"Hi," Rory says. "I got a job." Everyone flips. But that's not all -- she leaves in three days. Hugo Gray offered her the position with his online magazine to travel with and cover Barack Obama's Presidential campaign. "I would be traveling with them," Rory says. "I'd be filing stories from the road right up until the convention." She says it wouldn't pay much, but Richard points out that that doesn't matter, as she's just starting out. "It could be quite grueling, Rory," Emily says. "All that constant travel, the seedy motels." Lorelai, smiling with tears starting to form in her eyes, says Rory can handle it. Rory's excited, but she's nervous -- being on a campaign means that she will not be able to come home except on holidays, and if Obama does well, it could be a really long time before she's back in Stars Hollow. "And the roller coasters," she says. "How am I going to go on all the roller coasters if I have to leave and I have to be in Iowa on Monday at the town hall meeting at the Quality Inn Suites bar in Muenster City?!" Lorelai, obviously controlling her powerful emotions of pride and sadness, says again that Rory can handle it. "So, this is it," Emily adds, totally maudlin. "This is the last time we'll see you for...who knows how long." WAAAAAHH!! I know, I know, I promised, but...when the cut around the table and SOB! Edward Herrmann looks all sad and glassy-eyed, I cannot withhold the tears. Lorelai feels for her parents, even in her own moment of personal emotional upheaval. "After-dinner drinks," she says, "for sure."
The next morning, Rory is in full panic mode as she and Lorelai walk into Luke's. Her new job has given her a crazy long list of items she'll need for work, and some of them, such as a laptop car adapter, seem nigh on impossible to find. Lorelai tries to calm her, saying their mission over the next few days will be to track down all the stuff, even if they have to find an all-night laptop car adapter store. It has just occurred to me during this repeated viewing that...well, where is Rory going to plug in a laptop car adapter? Do the campaign buses have individual adapters at every seat? Really, I'm asking. Otherwise, she'd be begging the bus driver every day for a few minutes with the cigarette lighter. Cesar arrives to provide coffee, overdoing it on the customer service. He's trying to show Luke that he's capable of managing the place if Luke leaves, even though he knows the boat trip has been cancelled. What's weird is that Cesar has already proved this, so I am not sure what that was all about, but whatev -- the point of this scene is that Lorelai has to tell Luke to call off all the burgers and stuff for the reenactment party, because the party's cancelled.