I guess it doesn't matter what time it is, really. Sookie finds Lorelai and says it's a good thing she hadn't left the Inn yet. Emily called to borrow their serving dishes, since apparently hers are tacky. Lorelai calls Gran a "relentless old broad." Lorelai calls home, and is shocked to find Rory answering. She asks what Rory's doing there. Rory says she lives there. Lorelai says she was calling to check messages. Rory says that nobody's called, and this is the first time the phone's rung all day. Lorelai tells Rory to get out of the house. It's 6 on a Saturday night and Rory has spent a day and a night waiting for Jess to call. She can't be the kind of girl who gets all mad in her head and then forgets everything once he deigns to show up. She tells Rory to go to the hockey game with Lane and Lane's fake boyfriend. Rory doesn't think she'll like hockey, but Lorelai says there will be cheerleaders and field goals and Shaq and a million other things that have nothing to do with hockey. She tells Rory not to care if Jess calls. Rory gets all excited, like the coach just gave her a halftime speech. She hangs up the phone, determined to be a single girl out on the town. Carrie Bradshaw, she ain't.
Emily walks up to the front of her house and enters, her hands full of groceries. She takes a few steps into the foyer and stops, shocked. We see what she sees: Gran is in the living room in front of the fire, kissing....Barney? Or a woman in a purple track suit? Grimace? I guess it's supposed to be an older man in a purple suit, but why such a bizarre suit? Is he related to Liberace? It's all so disturbing. Emily quietly backs out of the house, trying not to be noticed. "Oh, my," she breathes.
The hockey game. Jung Chu is on his cell phone. I take back what I said about Miss Patty lip-synching last week now that I hear her and Babette singing "The Star Spangled Banner" right before the start of the hockey game. The Stars Hollow Minutemen sure have fancy uniforms. And where is this rink? Where is it normally? Oh, whatever. Oh, it's on the rival team's turf. Okay. I guess that's why Miss Patty and Babette get to sing the...forget it.
Rory walks up to Lane. She's amazed that it's so cold, that there's really ice, and that a game called hockey actually exists. Lane asks Rory what she's doing there. "I'm hockeying," Rory answers. Lane says that's not a word. Rory asks why the crowd's so sparse. Lane says there's a monster-truck rally in Woodbury, which pulls a lot of the same crowd. Hey, that's not true. Lane asks where Jess is. Rory says she doesn't know, and she doesn't care. She's out without Mr. Big tonight, a single girl on the town. I can't believe she doesn't at least complain to Lane about how lame Jess is being with this whole "I don't need to call you, babe" routine. She says that everything's fine and she wanted to see some hockey. Lane explains that Jung Chu is on the phone with Karen, who isn't too pleased that he's going out with other girls, even if it's only to please his parents, so he's spending the entire date talking to her, consoling her. She says that Karen isn't as cool as Dave. Rory says that Dave is pretty cool. Lane says he's the coolest next to Jess. Whatever. Rory makes pretty much the same sound as I did when Lane implies that Jess is cooler than anybody. CuteDean screeches to a stop on the ice and gives Rory a CuteWave. Oh, Rory. How everyone loves you unconditionally.