"It was not a date."
Only it totally was and they are breaking it to her mother very subtly that they deep down love each other. Look at the staring she does as he leaves in the last picture. He was such an obliging plus one and the way she says after the MBA dinner makes it sound like they got up to so much more. How does Serena manage to make everything sound like a secret innuendo especially when Ric is involved? Leave me and my Sic feelings alone, they are perfect and they have the most relevant mash-up-otp-name of any because hahaha they work in a hospital.