"We seem to be led to the odd conclusion that living organisms do not respire because they take in oxygen, but that they take in oxygen because they have respired."
Rufus wanders through the darkness at PRADA; Lily's in Brooklyn, calling him at the same time. "I'm at the loft, I came to apologize. I don't know why I got so crazy." Rufus admits that he's never going to understand this world he's now a part of -- the environment -- but that has nothing to do with his love for her. That's his growing up to do. "We can keep asking each other if we can do this. We can keep planning and talking and adjusting and talking some more... Or we can just leap. So let's leap. Let's get married." She grins: They already are. "I mean soon. I mean tomorrow." His eyes are crazy, looking out the window: "We leap!" She laughs, and shakes her head. "Oh my God." She's already agreeing; she smiles to herself in the loft, surrounded by him. It feels like a safe place; I'm glad she feels like it's a safe place. She breathes.
Phoenix again, "Lisztomania," which is awesome because this song in particular, and the album as a whole, have the same anachronistic aim and aesthetic as the show: Classical composer-as-pop star. Lisztomania was a real word once, coined by Heinrich Heine in the mid-1850s to describe the scene at a Liszt concert: screaming women, people passing out, standing room-only...
Think less but see it grow
Like a riot, like a riot, Oh!
...It's not hard to let it go
From a mess to the masses...
"The Whitney is a no, Harvard Club a no," Amalia ticks off: "And Colicchio laughed in my face when I asked about Craft." Blair takes one last swipe at a poor old woman: "The only time I want to hear No is if Ruth Madoff wants an invite." Serena calls to the other Blair Army girls, calling them for some reason the "Constance Crew," while everybody bustles about, and they report that flowers and cakes are covered. The last girl shrugs: "Oh, I'm sorry. My family's in investment banking. They're all broke." Blair sweetly smiles -- "Then you can go" -- before grinning at Serena, who calls for Dorota. "I call the Sonic Youths. They in North Hampton, will try to make it." Serena gives her a smile: "Acceptable."