Dwight's house. Dwight lives much closer to Stars Hollow proper than Lorelai and Rory do. Jess runs through the sprinklers as Rory tells him he doesn't have to do this. She says she didn't ask him to do this and that she could find someone else. Jess turns the sprinkler tool twice and the water turns off. "Oh, you made it look so easy," Rory whines. Now, right here normally I'd make a joke about how Jess would be good with tools, but see, they've tricked me. They've put Jess in this big sweater with a black t-shirt underneath and they've wet him down so his hair sticks to his forehead and he's shivering just a little like Lloyd Dobler the night he loses his virginity. Jess and Rory are wet and shaking, staring at each other as water drips into their eyes. They're so cold that it's hot. Very hot. Jess shivers and asks Rory if things are good. As is suddenly the custom in the last ten minutes of every episode, Jess starts asking Rory about Harvard, and about her leaving for college soon. She says she's going to go to Harvard, but she's saying it with a lot less conviction these days. They keep their hands behind their backs to keep from embracing each other. They stare. Rory begins to stammer. Her pager goes off. It's CuteDean, of course, finally answering her page. And by "finally," I mean three minutes later. She says he's on his way over. Jess nods and quietly says, "Okay." He takes the sprinkler tool and turns the sprinklers back on. He smirks at her and walks past her, the water falling all around them. Fine! I like Jess, okay? There. I finally like him. And I'll tell you why. Jess 2.0 isn't as smarmy or evil. He isn't so cocky and pissy. He doesn't just assume he's going to date Rory and isn't so insulting to her life and the people in it. He's not angry bad dude punk kid. He's no longer a cliché. Now Jess is just a kid with a crush who's a little too cool for school but mostly he's just sad that he can't have the girl he loves because she's set in her ways and leaving for college soon anyway. Jess, you're better off with Shane anyway. At least she puts out. Rory watches Jess leave, licking water off the lips he didn't kiss.
Emily's. It's Friday again! Emily immediately begins complimenting Rory's blue sweater -- a top we've seen both her and Lorelai wear before, I think. She tells Rory that she should wear blue more often, but I'm pretty sure that all Rory wears is blue. Lorelai has brought Emily pictures from Sookie's wedding, but Emily's too busy making drinks to look through them right now. She gives Lorelai a glass of wine and Lorelai makes a big deal about how normally Emily asks Lorelai what she'd like first and doesn't just hand her a glass of wine. Even though she wants a glass of wine and always takes a glass of wine, she'd just like the courtesy of being asked. I'm so glad this episode is almost over. Emily leaves to get some cheese. "Boy, it's cold in here," Lorelai says to Rory. Rory notes that it's colder where Lorelai is sitting. Lorelai wonders if Emily is going to be mad at her all night. Rory says "yep" a few times. Lorelai says that she should go in and talk to her. She asks Rory if she wants to talk to her instead. "Nope," Rory says, and Lorelai says it's a good thing that Rory doesn't get paid by the word. Rory says the sooner Lorelai gets in there, the sooner there's cheese.