The Annotated Guide to Gilmore girls

>_TEASER_<

EXT. STARS HOLLOW: STARS HOLLOW HIGH - DAY

*Music: "In The Mood" by Glenn Miller*

There is big banner in front of the high school that reads:

    Join Us At the 50th Annual
    24hr. Dance Marathon

Another sign in front of the school reads:

    Saturday
    6:00 AM
    to
    Sunday
    6:00 AM
    In the
    Stars Hollow
    High School
    Gymnsasium

People are practicing in Miss Patty's Dance Studio.

CUT TO:

INT. STARS HOLLOW: LUKE'S, DINER - DAY

Lorelai is sitting alone on a table. Luke is standing beside her. They look the window at the people passing by and practicing for the dance.

LUKE
What about that one?

LORELAI
Hm, no.

LUKE
Why not?

LORELAI
Too pale.

LUKE
So what?

LORELAI
Pale means sickly.

LUKE
Or sunscreen.

LORELAI
Or Mad Cow Disease.

LUKE
Pale does not mean Mad Cow Disease.

LORELAI
Have you ever had Mad Cow Disease?

LUKE
Twice last week and my coloring was wonderful.

LORELAI
I need a great dance partner this year. Someone strong, non-clutzy, with lots of stamina. Ooh, how tall is that guy?

LUKE
Mrs. Coulter's about 6'2".

LORELAI
Oh. Four years in a row, I have come this close to winning. Last year, I swear to God, I had it!

LUKE
I know the story.

LORELAI
It was hour twenty-three.

LUKE
I know the story.

LORELAI
I'm dancing with Henry Ho-Ho McAphie the third.

LUKE
How many people heard me say I know the story?

Several customers raise their hands.

LORELAI
And Ho-Ho's fading, so I'm trying to buck him up, saying "Come on, Ho-Ho. Stay with me Ho-Ho," and then all of a sudden he starts yelling, "Stop calling me Ho-Ho, it's making me hungry!"

Luke points outside.

LUKE
Oh, hey, look, there goes Tommy Tune.

LORELAI
And out of nowhere, Kirk comes dancing by, waving a McDonald's hot apple pie in the air and of course Ho-Ho lunges for the pie and drops my hand and that was it. Kirk wins, I'm out. I'm gonna get that Ho-Ho someday.

LUKE
I'll help ya.

Luke pours her some coffee.

LORELAI
I wanna win.

LUKE
I know you do.

LORELAI
I need a partner.

LUKE
You'll get one. Keep looking.

LORELAI
Mm.

She stares up at him.

LUKE
Out there.

He turns her head toward the window.

LORELAI
But, but, wait-

LUKE
Pancakes, right? Coming right up.

Luke walks to another table as Taylor walks in.

TAYLOR
Breathe in deep, folks. Smells like fall.

LUKE
Get out, Taylor.

TAYLOR
Why?

LUKE
Just a code I live by.

TAYLOR
Oh... pffft... you. Listen, I'd like to run a little something by you.

LUKE
I'm busy, Taylor.

TAYLOR
I was just thinking how nice it would be if you could set up a little coffee stand at the marathon.

LUKE
Coffee stand.

TAYLOR
Yes. I mean, these people have to try and stay up for twenty-four hours. What better to help you stay up than a cup of nice strong cup of coffee, huh? What do you say?

LUKE
Sure.

TAYLOR
Really?

LUKE
For a buck a cup.

TAYLOR
Luke, this marathon is a charitable event.

Luke returns to behind the counter.

LUKE
Taylor, we have been raising money to restore that stupid bridge for eight years.

TAYLOR
We're not raising money to restore the bridge.

LUKE
We're not?

TAYLOR
No, we have that money. The Tennessee Williams lookalike contest last month put us right over the top.

LUKE
Then what the hell is this dumb thing for?

TAYLOR
A tarp.

LUKE
A what?

TAYLOR
To cover the bridge.

LUKE
This is a first, Taylor. I actually need to sit down.

Luke sits down at the counter.

TAYLOR
Well, Luke, you know as well as I do that if we start renovations now, heading right into the snow and rainy part of the season, then everything we do is gonna get ruined, and there we are - back at square one. If we are gonna do this right, then we are going to need a tarp.

Luke gets into Taylors face.

LUKE
Taylor, you are asking me to donate free coffee to hundreds of people so you can raise money to buy a tarp.

TAYLOR
How ‘bout fifty cents a cup?

LUKE
How ‘bout I charge for cream?

TAYLOR
You would kick Tiny Tim's crutch out from under him, wouldn't you?

LUKE
If he asks for a free cup of coffee, gimpy's going down.

Taylor storms out of the diner as Luke walks over to Lorelai's table to bring her her food.

LORELAI
Oh, whoa - look at Taylor go. I wonder who he's dancing with.

>_END OF TEASER_<

===

INT. HARTFORD: ELDER GILMORE RESIDENCE, DINING ROOM - NIGHT

Lorelai, Rory and Emily are eating dinner.

LORELAI
This is amazing chicken, Mom. I mean it, really great.

EMILY
Thank you, Lorelai.

LORELAI
It's like super chicken. I bet it could fly. Have you tried tossing it out the window?

EMILY
All right, what's going on?

LORELAI
What? I like the chicken.

EMILY
Nobody likes the chicken that much, Lorelai.

LORELAI
I'm in a good mood.

EMILY
Why?

LORELAI
My God, it's my ninth grade homecoming dance all over again.

RORY
Homecoming dance?

LORELAI
In ninth grade, I got asked to the homecoming dance and I didn't think I would, and I was in a really good mood, and Mom got so annoyed that she made me go to my room.

RORY
Grandma?

EMILY
She was sitting at the table giving all the peas voices.

LORELAI
With a little encouragement, I could've been the Senor Wences of the vegetable set.

EMILY
Lorelai.

LORELAI
Okay, okay, okay. It'll come out soon enough. Today, ladies and gentlemen, I found a dance partner.

RORY
You did?

LORELAI
A good one.

EMILY
What are you talking about, a dance partner? A dance partner for what?

LORELAI
Our town is having a dance marathon this weekend.

RORY
It lasts twenty-four hours and the last couple left standing gets a trophy.

LORELAI
A big trophy.

EMILY
Well, that sounds very nice.

RORY
All the proceeds go to charity.

LORELAI
Which is great - but did I mention the trophy?

RORY
I believe you did.

LORELAI
‘Cause it's big.

EMILY
Charitable events are wonderful things to take part in. There's nothing more rewarding than devoting yourself to making someone else's life better.

LORELAI
And whose life isn't better with a truly gigantic trophy around?

RORY
So who'd you get to dance with you?

LORELAI
Stanley Appleman.

RORY
Who's Stanley Appleman?

LORELAI
Oh, he's brand new in town. He works over at the hardware store, and the best part is, he used to be part of the touring company... of Riverdance.

RORY
Score!

LORELAI
I know! I'm completely jazzed.

She sticks her fork in a potato and holds it up.

LORELAI
How ‘bout you, Mr. Potato?
(high-pitched void)
"I'm completely jazzed, too."

A phone rings.

EMILY
What's that?

LORELAI
I think that's me.

EMILY
Lorelai, I've told you a hundred times to turn that thing off when you come to dinner here.

LORELAI
I know, Mom. I'm sorry.

Lorelai walks toward the phone.

EMILY
Can't you let it go to voice mail?

LORELAI
Well, see, I left Michel alone at the inn, and he's dealing with the roofers. I told him to call me if there was any trouble.

EMILY
(to Rory)
Is that true?

RORY
I'm gonna let Mr. Potato field this one.

EMILY
I thought so.

Lorelai answers the phone in the next room.

LORELAI
Hello? 
(pause)
What? 
(pause)
Oh, no no, no no, don't tell me that.
(pause)
Well, did you tell her how big the trophy is, because I am really not exaggerating here.
(pause)
How did your wife get a picture of me? Stanley, that is crazy! I don't wanna sleep with you.
(pause)
Did you tell her I don't wanna sleep with you? 
(pause)
Well, put her on the phone. I'll tell her I don't wanna sleep with you.
(pause)
Well, somebody has to tell her I don't wanna sleep with you.
(pause)
Why are you insulted all of a sudden? 
(pause)
Stanley? 

Lorelai hangs up and walks back to the table.

LORELAI
Great.

RORY
What happened?

LORELAI
Stanley bailed.

RORY
No! Why?

LORELAI
Apparently, Miss Patty showed his wife a picture of me, and she thinks I look like Elizabeth Taylor, which makes her Debbie Reynolds, and Stanley Eddie Fisher.

RORY
That's crazy.

LORELAI
Especially if you've seen Stanley. He's no Eddie Fisher, trust me. Fisher Stevens, maybe.

RORY
Can't you talk to her?

LORELAI
Apparently, only at my own risk.

EMILY
Well, at least she thought you looked like Elizabeth Taylor. That was nice.

LORELAI
I have no partner.

RORY
You'll find another one.

EMILY
Elizabeth Taylor always did.

RORY
There's someone else out there, trust me.

LORELAI
I guess.

EMILY
Here. Have some more chicken.

LORELAI
Thanks, Mom.

EMILY
And if you'd like, later on, you can make my asparagus talk.

LORELAI
Well, maybe next week.

CUT TO:

DEAN
INT. HARTFORD: CHILTON, HALLWAY - DAY

Rory and Paris are standing at Paris' locker. Louise and Madeline are behind them, each kissing a guy.

PARIS
Okay, so, let's talk about Saturday.

RORY
What about Saturday?

PARIS
I think we need to work. The seventy-fifth anniversary issue of the Franklin comes out next month and I want it to be amazing.

RORY
I've got some great cover art lined up.

PARIS
Old pictures, new pictures?

RORY
Collage style with kind of a sepia-toned finish to it. Very classy.

PARIS
Okay, I like it. Time!

Louise and Madeline stop kissing the guys.

LOUISE
(to guy)
See ya.

MADELINE
(to guy)
Bye.

The four girls start walking down the hall.

MADELINE
So, what were we talking about?

PARIS
Working Saturday on the seventy-fifth anniversary issue.

LOUISE
Thanks for asking.

MADELINE
But you guys already have some decent stuff planned out, right?

They stop walking.

PARIS
Madeline -- or may I call you Spicoli?

MADELINE
If you have to.

PARIS
This is the seventy-fifth anniversary issue. There is only going to be one seventy-fifth anniversary issue ever, and it's on our watch. We screw this up and we basically mooned a piece of history. Is that what you want? To B.A. history?

MADELINE
But I don't understand. Last year was the seventy-fourth anniversary issue of the Franklin.

PARIS
So?

MADELINE
So there's only gonna be one seventy-fourth anniversary issue ever and we didn't do anything special for it.

LOUISE
I think the cover was of a deep-fried Mars bar.

PARIS
That's because nobody cares about the seventy-fourth anniversary issue.

MADELINE
I bet the person who worked on it seventy-four years ago did.

PARIS
We're working Saturday!

Paris and Rory walk outside:

EXT. HARTFORD: CHILTON, COURTYARD - NIGHT

PARIS
"Why are we working Saturday, Paris? What's so special about the seventy-fifth issue, Paris? Why does my head feel so light and yet not float away, Paris?"

Paris sees Jamie across the courtyard.

RORY
What?

PARIS
What's he doing here?

RORY
I bet he's here to see you.

PARIS
He hasn't called me once. I haven't seen or heard from him since we had our date in Washington three months ago.

RORY
Maybe he wants to explain why.

PARIS
He was supposed to go away and never come back. I already wrote his name in my revenge notebook.

RORY
Paris, he knows you're standing here talking about him.

PARIS
What does he want?

RORY
Go over there and find out.

Paris walks over to Jamie.

PARIS
What do you want?

JAMIE
I'm on break from school, I thought I'd come down and see you.

PARIS
But you never called.

JAMIE
I know.

PARIS
You lost my number?

JAMIE
Nope, I memorized your number.

PARIS
You didn't wanna use my number?

JAMIE
I was starting classes.

PARIS
In phone dialing? How's it going?

JAMIE
Look, Paris, this year's very important for me. I thought the last thing I needed was a distraction.

PARIS
Well, I totally understand. This year's very important for me, too. I'm focusing on getting into Harvard, and the last thing that I need is a distraction... so, good move. You saved us both a lot of distractions. Thank you, and good luck.

They shake hands, but Jamie doesn't let go.

PARIS
I need my hand.

JAMIE
If I let go, how fast will you run away?

PARIS
3.2 seconds.

JAMIE
I thought so.
(to Rory)
Hey Rory.

RORY
Hey Jamie. How's Princeton?

JAMIE
It's good. Crazy, but--

PARIS
Let go.

JAMIE
No.

PARIS
Yes.

JAMIE
Paris.

PARIS
Look, you don't have to be nice, you don't have to tie up loose ends. I get it, I'm a distraction. Now either pull a Boxing Helena, or give me back my hand.

JAMIE
Yes, talking to you would've been a distraction.

PARIS
I know. I heard you already. My God, find a pirate to sit on, okay?

JAMIE
However, not talking to you has turned out to be impossible.

PARIS
What?

JAMIE
I flunked a pop quiz in poli-sci because I couldn't stop thinking about you. Still want your hand back?

PARIS
I've got another.

JAMIE
I've thought a lot about this, and apparently you're a distraction that I'm supposed to have.

PARIS
You didn't have a bad time on the date?

JAMIE
Are you busy right now?

PARIS
Well--

RORY
No, we're done. She's free.

JAMIE
Good. Let's go get some coffee.

Jamie takes Paris' books from her and walks away.

JAMIE
Bye Rory.

RORY
Bye Jamie.

PARIS
(to Rory)
He took my books.

RORY
Well, go get ‘em back.

Paris follows Jamie.

CUT TO:

INT. STARS HOLLOW: LORELAI'S HOUSE, LIVING ROOM - NIGHT

Rory and Dean are sitting on the couch eating pizza. Lane is behind them holding the phone.

RORY
Well?

LANE
Still ringing.

A moment later, she hangs up.

LANE
He's home.

RORY
How'd he sound?

LANE
Homey.

RORY
Nice.

DEAN
I know this is a stupid question, but why can't you just talk to him?

LANE
Because yesterday he called to say that they were still looking for a rehearsal space and, uh, that he'd call when he had more news. So now I have to wait until he calls about the band - and in between, I call and hang up on him. Pathetic.

RORY
Not so pathetic. I used to hang up on Dean all the time.

DEAN
You did?

LANE
I remember that.

DEAN
When did you hang up on me?

RORY
Right when we first met.

DEAN
You should've just said something.

RORY
I couldn't do that.

DEAN
Why not?

RORY
Because then you would've known that I was calling and therefore that I liked you.

DEAN
Yes, but I liked you, too.

RORY
Well, I know that now.

DEAN
You could've known that then.

RORY
Dean, please. This is a girl thing.

DEAN
Uh, okay. Tell me when I'm supposed to pay attention again.

LANE
I'm gonna love him forever and he's never gonna know it.

DEAN
He would if you coughed.

RORY
Dean.

DEAN
Sorry.

LANE
At least he's at home and not out with a girl.

RORY
Very true.

DEAN
He could be home with a girl.

RORY
Dean.

DEAN
Sitting here, staring at my pizza.

LANE
You think he was at home with a girl?

RORY
No, no, I don't.

LANE
I'm gonna call again.

RORY
Good idea, and pay attention to the background noise this time.

Lorelai walks in.

LORELAI
Ooh, cool, pizza.

RORY
Shh. She's calling Dave to see if she can hear a girl in the background.

LORELAI
Oh.

DEAN
I voted that she actually say something.

LORELAI
You're a boy, you know nothing about this.

RORY
Well, what'd you hear?

LANE
Quadrophenia.

RORY
Classy, but not date-like.

LANE
You think?

RORY
Definitely.

DEAN
What if he met a girl who's a major Who fan?

LANE
What?

RORY
Why are you causing trouble?

LORELAI
Rory, can I talk to you in the kitchen?

RORY
Oh, sure.
(to Dean)
Be good.

Rory and Lorelai leave the room. Lane sits next to Dean on the couch.

DEAN
Go ahead.

Lane starts dialing the number again.

CUT TO:

INT. STARS HOLLOW: LORELAI'S HOUSE, KITCHEN - NIGHT

Lorelai and Rory walk in

RORY
Okay, so, what's on your mind?

They sit down at the kitchen table.

LORELAI
I think I figured out who can be my dance partner for the marathon.

RORY
Great! Who?

Lorelai stares at Rory.

RORY
Bye.

LORELAI
Come on!

RORY
Forget it.

LORELAI
Just hear me out. First of all, you love me.

RORY
Not right at this moment, I don't.

LORELAI
You know how much this contest means to me. You'd never fall asleep or chase a pie.

RORY
I do not dance.

LORELAI
It'll be fun. We'll get all dressed up, and you're light - easy to hold up when you get tired.

RORY
Mom.

LORELAI
Plus, we got the whole mother/daughter gimmick going for us. The crowd'll eat that up.

RORY
I cannot dance with you.

LORELAI
Why not?

RORY
Because this is Dean's first marathon. We were gonna go and watch and hang out, he's totally looking forward to it. I told him about how Andrew gets in a fight with his date in the first fifteen minutes and storms off the floor. I told him about Taylor getting punch-drunk at hour fifteen and telling stories about how he always wanted to be a magician.

LORELAI
Rory, please.

RORY
And ooh, I told him about how when Kirk wins, he likes to take his victory lap around the floor to the theme from Rocky. I was gonna show him all those things, and I was gonna show them to him sitting down.

LORELAI
He can still come, and he can still see all those things, except if you dance, maybe that victory lap will be you and me instead of Kirk.

RORY
Okay, I'll tell you what. I was supposed to work on the Franklin this weekend with Paris.

LORELAI
But?

RORY
I will ask her if we can reschedule. If she says yes, then I will dance with you.

LORELAI
Oh, I love ya!

Lorelai hugs Rory.

RORY
You should sell cars.

LORELAI
I should, shouldn't I? Hello, big fancy trophy.

They return to the living room.

CUT TO:

INT. HARTFORD: CHILTON, CHEMISTRY LAB - DAY

A teacher is addressing the class as Paris walks in late.

TEACHER
Take note of its form before treated. Make sure that your notes are completely legible since you will be turning them in with your result. Miss Gellar, hello.

PARIS
Sorry I'm late, Mrs. Savitt.

TEACHER
Is everything okay?

PARIS
Yes. I overslept.

TEACHER
You're kidding.

PARIS
No, it won't happen again.

TEACHER
Well, good. Okay, everyone, let's get to work.

Rory walks up to Paris.

RORY
Paris, hi. Listen, I need to ask you something.

PARIS
Shoot.

RORY
Well, there's this big event that's happening in my town...

PARIS
Pig race?

RORY
Dance marathon.

PARIS
I was close.

RORY
It's on Saturday, and it's a twenty-four hour thing and my mother really wants to win, and her partner bailed on her and, long story short, I was wondering if there was anyway we could move this Saturday's Franklin thing to next Saturday.

PARIS
Okay.

At the table Madeline and Louise's heads shoot up.

MADELINE
What did she say?

LOUISE
I don't know.
(to Paris)
What did you say?

PARIS
I said yes.

LOUISE
(to Madeline)
She said yes.

MADELINE
(to Louise)
She said yes.

They both run up to tables behind them. Louise speaks to a guy.

LOUISE
(to guy)
Are you free on Saturday?

GUY
Uh, no.

Louise walks up to another guy.

LOUISE
What about you? Come on - speak.

MADELINE
(to Louise)
Louise, I got two over here!

PARIS
(to Paris)
So, we're done, right?

RORY
You had a good time yesterday.

PARIS
What was yesterday?

RORY
Yesterday was the day that you were all freaked out about the seventy-fifth anniversary issue of the Franklin and today's the day you're not.

PARIS
Rory, just because I agreed to postpone a newspaper session does in no way imply--

RORY
You can't even stop smiling.

PARIS
I can, too.

RORY
Tell me.

PARIS
Okay. Well, we went for coffee, and he talked about how he had a great time on our date, and how he finds me fascinating, and how he thought about me all the time. Okay, there, happy?

RORY
Wow, he likes you.

PARIS
I left an impression.

RORY
You sure did.

PARIS
I still don't understand why he'd wanna date me. He's surrounded by college girls all day long who must be prettier than I am, and more experienced than I am. I mean, I'm sure they're all idiots, but usually that's the last thing a guy thinks about when he's looking for a date for the big game.

RORY
Well, Jamie must be special.

PARIS
Or Ted Bundy.

RORY
Absolutely. It's either one or the other.

PARIS
Hey. Can you do me a favor?

RORY
Okay.

PARIS
Don't say anything to Madeline or Louise about this.

RORY
About Jamie?

PARIS
Yeah.

RORY
But they're your best friends.

PARIS
Theoretically, yes, but the second I mention a guy they're gonna both start singing the theme from the Trojan Man commercial, and I just can't take that, okay?

RORY
No one knows until you give the word.

PARIS
Thanks.

CUT TO:

EXT. STARS HOLLOW: TOWN SQUARE - DAY

Lorelai and Rory both dressed in a 1940s-style outfit are walking down the sidewalk toward the high school. Rory is still half asleep, her head leaning against Lorelai's shoulder, eyes closed.

LORELAI
I have to say, for a couple of modern girls, we have time-warped with the best of ‘em.

RORY
Mm.

LORELAI
How ya doing there, champ?

RORY
Early.

LORELAI
Yes, it's a tad early.

RORY
No sun.

LORELAI
Well, he's not up yet.

RORY
I can't even open my eyes.

LORELAI
That's okay, there's nothing to see. Kirk's in a Speedo, Taylor's in a skirt, Al's in assless chaps.

Rory snaps awake.

RORY
Oh my God, stop. I'm never gonna be able to close my eyes again.

They arrive at:

EXT. STARS HOLLOW: STARS HOLLOW HIGH - DAY

Babette is sitting at the sign-up table in front of Stars Hollow High.

LORELAI
Morning Babette.

BABETTE
Oh, morning sugar. You guys look terrific.

Lorelai fills out the sign-up sheet.

LORELAI
Thank you.

RORY
Babette, can I lay down on the table while Mom signs in?

BABETTE
Not an early bird, huh?

LORELAI
I need to get some coffee in her and we'll be fine. Kirk, however, is gonna be crying like a little teeny girl.

BABETTE
So what else is new? Okay, now you two go get your physicals, bring your release forms inside, and they'll get you a number.

LORELAI
Thanks. Come on, Snoozy.

EXT. STARS HOLLOW: SIDEWALK - DAY

They start walking down the sidewalk toward Miss Patty's, and Sookie runs up behind them. She is dressed 1940s-style as well.

SOOKIE
Hey, wait up!

LORELAI
Oh, wow, look at you!

SOOKIE
Is it fabulous?

LORELAI
It is fabulous.

SOOKIE
Wait ‘til you see Jackson's suit. It makes me want to ration sugar.

LORELAI
Where is Jackson?

SOOKIE
Oh, we already had our checkups, so he's going to sign us in and scope out a good spot on the floor.

LORELAI
Oh, it's so cool to be married. You have your own spot-scoper.

They arrive at:

EXT. STARS HOLLOW: MISS PATTY'S DANCE STUDIO - DAY

There's a banner above the entrance that reads: "First Aid - Rest Stop".

RORY
I'm gonna go say hi to Lane.

LORELAI
Okay, hon, hurry back. Remember, the sooner we get inspected, the sooner we get coffee.

RORY
Yeah, coffee.

Rory walks into Miss Patty's.

SOOKIE
Okay, I have a problem.

LORELAI
Sookie, it's five-thirty in the morning. How can you already have a problem?

SOOKIE
Because I'm a multi-tasker.

LORELAI
Hit me.

SOOKIE
Last night, I made coq au vin for dinner, so of course the subject of children came up.

LORELAI
Of course.

SOOKIE
All of a sudden, completely out of the blue, Jackson announces he wants four in four.

LORELAI
He wants what?

SOOKIE
Four in four. Four kids in four years.

LORELAI
Good Lord!

SOOKIE
I know!

LORELAI
Well, who's he gonna have these kids with?

SOOKIE
Me, apparently.

LORELAI
What did you say?

SOOKIE
See, here's where, uh, the problem comes in.

LORELAI
What?

SOOKIE
I think I said yes.

LORELAI
How is that possible?

SOOKIE
Well, I was totally shocked when he announced it and I sort of said, "O... kay" and ... but I think he took it as, "Okay!" So, apparently, now I have to get busy.

LORELAI
Do you want four in four?

SOOKIE
No. But, I mean, I want kids. You know I want kids.

LORELAI
I know you want kids.

SOOKIE
But I thought maybe one. Two if the first one is _really_ quiet.

LORELAI
Well, honey, you have to tell Jackson that.

SOOKIE
I can't.

LORELAI
Sookie, this is not like the fruit bowl his mother gave you. You can't stick four kids in the attic and just pull them out at Christmas.

SOOKIE
I know, but Jackson and I have never had a real fight. We're still newlyweds. We still sneak out of bed in the morning to brush our teeth, then get back in bed and pretend we just woke up smelling like that.

LORELAI
You don't have much of a marriage if you can't talk about the important things.

SOOKIE
I know. Do you think I'm crazy to not want four in four?

LORELAI
Four kids is a lot, and four years without a cocktail ...

SOOKIE
Wow, hadn't thought of that.

LORELAI
Glad to shed some much-needed perspective on the situation.

SOOKIE
We'll take care of this today.

CUT TO:

INT. STARS HOLLOW: MISS PATTY'S DANCE STUDIO - DAY

Rory is standing next to Lane, who is stirring a big bucket of something.

RORY
Are you sure you don't need some help?

LANE
Yeah, it's okay. I finally got a really good footing.

RORY
What is that stuff?

LANE
Eggless egg salad. Though this year my mom added food coloring to make the egg-like product look more eggy.

RORY
Smart.

Lane holds up a brochure.

LANE
And every sandwich comes with your own personal pamphlet "Dancing for the Devil," an illustrated look at the effect of dancing on your chances of spending all eternity in hell.

Rory takes the brochure.

RORY
Boy, her flames are getting really good.

LANE
Well, she just bought a new color printer. You can do a ton of stuff with it.

RORY
Cool.

Mrs. Kim walks over carrying several bags.

MRS. KIM
Lane, get scooping! The minute air hits the bread, it starts to stale.

LANE
Okay, Mama.

RORY
I'm gonna stop by later and say hi.

LANE
Please do.

RORY
Bye, Mrs. Kim.

MRS. KIM
You have a pamphlet?

RORY
Yes, I do.

MRS. KIM
Take one to your mother.

She hands Rory another pamphlet.

Across the studio, Lorelai is next in line for physicals as Rory walks over.

MRS. APPLEMAN
Next.

LORELAI
Oh, good, just in time.

RORY
Sorry.

LORELAI
Hi there. Um, this is Rory Gilmore and I'm Lorelai Gilmore.

MRS. APPLEMAN
Lorelai Gilmore?

LORELAI
Yeah, L - o - r ...

MRS. APPLEMAN
You don't look like you've recently suffered a face-altering car crash.

LORELAI
Uh, excuse me?

MRS. APPLEMAN
You're also supposed to have buck teeth, a club foot, and alopecia.

LORELAI
Oh. I'm sorry, who told you this?

MRS. APPLEMAN
My husband.

LORELAI
Your husband? Well, who ... Stanley Appleman. Your husband is Stanley Appleman.

MRS. APPLEMAN
Mmhmm.

LORELAI
Okay, well, it's very nice to meet you. Stanley's said the nicest things about you. In the one tiny short conversation we had, you know, standing way far apart. You know, too far to touch, but close enough to hear all the wonderful things he said about his adorable, sweet-tempered, lovable... can we have someone else do our physical?

Mrs. Appleman stares at Lorelai.

CUT TO:

INT. STARS HOLLOW: STARS HOLLOW HIGH, GYMNASIUM - NIGHT

Dancers start to gather on the dance floor as Taylor makes some announcements behind the podium over a microphone.

TAYLOR
Any couple without a number will be disqualified. All couples must be touching at all times. All couples must remain moving at all times. The only time you may stop moving or stop touching is when you hear this horn.

He blows an air horn. While he continues to speak Rory and Lorelai get their starting number.

TAYLOR
That sound means you have ten minutes. Ten minutes to get a drink, to eat a snack, take a rest, or whatever it is you can do in ten minutes. And in addition to the ten-minute rest periods, every person participating has been issued a yellow emergency card. In case of emergency, a contestant may hold up the card and leave the floor for ten minutes. If your partner remains on the floor and moving the entire time, then the owner of the yellow card may rejoin them and the contest. First aid is available in Miss Patty's. Please, remember, that if you feel yourself getting lightheaded or having shooting pains or any other stroke-like symptoms, please move off to the side so that your collapse will not get in the way of the other dancers. All right, people, lace your shoes, pin those curls, because we only have three minutes left until we start.

LORELAI
Well, I believe three minutes is plenty of time for some coffee.

RORY
Yes, coffee, please.

They walk over to Luke's coffee table on the side of the dance floor.

LORELAI
Hey, we're dying, load us up.

LUKE
It isn't ready yet.

LORELAI
What?

RORY
Mommy.

LORELAI
What do you mean it's not ready? It's six in the morning. Nothing says coffee like six in the morning.

Luke picks up a thermos and hands it to them.

LUKE
You did not get this from me.

LORELAI
Then who do we send our kisses of gratitude to?

Lorelai pours Rory some coffee.

LUKE
The eternal question asked yet again.

RORY
Thanks Luke.

Rory takes a sip.

RORY
Strong.

LORELAI
Yeah?

Lorelai smells the thermos.

LORELAI
Hello.

TAYLOR
All right, folks. Everybody on the floor. We're two minutes away. I repeat, everybody on the floor, we are two minutes away.

On the dance floor, Kirk and his partner walk up to Lorelai and Rory.

KIRK
Lorelai.

LORELAI
Kirk.

KIRK
Good luck to you.

LORELAI
And to you.

Kirk and his partner walk away.

LORELAI
He's going down.

RORY
I hate to bring this up.

LORELAI
What?

RORY
Kirk has very little in his life.

LORELAI
Uh-huh.

RORY
He has no career, no girlfriend, no pet, no car. He lives with his mother, she won't even let him have his own key. The only thing he does have in his whole lonely pathetic existence is this marathon. If we win, if we take him down, if we take away that last little piece of dignity, then we leave him with nothing.

LORELAI
I wonder if he'll cry.

RORY
My mother, the Howard Roark of Stars Hollow.

TAYLOR
All right, everybody, grab your partners, make sure your numbers are securely fastened, and let the countdown begin!

ALL
Ten, nine, eight, seven, six, five, four, three, two, one!

Taylor blows the airhorn.

TAYLOR
It's showtime!

The band starts playing.

*Music: "Sing Sing Sing (With a Swing)" by James Horner Prima*

All the couples start dancing.

After a few minutes of dancing Babette taps Morey on the shoulder.

BABETTE
I'm done, let's go.

MOREY
Okay.

They walk off. Everyone else continues dancing

CUT TO:

INT. STARS HOLLOW: STARS HOLLOW HIGH, GYMNASIUM - DAY

*Music: "Walkin' My Baby Back Home" performed by the Swingin Deacons*

Six hours have passed. It's 12:00. Kirk and his partner dance by Lorelai and Rory.

LORELAI
Hey Kirk, relax. Dancing's supposed to be fun.

KIRK
You know what will be fun, Lorelai? Jogging around your prostrate body with that shiny temple of silver importance hoisted in the air for all to see. That will be fun.

He dances away.

LORELAI
Do you think serious Kirk is more disturbing than non-serious Kirk?

RORY
Actually, I think they're both about the same.

LORELAI
Come on.

RORY
What?

LORELAI
Follow me.

They dance over to Dean.

DEAN
Wow, you guys look great.

RORY
Hey, you came.

DEAN
Hey, you're standing.

LORELAI
Hey, we had coffee.

DEAN
I can tell. So, how's it going?

RORY
Oh, it's been pretty quiet so far. However, I do believe--

ANDREW (O.S.)
You went out with Liam Neeson! Are you kidding me?

LORELAI
Right on time!

ANDREW
Why would you ever tell me that you went out with Liam Neeson? Why would you do that?

WOMAN
Because I was trying to be honest.

ANDREW
I don't believe that A, you actually went out with Liam Neeson, and B, that you would choose to tell me now at this moment that you went out with Liam Neeson!

WOMAN
Andrew!

ANDREW
No!

WOMAN
Andrew!

ANDREW
I can't stand Liam Neeson!

He storms off.

RORY
(to Dean)
See, fun!

LORELAI
And no one's even thrown up yet.

DEAN
Okay, well, uh, I'm just gonna go sit over there and watch for awhile. Maybe I'll get lucky.

RORY
Great.

Dean goes to sit in the bleachers.

LORELAI
(to Rory)
Well, that's sweet. Spectator Ken.

RORY
Just keep dancing, you.

Kirk dances by and flips his partner.

LORELAI
(to Kirk)
Flip all you want, pal. This ain't the Olympics. It's who's left standing at the end that matters, not how fancy you are getting there.

Kirk and his partner dance away.

LORELAI
(to Rory)
Let me flip you.

RORY
No way.

LORELAI
Come on!

RORY
You are not flipping me.

LORELAI
Fine.

RORY
Fine.

LORELAI
You flip me.

RORY
No need, you've already flipped.

LORELAI
One cartwheel.

RORY
Silence.

Jess and Shane walk across the dance floor to the bleachers.

TAYLOR
(into megaphone)
Unauthorized persons on the dance floor. Unauthorized persons on the dance floor. Security! Security! Security!

Jess and Shane sit in the bleachers.

LORELAI
Well, look who's suddenly interested in dance.

RORY
Yeah, he's a regular Martha Graham.

Rory watches Jess and Shane kiss.

CUT TO:

INT. STARS HOLLOW: STARS HOLLOW HIGH, GYMNASIUM - NIGHT

*Music: "I Can't Give You Anything But Love" performed by the Swingin Deacons*

Fourteen hours have passed. It's 20:00. Everyone is tired and dancing very slowly. Rory is trying to sleep on Lorelai's shoulder. Lorelai sees Kirk dancing toward them.

LORELAI
(to Rory)
Kirk.

Rory's head snaps up.

RORY
Mm?

They start dancing more lively until Kirk passes by. Jess is staring at Rory. Dean is watching Jess stare.

RORY
How much longer?

LORELAI
Oh, chin up soldier. We should be getting a break pretty soon.

RORY
I hope so.

Jackson and Sookie dance over to them.

JACKSON
Oh, good, there she is.

SOOKIE
Jackson, please.

LORELAI
(to Jackson and Sookie)
Hey guys.

JACKSON
(to Lorela)
Well, hey to you, too. Listen, I wanted to ask you, what do you think of my hair?

LORELAI
What?

JACKSON
My hair. How's it look to you? Any opinion?

LORELAI
It looks fine.

SOOKIE
Jackson, you're overacting.

JACKSON
(to Sookie)
You think?
(to Lorelai)
How ‘bout you, Lorelai? You think I'm overreacting?

LORELAI
Jackson, what?

A horn sounds.

*Music: "By the Beautiful Sea" performed by the Swingin Deacons*

LORELAI
Oh, my God.

RORY
What, what?

LORELAI
The runaround.

RORY
The runaround? That does not sound good.

LORELAI
I'm sorry, baby. I'm so, so sorry.

TAYLOR
(into megaphone)
Ladies and Gentlemen, on your marks... get set... and go!

All the dancers start running in a circle around the gym.

TAYLOR
Round and round they go, but when the song stops, nobody knows! But the last five couples that finish behind the red line are automatically out, so hold onto your partner and move, move, move!

MISS PATTY
You're getting too much pleasure out of this, Taylor.

Jackson and Sookie are running behind Lorelai and Rory.

JACKSON
Hey Lorelai, just wondering, how's my running? Got an opinion on that?

LORELAI
Jackson, what's going on?

SOOKIE
Nothing. He's mad at me and he's taking it out on you.

JACKSON
Oh, I'm not mad. I just didn't realize that when I married Sookie, I also married you. I didn't realize I was a Mormon, my mistake.

RORY
I need to interject for one second to tell you that I hate you!

LORELAI
Thanks, honey.

SOOKIE
Quit trying to drag Lorelai into this.

JACKSON
Fine, I will.

Jack walks off the dance floor. Sookie follows.

SOOKIE
Jackson, wait!
(to the judges)
Yellow cards, right here! I've got ‘em for the both of us. We'll be right back!

TAYLOR
(into microphone)
One of you is supposed to stay here. Hey!

RORY
I think I'm going to die.

LORELAI
Me first.

RORY
How much longer?

LORELAI
I don't know. I just know that every year I block this part out.

RORY
From now on I'm going to remind you of it.

Lorelai notices Kirk running right on their heels.

LORELAI
Kirk, what are you doing?

KIRK
I'm drafting you.

LORELAI
Well, stop it!

KIRK
You can't tell me where to run!

LORELAI
Kirk, I swear to God, don't make me come back there!

A horn sounds.

TAYLOR
(into megaphone)
Ten minute break everyone, ten minute break. Well run. Ten minute break, everyone. Ten minute break.

Everyone, including Lorelai and Rory, collapses on the gym floor. Rory starts moving her leg around.

LORELAI
What are you doing?

RORY
I'm trying to kick you but I can't reach.

LORELAI
I would help you but I can't move.

RORY
Can I owe you one?

LORELAI
Yeah, no problem. Okay, okay, heart returning to normal. I have to go find Jackson and Sookie.

RORY
I'll get us a couple of sandwiches.

LORELAI
Good idea.

They stand up.

LORELAI
This is fun, huh?

RORY
Uh huh, big fun.

CUT TO:

INT. STARS HOLLOW: MISS PATTY'S DANCE STUDIO - NIGHT

Jess walks up to Lane's table.

JESS
(to Lane)
So, not dancing?

LANE
Nope.

JESS
Why not? Too cool?

LANE
Go away, Jess. No one asked for a Tony Manero wannabe to drop by.

JESS
Hey, I'm just here for the food.

Lane hands him a sandwich.

LANE
Here, enjoy, buh-bye.

JESS
I noticed Rory's not dancing with Dean.

LANE
Nothing gets past you, does it.

JESS
How come? Trouble in paradise?

LANE
Rory's dancing with her mother. Nothing's wrong with her and Dean, and you're blocking my sandwiches from the rest of the room.

JESS
I know. They're erecting a statue to me in the park next week.

Mrs. Kim walks up to Jess.

MRS. KIM
(to Jess)
Who are you?

JESS
Jess... ma'am.

MRS. KIM
(to Lane)
Scoop more.

Mrs. Kim walks away. Rory and Dean walk up to the table.

RORY
(to Jess)
The sandwiches are for the dancers.

JESS
I'm dancing on the inside.

RORY
What are you doing here?

JESS
I live here.

RORY
You have nothing better to do than to sit around inside a gymnasium all day staring at a dance marathon?

JESS
I don't know.
(to Dean)
Do you have nothing better to do than sit inside a gymnasium all day staring at a dance marathon?

DEAN
I wouldn't direct any sort of comment toward me if I were you.

JESS
I'm just trying to support my town.

RORY
Good, then go back to New York.

JESS
Ooh. Zing. I've been snapped.

RORY
You think you're bugging me sitting in front of me staring like that?

JESS
You think you're bugging me dancing in front of me staring like that?

RORY
I'm not staring at you.

JESS
Then how do you know I'm staring at you?

RORY
I am dancing. I cannot control where my glance goes. And the few moments that I can control it, my glance goes to Dean, not to you.

JESS
So you can't control when you look at me, but you have to force yourself to look at him? Sorry, man. That's cold.

DEAN
My former comment still stands.

RORY
Go home.

JESS
No, thanks.

RORY
Then get out of my way.

JESS
Didn't realize I was in your way.

Jess steps aside.

JESS
There you go. It's all yours. God help you.

Shane walks over to them.

SHANE
(to Jess)
Where did you go? I've been sitting out there for twenty minutes.

JESS
The break's only for ten.

SHANE
It's just a saying.

JESS
I came to get food.

SHANE
Good, I'm starved.

RORY
The food is for the dancers.

SHANE
Who are you, Bobby Brady? Get a life.

JESS
Rory's feeling a little territorial today.

SHANE
Whatever.

Shane takes the sandwich from Jess.

SHANE
God, what is this thing?

Jess ostentatiously puts his arm around Shane. Rory does the same with Dean.

DEAN
Rory, get your stuff and let's go.

JESS
Ooh, that was good. Now say "then get in there and make me my supper.'

RORY
I got ‘em.

Rory takes the sandwiches from Lane.

DEAN
Come on.

Rory and Dean leave.

JESS
See you in there.

Jess takes his arm off Shane.

JESS
I'm gonna get a soda.

He walks off.

CUT TO:

INT. STARS HOLLOW: STARS HOLLOW HIGH, GYMNASIUM - NIGHT

Lorelai walks up to Luke's coffee table.

LORELAI
Have you seen Sookie and Jackson?

LUKE
Nope.

LORELAI
I've looked everywhere for them.

LUKE
Have you tried the insane asylum where everybody in this room is supposed to be?

Jackson and Sookie walk up to them.

JACKSON
(to Lorelai)
Okay, I need to say something here.

LORELAI
Oh, I've been looking all over for you.

SOOKIE
(to Jackson)
I wish you would just drop this.

JACKSON
Contrary to your belief, there are some things in life that you do not have the right to have an opinion on.

LORELAI
What?

JACKSON
And the rate at which I have kids and the amount of kids I wish to have falls directly under that category

LORELAI
Sookie, what did you tell him?

SOOKIE
Okay, you see, once again, my communication skills - not so good.

LORELAI
Jackson, I didn't mean to get involved in any of this.

JACKSON
No? Telling Sookie that she needs to immediately inform me that four in four is crazy?

LORELAI
Aw, Sookie.

SOOKIE
Yeah, it did come out something like that.

LORELAI
Aw man.

LUKE
What's four in four?

LORELAI
Four kids in four years.

LUKE
That is crazy.

JACKSON
Oh good, yes, let's open this up to even more discussion.

LUKE
One kid in four years is crazy.

JACKSON
Hey.

LUKE
Sorry, go ahead, drop another sucker in this mess.

LORELAI
(to Luke)
Okay, raise your hand if you're not helping.

JACKSON
Does anyone here understand that a man has a right not to have his personal life debated in a public forum? I am not Winona Ryder.

SOOKIE
Well, I know that.

LORELAI
I'm sorry, Jackson, I didn't mean--

JACKSON
My child-bearing arrangements are between me and Sookie.

LUKE
And the Lord.

Lorelai throws him a look.

LUKE
(to Lorelai)
Still not helping?

SOOKIE
Jackson, just please calm down.

JACKSON
I will calm down. I'll calm down at home.

SOOKIE
But what about the contest?

JACKSON
To hell with the contest! I'm quitting the contest. That is, if it's okay with Lorelai, or Luke, or that strange man in the corner who I've never met. Excuse me, strange man in the corner? Is it okay if I quit this contest?

Jackson storms off.

SOOKIE
(to Lorelai)
I'm so sorry. I got tongue-tied and things just started coming out and I couldn't stop them and...

LORELAI
Go.

Sookie runs after Jackon.

SOOKIE
Jackson, honey, wait!

LUKE
(to Lorelai)
Oh, they're gonna make great parents.

TAYLOR
(into megaphone)
All dancers back on the dance floor. All dancers back on the dance floor.

Rory walks up to Lorelai and hands her a sandwich.

RORY
Mom.

LORELAI
Let's go.

CUT TO:

INT. STARS HOLLOW: STARS HOLLOW HIGH, GYMNASIUM - NIGHT

Twenty-three hours have passed. It's 5:00. The few dancers remaining are barely moving, leaning against each other. One of the dancers keels over and is dragged of the dance floor by his partner.

Taylor is drunk at the podium, babbling to Miss Patty.

TAYLOR
And then I'd say "what is this in your ear" and I'd pull out a bright shiny penny and then whole room would laugh and clap.

MISS PATTY
Yeah, I'm sure they did, Taylor.

TAYLOR
Yeah. Have you ever levitated a rottweiler?

MISS PATTY
No.

TAYLOR
Not easy. But in a cape with a wand and a shiny black top hat...

Taylor falls asleep and snores. Patty tries to take his megaphone, but he wakes up.

TAYLOR
What are you doing?

MISS PATTY
Well, I was just...

TAYLOR
You tried to take my megaphone.

MISS PATTY
No, I just didn't want you to drop it.

TAYLOR
No one touches my megaphone. No one.

MISS PATTY
What do you mean--

TAYLOR
Guards!

MISS PATTY
--no one touches your megaphone?

TAYLOR
Guards!

Miss Patty pokes the megaphone.

MISS PATTY
How's that... take that!

TAYLOR
Hey! Hey!

 Lorelai and Rory are still on the dance floor.

LORELAI
Tell me a joke.

RORY
Knock knock.

Lorelai giggles.

LORELAI
That was a good one.

Lorleai heel breaks with a SNAP.

LORELAI
Ow!

RORY
You okay?

LORELAI
Oh no!

RORY
What?

LORELAI
My heel broke.

RORY
What?

Lorelai picks up her broken-off heel.

LORELAI
My heel just broke off. Damn, these are brand new shoes, too.

RORY
They were made in 1943.

LORELAI
Well, I just bought them Tuesday.

RORY
I told you not to wear vintage shoes.

LORELAI
But the lady at the store said that they hadn't been worn a lot.

RORY
Yeah, but not a lot in sixty years is still a lot.

LORELAI
I gotta fix ‘em. I'll use my emergency card.

She pulls her yellow card out of her bra.

LORELAI
I'll be right back.

RORY
No, stop. If you leave, there's no way I'll be able to stand up on my own.

LORELAI
Ten minutes.

RORY
Nighty-night.

LORELAI
Fine, hold on.
(yelling to Dean)
Dean, come here! Dean!

Dean runs up to them.

RORY
(to Lorelai)
What are you doing?

DEAN
Is everything okay?

LORELAI
Yeah, it's great. Stand here.

Lorelai drapes Rory's arm across Dean.

DEAN
Whoa.

LORELAI
Look, I'll be back in ten minutes. Do not let her stop or lay down, do you understand me?

DEAN
But I--

LORELAI
I need you, Dean. The team needs you.

DEAN
What team?

LORELAI
Pick a team - it needs you. I'll be right back.

Lorelai walks away.

RORY
(to Dean)
I'm really sorry about this.

DEAN
Yeah, uh, it's okay.

RORY
Are you sure?

DEAN
Yeah. Actually, it's not bad at all.

Jess watches on as Shane is alseep beside him.

CUT TO:

INT. STARS HOLLOW: STARS HOLLOW HIGH, GYMNASIUM - NIGHT

Luke is talking to a woman in the bleachers who is trying to revive her partner with coffee.

LUKE
(to woman)
I think that one's a goner, Miss.

Lorelai walks up to him holding the heel of her shoe.

LORELAI
Hey, my shoe broke.

LUKE
What?

LORELAI
I need you to fix it.

LUKE
Do I look like a cobbler to you?

LORELAI
If I say yes, will you fix my shoe?

LUKE
Let me see it.

LORELAI
I only have ten minutes - please.

LUKE
I think I have some glue back at the diner.

LORELAI
Glue, yes - we love glue!

LUKE
I wouldn't say that too loudly if I were you.

LORELAI
Thank you.

Luke leaves, Sookie walks up to Lorelai.

SOOKIE
Hey. Are you guys out?

LORELAI
No, my shoe broke. Luke's fixing it.

SOOKIE
Oh, good. Listen, I just feel terrible about what happened.

LORELAI
I know. How's Jackson?

SOOKIE
Oh, he's fine. We went home, and he calmed down, and we talked. He totally understands and he's open to anything I want.

LORELAI
That's great.

SOOKIE
Now, tell me what I want.

LORELAI
No way.

SOOKIE
But I'm not sure.

LORELAI
Then flip a coin ‘cause I am staying so far out of this.

SOOKIE
You're my best friend.

LORELAI
Yes, I am, and I can only remain your best friend as long as Jackson doesn't kill me.

SOOKIE
Lorelai...

LORELAI
Sookie, he's a produce man. They'll never find the body, but the squash will be especially chatty that year.

*Music: "String of Pearls" by Glenn Miller*

SOOKIE
Okay, fair enough.

LORELAI
Hey, take your time. That's it. That's all I have to say.

SOOKIE
Thank you.

Luke returns with the glue.

LUKE
Got it.

LORELAI
Ah, good.

SOOKIE
Well, I'm going home to figure out what I want. Good luck. Call me tomorrow.

LORELAI
I will.

Sookie leaves.

LUKE
So, how's that situation going?

LORELAI
Oh, it'll be okay.

LUKE
Good. Uh, listen, uh, I didn't really mean all that stuff I said earlier.

Luke and Lorelai sit down in the bleachers.

LORELAI
What stuff?

LUKE
Uh, the kid stuff, you know.

Luke starts to fix Lorelai's shoe.

LORELAI
Oh, it's no big deal.

LUKE
Yeah, I know, I just... I'm not really as anti-kid as I might have come off.

LORELAI
Drop another sucker in...

LUKE
Okay, yes. I don't always have the patience for ‘em. They tend to be a little squishy, and that freaks me out a little.

LORELAI
You don't have to want kids, Luke. Or like kids. It's not for everybody.

LUKE
I know, but... although I'm quite happy going an entire day without having to deal with somebody else's bodily functions, if I ever happen to meet the right person... well, it would be a discussion.

LORELAI
A discussion.

LUKE
Yes. Probably a short discussion, but still. Here, hold this.

He hands her the glue.

LUKE
So what about you - you ever think about having another kid?

LORELAI
Oh, I don't know how much fun it would be without biology finals and headgear... but sure, if I ever happen to meet the right person, another kid might be nice.

They look at each other for a moment.

LUKE
Your shoe'll be ready in a minute

LORELAI
Thank you.

FADE TO:

INT. STARS HOLLOW: MISS PATTY'S DANCE STUDIO - NIGHT

Lane is sitting out front. She gets up and walks back inside to the food table, and Dave walks up to her.

DAVE
One sandwich please.

LANE
Hi.

DAVE
Hi.

LANE
What are you doing here?

DAVE
Uh, well, you mentioned this thing last time we talked and it sounded very Blue Velvet so I figured I would come by and check it out.

LANE
What do you think?

DAVE
Uh, I think you held back.

LANE
Yeah, well...

DAVE
Anyhow, I hadn't seen you in awhile, and I thought I'd come down and maybe we could figure something out on this band issue.

LANE
Sure, we could do that.

DAVE
Plus, I missed you.

LANE
You did? You missed me?

DAVE
Well, yeah. Did you miss me?

LANE
Oh, yeah, definitely. I definitely, definitely missed you.

DAVE
Glad and relieved to hear it.

Mrs. Kim walks over to them.

MRS. KIM
Who are you, what do you want?

LANE
Mama.

MRS. KIM
Do you know this boy?

LANE
Well--

DAVE
Uh, no, actually, I just heard a bunch of people talking outside about the sandwiches and I thought that I would come in and maybe try one. I'm sorry, may I?

Mrs. Kim hands him a sandwich.

DAVE
Thank you.

Dave takes a bite.

DAVE
That's delicious.

LANE
Really?

DAVE
May I have another one for later please?

MRS. KIM
Yes, that's fine. Take another one.

She hands him another one.

DAVE
Thank you. You know, my parents would love these sandwiches. I wish I could bring ‘em by but unfortunately they're in private bible study right now.

MRS. KIM
Bible study?

DAVE
Say, how long are you serving?

MRS. KIM
Why?

DAVE
Well, I thought that if they got out in time I could bring ‘em on over.

MRS. KIM
Well, the bread is only good for another twenty minutes, after that there's no point. You chip a tooth.

DAVE
Okay. So if I can get my parents back here in twenty minutes, then you'll still be serving, but in thirty you're done?

MRS. KIM
That's right.

DAVE
Great. So if for some reason I'm not back here in twenty minutes, that means that I'm gonna be over there, on the church steps, waiting for my parents to get out so that I can tell them about the great sandwiches that they missed. Okay? Okay, great. Thanks a lot and I hope to see you soon.

Dave leaves.

MRS. KIM
(to Lane)
I hope he comes back. He seemed hungry.

Lane smiles.

CUT TO:

INT. STARS HOLLOW: STARS HOLLOW HIGH, GYMNASIUM - NIGHT

Rory and Dean are still dancing. Jess and Shane are sitting on the bleachers.

*Music: "These Foolish Things" performed by the Swingin' Deacons*

RORY
He's still there.

DEAN
What?

RORY
Jess. He's still there. I can't believe he's still there.

DEAN
Just ignore him.

RORY
Yeah. You know, this is a dance marathon. You're not supposed to come and sit and watch, you're supposed to dance. He's just trying to bug me, sitting there right in front of me, staring. Jerk.

SHANE
(to Jess)
I'm bored.

JESS
Okay.

Jess and Shane start kissing.

RORY
There they go again! God, I swear, why can't they just get a room? Or forget a room - get a park bench, or a doorway, or even a strategically placed telephone pole would probably suffice. I mean, girls like Shane - what is it with them? Don't they see what they look like? I know they have mirrors.

JESS
(to Rory)
Hey, you talking about me?

RORY
No.

JESS
I heard you mention Shane.

RORY
Shane isn't you.

JESS
Shane concerns me.

RORY
Shane concerns me, too - and all women, for that matter.

JESS
You got a problem here?

RORY
Nope. Just a little sick of seeing the two of you sitting there. If you're not gonna participate, then why don't you just leave?

SHANE
That works for me. Let's go.

JESS
No.

RORY
Why not?

JESS
Because I'm not ready to go.

RORY
Oh really?

JESS
Yes, really. I'm gonna sit here as long as I like, and I'm gonna do whatever I like, and if you don't like it, then just ignore me and pay attention to your boyfriend.

Dean steps away from Rory.

DEAN
Sorry, she can't. I'm not her boyfriend anymore.

RORY
What?

DEAN
You know, I tried to ignore this. I really did, but I don't know what the hell I was thinking.

RORY
What are you talking about?

DEAN
You don't wanna be with me, Rory.

RORY
Yes, I do.

DEAN
Oh, please! You've been into him since he got to town, and I have spent weeks - months, actually - trying to convince myself that it wasn't true, that everything was fine between us. But now I know that I was an idiot. You're into him and he's into you, and Shane, who by the way, should be listening to this ‘cause it's so damn obvious.

RORY
What's obvious? What did I do?

DEAN
Everyone can see, Rory! Everyone. And I'm tired, but I'm over it, so go ahead, go. Be together. There's nothing standing in your way now, ‘cause I'm out.

Dean grabs his jacket from the bleachers and leaves.

TAYLOR
(into megaphone)
I don't see a yellow card. I don't see a yellow card. Excuse me, young lady... whose name I don't remember right now...

Rory walks off.

TAYLOR
Ugh, no one listens to me.

MISS PATTY
I know, honey.

CUT TO T:

EXT. STARS HOLLOW: COMMON GARDENS, BRIDGE - NIGHT

Rory is sitting on the bridge as Jess walks up to her. Rory is crying.

JESS
Dean's a jerk. Yelling at you like that, breaking up in front of everybody... the guy's a total jerk.

RORY
No, he's not. He's right. Everything he said. All those things about you and me, all those things about me lying to him, and messing with his head. He was right.

Rory looks up at him.

RORY
Well, wasn't he? 

Jess doesn't answer.

RORY
Fine, he was right about me, then. Now go away.

JESS
He was right... about... all of it.

RORY
So, what now?

JESS
You're definitely broken up with Dean?

RORY
Yeah, I'm definitely broken up with Dean.

JESS
Okay. I have to go take care of something then.

Jess walks away.

CUT TO:

INT. STARS HOLLOW: STARS HOLLOW HIGH, GYMNASIUM - NIGHT

It's almost 5:15. Only two couples are left: Kirk and his partner, and another couple. The woman of the other couple falls to the ground.

KIRK
They're out! They're out! We won! We won!

He runs over to Miss Patty and wakes her up.

MISS PATTY
Oh, oh, oh. Taylor, wake up! It's over. Taylor, blow the horn.

Taylor is asleep on some chairs.

TAYLOR
... a quarter right out of your ear.

MISS PATTY
Taylor, the horn. Oh, for Pete's Sake.

Patty blows the air horn.

MISS PATTY
(into microphones)
Okay, Ladies and Gentlemen, we have a winner!

Lorelai rushes over to them.

LORELAI
Wait, what are you doing? I'm here, I'm standing, I used my yellow card!

Kirk starts to roll on the floor.

KIRK
I win, I win! I win, I win, I win, I win!

LORELAI
You didn't win! I'm still here! Patty, where's Rory?

MISS PATTY
Oh, she ran off the floor a little while ago, honey.

LORELAI
What? No!

KIRK
Yes!

MISS PATTY
(into microphone)
For the fifth year in a row, ladies and gentlemen, the marathon winner is Donna Delain and Kirk!

Lorelai sees Rory across the gym, and she walks over to her. Rory is crying. 

LORELAI
Rory, what happened? Where did you go?

Lorelai sees that Rory is crying. She hugs her.

LORELAI
Oh, Rory, honey! Oh.

Lorelai and Rory hug. The Theme from Rocky starts playing while Kirk runs around the gym with the trophy.

>_END OF SHOW_<