Laurel runs around pistol-whipping people and sticking things under their fingernails, which is a drag on any old day but especially today, because the A/C is out and Eleanor's on her way home. Jenny's task list for the day includes cleaning the atelier and bathrooms -- per Laurel, "Someone decided to give us a second look at breakfast" -- after she's done with the fitting she's doing. She explains to the model that Laurel believes in her interns paying their dues, and the model explains to us, like we're dumb, that Jenny really wants this. Jenny jumps right on the exposition train. "Why, because for the past three months I've put up with midnight coffee runs, fifteen-hour days, cleaning up after the two in-house bulimics, all so that Eleanor Waldorf will spend five minutes looking at my designs? Yeah. Yeah, I really, really do." Checking, checking... Nope. Still don't care.
Jenny fusses with the dress for awhile, concerned that something's not right with it, and that random, very familiar-looking girl has a conversation en français with Air France, the gist of which is that Eleanor's on time and heading to the Hudson. Laurel makes ready to run off, once more mentioning the party, and Jenny approaches with her design issues. Oh, Jenny. Laurel reaches back for her cat o' nine tails and asks if she ever saw Cinderella. Jenny thinks, "OMG that's my whole life, minus any parents or helpful authority figures of any kind," but just says yes, and Laurel reminds her of "the little birds that helped her dress," and how they "didn't offer their opinion," suggesting that Jenny try imagining she's one of those birds, and to fly the fuck away. Jenny does, narrowly missing the whooshing swoop of Laurel's vicious nunchuk attack.
It is SO HOT in NYC in the summer, you guys. I know this not from personal experience but from the fact that the show literally cannot shut up about it for five seconds. Which makes Dan's vest all the more hilarious. Serena bitches about Blair for a second before reining herself in, but Dan's all about Serena complaining about her friends, because that means she agrees with him that her life is empty and sick, so everything is perfect. "I mean, obviously we have things to talk about, and we'll talk about them, but it's no big deal, right?" Dan doesn't immediately reply, because the words of Rufus are echoing in his ears, and she freezes. "Oh, God. You agree with her!" I mean... This is what's happened so far. Dan and Serena were like, "If we tell people they'll start asking questions that we can't ignore!" And then people found out, and each of them got one person in their life asking questions that they can't ignore, and now they're like, "Holy shit, you too? These second thoughts are a bitch. Let's go back to not thinking at all." Lily (!) calls from Shanghai and Serena bounces off to take the call; Dan turns around to see the Three Middle Schoolers of the Apocalypse standing before him in Blair-wear, Penelope (I think) clothes, and Total Serena garb. Things are about to get awesome, I bet.