The Annotated Guide to Gilmore girls

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INT. HARTFORD: CHILTON,  CLASSROOM - DAY

Class. Rory is taking notes.

MRS. O'MALLEY
Although getting soviet support for his war in the pacific was his top priority, many historians have argued that it was actually Roosevelt's declining health that played the most significant role at Yalta. Had he not been in such failing health, they argue, he would have driven a much harder bargain with Stalin during those fateful negotiations. For Churchill...

HEADMASTER CHARLESTON
Excuse me Mrs O'Malley.

MRS. O'MALLEY
Excuse me, please.

HEADMASTER CHARLESTON
I need you to remove Miss Gilmore from class.

MRS. O'MALLEY
Rory Gilmore, there's been a mistake. I'm going to have to ask you to leave.

HEADMASTER CHARLESTON
And take your things with you. You won't be coming back.

RORY
What?

MRS. O'MALLEY
Come on. Quickly.

RORY
But...

Confused Rory gathers her books, puts on her yellow back pack and leaves, she goes through the classroom door and strait into:

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

Rory looks back through the door where she came from. Students can be heard laughing. She closes the door.

Rory walks into:

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

Lorelai is coming down the stairs with a suit case.

RORY
Mom, I had the most awful day.

LORELAI
Hi. I thought I would miss you.

RORY
Where are you going?

LORELAI
Well, I'm going to Hawaii.

RORY
Hawaii?

LORELAI
Yeah. Hawaii.

RORY
Why?

LORELAI
'Cause I've always wanted to go to Hawaii.

RORY
I didn't know that.

LORELAI
Yes well.

RORY
Well, when are you coming back?

LORELAI
I don't know. How many ounces can you take on the pLane? Two, Three I forget.

RORY
Mum, I really need to talk.

LORELAI
PLane.

RORY
Well how am I gonna be able to get in touch with you?

LORELAI
You can't. I need a break, kid. Take it easy. Try not to kill any plants.

RORY
Well...

Lorelai leaves. Rory then hears noise in the kitchen, she goes to check it out.

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

Paris, Doyle and two young kids are having dinner.

DOYLE
Salman wants to come over for dinner this weekend.

PARIS
Is he bringing that boring wife of his?

DOYLE
Padma is fine.

PARIS
Cookbooks, Doyle. Her husband wrote "The Satanic Verses," and all you'd want to talk about is cookbooks.

DOYLE
I like "Top Chef."

PARIS
Fine, but I'm on call all this weekend, so here's hoping for a heart transplant.

DOYLE
I finally had to fire Broder.

PARIS
Really?

DOYLE
He knew it was coming, but still...

Paris opens the fridge. There's pictures of her with Hillary Clinton and Bono on there.

PARIS
Well being Executive Editor of the Washington Post does have its drawbacks. 

Paris notices Rory

PARIS
Oh. Hi, Rory.

RORY
Hi.

PARIS
What are you doing here?

RORY
This is my house.

PARIS
Rory, we've been through this. It will always be your house in your heart, but we own it now.

RORY
What are you talking about?

DOYLE
You need money, kid?

RORY
No. At least, I don't think I do.

DOYLE
Here.

Doyle holds up some cash.

RORY
What are you doing?

PARIS
Don't think of it as charity. Think of it as a gift -- a charitable gift.

Rory takes the money.

RORY
But...

PARIS
You better get going.

DOYLE
Yeah you don't want to be late.

RORY
For what?

PARIS
Uh, work?

Paris hands Rory a poker. Doyle hands her a plastic bag.

PARIS
Oh, and don't forget your poker. That trash isn't gonna pick up itself.

Doyle opens a large orange plastic bag. The poker hits a copy of The New York Times on the floor at Rory's feet.

INT. NEW HAVEN: PARIS' AND DOYLE'S APARTMENT, RORY'S BEDROOM - NIGHT

Rory wakes up in a sweat.

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

Rory, Lorelai and Emily are listening to Richard.

RICHARD
Not only did he give me a clean bill of health, but Dr. Swinton said he actually thinks I'm in better shape than I was before the heart attack.

Richard hands Lorelai and Rory their drinks.

LORELAI
Well you do look great, dad. Very Lance Armstrong. What do you think hon.

RORY
You look great, grandpa.

RICHARD
Ah lost 11 pounds.

LORELAI
You can tell. You're super-ripped under that jacket.

RICHARD
Well I've gotten into a good routine with the exercise, and now I can't imagine a day without it.

Richard hands Emily her drinks, then sits down.

RORY
Yeah grandma better keep an eye on you over at the club.

EMILY
Rory, I'm so sorry that Logan couldn't join us tonight.

RORY
Oh he was, too, but all his meetings in California have been going so well, he decided to extend his trip.

RICHARD
Good job prospects?

RORY
I think so. He's making a lot of great contacts.

EMILY
Well, next time.

RICHARD
So, when do finals start?

RORY
Uh, tomorrow, actually. Irony from Milton to Byron.

RICHARD
Ha.

EMILY
I hope we're not keeping you from your studies.

RORY
Oh, no. It was so nice to get a break from being in that library all day. Actually It's nice to talk above a whisper.

EMILY
Well, your grandfather and I have a little surprise for you.

LORELAI
Uh-oh.

RORY
What?

LORELAI
Did you name another building after her?

EMILY
No.

LORELAI
No I know I know, you bought Yale and named it Rory. From now on, the Ivy League is going to be Harvard, Princeton, and Rory. Has a nice sound, though.

RORY
A nice ring to it.

LORELAI
"Hey, I'll meet you at the Rory/Harvard game."

EMILY
Your grandfather and I have decided to purchase a little Pied-Terre in the city.

RICHARD
Nothing fancy. Just a little two-bedroom on the Upper East Side.

RORY
That's exciting.

EMILY
Now we realize that the Upper East Side is not the most convenient address for an employee of the New York Times, but it's just a 20-minute cab ride to work.

LORELAI
You're giving her an apartment, mom?

EMILY
No. It'll be our apartment but Rory's to live in. Of course we would never drop by unannounced.

RICHARD
Well, that goes without saying.

EMILY
We would just come in on the occasional weekend and maybe stay over some nights when we're going to be in the city late.

LORELAI
Hear that, honey? You and grandma are gonna be roomies.

EMILY
So, what do you think?

RORY
Oh It's a very generous offer.

RICHARD
Oh, we're glad to do it.

RORY
But I don't know if I'm actually gonna be moving to New York after I graduate. I didn't get the internship at the New York Times.

LORELAI
What?

RICHARD
You didn't?

EMILY
That's terrible.

LORELAI
When did you find that out?

RORY
Um, yesterday. It's not a big deal.

EMILY
Well, this is preposterous. Who could be more qualified than you?

RORY
Well the Reston fellowship is very competitive, and they only take a couple of people, so...

RICHARD
This is outrageous. You rose to editor in chief of the Yale Daily News. What else do they want, an exclusive interview with Osama Bin Laden?

Richard and Emily continue talking amongst themselves.

LORELAI
(to Rory)
Why didn't you tell me?

RORY
'Cause I just found out, and I was so busy studying for finals.

LORELAI
I'm so sorry, sweetie.

RORY
Oh, it's okay. I'm just, as I said, trying to put it behind me.

EMILY
I'm sure it's nepotism. If your name isn't Keller or Sulzberger, you may as well not even apply.

RORY
Oh, grandma, it's okay, I promise. Um actually, I need to get back to Yale soon to keep studying, and I'm kind of hungry -- could we eat?

LORELAI
Yeah, let's get dinner started. Mom? Dad?

EMILY
Well yes, let's eat. I'll have Alexandra serve the salads at once.

CUT TO:

EXT. STARS HOLLOW: LUKE'S - DAY

Lorelai is on the phone waling towards Luke's.

LORELAI
Hi, hon, it's me. Just calling to check in and wish you luck this morning. I know it's your first final, and I know you're gonna knock their socks off or their bow ties or whatever it is you knock off professors when you're trying to impress them. Call me when you're done. I love you. Bye.

Lorelai walks into:

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

Lorelai enters. Babette and Miss Patty are at a table whispering to each other.

BABETTE
(whispers)
"My Funny Valentine" -- it doesn't work. It's April already. What about "Down with Love"?

MISS PATTY
(whispers)
To open? It's too depressing.

BABETTE
(whispers)
It's not depressing. It's ironic.

MISS PATTY
(whispers)
People don't listen to music for irony.

BABETTE
(whispers)
What about weird al?

MISS PATTY
(whispers)
Weird who?

LORELAI
Hi, gals.

MISS PATTY
(whispers)
Lorelai

BABETTE
(whispers)
Hi, hon.

LORELAI
What's with the whispering?

BABETTE
(whispers)
We're saving our voices.

LORELAI
I think that ship has sailed.

MISS PATTY
(whispers)
Oh we're debuting our cabaret act tonight at Casey's.

LORELAI
(whispers)
Oh, I thought Saturday was karaoke night at Casey's.

BABETTE
(whispers)
It is, so we went over there this morning and signed ourselves up for the first 15 songs.

LORELAI
I'm sure the karaoke regulars will love that.

MISS PATTY
(whispers)
So what do you think, Lorelai, to open the show -- Streisand or Porter?

LORELAI
You cannot go wrong with either one.

MISS PATTY
(whispers)
You're gonna be there?

BABETTE
(whispers)
You got to come, hon. It's gonna be...
(loud)
Fantastic!
(whispers)
Fantastic.

Luke walks up.

LORELAI
Hey.

LUKE
Hey.

Lorelai notices Luke is wearing the blue cap she gave him 6 years ago and is confused and a little stunned.

LUKE
Okay here you go, ladies. More hot water for you, Miss Patty, and for you, Babette, a bowl of shredded wheat.

BABETTE
It's for my throat. Gives it a rougher quality, a husky sound sort of like Debbie Harry meets Ethel Merman!

Lorelai is still staring at the cap.

LUKE
What?

LORELAI
What?

LUKE
What?

LORELAI
Nothing.

LUKE
Okay.

LORELAI
I'm just getting some coffee.

LUKE
To go?

LORELAI
Yep.

LUKE
Coming right up.

They go over to the counter.

LORELAI
Oh, you're preparing for the big boat trip, huh?

LUKE
Yep.

Lorelai sits down.

LORELAI
Wow. Do you want me to just talk in nautical terms till you go?

LUKE
No.

LORELAI
Aye, aye, captain.

LUKE
Please don't.

LORELAI
Shiver me timbers.

LUKE
Are you done?

LORELAI
All hands on deck. Now I'm done.

LUKE
Good.

LORELAI
So, where you going?

LUKE
Oh we were thinking of heading up the coast.

LORELAI
Oh, well, up is good.

LUKE
It should be fun.

LORELAI
You're really going on a boat trip, huh? You sure it's a good idea?

LUKE
What's wrong with a boat trip?

LORELAI
Well I mean for starters, you're on a boat.

LUKE
So?

LORELAI
So! Anything could go wrong. You're on a boat in the water in the middle of nowhere. Haven't you seen "Dead Calm," "Open Water," "Das Boot"?

LUKE
Okay, first of all, I did not purchase a u-boat.

LORELAI
“Titanic”, surely you've seen "Titanic."

LUKE
April's very excited about this.

LORELAI
Sure she is.

LUKE
Here's your coffee.

LORELAI
Look instead of paying for this, can I just give you some of my sage advice?

LUKE
I'd rather have the dollar.

LORELAI
April says she's very excited?

LUKE
Very excited.

LORELAI
Yeah, she said she's very excited, but if I were you, I would plan a couple nights at a hotel so she can wash her hair and order room service. That's what I would do.

LUKE
Okay.

LORELAI
Okay and if you're heading up the coast, you have to spend as much time as possible on the southern coast of Maine.

LUKE
Yeah?

LORELAI
And you have to go to Barnacle Billy's.

LUKE
Barnacle Billy's?

LORELAI
They have the best lobster you've ever had and you sit on the deck, look at the view -- you never want to leave.

LUKE
Alright, I'll check it out.

LORELAI
For all that extra advice, don't I get a doughnut?

Luke lifts the donut cover.

LORELAI
Thank you very much.

LUKE
Mm-hmm.

LORELAI
Bye, Patty. Bye, Babette.

MISS PATTY
(sings)
“So long, farewell Auf Wiedersehen, goodbye, goodbye!

BABETTE^
(sings)
“So long, farewell Auf Wiedersehen, goodbye, goodbye!

CUT TO:

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

Rory walks up to the apartment and enters.

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

There's a group of peopls in the apartment.

RORY
Hey.

PARIS
Hey, Rory. Everybody, this is my roommate, Rory. Rory, this is Elise, Karen, Robin, Tim, and Edwin.

A group the welcome Rory with “Howdy” and “Hi”.

PARIS
All fellow Yale seniors and all recently accepted into Harvard Medical school.

RORY
Oh, wow. Congratulations.

The group group response with: "Thank you! Thank you."

PARIS
When word spread around campus about who got in, we decided to get together and celebrate.

RORY
Cool.

PARIS
(quietly to Rory)
A good chance to size up the competition. I know Robin, Karen, and Edwin from ORGO, and I'm comfortable that when the time comes, I can crush them. Elise and Tim are new to me, but Elise's hand was shaking a little when she was cutting into the cake, so I've got her pegged for an early exit into podiatry.

RORY
Sounds like quite a party.

PARIS
It really is. Do you want some cake?

Paris holds up a naked-guy cake.

RORY
Oh. Definitely not.

PARIS
We tried to get a corpse cake, but we couldn't find a bakery that would make us one, so we had to settle for a naked-guy cake from an erotic bakery in Hartford.

RORY
Yes it's a little early for cake for me.

PARIS
It actually tastes pretty good once you get past the pornographic-dessert issue. Sure I can't interest you in a fibula?

RORY
No, thanks.

PARIS
Here's your mail. You got a letter from the Chicago Sun-Times.

RORY
Oh. Great. 

Rory opens the letter right away.

RORY
They're not hiring.

PARIS
Bummer. You okay?

RORY
Yeah. I'm fine. It's not a big deal.

PARIS
You want to hang out, have a little champagne? I could use an extra pair of eyes out here.

RORY
I would, but I have a final in one hour, so I'm gonna go shower and close my eyes for a bit.

PARIS
Sure. We'll try to keep it down.

RORY
Okay. Thanks. Nice meeting you, everyone.

GIRL
Bye, Rory.

GUY
Bye!

CUT TO:

INT. NEW HAVEN: PARIS' AND DOYLE'S APARTMENT, RORY'S BEDROOM - NIGHT

Rory goes into her room and reads the letter again, then gets out her cell phone and makes a call.

RORY
(into phone)
Hi. Um, I'm calling for Kate Hessel? Rory Gilmore. Okay.... Hello, Kate? Um, hi. This is Rory Gilmore. Good. I'm well. How are you? Um, yeah, finals and everything. It's just really crazy right now. But, um, the reason why I was calling is, uh, well, I know that initially I said that I wasn't interested in the job at the Providence Journal-Bulletin, but I was thinking about it, and it's such a great job. It's such a wonderful opportunity that I was wondering if maybe... no. Right. Of course you did. No. It's such a great job. I mean, of course you've already, uh, filled the position. I just thought I would, uh, check... that I would call just in case. Well, thanks. 

Rory sighs as she sits on her bed.

CUT TO:

INT. STARS HOLLOW: DRAGONFLY INN, KITCHEN - DAY

Sookie is cooking.

LORELAI
Hey.

SOOKIE
Hey! Taste.

LORELAI
What?

SOOKIE
Taste.

LORELAI
Oh, it's a meatball.

SOOKIE
So good.

LORELAI
It's 9:00 A.M.

SOOKIE
Look It's amazing. I completely forgot how pregnancy scrambles my taste buds. I swear, it doesn't even taste like a meatball.

LORELAI
Does it taste like a Danish?

SOOKIE
Well okay, then, for lunch. 

Sookie chuckles and sighs as she sits on a stool.

SOOKIE
So?

LORELAI
So... I went into Luke's diner this morning, and he was wearing the hat I gave him.

SOOKIE
(gasps)
You gave Luke a hat.

LORELAI
No, not recently. Years ago -- for Christmas.

SOOKIE
Oh, yeah, the blue hat.

LORELAI
Yes, the blue hat. And he hasn't worn it since we broke up, I mean not once. I don't blame him. It's totally understandable.

SOOKIE
Oh, yeah, you're right. He wears that black hat now. It gives him a slightly more menacing quality.

LORELAI
But then suddenly today, I walk into the diner, and there it is, atop his head.

SOOKIE
(gasps)
Atop.

LORELAI
Yes, atop his head. What do you think that means?

SOOKIE
It's good.

LORELAI
Good how?

SOOKIE
Well, you know, he's past his pain, you're talking again, you've cleared the air, you're coming into the diner again, and, you know, he's wearing your hat.

LORELAI
Yeah. That's nice, right? I should probably reciprocate.

SOOKIE
Reciprocate?

LORELAI
Yeah, you know he's doing something friendly. I should probably do something friendly back -- wear my own hat, as it were.

SOOKIE
Did he give you a hat?

LORELAI
No, that's the problem.

SOOKIE
Did he give you any friendship thing you can wear?

LORELAI
No, you know, I got rid of all my Luke-related stuff.

SOOKIE
Oh.

LORELAI
We've made such progress lately. You know I don't want to leave his hat gesture unacknowledged.

SOOKIE
Hey, you could always throw on a flannel shirt.

LORELAI
That's a good idea.

SOOKIE
(getting the meat ball) God, are you sure you don't want to try this? What if I scrambled it with some eggs?

LORELAI
No.

SOOKIE
Really? 

She eats the meat ball.

SOOKIE
Mmm!

CUT TO:

INT. STARS HOLLOW: BAND APARTMENT, LANE'S BEDROOM - DAY

Lane puts the babies down for their nap, and leaves the bed room.

*Music: The Cure "Boys Don't Cry"*

INT. STARS HOLLOW: BAND APARTMENT, LIVING ROOM - DAY

Lane jumps around happy, because the babies are asleep. Zach comes home with groceries.

ZACH
Hey.

LANE
Hi.

ZACH
Are they both down?

LANE
Yes. Three choruses of "Nappy Nappy Time Time" and 20 minutes of Rhythmic Shooshing, and they both conked out. Kwan fought it a little harder than Steve did, but they're both really tired.

ZACH
Good work.

LANE
I don't know what to do first -- sleep or eat. Eat!

ZACH
Hi.

They kiss.

LANE
Hi!

ZACH
So they didn't have those potato rolls you like, so I got the hamburger rolls which most closely resembled the potato rolls. I checked the ingredients, and potatoes aren't actually listed in there. But are potato rolls made from actual potatoes, or is that just an expression like "finger sandwiches"?

LANE
Um, Zach?

ZACH
Yeah?

LANE
Name-brand diapers and, oh, name-brand chips? Are you crazy?

ZACH
I just thought I'd splurge a little.

LANE
We are on a budget.

ZACH
I know, but I got amazing news in the grocery store. This is the only way I could think to celebrate.

LANE
What news?

ZACH
Okay. You ready? I was in the frozen-foods aisle when I get this call from Graham. You remember Graham?

LANE
From Vapor Rub? Yeah we saw them play last year at the mercury lounge.

ZACH
Yeah well, great news. Their lead guitarist got into this wicked car accident, which isn't the great part, clearly. He's gonna be fine, but the use of his right hand is pretty iffy. Anyway, they need a new guitarist, and they called me.

LANE
Lead guitarist?

ZACH
Lead guitarist.

LANE
For Vapor Rub?

ZACH
I know.

LANE
Oh my God I want to yell, but I don't want to wake the babies. I'm yelling on the inside.

ZACH
They're going on a 2-month tour this summer, and they want me to join them.

LANE
I can't believe it.

ZACH
Graham talked me through the whole thing, It's the perfect setup. 8 weeks, 25 cities, 40 shows. The whole thing's already practically sold out, and they have this awesome tour bus. And they're cool with you and the boys coming along, 'cause I said, "I can't go if I can't bring the family," and he talked to the band aand they were into it.

LANE
Seriously?

ZACH
Yeah one guy's bringing his girlfriend. The bassist has a puppy. It's totally cool.

LANE
Right now, I am howling at the top of my lungs, just so you know.

ZACH
Just wait. When we're in Philly and D.C., We're gonna be opening for Tokyo Police Club.

LANE
Foot stomping, so much foot stomping happening here!

ZACH
Yeah the bands are really tight. We're playing at the 930 club, the Black Cat, and the first Unitarian, and we don't even have to bring our own backline.

LANE
Shut up!

ZACH
Graham's always been a big fan of my songwriting, and he said he'd totally give my new stuff a listen.

LANE
So many people are gonna see you play -- I mean, a real tour.

ZACH
And it's a million times better than that Seventh-Day Adventist tour. We get to stay in actual motel rooms, not church basements, and we don't have to run our lyrics past the church elders before every show.

LANE
(sighs)
I am so proud of you, Zach. 

They kiss.

LANE
Now let's pop open the name-brand chips!

ZACH
You want to wake the babies and tell them?

LANE
Do it and die.

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

Lorelai drives up in the blue SUV from the Dragonfly Inn, notices Rory's car and goes inside.

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

Lorelai walks in.

LORELAI
Rory!

She goes into:

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

LORELAI
Rory?

She opens the door to:

INT. STARS HOLLOW: LORELAI'S HOUSE, RORY'S BEDROOM - DAY

LORELAI
Honey?

RORY
Yeah?

LORELAI
Hi.

RORY
Hey.

Lorelai walks in. Rory is in her bed, hiding under the covers.

LORELAI
Whatcha doing?

RORY
Hiding.

LORELAI
From...

RORY
The world.

Lorelai pulls back the covers.

LORELAI
(sighs)
What's going on? Want to talk about it?

RORY
I tanked it.

LORELAI
What did you tank?

RORY
My final.

LORELAI
Oh, I'm sure you didn't tank it.

RORY
I'm pretty sure I did.

LORELAI
Why?

RORY
'Cause I didn't even turn in all of it.

Rory hands Lorelai her final.

LORELAI
Oh, sweetie.

RORY
If I didn't fail it, I didn't do better than a "C"... or a C-minus... or a "D." Oh, what if I got a "d"?

LORELAI
Well, that's okay.

Rory sits up.

RORY
No, it's not. I mean I knew my stuff you know. The questions were exactly what I anticipated. I could have written about "Paradise Lost" for hours in those blue books, but halfway through the third blue book, I just started thinking, "what is the point? I'm never gonna get a job, anyway."

LORELAI
That's not true -- you are gonna get a job.

RORY
I'm not. The New York Times doesn't want me. I got a letter from the Chicago Sun-Times. They're not hiring. I even called the Providence Journal-Bulletin and begged for that job, but they already gave it to someone else, some non-idiot who didn't think they were too good and turn it down.

LORELAI
You're not an idiot.

RORY
I am. Everyone's probably laughing at me. I can probably never show my face in Providence again.

LORELAI
I think you probably can.

RORY
Not without hearing the snickers and the people pointing and laughing at the unemployed, homeless Yale dropout.

LORELAI
Honey, you had a setback, and that is really hard and terrible, but you are so smart and so talented. And there is some paper out there that is gonna hire you as their future superstar. That's just a fact.

RORY
Yeah, right.

LORELAI
Look I think you're having a meltdown, so it's good you came home, because it's sad and disappointing, and everyone needs to have a meltdown once in a while. I speak from experience.

RORY
Ugh.

LORELAI
When is your next final?

RORY
Not for another four days.

LORELAI
Well see? That gives you plenty of time to melt.

RORY
This is all your fault, you know?

LORELAI
Why?

RORY
Because you told me I could do anything.

LORELAI
You can.

RORY
Apparently, I can't, and I have two rejection letters and a humiliating phone call to prove it. Do you know what the worst part of this is? I thought I was so in at the Times. I was just saying that I wasn't gonna get it, because I was trying to be humble, but I was so not humble. I was so cocky. I was picturing myself working there -- chatting up Bill Keller in the elevator and running down the street for a quick lunch with Maureen Dowd and filing my first story and seeing my first byline. I already had the outfit picked out for my New York Times picture I.D.

LORELAI
The new suit with the red theory shirt.

RORY
Yeah. And now I have to tell everyone that I didn't get it. And I don't want too. Just telling grandma and grandpa made me feel ashamed and humiliated all over again, which is why I didn't tell you. I'm sorry I didn't tell you. It just sucks disappointing everyone.

LORELAI
Honey... you could never disappoint me -- ever.

RORY
Yeah?

LORELAI
Ever, ever.

RORY
Yeah.

LORELAI
Ever.

CUT TO:

INT. STARS HOLLOW: BAND APARTMENT, LIVING ROOM - DAY

Lane is changing the baby's diapers.

LANE
Have you seen Steve's Paci?

BRIAN
His what?

LANE
His pacifier. It's green. He loses his mind without it. Can you check by the sink? I need to make a list of stuff to take on tour.

BRIAN
Definitely. Zach says they're gonna be playing the Bowery and Roseland.

LANE
Yep.

BRIAN
Insane.

LANE
Insane!

BRIAN
I can't wait to see those shows. And opening for Tokyo Police Club?

LANE
And maybe Grizzly Bear.

BRIAN
Really?

LANE
Yeah I know, he got that call like an hour ago. The whole thing is crazy. Uh-oh.

BRIAN
What?

LANE
Do you smell that?

BRIAN
Well, that's one way to find out.

LANE
Oh, man. I just changed him. Can you put Steve in the stroller? I'll change Kwan.

Brian comes to take Steve in the stroller

BRIAN
Got it. You know, their drummer's a bit of a lush.

LANE
Who?

BRIAN
Vapor Rub.

LANE
Oh, right. I know. Zach says he's, like, sober two hours a day.

BRIAN
I'm just saying, one night that guy's not gonna be able to go on. You're gonna be waiting in the wings, and -- boom -- you're their new full-time drummer.

LANE
Wouldn't that be something? 

She checks Kwan.

LANE
Oh, man. You're kidding me.

BRIAN
What?

LANE
False alarm.

BRIAN
Oh.

LANE
What?

BRIAN
Steve is now emitting a very foul odor.

LANE
Oh... Bring him back. 

Kwan cries.

LANE
Oh, no, no. It's okay, Kwan. Just a false alarm. I am sorry. Just getting you dressed again. It's okay. He hates getting naked.

BRIAN
You want his pacifier?

LANE
It's okay.

Brian holds up a pacifier.

LANE
No, that's Steve's. Kwan's is, uh, red.

BRIAN
Got it. Uh-oh.

Brian gets Kwan's pacifier.

LANE
It's okay, Steve. He's coming right back. Maybe you should hold him.

BRIAN
Sure thing.

LANE
Until I'm ready to change him.

BRIAN
Sure thing. I hope the tour bus comes equipped with a nanny.

LANE
Yeah, right. You want to come -- full-time "Manny"?

Brian holds Steve in his arms.

BRIAN
I wouldn't last a day. I don't know how you do it, Lane.

LANE
Yeah, it's a lot. My mom's actually been a huge help.

BRIAN
Maybe you should take her with you.

LANE
Yeah. Right. I'm sure I'll be fine.

BRIAN
Yeah, definitely. Zach says the bassist's girlfriend is coming along, so, hopefully, she'll be good with kids.

LANE
Yeah, hopefully.

CUT TO:

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

Lorelai and Rory are having lunch.

LORELAI
Alanis Morissette.

RORY
What? No.

LORELAI
Yes.

RORY
But she was successful right from the start.

LORELAI
In Canada. She was on "Star Search." She dated Dave Coulier. She struggled a lot before "Jagged Little Pill."

RORY
I don't think that's a good example.

LORELAI
Jackson Pollock.

RORY
Mom.

LORELAI
He struggled before he succeeded, and I bet if you asked him now, he would tell you he was glad for that.

RORY
Jackson Pollock is dead.

LORELAI
Yes, and from heaven he would tell you he was glad about that, because god rewards those who struggle.

RORY
Okay, mom, I get it. Setbacks make you stronger.

LORELAI
A setback is really just a set-up for future accomplishment. How's your mac and cheese?

RORY
It's not having its usual effect.

LORELAI
I'm sorry.

RORY
It's okay.

LORELAI
You know I'm not just saying this stuff. I really do believe it.

RORY
I know you do mum.

LORELAI
And I think you've had kind of an easy time. I mean most of the things you've gone for you've gotten. This setback might help you have some perspective.

RORY
I guess.

LORELAI
Do you want some French toast? I think Caesar made it today. It has extra brown sugar.

RORY
No, thanks. 
(pause)
Mark Twain.

LORELAI
Hmm?

RORY
Well Mark Twain had to work as a steamboat pilot on the Mississippi before he became a successful writer. And if he'd never had that experience, he never would have written "Huckleberry Finn."

LORELAI
Which is one of your favorite books.

RORY
Remember when I made you have my 12th birthday at the Mark Twain museum in Hartford?

LORELAI
I thought one day I was gonna find you on a raft made out of empty milk cartons, sailing down the Housatonic river.

Rory's cell phone rings.

RORY
It's Logan.

LORELAI
Go ahead.

RORY
Outside. 
(into phone)
Hi. I'm okay.

Rory leaves. Luke comes over and sits on a nearby stool.

LUKE
(to Lorelai)
How's she holding up?

LORELAI
Oh, she's okay. Rory's used to getting what Rory wants.

LUKE
Yeah? I know. How you doing?

LORELAI
Me? I'm fine.

LUKE
Yeah?

LORELAI
How's the, uh, trip-planning coming?

LUKE
Great. Great, I actually took your suggestion and booked a couple hotels along the Maine coast -- Kittery, York harbor. You know nothing fancy, just cable TV and a hot shower.

LORELAI
That's great. I think she'll really love that.

LUKE
I even made a reservation at Barnacle Billy's.

LORELAI
Bring me a "to go" box.

LUKE
Will do. You know, I'm getting pretty excited. It's still a couple months away, but the trip is really coming together. You know. It's a lot of time on the water, and we're gonna cover a lot of ground, but it's six weeks, so I think, overall, it probably won't seem like so much.

LORELAI
That sounds great. 
(pause)
Hey, Rory and I are gonna go see, Um Patty and Babette's act at K.C.'S tonight. It should be a hoot.

LUKE
You know, not really my thing.

LORELAI
Yeah. No. I'm not saying...

LUKE
No, I know.

They both laugh.

LORELAI
Just we're going, but, you know.

LUKE
Well, if I have some free time...

LORELAI
No, no, no.

CAESAR
Order up, Luke!

LUKE
I should probably.

LORELAI
Yeah.

LUKE
Can I get you anything else?

LORELAI
A doggie bag.

LUKE
I'll take care of it.

LORELAI
Okay.

Luke goes to the kitchen.

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

Rory is on the phone to Logan.

RORY
(into phone)
So, when are you coming back?

INT. SAN FRANCISCO: HOTEL - DAY

LOGAN
(into phone)
Soon.

.INTERCUT - PHONE CONVERSATION

RORY
How soon? It's been too long. You have to leave them wanting more.

LOGAN
I'm booked on a red-eye tonight. But we'll see, I have another meeting this afternoon. If these guys want to do dinner, drinks or something I may not have a choice. I'm sorry.

RORY
That's okay. I'm just glad it's going well. Think they're gonna make you an offer?

LOGAN
I don't know it's hard to tell, these guys play things pretty close to the vest.

RORY
Well I'm sure they will. All this time they're keeping you out there -- it can't just be because of your good looks and charm.

LOGAN
I hope not.

RORY
Well, I guess I better let you go.

LOGAN
Okay. I love you.

RORY
I love you, too.

LOGAN
And, hey, don't worry about The Times or the final or any of it. I have a feeling, in the next couple days, you will have moved on and forgotten all about this.

RORY
I don't know.

LOGAN
Things will be looking up, I promise.

RORY
Call me later?

LOGAN
I will.

RORY
Okay. Bye.

Rory hangs up. She goes back into the diner.

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

RORY
Hey.

LORELAI
Hey. How's the left coast?

RORY
He sounds good, very positive.

LORELAI
Good. You ready to go shopping?

RORY
Yes, there's nothing I love more than shopping after a huge meal.

LORELAI
Lets go.

RORY
Bye, Luke.

LUKE
Take care, Rory.

RORY
Luke changed his hat.

LORELAI
Did he?

Lorelai and Rory leave. The phone rings.

LUKE
(into phone)
Luke's.

INT. NEW MEXICO: ANNA NARDINI'S HOUSE, APRIL'S BEDROOM - DAY

APRIL
(into phone)
Hey, dad.

.INTERCUT - PHONE CONVERSATION

LUKE
April, hey. What's going on?

APRIL
Not much. How are you?

LUKE
Good. Doing the lunch thing.

APRIL
I tried you on your home phone first. I don't know what I was thinking.

LUKE
Well another 10 minutes, and I'd have been up there. So, what's going on? Just call to say hi?

APRIL
Actually, I've got some news.

LUKE
Good news, I hope.

APRIL
Good and bad, actually.

LUKE
Tell me.

APRIL
Well, in January, I filled out this application for the Metropolitan museum science camp. I wasn't even gonna do it, but Mr. Lazovic, my chemistry teacher -- he wrote me this really nice recommendation. Anyway, I totally forgot about it, 'cause I didn't think I'd ever get in, but I did.

LUKE
Wow, April. Congratulations. That's terrific.

APRIL
Yeah, it is. The only problem is it's six weeks, and it's right during our boat trip.

LUKE
Oh.

APRIL
Yeah and I've been so torn because I really want to take this trip with you, but this camp is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. They only take eighth-graders, so this would be the only year I could go, and they would have kids from all over the world there, and they'd have Nobel-winning scientists come and teach classes and stuff.

LUKE
Yeah well, that sounds, uh, pretty incredible.

APRIL
Yeah, but I really want to take this trip with you.

LUKE
Yeah, look, it's too good an opportunity for you to pass up.

APRIL
You think?

LUKE
I do. I mean the boat's not going anywhere. We'll do it next summer.

APRIL
Okay. Are you sure?

LUKE
Absolutely.

APRIL
Okay and It's only six weeks, so I could definitely spend the last two weeks of the summer with you.

LUKE
Well then that's great. We'll take a little trip somewhere.

APRIL
Yeah, definitely.

LUKE
I am so proud of you, kid.

APRIL
Thanks, dad. Um, I'm gonna tell mom that we talked, okay?

LUKE
Okay. I'll call you later.

APRIL
Love you.

LUKE
Love you, too. 

Luke hangs up the phone, he sighs as he goes back to work.

CUT TO:

INT. STARS HOLLOW: CASEY'S BAR - NIGHT

Miss Patty and Babette are on stage singing.

*Music: "Friendship" from Anything Goes*

MISS PATTY
(sings)
When other friendships have been forgot ours will still be hot!

BABETTE^
(sings)
When other friendships have been forgot ours will still be hot!

Babette imitates a chicken. The crowd cheers.

KIRK
Very nice!

BABETTE
You're a terrific crowd!

MISS PATTY
Yeah we have one more song, and then karaoke night will begin.

Music starts.

BABETTE
I dedicate this next song to my husband, Morey.

They both start snapping their fingers in time with the music.

*Music: Peggy Lee "Fever"*

MISS PATTY 
(sings)
Never know how much I love you
never know how much I care
when you put your arms around me
I get a fever that's so hard to bear
you give me fever

BABETTE^
(sings)
Never know how much I love you
never know how much I care
when you put your arms around me
I get a fever that's so hard to bear
you give me fever

MISS PATTY
(sings)
When you kiss me

BABETTE
(sings)
Fever

MISS PATTY
(sings)
When you hold me tight

BABETTE
(sings)
Ooh, fever!

RORY
(to Lorelai)
Hey, do you know what would really put me over the top spirit-wise?

LORELAI
What?

RORY
If you sang.

LORELAI
Oh, yeah! On the way home, we'll roll down the windows. I'll belt it out.

RORY
No. Up there.

LORELAI
Oh, no. I'd have to be way more drunk for that.

RORY
Well, we can arrange that.
(to waitress)
Excuse me. Could we get some shots here?

LORELAI
Shots?

BABETTE
(sings)
You give me fever.

CUT TO:

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

Zach is mopping. Luke is putting up chairs.

ZACH
I've never even been to half the cities we're going to. I mean, Detroit -- how psyched am I?

LUKE
You seem really psyched.

ZACH
I'm totally psyched. Detroit is a major music hub, man, for everybody. It's not just about Eminem and Iggy pop and Motown.

LUKE
Oh no.

ZACH
And we're not just playing anywhere. We're playing The Magic Stick. Everybody's played The Magic Stick -- Crooked Fingers, The Rose Buds, Bobby Conn, Midlay.

LUKE
Wow.

ZACH
It's gonna be nuts.

LUKE
I'm really happy for you, Zach.

ZACH
And it just works out so perfect time wise. I mean obviously, I'm gonna have to miss a couple weeks' work, but, for the most part, you'll be closed for the summer, anyway, so...

LUKE
Oh, yeah, actually, that's not happening now.

ZACH
What?

LUKE
Yeah April and I aren't going away, I mean at least not for most of the summer, so I'm gonna keep the diner open.

ZACH
Oh, man, that totally blows. What happened?

LUKE
Oh she's going to this camp -- this science camp. You know she's super smart -- I mean like, off-the-charts smart -- and she got invited, and it's real prestigious. And she's got to go. She can't not go.

ZACH
Buddy, I'm so sorry.

LUKE
Oh, it's okay.

ZACH
No I know how stoked you were for this trip.

LUKE
No it's all right Zach...

ZACH
All that planning -- you were really into it.

LUKE
It's okay Zach.

ZACH
No! It's not. It sucks.

LUKE
Zach.

ZACH
Okay, I'm sorry. I get it. You're processing.

Lane comes in.

ZACH
(to Lane)
Hey! Hey, babe.

LANE
Hey. 

They kiss.

LANE
Hey, Luke!

LUKE
Lane, hey! It's been a little while.

They hug.

LANE
Yeah I know I can't believe I'm actually out of the apartment at night and baby-free. I feel like I'm missing a limb -- or two, actually.

LUKE
You look good.

LANE
Thanks. I'm exhausted.

ZACH
But psyched to be out on the town, right?

LANE
So psyched. So are you coming to Casey's?

LUKE
Ah I don't think so.

ZACH
Dude, you've got to come. 
(to Lane)
He just got some totally devastating news.

LUKE
It's actually not that bad.

ZACH
(to Lane)
He's still processing.

LANE
Luke, you should come.

ZACH
Come on let me buy you a beer.

LUKE
You know you guys, go ahead. Maybe I'll catch up.

ZACH
Okay. That's cool.

LANE
So, maybe we'll see you there.

LUKE
Sure.

Lane and Zach leave.

EXT. STARS HOLLOW: STREET - NIGHT

LANE
So, what was the news?

ZACH
Oh. April bailed on the boat trip.

LANE
Oh, no.

ZACH
Yeah she's going away to some brainiac science camp for the summer. Who's even heard of science camp? It's a contradiction in terms. It's like a...

LANE
Oxymoron.

ZACH
Oxymoron -- totally. 
(pause)
Are you okay there, babe?

LANE
Yeah, I just kind of realized something today.

ZACH
Yeah what's that?

LANE
I realized I can't go on tour. I'd love to -- god, I'd love to -- but it's just not possible -- not with two babies. I mean, you know it's hard enough here at home, where I have a whole support system -- my mom and Brian and Dr. Shaw. I've got my routine, and it's hard, but it's manageable. But it wouldn't be anywhere but here, you know?

ZACH
No, I get it. I do.

LANE
I'm so sorry, Zach.

ZACH
You don't have to be sorry about anything. It makes sense. It's cool. I'll call Graham in the morning and tell him we can't go. He'll understand.

LANE
No. Wait. That's not what I'm saying. I'm saying I can't go. I still want you to go.

ZACH
You do?

LANE
Hell, yeah.

ZACH
No way. Not without you and the boys.

LANE
Zach, this is a really big opportunity.

ZACH
Yeah, but it's two months.

LANE
Exactly. It's not a year long world tour. It's two months, it's important, it's a dream come true, and who knows where it could lead?

ZACH
Are you sure?

LANE
I am. We'll talk all the time, and I'll hold the phone up to Steve and Kwan's ears so they can hear your voice. I'll see your shows in New York and Philly and Boston. We'll work this out.

They kiss.

ZACH
You are the coolest.

LANE
Well, I am married to the lead guitarist of Vapor Rub.

CUT TO:

INT. STARS HOLLOW: CASEY'S BAR - NIGHT

Kirk is on stage.

*Music: Culture Club "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?"*

KIRK
(sings)
Do you really want to hurt me?
Do you really want to make me cry?
Precious kisses, words that burn me
lovers never ask you why in my heart...

RORY
How you feeling there, mom?

LORELAI
Ah I must be drunk, 'cause he sounds pretty good.

RORY
Well, get those pipes warmed up, 'cause you're on deck.

LORELAI
I can't follow Kirk. He can really sing!

KIRK
(sing)
People always tell me that's a step, a step too far...

RORY
Come on, mom. If you don't, then you're gonna ruin all this good cheering up you've been doing.

LORELAI
You are relentless!

RORY
I'm thinking something early Madonna.

Lane and Zach walk up to them.

LANE
Hey!

RORY
Oh, Lane!

LANE
What are you doing here?

RORY
I'm just catching up with my mom.

LORELAI
Hi, Lane. Hey what's up, Zach?

ZACH
Not much, Lorelai. How are you?

LORELAI
Good. A little tipsy.

ZACH
Seems like an appropriate setting for that. 
(to Kirk)
Okay, this is just sinful.

LANE
Be nice.

ZACH
I'm just saying If you're gonna do Boy George, at least commit to the high heels and the makeup.

They all chuckle.

RORY
Hey, sit. Sit.

LANE
Okay.

Lane sit down.

LANE
(to Rory)
So, are you done with finals already?

RORY
Ah...

LANE
Wait. Are you actually done with school?

RORY
Um not yet, very soon. I'll be done next week.

LANE
Oh.

LORELAI
Pretzels or peanuts?

RORY
Oh, peanuts, and remember -- if you slip out the back door, I will sink into a deep depression.

LORELAI
Drat!

Lorelai leaves.

RORY
(to Lane)
So, how are the boys?

LANE
Awesome, exhausting, amazing, infuriating. You name it, I feel it.

ZACH
I'm gonna get a beer.
(to Lane)
Ginger ale for you, mom?

LANE
Sure.

ZACH
Rory?

RORY
I'm good.

ZACH
Be right back.

Zach leaves.

LANE
(to Rory)
So, really, what's going on with you?

RORY
Oh, I just had a bit of a meltdown, that's all.

LANE
Why? What's going on?

RORY
There's this job that I really wanted, and I didn't get it. I was pretty bummed about it, but my mom talked me down, and everything's fine now. What's going on with you?

LANE
Well, Zach is going on a 2-month tour this summer as the lead guitarist of Vapor Rub, and, yes, I'm serious.

RORY
Vapor Rub? Whatever happened to Hep Alien?

LANE
Well, Hep Alien will live to rock again, but right now, opportunity calls.

RORY
Isn't it gonna be hard for you guys to be apart?

LANE
Definitely, but, you know, it's only two months. And we'll make it work. Life is long.

RORY
When did you get so mature?

LANE
I don't know, I think the mature gene kicks in once you become a mother.

KIRK
(sings)
Do you really want to make me cry?

The crowd cheers.

BABETTE
Wonderful! Wonderful!

Cheering as Lorelai takes the stage.

LORELAI
(into microphone)
Honey, it's another embarrassing moment for your diary. 

The music starts.

*Music: Dolly Parton "I Will Always Love You"*

LORELAI
Uh-oh. 

Lorelai puts down her drink, clears throat, chuckles nervously.

LORELAI
(into microphone)
Happy graduation.

LORELAI
(sings)
If I... should stay I would only be in your way...

LANE
She's a Whitney fan?

RORY
Oh, I think it's Dolly-inspired.

LORELAI
(sings)
But I know I'll think of you each step of the way,
and I-I-I will always love you...

Crowd cheers and claps.

MISS PATTY
She's all right!

BABETTE
The kid's stealing our thunder!

LORELAI
I will always love you.

Luke enters the bar, Lorelai sees him and becomes more serious, now singing to Luke. Luke is smiling.

LORELAI
(sings)
Bittersweet memories,
that's all I'm taking with me,
so goodbye please don't c-cry,

Others notice Luke at the bar.

LORELAI
(sings)
We both know I'm not what you need,
and I will always love you,
I will always love you.

Luke is smiling at Lorelai more, he looks happy.

LORELAI
(sings)
I hope life treats you kind,
and I hope you have all you dreamed of,
and I wish you joy and happiness,
but above all I wish you love,
and I-I-I will always love you,
I will always love you,
I will always... love you 

Lorelia chuckles nervously and leaves the stage in a hurry.

Cheers, applause and whistling, Rory looks worried as to where Lorelai went. Luke looks happy but a little confused.

CUT TO:

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

Rory is cooking as Lorelai comes to the table.

RORY
Morning.

Lorelai groans.

RORY
Coffee?

LORELAI
Yeah. What are you doing up? Why aren't you more hung over?

RORY
Well, I stopped drinking several shots before you did.

Rory hands Lorelai a coffee.

LORELAI
Are you going?

RORY
Yeah. I'm gonna stop by Lane's. Then I have to get back to school and start studying for my next final. This time, I intend on turning in all my blue books.

LORELAI
That's too bad. I had a whole second day of pick-me-up plans, including a clown and some pony rides and absolutely no drinking at all.

RORY
Well then you shouldn't have devised such an effective first-day pick-me-up plan.

Rory hands Lorelai a plate of eggs.

LORELAI
Well, live and learn.

RORY
I really do feel better, though -- all the wallowing and the eating and the shopping. And I don't know maybe it's because you wished me joy and happiness.

LORELAI
You liked that, huh?

RORY
It cheered me up.

LORELAI
Well, glad it did.

RORY
I do feel so much better, though. It's like you said -- sometimes you just have to let your feelings out.

LORELAI
Yeah. Sometimes you do.

CUT TO:

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

Zach is busing tables.

ZACH
Chilaquiles, huh?

LUKE
Chilaquiles.

ZACH
People went nuts for them. Mr. And Mrs. Fiss said they want them every morning now. Who knew? I didn't even think we'd sell one of them.

LUKE
Well it was all Caesar -- his idea, his recipe, his refusal to take no for an answer.

ZACH
Hey, Caesar. Chilaquiles!

CAESAR
Chilaquiles! What'd I tell you, Luke?

LUKE
You told me, Caesar.

CAESAR
I told you.

LUKE
You also told me you told me.

CAESAR
Chilaquiles!

ZACH
Chilaquiles!
(to Luke)
That dude's a riot. Hey I'm glad you came out last night.

LUKE
Yeah, it was fun.

ZACH
Gypsy does a mean Pat Benatar.

LUKE
That was interesting.

ZACH
How about Lorelai?

LUKE
Huh?

ZACH
What did you think?

LUKE
Oh, uh...

ZACH
I mean the gal can sing, right? Bizarro choice of tune, but she's got some pipes. Nice quality, you know?

LUKE
Yeah, yeah, yeah. Definitely.

ZACH
So you feeling better? Nah, you still bumming about your boat trip, aren't you? Of course you are. Why am I asking?

LUKE
No, no, no, it's okay. I'm actually feeling a little better. And you know hanging around here this summer might not be so bad.

ZACH
That's cool. Maybe we can make karaoke night at Casey's kind of a regular thing.

LUKE
Yeah, maybe.

ZACH
Oh, hey, I almost forgot. In the middle of breakfast rush, I found your hat. It was wedged in behind the dishwasher. No worse for the wear, though.

LUKE
Yeah thanks.

ZACH
Yeah I told you it'd turn up.

Luke looks at the cap, smiles and puts it in his back pocket.

CUT TO:

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

Lorelai is watching an old movie "House on Haunted Hill" on the flat screen TV.

TV (ANNABELLE)
I'm Annabelle Loren. Are you looking for something?

TV (LANCE)
Not exactly.

TV (ANNABELLE)
Are you the doctor?

TV (LANCE)
No, no I'm Lance Schroeder...

Knock on door, Paul Anka barks. Lorelai turns the TV off.

LORELAI
Just a minute! 

She gets up and goes to the door.

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

Lorelai opens the door. Logan is outside.

LORELAI
Oh, hey.

LOGAN
Hey.

LORELAI
Oh, you just missed Rory. She's on her way back to school.

LOGAN
I know, I'm actually here to see you.

LORELAI
Oh. Okay. Come on in.

LOGAN
Thank you.

Logan comes in. They walk into:

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

LORELAI
Do you want, um, any food or drink? I ordered way too many fries.

LOGAN
No, thanks. I'm all good.

LORELAI
Here, have a seat.
(to Paul Anka)
Paul Anka! 

Paul Anka jumps of the couch and they sit down.

LORELAI
Um... so, how was your trip?

LOGAN
Oh, it was really great. Actually that's what I wanted to talk to you about.

LORELAI
Oh, god. I know nothing about that world. Apple, IBM, Microsoft... I'm out.

LOGAN
Well, I've been offered a position with an emerging internet company.

LORELAI
Wow, that's great.

LOGAN
Yeah it's pretty similar to what I was doing in New York, but actually they're willing to make me a full partner. I'll be getting in on the ground floor.

LORELAI
That's exciting!

LOGAN
It is. It's gonna be a lot of long hours and an incredible amount of work building the company, but I really feel this venture has a bright future. I mean, these are serious people.

LORELAI
And you're a serious guy. Look, you don't have to convince me. I voiced my concerns, and you told me your plan. We had pie. I'm cool.

LOGAN
Thank you. I appreciate that. That means a lot to me.

LORELAI
Oh. You're welcome.

LOGAN
So, the thing is -- as you can imagine, I'm pretty excited about all this.

LORELAI
Y-yeah.

LOGAN
But it does mean a move to San Francisco -- Palo Alto, actually.

LORELAI
Oh, wow.

LOGAN
Yeah.

LORELAI
That's big. That's funny that Rory didn't mention it.

LOGAN
Well actually, I haven't told her yet.

LORELAI
And you're here 'cause you want me to tell her for you?

LOGAN
No, no. I'm gonna tell her. I just um, I wanted to talk to you first about it.

LORELAI
Okay. That's... thoughtful.

LOGAN
Look... I love Rory. She means the world to me, and I want her to come with me to California.

LORELAI
Oh.

LOGAN
But not just as my girlfriend, which is why I'm here. I'm here to ask your permission -- your permission to ask Rory to marry me.

Lorelai looks stunned.

LOGAN
Lorelai? Lorelai?

>_END OF SHOW_<