Speaking of nailing things, Lorelai is teasing Rory about going to build a house the next day. Rory doesn't find it so funny. The girls pull up to Emily's house (I guess it's Friday night again) as Lorelai jokes that Rory still has a dead lightbulb in her closet. Rory says that Rebuilding Together is for charity. Lorelai pulls out the old joke that these poor people have it rough already and shouldn't have to suffer Rory's non-existent carpentry skills as well. Rory says she'll just be assisting others who need help and that it'll look good on her transcript and that she doesn't want to talk about it anymore. At the door, Lorelai starts to pull off her engagement ring; Rory asks Lorelai when she plans on telling Emily about the engagement. Lorelai doesn't want to tell her just yet. Rory says that the wedding is in three months, and that Lorelai should tell her now. She says she can tell them before dinner. Lorelai says she'll tell them when she's ready, and that since she's the mother and Rory's the daughter, Rory should probably listen to her, since that's the cultural norm. Rory threatens to tell Emily in two weeks if Lorelai doesn't. Lorelai comments that this must not be one of those cultures where daughters have to listen as Rory rings the doorbell. Emily answers the door and says they'll have to eat quickly since Richard has an early flight the next day. Emily leaves them at the door and walks to the dining room, as Lorelai makes small talk with herself at the entrance. I don't know why, but they've got Rory in a big floral dress and cardigan again, making her look like she's pregnant or a crazy girl.
In the dining room, Emily is barking orders to the maid to hurry things up, and calls for Richard to come to the table. Rory and Lorelai sit down to eat their salads. Emily tells them to eat. Lorelai jokes that only Richard is in a hurry, and that she and Rory can stay all night, playing games, doing Jell-O shots, playing Light As a Feather; Stiff As a Board. Emily eats without looking up from her plate. Lorelai gives up. Richard walks in and asks why they started eating without him. Emily tells him he has a 6 AM flight tomorrow. Richard asks whether she's sure. Emily goes on insisting that she's completely sure because she checked it with his secretary three times and left a note for him on the table. She realizes that Richard is teasing her. "Very possible," he says. Emily says she doesn't find it amusing, and Richard says that's why it's called teasing. Richard says hello to Lorelai and asks Rory if he may speak to her outside. Rory leaves the table and follows. Lorelai tries to engage Emily in a conversation, but Emily's pointedly not talking to her.