I ask you, dear reader, because my experience -- unlike Dan Humphrey's -- cannot be expected to serve as the yardstick for typical behavior: does there exist a circumstance in which one might, in all innocence, ask for and proceed with what would seem in any light whatsoever to be a date, and proceed to take E with a single other person, without even the thought of more prurient matters? All protestations aside, what is actually occurring is that two men are drinking themselves into oblivion and taking little blue pills together. Charles's usual concupiscent gaze belies no confusion on this point, but the question remains: how on earth could Daniel Humphrey find himself in this situation and not assume, as Chuck clearly does, that sexual contact will follow? And just how long has Nate -- not to mention Chuck's inability to perform sexually with women -- been missing, for the record?
Poppy and Serena are at this moment dining with Lily, who is wearing an unbelievably lovely purple prom dress, while her daughter has donned a very cool black-on-white abstract print. Pleasantries give way to a discussion of Poppy and Serena's attendance at Eleanor's show, and what this will mean to Blair Waldorf. "Things are already tense between us. And we always watch the show backstage together," she explains, but Lily is unimpressed, calling this a childhood tradition, and bringing Serena's attention to the honor that the invitation represents. Poppy is only too happy to encourage this interpretation of events, and suggests in compromise that they invite Blair along to the Marc Jacobs afterparty; for reasons we may never understand, Serena believes that this might be acceptable. Lily excuses herself to take a call from Bex Simon, who informs her that the Mapplethorpe photograph has been sold before the auction even began; she asks somewhat angrily that Bex locate this mysteriously omnipotent buyer, and attempt a better offer.
Rufus answers the door to Blair's knock; she wears a cute green headband and neat/dorky sweater. "What could we have done to deserve a visit from you?" Rufus asks, and Blair ignores his attitude, as is her wont. "I heard Jenny wasn't feeling well, so I brought her some chicken soup!" Rufus watches Blair attempt to bluff her way through it, and finally levels with her: " You know that Jenny's working with your mom tonight. I also know that you don't have my daughter's best interests at heart." Motives aside, Blair says, it has been ten days since Jenny last attended classes at Constance, and offers her personal telephone to him in the event that he would like to call Headmistress Queller at her residence.