The Annotated Guide to Gilmore girls

>_TEASER_<

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

Lorelai waits for a minute outside before entering.

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

Lorelai enters. Babette and Miss Patty are surprised to see Lorelai. Lorelai sits at the counter next to Kirk.

LORELAI
(to Kirk)
Hey.

KIRK
Well, well, well I always suspected this day would come.

LORELAI
Hi Kirk.

KIRK
You're not getting this seat back.

LORELAI
Huh?

KIRK
You can't, it's mine now and frankly I can see why you hogged it for so long.

LORELAI
What?

KIRK
It's clearly the best stool in the joint. Close to the cash register and the kitchen, which guarantees plenty of face time with the boss. Climate wise it's positioned between two air-conditioning vents which creates a nice cross ventilation...

LORELAI
Hey Kirk...

KIRK
...never.

LORELAI
You can have the seat. 
(to Luke)
Hey.

LUKE
Hey. 
(pause)
Coffee?

LORELAI
Yes please.

LUKE
All right, ah to stay or to go?

LORELAI
Um... to stay.

LUKE
Good, okay.

MISS PATTY
Lorelai.

BABETTE
Hi ya doll.

LORELAI
Hey.

MISS PATTY
It's so nice seeing you back in here.

LORELAI
Thanks.

BABETTE
Been a long time.

LORELAI
Yah.

BABETTE
What 9, 10 months.

LORELAI
Something like that.

KIRK
Actually I can tell you exactly when Lorelai was in her last ‘cause I marked it in my calendar. 

He looks it up.

KIRK
“May 22, 2006, stool available?” it's important to--

LUKE
Enough Kirk.
(to Lorelai)
Here you go.

LORELAI
Thank you. So how's it going?

LORELAI
Oh really well. They inn is really busy.

LUKE
Yeah I'll bet.

LORELAI
And so how are you doing.

LUKE
Me? Good, really good.

Still awkward between them.

LORELAI
Good.

LUKE
Yeah.

LORELAI
Um, it sure is warm outside.

LUKE
Yeah you know when I opened the diner this morning I remember thinking how warm it was.

LORELAI
Really!

LUKE
Yeah.

LORELAI
You know what maybe I should take this to go. To get back to work and.

LUKE
Yeah okay let me just get you a cup.

LORELAI
It's been really busy at the Inn.

LUKE
Yeah. Yeah you said. There you go.

Lorelai pours the coffee into the to go cup and Luke puts a lid on it.

LUKE
Lid on there.

LORELAI
Oh great.

Lorelai gets money to pay.

LUKE
Nah, I got it.

LORELAI
Thanks.

LUKE
Okay so I'll see you around.

LORELAI
Definitely, I'll see you around. Okay.

Lorelai starts to leave the diner.

LORELAI
Bye.

MISS PATTY
Bye.

CUT TO:

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

Lorelai exhales.

>_END OF TEASER_<

EXT. ROAD - DAY

Lorelai is driving the Jeep. Her cell phone rings.

LORELAI
(into phone)
Hi.

INT. STARS HOLLOW: SOOKIE'S HOUSE, KITCHEN - DAY

Sookie is applying cream to Davey's face.

SOOKIE
(to Davey)
Shh! Shh! Shh! Shh!

.INTERCUT - PHONE CONVERSATION

LORELAI
You called me.

SOOKIE
Oh, no, not you. I was talking to Davey. Hey.

LORELAI
Hey.

SOOKIE
I was just calling to let you know I'm not coming into work today.
(to Davey)
No, no, no, no, no itching. No itching. Just pat, pat. Par, pat.

LORELAI
Is everything okay?

SOOKIE
Oh, everything's fine. I just hate that stupid Rosie Milano.

LORELAI
Ugh, is she the woman at Davey's school with the big, fake boobs who all the dads think are real?

SOOKIE
No, but I hate her, too. Rosie Milano is a little girl in Davey's class.

LORELAI
Oh. Interesting choice for your nemesis.

SOOKIE
She came to school with the chicken pox.

LORELAI
Oh, no, I hate her, too. Davey and Martha?

SOOKIE
Yeah. I mean, not terrible cases. They've both been vaccinated, but I'm up to my ears in oatmeal baths. Plus I've got to find a hotel for Jackson because the inn is completely full -- "go, us," by the way.

LORELAI
Why does Jackson need to stay in a hotel?

SOOKIE
He's never had the chicken pox. I mean I know he's already been exposed, so he may get them anyway, but if there's a chance in hell to avoid him getting them, I'm gonna do it because that man is a huge baby.

LORELAI
Well he doesn't need to stay at a hotel, he can just stay at my place.

SOOKIE
Lorelai, you are my best friend in the entire world. I could not sic Jackson on you.

LORELAI
Oh, please.

SOOKIE
No, the man's a slob. This morning, I could have killed him, with the wet towels all over the floor.

LORELAI
It's so not a big deal. Why waste money on a hotel?

SOOKIE
Are you sure?

LORELAI
Yes. Please, end of discussion. He's staying with me.

SOOKIE
Okay, well, thank you, and I want you to remember this moment because you offered.

LORELAI
Okay, well...

SOOKIE
Okay. Well, I'm gonna pick him up and bring him over to you around 6:00.

LORELAI
Yeah, that sounds good. Hey, so I went into Luke's this morning.

SOOKIE
What? Why didn't you cut me off? It's not like the kids have bubonic plague. How did it go?

LORELAI
It was awful.

SOOKIE
Oh!

LORELAI
Yeah everybody was staring at us.

SOOKIE
Oh, I'm sure they weren't.

LORELAI
Sookie.

SOOKIE
Yeah, they were staring.

LORELAI
Yeah it was just awkward, and neither of us knew how to act.

SOOKIE
I'm sure it seemed worse than it really was.

LORELAI
Uh, no. We hit the weather in the first minute.

SOOKIE
Ohh. Well, it has been unseasonably warm, but you know things will get better.

LORELAI
I don't know. Maybe there's just too much history.

SOOKIE
Oh, history, schmistory. Couples have been breaking up and becoming friends. I mean look at Ryan O'neal and Farrah Fawcett, huh?

LORELAI
Really Ryan and Fawcett that's the most well-adjusted relationship you can come up with?

SOOKIE
I mean I'm sorry. He's been in the news lately -- that whole shooting-a-gun-at-his-son thing.

LORELAI
Hey, s-- oh! God.

The Jeep starts making unusual sounds.

SOOKIE
What was that?

LORELAI
I don't know.

SOOKIE
Oh!

LORELAI
Oh! It's coming from my car.

SOOKIE
Pull over.

LORELAI
I am.

SOOKIE
Pull over! Pull over! Pull over!

LORELAI
I am. I am. I-I've pulled over. Hold on. I'm turning it off.

SOOKIE
Are you okay?

LORELAI
Yeah, I think so.

SOOKIE
Well, what was that?

LORELAI
You know, the carburetor?

SOOKIE
Oh. Ooh, or maybe the alternator.

LORELAI
I think I better call Gypsy.

SOOKIE
Yeah, that's probably a good idea.

LORELAI
Okay, bye.

SOOKIE
Bye.

The brake lights on the Jeep flicker and go out.

CUT TO:

INT. NEW HAVEN: PARIS' AND DOYLE'S APARTMENT - DAY

Paris is sitting at the table when the front door opens.

PARIS
Finally. Doyle, she's here!
(to Rory)
Where were you? Your "20th century poets" class ended two hours ago.

DOYLE
Hey, Rory.

RORY
Hey, Doyle. I was just dropping Logan off at the airport.

DOYLE
Oh yeah he has that meeting in San Fran. When is it?

RORY
Tomorrow afternoon.

DOYLE
Wish him luck for me.

RORY
I will.

PARIS
Seriously, you're gonna stand here making idle chitchat on the single most important day of my life?

DOYLE
Sorry, sweetie. Paris has some news.

PARIS
Not some news, the news. Responses from Harvard medical school, Johns Hopkins school of medicine, Penn medical, Yale law school, Stanford law school, and Columbia medical. And before you comment on envelope thickness, keep in mind that so much stuff is online these days that thickness is no longer an accurate indicator.

RORY
Mm-hmm

PARIS
I knew you would want to be here, when I opened them.

RORY
Yeah, right. Thanks.

DOYLE
Go on, hon. Do it!

PARIS
(sighs)
Okay. My lucky letter opener. Used it to open the envelope conveying my acceptance to Yale four years ago. And don't look at me like I'm some kind of superstitious freak. It's just a precautionary device. If it works, great. If not, I need it to open letters anyway. I don't know which to open first. Choose one.

RORY
Okay, uh... Yale law school.

PARIS
Yale law school. Okay, wow. That's a great school. I'd be lucky to get in there, you know? You open it.

RORY
Me?

PARIS
You're lucky.

RORY
I am?

PARIS
How else do you explain the fact that you got into Harvard four years ago and I didn't?

RORY
Oh, right, luck. Okay.

PARIS
Use the letter opener!

RORY
Oh. Are you sure the letter opener's luck isn't gonna cancel out my luck?

PARIS
I don't know, is that how it works?

RORY
I was kidding. Sorry. Here we go. All right. "Dear Paris Geller, we are pleased to inform you --"

PARIS
I got in! Whoo!

Paris and Doyle screaming. Everyone hugs

RORY
Congratulations! I'm so happy for you.

PARIS
Thank you. Thank you so much for your participation in operation finish line, for your friendship, for everything. You've always been an inspiration to me, Rory Gilmore.

RORY
Aw.

PARIS
I mean, the way you cut your ruthless path to the head of the Yale Daily News and never looked back -- I never told you, but I really admired that.

RORY
Thanks?

PARIS
And, Doyle, I know this process didn't exactly bring out my soft and fuzzy side.

DOYLE
Doesn't matter. I love you, baby, and I am so proud of you.

PARIS
I love you, too. I just can't believe I got into the second best law school in the country. It's such an honor! It doesn't matter really if I get into the others. I have a great option right here.

RORY
You do.

PARIS
Yeah! Anyway, go ahead. Might as well open Harvard, even though it doesn't matter. Use the letter opener again.

RORY
Okay. Okay. "We are pleased to inform..."

PARIS
Whoo! I got in! I got in!

DOYLE
All right!

RORY
Congratulations!

PARIS
Bite me, Harvard, bite me!

DOYLE
Yeah, chock on it!

PARIS
I'm tempted to reject them the same way they rejected me that dark day four years ago. Who's laughing now?!

RORY
Okay, um, so, next we have, what? The University of Pennsylvania? All right. Let's see what it says. All right. "We are pleased to inform..."

PARIS
In? I'm in? Yes!

Excited but a little less than before.

DOYLE
Oh!

PARIS
What's that about?

RORY
Hmm?

PARIS
Your noticeable drop-off in enthusiasm. Is that a reflection of the fact that you're less impressed by my admission to the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine than you were by my other acceptances?

RORY
I'd say we're just as impressed. Wouldn't you, Doyle?

DOYLE
Oh, absolutely. Because it's a pre-eminent institution in the interrelated disciplines of patient-care education and research.

RORY
It's a great school.

DOYLE
Mm, top-notch.

PARIS
Fine, you've made your point. Perception should play a role in my decision-making process.

RORY
Well I guess that's what Doyle and I were saying.

PARIS
I mean lets face it, you say "Harvard medical school," and people are automatically impressed, and that counts for something.

RORY
That's true.

PARIS
SO you think I should go there?

RORY
Oh, well, that's not what I'm saying -- or that you shouldn't. I'm just... What I'm saying is that you have all these great options.

DOYLE
Yeah.

PARIS
I know. So, how do I decide?

DOYLE
Oh, you'll figure it out, hon.

PARIS
How? This is a huge decision, the biggest decision I've had to make in my life. Law school or med school? I have two passions, and obviously, I'm vastly talented in both fields. What muse do I follow? Not to mention location-wise, where do I want to live for the next three or up to eight years? Open the others.

RORY
Yeah? Okay. Columbia.  Also a good school.

DOYLE
Mm-hmm.

RORY
"We are pleased..."

PARIS
Oh, god!

RORY
Paris you're just being silly, okay? It's good to have options.

PARIS
Yeah right you can say that because there's only one thing you want. Talk to me if you don't get the New York Times fellowship and you have to choose between six other papers.

Rory looks hurt.

PARIS
I'm sorry. I just meant it must be nice to know what you want.

RORY
Well, "nice" -- yeah, that's one way to put it, and "scary" is another.

PARIS
You have a great shot at the Reston.

DOYLE
You do and with A.J. Abrams writing that rec...

RORY
Well I'm sure all the candidates have great recommendations.

PARIS
New York Times would be lucky to have you.

RORY
Thanks. Well, I'll find out soon enough, but come on. This is your moment. Should we open another one? All right. 

She opens letter.

RORY
Hey, hey. You got into Stanford!

DOYLE
Whoa! Someone's on a roll!

RORY
Yay!

PARIS
Enough with the hysterics. I have a big decision to make, and all this hooting and hollering isn't exactly helping matters.

Paris buries her head in a pillow on the couch.

CUT TO:

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

The doorbell rings. Lorelai's on the phone. She walks from the kitchen to the front door.

LORELAI
(into phone)
What do you mean you can't fix it, Gypsy? It's only eight years old.

She opens the door.

LORELAI
(to Sookie and Jackson)
Hi, come on in.

Sookie and Jackson walk into the living room.

LORELAI
(into phone)
Everyone knows you can fix anything. 
(to Sookie and Jackson)
Sit down.
(into phone)
Sorry I have guests.
(to Sookie and Jackson)
Make yourselves at home okay.

Lorelai walks back into the kitchen. Jackson is about to sit down on the couch.

SOOKIE
(to Jackson)
Unh-unh-unh-unh.

JACKSON
Wha--

SOOKIE
Ignore Lorelai.

JACKSON
What?

SOOKIE
You are absolutely not to make yourself at home, don't leave your clothes lying all over the house.

JACKSON
I won't.

SOOKIE
Wipe your shoes off if you go outside and come back in.

JACKSON
I will. Don't leave them laying around in the middle of the room or anywhere where they can be smelled.

JACKSON
Sookie.

SOOKIE
Just don't touch anything, and hang up your wet towels.

JACKSON
I have stayed at other people's houses before.

SOOKIE
I know. Why do you think I'm saying all of this? And just try not to annoy Lorelai.

JACKSON
Believe it or not, I don't try to annoy other people.

SOOKIE
Well congratulations, because you have a natural talent.

JACKSON
Sookie!

SOOKIE
What?

JACKSON
Nothing. Is that all?

SOOKIE
No, I packed you a salad. Eat it in the kitchen at the table on a plate. Please do not make a mess. I wanted to stay around and say thank you to Lorelai, but I should get back to the kids.

JACKSON
Yeah, yeah you should get back to the kids. It sounded like that's gonna take a while.

SOOKIE
Really?

JACKSON
Oh, yeah. They're talking about cars. I mean that phone call could take hours. Go, really.

SOOKIE
Well call me if you need anything.

JACKSON
I will.

SOOKIE
And don't use Lorelai's home phone.

JACKSON
Kiss the kids good night for me.

SOOKIE
I will.

Sookie leaves.

LORELAI
(into phone)
Thanks for trying. Okay. Thank you. Bye.

Lorelai walks in from the kitchen.

LORELAI
Sorry about that.

JACKSON
Oh! No problem. Thanks again for letting me stay.

LORELAI
Oh, sure, my pleasure. Have a seat. 

Jackson hesitates to sit.

LORELAI
So, where's Sookie?

JACKSON
Oh you know she had to get back to the kids.

Jackson sits.

LORELAI
Oh. Well, how's she holding up?

JACKSON
O-okay. A little tense. What's going on with the car?

LORELAI
Gypsy says I have to put it down.

JACKSON
What?

LORELAI
Yes. She said it would be cheaper to get a new one. She used the phrase "total internal destruction."

JACKSON
Wow.

LORELAI
I know. I guess that check-engine light is not just a suggestion.

JACKSON
Not so much.

LORELAI
Although I'm proud. Total internal destruction -- that sounds badass.

JACKSON
So what's next?

LORELAI
Uh, I guess I turn my evil power on some new, unsuspecting vehicle.

JACKSON
Do you know what you're gonna get?

LORELAI
No. Any suggestions?

JACKSON
Honestly, I'm not a car guy, but I can steer you toward a good tractor.

LORELAI
Alright if I decide to get a tractor, you're my guy.

JACKSON
Hey, do you need a ride to work tomorrow? Phil Henderson's gonna pick me up. We could drop you off at the Dragonfly on the way to the farm.

LORELAI
Well that's nice. What time are you going?

JACKSON
About 4:45.

LORELAI
No, no, no. That's too early. I'll take my bike.

JACKSON
You bike?

LORELAI
Well, I don't bike, but I have a bike. There were about two weeks when Rory was 10 that we were really into biking. Then we got over it and moved on to roller skating, but for those two weeks, it was biking all the way.

JACKSON
12 years ago?

LORELAI
Is that how long ago it was? Oh, well. I'll be fine. They must have the phrase "it's just like riding a bike" for a reason. Okay, so, I'm gonna get a snack. You want to join me?

JACKSON
Uh, actually, no. Sookie made me a salad.

LORELAI
(scoffs)
I'm making chicken nuggets. I won't tell. Come on.

Jackson follows like a little boy.

CUT TO:

EXT. ROAD - DAY

Lorelai is riding her bike. Her cell phone rings, she has a hands free ear piece.

LORELAI
(into phone)
Hello?

INT. NEW HAVEN: YALE UNIVERSITY, CAFETERIA - DAY

RORY
(into phone)
Hi, mom.

.INTERCUT - PHONE CONVERSATION

LORELAI
Oh, why so blue?

RORY
I'm not blue.

LORELAI
Come on, talk to me.

RORY
All I said was, "hi, mom."

LORELAI
Are you missing Logan? Is he getting back from San Francisco soon?

RORY
On Friday, but that's not why I'm blue. I'm not even blue. Well, I'm not really blue.

LORELAI
Well, why are you not blue?

RORY
Well, Paris got into six schools yesterday, which means she's definitely going to grad school, and I'm happy for her. I mean, I'm happy for Lucy and Olivia, who signed a lease on an apartment in Manhattan -- well, near Manhattan. And I'm happy for this guy in my Shakespeare class who just got recruited for a think tank in Washington.

LORELAI
Wow, that's a lot of happy.

RORY
Yeah, that's just it. All of a sudden, everyone seems to know where they're gonna be next year.

LORELAI
Oh, and you're still waiting to hear?

RORY
Yeah. I mean, I really want the Reston.

LORELAI
And I think you're gonna get it, I really do. But you have other places you're waiting to hear from.

RORY
I know, but to live in New York city and work at The times.

LORELAI
Well, if I say it'll work out, does that help?

RORY
Not really.

LORELAI
Consider it unsaid.

RORY
Thanks.

LORELAI
What kind of think tank?

RORY
I know, I know I should have asked, but I temporarily forgot your fascination with think tanks.

LORELAI
Does the guy have a big forehead? I always picture the think-tank guys with big foreheads.

RORY
No, he has a pretty average-sized forehead. Average to small.

LORELAI
Interesting.

RORY
Mm. Hey, why do you sound out of breath?

LORELAI
I don't know.

RORY
Did you have too much coffee this morning?

LORELAI
Haven't had any. I didn't go to Luke's.

RORY
Oh, I thought you were going for a second run.

LORELAI
Well, maybe tomorrow.

RORY
Mom just do it, I know it's hard, but you guys need to get over this hump.

LORELAI
I promise I'll go back. It's just there's been a lot going on with the car and everything.

RORY
Oh, what did Gypsy say?

LORELAI
It's bad.

RORY
Uh-oh.

LORELAI
Doorknobs.

RORY
As in "dead as"?

LORELAI
That's right.

RORY
Why? How?

LORELAI
Oh, ours is not to wonder why.

RORY
But it was so young.

LORELAI
I know.

RORY
It just seems like yesterday that we went to pick it out.

LORELAI
Yeah.

Oh. So new car, huh? You should get a DeLorean like in "back to the future."

LORELAI
It's on the list right behind the Batmobile. Although I'm enjoying the whole biking thing.

RORY
What biking thing?

LORELAI
I'm biking to work right now.

RORY
What, now? Mom.

LORELAI
What?

RORY
Pull over.

LORELAI
No!

RORY
That's dangerous.

LORELAI
Oh, I'm fine. I've been talking to you with a little ear thingy.

RORY
Well, pull over right now.

LORELAI
Okay, I'm pulling over, pulling over. Okay, I pulled over.

RORY
Yeah, I know you're not. I'm hanging up.

LORELAI
Okay, bye!

CUT TO:

INT. STARS HOLLOW: DRAGONFLY INN, KITCHEN - DAY

Lorelai is reading a car magazine. Sookie walks in.

SOOKIE
Hey, anything good?

LORELAI
Um, here's one that comes loaded with an entertainment pkg.

SOOKIE
"Package."

LORELAI
Right. Satellite radio, six CD changer. I'm just not sure if these are cars or really expensive stereos.

SOOKIE
Ooh, you should get a convertible.

LORELAI
I'm not a convertible person.

SOOKIE
What is a convertible person?

LORELAI
You know, too tan, bad hair.

SOOKIE
(Too a kitchen staff) Hey, don't put the tomatoes in until 10 minutes before you serve. (Gasps) Ooh! How about that little sports car?

LORELAI
Yeah, I don't know, I always feel like sports cars have an attitude, you know like they think they're cooler than other cars.

SOOKIE
That's true, although from where I'm sitting in my minivan, they do seem a lot cooler.

Lorelai giggles.

SOOKIE
So, thanks again for, you know, having Jackson. I know how difficult he can be.

LORELAI
Oh, he's great.

SOOKIE
Good. You can tell me the truth. I know he's driving you crazy, right?

LORELAI
He's great. We had fun. We watched TV. He went to bed early. It was fun.

SOOKIE
Oh. He's probably on his good behavior. He woke you up when he got up this morning, didn't he?

LORELAI
No.

SOOKIE
He didn't?

LORELAI
No.

SOOKIE
Oh, with all that stomp, stomp, stomping around.

LORELAI
Sookie, is everything okay with you two?

SOOKIE
Oh, yeah, yeah. Fine, fine, fine. He's just kind of getting on my nerves a little, you know. I'm just cranky. The little one's keeping me up at night. So, talk to me. What are you thinking?

LORELAI
How about a mini?

Michel walks in.

MICHEL
Oh, how about a Rolls-Royce?

LORELAI
(sarcastically)
Yeah, I'll consider that.

MICHEL
Or a Bentley, Aston Martin, Mercedes, a BMW.

LORELAI
What are you doing, just listing expensive cars?

MICHEL
Take out a second mortgage on your home. It will be worth it.

SOOKIE
Michel, be quiet.

MICHEL
People are impressed by fine automobiles. It's how the world works. Don't look at me like that. I didn't make the rules. I just play by them.

LORELAI
Yeah, but you drive a golf.

MICHEL
Would you like to give me a raise?

SOOKIE
Ignore him! Okay, here's what I want you to do. Close your eyes.

LORELAI
Ooh, fun.

SOOKIE
Now, I want you to imagine your dream car. It can be anything you want. You're backing out of the driveway. You're driving through Stars Hollow. "Good morning, townspeople! Top of the morning to you."

LORELAI
Why am I saying "top of the morning"?

SOOKIE
It doesn't matter what you say. It matters what you're in. Can you see what you're in?

LORELAI
I think I can see it!

SOOKIE
Okay, what kind of car is it?

LORELAI
It's not really a car. It's more of a float.

SOOKIE
A float?

LORELAI
In the shape of a swan, and I'm dressed all in white.

SOOKIE
Okay, that's not a very practical car.

LORELAI
Al right. 
(to Michel)
What are you looking at?

MICHEL
I was trying to decide if you could pull off a Ferrari. Mm, you can't.

LORELAI
Maybe I'll get a really cool vintage car.

MICHEL
A used car? You cannot be serious.

LORELAI
What's wrong with a used car?

MICHEL
Would you buy a used toilet seat?

LORELAI
It's not really the same thing.

MICHEL
You're sitting in someone else's filth.

LORELAI
With pants on.

MICHEL
One can only hope.

LORELAI
Ew, Michel.

MICHEL
You don't know who drove it before.

LORELAI
No, but I think I could have it cleaned.

MICHEL
Aw, you're right and I'm sure they got out all the sweat, body odor, and head lice that a previous owner deposited.

LORELAI
Ew! Shouldn't you be somewhere, like the reception desk?

MICHEL
Suit yourself.

Michel leaves.

LORELAI
Ew, ew.

SOOKIE
I know. And now if you get a cool old vintage car, I don't think I can sit in it.

LORELAI
Listen, don't worry. I'm getting a new car. I have more money now than I did eight years ago, and I can afford something nice, you know, with all the perks.

SOOKIE
Yeah, that makes sense.

LORELAI
I just don't know where to start.

SOOKIE
I wish I could be more helpful.

LORELAI
You know this is something Luke would be good at.

SOOKIE
Yeah.

LORELAI
I mean, in the old days, you know, before everything, when we were just friends, this is something I'd ask for his help with.

SOOKIE
Well, I mean, maybe you could.

LORELAI
Could I? I couldn't. Could I?

SOOKIE
You're talking. You're friends again.

LORELAI
Well, sort of friends. We have a long way to go.

SOOKIE
Well, you will be eventually.

LORELAI
You think something like this would help us get over the hump?

SOOKIE
Yeah, and you've got a built-in safe topic of conversation.

LORELAI
Yeah. Maybe I will.

SOOKIE
Great. I think it's a great idea.

LORELAI
All right, me too. I'll let you know how it goes.

SOOKIE
Okay, I'll be here. 

The phone rings.

SOOKIE
Ooh.
(into phone)
Hello? Hey, Jackson. No. Whoa. Wait a -- wait a minute. Wait, wait, whoa, whoa. You did what?

CUT TO:

EXT. STARS HOLLOW: DRAGONFLY INN - DAY

Lorelai goes outside and dials her cell phone.

LORELAI
(into phone)
Hey. It's Lorelai. It's me. Hi. Are you busy? Um, no, no, no. I just had a -- I had a quick question. It's kind of a favor, really. Um, my car is totally shot, and I need to buy a new car, and I just don't know anything about it, and I thought maybe sometime -- and if you don't have time, it's really no big deal -- but ma-- today? Oh... yeah. I mean, it doesn't have to -- sure. Yeah, we'll go look. Um, I don't know, like 1:30? Can you pick me up at the inn? Hey, thanks. Bye.

Lorelai looks surprised about the call.

CUT TO:

EXT. ROAD - DAY

Luke and Lorelai are in Luke's truck.

LUKE
I was gonna put the radio on, but it's been pretty static-y lately.

LORELAI
Oh, I'm fine. I don't need music.

LUKE
Yeah? Okay.

LORELAI
Thanks again for agreeing to come.

LUKE
No problem.

LORELAI
And again, I mean, it didn't have to be, you know, today.

LUKE
Oh, no, you know, the diner was slow, and you can't keep riding that bike around.

LORELAI
Why does everyone act like I'm a really bad biker?

LUKE
No, hey, I didn't mean it that way.

LORELAI
I'm just kidding.

LUKE
Oh.

LORELAI
It was a joke.

LUKE
Okay.

LORELAI
So, um, April left, right?

LUKE
Yeah, but she'll be back in June.

LORELAI
Oh, for the big boat trip?

LUKE
Right, right.

LORELAI
That's gonna be fun.

LUKE
Yeah.

LORELAI
Are you excited?

LUKE
Yeah. 

LORELAI
Oh, good.

Awkward silence.

LORELAI
You know, I don't mind a little static.

LUKE
I was gonna say, it actually doesn't work that bad.

Luke tries tuning in the radio.

CUT TO:

INT. NEW HAVEN: PARIS' AND DOYLE'S APARTMENT, HALLWAY - DAY

Rory is coming home as the door opens and Doyle comes out.

DOYLE
Have a nice life!

He slams the door.

RORY
Doyle, is everything okay?

DOYLE
Oh, yeah, everything's great. My girlfriend of 2 1/2 years just broke up with me, but other than that...

RORY
She did? Why?

DOYLE
Who knows?  Maybe because she's psycho!

PARIS (O.S.)
I am not psycho!

DOYLE
Oh, yes, you are!

RORY
What happened?

PARIS (O.S.)
Take that back!

DOYLE
Ask Paris. 
(screams)
I will not take it back because you are a certifiable nut job!
(to Rory)
And, hey, if you find out why we broke up, let me know.

RORY
Oh, but, Doyle, where are you gonna go?

DOYLE
Crashing on my metro editor's couch for a couple of days, then I'll be back for my stuff. See you around.

Doyle leaves.

RORY
See you around.

Rory goes inside.

INT. NEW HAVEN: PARIS' AND DOYLE'S APARTMENT - DAY

PARIS
Is he gone?

RORY
Yeah. What happened?

PARIS
We broke up.

RORY
But why?

PARIS
I have a really big decision to make, and I'm not about to let him influence it.

RORY
Was he trying to pressure you into staying in Connecticut next year?

PARIS
Well, no, not overtly, but it was in the air. And statistically, taking into account my geographic and socioeconomic background, the chances of me remaining with my college boyfriend are slim. So how am I gonna feel in 20 years when I look back and realize that I based such a huge decision on some college guy who may or may not make the holiday newsletter cutoff?

RORY
But you love him.

PARIS
Yeah, well, I'll deal.

RORY
Paris.

PARIS
Look, I really don't want to talk about it, okay?

RORY
Okay.

PARIS
The good news is I came up with a point system to evaluate each institution based on faculty, earning potential, location, prestige, and perception of prestige, which I've decided is worth two points. I'm not proud of that but like you taught me with your U. Penn reaction, that's how the world works.

RORY
Well, I'm glad to see you're making progress.

PARIS
As if. Three more acceptances. It's crazy. I mean I always thought that I'd be able to decide between medicine and law based on the quality of schools I was offered entrance to, but at this point, it's a toss-up. Everyone wants me.

RORY
Well, I'm sure you'll make the right decision.

PARIS
Of course I will. What do you think the point system's for?

RORY
Right. So, the mail got here. Anything for me?

PARIS
Nothing from The Times.

Rory groans.

PARIS
It'll come.

RORY
Yeah, I know. It's just waiting sucks.

PARIS
Yeah, it does.

Rory checks the answering machine.

LUCY
(from answering machine)
Hey, it's Lucy! I just wanted to give you a heads up for tonight, 8:00 P.M., Rich Man's Shoe. Get ready to toast Glenda. That's what we named our new apartment. I'll tell you why later.

PARIS
They named their new apartment?

RORY
I guess so.

PARIS
Weird. So, you're gonna go?

RORY
Yeah, I was going to. Do you want to come?

PARIS
I might as well. I mean Doyle and I were supposed to see a movie but guess that's not gonna happen.

RORY
Paris, are you okay?

PARIS
Yeah, I'm fine. Trust me, it's not like I've been dying to see "Blades of Glory" anyway. I'd better get started on my phone calls for the alumni surveys.

CUT TO:

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

Sookie and Jackson are in the living room looking at the remains on the dollhouse.

JACKSON
I was admiring it, you know? And then I got to thinking that I could make Martha one, so I picked it up to see what the support system was like, only it was heavier than I thought, and, well, I dropped it.

SOOKIE
You dropped it.

JACKSON
Yes. And then I fell on it.

SOOKIE
Jackson.

JACKSON
I was trying to catch it!

SOOKIE
You broke the only thing from Lorelai's childhood that she actually liked!

JACKSON
I know. I know!

SOOKIE
How could you?

JACKSON
It was an accident.

SOOKIE
Well why did you have to touch it?

JACKSON
I told you, I was just looking at it.

SOOKIE
Well, you look with your eyes, not with your hands.

JACKSON
Well, maybe we could, you know, find a similar dollhouse.

SOOKIE
Oh, good idea. Let's just sneak it in in the middle of the night like we did with Davey's goldfish.

JACKSON
I'm just trying to think. Maybe I could try and put it back together?

SOOKIE
Yeah, you're so handy.

JACKSON
Okay, you know what? That's enough.

SOOKIE
What's enough?

JACKSON
I know what this is about, and it's not this dollhouse.

SOOKIE
Of course it is.

JACKSON
No, it's not. This is about me lying to you and you getting pregnant.

SOOKIE
What are you talking about?

JACKSON
All this anger you have toward me. That's where this is coming from.

SOOKIE
It's not. I told you I'm excited about the baby.

JACKSON
I know but that's not the same as forgiving me, which you haven't done.

SOOKIE
Yes, I have.

JACKSON
No, you haven't.

SOOKIE
I have.

JACKSON
You haven't.

SOOKIE
I have.

JACKSON
You haven't.

SOOKIE
Fine, I haven't! Are you happy?

JACKSON
No, I'm not.

SOOKIE
Well... I don't want to be mad. I don't. 

She sits down on the stairs.

SOOKIE
It's just that every time my feet hurt or my back gets sore or Davey and Martha have a tantrum or get the chicken pox, I get scared about having a third kid. And then I feel bad for feeling like that, and then I get mad at you for making me feel like that.

Jackson sits down next to Sookie.

JACKSON
I understand. I do. Heck, I'm still mad at myself. It's just that at some point, you are gonna forgive me eventually, right?

SOOKIE
It's just sometimes it feels really overwhelming.

JACKSON
I know, but you got to let me back in.

SOOKIE
I want to. I do.

JACKSON
Okay.

SOOKIE
Okay. You were thinking about making a dollhouse for Martha?

JACKSON
She'd really like that, wouldn't she?

SOOKIE
Yeah. She would.
(pause)
Boy, you really plowed into that thing.

JACKSON
Oh, yeah.

SOOKIE
Hm.

CUT TO:

EXT. CAR DEALERSHIP - DAY

Lorelai and Luke are looking at a car.

LORELAI
Hmm.

LUKE
No?

LORELAI
No.

They starts walking.

LORELAI
Sorry it's taking so long.

LUKE
No, not at all. It's a big purchase. You're buying a car. You should take your time. I mean, I'm sorry if you feel like I'm rushing you.

LORELAI
Oh, you're not.

LUKE
No? Good. Because, you know, I've got plenty of time.

LORELAI
Good, me too.

LUKE
So, um, what didn't you like about that one, specifically, so we can kind of narrow things down?

LORELAI
Um, the whole thing. I don't know. It's a feeling. It's hard to explain like with the wrangler, I just got in and I had a feeling. I didn't get the feeling there.

LUKE
(clears throat)
Yeah, right.

LORELAI
Huh?

LUKE
Huh.

LORELAI
Hmm.

LUKE
No, no. I just was clearing my throat.

LORELAI
Oh.

LUKE
How about a Prius?

LORELAI
Oh, yeah, I can't. Rory has one.

LUKE
She doesn't like it?

LORELAI
No, she does. It's just we made a pact -- no matching cars. You know 'cause it's a slippery slope between matching cars and then matching sweatsuits.

LUKE
(under his breath)
Of course.

LORELAI
Huh?

LUKE
I just said, "of course."

LORELAI
Oh, okay. Yeah I'm sorry if this is frustrating for you.

LUKE
Oh, no, no, no. Not at all. It's not frustrating at all. It's fun. But, I mean, look, if you want to leave --

LORELAI
Oh, no, no. No, no, I'm having fun.

LUKE
Good. Good, good, good. So, what about a little hatchback?

LORELAI
Oh! Well, let's see here. 

She opens the door and looks in.

LORELAI
Hmm. It's got a power thingy in the console. That could be convenient, you know, if I need to use a hair dryer if I'm running late.

LUKE
That's useful.

Lorelai's cell phone rings.

LORELAI
Oh. Excuse me.

LUKE
Yeah okay.

LORELAI
Be right back.
(into phone)
Yeah, you know how Jack Bauer should torture terrorists? Make them go car shopping with their exes.

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

Sookie and Jackson are on the couch.

SOOKIE
(into phone)
Still awkward, huh?

.INTERCUT - PHONE CONVERSATION

LORELAI
Still? I'm gonna buy a car just to get out of here.

SOOKIE
No, don't. Just leave.

LORELAI
I want to, and I can tell that he wants to, but neither of us want to say that we want to.

SOOKIE
Oh.

LORELAI
Yeah, I don't know how Ryan and Farrah do it, 'cause this whole friendship thing is not working out.

SOOKIE
Oh. It'll be possible, eventually.

LORELAI
I guess. I just can't take it anymore. What's going on?

SOOKIE
Hmm?

LORELAI
You called me.

SOOKIE
Oh! Well, um, I just wanted to see how things were going, and now you told me -- really, really bad.

LORELAI
Yeah, add about 10 reallys to that.

SOOKIE
Wow, 12. That's, um, wow. Okay. Well, I'll talk to you later.

LORELAI
Yeah, okay, bye. 

She puts on a smile before turning to Luke.

LUKE
Everything okay?

LORELAI
Yeah, great.

LUKE
All right, good. Look, I was talking to the salesman. He said there's a bunch of other models that way.

LORELAI
Great.

LUKE
Okay, so...

CUT TO:

EXT. CAR DEALERSHIP - DAY

Lorelai is sitting in a new Jeep.

LUKE
Well?

LORELAI
Well.

LUKE
You've been talking about your Jeep all day,

LORELAI
I know.

LUKE
Comparing other cars to it.

LORELAI
I know.

LUKE
Here it is.

LORELAI
I'm sorry.

LUKE
But I don't understand. It's the same car.

LORELAI
It's not the same car.

LUKE
What do you mean?

LORELAI
What do you mean? It's different.

LUKE
It's not different. It's just a newer model.

LORELAI
No, it's different. The steering wheel, the seats are different, the cup holder's different.

LUKE
Okay there have been improvements.

LORELAI
They made some changes.

LUKE
Improvements.

LORELAI
Says who?

LUKE
What exactly is bugging you?

LORELAI
It's not bugging me per se. It's just it's different. I don't get that feeling.

LUKE
Oh, for god's sake.

LORELAI
What?

LUKE
You're being ridiculous.

LORELAI
Why?

LUKE
You don't buy a car based on a feeling.

LORELAI
No. You don't buy a car based on a feeling.

LUKE
It's not just me. It's the whole rest of the population.

Lorelai gets out of the car.

LORELAI
Really? You took a poll, and you know how everyone else buys their car?

LUKE
I don't have to. I already know what they're gonna say.

LORELAI
Well, I am the person buying the car, and so the only opinion that matters is mine.

LUKE
Oh, that is so like you. I mean this is bathroom tiles all over again.

LORELAI
I was right about the tile.

LUKE
No, you weren't.

LORELAI
The tile was too big for the bathroom.

LUKE
Tiles are not too big for a bathroom. You buy the amount of tiles based on their size that fit into the room you are tiling!

LORELAI
So narrow-minded.

LUKE
That's not narrow-minded. Okay, I mean, it's sane, and here's a news flash for you, okay? Sports cars don't think they're better than other cars. Okay. Hatchbacks don't have SUV inferiority complexes.

LORELAI
Now who's ridiculous?

LUKE
And sedans aren't afraid to get dirty.

LORELAI
You know what I think it is? That you're hungry.

LUKE
What? No.

LORELAI
Sometimes you get like this when you're hungry.

LUKE
I'm not.

LORELAI
I think I have some cookies in here, some Oreos.

LUKE
I'm not and besides I wouldn't eat anything that came out of that bag.

LORELAI
They're in a wrapper.

LUKE
I can't believe you still haven't cleaned that thing out.

LORELAI
Please.

LUKE
How much time do you lose a day looking through that thing? 5, 10 minutes? Multiply that by a year. I bet you'd gain a month if you just took an hour and cleaned it out, but no -- what?

LORELAI
Nothing.

LUKE
You're smiling.

LORELAI
What? No. You've got low blood sugar.

LUKE
I do not have... okay, are you gonna buy a car or not?

LORELAI
Not.

LUKE
Okay can we get out of here, then?

LORELAI
Gladly.

LUKE
And we're not listening to any of that crap you put on the radio.

LORELAI
It's not crap.

LUKE
Yeah, it's crap.

LORELAI
It's Air Supply. You know what you need a milkshake.

LUKE
We're not stopping for a milkshake.

LORELAI
Okay let's rock, paper, scissors.

LUKE
No, no, no.

LORELAI
So you forfeit?

LUKE
No, I...

Opens the truck door for her.

LORELAI
Well, that's how it goes. If you don't play the game, then you forfeit.

LUKE
Let's get you in the car.

He guides Lorelai in.

LORELAI
That means a giant milkshake for you, my friend.

LUKE
We're not stopping.

LORELAI
Chocolate. That's gonna set you up.

LUKE
We're not stopping. Not gonna happen.

CUT TO:

EXT. STARS HOLLOW: LORELAI'S HOUSE - FRONT LAWN - DAY

Sookie and Jackson are sitting on the front steps, Paul Anka is near them. Lorelai rolls up on her bike.

LORELAI
Hey, guys.

SOOKIE
Hey, Lorelai.

JACKSON
Hiya.

LORELAI
How's it going?

SOOKIE
Oh, we're just enjoying the afternoon. It's such A... nice day out. Come join us.

LORELAI
Okay.

Lorelai sits down on the front stairs with them  

SOOKIE
Hey, how'd it turn out with Luke?

LORELAI
Oh, he got mad at me.

SOOKIE
I'm sorry.

LORELAI
Oh, it was so great. I mean we've been so polite to each other, and I knew he was frustrated with me, and I was definitely frustrated with him, and finally, he snapped, and we started bickering, and it was nice.

SOOKIE
Ah.

LORELAI
More normal, you know?

SOOKIE
The fighting got you over the hump.

LORELAI
Yeah. I cannot find a car, though.

SOOKIE
Did you see anything you like?

LORELAI
No. I mean kind of, but they all have this new-car smell, which apparently people like, but I don't like it. I like the way my old car smelled and the way the zipper got stuck on the window and the little place where Rory signed her name in permanent marker.

SOOKIE
Lots of memories, huh?

LORELAI
It was the first new car I bought and the car I taught Rory to drive in, and I know I have to move on. I know that whatever new car, tractor, float, I get will be great. It's just been a more emotional experience than I thought.

SOOKIE
Makes sense.

JACKSON
Yeah. It does.

LORELAI
What's wrong with you two?

SOOKIE
We have to tell you something, and it's really bad timing because we're talking about memories, and the thing we have to tell you was associated with a lot of memories, but we have to tell you, so I'm just gonna tell you.

LORELAI
What is it?

SOOKIE
Jackson broke your dollhouse.

LORELAI
(gasps)
Oh. How broke?

SOOKIE
In a box in pieces. Trust me, you don't want to look.

LORELAI
Oh.

JACKSON
I am so sorry.

SOOKIE
No, it's my fault. I had you on edge. I had him on edge. We're both so sorry.

LORELAI
Oh, no, that's okay. It was an accident.

SOOKIE
Well, the good news -- not good news. I mean, the not-quite-so-devastating news is that we found someone online that is apparently a wizard with, you know, restoring dollhouses, and we're driving all the pieces over there tomorrow.

LORELAI
Oh, thanks. I'm sure it'll be fine.

SOOKIE
Yeah, everything can be fixed, huh?

LORELAI
Yeah. Is that why you guys are sitting out here?

SOOKIE
Pretty much.

LORELAI
Oh. You want to head on in?

SOOKIE
Sounds good. 

Lorelai and Jackson help Sookie up.

SOOKIE
Yow.

CUT TO:

INT. NEW HAVEN: RICH MAN'S SHOE - NIGHT

Rory, Paris and Lucy are sitting at the table as Olivia comes back with some food.

LUCY
That's a living room, and our bedrooms will be here.

OLIVIA
We're gonna put partitions up. Aesthetically, Japanese screens would be nice.

LUCY
But privacy-wise, we definitely need partitions.

RORY
Well, it looks great.

LUCY
Oh, it's not great.

OLIVIA
Nowhere near great.

LUCY
What it is, is cheap.

OLIVIA
Which is even better than great since the gallery is paying me $21,000 a year, and I'm gonna have to start paying off student loans. How, I don't know.

LUCY
We'll make a budget. You'll swing it.

OLIVIA
I hope so.

RORY
Is it near the subway?

LUCY
That's the best part. It's right near the "W" then you transfer to the 7 or the "N."

OLIVIA
I wouldn't say it's the best part. It's definitely a schlepp.

LUCY
But it's a doable schlepp.

OLIVIA
Totally doable. If you get the Reston, you should look in our area.

RORY
Oh, I definitely will.
(to Paris)
Um, hey, is there student housing at Columbia?

LUCY
You got into Columbia?

PARIS
Yeah.

LUCY
You should go! How much fun will it be when we're all in the city?

PARIS
Maybe.
(to Rory)
Are you gonna finish that? 

She drinks the last of Rory's beer.

RORY
Uh, no. Go for it.

LUCY
Olivia, darts?

OLIVIA
You're on. Let's play for the bedroom with the window.

They leave.

RORY
Paris, are you okay?

PARIS
Me? Yeah, sure.

RORY
Come on.

PARIS
I just miss him, you know. It's hard.

RORY
I know. You didn't have to break up with him, though.

PARIS
Yes. I did.

RORY
Well, if you thought that he was pressuring you, couldn't you have just talked to him about it?

PARIS
He wasn't.

RORY
Well, then why?

PARIS
It was me, okay? Doyle said to make my decision. He said not to worry about him. He said wherever I went, we'd work it out. So I tried, you know, not to think about him, to take him out of the equation, but I couldn't. Every time I tried to evaluate a school, I'd immediately think about it in relation to Doyle. "How close is it to him? "Is there a good newspaper nearby? What will the commute be like?"

RORY
Well, those are all valid questions.

PARIS
No, they're not. This decision is the culmination of everything I've ever worked for, everything. I should choose a school based on its merits, not based on its proximity to some guy.

RORY
But Doyle's not just some guy.

PARIS
(crying)
I know. But I'm only 22. This wasn't supposed to happen yet. I wasn't supposed to meet the guy until I was 30 and clerking for a federal judge or finishing up my residency and when I knew where I'd be when I was ready to settle down.

RORY
Yeah, but you can't plan everything. I mean, you fell in love. That's a good thing.

PARIS
Are you willing to make a decision this big based on Logan?

RORY
Well, actually, we talked about it, and we're gonna factor each other in.

PARIS
What does that mean?

RORY
It just means we're gonna take each other into consideration when we make decisions.

PARIS
Okay. So carry that thought out. Let's say you get The New York Times fellowship and Logan's meetings in San Francisco go incredibly well and he wants to move there. Do you take a job in San Francisco? The Chronicle is a perfectly adequate paper. Or do you go to The New York Times?

RORY
The New York Times.

PARIS
Then we're saying the same thing, aren't we?

RORY
No, not at all.

PARIS
You're saying your career is your priority over your relationship.

RORY
They're both priorities.

PARIS
But your career comes first.

RORY
Well, I didn't say it comes first. I -- I'm just not ready to make any sacrifices in that area yet.

PARIS
But you are willing to make sacrifices in your relationship. Hence, your career is more important to you, just like me.

RORY
Well, I wouldn't say "more important." I guess I just thought that if Logan and I have to do long-distance again, we'll make it work.

PARIS
Sure. Maybe. Then again, choosing to be apart might be... choosing to be apart.

CUT TO:

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

Luke drives up in his truck and goes to the front door.

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

Luke knocks. Jackson opens in his pajamas.

JACKSON
Oh! Hey, Luke.

LUKE
(surprised)
Hey, Jackson.

JACKSON
How you been, man?

LUKE
Uh, not too bad.

JACKSON
You want to come in?

LUKE
Uh, no, that's okay. Is Lorelai here?

JACKSON
Yeah, hang on.
(yells)
Lorelai, it's Luke!
(to Luke)
We thought you were the pizza guy. We're getting pizza tonight, with pepperoni and meatballs and sausage and those extra-crispy, cheesy garlic knots, and we're eating everything on the couch.

LUKE
Well, that sounds... fun.

JACKSON
Yeah, right! 

He holds out a  plate of food.

JACKSON
Chicken-nugget appetizer?

LUKE
I'm good, I'm good.

Lorelai comes to the door.

LORELAI
Hi.

LUKE
Hi.

JACKSON
Oh, well, good to see you, buddy.

LUKE
Yeah, you too.

Jackson leaves.

LORELAI
What's going on?

LUKE
Okay, here's the deal. I borrowed Kirk's computer, and Zach got me on this craigslist thing, and I found a 1999 Jeep wrangler for sale. The guy actually doesn't live too far from here, so I went to see it. It looks like it's in pretty good shape. So I ran the VIN number. It's got a clean history -- no accidents, no failed emissions. And the guy said he kept it up pretty good, and there's nothing really wrong with it. So I took it for a test drive, and it drove fine. So if you want to keep your old car, for whatever crazy feeling it gives you, okay? Then buy this guy's car, send it to Gypsy. She'll take the engine out, put it in the old car, which makes absolutely no sense because you'd basically be paying the same amount of money to fix your old car as you would be paying to get into a new one.

LORELAI
But I'd still have my car.

LUKE
Yeah, Gypsy said it'll take about two weeks to finish. Here's the number of the guy, Larry. That's his name. I already negotiated him down 1,500 bucks. Tell him you're Lorelai, Luke's friend. He'll know.

LORELAI
Thanks, I will.

LUKE
It's still a completely ridiculous idea.

LORELAI
I know.

LUKE
All right.

He starts walking away.

LUKE
And, you know, in the meantime, if you're still riding that bike around, come by the diner. I'll put some air in your tires.

LORELAI
I don't need air in my tires.

LUKE
You need air, and you need a light and a bell so people know you're coming.

LORELAI
What if I don't want people to know I'm coming?

LUKE
I'm putting on a bell!

LORELAI
No, you're not!

LUKE
What do you have against bells?

LORELAI
I don't like 'em.

Luke gets into his car.

LUKE
Well, you don't have to like them. They're a safety feature.

LORELAI
I want a horn!

LUKE
Fine you want a horn, I'll get you a horn. Are you happy?

Lorelai smiles and nods.

LUKE
Jeez.

Luke starts the truck and drives off.

CUT TO:

INT. NEW HAVEN: PARIS' AND DOYLE'S APARTMENT - DAY

Rory and Paris are having breakfast.

PARIS
So, I don't know where I'll be, but I think I know what I'll be.

RORY
Really?

PARIS
A doctor.

RORY
Oh, Paris, that's great.

PARIS
It's always been my dream, you know? Last night when I was lying in bed watching the ceiling spin...

RORY
I told you that last drink was a mistake.

PARIS
It just became perfectly clear. I've always wanted to be a doctor, for as long as I remember. When I was a kid, I used to cut the heads off my dolls to see what was inside.

RORY
I'm guessing you didn't put that on your applications.

PARIS
I let myself get swayed by the promise of black-card corporate America, but the truth is I want to be a physician -- always have, always will.

RORY
Well, I think it's a very noble profession.

PARIS
Oh, yeah, definitely. It's as close to being god as you can get.

Doyle walks in.

DOYLE
Hey, Paris. Hello, Rory.

RORY
Hey, Doyle.

PARIS
What are you doing here?

DOYLE
I live here.

PARIS
Uh, yeah, but we agreed you'd be the one to move out.

DOYLE
About that -- I changed my mind.

PARIS
It's inappropriate for my best friend to be living alone with my ex-boyfriend.

DOYLE
I don't want to live alone with her. No offense, Rory.

RORY
None taken.

PARIS
We can't all live together. We're broken up.

DOYLE
Actually I changed my mind about that, too.

PARIS
What do you mean? What is he talking about?

RORY
I don't think he wants to break up.

DOYLE
That's right I don't. Oh, and by the way, I think you got into two more med schools -- Washington University and Duke. You know I never saw myself living in St. Louis or North Carolina, but who knows? Maybe I'll end up there.

PARIS
What are you talking about?

DOYLE
I love you, Paris Geller. You are the strongest, most infuriating, most exciting woman I have ever met in my entire life, and there is no way I'm gonna let you go.

PARIS
You don't have a choice.

DOYLE
Sure, I do. Just because you don't want to base your decision on me doesn't mean I can't base my decision on you.

PARIS
That's absurd.

DOYLE
Anywhere you go, I'm going.

PARIS
We're too young to do this!

DOYLE
Maybe you are, but I'm older and a heck of a lot more mature.

PARIS
So... you're saying that if I go to Alaska, you're gonna move there, too?

DOYLE
Well, I've always wanted to go dogsledding.

PARIS
That's ridiculous, with your low threshold for cold.

Paris and Doyle go into the bedroom as Rory checks the mail, she finds one for her from the James Reston Fellowship.

DOYLE (O.S.)
I'll wear warmer clothes.

PARIS (O.S.)
You're not thinking clearly.

DOYLE (O.S.)
I've never been clearer.

PARIS (O.S.)
Keep in mind I'm not going to look for a school with good newspapers nearby.

DOYLE (O.S.)
Keep in mind that the internet is taking off and I can write freelance from anywhere.

PARIS (O.S.)
So that's your plan -- to be a freelance journalist?

DOYLE (O.S.)
No, my plan is to be with you.

PARIS (O.S.)
Why are you doing this?

DOYLE (O.S.)
Because I love you, okay?

PARIS (O.S.)
Well, I love you, too.

DOYLE (O.S.)
That was sweet.

PARIS (O.S.)
Shut up.

Rory opens the letter, with Paris' lucky letter opener. It starts with: "We regret to inform you..." 

She didn't get the fellowship and looks stunned.

>_END OF SHOW_<