Blair: "Listen, my brain is so fucked up right now that I am in Brooklyn."
Chuck: "Maybe we're like Chandler and Monica, only instead of one of us being the anorexic one, one of us is the sane one. I guess that means I'll be crazy again starting around episode 17."
Actually, verbatim: "Well, there are worse places. This isn't something Humphrey could help you with?"
Aww. Chuck. She's terrified, and he hurts for her.
Blair: "I'm just gonna get right to it. Do you think you could love another man's child?"
Chuck: "Why are you asking me this?"
Blair: "I'm... paralyzed. I... can't move. I can't breathe. You have to help me."
He barely hesitates before telling her he can't make the choice for her.
Blair: "But what's the right choice, Chuck?"
They just kind of sit there for a second before he says -- verbatim, noting for later -- "I can't imagine it would be a mistake to marry the father of your child. Right?"
She really does look like she's about to have a serious panic attack. It's not even funny, just interesting, to note that they are capable of being just as intense and melodramatic even when they are on the phone and miles apart. That felt like a Chuck-and-Blair scene, rather than a Luke-and-Laura scene masquerading as a Chuck-and-Blair scene. Everybody is freaking me out tonight!
And here we thought last week felt like a Winter Finale, man.
So the second Nate asks William about the fake Maureen story, which we spent a lot of time on the two of them talking about this last week in a way that doesn't really gel with the way it's presented this week but whatever, William comes clean: Yes, it was his idea, yes, it was a bad idea, and also he is dumping Tripp as the Great Vanderbilt Hope because of Nate's NEITHER PAWN NOR PUPPET epiphany which is the new family crest, and also for a bonus confession, did you know that Diana was all his doing?
Nate: "I wanted to get a job based on my fucking ability, not my family!"
William: "Let's say that you did."
Nate gets over that one pretty quick, and then William sows dissent by saying that he must have pissed Tripp off when he chose Nate for the Plato's Retreat thing, which I'm starting to worry we'll never see. Nate is blown away by this, even though we saw that go down and it was more like Tripp was being childish and petty and bitchy because his feelings were hurt. Which I guess is what it was, it's just the very dramatic way we find this out -- "Tripp's scared he's gonna lose the election, and I think it's beginning to make him a little desperate!" -- that it gives one pause as to how far Tripp's going to go, in terms of bitchiness about this inconsequential shit.