This week on Gossip Girl, Nate was very busy playing Dr. Phil as he doled out post-threesome advice to Dan and preventative affair-with-a-married-man tips to Serena. Meanwhile, Chuck stepped in for Dan and played big brother to Jenny, who was getting in over her head with a new friend Chuck introduced her to.
The Third Person Is Supposed To Be A Stranger
Post-threesome, Dan was riding high, practically skipping down the streets of New York. Nate had to be a buzz-kill and tell him he made a grave mistake by having Vanessa as the third person in his threesome with Olivia. As Nate explained, "I know things. I've been to Europe. Chuck Bass is my best friend." Nate - where were you last week? This mistake became obvious when Dan and Vanessa shared an awkward hug and Olivia and Vanessa seemed to be avoiding each other; and Olivia was less than thrilled that Dan was accompanying Vanessa to their annual Morrissey concert. We got to see more of that pivotal night via flashbacks, although the three participants remembered it very differently.
Soon Olivia was getting Dan to participate in a cabaret event with the theater department on the same night as the Morrissey concert, and by this point it was obvious to Nate that things were officially at "post-threesome stage one," in which the girls were getting possessive over Dan. There was also someone else interested in Dan: Blair. But she just interested in his writing talents, as she wanted him to write the play she was producing/costarring in/directing so that she could impress the Tisch theater kids at NYU. Dan wrote a reimagining of "Snow White," and he brought Vanessa on board to direct. This made for fun tension behind the scenes between Vanessa and Olivia, as well as snide comments from V such as, "If I want to turn someone into a bat, I'll ask you."
It didn't take long for Blair to guess what had happened and give Dan the same late advice as Nate: "How stupid can you be? The third person's always supposed to be a stranger!" Blair then forced both girls to continue on in the play by blackmailing them, and Dan promised Olivia that he and V were "just friends." But Olivia didn't believe him. She said she was getting a more-than-friends vibe from him, not Vanessa, and felt that he looked at Vanessa and kissed Vanessa in a way he never had looked at or kissed her. Dan got another chance to kiss V when Olivia deliberately missed her cue and Vanessa stepped in to portray Snow White. Their on-stage kissed gave way to a flashback of their threesome kiss, and Dan started to realize what Olivia meant. But Dan didn't want to give up on his relationship with Olivia, so he was unhappy to learn that she had accepted a film role in The Bitches of Eastwick (as Olivia explained, "It's like Heathers, but with witches"). So Olivia's leaving, and will be gone until next fall. Then V came by to explain to Olivia that she hasn't liked Dan "like that" for years, and that she thinks Paul from the theater department likes her. So Dan was then left all alone, living up to his Lonely Boy nickname once again.
However, the play may have helped Dan get into the creative writing program next fall, and it worked out well for Blair, too. The snobby theater kids originally laughed at her when she said her stepfather (whom they never heard of) had connections to Lady Gaga (according to Blair, Cyrus was the inspiration for "Poker Face"). They were no longer laughing when she used these connections to get them into a dress rehearsal of Lady Gaga's.
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