Then just like a seal squeezing those horn things, Dan ends up agreeing to take Serena to the Snowflake Ball, because Aaron won't. They couch it in all this "well, we're such good friends" and weird-ass Serena actually says, "There's something I love about the Snowflake Ball. It reminds me of Anna Karenina, only by Anna Wintour," but basically they're going to the dance together, which is awesome. Serena laughs that Dan's even going, but he admits that "some of the best memories in [his] past two years have been at those events," which is barely true, I mean if it wasn't fistfights it was Jenny getting raped all the time and anyway, whenever anything horrible happened it was usually Dan at the root of it, so I'm glad his ass was having fun.
Serena mentions that Aaron's ex Lexi is in town for the holidays, and thus Aaron will have no way of bitching at her for spending time with Dan -- Aaron's so smooth that he could make her somehow feel like Lexi's existence was her fault, so I don't know how hanging out with Dan could possibly help -- and that's actually why she just jerked him around into taking her to the Ball: because Lexi is in town. And man, if they knew what that bitch was like they wouldn't even think about going to the dance, they would be going to Florida for the winter or trying to become astronauts like Lance Bass just to get away from her. So Serena cutely bites her lip and asks Dan to come... I guess skip school with her to go look at Aaron's new installation, which is in Brooklyn of course, and features I'm sure fifty million pictures of Serena. "Here's this awesome present, j/k, and let's go to the dance, LOL, and oh let's go look at pictures of me, just for kicks, taken by my college-age boyfriend. It'll be a gas." Luckily, she bit her lip, and Dan's innate idiocy adds that extra percentage point or two, and he's down with this awful plan.
Vanessa comes running into the DUMBO loft only to find out that the big "emergency" is Jenny going cabin fever crazy because of how she randomly just called her entire life off, and nobody noticed or cared, so now she just roams the house reorganizing Rufus's records (which is how she's going to get emancipated, because somebody's gonna call CPS when he beats the shit out of her for doing that) and binding Dan's short stories and cleaning the place and whatever. Vanessa's bewildered by all this action and initiative, because the most Vanessa has ever done in a day is patronize from both a standing and sitting position, then edit the documentation of herself doing so. Jenny explains how she's getting more and more fond of Cocoa Puffs the longer she hangs out at the loft, but cannot figure out something to do that has a point. So she called Vanessa, because that's exactly how stupid she is.