Spotted: Our beloved Upper East Siders, all grown up. Though high school may be behind most of them, you can be sure a future of love, scandal and, of course, secrets awaits. Based on the best-selling series of young-adult novels by Cecily von Ziegesar, this drama is told through the eyes of an all-knowing blogger - Gossip Girl - who, via constant, avidly read text messages, is determined to uncover and fuel every scandal possible on Manhattan's Upper East Side, where gossip rules, and affluent young people find themselves with the money, access and appetite to explore all the temptations New York City has to offer.
Keeping track of the shifting friendships, jealousies and turmoil in this wealthy and complex world isn't easy; that's why there's Gossip Girl. Executive produced by Josh Schwartz (Chuck, The O.C.) and Stephanie Savage (The O.C.), Gossip Girl has won a legion of devoted and fashion-forward fans. This drama's not only devilish - it's stylish.
01 - Reversals of Fortune
Spotted: Our beloved Upper East Siders, all grown up. High school may be behind most of them, but you can be sure a future of love, scandal and, of course, secrets awaits.
In the season premiere, the summer is drawing to a close. Blair (series star LEIGHTON MEESTER) and Chuck (series star ED WESTWICK) are madly in love and adjusting to their new "in a relationship" status, but breaking all traditional rules of dating, as would be expected. Serena (series star BLAKE LIVELY) returns from her European adventure with many secrets to hide and a complicated relationship with Carter Baizen (recurring guest star SEBASTIAN STAN - "Kings"). Nate (series star CHACE CRAWFORD) returns from his travels with a mysterious brunette, Bree Buckley (recurring guest star JoANNA GARCIA - "Privileged, Reba"), in tow. Rufus (series star MATTHEW SETTLE), Dan (series star PENN BADGLEY) and Jenny (series star TAYLOR MOMSEN) spent the summer in the Hamptons, adjusting to the van der Woodsen's glamorous lifestyle surprisingly faster than any of them expected. The series also stars JESSICA SZOHR as Vanessa and KELLY RUTHERFORD as Lily van der Woodsen Bass.
02 - The Freshman
Blair, determined to maintain her Queen Bee status in college, embarks on her first day at NYU, along with Dan and Vanessa. Unfortunately, Georgina (recurring guest star MICHELLE TRACHTENBERG) turns up as Blair's roommate in the dorms, determined to make Blair a social outcast. As Serena prepares to depart for Brown, she and Chuck have a major falling out, so she recruits Chuck's enemy, Carter (recurring guest star SEBASTIAN STAN), to help her get even. Meanwhile, Nate and Bree (recurring guest star JOANNA GARCIA) decide to explore their relationship further, knowing full well it could cause tension between their families who are political rivals.
03 - The Lost Boy
It's a bidding war on the Upper East Side. Blair and Chuck both set their sights on a particular item up for bid at Sotheby's, and the personal stakes are high. Plus, Serena suspects that Carter (recurring guest star SEBASTIAN STAN) may be up to his old habits, Georgina (recurring guest star MICHELLE TRACHTENBERG) takes an interest in Dan and Vanessa begins to suspect that something isn't quite right with Scott (recurring guest star CHRIS RIGGI - "Lipstick Jungle," "Dare").
04 - Dan de Fleurette
It's the first day of school at Constance Billard which means it's also time for Jenny to take her rightful place as the new Queen Bee. Unfortunately for Jenny, Blair is more than happy to intervene when news reaches her that she may be needed back at Constance.
Meanwhile, Lily returns home to Rufus and her family to find that things are definitely not as she left them. Plus, a famous movie actress, Olivia Burke (recurring guest star HILARY DUFF - A Cinderella Story, Material Girls, Lizzie McGuire), enrolls at NYU in hopes of having a somewhat normal college experience, and is assigned to be Vanessa's roommate. Guest star TYRA BANKS (The Tyra Show, America's Next Top Model) appears as Ursula, an actress co-starring in Olivia's movie and someone who Serena befriends.
05 - Rufus Getting Married
Lily and Rufus decide to move up their wedding to the next day, but will someone or something come between them before they can become married? Chuck discovers a secret that Carter (recurring guest star SEBASTIAN STAN) has been keeping from Serena. Dan and Vanessa are pulled into one of Georgina's (recurring guest star MICHELLE TRACHTENBERG) schemes. Blair is suspect of Bree (recurring guest star JoANNA GARCIA) and shares her concerns with Nate. Musical group SONIC YOUTH performs.
06 - Enough About Eve
Vanessa, hoping to finally win the approval of her mother, Gabriela (recurring guest star GINA TORRES - 24, Alias, Firefly), desperately vies with Blair for the honor of delivering the freshman toast at NYU, but at what price? Dan invites Olivia (recurring guest star HILARY DUFF) to meet Rufus and Lily, which leads to all sorts of problems for the new couple. Serena and Nate team up to help Carter Baizen (recurring guest star SEBASTIAN STAN).
07 - How To Succeed In Bassness
In need of publicity for his new hotel, Chuck decides to move up his club's opening and enlists Serena's help to get the word out to her celebrity clients. Feeling left out of the planning, Blair attempts to win Chuck's approval by secretly helping him with a problem concerning opening night. Dan is unnerved when he finally watches one of Olivia's (recurring guest star HILARY DUFF) infamous sex scenes with co-star and real-life boyfriend at the time, Patrick Robinson (recurring guest star SIMON MILLER - Elah and the Moon). Jenny is forced to choose between her relationship with Eric (recurring guest star CONNOR PAOLO) and her new role as Queen Bee. Plus, Rufus gets Lily into the Halloween spirit. Musician ALBERT HAMMOND JR. (The Strokes) performs.
08 - The Grandfather: Part II
Olivia (recurring guest star HILARY DUFF) says something she regrets during an appearance on a talk show with host JIMMY FALLON (guest starring as himself) and tries to keep Dan from finding out. With election day around the corner, Nate suspects his grandfather (recurring guest star JAMES NAUGHTON) will stop at nothing to get Tripp (recurring guest star AARON TVEIT) elected to Congress. In the midst of another feud with Serena, Blair befriends a new It girl. In an effort to make Serena jealous, Blair takes her new friend to an election night party at Chuck's hotel.
09 - They Shoot Humphreys, Don't They?
Not satisfied with just being Queen of Constance Billard, Jenny sets her sights on becoming the queen of all the Upper East Side by landing the hottest escort for Cotillion. Nate and Chuck plot to help Serena and Blair repair their damaged friendship. Dan is upset when Olivia (recurring guest star HILARY DUFF) contemplates leaving school for a movie project. Plus, all-girl French rock band PLASTISCINES performs.
10 - The Last Days of Disco Stick!
Hoping to impress the elitist theater kids at NYU, Blair sets her sights on landing a private concert with the hottest musical performer of the year, LADY GAGA (in a special guest performance). Dan and Olivia (recurring guest star HILARY DUFF) sign up to write and star in a school play, based on an idea by Blair and directed by Vanessa. With Blair out of the picture, Serena turns to Nate to help her get through a difficult situation. As a favor to Chuck, Jenny agrees to hang out with Damian (recurring guest star KEVIN ZEGERS - Transamerica, The Jane Austen Book Club, Dawn of the Dead), the son of an ambassador who is staying at Chuck's hotel, but the experience proves to be a lot more intriguing than she expected.
11 - The Treasure of Serena Madre
How about an extra helping of drama this holiday season? It just wouldn't be Thanksgiving on the Upper East Side without it. Blair suspects her mom (recurring guest star MARGARET COLIN) has been keeping a big secret from her, but it turns out to be something else entirely. Vanessa is supposed to spend Thanksgiving with her parents, but has a fight with her mom (recurring guest star GINA TORRES) and shows up on Dan's doorstep. Meanwhile, Rufus learns that Lily has been lying to him about her mother, Cece (recurring guest star CAROLINE LAGERFELT), and Chuck tells Nate that he has some potentially damaging information about one of their friends. Plus, Jenny learns that Eric (recurring guest star CONNOR PAOLO) was behind her very public embarrassment at Cotillion and can't pass up a chance to get even. And Serena is put in a very awkward position when her mother invites Tripp (recurring guest star AARON TVEIT) and Maureen (recurring guest star HOLLEY FAIN) to join them for Thanksgiving dinner.
12 - The Debarted
On the anniversary of the death of Bart Bass, Chuck wrestles with an issue from the past and a serious car accident rocks the Upper East Side. Dan and Vanessa attempt to navigate their newly complicated friendship. And when Jenny is accused of beating up one of her classmates, Eric (recurring guest star CONNOR PAOLO) is faced with a tough dilemma.
13 - The Hurt Locket
Nate and Serena explore the boundaries of their friendship. Blair suspects that Chuck is having problems forgetting about the woman (recurring guest star LAURA HARRING - The Shield, Mulholland Drive, Sunset Beach) he saw at his father's grave. Jenny agrees to help Damien (recurring guest star KEVIN ZEGERS) overcome a challenge he faces. Vanessa and Dan attempt to move past the awkwardness of Dan's confession of love. Rufus returns from a ski trip and tries his best to avoid Lily.
14 - The Lady Vanished
Chuck learns more about the woman (recurring guest star LAURA HARRING - The Shield, Mulholland Drive, Sunset Beach) who may or may not be his mother. Dan and Vanessa struggle through the awkwardness of dating other people. Plus, Rufus and Lily grow suspect of Jenny's relationship with Damien (recurring guest star KEVIN ZEGERS).
15 - The Sixteen Year Old Virgin
Jenny contemplates taking her relationship with Damian (recurring guest star KEVIN ZEGERS) to the next level, and Nate and Serena clash over how to handle the situation. Meanwhile, a bogus lawsuit threatens to shut down Chuck's hotel, and he suspects his uncle, Jack Bass (recurring guest star DESMOND HARRINGTON), is behind it. Chuck's doubt that his mother (recurring guest star LAURA HARRING) may not be who she claims to be could destroy their newly formed bond. Plus, Dan and Vanessa attempt to define the different "zones" of their relationship, and Lily and Rufus try to trust one another.
16 - The Empire Strikes Jack
Chuck, once again, finds himself at odds with his uncle, Jack Bass (recurring guest star DESMOND HARRINGTON). Eleanor (recurring guest star MARGARET COLIN) puts Blair in charge of making sure her latest fashion show is a huge success with an important client. Rufus attempts to get Jenny back on track by volunteering to have her help with Eleanor's fashion show, but the opportunity takes a turn for the worse when Jenny learns that Agnes (recurring guest star WILLA HOLLAND) will be one of the models.
17 - Inglorious Bassterds
Chuck and Blair are faced with the most difficult decision they have ever faced as a couple. Serena plans a surprise birthday party for Nate, but Jenny does her best to sabotage Serena's efforts. Meanwhile, Dan and Vanessa's new relationship hits a bump in the road.
18 - The Unblairable Lightness of Being
Chuck offers to throw a wedding for a very pregnant Dorota (recurring guest star ZUZANNA SZADKOWSKI) who insists that she and Vanya (recurring guest star AARON SCHWARTZ) have a traditional wedding before her parents arrive from Poland and find their daughter pregnant and without a husband. Dorota asks Blair and Chuck to be part of the ceremony and walk her down the aisle. Serena tells Nate she is having breakfast with the Humphreys when in reality she is secretly meeting up with Carter Baizen (recurring guest star SEBASTIAN STAN). Plus, Rufus discovers that Lily has been lying to him about her whereabouts.
19 - Dr. Estrangedlove
When Lily's ex-husband Dr. William van der Woodsen (recurring guest star WILLIAM "BILLY" BALDWIN - Dirty Sexy Money, Backdraft), shows up unexpectedly in Manhattan, Serena finally gets the reunion with her father she has so desperately wanted - but the circumstances turn out to be far from ideal. Meanwhile, Serena and Nate continue to have relationship issues, and a scheming Jenny is more than happy to be a shoulder for Nate to lean on. Plus, Dan finds out that he didn't get accepted into the Tisch writing program and Vanessa admits she may have been somewhat responsible.
20 - It's A Dad, Dad, Dad, Dad World
Will's (recurring guest star WILLIAM "BILLY" BALDWIN) return to the Upper East Side continues to stir up problems for Serena, Lily and Will's long-standing rival, Rufus. The relationship between Serena and Jenny is strained as a result of Jenny's deception. Blair spends time on the Columbia campus and realizes where she truly belongs. And Dan learns that Vanessa has been keeping yet another secret from him.
21 - Ex-Husbands and Wives
When things get tense between Rufus and Will (recurring guest star WILLIAM "BILLY" BALDWIN), Serena chooses to stand behind her father, while Rufus is made to feel like an outsider within his own family. Meanwhile, Jenny deliberately shares information with Will that may ultimately destroy Lily and Rufus' marriage. And, after many failed attempts, Chuck makes one last grand gesture to reconcile with Blair, hoping she will finally accept the fact that they are destined to be together.
22 - Last Tango, Then Paris
In the third season finale, Blair must decide whether to meet Chuck at the top of the Empire State Building or risk losing their future together. A Gossip Girl gossip bomb involving Dan explodes Serena and Nate's relationship. Dorota (recurring guest star ZUZANNA SZADKOWSKI) and Vanya (recurring guest star AARON SCHWARTZ) welcome their baby. Jenny hits rock bottom. Plus, Georgina (recurring guest star MICHELLE TRACHTENBERG) returns to the Upper East Side...and she has an agenda.
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