Next day, Dan's got quite a list of tasks. He needs to track down Eric, who apparently wandered off from the party and probably went back to Damien to beg him to stay and never leave him and continue doing ... whatever it is they do together, I don't judge ... and for this he needs Nate, apparently, as backup. And then also he's got to find Serena -- always tricky -- so he can apologize for (just this once) not believing her or in her ability to make choices for herself, then get her over to DUMBO so they can welcome Ben home.
When Ben comes home, Dan's got his Humphrey arms spread wide like, "Do you know a word for sorry that is more emphatic than that word?" And Ben's like, "No, that works. I'm easy. Not easy like, you know, but just that my expectations are super low due to the brutality I've witnessed and to which I've been party over the last few years. Thanks to your family. Also, I'm easy in the general sense. It's been a while." Dan's like, "Glad to hear it, because you my friend are more than welcome to put the cups and dishes wherever you like. I am now as beholden to you as Serena; I finally get it, and will fight to the death for you just like her, because just like her, this one time I sent you to jail on accident." Then Serena jumps out like a surprise party starring boobs.
(And... Jeggings? Pajama Jeans? Serena what have you done.)
Eric comes home to PRADA; turns out he wasn't actually at Damien's because he has self-respect, but not so much that he didn't fetch coffee for Rufus too, being that they're the only people in the house that are not Lily. Like yours truly, Eric drinks a double macchiato. This pleases me. Eric tries to get the fuck on up out of there -- because Rufus with that parenting glint in his eye is not only objectively scary but something Eric has never seen in his literal life -- but Rufus is like, "Not so fast, little man. We are going to have ourselves a long, horrible talk about feelings and shit. You are the only kid I've got left, and I've got so much parenting energy stored up in my pancreas it's comin' out my eyeballs."
"Talk to me. Make me understand why you want to spend so much time with a guy like him, when you have all your other friends." Update: Eric has no friends. He has one nerdy guy friend who inevitably breaks his heart, one scuzzy older friend ditto, and the meanest girl in the universe. That's it. "I can't believe I'm going to say this out loud, it sounds so stupid, but: I thought Damien got me. We could just hang out together and do nothing. He was there for me." Guh, Eric. C'mere. Good Lord.