S runs up being Lonelyboy and covers his eyes, kissing him. "Oh, Chuck! I had no idea you felt that way about me." Foreshadowing for their total makeout session in Season Three? Who knows. S beeps his nose and congratulates him on being "at least still kind of funny." Which is the perfect description. They talk about how she's been all tied up with becoming a van der Bass and they've both been busy with the SATs, and Serena invites him over to "study" and make out, and he's down. They are totally adorable as he walks away, turning back like five times to be cute some more, and once he's out of range, wolves howl in the distance and all the rabbits and squirrels in Central Park begin to scream and birds fall out of the sky and the shadows of Constance Billard coalesce to form a cloud of darkness blacker than black, our of which steps the eerie beauty of Georgina Sparks. "You always did know how to leave them wanting more." Immediately before barfing, S shivers and says, without turning: "Oh my God. Georgina."
Serena finally summons up the courage to ask what she's doing there, and ... You know, I love Trachtenberg. I loved her on Buffy, loved her on Six Feet Under well after I'd stopped liking the show. And although I'm slightly hoping she gets a bit firmer handle on the character in subsequent episodes, she has a real gift for body language that I've noticed before -- she's a dancer, maybe that's why -- and if you look at this scene on paper, she has all the lines. Serena says like two things the whole time, and the rest is just reacting to G's physical presence, which is saying completely opposite shit to the things she's saying out loud, so it's at least two and maybe five simultaneous conversations happening at once, and they all work because Trachtenberg knows what her body is up to, and that's really cool. I always forget what that's called -- kinesthetic sense? -- but it's a thing you're born with, the ability to see the lines your body's making from the outside, and it's a total dancer thing, and when you're also an actress it makes up for a lot of other stuff. And what's cool -- and missing from the scene at the end of the episode -- is that Blake's right there with her.