'Gossip Girl' Season 2 Episode Guide: All the Spoilers and Scandal, Summarized
'Gossip Girl' Season 2 Episode Guide: All the Spoilers and Scandal, Summarized
From the beginning, Gossip Girl Season 2 came back for a second season full of OMFG moments, and no sophomore slump in sight.

The first season ended with relationships upended, Serena and Dan broken up, Blair and Chuck's romance thwarted, and Nate all by himself after his father flees the country.  Season 2 picks up right before everyone's senior year in high school, after a hot, scandalous summer in the Hamptons.  This season found Serena and Blair at odds with each other, and there is always one scandal or another right around every corner.

Now we're (FINALLY) in the home stretch of a too-long hiatus. Let's hope the CW's well-rested, and ready to dish us some dirt that's better than ever. If you missed an episode of Gossip Girl's second season or simply want to revisit some of your favorites, check out our episode guide below.

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Gossip Girl Season 2, Episode 1: "Summer, Kind of Wonderful"

Serena pretends to be Nate's girlfriend to cover up Nate's affair with a married woman and Serena's continued sadness about breaking up with Dan.  Blair returns from Europe with a new boyfriend, which makes Chuck jealous.  Dan gets fired from his internship with a famous author, and Jenny interns at Eleanor's company.

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Gossip Girl Season 2, Episode 2: "Never Been Marcused"

Blair learns that her new beau is actually a British noble named Marcus.  Chuck schemes to put an end to Blair's new romance.  Dan and Serena continue to hook up, but they don't tell anyone about it.  Nate learns that the married woman he's having an affair with, Catherine, is Marcus' stepmother.

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Gossip Girl Season 2, Episode 3: "The Dark Night"

During a citywide blackout, Dan and Serena are stuck in an elevator, forcing them to confront their problems.  Blair is worried about the lack of progress in her relationship with Marcus, which Chuck uses to his advantage.  Nate is put into a difficult position between Catherine and Vanessa.

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Gossip Girl Season 2, Episode 4: "The Ex-Files"

After noticing that Dan has befriended a new girl at school named Amanda, Serena and Dan engage in some romantic one-ups-manship.  Vanessa enlists Blair to get rid of Catherine for Nate.  Meanwhile, Lily finds herself drawn to Rufus again.

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Gossip Girl Season 2, Episode 5: "The Serena Also Rises"

Blair tries to sabotage her mother's runway show at Fashion Week when she learns that Serena and her new socialite friends were invited to sit in the front row.  Jenny saves the day at the fashion show, and eventually quits school to pursue her dream of becoming a designer.  In an effort to write a good story, Dan tags along on Chuck's escapades, eventually landing in jail and learning Chuck's secret.

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Gossip Girl Season 2, Episode 6: "New Haven Can Wait"

The Constance Billard and St. Jude's seniors head to the campus of Yale University for interviews. Serena and Blair end up getting into a catfight, while Dan frantically tries to find someone to write him a letter of recommendation.  Chuck is kidnapped by the Skull and Bones Society, and Nate hooks up with a Yale student.

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Gossip Girl Season 2, Episode 7: "Chuck In Real Life"

Vanessa uses the scandalous picture of Catherine and Marcus to blackmail Blairinto being a nicer person, so Blair seeks revenge by enticing Chuck to seduce Vanessa.  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 isn't ready to play by their rules.  Meanwhile, Dan and Jenny discover a big secret that Nate (has been keeping from his friends.

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Episode 2.7 "Chuck In Real Life" Recap
Bromances Abound

Gossip Girl Season 2, Episode 8: "Pret-a-Poor-J"

Agnes, a model at Waldorf Designs, convinces Jenny to confront Eleanor Waldorf, who is exploiting Jenny's talents as a designer.  Jenny also becomes closer to Nate.  Serena and Dan attend an art opening at Rufus' gallery where Serena meets a new potential love interest.  Meanwhile, Blair asks Dan for advice on how to get Chuck back.

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Episode 2.8 "Pret-a-Poor-J" Recap
Little J Grows Up

Gossip Girl Season 2 Episode 9, "There Might Be Blood"

Serena invites Aaron to be her guest at a charity gala honoring Lily and Bart. 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.

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Movin' On Out of the East Side

Gossip Girl Season 2 Episode 10, "Bonfire of the Vanity"

Blair does not approve of her mother's new boyfriend, Cyrus Rose - who also happens to be Aaron's father - so she makes it her mission to break up the lovebirds by any means necessary. Jenny moves in with Agnes, but their partnership is not all smooth sailing. Dan snoops into Bart Bass' business enterprise to write an expose on him for New York Magazine.

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Episode 2.10 "Bonfire of the Vanity" Recap
Fathers and Sons

Gossip Girl Season 2 Episode 11, "The Magnificent Archibalds"

Serena learns something about Aaron which leads her to hide her past from him.  Lily helps Rufus and Jenny reconcile, just in time for Thanksgiving.  Eric and the rest of the van der Woodsen clan find out that Bart has been spying on all of them.  Blair has a Thanksgiving surprise of her own, courtesy of Eleanor and Cyrus.

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Episode 2.11 "The Magnificent Archibalds" Recap
Snooping Leads to Loneliness

Gossip Girl Season 2 Episode 12, "It's a Wonderful Lie"

Blair and Chuck make a bet that they can find the ideal dates for each other for the annual Snowflake Ball. Aaron's ex-girlfriend Lexi shows interest in Dan, causing Serena to have conflicting emotions. The love triangle between Nate, Vanessa and Jenny gets more complicated.

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Gossip Girl Season 2 Episode 13, "O Brother, Where Bart Thou?"

A sudden death leaves the denizens of the Upper East Side reeling. Chuck is especially devastated. Lily's secret past finally catches up to her. Serena tries to forget Dan as she moves forward in her relationship with Aaron.

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Gossip Girl Season 2 Episode 14, "In the Realm of the Basses"

Chuck's uncle Jack arrives on the Upper East Side to help Chuck pick up the messy pieces after Bart's funeral. Trying her best to forget her last painful exchange with Chuck, Blair her attention on being accepted into the most prestigious ladies club in the city, Colony Club. Meanwhile, Dan finds out Lily's secret, and it could have far-reaching consequences on his relationship with Serena.

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Gossip Girl Season 2 Episode 15, "Gone with the Will"

Gossip Girl, Gone With the Will, Leighton MeesterThe reading of Bart Bass' will dumps a new gang of problems onto Chuck's silver platter. The preview of the episode reveals that Bart has bequeathed Bass Industries to Chuck, and Uncle Jack, who wants the job for himself, is anything but supportive. Chuck isn't up to the challenges of running an empire. Instead of taking Bart's final wish as a sign that his father had faith in him, Chuck believes that Bart is setting him up to fail from beyond the grave.

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Season 2 Episode 2.16, "You've Got Yale"

Leighton Meester, Blake Lively, You've Got YaleIt's that stressful time of year when Constance Billard and St. Judes students find out who is and isn't 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 (guest star Desmond Harrington) over Bass Industries.  Nate and Vanessa spend a romantic evening at the opera.

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Gossip Girl Season 2 Episode 17, "Carnal Knowledge"

In retaliation for not playing by the unspoken rules of Constance Billard, Blair hatches a plan to bring down her teacher, Rachel (guest star Laura Breckenridge), and it's going to be good. After Chuck wakes up in a hotel and only has a minor recollection of what happened the previous evening and who he spent the evening with, Nate  and Vanessa try to help him fill in the missing pieces of what is turning out to be an increasingly intriguing mystery.

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Season 2 Episode 18, "The Age of Dissonance"

The Constance Billard and St. Jude seniors put on a production of "The Age of Innocence" and find their personal lives mirroring conflicts in 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 the otherwise uninterested guy's attention.  Blair receives devastating news about her future that leads her on a witch-hunt for the person responsible.  Dan and Rachel (guest star Laura Breckenridge) 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.  Chuck enlists help from an unlikely source, his nemesis Carter Baizen (guest star Sebastian Stan).

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Season 2 Episode 19, "The Grandfather"

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 their friend. Vanessa convinces Nate that it may be time to forgive and forget when it comes to his mother's Kennedyesque family, The Vanderbilts, 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.

Episode 2.19 "The Grandfather" Recap
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Season 2 Episode 20, "Remains of the J"

Serena (Blake Lively) decides to throw Jenny (Taylor Momsen) an intimate party for her sixteenth birthday, but things get way out of control when Poppy Lifton (guest star Tamara Feldman) turns the small gathering into a huge social event. In a moment of weakness, Vanessa (Jessica Szohr) agrees to help Chuck (Ed Westwick) with a scheme having to do with Blair (Leighton Meester) and Nate (Chace Crawford). Rufus (Matthew Settle) learns that Dan (Penn Badgley) will not receive financial aid at Yale and tries to figure out another way to cover the cost of his education. Armie Hammer guest stars as Poppy's boyfriend, Gabriel.

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Gossip Girl Season 2 Episode 21, "Seder Anything"

Serena (Blake Lively) returns from her trip to Spain with Poppy (guest star Tamara Feldman) and Gabriel (guest star Armie Hammer). Blair (Leighton Meester) makes a secret deal with Nate's (Chace Crawford) grandfather, William (guest star James Naughton), and Nate learns some disturbing information about his father's arrest. Dan (Penn Badgley) 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.

Episode 2.21 "Seder Anything" Recap
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Gossip Girl Season 2 Episode 22, "Southern Gentlemen Prefer Blondes"

Georgina (guest star Michelle Trachtenberg) returns to the Upper East Side after undergoing a major transformation. Chuck (Ed Westwick) and Nate (Chace Crawford) find themselves at a major crossroads in their relationship as it pertains to their mutual interest in Blair (Leighton Meester). Serena (Blake Lively) finds her relationship with Gabriel (guest star Armie Hammer) growing more complicated.

Episode 2.22 "Southern Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" Recap
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Gossip Girl Season 2 Episode 23, "The Wrath of Con"

Blair (Leighton Meester) pressures Georgina (Trachtenberg) into making amends for her past bad behavior by helping her in a scheme. The rivalry between Nate (Chace Crawford) and Chuck (Ed Westwick) over Blair comes to a head. Lily (Kelly Rutherford) hatches a secret plan to help Rufus (Matthew Settle) with Dan's (Penn Badgley) college tuition.

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Gossip Girl Season 2 Episode 24, "Valley Girls"

In a flashback to the 80s, 17-year-old Lily Rhodes (Snow) gets kicked out of boarding school and runs away to Los Angeles, reconnecting with her parents, Rick (McCarthy) and Cece (guest star Cynthia Watros, "Lost"), and sister, Carol (Ritter). Back in present day, Blair (Leighton Meester) and Nate (Chace Crawford) attend prom together, but the evening doesn't turn out exactly as planned and Chuck (Ed Westwick) has a little something to do with that. Serena (Blake Lively) and Lily (Kelly Rutherford) don't see eye-to-eye over Serena's recent run-in with the law. No Doubt performs in the episode as an 80s band called "Snowed Out."

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Gossip Girl Season 2 Episode 25, "The Goodbye Gossip Girl"

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 (Blake Lively) to come up with a plan of attack. The Mean Girls (guest stars Yin Chang, Nicole Fiscella, Amanda Setton and Dreama Walker) challenge Jenny (Taylor Momsen) to throw her hat in the ring to succeed Blair (Leighton Meester) as Queen Bee next year. Lily (Kelly Rutherford) and Rufus (Matthew Settle) struggle to repair their relationship after Lily's betrayal. As for the cliffhangers, Blair and Chuck (Ed Westwick) finally...and Serena is shocked by...and Georgina (guest star Michelle Trachtenberg) decides to...and Dan (Penn Badgley), Nate (Chace Crawford) and Vanessa (Jessica Szohr) unknowingly....and it all happens in the series' climactic season finale.

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