Jenny drops off the last of her thousand trials and labors and Blair is very sincere in her thanks, because you have to be nice to the help, because they are crafty and can smell fear. She continues the fratty stuff about how lugging giant gowns is part of Jenny's "education," which, I like the Dangerous Liaisons thing they always do there so much, and then notices the bracelet. "Vintage, right?" She compliments the diamonds on looking like diamonds, and Jenny excitedly explains about how the guy loaned it to her. Blair takes a second to figure it out, and then goes simultaneously steely and genuinely sympathetic: "Oh! Oh, sweetie, you didn't think you were gonna be able to come tonight, right?" But freshmen don't go, and that's tradition. OMG just as in the prophecy of Rufus, foretold in these very webpages, when he compared her to Cinderellas of yore! Jenny offers the weak explanation/apology that she went stupid for a second about this because there were five dresses for four people, and she made the mistake of thinking Blair was human and liked her especially. "You always need backup. I mean, what if I spilled something? Or a zipper broke?" Jenny thanks her for those helpful household tips and flees, hating the world and all the things in it.
Lily produces a black dress with crazy glitter all over the place, wondering if gives off a sufficient degree of "Night In Tangiers" rays to satisfy Eleanor. "Maybe if you brought a goat," Serena says, because Eleanor always goes all-out. Just like her daughter, who is also throwing a party tonight, of course, which segues us neatly into talk of Dan. Who has plans actually, with a mystery woman about whom he lied previously. Lily's like, "Well, whattayagonnado? Play the field. Get out there." S asks if Lily's got a date, and her secret boyfriend Bart Bass is going to be there with Caridee, which is sad in all ways simultaneously, so no, she's not taking a date. But then Lily feels the fear. She heads off to try on her dress and "find a goat," which is not a polite way to talk about Rufus Humphrey when he's looking so good this week, and Serena makes an e-connection with her e-hottie date, an "Edward Abbott," who got her IM address from Kati. "Well, he's no Dan, but I guess he'll do," Serena says to herself, alone. Aww. I'm saying give it a chance. Firstly, he's cute, and secondly, well, you said it yourself.