OMFG! What a fabulous, fantastic, perfectly dark and scary twisted mother of an episode. I know I say how awesome this show is every week, but this week, it went all awesome on its own self, resulting in quantum awesomeness, the kind that exists on levels science is just now beginning to suspect.
Catherine brings Vanessa a check in thanks for blowing Nate off, keeping him in her cougar claws; Vanessa, being stupid, goes to the Duchy to return it and discovers ... Lord Marcus! And Catherine! Boning! V asks Dan what she should do about it, and he tells her B will be all too willing to destroy everything in her path once she founds out her new boyfriend is cheating on her with his own mom.
Blair mans up in a big way after a little cry-break but Vanessa, being stupid, takes matters into her own hands. B's deal with Catherine -- which included paying off the Captain's restitution and completely fixing all of Nate's problems -- falls by the wayside when V goes to see the Duke. So: B is now without BF, Nate's still poor, and everybody hates Vanessa again, putting things back to normal. It's actually a very effective b-story that clears the decks for whatever happens next, while throwing enough curveballs and false hopes that you're never bored.
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