You're something beautiful
I wanna play the game
You will be the death of me
House of Waldorf, Little J doing things with fabric while Rufus wanders around dressed as a fucking farmer at the Pearl Jam farm. GG, so bored by Humphreys that she's not even trying, blows it off with a nonsensical "Spotted: Little Jenny Humphrey, off her high horse and in high demand." I dare you to parse that shit and explain what it means. Of everybody on this entire show the only person who has made a concerted -- impressively so, in fact -- effort to stay high-horse free is Jenny Humphrey. It's one of the things that makes her less abject and pretty wonderful this year. I never thought Jenny would be in the first tier of beloved characters on this show, but there you go. Luckily, Vanessa is so intrinsically awful that nothing short of saving Eric from a tentacled sewer monster will ever make me reverse my position on her. (Except for that time she bent over backwards to save my Nate from a tentacled sewer monster fucking its own child, but we all knew that was provisional until such time as she turned back into an asshole.)
That atelier girl I like so much drags Little J off to veto some samples, and Rufus follows the beleaguered Eleanor into her office to whine at her. "I didn't realize it was Bring Your Father To Work day," she laughs, and he explains the totally uninteresting backstory about how it's a demonstration of how important this work is to Jenny's heart and soul, finally begging Eleanor to stop texting long enough to have a parent-slaveholder conversation about where this is heading. "What can I do for you?" Eleanor sighs, hoping to get his plaid ass out of her hair, and he says, promo-ready, "...Fire her." Eleanor laughs her ass off, perfectly: "I will do no such thing! Fashion is a young person's career, and this is Jenny's moment." Rufus complains that this is an opportunity that can wait until "she" is ready. "Do you remember the dreams you had when you were fifteen, Mr. Humphrey? What if they all started to come true? Would you have told them to wait?" He makes a thinky face. Good deal. Now only five more people need to say that verbatim to him before he actually hears it.
Charles finishes up his arrangements for whatever deranged debauchery he's planning for the Skull & Bones babes, and calls out to the briskly walking Serena, fresh from her latest provocation. "I know you're not a Geography whiz, but ... You are aware that Providence is in Rhode Island?" Serena's like, No time for you. I don't mind the repeated meme this week of Serena's horrible grades and general disinterest in scholastics, because she knows that -- as we all eventually find out, and frankly Rufus/Jenny is telling this same, pretty subversive truth that teenagers must never know -- that given the option, Serena's skills and abilities are much more important and useful than any amount of Blair insanity and intellectual superiority, because once you graduate high school -- as the Dean will demonstrate numerous times, in line with your own experiences post-high school -- none of that shit matters. Being cool, navigating the sharks, charisma, who you know, what you actually do with your elemental building blocks: all of these things matter so much more than the capital of Rhode Island that it's pretty disgusting, but those who learn it early (or, even better, manage to absorb and synthesize both kinds of information) start out miles ahead of the people who honestly thought GPA matters.