Lorelai gets a cell phone call from Emily, who is yelling because she's on another continent. Lorelai reminds Emily that phone service has improved greatly over the decades, and Emily resumes a normal speaking voice. Emily tells Lorelai that this is their last stop: "And it's a good thing, too, because I don't know how long I can keep these randy European men off me." As Lorelai listens to Emily brag about the men who flirt with her, she takes over making a bed from a housekeeper. For such a small inn, Lorelai has way too much staff. That might be why they're hurting for cash. Lauren Graham's never made a bed in her life, and it shows. She doesn't even seem to understand a fitted sheet. She tosses it around the bed this way and that as she and Rory have a very perfunctory conversation about the weather. Rory hangs up and Lorelai balls up the sheet, tossing it back to the housekeeper, saying something about bouncing a quarter. The housekeeper is understandably upset as we go to commercial.
"Rome." Emily and Rory have just finished shopping. Rory thinks this was a waste of money, since now they'll have to pay duty (tee hee) on it. Emily just wants Rory to be able to say she bought these things in Rome. Emily orders in Italian, blushing and gushing to Rory that the waiter is practically hitting on her, the way he's lavishing her with praise. We don't get the benefit of subtitles, but I assume the Italian is pretty good because there's no joke here. I love Rory's outfit again. Man, the girl had to have packed more than that duffel bag with the wardrobe she's sporting. Everyone around the ladies is smoking, because...when in Rome, I guess. Emily goes on and on in Italian while Rory stares off into space, her attention clearly elsewhere. No, it's not on a hunky Italian boy. Rory doesn't like boys. Rory is thinking about someone very special back home. No, not Dean. Gah. Pay attention!