Cece approaches the suddenly quite thirsty S, congratulating her on the giant fuck-up she was involved in. "I was able to clean it up. The chairs agreed to reissue your presentation statement in the committee's winter newsletter." Serena's just goggle-eyed: "I stood up for you. With Dan, I defended you." Cece's awesomely breezy: "Mmmmmmwe'll talk about that later." S tells her to shove it, and asks if she's even sick. Cece chuckles and admits she's not -- "But I could be! All those cigarettes and cocktails!" Serena's still confused, like Blair with Chuck, why Cece would even do this. And just like Chuck, it's not so much that she orchestrated it, as that she let it get away from her; that she was doing horrible things to protect the only people she loved, and ended up getting burned by it. "Oh, Serena. There is so much you don't understand. A woman has to earn the right to create her own rules." I appreciate that. Serena goes all third-wave on her ass about how it's not like that anymore, and I think it's less that women have to do that as maybe we all have to do that now. Cece is arch, but admits maybe Serena's right when she sees Dan over her shoulder. Her face does soften; she seems almost pleased that Dan's returned. He approaches without taking his eyes off Serena's face, and they begin to dance. Cece watches her entire legacy going to shit, tries to be happy about it, and just at the tympani Dan dips her granddaughter, and they kiss.
Chuck goes looking everywhere for Blair, eventually finding her upstairs in her gorgeous gown, kissing Nate at the top of the stairs. He stands still on the steps, in his tux, watching. Blair murmurs into his chest how sexy it was, when he punched Carter, that she's never seen anything like that before, and Nate catches Chuck's eyes as she pushes him back into a suite, and grins at him so sweetly, so proud and innocent and complicit, and winks at him. Because Chuck just got him his girlfriend back, like a true friend, and wouldn't a true friend be happy for him? Wouldn't he stand upon the stair, and watch the two people he loved most in the world going off to be together, leaving him out of it, stuck on the stairs in his tuxedo, alone? "Spotted: Chuck Bass losing something no one knew he had to begin with. His heart."