Dan spots Serena being sad on Nate's front stoop and turns away, but she spots him and calls out to him. "Are you talkin' to me?" She smiles a little bit, wanting -- just like with Blair, always -- to skip over the blaming and go back to things being okay. "You're the only person here..." Dan points out that he's Lonelyboy for a reason, most particularly being her campaign of isolation which he's just now come out of, with Nate, and she's like, "Point." Of course he gets all revved up about how he's not even begun to bitch at her, but when she tells him to sit down and pile it on, he doesn't know what to do. "My night couldn't get any worse," she says, and the fight drains out of him. I always knew the other side of his paternalistic judgment was a heart a thousand miles across, but it's still weird to see it like this, written across the whole episode. But he can still, for the time being, go fuck himself, I'm not letting it go quite yet.
Chuck appears at the Brooklyn Inn -- presumably winded from the speed of his journey, and knowing he's got about five seconds before he heads back to Waldorf Manse for the last scene, somehow... Oh, which Blair actually notes! Well done, show! -- and Horace bitches him out for awhile, having gotten what had to be a garbled and self-obsessed account from Abrams, and Chuck promises he's not giving up: "I'm going to save this place." Horace tells him to save himself instead, because it's been a long time since he misread somebody that bad. It hurts Chuck, because he really thought Horace got him, and he turns to go; Vanessa creeps out of the shadows and once again completely changes her mind, because she has weak convictions and they're all she's got, but she's also a pretty sympathetic and flexible person, which is similarly the good side of her bullshit. BUT she still sucks, don't get me twisted.
Serena asks why he's on Nate's stoop and he admits to his fervent hope that Nate is his friend. Meanwhile, why's Serena there? "I just had to get out of my house, talk to someone. Blair's busy, Chuck is... Chuck... The only person I really wanted to talk to, I can't anymore, so... I came here." Aww. Dan tells her to pretend he's Nate, and she eventually gives in, because they honestly are and should be friends, no matter what happens. He's good for her when he's not being bad for her, and she's pretty much his only option of getting over himself because even though he forgets sometimes, he's still aware that she is a person, and awesome.