Plot-heavy, touching, funny and scattered: lots of pieces get moved around, characters (Eleanor and Jenny particularly) show colors we've not really seen before, Blair/Serena and Nate/Chuck have much-missed scenes together, Dan is awesome some more, and Jenny comes up with a storyline of sorts. All in all, a good showing -- even if it's 90% setup -- that makes the upcoming episodes feel monumental in a way the story hasn't since Bart's death midseason. I actually didn't realize how much had happened until I tried to write it all down.
Serena returns from España having stolen Poppy's weird-looking boyfriend Gabriel, whom she met in her previous life as Bad Savannah, and to whom she may or may not be married. She spends Cyrus Rose's entire Passover meal freaking out and pretending she's back with Dan, who is working the dinner as a waiter in order to help pay for school. This latter development freaks Rufus out so much that he decides to sell his art gallery, because what you should do when you don't have enough money is make less money. I can't wait to see how Lily gets her grubby hands all over Rufus's newfound poverty; on the upside, she finally realizes that telling Serena that she's turning back into Bad Serena is the quickest way to make that happen, as we've seen multiple times, and instead just tells her that she got into Brown, and to stop acting psychotic.
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