I spent the entire day searching for the perfect gift for dan.
now all the stores are closing, christmas day is looming,
and, um... I need your help.
I could take this opportunity to gloat,
but I actually like you.
so let's get down to business. what do you have so far?
um, I found a first edition j. I. hall book,
original italian poster of the "400 blows"
and a montblanc fountain pen. all very thoughtful.
and all exceed $50.
well, dan's not really that into things.
which makes shopping for him kind of hopeless.
the only thing he wants for christmas is snow.
it's not like I can give him that.
oh! hi. hi. hi. I don't know if you've noticed.
we're doing things a little untraditionally this year.
I don't know if you've heard.
I'm desiining a ne of lingerie for victoria's secret.
I walked into the store, and I fell in love with this tree.
isn't that lipstick clever? isn't it?
good. have some eggnog.
hello? hey. it's me.
hey. so, uh, running into each other at the school fair-
kind of awkward.
I suppose so, especially after our last phone call.
rufus, we really shouldn't be speaking.
no, I know.
but if there's something you want to say,
you should go ahead and say it
is there something you want me to say?
why are you calling?
just wanted to say merry christmas.
hope you have a good holiday.
I'm, um, flying to anguilla with bart tonight,
so I'm expecting it to be a-a great holiday-
one for the ages, in fact.
good night, rufus. good-bye.
what is the matter with me?
I don't think so. oh.
oh. excuse me.
what are you doing here? well, I was hoping to see you again.
I thought it great good fortune that roman tracked me down
at the skating rink and extended an invitation.
en-enjoy the party.
how dare you invite a strange man into my home.
go talk to him.
bring vodka. roman...
you practically picked him up off the street.
and then I googled him. his name is jack roth.
he owns a prominent hedge fund
with offices in london and barcelona,
and he finds you very attractive.
well, that's no excuse,
and-and-and I am doing just fine
without your romantic help.
eleanor, we've been friends for a long time...
since before marc jacobs went into rehab.
friends don't steal other friends' husbands.
is nate there?
oh. a few hours ago?
chuck bass didn't call for him, did he?
uh, never mind. did nate say where he was going?
no, no. don't-don disturbrb mrs. archibald.
um, I'm sure he's on his way here now.
all right. thank you.
dorota's gonna kill you if you get glue on that comforter.
sorry we've turned your room into an art studio, b.,
but the clock is ticking.
oh, my gosh.
wow. that-that's amazing.
thank you so much, vanessa. this is gonna be... incredible.
good. I'm glad I could help.
I think he'll really love it.
I think I'd like to help with this little project.
would you come and help me find another pair of scissors?
it's so nice what you're doing for your friend dan,
helping his girlfriend make his christmas present.
serena is so grateful
because she likes to see the best in people.
I like to see the truth.
yeah? and what's that?
I think you like dan a little too much.
just thought I should let you know
I'm taking off. call me when you're done?
okay. where you going?
I'm gonna go check on my daddy. I thought
I think my work's done here. oh, hello.
hi. good-bye. when you two are done hiding up here,
I'm taking you both out for dessert. can't, mom. I'm busy.
but this is important for our family.
it'll just be the three of us. mom, anytime you say
it means you're dating someone new. whoever it is,
I don't care. I'll just meet him at the wedding. fine, fine.
then I will just tell you who it is,
because you're gonna be seeing him around from now on.
it's bart bass. bart bass?
mom, you cannot date bart bass.
you just said a moment ago you didn't care who it was. that was before
he only has one facial expression. he scares me.
and he raised chuck. that scares me.
oh, serena, as usual, you're being overly dramatic.
I'm not marrying bart.
this is very casual,
and regardless, I'm not asking your permission.
you know when I suggested this plan,
I didn't know that it would entail a robbery. hey, hey, hey.
so it was more of a rescue than a robbery.
you know, those abandoned trees in that lot
were just gonna be kindling the day after christmas,
and this tree that we have here is gonna be loved and admired.
oh, yeah, you have a real talent for spin, my brother. okay.
I wish I had more talent for heavy lifting. oh.
oh. yeah, well, what you're doing for serena is really romantic.
I wonder what mom and dad
are gettineach other for christmas.
I thought that if I got them under the same roof
that things would go back to the way they were.
they haven't, have they?
I think there's a real possibility
that they might split up.
if I hadn't brought her back, though,
we could've just kept pretending
that she's just in hudson doing her art.
you did the right thing, jen.
really, you did, 'cause whatever happens now,
at least, uh, we're not living in a fantasy, you know?
wonderful party, eleanor.
so you... ice-skate?
occasionally, with my niece,
but she's much more talented than I am.
well, I haven't skated since ages,
but I used to love it when I was a girl.
you must have been very beautiful out there on the ice.
oh, thank you.
merry christmas. merry christmas.
freddy, what on earth are you doing here? oh, roman invited me.
freddy, what... what are you doing here?
he said that you invited him. what?
roman, explain this.
and so true. how does one explain the indescribable pull
to see an old lover, to feel that jolt of electricity?
so you couldn't last two days in town without contacting him?
I can't believe you'd trust appearances and not me.
harold, dear, i- roman did not invite freddy.
I think blair did.
if you want to be the featured model in my spring catalog,
you'd better tell us the truth.
she might have offered to buy me a cruise...
and renew my gym membership.
well, you might as well take that cruise,
because you'll be featured in my catalog
when hell freezes over.
now please, get out. thanks for the champagne.
looks like daddy's little girl
isn't sugar and spice and everything nice after all.
I wish you would just slow down for a second
and let her be. well, I just can't believe
that blair would do something so cruel,
and roman, who's only ever been completely kind to her.
it isn't roman blair's lashing out at-it's you.
she was so looking forward to spending time with you alone,
and then you show up at our doorstep with your lover,
without a word of warning. how did you expect her to react?
well, I hoped that once we were together,
it would all work out.
I suppose that was pretty naive.
blair learned scheming from her mother
and unrealistic dreaming from her father.
she tries really hard to act all grown-up,
but don't you be fooled.
she's still a little girl who needs her daddy.
okay, stop, stop, stop. ow.
okay. what now?
now you go in there,
you distract dexter, the humorless concierge... okay.
while I try and sneak this into an elevator. all right, um, who's gonna
so you can carry this thing by yourself? I did-I did not say
hey, ms. van der woods- lily, hi.
dan. jenny. tree. hi.
yeah, um, they don't allow christmas trees inside,
which is why we're out here.
which is why dan's about to ask you for a favor.
ah, does it involve distracting dexter
and sneaking into the elevator? why? would that work?
no. never. he has the eyes of a hawk,
and he takes his job very seriously.
so I've noticed.
but bobby at the service entrance-
I think he could be bought.
I just sent him a text, and dan's on his way.
thank you so much. it's really no problem,
and since there are no problems, I should go.
oh, no, no, no. stay, please.
you don't need me. we talked about how to turn everything on.
no, I know I can do it, but I just want you to see dan's face.
I've really gotta get going. okay. well, I'll tell him how much you did.
please don't. it's your present.
just... enjoy your night.
hey, this is nate. I can't come to the ph-
can I come in?
our flight leaves in a few hours.
I wanted to say good-bye.
please forgive me, blair.
I should have told you that I was bringing roman.
I knew that having him here would be hard for you,
but I love you so much, and I love roman,
and I was hoping that if we were all thrown together,
that something... perfect would happen
and that you would love him, too.
I was gonna convince you to move back to new york,
but you bought a vineyard
in france with roman.
what's next, a commitment ceremony?
there's no room in your life for me anymore.
sweetheart, there is always room for you.
no matter where I am, no matter who I'm with.