Chuck asks if she's with Nate because it's easy, then, and she shouts that she's not "with" Nate, but "easy" is a good enough reason if she were, and maybe sometimes things are easy because they are right. Which is true for some people, but will never be true for Blair, which is why she and Chuck will be Postman Always Rings Twice-ing around each other until they are elderly. Chuck points out that Nate hasn't officially pulled the trigger on his relationship with Vanessa, and gives that button a nice solid push before wandering off, leaving her totally thrown.
Rufus and Lily act adorable/gross in the loft kitchen, cooking together like they do, and Lily watches Rufus totally lie right to Dan's face about having left the Yale paperwork at Lily's house, and asks him what's up. Rufus explains about the financial aid, and Lily takes big swigs of red wine as she goes into Fixit mode, offering advice and then money and then telling Rufus to sell the loft and move to the Palace with her, so she can have her whole family in one place and can I guess start thinking about adopting. Rufus is all about how if they keep coming up with ideas this disastrous that eventually there won't be any bad ideas, or survivors, left. "Look, why don't you just talk to an agent and see what they say?" He thinks about it, but it's Rufus: you know he's going to call a broker immediately, and do whatever they tell him, and then whatever happens he'll act like life is this huge surprise.
Back at that Bethesda fountain from the very beginning episodes, Blair is walking with Nate, segueing obviously and hilariously out of nowhere: "You know what I was just thinking? Jennifer Aniston is totally fine now. I'm sure Brad doesn't even feel bad anymore." Nate laughs at her, because although it's possible he doesn't even know who those people are, he knows when B's up to something -- and she continues. "I mean, I'm sure that there was some collateral damage, which is always sad. But his fate lay with Angelina, and he knew that." Of all the people in that triangle, Blair is least of all the Angelina, but you work with what you've got. She turns on him her kindest Be Brave Young Soldier face: "So he had the tough conversation and moved on," she says, ending on a smug smile. Nate nods and immediately explains that her subtext is showing, and that she might as well just be telling him to dump Vanessa.
Blair calls this embracing fate, and Nate shakes his head because she's crazy but soooo awesome, and says in fact that since Vanessa finally pulled it together enough to call him, he's going to meet her for dinner and close the deal. Blair, nervous there'll be sparks or fireworks, tries to dissuade him -- "Can't you just text?" -- but Nate reassures her that it's over with Vanessa. As it should be, after the crap she pulled last week. "On their first trip to Africa, Brad and Angelina's lovemaking was so intense the guards thought they were being attacked!" Blair yells, to entice Nate in her unfathomable Blair fashion into coming back from dinner, and he goes, "How about I just start by talking to Vanessa and see where all this goes?" Blair looks at the ground with her fake smile that she does when she's disappointed, but it's good enough.