Episode #24 – Valley Girls
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After letting her sit for a few hours, Lily finally goes to the police station to get Serena out of jail. Serena’s really angry, and says “I would rather give my kids up for adoption than end up like you. Oh wait, you did that.” Ouch! Lily’s about to let her rot, but Serena doesn’t care. She used her one phone call on Grandma CeCe. CeCe’s only too glad to see Lily finally playing the overbearing mother, but Lily is not amused. She wonders how this happened to her, and thinks back on wilder days.
It’s 1983, and young (blue-eyed?!) Lily has just been kicked out of boarding school. She thinks their recent move from New York combined with a tumultuous divorce is to blame, and she goes to Malibu to talk to her father. He meets her at lunch, but invites her mom, CeCe, as well. Lily says she wants to live with her dad in his mansion, but he says he’s too busy to spend time with her right now. CeCe thinks this is all very typical and tells Lily to give it up and live with her instead. Lily says she’ll drive there right away, but impulsively turns in the opposite direction.
]She makes her way to Hollywood to find Carol, her older sister. Carol cut ties with the family to try and make it as an actress. Lily finds the restaurant where she works, but Carol has the night off. A helpful bad-boy busboy named Owen tells Lily he can take her to the show Carol’s going to later … if she’ll be his date. He shows her Carol’s locker, which is filled with club-appropriate clothing, and of course there’s a montage in which Lily goes from preppy to punk.
Once she finds Carol at the show she’s immediately swept up in her sister’s drama. Carol and her kind-of boyfriend, Shep, filmed a music video for his band, but now the director is upping the price and won’t give them the tape until he gets the money. There’s a party at his mansion, so they sneak in and try to reason with him.) Strangely enough, the director’s name is Keith Van der Woodsen!) It turns out Carol slept with him before she found out he had a girlfriend, and he’s holding the video hostage in hopes that she’ll give it up again. Words are exchanged and punches are thrown. Owen gets ganged up on, and Lily rushes to his rescue. Unfortunately, the cops show up and the two of them get arrested together.
When Lily calls her mom to get bailed out, CeCe gives her a big lecture about how if she doesn’t get it together she’s never going to marry a successful man from the Upper East Side. Lily says she doesn’t want that, so Carol steps in and offers her a place to stay while she figures things out. CeCe’s unnerved, but she doesn’t get a chance to respond before Carol hangs up on her. Lily’s just excited to reconnect with her sister and start a new life in Hollywood.
In modern-day New York, CeCe’s staying at (brown-eyed) Lily’s townhouse. Lily’s still angry about her mother interfering with her relationship with Rufus, and CeCe’s not the type to apologize. Rufus tells Lily that she has to work things out with CeCe if she wants to move forward with Serena, so she finally forgives her mom and they make up.
Meanwhile, Serena’s decided to stay in jail until (brown-eyed) Lily will agree to let her live her own life. But Dan feels guilty about getting Serena busted in the first place, so he arranges to have her bailed out in time for prom — and even brings a dress!Blair’s been planning the perfect prom with Nate since she was 12 years old, and even has a scrapbook to prove it. Unfortunately, all Nate’s plans for their night together are falling through. Their limo reservation gets lost, the corsage isn’t delivered, and Blair’s dress is ruined at the cleaners. But mysteriously, a dress arrives from Paris that’s exactly like the one she drew as a tween! At least some things are working out.
When prom finally commences, everything falls perfectly into place. However, the mean girls don’t like seeing Blair so happy. They’re staging a prom queen election and nominating Blair, but only so they can stuff the ballot box and make her lose to Nelly. Luckily, Chuck overhears their sinister plan. Not only does he vote for Blair 150 times, but he takes out all the fake Nelly ballots.
Blair catches Chuck with the ballots and accuses him of trying to sabotage her evening. But when she wins and gets a golden tiara, all is forgiven. Chuck tells Serena that he was the one who sabotaged all Nate’s plans, but only because he knew about Blair’s scrapbook and wanted to make sure everything was exactly how she wanted it. Awww.
During their last dance, Blair realizes that even though she and Nate shared a perfect high school night together, their relationship belongs in high school. They decide to part peacefully and move on.