B confronts Eleanor and is surprised to find that Serena accepted the Fashion Week invitation. Eleanor also drops the news that Little J has an independent study at school, which sounds totally fishy to B. Meanwhile, the odd couple of Chuck and Dan (Penn Badgley
) are hanging out at a nearby bar. C offers Dan a mysterious pill and tells him to chase it with a giant shot of booze, which Lonely Boy actually agrees to. This version of Dan is so much more enjoyable than regular Dan. It's all fun and games until the limo ride home, when Chuck kicks Dan out of the car and makes him walk home without his shoes. Hee.
Serena knows that B will be pissed if she sits in the front row at Fashion Week instead of hanging out backstage with her best friend. Poppy and Lily (Kelly Rutherford
) somehow convince her it's a good idea. Over in Brooklyn, B shows up at Rufus's door to deliver some chicken soup to the supposedly sick Little J, but her real motive is to tell Rufus his daughter has been skipping school. Ah, Blair is the best. Rufus heads to the design studio with B to confront Jenny, which is the perfect opportunity for Gossip Girl to get her Heidi Klum on by saying, "one day you're in, and the next day you're out." Jenny tries to explain herself the next day, but she still has to go meet with the headmistress to prove that she's worthy of not being expelled.
Blair (Leighton Meester
) puts up her dukes, or at least her headband, and confronts Serena about her new position as queen of the school. B doesn't want to watch the next episode of The Serena Show, and though she tries to tell her friend not to bother attending Fashion Week, she only succeeds in making S want to defy her more. Meanwhile, Dan's adviser tells him to try writing his story from the point of view of Chuck, who Dan has hilariously renamed Charlie Trout for fictional purposes. Mr. Adviser knows that Chuck, or Mr. Trout, is more interesting than Dan and will make a fantastic protagonist.
It's time for Fashion Week, and Serena is surprised to find that B has assigned her a seat in the back row. Blair tries to get her way, but Eleanor shows up and lands S a seat in the front. At the bar, Chuck, who we may have to rename Lonely Boy if he keeps moping around without sexy twins, calls up his dad to chat. Bart has no time for his son, but at least Humphrey does. Dan arrives a moment later and demands that Charlie Trout get him involved in more wacky shenanigans. Oh Dan, you're truly not cut out for Mr. Trout's semi-charmed kind of life.
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