People are streaming into Babette's house with the small furniture and abnormally sized doors. Inside, Lane is asking Rory if she wanted to laugh when Babette explained the peculiar circumstances surrounding the discovery of Cinnamon's death. Rory nods. The teenagers both exclaim, "It's sad, yeah, it's sad." And they walk away to some other part of the house. Turkey Sandwich Guy walks by the side door as Michel enters. "Excuse me, Hee Haw Man," Michel says. "Where is Lorelai Gilmore?" Lorelai magically appears, and Michel hands over a large canister to his boss. "What?" he says. "You are having a party, and I'm not invited?" His boss explains that it's not a party but a wake. For a cat. He's confused and makes a crack about cats in general. Lorelai shuffles him out the door just as Miss Patty makes her dramatic entrance. Then Miss Patty smothers Sally Struthers. Heh, that rhymes.
Outside, Sookie and Luke meet each other as they are walking up the driveway. There is chef tension. They can't both fit through the doorway at the same time. Lorelai thanks them for coming at such short notice. Sookie tries to organize the crowd: appetizers over there, beverages over here. She's trying to keep a semblance of order. Luke simply drops his food on the table and says, "Dig in." Later into the evening, there's a knock at the door just as Rory's walking past. There's CuteDean holding trays of soft drinks. "Oh! Hi!" he says. "I wasn't expecting to see you!" Poor Rory stumbles over her words for a minute and then invites him in. Lorelai notices their short conversation and asks if Rory knows the young man. She says no, but he goes to her old school and she sometimes saw him there. "But I go to Chilton now." I don't know what's worse: being surprised by your crush at the side door or having your mother witness the whole unbearably uncomfortable conversation. As her mother walks away, CuteDean startles Rory again, asking if she has a second. "No," she responds. "But I have gum." He's a bit confused, and rightfully so, then Rory makes an excuse, and he leaves. Poor Dean. As Rory watches him go, she notices Max heading up to their front door. She calls to her mother, who exclaims, "Oh!" Rory wants to know if she's in trouble. Lorelai explains that tonight is Thursday. Max bangs on the front door. Lorelai stutters for a second. Rory wants to know what's going on. "Max is here, um, to pick me up," Lorelai says. Rory's confused for a second, but only for a second. She's a smart girl and realizes Max is there so that he and Lorelai can go out on a date. Her mother grabs both of Rory's arms and squeezes, exclaiming that she'll be back in a flash to explain the whole situation. Then she runs off to talk to the date she's just about to ditch.