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Poison Ivy 

Blair uncovers scandalous information about Serena; Dan sets his sights on impressing the Dartmouth representative.


J. Miller Tobin


Felicia D. Henderson, Josh Schwartz (developed by) | 2 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Blake Lively ... Serena van der Woodsen
Leighton Meester ... Blair Waldorf
Penn Badgley ... Dan Humphrey
Chace Crawford ... Nate Archibald
Taylor Momsen ... Jenny Humphrey
Ed Westwick ... Chuck Bass
Kelly Rutherford ... Lily van der Woodsen
Matthew Settle ... Rufus Humphrey
Robert John Burke ... Bart Bass
Connor Paolo ... Eric van der Woodsen
Sam Robards ... Howie 'The Captain' Archibald
Nicole Fiscella ... Isabel Coates
Nan Zhang ... Kati Farkas
Jenna Stern ... Headmistress
Reed Birney ... Mr. Prescott


As the teens prepare for Ivy League college representatives to visit their campuses, Blair uncovers a secret about Serena; Dan sets his sights on impressing the Dartmouth representative; Jenny and Eric hit it off; Rufus asks Lily a favor. Written by Anonymous

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Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

3 October 2007 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


The dress Jenny wore to the Ivy League party is the same dress Blair gave her in Gossip Girl: The Wild Brunch (2007). See more »


During the field hockey fight Blair injured her right leg, yet later it showed Koti and Izz icing the left leg. See more »


Chuck Bass: Why should I be chosen as an usher?
Chuck Bass: Well I'm Chuck Bass.
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References Poison Ivy (1992) See more »


Can't Be Happening
by The Marlows
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Blair's Unsent Letter
18 August 2014 | by marthawilcox1831See all my reviews

Dan comes to terms with the fact that he doesn't have a university legacy even though Serena's parents went to Harvard and Brown. My parents didn't go to university and I was the second in my family to go to university, so I partially connected with him.

There is a sweet scene where Chuck is in Blair's bedroom and says to her: 'So this is your bed'. She covers up her blanket and says to him: 'leaving'. It's a cute scene and something you would say to someone you want to bed, or at least have strong feelings for.

Dan says to Serena: 'If you ever need someone to talk to, let me know.' No one's ever said to me, although some have said 'don't be a stranger', which isn't quite the same thing.

The most moving part of this episode is when Blair reads her unsent letter to Serena. It reads: 'My world is falling apart. I don't have anyone to talk to. Where are you? Why did you leave without saying goodbye? I miss you so much.' It's the kind of letter I would have written to my soulmate when they walked out of my life. My world fell apart because they left without saying goodbye. I missed my soulmate so much and didn't have anyone to speak to. Hearing Blair read these words endeared me to her. My only concern is that this was made in 2007 in an age of facebook, email, text and twitter, whereas letter writing was something of the 90s and 80s. Maybe this series has been kicking around for a few decades before it got made.

Serena's answer is equally moving: 'I didn't know how to be your friend.' I truly believe the reason why people have walked out of my life, or have not persisted in friendship and companionship with me is because they don't know how to be my friend. This for me is testimony that the series has some good writing, even though the characters may appear to be shallow in a superficial world.

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