But what Jenny hasn't counted on is that the gala is honoring Lily and Bart Bass. She sneaks in, even manages to survive an encounter with Lily (with the help of Nate, posing as her date), but when Rufus finds out what his daughter's up to he gives chase all the way to the Palace Hotel. Awkward! If the show weren't such a success (cynical voice: of course it is) Jenny would be in big trouble. Now, she's on her way to getting backers!
And on her way out the door. The Nate-Jenny relationship went from 0 to 60 and back to 0 in about 5 seconds; we never really understand what Nate sees in her, Dan gets 15 minutes to pretend to be a tough guy and threaten (LOL) to beat Nate up and when Vanessa accidentally lets slip that he traded sex for money with the Duchess, he's off to the Hamptons with Mom. She's off to points unknown on the heels of a Page Six mention, and Dan stayed up all night trying to write a decent story and be as awesome as his little sister.
Meanwhile, in Waldorfville, Blair proves she will do anything to get into Yale when she agrees to babysit the daughter of a Yale donor. But Emma isn't interested in ice cream and Harry Potter any more; she's on a mission to lose her virginity before a classmate and "lacrossetitute" does it. After Chuck turns her down ("The limo is sacred"), she gives chase down to 1Oak (special cameo by co-owner Scott Sartiano!) where she meets a seemingly suitable boy--and Blair spots the girl's mom, clearly not on a girls' night out.
Blair is reluctant to save the girl, but eventually agrees, "But then it's Bulldog, Bulldog, Rah Rah Rah." Somehow she's able to talk little Emma out of surrendering the V-card (with the disclosure that her "first" was someone she loved, i.e. Chuck), who in turn makes a personal plea to the dean on Blair's behalf. Other than her hilarious declaration that Princeton is a trade school, that's all the speed bump that little episode provides.
Serena almost had her own romantic encounter at the gala, but succumbed to creeping skepticism that her new old flame Aaron (the artist she went to camp with, whom she met last week) is already seeing someone or several someones. ("I don't want to date someone who has... a posse.") Still, they find a way to work out their differences when he declares that, despite all the ladies answering his phone, he hasn't stopped thinking about her all week. Creepy.