Recap: Casey is over at Casa Facts Gang, watching TV with the volume turned off so that Blair can concentrate on studying for an upcoming exam. When Jo and Natalie return home after seeing a movie, Jo tells Casey that she'd like to show him and Blair some budgetary figures on the cost of offering child care at the shelter. Blair tells her that she's soooooo tired and would prefer to do it another time - but Jo insists that right now is the perfect time and runs upstairs to fetch her paperwork.
Pippa tells Natalie that she's been assigned to write a biography of a great American industrialist, and Natalie suggests that she interview Blair, since she comes from a long line of successful industrialists (though she may want to skip over the segregationist grandfather). Casey says he should probably head home now and urges Blair to get some much needed sleep - just as Jo re-enters the living room with her budget papers. Casey tells her he can't look at that right now 'cause he's going home, then gives Blair a series of light kisses before exiting. Once he's safely out of earshot, Pippa and Jo gush about how much he clearly likes her...and a few seconds later, Casey returns to the house after discovering that his car won't start. Blair eagerly offers to give him a ride home and promises Pippa that she'll be back soon and can answer any of her questions about her industrialist family. (Even though a minute ago she was far too tired to look at Jo's budget papers.)
Two hours later, Pippa has fallen asleep on the couch waiting for Blair to return - just as Tootie arrives home after a late night date. When the phone rings a few seconds later, Tootie answers and learns that Blair has been in a car accident.
As the Facts gang gathers at the hospital, a frantic looking Casey rushes in and asks how Blair's doing...and Jo solemnly tells him that the doctors are still assessing her injuries after she fell asleep at the wheel and crashed into a tree. Ouch. Casey scrunches his face into a mournful expression and regrets accepting a ride home from her, especially knowing how tired she was - but Jo points out that there wouldn't have been any stopping her 'cause of how much she digs spending every possible moment with him. Casey recalls the way he endured watching TV with no sound just to be in Blair's presence - despite that she's vain, selfish, shallow, snooty, and expects everything to go her way. He chews on those unfavorable descriptors for a few seconds before asking, "So why do we care so much?" and Jo just kind of shrugs and says, "Because she's Blair, and there's nobody else like her."
Dr. Nichols enters the waiting room to give everyone an update: Blair is going to be A-OK...but because she suffered a head trauma, he wants to keep her in the hospital for observation. He says she's going to be asleep for the next while, so they thank him for tending to their loved one, and decide to go home and get some sleep.
A few hours later, Jo tiptoes into Blair's hospital room to check in on her. Blair awakens and mumbles about not getting a chance to see her life flash before her eyes since she was fast asleep at the point when she hit the tree, then asks Jo to turn on the light and be honest about her grotesque appearance. Jo gives it to her straight: her face is bruised, and she has a fat lip and big white bandage across her forehead. Blair asks her for a mirror, but Jo's like, "Nope, nothing to see there" ... so Blair craftily asks her to please fill her water pitcher. When Jo obliges, Blair picks up the silver tray the pitcher was standing on and removes the bandage to reveal a nasty wound across her forehead, held together with black Frankenstein type stitches. She looks devastated by her monstrousness, then stares mournfully at Jo when she returns from the bathroom with the water pitcher.
After the commercial break, Blair tells Jo that she's far too despondent about the condition of her face to cry or scream...then tells a story about how, when she was just a tot, her mom bought her a pristine white dress, hat, and gloves and was sternly cautioned not to get any of it dirty 'cause even one tiny stain could ruin the whole outfit. She sadly adds that even one tiny mistake can change a person's life forever, to which Jo rightly points out that her injuries could have been a helluva lot worse - fatal, in fact - and advises her to put the bandage back over her wound, 'cause yeech , that facial gash is definitely an eyesore. Blair implores her to not tell a soul about how hideous her forehead looks, and Jo stares back at her with a grave expression before promising to keep mum about the injury. She then urges Blair to get some rest...and after she leaves the room, Blair stares sadly at her reflection before angrily throwing the silver tray onto the floor.
The next morning, Blair is on the phone with her mother, who's currently vacationing in St. Moritz and desperate to be by her injured daughter's side, and assures her that she's going to be fine. When Blair gets too overwhelmed by her mother's prattling, she hands the phone to Beverly Ann, who offers to pick Monica up from the airport after her plane lands.
Casey arrives at the hospital with a get well soon card for Blair...and after everyone exits the room to give them their privacy, Blair tells him that they shouldn't see each other anymore. When a dumbfounded Casey's all, "Wha-a-at are you talking about?", Blair says she's been thinking about dumping him for awhile now, and that the car accident gave her the kick in the pants she needed to discard him like yesterday's trash. She tells him she highly doubts that she's the woman he wants - but he doesn't buy that and points out that he should be the one who decides that. Blair approaches the dumping from a different angle and says, "Maybe you're not the guy I want", and Casey angrily retorts, "Oh, I see. Slumming time is over." He shoots her a bitter stink-eye, sarcastically thanks her for taking the time out of her busy schedule to give him the heave-ho, and storms out of the room.
Jo returns home later than expected and explains to the Facts gang that Casey never showed up at the shelter to relieve her for the evening shift...so she's told that he went to visit Blair at the hospital and hasn't been seen since. A few seconds later, Casey drops by for a tête-à-tête with Jo to dish about Blair breaking up with him, no doubt because she blames him for the accident. Jo remains mute on the topic and abruptly excuses herself to go to the kitchen for some water, then asks Tootie and Natalie for some advice...and the two seem pleasantly surprised to be asked to weigh in on one of their street-smart friend's life decisions. Jo asks them if they've ever known her to break a promise...and when they're like, "Er, no..?", she natters about how keeping a promise in this instance would actually do the most harm to the "hypothetical" friend in question. Natalie nods knowingly and urges her to do whatever's possible to help Blair - yes, regardless of whether or not she forgives her. Jo chews on that for several seconds, then ambles back into the living room to spill the beans about Blair's forehead gash to Casey.
Casey drops by the hospital to tell Blair that he knows about her Frankenstein wound and to chide, "I can't believe you'd give up a very promising relationship because you're afraid to face me with a scratch on your head." Blair shoots him a hard stare before silently removing her bandage so that he can get an eyeful of the extent of the injury. Casey's all, "Ack!" and concedes that, yep, it's definitely scary looking - but hastily adds that it's not a valid reason to stop seeing each other. Especially considering that eventually the gash will fully heal and that she'll, no doubt, get a plastic surgeon to minimize the scarring.
Blair insists that everything has changed, and that she's no longer the Blair Warner of yore (aka pre-accident), self-piteously adding, "Blair Warner was a flawless beauty. I'm not" and points out that even with plastic surgery, she's likely always going to have a scar. Casey's like, "You're right, we definitely should stop seeing each other 'cause of your injury" and beats a hasty retreat...only to re-enter the room a few seconds later to tell her her to give him a little credit. He assures her he'd never walk out on her for something so dumb as having been in a car accident, but she despondently retorts that since she's damaged goods, she's less than perfect. Casey chuckles at that and says he loves her despite that she's always been less than perfect 'cause of her freakish nose - and Blair stares back at him, stunned by his admission of love. He insists that a scar couldn't possibly change his feelings for her, then shows her the various scars on his body from a bicycling mishap and a mountain climbing expedition that went awry. Blair admits that, nope, those scars don't change the fact that she too loves him...so he leans in to feather her face with a series of light kisses - until she suddenly remembers his earlier criticism and asks, "What is this about my nose?" just before the end credits roll...and nope, still no on-screen chemistry there.
Thanks for reading! If you are enjoying TVofYore's recaps, consider thanking me by buying me a "coffee"!