Chuck pours himself a drink as Gossip Girl calls him one who got burned by the heat, who wants to forget and start over. This is my favorite thing J. Mac ever wrote, and although there are probably places in this recap where it would make more sense, I think it's a nice thing to leave both Chuck and us with:
"A pockmarked boy with a scraggy ponytail and four tiny rings in his right ear leaned against the wall of the armory, holding his dog on a leash, a sign hanging from his neck: PLEASE FEEL FREE TO PET MY DOG. IT MAY MAKE YOU FEEL BETTER."
Dan notices Serena watching and puts down his book, smiling. "While there are others who want each moment to last forever... But everyone can agree on one thing: tans fade, highlights go dark, and we all get sick of sand in our shoes. But the end of summer is the beginning of a new season, so we find ourselves looking to the future." The fireworks begin; they watch them together. "...You ain't seen nothing yet."