Nate and Vanessa walk through Brooklyn, back toward the coffeeshop. "Next time your sister's band is in town, I want front row seats!" Considering her stupid sister lives in Brooklyn, at Vanessa's house, I think that will be soon. "You don't strike me as a lesbian punk fan," she laughs, and he pretends to be insulted, then pretends he didn't even notice the "punk" part. You can't start an adverbial phrase with the word "lesbian" and hope everybody makes it to the end of the sentence, I guess. He asks why she even does the practice tests, if she's not planning on taking the SAT herself, and she admits that, as usual, it's all about Dan. "I'm a filmmaker. Best education for me is making films." Nate's astounded that there are people in America who consider college optional, and just by saying that, he's giving us at least one very good reason for him and Vanessa to be friends. I do like this little relationship a whole lot, because Nate's the only really authentic person on the show, and if anybody could cross the bridge without even thinking about what it means or who's watching or what happens next, it's him. He likes Vanessa, he's going to be friends with Vanessa: that's how far down he goes. "My parents are artists, my sister's a musician. Just like going to an Ivy is your family's way, not going to college is mine." He asks if his parents would adopt her, and she takes out her keys. "So..." Nate starts warming up the hotness hot plate, all, "I guess this is good night, then?" She laughs: they're standing on the stoop of a coffeeshop, not her parent's porch, but it still feels like that moment. He turns it up to smoldering, and then finally achieves total hotness, kissing her, and she invites him inside, and they don't break contact the whole time.
Meanwhile in Manhattan, New Serena and Ambiguously New Georgina tell the waitress they have no need of cocktails: they are high on life and Diet Coke. "So. Tell me about Dan." Serena, anxious to keep the lines drawn as thick and dark as possible, shrugs: "I did!" Georgina's like, a last name and zip code are scintillating details, but come on. "He's part of Serena Second Edition!" Serena -- without even knowing, as is her way, how damaging what she's about to say will be -- explains that she likes it when he looks at her: "Like I wanna believe in myself." Georgina's struck by that, and Serena thinks she's making fun of her, but really she's just realized she's losing this fight by more than she thought: "Uh, no. No, sweetie. I think it's...It's incredible." Because if Serena believes in herself, then she won't need anybody at all to tell her who she is.