Gossip Girl

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The Serena Also Rises

As she walks away, B is honestly confused and hurt, on a level we haven't seen a whole lot. Kinda broken, frankly. And the reason is this: not a word was untrue. They both know that. But when you say it out loud, it turns into something else. They were on a team, fighting to love each other through all of it, until Serena said it. She broke the spell. I'm all for honesty, you know. But there are truths that never need be said, because the only way they get said is out of pettiness. I'm really turned off by that whole "at least X admits she's a bitch" thing, because no, that doesn't make it better. In some ways it makes it worse. But after-the-fact justifications aside, that's all they ever are: that kind of truth doesn't get said out of purity, or love, or concern. The big ones we don't have to say. There's not a circumstance on this earth in which a truth like that could be spoken aloud with a clear conscience. It's comforting to tell ourselves after the fact, well, it was just the truth, and that's shitty but fine I guess. Still doesn't change the fact that you were being an asshole. You made a choice. You said the unspeakable thing and you can't take it back. Your intentions will always be more important than the content of what you say, truth or lie. You always have the option of silence.

Rufus is winning for about a second, but Jenny goes on the offensive. And when I say offensive, I mean... Basically, she tells him her usual thing, which is that he actually can't make her do anything (true), then adds that he also ignored school for his music when he was young and is a total hypocrite (true), and that if he'd actually achieved success with his music his entire life would retroactively contain no mistakes (true) so his fears about his kids repeating his mistakes aren't necessarily going to be justified (true) because it's entirely possible that Jenny is more talented than he is (true), and also her meeting with Queller was a final statement that she is never going back to Constance, ever. Rufus is blown away; she heads up the stairs back to her party.

Throw her ass out. Do the paperwork, get her emancipated, give her a thousand bucks, and take away her cell. If she sinks, she'll come back and go to school a changed woman. If she doesn't sink, she was right. And she'll have learned to fly.

"If there's one thing I've learned, it's that there would be no gossip without secrets," GG intones. Chuck broods and ... just put the neckerchief back on, dude. "You might be brave enough to reveal your secret, only to have it used against you..." Dan, typing furiously a story which is almost guaranteed to not exploit Chuck, but still suck: "Or someone else's secret might affect you in unexpected ways." That sounds interesting. Jenny cuddles her dress close: "There are some secrets you're only too happy to keep." Most heartbreakingly, Bart attaches the necklace around Lily's neck while she stares out, locked down, tied up: "Others surface only to be buried away deeper than they were before."

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