Out in the hallway, Rory kisses and hugs Lorelai. She thanks Lorelai for not putting her on the conveyor belt. "Yes, that was very big of me," Lorelai says. "You don't know," Rory answers. Commercials. I'm exhausted, y'all. Get me off this lousy thing.
Outside Darren's house, Rory thanks him for his time. They say goodbye. Darren tells Lorelai that Rory is very impressive. Lorelai tells Rory that Darren's brother Bruce will be happy to play their next party or event, like her graduation party. Rather pointless scene ends.
Town Hall Meeting. Rory and Lorelai show up late. Cardigan Man points out the two seats in the back they saved in anticipation of their tardiness. Lorelai opts for prime seats toward the front of the room. Cardigan Man brings up the final point of business: his old-fashioned soda shoppe. Luke's instantly pissed, saying this is a private matter that was already settled. Cardigan Man says that this is a town matter because the town is in need of a particular business, so the town should band together. Cardigan Man has made a model of the soda shoppe, and he has Kirk wheel it in at this point. Kirk couldn't find an appropriate sheet to cover the model, and had to use a sheet from his hamper. The model is of a few storefronts, with a gigantic horse and buggy on the street. The buggy and the building both say "Stars Hollow Olde Fashioned Soda Shoppe." Miss Patty says it's cute. Cardigan Man says this is a professionally manufactured diorama of the proposed business. Jackson recognizes himself among the little diorama people. Cardigan Man says that the horse-drawn carriage would be parked outside the building. "The horse is taller than the front door," Babette warbles. Luke asks if Taylor's breeding giant horses. Cardigan Man admits that the horse is slightly out of scale. Everyone starts teasing the diorama for having a gigantic horse and such little people. Cardigan Man says they're missing the big picture. He says that the business belongs in the town. If a three-fourths majority votes to use a space for a specific function, then the land-owner must concede. Luke says that rule was created with the intent of taking over houses in the event of a war. He says that if Cardigan Man wants to turn the place into a Civil War hospital, that's fine with Luke. Cardigan Man says some would argue that the comforts a soda shoppe offers are compatible to the care that a hospital would provide. Lorelai shouts for them to stop fighting. Luke tries to get everyone on his side, but Lorelai and Rory think a burger from Luke's followed by an ice cream soda would be perfect. Cardigan Man calls a vote, and the town wants the soda shoppe. "Be ready to pay through the nose," Luke threatens Cardigan Man. Kirk asks Cardigan Man about management opportunities. Lorelai tells Luke that being Cardigan Man's landlord will be fun. Luke thanks Lorelai for her lack of help.