Paris has called a phone conference with Doyle and Terrence. She wants to know if this is a real relationship or just a one-night stand. Doyle doesn't understand why Terrence has to be a part of this decision. Terrence: "Because you can't, Doyle. Now please tell Paris how you feel." Rory storms in on another three-hundred-dollar counseling session to announce that Anna is missing. She didn't go to the Fro Yo Social. When Paris and Doyle aren't sufficiently upset, in her opinion, she yells at them to go back to what they were doing and then instantly calls her mommy. Her Marty. Whatever. Same thing. Marty to the rescue, dropping all classes and homework to try to impress the girl who will never treat him with any respect. Rory tells Doyle and Paris that they have to call her if Anna shows up. Because NOTHING IS AS IMPORTANT AS WHAT RORY WANTS RIGHT NOW.
Marty is as frantic as he can fake, asking Rory if she has any idea where Anna could be. And since Marty is here and still not her mother, Rory calls her mother. Rory. Get your own damn life. Get a life. Do something. Gah. She's just mopey and miserable all the time, isn't she? Or she's sniffing a book. I can sniff a book with the best of them, but I also remember college being a time when I hardly got any sleep because I was too busy having fun, staying up late talking to everyone, going to concerts, meeting older boys, seeing movies I never got to see -- you know, doing the stuff Anna's so looking forward to. Rory's college experience has been nine thousand trips to Stars Hollow and one study tree. Lorelai tells Rory to check bars, and for some reason, Chinese restaurants, to find Anna. Why Rory didn't think to check the pub first and needed her mother to tell her that is exactly the reason we are all sick of meek, pouty, whiny Rory. Grow a spine! Lorelai tells Rory she has to go because she's actually in a relationship where real people take care of themselves, and hangs up.
Luke tripped over three Thighmasters to get to Lorelai's front porch. She lies when he asks why they're there. He hands over her glasses, which she left at his house (how convenient!), thus interrupting his Dark Day in order to help a Gilmore. Lorelai says she was just leaving for Miss Patty's, but she doesn't have to go if he wants to come in. Luke says he's still on his Dark Day. She apologizes for the fall. Luke notices how Lorelai's garage door is all weird. She tells him not to worry and to leave it alone, but Luke won't, saying she can't leave that door open or somehow her stuff could get ruined. Anyway, the Help a Gilmore motto leads Luke to Lorelai's garage, past the trees, to see his boat parked in her garage. Lorelai explains that she bought the boat, along with all the other crap that's in the yard: "I just couldn't stand the idea that you might regret someday giving the boat away." Luke says he said he wanted the boat gone. "You were upset," Lorelai reminds him. Luke says he was only cranky before; now he's upset. Lorelai starts, "I just thought..." Luke interrupts, completing the sentence to say she thought about herself and only how she'd feel because Lorelai only thinks about herself. It may have taken five years, but at least someone's brave enough to finally say it besides me. Luke: "You didn't think about me or the fact that I said I wanted to get rid of this damn boat. I mean, I said it, Lorelai. I said it, you heard it and you ignored it." Furthermore, "You have no respect for what I wanted. This was my dad. This was his boat and this decision was mine. This was not yours." Lorelai, hurt, whispers, "I know." Luke says he doesn't want to hang on to things and stare at them. Incredibly, Lorelai interrupts, "Except my horoscope." I must admit, this is something I might do, because I am not the best at being in an argument, and come up with theories to support my case that prove the other person is wrong, even if they are wildly inappropriate to discuss at that time. This is what Lorelai immediately recognizes, and even says to Luke, but the damage has been done. Luke says he's leaving. Lorelai apologizes a few times, and asks him to stay and yell at her. Luke asks what the point is in that, since Lorelai doesn't listen to anything he says anyhow. Of all the times to not end a scene with Lorelai staring off into space, really registering what just happened, this time they just cut to commercial. Don't try to predict this show; you can't guess what'll happen next.