Lane bursts back into the room, upset that her two-thousand-word ad is going to cost $500. Rory tells Lane to cut the influences down even more. Lane has to list Bowie, but she doesn't necessarily have to mention every album recorded plus a personal rating of each, between one and ten. Then there's a discussion of Jackson Browne and how knowing he's more than a "mellow, hippie-dippie folky" will separate the poseurs from the non-poseurs. "Wax on, wax off," Rory says, which I don't think really works in this situation. Lorelai goes back to reading the application and asks Rory what activities interest her. "All of them," Rory answers. Except sports. That can't possibly be true. I've yet to see Rory play one game of chess. The application asks for a picture, for some reason, so Lorelai suggests the one where they are sticking their heads through a cardboard cutout of Johnny Bravo and Spongebob Squarepants. Lane opens the door and announces that she's going to have to crank the Ramones if she must make deep cuts. She slams the door and jams "I Wanna Be Sedated." Rory suggests that they move outside. "The outside's contaminated!" Lorelai says. Rory grabs the bottle of 409, and they make their exit. Was I just recapping that scene for forever? Because it sure felt that way.
Luke's. Rory thanks Luke for the cup of coffee. He asks her if they let kids drink coffee before school. Rory asks if Luke's worried it'll lead to harder stuff: "Lattes, cappuccinos." Luke tells her to forget he asked. Rory asks CuteDean what he's doing on Saturday. He says he'll be busy with the usual chores. She asks if he wants to see a movie with her. He says he already knows she won't be free because she'll be working on her Harvard application. Rory says it's not due for weeks, and that she already has her essay topic picked out. It's Hillary Clinton. "Sounds perfect," CuteDean says. Snoresville, if you ask me. "I know!" Rory says. "She's so smart and tough and nobody thought she could win New York but she did and she's doing amazing." This show's been pretty heavy on the political tip recently, huh? Rory goes on about how Clinton's a great speaker and even her suits are improving. Rory says that now she just needs a date for Saturday. CuteDean agrees. "Oh, there's my bus," Rory says. "Sip!" she says, sipping her coffee. "Kiss!" she says, accepting a very chaste kiss from CuteDean. Again, check out that girl's priorities. She is her mother's daughter. Coffee first, no matter how bad the kissing-breath might become. Rory skips off. "Fast runner," Luke says to CuteDean. "It's the coffee," CuteDean explains. "Not your face?" Luke asks. CuteDean: "Excuse me?" Luke: "Sorry. Just...missed my youth for a few seconds. I'm back." Luke gets distracted when he sees Cardigan Man (back in his Cardigan, thank God. Weren't we all worried there for a second?) taking pictures of the building next door to Luke's. The building Luke bought a million episodes ago and has done nothing with. The strummy-strummy-la-la continues as Luke stares.