Jenny launches herself at the front door as Rufus plays guitar: "Dan went out with Vanessa and I'm going to choir practice like we talked about don't wait up!" He stops her: "Where were you gonna change your clothes?" No uniforms at rehearsal. Tell him another one? No, he's done fucking around. He's done playing this particularly idiotic game. "Well, unless the choir is entertainment at Asher's party, you have some explaining to do." He pulls a totally cute dress out of her bag, explaining he knows more than she thinks. But she can't know how much you know, Rufus, if you're constantly lying to her and playing dumb about what you know, because that makes you stupider than her. And "stupider than Jenny Humphrey" is a rough motherfucking place to be, my friend.
Jenny, awesomely, explains to him that if she had asked permission, he would have said no, so she lied instead. And he admits that she's correct, but not his culpability there, and tells her to call Asher and tell him she's not a hostess after all. She explains that it's too late, that everything's been ordered, that all the guests and friends are on their way, but he is not feeling this. She explains that she made a promise, and can't break it, but nobody expects him to get that one. "All that good behavior from the past few weeks just got wiped out from that lie." And then Jenny explains some more shit to Rufus. "You can't stop me, all right?" She walks toward the door, begging him to understand this fact. He threatens, "If you walk out that door..." but like what? What. "What, Dad? What are you gonna do? Are you gonna put bars on my window, or chain me to the kitchen counter? I'm not your... I'm not a little girl anymore. You can't make me do anything." He asks if she wants to lose his respect, along with his trust, but she's past that. He just can't see it. She apologizes, and means it, and leaves. And he's sad, and nods to himself, and has no idea what just happened.
Eric ran straight to his bedroom and called Chuck. When Serena comes to find him, he's muttering, "...Yeah. Okay." He feels better; Chuck told him how to feel better. Chuck told him to feel better, so he does. Serena comes in, and he says goodbye. "You ... called Chuck?" Eric's been talking to him a lot lately; makes total sense, but I love how this episode makes Chuck totally awesome without him there to fuck it up and be smarmy all over the place. "Guy's got his faults, but he's never judged me." He's family, now, too. "I'm your sister," says Serena, sitting on the bed. "We're us." The wise, sad, strong, vulnerable blonde children of Lily van der Woodsen, now on her first marriage: the only thing they can count on, when the wind starts up again. "You can tell me anything."