How was the fake audition? Let's listen as Nate explains, in a breezy awesome way that calls to mind the best Nate performances in history, such as that episode where he randomly started Vogueing and was totally amazing in every scene anyway: "Well, after I told them I wasn't an actor they said, That's too bad, because you'd be perfect as a kid from an East Coast political family who's constantly manipulated while trying to keep everyone around him happy. They told me that!"
Serena: "That's cool how they've finally settled on you as a codependent fixer by nature. It's always been true but they never really said it before. Even your CLASS WHORE label from that one finale kind of fits, since mostly you whore out to old people. It's kind of nice, when you look at it that way. Nothing would brighten a person's day like doing it with you, that's for sure. Anyway, you should've said Yes! If there was still an Oprah, she would've been all over that."
Nate: "Oh, I like Gayle."
Serena: "Me, too."
Jacob: "If there was still a Gayle, I would still like Oprah more."
Serena: "Anyway, thanks for letting me use your medicinal marijuana card that you got despite having been in California for less than two days. It's incredibly difficult to illegally buy pot in California so I'm glad we went legit."
Nate, awesomely: "Does Patrick Roberts have glaucoma or something? Or like a, like a little nervous twitch?"
I'm calling it. Nate has secretly been one of the best actors on this show the entire time. He is so fucking funny when he's being funny. It's like watching a child actor before they stopped being able to act, if that makes sense. I mean, that's actually really offensive and it's not what I mean, but he's got this naturalistically charming way-of-being that, starting from last year, is occasionally one of the neatest things about this show. I bet he needs directing, but only because the character's always been written as way more conflicted than he actually wants to be played, I think. I know that Nate's always been the odd man out, as far as buzz and the way the show gets talked about, but when he gets to rock he really does. He's funny in an RJ Berger, Awkward., Paul Feig, Jan Oxenberg way, where the lines come slipping out so easily and naturally that you don't even realize how funny they are at first. It takes a confidence and a love of actors, I think, like a Norman Buckley -- or maybe a David Warren too, in this case, being the overall funniest episodes and the best Nate episodes I can think of offhand -- to bring it out. I guess the best way to say it is, the show treats him like a Matthew Settle when it should be treating him like Kelly Rutherford.