So Dan and Serena agree to take it slow for like five seconds, but that lasts approximately as long as it takes Serena to turn the jitney back to Manhattan into a hilariously seductive one-woman show of 9 1/2 Weeks. Blair's emotional cover stories-within-cover stories have gotten so insane that she's now convinced she's actually in love with Lord Marcus, whose judgmental, over invested mother, the Duchess, is also... Nate's girlfriend Catherine!
While everyone acknowledges that charming Marcus is a total plot device, both inside and outside the show, the Duchess is actually a lot scarier and cooler than she first appeared. Watching her flip back and forth between cute Catherine and demonic Duchess is... kind of like watching Blair do things, meaning it's awesome. Blair gets herself ina lot of trouble trying to get the Duchess's approval, but only after discovering her ex and her future Duchess-in-law does she realize just how many of the cards she's holding.
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