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Gossip Girl: Seventeen Candles

Blair attempts to hide her strained relationship with Nate during her 17th-birthday party. Meanwhile, Dan invites Vanessa to the party in hopes of becoming friends with Serena. Rufus is shocked to see Jenny;s mom home for a visit, and Nate's parents hopes he will make sacrifices to benefit the family.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x8
Production Number: 107
Airdate: Wednesday November 14th, 2007

Alternate Airdates:

CA (CTV) Nov 13, 2007 (Premiere!)
UK (itv2) May 15, 2008
NL (Net 5) Jul 08, 2008
Greece Nov 08, 2008
DE (Pro7) Jun 06, 2009


Guest Stars
Francie SwiftFrancie Swift
As Anne Archibald
Jessica SzohrJessica Szohr
As Vanessa
Margaret ColinMargaret Colin
As Eleanor Waldorf
Nan ZhangNan Zhang
As Kati Farkas
Nicole FiscellaNicole Fiscella
As Isabel Coates
Sam RobardsSam Robards
As Howie "The Captain" Archibald
Susan MisnerSusan Misner
As Alison Humpfrey
Dan ZiskieDan Ziskie
As The Archibald Lawyer
Leah JohnstonLeah Johnston
As Cellphone Camera Girl
Peter MaloneyPeter Maloney
As Priest
Zoe WintersZoe Winters
As Waitress
Main Cast
Blake LivelyBlake Lively
As Serena van der Woodsen
Leighton MeesterLeighton Meester
As Blair Waldorf
Penn BadgleyPenn Badgley
As Daniel 'Dan' Humphrey
Chace CrawfordChace Crawford
As Nathaniel 'Nate' Archibald
Taylor MomsenTaylor Momsen
As Jenny Humphrey
Ed WestwickEd Westwick
As Charles 'Chuck' Bass
Matthew SettleMatthew Settle
As Rufus Humphrey
Kristen BellKristen Bell
voiced Gossip Girl
Episode Notes
Kelly Rutherford (Lily van der Woodsen) does not appear in this episode.

This is the first appearance of Susan Misner (Alison Humphrey).

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Dawn LandesKissing Song 
Eskimo JoeHow Does It Feel 
Miss Eighy 6Inside Out 
PinbackHow We Breathe 
Puffy AmiYumiNice Buddy 
The ShapesYour Birthday 
Two Hours TrafficFeathers 
The VirginsOne Week of Danger 
The VirginsLove is Colder Than Death 
The VirginsRich Girls 
The VirginsFernando Pando 
The VirginsRadio Christine 

Episode Quotes
Gossip Girl: Whoever thought monarchy was dead didn't realize it just changed zip codes. So, what will it be, Nate? Blair Waldorf's hand or your father's head?

Serena: Make a wish, Blair.
Blair: It already didn't come true.

Gossip Girl: Happy birthday to who? Forget cake and ice cream, I'm saving room for just desserts. Looks like Chuck's wish might come true.

Gossip Girl: Speak of the devil and he doth appear -- wearing his trademark scarf. Careful, B, hell hath no fury like a Chuck Bass scorned.

Serena: So you brought Vanessa as your date to Blair's party?
Dan: No. No, you're my date. I just thought it might be a good opportunity for all three of us to hang out.
Serena: Oh yeah, because it was so fun and not remotely awkward at breakfast this morning.

Chuck: Nathaniel!
Nate: Where's the girl?
Chuck: In my dreams. I was trying to get some shut eye. What's on your mind?
Nate: Just my mom.
Chuck: Sounds Freudian.

Chuck: So, where is your head?
Nate: Spinning. I mean, my mom wants me to get back together with Blair so Eleanor doesn't pull out of the business deal. It's all because of my dad's whole trial thing, you know?
Chuck: I'm sorry about that. But look, if you're done with Blair, be done. Don't cave to your parents' wishes if they're not your desires.

Chuck: 12:01. I'm sorry.
Blair: No, you're smarmy. There's a difference. If you're coming to collect, you can forget it.
Chuck: Turn around.
Blair: You get grosser by the second.

Anne: May I remind you that it was your own rash actions that got us into this predicament.
Nate: We're in this predicament because dad has a drug problem. I was trying to help him.
Anne: Then help him.

Alison: Hey, can we talk?
Dan: Well, that depends. Are you back for good?
Alison: I don't really know. Your father and I haven't really had a chance to talk, so ...
Dan: Well, do you want to come back?

Episode Goofs
When Jenny comes home after spending time with Nate, she has a blue shirt on. However, when she was with him, the shirt she was wearing was red, not blue.

Cultural References
Episode Title: Seventeen Candles

The episode title comes from the 1984 film Sixteen Candles, which starred Molly Ringwald.

Other Episode Crew

Stunt DoubleAaron Vexler
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