Back at the Inn, Kirk delivers Chin Chin's awesome daisy wreath for the memorial service. "Hey, Christy," says Lorelai to one of her employees walking through, "will we see you tonight at the memorial?" When Christy tries to decline, Lorelai interrupts: "Let me rephrase that. We'll see you tonight at the memorial. Attendance is mandatory. Thanks!" In the kitchen, Sookie has whipped up food worthy of a dignitary: "Some of my finest work wasted on a dog funeral and a petty little man." Lorelai says she knows that Michel is being impossible, but that he's going through a hard time right now. Sookie say she knows: "I made him some fat-free brownies, too." She adds that the whole kitchen staff will be there: "Not that Michel will say 'thank you' or modify his behavior in any way to say that he's grateful, but just so you know, you're doing a really great thing." Lorelai says she feels guilty for going off on Michel, but Sookie reminds her that Lorelai has a few things on her mind as well. Speaking of which, says Lorelai, she talked to Christopher. "GET OUT," Sookie commands her staff.
Lorelai gives Sookie the dish: she explains that Christopher does not think she even wants to be in the marriage. "But you do, right?" Sookie asks. Lorelai says yes, of course, but that Chris's jealously of Luke is blinding him. She has decided that the only way to settle things with their marriage is to cut Luke out of her life completely. But...is he even in her life? I mean, he showed up at the hospital and she wrote him the reference, but otherwise, it's not like they're hanging out. Sookie says, though, that Luke is still a big part of her life: "It's just that it's Luke. You were friends for years, before you were together, and then when you were together, you were really together." She says that she knows Lorelai has moved on, but that all those feelings for Luke didn't just disappear over night, and that Lorelai just moved very quickly. Wait a second -- they have already had this conversation, before Lorelai and Christopher got married, right? Unfortunately, it didn't work that time, either. Lorelai says that her feelings for Luke didn't instantly disappear, but that she put all that behind her and married Chris, who loved her and wanted to marry her. Sad, sad. She says that Luke was kind to her and loyal, but also distant and uncommunicative, and didn't want to marry her: "I tried everything I could to work it out. And of course I have feelings for him; that's what Christopher's responding to, and that's why, in order to save my marriage, the only thing I can do is cut Luke out, right?" Siiiiigh. Wait a SECOND. Now Lorelai has feelings for Luke? When we've been through a whole season thus far of them passing each other like acquaintances? No looks of yearning? No drunk dials? No...anything that would indicate to anyone real or fictional that either of them had anything but mildly wistful recollections of each other? It bugs me. I mean, I guess I would be complaining about something else if she had married Chris and sat around mooning over Luke, but my point is...why have Lorelai marry Chris at all? Just to put the nail in that relationship once and for all? Maybe. Oh, hi. Don't mind me. I'm working some stuff out in private over here. Sookie puts the hard question to Lorelai: if there were no Luke, ever, in the picture, would Christopher still be The One? Lorelai furrows her brow, but doesn't answer.