I'm not randomly contrasting them, either: think about this before we move on. Blair's mother Eleanor had a husband, and they loved each other very much, and they had an understanding. And Blair didn't even think about letting her dad's secrets get in the way of her very fierce love for him. The thing that killed her was being abandoned by him, and Eleanor did everything she possibly could to connect herself to that abandonment and shame, because she thought being the remaining parent would help her win B's affection, but all it did was make Eleanor seem like a monster. (Which she kind of is, but still.) When her dad's stuff went public, he went to France. When her stuff went public, and her storied chastity went out the window, her first thought was to follow. Her shame was, in that moment, at least partially connected to his: when you're a Waldorf, you hop on a fucking flight, and wait until the fever breaks.
But she never saw her father's life as shameful: just annoying, that the world's inefficiency and weirdness about sexuality was getting in the way of her love of her father, and his for her. And her response, as a bulimic and as a teenage girl, was to attack the entire world for doing that, for not living up to her standards. It's part of the reason she needed Serena so much, that year. Therefore: homophobia and gay scandal ruined Blair's life, and by Blair logic it was her mother's weakness that was the trigger. And the ambiguous part -- which is always going to be the thing that gets under Blair's skin, because she lives by incredibly strict rules -- is that she loves her mother anyway. This story isn't about Georgina Sparks, and while it's about Eric and Lily mainly, never forget that this week is a story about Blair: how she heals her past by correcting the present, and thus continues to heal herself. With brute force, because that's all she's got.
Dan runs threading through the school crowd, up the steps and down the hall, and S meets him halfway: "What? You're here!" She throws herself on him, and points out that he's late. "I know. I come bearing apologies, and an invitation. What are you up to tonight?" They head off down the hall, in love and relieved to be with each other again. "I know what I'm not up to: having fun. The SAT tutor was over for four hours last night." He gives her a sweet moue and asks if the guy's cute. "Well, if hair in the ears is your thing," she muses, and laughs. "I hate that since I'm not gonna use the score Chuck bought for me, I have to study every night. I can't even be distracted by..." He kisses her. "Mm. That." He agrees, and asks if she can finally have dinner with Sarah instead. "Sarah again, what is she? Your new girlfriend or something?" It comes out much softer and sweeter than it looks on the page. He nods seriously, and she smiles. "Just kidding, but she's new in town, and she does want to meet you." While Bart and Chuck are out of town riding unicorns over the Pyramids or whatever, Serena's agreed to a quiet family dinner in the old van der Woodsen suite. I love how that whole family just bops around from floor to floor like the biggest slumber party of all time.