["Preach it." -- Sars]
Anyway: "Promiscuous." The music in this episode sucks, but in a particular and coolly deliberate way: besides servicing the plot even more deliberately than usual, it's also all music from a year ago, last Thanksgiving. Which is where it starts: Serena was whooping and hollering on the street, with Blair looking on, simultaneously delighted and irritated. "I mean, who gets wasted on Thanksgiving?" Serena put forth the characteristically selfish-yet-expansive theory that her exuberance was just an antidote for the holiday blues, and continued to giggle and dance around. Blair noted that a stressed Lily meant a stressed Eleanor, who had a lot on her plate. Serena demanded Blair do shots with her, and realized she'd lost her purse. Blair stood her, akimbo, on a street corner, and told her not to drink -- or hit on -- anything until she found it the purse came back, because Blair's life was taking care of Serena, because without that, what could Blair be?
Also on a pie errand was Dan Humphrey, calling in to the home base to reassure his mother that dessert had been secured. He saw Serena wandering out into traffic and, as he always will, wandered the fuck into traffic behind her. He whisked her out of the way of a Typical New Yorker and offered the possibility that she might need a crossing guard, or a cab, and lost his pie in the process. He introduced himself to the damsel, and she shook his hand drunkenly; she didn't remember the year before, when they'd met, or the year before that, or the year before that. Blair jumped between them, pulled rank, told him to keep his hands off her; Serena wrapped her ridiculous limbs around her greatest friend like a big drunk octopus. Blair ushered Serena into a cab with a poisonous look at Dan, but Serena lightly said goodbye to him, and called him "Dave." He said goodbye, after they were gone. Saving Serena meant never having to save yourself.
S rides to B's house in a taxi, laughing that this might be the first Thanksgiving she remembers in a while. Dan smiles ruefully, and allows as how that's probably true. She didn't get the joke. Serena's excited for Blair: her dad's coming home, for the first time since he left for Europe with Roman. Dan's having a reunion too; his mom's going to be in attendance. I wonder if she's even gone home. Serena smiles, happy for him as she is for Blair: "It seems like your mom is really trying." Dan's not incredibly impressed, because when is he ever? "Better Thanksgiving than never." She offers to be on call: "Call me between every course?" Gross? He agrees, and she makes kissy noises into the phone. I don't think it's necessarily gross -- from what Serena knows about moms you could retro-engineer Martha Stewart's entire Entertaining back catalog, but not a shitload of comfort, and she knows how ambivalent Dan is about Alison. As we all are.