And that cue is someone screeching, "Katie?" from behind the two of them, and it's Charisma Carpenter, who comes up babbling about how she thought this was part of Kate's Saturday morning routine, which is news to the rest of us, and I for one love to see Charisma Carpenter return as Serena, because I managed to score a clause in my TWoP contract for Miss Match that states I get a bonus every time some poster hits the boards and starts a post with some variation on the theme, "I only watched this show because Charisma Carpenter was on it…" and my bonus is doubled when the same poster complains that the show sucks because no demons get killed. You all are making me very rich. And Serena introduces herself to Victoria, much to the amusement of Victoria and Kate, who reminds Serena that she's talked to Victoria many times, and Serena pretends to remember. And Serena babbles on about how she hopes Kate's not still mad at her and that she's tried to call and apologize several times but she didn't know what to say and then she got busy. And Kate has this smile plastered on as she tells Serena not to worry about it since she didn't lose any sleep over it, and Serena burbles that she didn't either! And how weird that NBC just spent all this time rehashing the episode that just happened last week but can't be bothered to explain at all why Serena's apologizing to Kate. Then Serena asks Kate to guess what she's been up to, and Kate's reluctant to guess. "I'm having a baby!" screeches Serena. Kate and Victoria are surprised. "Who's the father?" says Kate. "I don't know," says Serena, wrinkling her nose like it was a dumb question. "Sounds like you've been very busy," says Victoria. Ha!
Serena pulls Kate aside to talk to her about this, explaining that she's adopting a baby, and it's the most amazing thing she's ever done and she's been thinking about this for months. Kate's smiles fades just a little bit as she realizes that maybe the only thing worse than Serena passing on her shallow self-absorption to offspring is foisting those traits on someone else's baby entirely, and points out that Serena's only 27 so she has plenty of life ahead of her, but Serena says it's too late since she's already picked out a mother from an adoption Web site, thanks to her "brilliant assistant Sasha," and Serena's already sent $10,000 to this woman, who's nine months pregnant, so she won't consider any other offers. And Serena's most excited, apparently, at how nice the mother's hair is. Kate wants her to stop this little transaction before it goes any further, since this is "so wrong on so many levels," and warns her against bribing this woman for her baby, since this is a criminal offence, and Serena also needs to evaluate this woman's health before she commits to raising the woman's child, and finally, Serena shouldn't adopt a baby just because it's this month's must-have accessory, and any Canadian viewers might wonder if Serena's character is based on National Post writer Rebecca Eckler, who once wrote that her own pregnancy seemed more significant and exciting when she found out Kate Hudson was also having a baby, I kid you not. And Serena says she's just dying to be a mother, so Kate shouldn't worry about that. As for those niggling little legal aspects? Well, that's why she's talking to Kate! Kate's going to be her lawyer! Kate's eyebrows keep going up and down in this scene quickly enough to give me motion sickness. Opening credits and commercials.