On-campus interviews are the top priority, but they don't mean a thing if you don't get invited to the dean's super-secret cocktail party. And Serena's natural charm makes Blair look uptight and scary. Good thing Blair has a secret weapon to worm her way in: Priceless porcelain cat statues for the dean's secretary. But after a catfight in heels outside the dean's house, the warring women decide maybe they can be friends again. Girls are funny!
But don't expect easy loyalty on the men's side. After being kidnapped (above), Chuck agrees to deliver Nate to Skull & Bones for a little "you-ruined-my-trust-fund" payback action, but gives them Dan instead. Poor Dan--all he wants is to find a professor to evaluate his work to get him that second letter of recommendation, and instead he gets tied to a lamppost in his boxers. Really, Skull & Bones, that's the worst you could think of?
Nate is preoccupied with keeping his identity a secret on campus and charming an older woman (Hee! It's a thing now!) who really wants Marquez before makeout, but he rescues Dan and gives Chuck an earful. But Mr. Bass, armed with blackmail photos from the "little party" he arranged for the Bonesmen, has Yale in his pocket... not that he wants it.
Also, Rufus accedes to Jenny's request that he spend a day with her at the atelier, does a great Keanu when they accidentally-on-purpose run into Lily Bass and eventually agrees for her to be homeschooled. Way to name-check the Professional Children's School, Taylor Momsen's real life high school. If it's good enough for Macauley Culkin, it's good enough for her!
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