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School Lies 

The gang breaks into the school swimming pool, but when one of them nearly drowns, the school threatens to expel the ones who broke-in.


Tony Wharmby


Josh Schwartz (developed by), Lenn K. Rosenfeld | 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 (credit only)
Ed Westwick ... Chuck Bass
Kelly Rutherford ... Lily van der Woodsen
Matthew Settle ... Rufus Humphrey
Robert John Burke ... Bart Bass
Linda Emond ... Headmistress Queller
Connor Paolo ... Eric van der Woodsen
Jessica Szohr ... Vanessa Abrams
Nicole Fiscella ... Isabel Coates
Nan Zhang ... Kati Farkas
Reed Birney ... Mr. Prescott


Serena, Blair, Nate, Chuck and their entourage break into the school swimming pool for a night of fun, but when a member of their group nearly drowns, the school threatens to expel the person responsible for the break-in. Everyone agrees to keep a secret pact and say nothing, but it ultimately creates major tension between Serena and Dan, who isn't sure he's ready to take the fall for someone else and risk his future. Meanwhile, Vanessa is working on a documentary project about private schools and accidentally captures Blair and Chuck discussing their affair. Also, Lily contemplates telling Rufus how she really feels about him. Written by Anonymous

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Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

2 January 2008 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


The new headmistress is "Ms. Queller", a reference to one of the show's executive producers, Jessica Queller. See more »


When Serena is talking to Rufus, her coat is buttoned up. However moments later when she's talking to Dan it is completely unbuttoned. See more »


Nate Archiblaid: I love you.
Blair Waldorf: Please. You and I just can't happen right now.
Nate Archiblaid: Why not?
Blair Waldorf: I don't want to be with you.
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References Sunset Blvd. (1950) See more »


Autumn Pink
Written and Performed by Harry Warren
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Dan and Serena studying together
17 August 2014 | by marthawilcox1831See all my reviews

Dan is presented with the possibility that if he is expelled from school he has nothing else to fall back on. I know how that feels because when I was called up to the office of the Head of Department, I was presented with the possibility that if I was expelled from university I would have nothing to fall back on. Like Dan, Serena says that if she is expelled she doesn't think any school would take her. At this point I believe that Dan and Serena are two lost souls who have found and deserve each other.

We see Vanessa making a documentary to get a grant, but we don't get a clear sense of her character like Jenny. We know that Jenny is a social climber living in low rent accommodation who is prepared to sell her soul to break into middle class society. Vanessa is not like that so we're not sure what she's about. Does she really want to make documentaries? We don't see her putting herself out of the way to get into a filmmaking community.

Perhaps the most touching scene in this episode is when Rufus says to Lily that he is still in love with her.

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