Blair makes her way through the crowd, tapping Asher on the shoulder with his phone. "We need to talk." He sends his boys away, and she offers him the phone. "Whatever you found, it's not what it looks like." Great opener, Hornsby. "It's ... always what it 'looks like,' and judging by the texts and photos, it 'looks like' a little more than friendship." He asks what she's going to do with them, and she admits that if she didn't love his "friend," she'd already have taken down him and Jenny both. "Too bad you don't care about him the same way..." she starts, and Eric walks in behind her. "It's okay, Blair. I can handle this."
Two awesome things happen: just as Asher's shouting, "What's he doing here?" Jenny comes lurching into the room with her cocktail in the air, looking like that lady from The Rescuers, derangedly shouting the same thing about Blair. Portrait of Jenny in ten years! This show is so Bugsy Malone sometimes, I love it. Meanwhile in the back of the scene, Nelly Yuki is wearing crazy blue plastic glasses. What was life like before Nelly Yuki? I don't want to think about it.
"Are you gonna tell her, or am I?" asks Eric. Because for him, that's what's on the table: Asher is dating two people, and Eric was there first, and has a claim on Asher's sexuality, which means the relationship with Jenny is invalid.
(The actual situation is a bit more complex, yes, but I'll tell you this. In real life, Eric's version is a lot closer to the truth: that he, or all of them, would view this more as cheating than the whole beard/fake-out situation, and the reason for this is that teenagers having sexual identity issues are not like adults having sexual identity issues. It's not rare for guys to know they are gay and hide it, like Asher here, but ... Never underestimate the power of denial. I mean, it's a great parallel to Eleanor/Harold, I get that, and this story is handled pretty much flawlessly, but it's been toned down from reality, to make narrative sense and to be on TV, because the actual story makes way less sense, and involves Asher being gay some days, and not being gay other days, and making out with Eric on days he's gay and sometimes days he's not gay, and having a girlfriend the entire time, and hating himself sometimes, and being almost okay other times, and having conversations with the lacrosse buddies about fags, and then getting drunk with said lacrosse buddies and realizing they have no idea what they're doing, and most of all, Asher's days are spent doing what he has to do to survive, all the time.