A very jaunty Lorelai bounds up her front steps, greeting Max. She tries to explain about the emergency wake for the neighbours' cat. Max thinks that Lorelai is making excuses and says, "Lorelai, I like you, but I don't want to force something on you that you don't want to do." She chases him down the stairs as he tries to make a quick getaway. Lorelai begs him to not read too much into "this." She wants to reschedule. They smile. He asks whether she's sure. "Cross my heart and hope that no other neighbourhood cats die on that day!" He gives in. They smile some more. Ragdoll wonders how he gets his hair to stay up like that. He must use rollers in the front. Or at least a blow dryer and a lot of gel. It's really bad Jason Priestly hair from the last season he was on 90210. Max gets in his Mustang and drives off. Lorelai curses Cinnamon and her awful timing.
The Iron Chef: Stars Hollow competition continues between Luke and Sookie. Reigning champion inquires after her competitor's meatloaf and his use of ketchup. She offers up a complementary dish. He refuses. Then recants. But doesn't let her make a nice design on the plate. I think we're making progress. Lorelai walks by wondering if anyone has seen Rory. As she passes the warring cooks, we see Mean Kirk from the grocery store approach Miss Patty. He apologizes, and rightfully so, I might add. Lorelai ends up in the kitchen, where Babette is putting a pharmacy of pills into a hatbox. Lorelai cracks, "Whoa. It's like a scene from the kitty version of The Valley of the Dolls." Babette smiles. They go through the litany of problems poor Cinnamon had and the pills she had to take for each condition. They remember Cinnamon. There is grief. My eyes well up. They talk about what it's like to have your kids grow up around you. Inadvertently, Babette gives Lorelai some advice: "Eventually, you've got to move on and figure out what your life's going to be like when you're not taking care of someone else." After finishing her task at the medicine cabinet, Babette busies herself with some dishes. Lorelai helps. There is more bonding. They talk about the "stud" that is Max Medina. Babette wants to know how he is in the sack. Lorelai smiles and says she hasn't even gone out with him yet, but that when they do "it," she'll call Babette during the cigarette to let her know. The two of them hug, and it's all so darn sweet. Morey's at the piano playing Cinnamon's song. Babette goes into the other room. Miss Patty is playing the bongos. Lorelai approaches Sookie, who is watching the scene from just outside the living room. She can't find Rory anywhere. Lorelai is worried about Rory's reaction to Max. Sookie ends up being not very comforting. Lorelai continues her quest to find her daughter, who's not actually in the house.