Serena raises her voice and tells Blair the surprising truth: Today is not about her. Blair, having never met a day that wasn't about her, even when she wasn't wobbling like a blowout waiting to happen, is flummoxed. "Chuck has 24 hours to create something from scratch. His liquor license hasn't even cleared yet..." And if the phone hadn't rung right then, I'd like to think that Serena would have noticed the crazy gleam come back into Blair's eyes when she said that, and intervened. But no, because it's fussy Chuck calling to doublecheck one more thing, she lovingly deals with him and hangs up after B has had time to put her normal face back on over her totally insane face.
"I know Chuck is anti-everything Bart Bass, but his father must have had a better way to get these things done," Serena says, taking a match to the powder keg of crazy plans already spinning in Blair's head, and finally notices that Blair has gone to Schemeville. "Have you even been listening to anything I've been saying to you?" Blair gets spookier than she's been in a long time, perfectly composed and sort of vibrating as she repeats that this isn't about her, it's about Chuck, and therefore she is going home. Then she stiffly turns, grabs a bag, and makes her scariest face yet where Serena can't see it.
I'd like to say I saw her next insane move coming, but it's honestly so fucked up I had no idea. However, you can see how she got there: First the mention of Bass Ind., then the liquor license thing, then the idea that Bart would have a better system in place. And I hate to say this, but there's only one man we know who's actually invited Blair into the Grownup Club. It was grossly abusive and he's a rapist who nearly murdered his nephew, but there it is. The thing that's always worried me most about Blair Waldorf is the fact that of all of them, she's the least aware at any given time whether she's actually playing dress-up. It all seems real to her; even this: You've got connections? My connections go all the way to the top. I've been a grownup much longer than you.