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Serena Van Der Woodsen has returned from boarding school mysteriously. Although welcomed by most, her ex-best friend, Blair Waldorf, is less then pleased to see Serena, the blond beauty who everyone will be looking at. Jealousy is only the beginning of the twisted social lives these teens live.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x1
Production Number: 100
Airdate: Wednesday September 19th, 2007

Alternate Airdates:

CA (CTV) Sep 18, 2007 (Premiere!)
AU (FOX8) Dec 04, 2007
SE (Kanal 5) Jan 29, 2008
FI (Sub) Mar 18, 2008
UK (itv2) Mar 27, 2008
NL (Net 5) Jun 03, 2008
Greece Sep 20, 2008
DE (Pro7) Apr 18, 2009

  • Currently 8.8/10
8.8/10 (20 Votes cast)


Guest Stars
Connor PaoloConnor Paolo
As Eric van der Woodsen
Florencia LozanoFlorencia Lozano
As Eleanor Waldorf
Nan ZhangNan Zhang
As Kati Farkas
Nicole FiscellaNicole Fiscella
As Isabel Coates
Sam RobardsSam Robards
As Howie "The Captain" Archibald

Co-Guest Stars
Andrew Stewart JonesAndrew Stewart Jones
As Concierge
Jessica Jade AndresJessica Jade Andres
As Girl #1

Alex EmanuelAlex Emanuel
As Rufus' Bandmate
Main Cast
Blake Lively
As Serena van der Woodsen
Leighton Meester
As Blair Waldorf
Penn Badgley
As Daniel 'Dan' Humphrey
Chace Crawford
As Nathaniel 'Nate' Archibald
Taylor Momsen
As Jenny Humphrey
Ed Westwick
As Charles 'Chuck' Bass
Kelly Rutherford
As Lillian 'Lily' Humphrey
Matthew Settle
As Rufus Humphrey
Kristen Bell
voiced Gossip Girl
Episode Notes
The Constance Billard School for Girls is based on The Nightingale-Bamford School, the private school that author Cecily von Ziegesar attended in New York's Upper East Side.

Ratings: 3.65 million viewers

This episode was made available for download on iTunes five days before its premiere day.

The bus that blows by Dan as he tries to make it to school on time has an advertisement for The CW's Smallville on the side of it.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
AkonDon't Matter 
Amy WinehouseBack to Black 
Angels & AirwavesThe Gift 
Angels & AirwavesThe Adventure 
Antonio VivaldiConcerto In G 
AqualungSomething to Believe In 
The BraveryTime Won't Let Me Go 
Cold War KidsHang Me Up to Dry 
Justin TimberlakeWhat Goes Around...Comes Around 
Kreesha TurnerBounce With Me 
The Mooney Suzuki99% 
Peter Bjorn And JohnYoung Folks 
RihannaIf It's Lovin' That You Want 
TimbalandThe Way I Are 

Episode Quotes
Gossip Girl: (voiceover) And who am I ? That's one secret I'll never tell. You know you love me. XOXO, Gossip Girl.

Dan: So, think I got a chance at a second date?
Serena: Well, I don't think you can top this one.
Dan: I did punch someone.
Serena: True. We'll talk about it in the cab.

Gossip Girl: (closing voiceover) Spotted Serena making an heroic exit from B's party. Too bad for her there's school on Monday. So, until next time, you know you love me, Gossip Girl.

Serena: Oh my God, this is so good! Thank you!
Chuck: You know, if you really want to thank me, I've got a few ideas.
Serena: It's just a sandwich, Chuck.

Serena: You asked me out on a date and you didn't think I was nice?
Dan: No, I just thought you were hot. And, technically, you asked me out.

Lillian: You think you're so cute. Wash that band. Crappy so-called art gallery.
Rufus: Well, not all of us have settlements from multiple divorces to sustain us.

Serena: You just love it when a girl talks to you.
Chuck: Actually I prefer them when they're not talking.
Serena: Hmm, I've missed your witty banter.

Chuck: You guys have been dating since Kindergarten and you haven't sealed the deal?
Nate: Who says "seal the deal"?

Nate: Serena.
Serena: No, no.
Nate: But you're back now.
Serena: I didn't come back for you.

(Serena gives Nate a bottle of champagne; the cork pops off and it spills all over them)
Nate: Oops! I swear, that's never happened to me before.
Serena: That's okay, you're still a man in my eyes.

Jenny: So we should just be anonymous losers who eat lunch alone and never get invited to parties?
Dan: Works for me.

Chuck: Who's the newbie?
Kati: Jenny Humphrey, she's a freshman.
Chuck: I love freshmen. They're so --
Isabel: Fresh?

Episode Goofs
Near the end of the episode when Dan, Serena and Jenny get into a cab, Jenny gets in first followed by Serena and then Dan. However, when the shot changes to the interior of the cab, Dan is sitting in between Jenny and Serena instead of to the far left next to Serena.

In this episode, Nate and Chuck ride the public bus to school. In every subsequent episode, a private limo drives them to school instead.

Warning: Gossip Girl season 1 episode 1 guide may contain spoilers
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