Take another look at the sentence:

Because Henry enjoyed impressing his girlfriend Gloria, he __________ for the expensive dinner with his brand new credit card; he would worry about the shocking statement when it arrived in the mail next month.

The sentence requires the simple past of pay, an irregular verb. Paid is the simple past form.

Verb Simple Present Simple Past Past Participle
pay pay(s) paid paid

Had payed, the form you chose, is a spelling error. In addition, the auxiliary verb had is unnecessary. Before you continue, review the rules for irregular verbs.

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