"Victor, Victrola"
Gossip Girl episode
Episode no. Season 1
Episode 7
Written by K.J. Steinberg
Directed by Tony Wharmby
Guest stars Kelly Rutherford (Lillian van der Woodsen)
Matthew Settle (Rufus Humphrey)
Sam Robards (Howie "The Captain" Archibald)
Robert John Burke (Bart Bass)
Susan Misner (Alison Humpfrey)
Production no. 106
Original airdate November 7, 2007
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"Victor, Victrola" was the seventh episode of the CW television series, Gossip Girl.[1]. The episode was directed by Tony Wharmby and written by K.J. Steinberg. It aired on Tuesday, November 6, 2007 on CTV and Wednesday, November 7, 2007 on the CW.


After the fiasco at the mask ball, Dan and Serena finally admit that they're crazy about each other and are now boyfriend and girlfriend. With Chuck wanting to invest into a burlesque club,(named Victrola), he goes to pitch the idea to his father Bart Bass, and catches his father with Lilly van der Woodsen, who he has decided to be in a committed relationship with.

Nate eventually confronts his father about the drugs that he had found and been blamed for. When Jenny catches her father arguing with her mother on the phone, she pretends that everything is going to be fine and work out. The next day, Nate tries to bribe Jenny (with chocolates) to not tell Blair about what he had mistakenly confessed to her instead of Serena. He then throws her for a loop by lying to Blair right in front of her, and gives Blair the chocolates that were meant for Jenny.

Dan starts to have "nightmares/fantasies" about him and Serena, and he catches his father arguing yet again with his mother about her having an affair with her neighbor. Although Jenny catches the tail end of the conversation between her father and Dan, she still pretends as though everyone is going to be perfectly fine. When Chuck's father ends up rejecting the idea to invest in Victrola, saying that the only way he'll be proud of him is if he gets "A's" in school and gets a part-time job, this causes Chuck to get extremely drunk. Lily van der Woodsen sees him, and tries to help him. Chuck reveals to Lilly that he saw his father with a leggy Asian, and that he believes that he's cheating on her with, which didn't seem to surprise Lilly as much as it would most people because of Bart's past with cheating and leggy 25-year-olds.

Eleanor Waldorf tells Blair that Nate has asked for the family ring to propose to Blair while they are picking out a dress for the celebratory dinner between Blair and Nate's families for the combining of a deal. With Dan and Serena on the fast track towards having sex, Vanessa walks in on a compromising situation, which prompts a conversation between the two of them that ends with them yet again attempting to have sex and getting interrupted by Dan's father.

When Nate goes to his mother to confess that his father has been doing and buying drugs for a while, he is upset when his mother rejects the idea that his father needs help with the problems that he's having.

When Vanessa once again walks in on an personal situation that involves Dan studying porn to prepare for him having sex with Serena, she gives him advice on how he might want to fix his room to prepare for it. Blair helps Jenny out with the bracelet, and she in return attempts to tell Blair about Nate not being over Serena yet. Blair then dismisses Jenny- forever. When the dinner comes around, Nate's father attempts to force Blair to try on the family ring to see how it looks on her, having been ignoring his son's efforts to tell him that they aren't doing as well as everyone thinks. After Dan's dad give him the same advice about his room that Vanessa gives him, he finally takes it.

When Chuck's father shows up at Victrola, he accepts his proposal for the business, and Chuck realizes that he had been mistaken about Bart and the Asian girl because she ended up being an associate that convinced his father to accept the proposal. Nate finally tells his father that he needs help and that he has to go and get it, and the Captain ends up punching Nate and getting arrested. What follows is having an argument with Blair about how he doesn't go to her for any help about anything, which ends in them apparently breaking up, and her leaving to go to Victrola.

With Dan surprising Serena with a made up room for their first time together, she confesses that she's scared about everything because she's never had a guy look at her the way that Dan does. The show ends with Dan and Serena cuddling in bed, not being expressed whether or not they had sex; Nate's mother telling him that his father has more charges on him than what it would have been because the police had been building a case against him for fraud for some time and they are not able to make the one million dollar bail; and what appears to be Blair losing her virginity to Chuck in the back of his limo.


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