritter) and their father Rick (Andrew McCarthy).

    • International Airdates:
      Latin America: May 27, 2009 on Warner Channel
      Greece: June 27, 2009 on Star
      Turkey: February 16, 2010 on CNBC-e
      Poland: March 14, 2010 on TVN7
      Czech Republic: May 1, 2010 on Prima COOL
      Slovakia: July 11, 2010 on Doma

    • Music in this episode:
      "Destination Unknown" by Missing Persons
      "I Want A New Drug" by Huey Lewis And The News
      "Mirror In The Bathroom" by English Beat
      "I Melt With You" by Modern English
      "Dancing With Myself" by Billy Idol and Generation X
      "Stand And Deliver" by No Doubt
      "Stand And Deliver (jazz version)"
      "52 Girls" by The B-52's
      "Blue Monday" by New Order
      "The Safety Dance" by Men Without Hats
      "Just Can't Get Enough" by Depeche Mode
      "I Hate The Rich" by The Dils
      "Prom Theme" by Fountains Of Wayne
      "Doot Doot" by Freur