Time for the already formulaic scene in which Kate talks to each of the daters, and one person loved the date and one person hated it. Guess which is which. Serena's the first to call, lauding Dr. Cooper as being such a good person. She compares him to the pope. Meaning he's a frail old man against birth control and same-sex marriages? "Meaning you liked him?" says Kate. Who the fuck wants to date the Pope? Since I'm a lapsed Catholic, I can make jokes, you know. That doesn't mean I'm not still a little nervous about doing so. Besides, before this season, the last two words of my last recap before this new season were "John Ritter," so if the Pope buys it in the next week, rest assured I'll be burning in a lake of fire sooner or later. Serena babbles on, but Kate's line beeps, so she excuses herself. "Maybe that's him!" says Serena. In fact, it is. It's Dr. Pope himself, asking Kate who the hell Serena thinks she is. He calls her incredibly rude, which is surprising to Kate, since Serena thinks he's the Pope and everything. Dr. Cooper says Serena treated the wait staff like slave labourers. Back on the phone with Serena, Kate has to tell her that Glen didn't exactly think she was the Pope. "He hated me," says Serena, but Kate puts that fear to rest with a strong, "He didn't exactly say that." Good one, Kate. Kate says that she and Serena should meet later to regroup, which may be a good idea, as Serena seems quite disappointed.
Kate strolls up to Victoria at the Only Bar and asks if Serena's there yet, but Victoria grumps that it might be not be a good idea to ever bring Serena back there. "She couldn't have been that bad," says Kate. "Oh yes she could," argues Victoria. 'Fraid not. 'Fraid so. And so forth. Serena does show up, back to being her perky self, telling Kate she looks cute. Kate does look cute. She's wearing this blue thing. And her hair is all nice. Kate reveals that she has a date with "Dr." Dean, and Serena squeals appropriately before curtly ordering a flat room-temperature water from Victoria. I mean, Victoria is the bartender, but she gives a "here we go again" to Kate, who re-introduces Serena to Victoria. "Hey, you!" says Serena perkily, before Kate yanks her aside to teach her ass all about treating people with respect. Serena insists that she couldn't have been nicer to the "doggy doctor." "And what about the people who work here?" Serena slowly says that she doesn't know that she was rude, so Kate says that whatever Serena was, it made the doggy doctor lose interest in her. Serena seems a little stunned by all of this, so Kate runs down Serena's good points, and assures her that if she just makes an effort to be a little more respectful, she can have any guy she wants. "Just like you did in high school," adds Kate, unable to resist getting in a little dig. Serena's all, pshaw, and Kate's all, Exhibit A? David Hillman. "Oh, god," says Serena. "You know, I have to tell you I have always felt terrible about that, and I know I never owned up to that, and that just makes it even more awful, but I had no right to go off with him that night. I'm, I'm sorry." It's a genuine, heartfelt apology, leaving Kate sitting there, mouth agape, before she collects herself to pretend that it wasn't any big deal. Then she thanks Serena for the apology. Victoria sidles up with the water, telling Serena that they're "waiting on the thermometer," but Serena exclaims, "This is perfect. Thank you, Victoria," then turns back to Kate, all pleased with herself over just how much fun it is to be polite. Civility: It's what's for dinner.