Blair, operating on the facts as she sees them, says it's probably best just to lock her up because this isn't the first time she's done these particular things -- in this particular order, leading generally toward murder and the stealing of boats and horses -- and that even if S never forgives them, essentially, it's still the best thing right now because they are in the danger zone. Rufus says it's Lily's decision, which it isn't really, but just as she's working her way verbally toward doing it, revving up for the big betrayal, the decision gets made for her:
...Well-known Manhattan socialite and former party girl Serena van der Woodsen was admitted to St. Margaret's Emergency Room after EMTs responded to a 911 call from a motel in Queens..."
They play the 911 call and it visibly socks everybody in the gut, but you know the second that breaking news hit the airwaves Lily was like, "In the absence of a dungeon or oubliette I guess Ostroff's the way to go." Chuck comes running in to seal the deal: The paps are insane outside. Everybody confers, a sort of ad hoc Rhodes Summit, and decide that they have to leave the hospital but that PRADA, the Empire, and Chez Waldorf are all out of the question, there is no jitney that leaves from St. Margaret's to the moon or anywhere else, and therefore -- because of the threat of the image and for no other reason, note -- girlfriend's getting committed, stat.
Serena's so used to ruining Thanksgiving with her drug problems she's able to do it now even in the absence of drug problems. Short bit later and Eric's smelling the smells and touching the walls of the place he was reborn. Her room's bigger than his was; her resentment too. She feels betrayed, of course, and of course Lily walks in right then to give some kind of ameliorating, railroading speech, and Serena tells her to suck a duck.
"Your daughter wakes up alone, drugged, in an empty motel room, and you don't call the cops, you don't ask if she's okay, or what happened, you just have her committed. What kind of mother does that?" Well, valid. But I give Lily credit for holding out as long as she could. That whole PR thing really strikes at her core, doesn't it? But then Serena questions whether this was the best possible plan and Lily has to go ruin it, like so: "Well, Serena, this isn't exactly what's best for me, you know? It would be a lot easier to take you home and act like this never happened." Have you met my friend Lily? She says things like that constantly because she thinks like that constantly. It's a real bear too, because she's pretty awesome otherwise.
Serena bitches at Eric half-heartedly and he tries to explain from his own perspective what it was like getting committed to this same place after trying to kill himself presumably the same way, and Serena very logically points out that this is a different situation because she didn't even try to kill herself. But because all Eric knows is that she did five awful things in a row and then told him her life was over and not even he could save her -- which we thought meant something rather different, in context, but now twists into a new shape just like it did in his head, when he heard the news -- all he can say is, "It took me a long time to come to terms with what I did, too."
If you drink every time somebody refers to Serena as "alone" -- being found alone in Queens, overdosing alone -- you could get pretty effed up. It's an interesting thread to follow -- everybody horrified, including Serena, by the concept of her existing alone, or without help, without being looked at, waking up without the people around to hold her together -- but also one of those ones with this show where you don't know if it's on purpose or just bad script editing.
In a waiting area that looks a lot like a Dwell article on "Rooms You Could Literally Have Objectum-Sexual Sex With," Dan apologizes to Nate for not telling him about S when Rufus called, and Nate blows that off entirely. Not because he's dumb and not because he's callous, but because he's so stressed out by thinking about the Captain -- trusting the Captain and looking a fool, or losing his family because he's right and they don't see it -- that he twists it into a very sad shape. Serena says she remembers nothing, he scoffs. Dan points out how Serena told them she didn't kiss either of them, he scoffs. Serena swears she's not suicidal, Nate scoffs:
"Dan, I care a lot about Serena. I always will. Whether she realizes it or not, this is how she pulls people back in. And I'm not gonna let it happen anymore. Neither should you," he says... And then heads out to lobby his mother about the Captain's rehabilitation. Oh, Nate. Right speech, wrong lady.
Juliet once again finds Brooklyn trash on her doorstep, this time in the form of Little J, come to call about Serena. Juliet shrugs manically: "Her overdose? I had no idea she was so depressed!" Jenny runs back through the entire situation and everything they did to her and Juliet laughs at her basically until Jenny Humphreys that they have to go to the Ostroff Center and explain the entire thing and apologize. At which point, of course, Juliet will be fingered for the murder; she swings into action.