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It’s Nate’s birthday and Serena pretends she has nothing planned but to go to a charity event. In actuality, she’s planning a party based on one of Nate’s favorite games, Assassins. (Why do I think that would be Chuck’s favorite game, not Nate’s?) Jenny, back in her “I want Nate” world, has a birthday lunch with him and purposefully makes him late to his own birthday party, much to Serena’s dismay. She questions Nate on what he was doing with her all day and he explains he was just concerned because there was a roofie incident last week–and, well, you know what happened with that. Serena is sympathetic, Nate is devoted to her and the only one unsatisfied is Jenny. She relentlessly pursues Nate during the Assassins game to the point of kissing–yes, kissing–him but minimizes its significance when Nate tries to ask her about it.
Eric figures out what Jenny’s up to but fails to convince her to leave Nate alone. Seems he’ll be occupied with his own love game soon, as he meets Elliot, a guy who lives in their building. (I should mention he could pass for Eric’s doppelganger, albeit one that’s older and taller.)
Dan is working on his application to a writing program at NYU and Vanessa wants to edit the application for him. Apparently, during their “friend years,” they always edited each other’s work. Dan is apprehensive, since they’re now in the dating stage, but gives in, planning to edit her film script in return. Later he lies and tells her work is perfect while Vanessa claims she hasn’t looked at his app yet. But soon Dan accidentally finds it–all marked up with corrections and suggestions. One confrontation and heart-to-heart later, they realize their honesty is valuable, allowing them each to deliver their best. Except Vanessa’s best will soon be competing with Dan’s, as she’s applying to the writing program, too–and Dan has no idea.
What has Chuck done? We were teased with that question by everything and everyone from TV reporters to one strange store window in New York City. But it seemed he hadn’t done anything at all–at least until the end of the episode. At the beginning of the episode, both Blair and Chuck were still upset about last week’s shenanigans with Jack. Chuck and Blair each privately tell Jack they’ll do anything to get the hotel back. Jack tells Blair he’ll give the hotel back if she sleeps with him. Blair is repulsed but soon concludes she’ll do it for the sake of her love. Jack kisses her and then dismisses her, saying that’s all he needed. His real goal was to expose Blair to the real Chuck. And who is the real Chuck? The one who helped Jack plan to get Blair to sleep with him. Although we didn’t see it, Chuck played puppet master and not only knew about Jack’s “indecent proposal” to Blair but helped him accomplish it, all for the sake of getting back his hotel. Jack reveals this to Blair and Chuck confirms. Blair is appalled but Chuck reminds her that she promised to stand by him even when he does the worst. Blair says she didn’t know that his worst would be done to her. She says “Goodbye, Chuck” and I wonder how many people then said, “Goodbye, Gossip Girl.”