Gossip Girl: Season 1, Episode 8

Seventeen Candles (14 Nov. 2007)

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Blair is devastated by the current state of her relationship with Nate and the guilt from her recent indiscretion. But she manages to put on a happy face for her 17th birthday party and ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lily van der Woodsen (credit only)
Alison Humphrey (as Susie Misner)


Blair is devastated by the current state of her relationship with Nate and the guilt from her recent indiscretion. But she manages to put on a happy face for her 17th birthday party and attempts to hide her feelings from her friends. Hoping to ease the tension between Serena and Vanessa, Dan takes Vanessa to Blair's party so the girls can bond together, but this ends up making Serena more uncomfortable. Jenny brings her mother, Alison Humphrey, home as a surprise visit. But Rufus isn't ready to forgive and forget Alison for walking out on their marriage to find herself and concentrate on her artist work. Also, Nate's parents ask him to make a huge sacrifice to save his father's business as he faces charges of embezzlement and fraud. Written by matt-282

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Drama | Romance


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Guitar hero was incorporated into this episode because of Blake Lively's real life skill in the game. See more »


Chuck Bass: Are you ready for your present?
[Blair grabs his hair and pulls]
Chuck Bass: Owww! If you wanted to play ROUGH all you had to do was ask!
Blair Waldorf: You nauseate me!
Chuck Bass: All this talk about how you have to be with Nate or the world will end. Face it, it's over!
Blair Waldorf: You sound like a jealous boyfriend
Chuck Bass: Yeah right! You wish!
Blair Waldorf: No. You wish!
Chuck Bass: Please you forget who you're talking to
Blair Waldorf: So do you. Do you... like me?
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References Sixteen Candles (1984) See more »


How We Breathe
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Blair and Chuck
16 August 2014 | by See all my reviews

This is a really good episode. For a start, Dan explains the basics of life to his father and then says: 'Why do I have to be telling you this?' I get that. There are certain things that should be so obvious to a grown adult, especially someone twice your age, that it's embarrassing if you have to explain it to them like a baby.

Secondly, the scene between Blair and Chuck at night is great. She says to him: 'Wait a minute. Do you like me?' Horror of horrors, he does. 'You have got to be kidding', she says. 'How d'you think I feel?' Chuck responds. 'I haven't slept. I feel like butterflies fluttering in my stomach.' Blair ends the conversation by saying: 'This is not happening. Those butterflies, have got to be murdered.' Not only is this good writing, but Leighton Meester's delivery of these lines is exquisite. She really is a good actress even though she's playing a superficial character.

This scene is followed by another scene where Dan is introduced to Blair at her 17th birthday. Blair whispers to Serena: 'This is such a problem.' I know exactly how that feels. I've been introduced to people in church and I could see in their eyes them saying to themselves: 'This is such a problem. Why do I have to engage with this person?'

Dan's experience in high society is a universal experience that transcends the place and culture of the series.

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