That is exactly what I'm saying.
oh, yes, the other part we love about a masquerade?
When the mask finally comes off and the truth is revealed to all.
Will you excuse me?
I just saw the last person I ever expected to see.
- Yeah. How can I say no to that - I'm sorry.
Vanessa Vanessa Vanessa. Vanessa.
This is a surprise.
Funny. I could say the same thing.
What-what are you doing here?
I'm writing an american history paper.
Wait. That was supposed to be you.
When did we start lying to each other?
I- I merely refrained from sharing the truth,
which would have sounded a lot more like a lie than what I told you.
I'm-I didn't understand that either, I admit,
but what was I going to say?
That I was renting a tuxedo to attend a masked ball without a mask or an invitation
to go get a girl who not only has a mask and an invitation,
but another date?
At least it's honest.
You-you hate this world.
So do you, or so I thought.
All right, what's going on exactly?
Did you follow me here to prove that I was lying?
Yes, dan, that's why I'm here.
I stalked you because I am just so obsessed with you.
Wait. Don't stop there.
You're the whole reason I came back to new york,
'cause I just couldn't stop thinking about you.
All right, I get the point. You can lay off the sarcasm-
how about I lay off the whole evening?
Wait, wait, wait, stop. Hold on.
Listen. I'm-I'm sorry.
I'm sorry that I lied about writing a term paper.
You said you love me.
in the past and in a preshaving, 16-year-old kind of way.
You know, I mean, things have changed.
Looks like someone's traded up.
So that's, um...
vanessa, yeah. She's...
I- I-I have to go after her. I'm sorry.
Feel free to find me.
I found your pants.
Well, you're getting warmer,
which is an achievement considering you're already hot.
Well, you better hope it doesn't get cold.
What is that supposed to mean?
What the hell?!
Hey, my phone is in my pants, and I'm stuck up here, bitch!
Vanessa, wait, please.
Why won't you wait?
- oh. Because you're not vanessa.
I'm sorry. Case of mistaken identity.
Ironically, not involving masks.
There you are.
Oh, I just needed a moment.
- That- what just happened- - the kiss?
- Yeah, it made me feel a little- - nostalgic?
Right, um, ouch.
No, I'm-I'm kidding, kind of.
I'm sorry, rufus.
I- I-maybe I shouldn't have asked you here.
Right, um, and, um, I'm sorry I kissed you,
but I did it because that mercenary in the starched white shirt-
he doesn't appreciate everything you have over an attractive 25-year-old mannequin.
'Cause beauty fades,
though yours has done a remarkable job of holding on,
and in the long run, it's gonna be his loss.
And I thought he should know how it feels to lose you.
'Cause trust me, it's not fun.
I think it worked.
Lily, may I speak with you for a moment?
If you'll excuse us.
Happy to hel
she means nothing.
Um, look, you didn't see me here, okay?
Yeah, don't worry about it.
Just one in a series of things I'll pretend didn't happen tonight.
Is everything okay?
I'm not sure.
Dan surprised meby showing up here.
Well, go, dan!
Yeah, except then he threw me for a loop by chasing after some girl named vanessa.
No, V. 's dan's best friend.
Yeah, well, they seemed likea little more than that.
They've kind of got a history, don't they?
But, I mean, dan's never likeda girl like he likes you.
Really. I mean, come on He's at a masked ball,
and I think he'd go basically anywhere with you...
except for maybe the ice capades 'cause that really freaked him out when he was 5.
You know what? I...
I think I'll goand try to find him.
I don't know how I'm gonna find anyone.
This stupid mask keeps falling over my eyes.
Well, I'd give you mine, but masks come off at midnight,
and I kind of need my disguise to get out of here.
You know what? You wanna trade?
And here, take this.
It's so hot in here, and you'll probably be cold outside.
Here you go.
Did you have fun tonight?
It was everything I hoped.
Okay, let's see.
- Oh, thanks. - Pretty.
Serena, just don't say anything and let me explain.
oh, my god.
I've been trying to do the right thing, but it's killing me.
Look, I know we both care about blair,
but maybe the best thing is for meto just tell her the truth.
I'm not over you, and I thought I could fight it, but I can't.
And if you don't stop me, I'm gonna kiss you.
- Wh- - nate, what are you doing?
It's almost midnight. You have to find blair.
Look, okay, whatever. Just forget the clue.
She's wearing big, tall boots and a big old crown.
Just go, okay? Hurry.
serena, have you seen nate? Hey!
- It's midnight! - Masks off!
Serena! Serena! serena. Serena!
Sere-serena, wait. I'm so sorry. Serena!
little jenny humphrey manages to get my pants off and have me not enjoy it.
Quite the accomplishment.
Good thing someone elseat the party was as lecherous as you,
or you'd still beup on that roof,
and, no, I don't want to know what you had to do to get that tux.
This is me.
All right, chuck, I'll see you in the A. M.
No, you didn't find me by midnight.
No happily ever after for you.
Blair, I'm-I'm sorry.
all I wanted was for us to start over,
and you didn't even try.
well, at least somebody's having a good night.
What-will you please just talk to me? Please. Why did you run away from me?
Wait. What are you talking about? You're the one that ran away.
I don't think so.
Blonde hair, yellow dress, black furry thing?
There is only one serena van der woodsen.
Yeah, no, not tonight.
Let me say...
for the record...
I like you.
Well, that's good, becauseI feel the same about you.
I'm glad that's cleared up.
Hey, um, you know, I hear the ice capades are coming to town.
If you're there, so am I.
You guys are up late.
We were celebrating.
Eleanor waldorf has agreed to let your father's firm take her company public.
Congrats. That's great news.
It is, which is why I was looking for a wine opener
so I could surprise your father with a bottle of margaux,
which is how I found this.
well, what do you have to sayfor yourself, nate?
Well, it isn't mine, and it isn't your father's,
so that only leaves one other person in this house.
hey, you're still up.
Yeah, not that tired.
Well, I am. I'm exhausted.
I ended up going to that ball, actually.
Well, your night's not over.
There's someone here to see you.
I come in peace.
'Cause I'm starving.
- look- - save it, humphrey.
You've never done contrite well.
Besides, I'm the one who should apologize.
No, really, I am.
I should have told you about serena.
And I should have asked you.
Well, I shouldn't have lied about tonight.
And I shouldn't have run out on you.
Look, if we're gonna be friends again,
we're gonna have to figure this stuff out.
You're right, and I've missed having a friend.
I've missed being one.
We can start slow, with the basics.
Like, uh, fewer lies, more ukrainian food.
And you telling me about everything I missed while I was gone, such as serena.
she's pretty fantastic, almost as good as this pierogi.
Yeah, she's got this crazy mother who's always,
like, sparring with me, and this-
and this best friend who's very hard for me to deal with.
The best friend has a boyfriend who's hard for me to deal with.
It's-it's all very hard for me.
It's very hard for me.
It began in ninth grade...