He does terrible things, he uses people. Nate: No one gives a damn about the van der Luyden's, Humphrey! Meanwhile, Serena and Nate walk past Catherine and her husband, and upon her seeing them, whispers to Nate to ask him if he's trying to ruin her marriage. Trying her best to forget her last painful exchange with Chuck, Blair focuses her attention on being accepted into the most prestigious ladies club in the city, Colony Club. That night at the loft, Jenny asks how Dan's story is going. He admits to Serena that he just wants to make her feel as bad as he does, and Serena says he can. Lily finds herself trying to broker a peace treaty between Rufus and Jenny who is prepared to cut off all communication with her father if she does not get her way.
Serena explains that Poppy and Gabriel got in a fight and Poppy bolted the country, and then she and Gabriel got married - she thinks - after a wild, drunken night out. CeCe: Not to mention transparent. How we missed your snarky one-liners and ridiculously lovable story lines. When she returns to the table, she takes the pin back, claiming it got caught on his sweater. Nate is pushed onstage then and proceeds to forget his lines. 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.
Nate's dad wasn't buying drugs earlier. Finally, Eric discovers a secret that Bart has been keeping from Lily. Vanessa and Chuck come to their friend's aid when Nate is once again forced to confront his father's abandonment. Rufus and Jenny learn about Dan's relationship with Rachel Carr and try to force him to end it. Back at CeCe's house, Blair, Eric, Chuck, James, and CeCe have dinner together. Elsewhere outside, Chuck brings Elle to Carter, due to his knowledge on crossing borders illegally.
Back out in the auditorium, Julian gives Jenny directions on what else needs to be completed, wardrobe wise. Then Nate's best man toast begins. Title reference: The 1989 novel. He hands a guy some cash and gets a rather large envelope in return. James: And you think you're any different. She needs someone to believe in her.
Blair and Chuck share a moment. Rufus reminds him that he's still in high school but Dan says he can make his own dating choices, being 18 and all, before leaving. Blair then bursts onstage and confronts Vanessa about calling Yale. While they argue, two women approach Dan and throw drinks on him for seeing them both at the same time. Blair receives devastating news about her future that leads her on a witch-hunt for the person responsible. At the loft, Jenny brings Dan a note that was left by the door.
Serena apologizes, but she's still grounded. Serena leaves, but says that she is still her best friend as she walks out. Campbell just says he can't say anything before leaving. Meanwhile, Blair drinks alone at a bar and Serena comes to apologize. The grandfather tells Blair that she has five minutes to fix this, and before she takes a moral stand she should remember what's at stake. Serena is surprised to see Rufus and Lily, and lies and says that Blair invited her, and she invited Dan.
In fact, I might just spontaneously punch one next time you get in my face. Blair: I know just how Mr. Jude's, Blair, Serena, Dan, and Nate prepare for a rehearsal of The Age of Innocence, a play they are required to participate in to graduate. Dan tells Eleanor he can't serve food to Blair, but E says B isn't even going to show, and she offers to double his fee, so he very reluctantly agrees. Lily and Bart throw an extravagant housewarming party and expect their children to make them proud in front of the attending press, but a rebellious Serena is not ready to play by their rules.
She later shows up at Chuck's apartment, though, and says she needs a way out of the country. Serena admits that she relates to her character, who is ignored by her fiancee, since Julian isn't interested in her. S lied to him over and over again, and he's not sure that's something he can forgive. He admits that they have nothing in common but Vanessa argues that he never even tried to understand The Age of Innocence. Nelly Yuki got into Yale instead of her. Speaking of Blair: Miss Waldorf receives terrible news as soon as the episode begins.