They rush him, full of Chuck love, and fall all over him with sweet kisses. He pushes them away, giggling -- "Too close! Too close!" -- but as we'll see, it's not that he doesn't want their affection -- "Don't be shy!" Nate wheedles, curling around him like a crosse's net -- it just hurts, in particular, today.
Which I really love. I love this idea that he's reached an inner plateau, actually feels like a grownup, running around kissing his friends on the cheek; that he's happy, but he's also got these horrible scars and bruises that he doesn't want anybody to know about. It seems really fresh, and I hope they play through on it. A zero-circle; a mighty kindness.
Eleanor: Stares at Blair for a while.
Blair: "Is it my hair?"
Eleanor: "No, you finally fixed that. It's this copy of What To Expect When You're Excepting that I found hidden in the pantry. Care to explain?"
Blair: "As if I've ever once been in the pantry."
Eleanor: "Come clean. Something's going on."
Dorota, suddenly: "Is me! Pregnant me, is have. Baby number two on stork train!"
Blair: "Are you fucking kidding me? You're pregnant? I was sure I was pregnant. Or Serena. But mostly me."
Dorota: "I just want to tell you first, but you were away, and it not right to text Hello, pregnant! And then you were back, but you did not let me speak, and so now news comes out this way. At least news out. And Gossip Girl talk about me. I feel so special!"
Blair: "That is the saddest goddamn thing I have ever heard in my entire life."
Gossip Girl: "Well, I guess I somehow know that Blair isn't pregnant anymore."
HOUSE OF PAYNE
Payne, verbatim because who knows: "I had no idea I was going to meet him out here, I didn't expect to make contact until New York. But something tells me I'm going to see him again. Even sooner than I imagined. Oh, much sooner! Call you later."
Nate walks in, doesn't question her total sketchiness right now, and she gives him his phone. He apologizes for pretending to be somebody else, and just in case that was interesting to her -- which why would it be -- he explains further.