But while Blair’s getting ready for her perfect date, Serena is taking a trip to the Paris morgue.
The body is not Chuck, of course, and S soon learns that B saw Chuck with her own eyes just one hour earlier.
Using the spot where Blair spotted Chuck, Serena starts looking for him. She happens to stop by the very wine bar where Chuck’s now working.
His boss, Eva’s uncle, leads Serena straight to the man in question.
Chuck pretends not to recognize Serena and shuts his door in her face. Later, he goes outside to find her waiting for him.
He says he will not be going back and he has no desire to be Chuck Bass anymore. Serena relays the message to Blair, who pretends not to care. After a successful date, Louis has invited B to come to a ball with him.
When Blair’s in Harry Winston picking out something beautiful to complement her gorgeous scarlet gown, she comes across an exquisite diamond ring. This turns out to be the engagement ring Chuck was about to give her.
It was recovered when the thieves tried to pawn it. Serena begs her to stop Chuck from disappearing.
As they speak, he’s headed to the train station with Eva, intending to leave Paris and Chuck Bass behind for good
Blair tells him that running away won’t solve his problems and that she doesn’t think the man Chuck wants to be would act like a coward.
When he says softly that he destroyed the only thing he ever cared about, she hands him the ring and tells him that despite his actions, “it takes more than [him] to destroy Blair Waldorf.” A
While Blair’s breaking things off with Louis, Chuck is getting ready to head back to Manhattan. With Eva. He reveals his true name to her.
In the states, Nate’s getting to know Juliet Sharp.
Juliet decides that Nate is in need of some serious guidance. So she offers to be his “life coach.” First order of business: eliminating any competition for Serena’s heart.
To accomplish this, Juliet sneakily tells Vanessa that Dan told Nate he still has feelings for her. As a result, Vanessa and Dan sleep together taking him out of the game.
But Nate feels guilty about what he let Juliet do, and Dan soon finds out about the lie - as does Vanessa, who storms off.
Luckily, Vanessa is happier when Dan tells her himself that he does, in fact, care for her. Nate and Juliet make nice, too, when she apologizes for meddling in his life.
Serena comes home to find that the love triangle she left behind has neatly resolved itself: both of her potential boyfriends are now with other girls.
Also, she has no idea why there’s a baby in Dan’s loft. Nor do we.