Newly freed Ben has been hanging out with Serena, but before anything can blossom between them, he says he's taking off to Ithaca for a job. But when he considers staying in the city, it turns out that Lily is back to her old tricks, having tried to pay him off to leave town. At the W party, Serena appeals to him, but he doses her with something she rarely experiences: rejection (though Ben's a pretty bad liar as he says that he doesn't want to be with S). Still, Rufus invites Ben to live in the loft on S's request, and he thinks about it. But is he really as good a person as S thinks he is? His mildly violent confrontation with Damien freaked me out a little bit.