Episode #20 – Remains of the J
It’s morning on the Upper East Side and Serena is calling Blair to make sure she’s up and moving about since the whole not getting into Yale debacle. Blair tells her she is at home eating French toast with Dorota, but Blair walks in front of a taxi and the driver blows his horn at her. She finds out she’s in the same vicinity as Serena and hides. She doesn’t want her to know she’s out going to Nate’s house.
Dan gets a welcome packet from Yale and a fan letter from some guy who read his story in the New Yorker. The fan wants to know Dan’s opinions on one of his stories. Rufus hasn’t made his usual breakfast. Lily wants everyone to go over her house for breakfast that morning. She wants to talk. Vanessa catches Dan on his way out and tells him Nate hasn’t called her in a week. Dan says Nate probably just needs some time. At that moment, Vanessa receives an e-mail from Nate asking her to meet him in half at hour at his place.
You did leave him at a party, where he was being honored. – Dan
Out getting pastries for the family breakfast, Serena runs into Poppy who is sporting a new look. She has short hair and is really tan. Poppy mentions how she is only in town for 48 hours because Gabriel, her new boyfriend, had to come back for business. They have been in Spain for the past weeks. Poppy attempts to catch up with Serena but finds she’s still in the same place she was the last time they talked: in high school with the high school drama. Serena mentions he’s throwing a party for her friend and Poppy seems intrigued until Serena mentions it’s a sweet 16 party. When they part ways, Serena is left feeling a little embarrassed and feeling young.
At the van der Bass’s house, Lily has gathered everyone and Chuck is there too. But he leaves and Dan pokes a little fun at him.
What does Chuck Bass do at 8 am? It’s not like you work out. – Dan
I do my cardio in the evenings. – Chuck
Lily and Serena tell Jenny they want to throw her a party, but Jenny doesn’t seem excited. She says things are different this year and she just wanted to keep it small with just them and Jonathan and Vanessa. Serena seems really disappointed with this but Lily says she will cancel the caterers. Everyone just leaves at that point to go on with their day. Rufus opens up that letter from Yale to find out Dan has been denied for financial aid.
At school, Serena is talking to Eric about the party. She doesn’t understand why Jenny doesn’t want to have one. Eric says maybe it’s about Jenny being worried no one would show up. He also says since Jenny has returned to Constance Billard she hasn’t really made that many friends. Hazel, Iz and Nelly tell Serena about Penelope’s party on the same night and are glad that Serena canceled hers so they wouldn’t have to feel bad about not going.
Spotted: S learning the answer to the age old question: What if you were throwing a party and no one cared? When that happens, don’t cancel…make them eat cake.
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Vanessa is excitedly making her way to Nate’s house until she sees Blair and Nate hugging. Chuck rolls up in the limo and mentions something about the e-mail he sent from Nate’s account. Chuck tells her Blair leaves his place at the same time every morning. He wants Vanessa’s help to take down the problem.
And when you’re not from the Upper East Side, sometimes morning is just the start of a very bad day.
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At school, Chuck confronts Blair about Nate. Blair says they are completely platonic. He says he’s been watching her and she said if he was any good at it she would know she was just bringing him breakfast in the morning. Chuck says it makes sense Nate and her are just friends because there was never any spark between them. Blair gets frustrated and doesn’t know how to respond. But she does put Chuck in his place.
Chuck, don’t act like I didn’t fight for you. I did, hard and for a long time, so please for me now that we’re over; I’m exhausted. – Blair
Back at the loft, Dan asks about his Yale packet and Rufus lies and says he left it at Lily’s. Lily recognizes the lie and asks him what’s going on. Rufus tells him that Dan was denied financial aid. He says he expected some of Dan’s tuition to be subsidized. Lily offers to help pay but Rufus says no. Lily then says maybe he should sale the loft and move in with her. Rufus asks if they are ready for that; Lily says she just thought it was the next step for them.
Blair takes to Nate about Jennifer Anniston, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. She is trying to drop hints that Nate should break up with Vanessa and he picks up on them. Nate says he talked to Vanessa and they are going to talk over dinner. He says he feels like things are just over between him and Vanessa. Blair wants him to break up with her over text because she’s concerned about sparks or fireworks between them, but Nate still insists on the dinner. He says he will go over to Blair’s after it’s over.
Serena invited Poppy along to the dress buying for Jenny to Missoni. Jenny says this is more than she expected but is willing to try on something. When Jenny leaves, Serena admits to Poppy that she’s in a rut.
If you’re not on the arm of a designer at the Met one day and lazing around the Maldives on a yacht the next, what kind of girl are you?
She says Serena shouldn’t be making and breaking up with a high school boyfriend and feuding with a frenemy. Serena says she wants to get back out there and Poppy says this party would be a good way to do it. Inviting the right people is key. Serena tells Poppy that Jenny doesn’t really want the party though. Poppy thinks Jenny does want the party, she just needs a little hand holding. She says any 16 year old girl would love to have a party like one Serena would throw. Serena is convinced and calls the caterers to tell them the party is back on.
Nate and Vanessa met and he breaks up with her. Vanessa thinks they can still work things out if they try, but Nate really says it’s over. Vanessa says if they are going to end, she wants it to end honestly and wants to know there is no one else. Nate assures her there is no one else, but Vanessa of course doesn’t believe him.
Meanwhile, Blair is waiting impatiently for Nate to come back. She’s really wondering what is going on because he’s been out with Vanessa for such a long time. Dorota doesn’t do a good job at calming her fears though. Nate finally shows up, but he’s not there to stay. He just wanted to come by to tell Blair what happened and says they can hang out over the weekend. Blair tries to go in for a kiss, but Nate kisses her on the forehead instead. When Nate leaves, Blair tells Dorota that Chuck is right; there is not spark or passion between her and Nate.
Poor B, it’s hard to turn up the heat with an old flame. But stand back, someone’s about to add fuel to the fire.
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Vanessa goes to see Chuck about Nate. She says break up is one thing but lying about there being no one else is wrong. Chuck says he got the just friends speech too. He says they are making fools of them and Vanessa agrees to help Chuck with his plan.
Dan answers the phone thinking its Vanessa for the party, but it’s Brooklyn Realty. He thinks Rufus is selling the loft to move in with Lily. He doesn’t tell Jenny though. They go to the party with board games and chili.
Serena calls Blair to ask if she’s coming to her party and Blair quickly corrects her saying its Jenny’s party. Blair tells Serena she’s been spending a lot of time with Nate lately and tells her about the Nate and Vanessa break up. Blair says Nate is her destiny and Serena is happy for her as long as she’s happy. She thinks Nate is good for her because there’s no drama. Blair takes offense to that going back to what Chuck said about them not having sparks. Eric interrupts the phone call because he needed to tell Serena about what is going on.
Jenny is excited everything is going well between Lily and Rufus. Dan tells Jenny about the realtor calling and Jenny doesn’t think Rufus should sell the loft. Jenny doesn’t think it’s going to happen. They are Humphrey’s.
Damn straight. – Jenny
They arrive at the party and find out it’s not the intimate affair Jenny originally wanted. Jenny is upset because she didn’t want that type of party and doesn’t want those people there. Jenny again tells Serena this isn’t the party she wanted, but Serena isn’t listening. Eric tells Jenny it was less about Jenny’s birthday and more about the fact Serena could prove she could throw a good party. Jenny gets upset and texts the party information to Gossip Girl.
I liked my social grave. I dug it and I was happy to lay in it. – Jenny
Chuck and Vanessa go to the party together. The first thing they see when they arrive is Blair and Nate flirting. Both couples seemed surprise to each other, but the break the ice Vanessa and Chuck kiss.
Spotted: Two people who should know better. And two people who don’t know what hit them.
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The party has turned into a disaster. There are people who are looking for a keg and people having sex in Serena’s bed. Poppy asks who the rowdy children are. She knew Jenny was young but this was ridiculous. Poppy says she’s going to leave and that Serena should go to, but Serena says she has to stay. Serena asks for Jenny’s help but she tells Serena she invited them to the party; it was the people on her guest list. Serena goes to Dan for help but Dan doesn’t want to help because he’s surrounded by a group of girls, but he goes anyway.
Nate is concerned about Vanessa and Chuck, but she says it’s just a physical thing. Nate tells her not to let Chuck talk her into doing something she will regret. Blair starts to talk smack in front of Vanessa about how they are at a party and people just hang out at parties, but later on there might be something more. But Nate cuts her off before she can say anything else.
Blair pulls Nate into a room and tries to seduce him, but he’s not having it. He says maybe they didn’t work out the first time because they weren’t friends. Blair says this week they became friends and she wants to kiss him, but Nate doesn’t want to do anything in Chuck’s room while they wait outside. He shuts her down and she’s upset and leaves. Vanessa intercepts Nate when he’s looking for Blair and gets a good dose of reality from him.
You wanted to be more like Blair Waldorf; congratulations you’ve succeeded. – Nate
Poor V, nobody gets what they want without losing something they love; like their dignity.
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Dan and Serena are cleaning up her room. Serena admits to being a little selfish when it came to the party; her life has just felt a little wrong a lot like high school. Dan tells her she is in high school and she has the rest of her life to through these high society parties, but she doesn’t have that much time left to act like she’s in high school. Eric comes to get them and says there is a problem outside. A ton of kids are trying to get into the party and are banging on the glass until the police show up.
Lily and Rufus arrive back at the same time and see the penthouse is trashed. Lily blames Serena for the party and Serena gets upset. She says she can blame her for passed hors d’oerves but the party getting out of control is someone else’s fault. Serena says as the family gets bigger so does the list of suspects. Finally Jenny admits to posting the party on Gossip Girl and says she doesn’t want to be a Park Avenue princess any day of the week. Jenny says the party Serena threw for her was embarrassing, but Lily says it sounded quite nice. Dan admits to talking to the realtor.
Serena leaves to meet Poppy. She invites Serena to Spain with her and Gabriel. At first Serena declines because she thinks she is grounded, but rethinks what she said. She agrees to go and leaves her high school life behind.
Lily stayed at Rufus’ while her place was being cleaned. She says she feels bad about being so hard on Serena. They talk about moving in together and both agree it isn’t the right thing for either of their families right now.
Dan over hears them talking about Rufus not selling the loft and him going to Yale. Rufus says he never let money get in the way of their education before and he’s not going to let it happen now. He says they will figure out a way. He encourages Dan to call the guy who sent him the fan letter.
Lily leaves to get dressed and when she returns home she has a message from Serena saying she is going to Spain with Poppy. Lily looks worried.
Blair and Dorota are going to feed the ducks in Central Park. She said what she had with Nate was too good to last. Nate is a good and nice guy; it wasn’t hard to be around him. And now she misses her friend Nate. When they finally make it to the pond, Nate is there waiting on her. Dorota told Nate where her favorite place was because he wanted to meet her there. Nate says he does want to be with her; he just doesn’t want to be with her like that. And they kiss.
Serena finally meets Gabriel but she’s met him before when she was playing around with Georgina. Poppy has the refreshments and they are ready to leave for their trip.
Dan calls the fan of his story. His name is Scott and he’s the love child of Rufus and Lily. The adopted parents pick up the phone and realize it’s Rufus’ son on the other end and the erase the phone call from the cell. They think Scott knows about the Lily and Rufus.
Vanessa and Chuck wake up in the morning together. Vanessa is getting dressed and tells Chuck not to mention this again. They seal it with a kiss…and then they make out.
Mistakes, we all have them. They usually start with the best intentions; like trying to protect someone. Or getting some distance from the person you’ve become. Sometimes we don’t even know what mistakes we’ve made to get us where we are or we figure it out just in time to make it right again. But every mistake happens for a reason; to teach you a lesson you would other never learn. And hopefully you’ll never make that mistake again. Lucky for me, that never happens.
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