So Gabriel's story, which we know is at least partially untrue, is that he met Serena at Butter on the night that Georgina roofied her, and fell in love with her at that point. He hooked up with Poppy, but now is caught because he needs her social connections to fund his project. But you know -- from the second the previews bite his "I want to meet everyone in Serena's life" from Seder -- that it's going to fall apart, and of course it does, grandly, thanks to the superteam of Blair and Chuck, who needed only the paper-thin excuse of destroying Serena's relationship in order to run around being sneaky and gross like they do. Of course, this romance/alibi taunts the junkyard dog deep within the soft heart and delicate cheekbones of Nate Archibald, and he gets a jank apartment in Murray Hill so he and Blair can go to Columbia and NYU respectively, but still live together. So yes, he asks her to move in with him, but spends most of the entire storyline trying to explain to Chuck that in fact it's all about him and Chuck, of which Chuck is already aware, and how he's declaring his ownership of Blair in a fashion so creepy that even Chuck literally goes, "Why not just pee on her?" After all, it's what Chuck would do.
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