And there's a point to be made, if maybe not by the show itself, directly, about the world that they, and we, live in, which is that spirituality is so very difficult to find a place for in your life, and so many of these traditions seem incredibly pointless, that the fact that class warfare and romantic secrets and bad parenting and missing kids and earning money and future dreams and a hundred cell phones ringing and text messages coming in and late-night office calls and the commodification of art and Rufus's future and Eleanor's hunger all sort of converge as this unbelievable din. They're too busy trying to figure out how they all fit together as a family to think about what brought them all to that table to do so. Life is too hard and too fast and too bright to stop and listen to the words of the prayer, or think about their meaning, or see how it might help. But above it all, rising above them, is Cyrus's voice, clear as a bell, and it's never quite drowned out.
Well, Cyrus and Flo Rida, who's still singing. Chuck climbs down off his lady friend and heads downstairs for a drink, where Jenny and Wes are still playing Monopoly. "What a shock, the girl from Brooklyn's a renter," he snorts when she lands on Marvin Gardens. When he starts into the details of his Russian guest, Jenny sends Wes to wait for her in the elevator and explains to Chuck the following things. First, that Chuck's boredom and existential misery are not an excuse to crap all over everybody else. Secondly, that she wouldn't even consider moving into PRADA, Lily and Rufus be damned, as long as he's living there. Third, that he's very lucky she never told Rufus about the quasi-attempted rape at Kiss On The Lips. Fourth, that Rufus would pull rank on Lily and get Chuck kicked out if she did. And finally, that this matters.
"You lost Blair, and now she's dating your best friend, so therefore the only human contact that you have -- that you don't pay for -- is the people in this house. Knowing you, you'll screw that up, too." He doesn't move at all, just stares at her paralyzed, because every word is true. He sends the girl away. But this is also true: they left the door open for Elijah, but between the two couples, there are at least two children who deserve a place at the table, and they're still out wandering.