Dan and the ladies are probably asleep by now. Jenny doesn't get the pain in Eric's eyes, or the fact that he's been her enemy all night; she just squeals -- "Did you see it? It was awesome!" -- and brushes past, asking him to come along to Serafina. "I'm sorry about Jonathan becoming collateral damage," she finally says, when he doesn't move. "You did lie to me," she says, more defensively, and he's not buying, so she takes off. Kira's standing with Graham closer to the door, and she leans into her face: "You know, you really put yourself on the radar tonight! Better not make that mistake again, or you'll pay for real." Jenny shoves past Kira and Eric stares after them; Kira joins him (their outfits still match!) and they discuss, Graham standing fully clothed off in a corner somewhere. "She can threaten me all she wants," Kira grumbles, "I'm not going back to social oblivion." Eric's bruised eyes flare and he promises they'll take her down for good next time.
"Why'd you do it, kid?"
"Because she asked me to."
"Obliging bastard. Is that the only reason you got, kid?"
"They shoot horses, don't they?"
Tripp's standing around all hot and sad when Serena arrives at the campaign headquarters of a United States congressman to resign in person from her imaginary job in the middle of the night on a Friday. He apologizes at length for being a creepy old creepster, and she agrees that she should not be working there anymore. Tripp feels wicked bad because of the great opportunity that he is scotching for her, and tells her not to quit. "For whatever reason, I trust you, and I don't have many people I can say that about. In my work or my life."
He knew people, but he didn't know his ass from his elbow.
Serena laughs, because he's one of the only people she trusts right now too. Tripp says, with a straight face, "We're both adults" and "We'll just agree to keep things friendly and professional," and even Serena kind of laughs about how long that one's going to last. They shake on it, and he looks at her, and as he's tracing his finger along the scar he left her with, Blair appears.
"SERENA!" Blair screams, running into the room, and then adjusts her volume to normal, offhandedly asking to speak to her and giving Tripp a gruff hello. And S does that thing, that embarrassing "He'll give me a ride" thing, where she tells Blair she'll be fine and Blair has to stand there feeling like a dumb ol' cockblocker, on top of which you can actually see Serena making bad decisions right in front of you, so whatever. Fuck it. Blair's like, "Great, later!" and peaces, and then S and Tripp laugh about how anxious that just was, and how crazy Blair is, and of course she is right, because she always is, but for now she's the one that looks stupid, and they're adults, and they are friendly and professional.