Once they're alone, Lorelai leans in and tells Rory, "So, no offense? But lame-o kiss." Hee. Someone's been reading our boards. She says it's like a couple of chickens pecking at each other. Rory tells Lorelai to mind her own business. Lorelai says that Rory did it right in front of her, so she noticed. Rory says she's not good with public displays. "You didn't have that problem with Dean," Lorelai lies. Rory says she feels like everybody's watching her. Lorelai says they aren't. Rory says she doesn't know how this whole "second-boyfriend thing" is supposed to go. Lorelai -- who can't wait for Rory to be worried about the third-boyfriend thing -- tells Rory that she's going to have hundreds of boyfriends, if not at least three more, and it'll get easier. She reminds Rory that eventually CuteDean will start dating someone else, too. This seems to upset Rory. Babette and Morey stand up and announce that they're leaving to walk off some of that food. Babette has to deliver too many lines about where China's located, so they can walk to it. Then: "By the way, that was some half-assed kiss you two had." Ha. Very slow fade on Lorelai's pout to commercial, instead of on Babette walking out warbling the inappropriate comment and Rory's reaction.
Emily's. Lorelai tells Rory that this isn't going to be so bad, because it's the last time they have to see them until next year. Lorelai says they're leaving in two hours exactly, and begins the countdown. Emily answers the door. They all exchange a "Happy Thanksgiving," and Lorelai counts down again. There's a piano player in some kind of piano room. "I found him at Nordstrom's," Emily says. Lorelai asks if he was on sale. Emily says she thought it'd be nice to have live music playing in the background. "He knows every song ever written," Emily boasts. "Freebird!" Lorelai shouts, and sadly the piano player doesn't launch into it to prove his merit. They leave the room.
Everyone has arrived for dinner. I guess Rory's just about forgiven Richard entirely, because there are no apologies, no conversation, no shared looks, nothing. Just a big hug. Great. Glad we went through all of that, then. Lorelai, however, is angry enough for all four of them. She keeps counting down. Richard reintroduces Natalie (from the auction, who called Emily "The Cobra"), and her husband Doesn'tMatter. They also have a couple in from France, Claude and Monique. Monique doesn't speak any English, which is always a good reason to come and celebrate Thanksgiving, isn't it? Claude is her translator. Richard speaks fluent French, it seems, and the three of them do a little Frenching as Richard introduces his fille and petite-fille. I know très petite French, so the closed-captioning looks like Monique and Claude are conversing about how she's pretending not to know any English.