Hey, Upper East Siders. Gossip Girl here, and I have the biggest news ever…
Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and while I’m not the Gossip Girl, I can still use the power of a keyboard and an internet connection to dish on all the crazy ways that Blair, Serena, Nate, Dan, Jenny, et al celebrated the holiday. Believe it or not, amid all the drama, the series managed to get a few wholesome moments into the mix, too.
Here, find every Thanksgiving-centered Gossip Girl episode to rewatch ahead of the holiday. And for those unfamiliar with the show’s fictional NYC socialites: spoilers ahead.
Season 1, Episode 9: “Blair Waldorf Must Pie”
This episode switches back and forth between Thanksgivings past and present. In the latter (which is to say, 2007), Dan invites the van der Woodsens to Thanksgiving at the Humphreys’, but little do Dan, Jenny, and Serena know, their parents have romantic history. The fact that Lily van der Woodsen was Rufus Humphrey’s “first great love” comes to light in the middle of dinner—and if that’s not awkward enough, there is yet another romantic revelation before dessert.
Flashback to Thanksgiving one year prior, and we see Blair, Nate, and a drunk Serena enjoy a happy holiday filled with water fights, tire-marked pumpkin pie, and more. The episode ends with a montage of sweet moments backed by some classic aughts soft-girl-rock.
Season 2, Episode 11: “The Magnificent Archibalds”
HBO’s TLDR description for this episode, “It’s Thanksgiving and everyone is battling,” way undersells the drama. Jenny Humphrey, who has been trying to emancipate herself from her family, is not-so-secretly staying with Eric. The FBI is chasing Nate’s father for more than just fraud or embezzlement; the powers that be also believe the senior Archibald has extortion and kidnapping on the brain. Elsewhere, Serena tries—and fails—to keep her past from new beau Aaron, and Lily finds out that Bart has been keeping files on her and the kids.
Interestingly enough, Blair’s problems are the least chaotic. She is struggling to come to terms with Cyrus’s…existence, a problem made only worse when she learns that he and her mother are engaged—and have been keeping it from her. “This is the worst Thanksgiving of all time, and if we have to wander the Upper East Side like outcasts in a Jane Austen novel then so be it,” she says to her devoted housekeeper, Dorota, as they flee the apartment. Dramatic? Maybe. But thankfully, the holiday ends with tearful reunions and a picnic basket full of pie.
Season 3, Episode 11: “The Treasure of Serena Madre”
Thanksgiving dinner at the van der Woodsens’ just keeps getting bigger—and messier. Unaware of Serena and Tripp’s affair, Lily invites him and his (soon-to-be estranged) wife Maureen to dinner. Meanwhile, Vanessa shows up at Dan’s with the hopes of crashing for the holidays, and inadvertently gets herself and her mother invited for dinner. And Blair, refusing to let her mother leave without spilling whatever secret she’s keeping, convinces Eleanor to stay over, too.