Richard is barely listening to the Margie candidate in front of him. Good thing Lorelai is. She asks the Margie candidate leading questions. The candidate created a system from the ground up, and was an assistant to a woman until the woman got pregnant. "Story of my life," Lorelai says. "Literally." Richard wakes up, looks up the candidate's name -- Karen -- and says that they'll call her when they make a decision. Karen says it was a pleasure meeting both of them. Lorelai says she'll walk Karen out, and compliments her shoes. Richard plays with a stapler until Lorelai comes back in with lunch in tow. Richard asks if they should eat in the office today. Lorelai says it sounds fine to her, and unpacks the food. Richard's happy they remembered his pickles, adding that he's happy they work across the street from this place. He tells Lorelai that they ought to start a tab with them so that they don't have to pay in cash all the time. Lorelai says she already did it. Richard says that Lorelai is like "that tiny fellow on the M.A.S.H. program, always anticipating." Lorelai asks Richard what he thinks about Karen. Richard thinks she's rather inexperienced. Lorelai says that Karen was an executive assistant for six years. Richard says that young women tend to be flighty. Lorelai points out that Karen worked for the same woman for five years. Richard loves his roast beef sandwich. He asks Lorelai what she ordered. She got a cheeseburger. Richard says he might get that if they order from the same place the next day. Lorelai says that Richard's already interviewed three people who would be perfect for the job. Richard says that these things take time, and that finding the proper secretary is about chemistry and can't be rushed. A man's secretary sets the tone for the entire business. And sets the toner. Richard thinks he's doing just fine with Lorelai at the moment. Lorelai says that the moment is rapidly coming to an end. She can't work for Richard because she has her own job. Richard says he knows that. Lorelai says she needs him to find an assistant soon because she doesn't know when she'd be able to come back to Richard's office and help him. Richard says he'll need to see more résumés. Lorelai snaps that she can't come back there tomorrow. Richard puts the wall up again, and tells Lorelai that he won't need her at all anymore. She can go home now. Lorelai says that she'll finish out the day, but Richard says that won't be necessary. Man, how I know that wall. Richard feels vulnerable for depending on his daughter, so he takes away all need for her immediately so that she doesn't feel like he's any obligation or responsibility, taking with it all emotion. Lorelai pouts that all the phone numbers he needs are on his desk. Richard thanks Lorelai for all her help and asks her to excuse him, since he has work to do. Lorelai starts to leave, but stops at the door to say she thought Karen was a good choice, but Richard's already on the phone, ignoring her. Lorelai pouts off.
Episode Report CardPamie: B- | 342 USERS: C+
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