This episode was one of the highlights of Gossip Girl season 2. It also helped breathe some life into the back half of the season after a mediocre middle area. Now that Blair lost Yale, all hell is about to break loose. And I for one, can't wait to rewatch and relive!
Back at Constance, Julian gives the actors a condescending pep talk before Act II. Afterwards, he targets Nate and tells him that his character suffered bankruptcy and public humiliation; then remarks that he would know nothing about that. Offended, Nate walks away and Julian suggests to Vanessa that she put her camera on a tripod and to come watch the show from the audience. Onstage, Dan and Blair proceed with their scene but make snide remarks to each other as they perform. She accuses him for outing both the Yale thing and the Marcus/Catherine thing but as they walk offstage, Dan realizes something. Backstage, Jenny gives Nate the finishing touches to his costume and remarks that Vanessa said Julian is an amazing director. Nate is pushed onstage then and proceeds to forget his lines. When he can't remember, he takes the opportunity to vent about how much he hates the play and pretentious asshats who steal other people's girlfriends, directly referring to Julian. Blair comes forward and agrees with Nate, saying that it isn't fair to work hard for something and lose it because people are out to get you. Serena then says that at least she doesn't have worry about her best friend betraying her and Nelly jumps in that she hates her fat suit. Nate comes back and says that his family lost all their money after Howard embezzled it so he knows more about bankruptcy and public humiliation than Julian. Dan tries to stay in character but Nate tells him to shut up. Jenny pulls the curtain and the stage goes dark and the house lights come on.
Dan finds Serena backstage and tells her that Blair didn't send the tip about Yale, that he told Rachel, who sent it. She asked why he would do that then goes to find Blair. At the Archibald's, Vanessa arrives to see Nate and apologize. He shows her that he is in the middle of watching The Age of Innocence on DVD and they kiss and make up. At the loft, Dan arrives home and apologizes to Rufus. He confesses that Rachel isn't who he thought she was and Rufus apologizes as well. Dan continues that while he was right about this but Rufus needs to give him space to make his own mistakes. Rufus replies that he can make all the mistakes he wants once he is at Yale and they make up. Meanwhile, Blair drinks alone at a bar and Serena comes to apologize. Blair says that Serena was right in saying betrayal is in her nature, then asks to be alone. Serena leaves, but says that she is still her best friend as she walks out. At the loft, Jenny brings Dan a note that was left by the door. He opens it and reads:
\"We could have made the show two hours long with just Rufus drilling Dan about all of those things,\" she said to E! News. \"What about this time and what about that other time Wait, you wrote this about yourself! My hope is that people who are really curious about that can go back and rewatch the season and get their brains going.\"
During Blair's doomed wedding to Prince Louis Grimaldi of Monaco (Hugo Becker) in season 5, Dan is able to write-up a Gossip Girl post when he was standing at the altar with a crowd of people watching him.
A little later, the other girls watch Noel from across the way and wonder if he is Jenna's replacement for Garrett. Hanna returns and asks them if they know anything about Caleb still investigating the files from \"A's\" phone. The girls brush it off and quickly leave, but Hanna confronts Spencer, saying that she knows they are annoyed she destroyed the memory drive, but they shouldn't just push her away as she was only doing it to protect Caleb and would do the same for each of them.
Hanna and Spencer hang out in Spencer's house, preparing to watch a movie. Spencer nixes The Notebook, Hanna's suggestion. Hanna is still worried about Kate, sure that her nice personality is just an act. To convince Hanna that she has nothing to worry about, Spencer shows Hanna the photo of Kate from camp, covered in bug bites. However, Hanna's good mood suddenly shifts when she finds the picture of Ali's fake ID on Spencer's phone. Spencer confesses that Caleb is still working on the information from \"A's\" phone, and they kept it a secret from her. Hanna is furious. She says that while she was worried about Kate backstabbing her, she didn't realize Spencer was the one holding the knife and storms out. 781b155fdc