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Gossip Girl (season 2)
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Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 25
Original network The CW
Original release September 1, 2008 (2008-09-01) – May 17, 2009 (2009-05-17)
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List of Gossip Girl episodes

The second season of the American teen drama television series Gossip Girl premiered on The CW on September 1, 2008, and concluded on May 17, 2009, consisting of 25 episodes. Based on the novel series of the same name by Cecily von Ziegesar, the series was developed for television by Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage.


The series revolves around the lives of privileged teenagers Serena van der Woodsen, Blair Waldorf, Dan Humphrey, Nate Archibald, Jenny Humphrey, and Chuck Bass attending an elite private school on Manhattan's Upper East Side in New York City. It also features Serena's mother, Lily van der Woodsen, and Jenny and Dan's father, Rufus Humphrey, along with Dan's childhood friend Vanessa Abrams, who recently moved back from Vermont.

Cast and characters[edit]


No. in
Title Directed by Written by Original air date U.S. viewers
19 1 "Summer, Kind of Wonderful" J. Miller Tobin Joshua Safran September 1, 2008 (2008-09-01) 3.43[1]

As the summer draws to a close in the Hamptons, Serena and Nate have everyone fooled into thinking they are a couple to cover up the fact that Nate has been hooking up with an older woman. Blair returns from abroad with a hot guy on her arm, Marcus (guest star Patrick Heusinger), making a very jealous Chuck question his decision to leave Blair stranded at the heliport. Dan has spent the summer assisting a famous author (guest star Jay McInerney), and clearly still has one certain girl on his mind, which results in him going after her. While interning for Eleanor Waldorf's company, Jenny sneaks a coveted invite to the Hamptons' white Party at which Eric introduces her to socialite Tinsley Mortimer.

Title reference: The 1987 film Some Kind of Wonderful.
20 2 "Never Been Marcused" Michael Fields Stephanie Savage September 8, 2008 (2008-09-08) 3.25[2]

Blair is over the moon that she is dating royalty and has every intention of becoming a royal herself, but a scheming Chuck has other plans for Blair and her new love, Marcus. Serena and Dan agree to keep their recent hook-ups a secret from their friends and family until they figure out what all this means for their relationship. Meanwhile, Nate learns the downside to having an affair with a hot older woman, Catherine, who also happens to be married.

Title reference: The 1999 film Never Been Kissed.
21 3 "The Dark Night" Janice Cooke John Stephens September 15, 2008 (2008-09-15) 3.73[3]

In a humorous twist, Blair questions the lack of passion in her relationship with Marcus, while at the same time Chuck appears to have lost his "passion" for any woman other than Blair. Meanwhile, Nate struggles between his feelings for Vanessa and his more-complicated-by-the-day relationship with Catherine. Jenny risks losing her internship when Eleanor catches Jenny critiquing one of the Eleanor Waldorf designs. Whilst being stuck in a elevator due to the blackout, Dan and Serena talk about their relationship and come to the conclusion that they are totally two different people and that it will not work out for the two.

Title reference: The 2008 film The Dark Knight.
22 4 "The Ex Files" Jim McKay Robert Hull September 22, 2008 (2008-09-22) 3.33[4]

Blair and her minions decide to befriend the new girl Amanda (guest star Laura-Leigh) in order to sabotage her. Vanessa discovers a scandalous secret about Catherine and enlists Blair's scheming expertise to use the information to help Nate. Meanwhile, Lily finds herself drawn back to her ex, Rufus, once again.

Title reference: The TV series The X-Files.
23 5 "The Serena Also Rises" Patrick Norris Jessica Queller September 29, 2008 (2008-09-29) 3.40[5]

In the midst of Fashion Week, a furious Blair learns that her mother, Eleanor, at the suggestion of her protégée Jenny, has given Serena and her new socialite friend, Poppy Lifton (guest star Tamara Feldman), front row seats to the Eleanor Waldorf show. Hurt once again by Serena's popularity and her mother's betrayal, Blair decides to sabotage the show. Meanwhile, Dan starts hanging out with Chuck, but a walk on the dark side always has its risks and Dan learns that the hard way. Lily learns a secret that her new husband Bart has been keeping from her.

Absent: Chace Crawford as Nate Archibald.

Title reference: The 1926 novel The Sun Also Rises.
24 6 "New Haven Can Wait" Norman Buckley Alexandra McNally & Joshua Safran October 13, 2008 (2008-10-13) 3.31[6]

After Blair and Serena get into a catfight, Serena decides to get even with Blair, who has always dreamed of attending Yale University, by ditching her plans to visit Brown University, and instead accepting the Dean of Yale's personal invitation to visit the school. After discovering that none of his recommendation letters for Yale were ever submitted, Dan frantically tries to figure out a way to salvage his chances of getting into the school. While on the Yale campus, Chuck is kidnapped by a group of Skull and Bones members, and Nate hooks up with a co-ed.

Title reference: The 1978 film Heaven Can Wait.
25 7 "Chuck in Real Life" Tony Wharmby Lenn K. Rosenfeld October 20, 2008 (2008-10-20) 3.03[7]

Vanessa uses the scandalous picture of Catherine and Marcus to blackmail Blair into being a nicer person, so Blair seeks revenge by enticing Chuck to seduce Vanessa. Eric introduces his new boyfriend Jonathan to Serena and Blair. Lily and Bart throw an extravagant housewarming party and expect their children to make them proud in front of the attending press, but a rebellious Serena is not ready to play by their rules. Meanwhile, Dan and Jenny discover a big secret that Nate has been keeping from his friends.

Title reference: The 2007 film Dan in Real Life.
26 8 "Pret-a-Poor-J" Vondie Curtis-Hall Amanda Lasher October 27, 2008 (2008-10-27) 3.05[8]

Jenny befriends a young model, Agnes (guest star Willa Holland), who encourages Jenny to not only explore her wild side, but also confront her boss, Eleanor Waldorf, who is attempting to "borrow" Jenny's designs. Serena meets an artist, Aaron Rose (guest star John Patrick Amedori), and realizes they have an instant chemistry. Blair attempts to seduce Chuck, but it proves tougher than she ever imagined.

Title reference: The 1994 film Prêt-à-Porter.
27 9 "There Might Be Blood" Michael Fields Etan Frankel & John Stephens November 3, 2008 (2008-11-03) 3.16[9]

Serena invites Aaron to be her guest at a charity gala honoring Lily and Bart, but after discovering a secret that Aaron has been keeping from her she begins to question whether Aaron is the guy she thought he was. Hoping it will help her chances of getting into Yale, Blair naively agrees to babysit the 15-year-old daughter of a prominent Yale donor, but the teenager proves to be more than a handful and Blair begins to suspect that the evening may actually wind up hurting her chances of getting into the college of her dreams. Meanwhile, Jenny and Agnes plan a guerilla fashion show that will either launch Jenny's star or ruin her chances of ever being accepted by the industry.

Title reference: The 2007 film There Will Be Blood.
28 10 "Bonfire of the Vanity" David Von Ancken Jessica Queller November 10, 2008 (2008-11-10) 2.88[10]

Blair does not approve of the new man, Cyrus Rose (guest star Wallace Shawn), in her mother's life, so she makes it her mission to break up the lovebirds by any means necessary. Jenny moves in with Agnes as the friends move forward with their plans for a fashion line. Serena continues to fall for the new guy in her life, Aaron, but she learns something about him that threatens to end things just as they are getting really good. Dan decides to win the trust of Bart Bass in order to learn more about the man and possibly write an expose on him for Vanity Fair, but things get heated after Chuck finds out the real reason Dan is spending so much time around his family. Singer Cyndi Lauper has a cameo at Blair's 18th birthday party celebration.

Absent: Chace Crawford as Nate Archibald.

Title reference: The 1987 novel The Bonfire of the Vanities.
29 11 "The Magnificent Archibalds" Jean de Segonzac Joshua Safran November 17, 2008 (2008-11-17) 2.89[11]

Thanksgiving in the Waldorf household finds Blair upset that her mom's new boyfriend, Cyrus, has decided to ruin all her favorite traditions, but that's nothing compared to what's coming next. Lily finds herself trying to broker a peace treaty between Rufus and Jenny who is prepared to cut off all communication with her father if she does not get her way. Serena is not quite ready to come clean with Aaron about her complicated past, but Dan ends up accidentally revealing a few tidbits of his own. Vanessa and Chuck come to their friend's aid when Nate is once again forced to confront his father's abandonment. Finally, Eric discovers a secret that Bart has been keeping from Lily.

Title reference: The 1918 novel The Magnificent Ambersons.
30 12 "It's a Wonderful Lie" Patrick Norris Robert Hull December 1, 2008 (2008-12-01) 3.11[12]

For the annual Snowflake Ball, Blair and Chuck make a bet that they can find the ideal dates for each other. This ends with them finding doppelgängers of themselves. However while Chuck and Blair leave to talk the doppelgängers get busy. Chuck and Blair share a moment. Aaron's ex-girlfriend, Lexi (guest star Natalie Knepp), expresses an interest in Dan. There is drama between Serena and Dan about their sex lives. Nate, Jenny and Vanessa get into a tangled situation that puts their friendships and hearts on the line. Vanessa steals a love letter Nate wrote to Jenny and continues a relationship with Nate. This ends with Jenny sending Vanessa to the ball in a see through dress, after the show Nate ends things with Little J and goes after V. And at the end of the day while Bart Bass is trying to return to the Snowflake Ball, he meets with an accident.

Title reference: The 1946 film It's a Wonderful Life.
31 13 "O Brother, Where Bart Thou?" Joe Lazarov Stephanie Savage December 8, 2008 (2008-12-08) 2.99[13]

A sudden and tragic event hits the Bass family with the passing of Bart Bass. The whole city is shocked, so as Lily. Chuck does not handle very well with the passing of his father. Blair has something important to say to Chuck... but it's said at a bad time. When Serena decides to travel to Argentina with Aaron, Dan decides to express his feelings for her, but is it too late? Meanwhile, Cyrus and Eleanor get married. And Rufus discovers something that Lily has been keeping from everybody for a long time.

Title reference: The 2000 film O Brother, Where Art Thou?
32 14 "In the Realm of the Basses" Tony Wharmby John Stephens January 5, 2009 (2009-01-05) 2.96[14]

With Chuck MIA since his father's funeral, Jack (guest star Desmond Harrington) arrives on the Upper East Side to help Chuck pick up the messy pieces, but first he has to find him. Trying her best to forget her last painful exchange with Chuck, Blair focuses her attention on being accepted into the most prestigious ladies club in the city, Colony Club. Jenny returns to Constance Billard and immediately takes on Penelope and her posse of mean girls, but no one is going down without a valiant Gossip Girl-worthy fight. Meanwhile, after Serena tells Dan about her recent break-up, they decide to get back together.

Absent: Chace Crawford as Nate Archibald.

Title reference: The 1976 film In the Realm of the Senses.
33 15 "Gone with the Will" Tricia Brock Amanda Lasher January 12, 2009 (2009-01-12) 2.85[15]

With the reading of Bart's will, Chuck, Bart's brother, Jack, and Blair learn the fate of the Bass empire. Rufus and Lily's relationship is strained as Rufus seeks details about the child he never knew he had. Noticing that his father has been acting strangely as of late, Dan does some investigating and uncovers Rufus and Lily's secret, putting him in the awkward situation of deciding what to do with this shocking revelation and who to share it with.

Title reference: The 1936 novel Gone with the Wind.
34 16 "You've Got Yale!" Janice Cooke Joshua Safran January 19, 2009 (2009-01-19) 2.22[16]

It is that stressful time of year when Constance Billard and St. Jude's students find out who is and is not worthy of early admission to Yale University. Serena bonds with her new Shakespeare teacher, Rachel (guest star Laura Breckenridge), who has no clue the wrath she is about to suffer after giving Blair the first B of her prep school career. Chuck pairs up with an unlikely ally in his war with Jack over Bass Industries. Meanwhile, Nate and Vanessa have a romantic night at the opera.

Title reference: The 1998 film You've Got Mail.
35 17 "Carnal Knowledge" Elizabeth Allen Alexandra McNally & Lenn K. Rosenfeld February 2, 2009 (2009-02-02) 2.31[17]

In retaliation for not playing by the unspoken rules of Constance Billard, Blair hatches a plan to bring down her teacher, Rachel. After Chuck wakes up in a hotel and only has a minor recollection of what happened the previous evening, Nate and Vanessa try to help him fill in the missing pieces. Blair starts a rumor about Dan and Rachel, which gets Rachel fired. Dan and Serena decide to break up and Dan has sex with Rachel, as she is no longer a teacher. Unaware of this, the school reinstates Rachel.

Title reference: The 1971 film Carnal Knowledge.
36 18 "The Age of Dissonance" Norman Buckley Jessica Queller March 16, 2009 (2009-03-16) 2.33[18]

The seniors put on a production of The Age of Innocence and find their personal lives mirroring the play. Serena develops a crush on the play's director, Julian (guest star Harmon Walsh), and enlists Vanessa's knowledge of theater to help her get his attention. Nate has difficulties with the play and the director and his relationship with Vanessa. Blair receives devastating news about her future that leads her on a witch-hunt for the person responsible. Blair thinks it is Dan, but it turns out to be Rachel. Dan and Rachel agree to stay away from each other in the aftermath of being discovered as more than teacher and student, but find it impossible to keep that promise, and end up having sex before the show. Chuck stumbles upon a secret society and is put into a dangerous situation to try and protect his new love interest. Chuck enlists help from an unlikely source, his nemesis Carter Baizen (guest star Sebastian Stan). However, the whole time the girl is using Chuck for his money.

Title reference: The 1920 novel The Age of Innocence.
37 19 "The Grandfather" J. Miller Tobin Robert Hull & Etan Frankel March 23, 2009 (2009-03-23) 2.25[19]

Devastated by the recent plot twist in her life, Blair turns her back on her predictable Waldorf existence in favor of a more wild and unpredictable lifestyle, causing Serena and Chuck to have serious concerns about her new lover, Carter. Vanessa convinces Nate that it may be time to forgive and forget when it comes to his mother's Kennedy-esque family, the Van der Bilts, who abandoned Nate and his mother when they needed them most. In a misguided effort to be completely honest with each other, Lily and Rufus agree to share lists of their past lovers.

Title reference: The 1972 film The Godfather.
38 20 "Remains of the J" Allison Liddi-Brown Sarah Frank-Meltzer March 30, 2009 (2009-03-30) 2.45[20]

Serena decides to throw Jenny an intimate party for her 16th birthday, but things get way out of control when Serena turns the small gathering into a party. An angry Jenny writes a post to Gossip Girl, turning the party into a huge social event. In a moment of weakness, Vanessa agrees to help Chuck with a scheme having to do with Blair and Nate. Rufus learns that Dan will not receive financial aid at Yale and tries to figure out another way to cover the cost of his education. The episode ends with Chuck and Vanessa starting a friends with benefits, and Nate and Blair starting a relationship.

Title reference: The 1989 novel The Remains of the Day.
39 21 "Seder Anything" John Stephens Amanda Lasher April 20, 2009 (2009-04-20) 2.37[21]

Serena returns from her trip to Spain with Poppy and Gabriel (guest star Armie Hammer). Blair makes a secret deal with Nate's grandfather, William (guest star James Naughton), and Nate learns some disturbing information about his father's arrest. Dan takes a job as a cater-waiter to earn money for college, but is distressed when he discovers the gig is a Passover Seder at the Waldorf penthouse and several of his friends and family are guests.

Title reference: The 1989 film Say Anything...
40 22 "Southern Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" Patrick Norris Leila Gerstein April 27, 2009 (2009-04-27) 1.97[22]

Georgina Sparks returns to the Upper East Side after undergoing a major transformation. Chuck and Nate find themselves at a major crossroads in their relationship as it pertains to their mutual interest in Blair. Serena finds her relationship with Gabriel growing more complicated.

Title reference: The 1949 musical Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.
41 23 "The Wrath of Con" Janice Cooke Sara Goodman May 4, 2009 (2009-05-04) 2.22[23]

Blair pressures Georgina into making amends for her past bad behavior by helping her in a scheme. The rivalry between Nate and Chuck over Blair comes to a head. Lily hatches a secret plan to help Rufus with Dan's college tuition.

Title reference: The 1982 film Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.
42 24 "Valley Girls" Mark Piznarski Josh Schwartz & Stephanie Savage May 11, 2009 (2009-05-11) 2.30[24]

In a flashback to the 1980s, 17-year-old Lily Rhodes (Brittany Snow) gets kicked out of boarding school and runs away to Los Angeles, reconnecting with her parents, Rick (Andrew McCarthy) and Cece (Cynthia Watros), and sister, Carol (Krysten Ritter). Back in present day, Blair and Nate attend prom together, but the evening does not turn out exactly as planned and Chuck and Serena have a little something to do with that. Serena and Lily do not see eye-to-eye over Serena's recent run-in with the law. No Doubt performs in the flashbacks as a 1980s band called Snowed Out.

Title reference: The 1983 film Valley Girl.
43 25 "The Goodbye Gossip Girl" Norman Buckley Joshua Safran May 18, 2009 (2009-05-18) 2.23[25]

Gossip Girl decides to liven things up at the Constance Billard and St. Jude's graduation by sending out a shocking and damaging email blast in the midst of the commencement ceremony, stirring Serena to come up with a plan of attack. Lily and Rufus get engaged and move in together. With Blair's blessing, Jenny becomes the new "Queen Bee". Chuck finally admits his love to Blair and the two reconcile. Nate decides to go on the backpacking trip with Vanessa, while Georgina recovers Dan's money and requests Blair for a roommate at New York University. Carter Baizen reveals to Serena where her father is. In the end, Serena is going to Brown, Blair, Dan, Vanessa, and Georgina are going to NYU, and Nate is going to Columbia University.

Title reference: The 1977 film The Goodbye Girl.

DVD release[edit]

Complete season Release dates DVD extras and bonus features # of discs
2nd August 18, 2009 September 28, 2009 October 2, 2009 September 24, 2009 (Brazil)
October 28, 2009 (Australia)
5th Ave. Meets Gossip Girl: Tour the Gossip Girl Crowd's Favorite Haunts; Faces Behind the Design: Creative Forces Behind the Show's Art and Fashion; Chasing Dorota Webisodes; Gag Reel; Downloadable Audiobook of the Best-selling Novel Gossip Girl, You Know You Love Me by Cecily von Ziegesar, read by Christina Ricci; Unaired Scenes. 7


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