You retreat, I advance...
You will ebb and I will flow...
The more I love you, the more you stray
The more I leave you, the more you come for me
Dance like this, dance like that
Love me, love me, love me like a baseball bat
It's not about boys, or Brandeis -- that's just smoke. It's about them, standing on opposite sides of a very busy road, speaking in semaphore. V comes running to Nate to scream at him about the pier footage and the fiduciary responsibilities of public office, and Nate calls her self-righteous, which duh, because she was just excited about being an established documentarian with buzz and her name on TV. Nate needles her for a bit, and then Vanessa awesomely goes, "You know what, Nate? I'll let you know how that feels in just a minute." Because of course she ended up selling the whole story to the lady after all. What I don't get is why she didn't also package it with the fact that the campaign also rigged an absurd heist wherein they sent someone to impersonate a TV producer in order to quash the story. I know the media likes to talk about the media/their own, but that is actually the second-creepiest part of this. Then, once again, we act out on this storyline, which is fine except the big Nate reveal in a little while suffers because it's in the middle of the act, and instead we wasted a lot of time with Vanessa running around having such stereotypical V-fits about it all that we could have just assumed, rather than putting his reveal here or at least showing the most interesting part, which is the fact that he hired someone to impersonate a TV anchor -- like, that's how his brain works.
That same NYC1 lady just works all day long! So now they're wondering who did the hoax, including this immortal line -- "Someone in the van der Bilt camp?" -- as though that's a novel idea. "Well, it's either a fast-fashion cabal or the Illuminati, but -- and I'm thinking outside the box here -- maybe the campaign itself? Is that crazy?" Tripp and Nate are so, so mad for a million years and then Nathaniel Archibald, who is a teenager and Columbia freshman, quiets everybody down with a professional bark and then orders all of the professional, adult pollsters and political advisors out of the room. Like in what universe... You know what, fuck it.
So Grandfather -- Grandfather, they keep saying; Grandfather -- is to blame, but he swears he's not, but then have we ever seen him do anything bad? Isn't it always Nate yelling at him about how he's bad, or a phone call that goes nowhere, or random day players telling us how shady he is? I can't remember a single time he actually did something shady. All he does is tell Nate he loves him or here is a car, and then Nate shits himself and runs around shrieking for a bit, then William just kind of shrugs and waits for Nate to change his mind back for no actual reason, which he always does. At least Bart Bass did evil shit.