Nate's whore won't get off the phone at Norma's so he just sort of feels awkward and sits down across the shared banquette from Katie Cassidy, playing a character named Juliet who is right this second reading House Of Mirth, which is about a lady who pretends to be rich but isn't really rich and eventually ends up dead. Basically Jenny's story, only the lady's named Lily Bart, which was always funny. Juliet talks smack about Nate's latest and gets him to admit in about three moves that she is a hooker, which would get you bonus points if it wasn't Nate Archibald. Sensitive about his choice of dining location he goes, "That Perkins hostess slept with Tiger Woods for over a year, and all he got her was a chicken wrap!"
He says a bunch more vague clichÃ©s and things that I don't really understand but seem to be totally on Juliet's wavelength, and she pronounces him either highly enlightened or deeply chauvinistic. The answer is stoned. It is always stoned. He flirts Juliet almost over to his table, but she has to go to Eleanor's FNO luncheon (we don't know this yet) and just so you fall in love with her, if the Katie Cassidy part didn't do it, when Nate asks for her number she goes, "What, it's not in your friend's little black book?" Them's some good meet-cute right there. I hope she is a paid assassin.
I waited for you outside/ Meanwhile you forgot me
At your door, I can see myself/ Flowers in hand
Pretty clever, but about par for this show. This is the song that is playing, translated shittily by yours truly, while Blair stares at that one Manet painting. Yes, you do know the one. DÃ©jeuner sur l'Herbe, 1863: The two guys, one in a funny hat, and the big naked lady staring out at you while another lady does something in the stream behind them. It's very famous and has a lot of history, maybe you should look it up. Look at it for awhile. I like how her clothes are just in a pile.
What is interesting here is that the lady on the left had the body of his wife and the head of his muse, while what matters is that the lady in the water is, in terms of perspective, too large and so she floats above them in a weird way, once you notice it. The other thing critics usually go after is how fake the whole thing looks, because of the quality of light and the way the shadows work, like it's somehow the same time in Paris and Manhattan. It's about the woman looking out at you.