Gossip Girl Rewatch: Woman On The Verge

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When Gossip Girl Season 1 Episode 17 first aired back in 2008, I was visiting my parents in a house that didn't yet have DVR. This was also before I knew how to easily track down any episode of television that had just aired.

After Serena ended Gossip Girl Season 1 Episode 16 with the famous "I killed someone" line, I was like a dog with a bone trying to find a link for "Woman On The Verge."

Alas past 2 AM, I found some success, curled up in an armchair, and glued myself to my father's laptop. It did not disappoint.

Ah, the infamous ugly robe of Blair's doth appear again! So what did Serena do that was so horrible, she boarded a train up North and convinced Lily to send her to boarding school? Let's revisit.

Back on the night of the infamous Shepard wedding Serena got wasted and slept with Nate on top of the bar at The Campbell Apartment. We all knew that, but we just didn't know what she did after to deal with the guilt. It turns out there was a major pit stop in between the wedding and boarding school. And it involved Georgina.

Serena hopped a cab and raced to meet Georgie at the Eastview hotel. Georgina being the little shit-stirrer that she is, hid a camera in the corner to make a "genuine Serena Van Der Woodsen" sex tape. Serena barged in feeling sick over what she had done and wasn't into being slobbered on by Pete. She suggested they blow some lines, Pete went first and started seizing.

Serena wanted to try and save Pete but Georgina demanded they leave before they get in trouble. Serena dialed 911 from Pete's phone and hid across the street to make sure he made it out alive. He didn't. Serena thought she left him for dead and held that secret for as long as she could.

Then Georgina came back and used that little video as blackmail to get Serena to be her friend again.

Serena couldn't stand any of this and started to pull away from everyone and regress. After she confessed to Blair she disappeared to 1Oak and got wasted. Blair called the guys and they all got together to help. That's what they do, even when they hate each other. They're the non-judging breakfast club.

Blair: You can tell us anything. We don't judge. We're the non-judging Breakfast club. We're your best friends. Anything you do is something we did too.
Serena: If I tell you, it can never leave this room.

This episode was the climax of the second half of Gossip Girl season 1. It was the creation of the legendary NJBC. It pushed Dan into Georgina's arms. It reunited Lily and Rufus for one last night. And it proved to us just how far Serena would go to keep Dan in the dark about her dirty past. I loved it.

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Gossip Girl Season 1 Episode 17 Quotes

[on the phone] Serena didn't come home last night.


Blair: [to Nate and Chuck] I need your help.
Nate: What's going on with her?

Gossip Girl Season 1 Episode 17 Music

  Song Artist
Song Everytime Lincoln Hawk
Song Die Everyday Lincoln Hawk
Song Cities in Dust Junkie XL