So this blair girl used you as her slave?
No, I was her handmaiden.
"Handmaiden" is jane austenfor "slave.
" She never actually said I would get to go to the ball,
even if I did all those errands.
Don't make excuses for her.
You did all that stuff. You deserve to go.
I thought you said that masked balls are "totally pretentious.
"One woman's opinion.
But if you wanna go, no blair should keep you away.
It's not just blair.
I mean, I don't have a gown.
My friend works in the costume department at B. A. M.
We can borrow one.
I don't have an invitation.
Every ballroom has a back door.
If blair saw me, she'd be furious.
Then it's a good thing you'll be wearing a mask.
on the upper east side, appearances are often deceiving.
From friends to hair color, there's always more than meets the eye.
is uptown this way or that way?
It's, uh, that way, and these things whizzing by here-they're cars.
You might want to avoid them.
You know what? You'll see better without this, too.
That is better.
Hey, you got a name?
Jack Altman Jack altman.
hi. Jack altman. I just stepped out for some air.
- come on - thank you.
wait. Let me see.
Okay, look, I know you're completely morally opposed to society events and stuff, but-
we'll deprogram you later.
This is ugly.
- Just go. - All right. Thanks.
thank you so much.
what was it we said about appearances?
Yes, they can be deceiving.
But most of the time, what you see is what you get.
Hey. Have you seen that girl I was with?
When I grabbed her bag, I got her house keys, too.
what is nate doing?
He's supposed to go find kati and is.
It's getting late, and I'm losing heat.
Well, you look ravishing.
If I were your man, I wouldn't need clues to find you.
Or to ravish me, I'm sure.
Who is that?
probably some bitch from chapin.
Hot bitch from chapin.
Go get nate.
Point him in the right direction.
First things first.
well, hello, angel.
You must be my lucky night.
And with taste to boot.
I'm talking to you.
Beautiful and mean?
I've got chills.
Care to dance with a poor devil?
Why don't we just skip all that and, uh, go somewhere quiet to talk?
I'll get the chaagne.
Find me in five.
taking a company public is an enormous responsibility.
There's nothing more valuable than making a good first impression.
And you taught me that, eleanor.
Captain, you know that I adore you, but you've never done fashion before.
I have been talking to calvin's people,
and I have to say, the presentation is very impressive.
Enough business talk, howard.
You're boring her.
Eleanor, I've been thinking.
When nate and blair get engaged, she should have my great-grand mother's ring,
the one that cornelius vander bilt gave her?
you still spying on him?
I'm not spying. I'm just...
keeping trackof his whereabouts.
Well, so long as you're watching, he's winning.
If you really want to make a man jealous, there's only one thing to do.
Rufus, I invited you here for many reasons, but knowledge of romance is not...
that was, um...
Give him 20 minutes.
- I need a drink. - I need a drink.
So every time we see their yacht now, we just pull out our air horns and let 'em rip.
I tell you, it is almost enough to make you never want to summer in new port again.
Wow, that sounds, uh, awful.
It is. It's pretty bad.
Yeah, yeah, um, you know what?
If you'll excuse me, I, uh, I think I'm gonna gond-
Dan, what are you doing here?
I'm saving you.
I don't need to be saved.
Really? Uhause,, I could see your eyes rolling to
the back of your head from across the room.
- Hey. - Blair sent us over.
She said it's getting late, and you're taking too long.
"Your lady-in-waitingis closer than you think,
her headdress is feathers of black and pink.
" It's her.
What? I'm sorry.
Just find serena.
She'll lead you to blair.
Let's play a game.
I'd say strip poker, but I don't have my cards.
How about, uh, hide-and-seek?
And how will you find me? I don't have any bread crumbs.
Well, you can leave me a trail...
with your clothes.
I have truly died and gone to heaven.
So how you doing?
What are you really doing here, dan?
What am I doing here?
I ran across the city.
I rented a tuxedo.
I stole this mask from some drunken kid, only to look like robin.
I conned my way in here, all to see you.
Well, you didn't seem to care this morning,
when you were with another girl and lied to me.
What? Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa.
I- I didn't-well...
- I did. - Yeah.
- I did, but I can explain. - Go ahead.
Give it your best shot.
I was with my friend vanessa.
We're very close, and she moved away to vermont last year, and now she's back.
Okay, so why'd you lieand say it was jenny?
Because I'm an idiot.
I d-I don't know why. I...
look, vanessa and I...
our relationship is a little complicated, or it was, before I met you.
And honestly, I didn't want anything to get in the way of you inviting me to this...
Well, I was gonna invite you.
So not into, uh, pompous ass the fourth?
you're saying you're not into old friend vanessa?