Welcome back to one of the best episodes this season. This episode went back to the classic GG style with tons of snarky Blair comments, tons of intrigue and Dan pining over Serena.
At the Dumbo loft Vanessa is annoying Dan because he isn’t opening up about his feelings about losing baby Milo to Georgina last episode. She even invites over Lily and Rufus for a pancake intervention but Dan takes off telling her that he needs to see Nate.
Meanwhile it seems that Chuck Bass’ new love life with French GF Eva has turned him into a philanthropic fool. He’s giving his money away to charitable causes left and right and she’s there right by his side. He even gives her a Cartier bling watch. All this is documented in the dailies that Blair sees despite Dorota’s attempt to throw them out. By the way where is Dorota’s baby? Anyway B is annoyed and entreats Serena to help her find out some dirt on Saint Eva. Blair also tells S that she’ll stay away from Chuck if S stays away from Dan and Nate. Blair goes to Cartier and catches on video-phone Eva selling her watch back for cash. She gleefully goes to Chuck to give him the 411 but Eva says she did it to give the money to Chuck’s valet because he needed it to pay off his house. So B decides to “get to know” Eva by following her around and asking her about herself. This is so she can feed info via text to Serena where S can then look it up on the web.
Dan shows up at Blair’s house to see Serena because last summer before Georgina showed up pregnant he wanted to be with Serena. Together they help Blair and both look up Eva on the web and find out she was a prostitute in Prague.
Nate thinks Juliet isn’t being forthcoming with him and Chuck says she’s probably seeing other people still. Nate sees that Juliet’s has been pictured on Gossip Girl coming out of the subway when she told him she was at home.
Vanessa shows up at the Empire Hotel bachelor pad looking for Dan. Juliet diverts her by taking her out for coffee. Nate calls Dan and tells him he had to cover for him. Dan admits that he was with Serena and they found out Eva was a prostitute. Vanessa confronts Juliet about where Dan really was and Juliet tells her to lay low and get back at Serena not Dan.
Over pool Nate tells Chuck about Blair’s plan to out Eva as a prostitute. Chuck claims he knows already but later he confronts Eva about it.
At the Empire Hotel mixer that night Vanessa confronts Dan about seeing Serena instead of Nate like he said earlier. She also tells him that Serena texted both him and Nate when she was returning from Paris, not just Dan. Dan confronts Serena who is consoling Nate who had just seen a text on Juliet’s phone from a guy named Ben. Dan brushes Serena off when she said she couldn’t choose between the two of them and goes back to Dumbo and Vanessa’s bad dress style. Meanwhile Nate and Juliet make up because she says Ben is her brother. The go to “her apartment” which is really not hers.
Back at the Empire Hotel mixer Chuck announces he’s giving $5 million to a new foundation named after Eva. Blair is pissed. Lily who is “wearing a manila envelope,” HA is actually just trying to return Charles’ personal effects – passport etc that were found in Paris – and gives the envelope to Chuck’s valet. Blair stops the valet, takes the passport, hides it in Eva’s luggage and tells Chuck that Eva really knew who he was the whole time and just set him up to get his money. Chuck throws Eva out. Later at the bar, Lily asks him if he got his stuff back that he gave his personal valet… realizing what happened he runs up to stop Eva but it’s too late she wants to go. Then he confronts Blair at her mansion, asks her why she did it and if it’s possible that she still has feelings for him. She says no not after what you did (de-virginizing Jenny) so he says “then it’s WAR!” Blair runs sobbing to Serena. Chuck returns home and fires the valet.
Next episode: “Goodbye Columbia” Blair’s Columbia U scheme to become the assistant of a businesswoman Martha is thwarted. Serena is the subject of a damaging Gossip Girl rumor blast.
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