Blair is in front of a mirror, applying makeup. She sees Serena in the corner of her mirror of her black and white dream.
"Vanessa, why don't you start at the beginning?"
Blair is trapped in yet another nightmare based on All About Eve. She is Margo Channing, Serena is Karen Richards and Vanessa is Eve Harrington. She knows it. She can't escape it. She can't wake up to stop the nightmare from happening.
"It couldn't possibly interest you, Blair," Vanessa says.
Blair can't stop herself from saying "Please..."
"I guess it started back in Wisconsin. There was my mom, my dad, and me. Well, not really. I am the oldest of five siblings, four girls and one boy. I did a lot of things when I was a kid--I played sports, was a cheerleader, modeled on the side. But somehow acting became a part of my life after I took a class in it. I'm talking way too fast, aren't I?"
Nate suddenly appears, playing Lloyd Richards in the dream. "No. Go on, Vanessa."
"I moved to LA. I had a few small roles before I found an agent and she helped me find steady work. One day I went to a pool party. The producer of a play called Gossip Girl was there and he was looking for someone to play a character named 'Jessica Szohr.' I did an audition with him and eventually he flew me out to New York to do Gossip Girl to act alongside my idol, Blair Waldorf...and here I am..."
Blair wakes up in the bed in her apartment. She sniffed. "Like anyone would name a girl 'Jessica Szohr.' That is the dumbest made-up name I've ever heard of."
Dorota rushes into her room. "Miss Blair, Vanessa Abrams here to see you. She cold and wet. Needs a place to stay the night."
"Why'd you let her in, Dorota? You know Vanessa Abrams is one of my sworn enemies."
Vanessa walks into the bedroom. Mud was all over Vanessa's body, orange trenchcoat and boots. Vanessa's black leggings are ripped. Blair sees mud footprints on her floor but holds her breath. "But it's true, Blair. I was leaving a bar on the Upper East Side when a guy held a gun in my face. He took my purse and my cell phone. I was hoping I could call Dan so he could pick me up from your apartment." She shivers.
Blair sighs. "You should stay with me tonight until your clothes dry and the rain stops, Abrams."
"Really? I was half-expecting you to kick me out."
"It's 4 AM, Abrams. Even I know the subway has creeps on it at 4 AM and I don't even ride it."