Richard's office party. Many, many people are packed into that two-room office. Lorelai says it's worse than clowns in a Volkswagen. She asks Rory if she'd like something to drink, since they're probably three martinis behind everybody else. Rory says she'd just like water. Lorelai leaves, thinking aloud that she should leave some breadcrumbs. Lorelai finds Emily by the bar. Emily tells Lorelai that she's late. Lorelai says that the beer bash was scheduled during rush hour. Emily says that everybody's trying to get out of Hartford, so there shouldn't be traffic. Lorelai says that when Emily's having a party, everyone's going into Hartford. Emily says it's wonderful that everyone showed up for Richard. Lorelai asks if Emily thought about scaling back a bit. Emily says she cut down two appetizers, cancelled the champagne fountain, and reduced the serving staff to six, not counting the pointman. Lorelai: "Well, you can't not have a pointman, because then...what's the point?" Emily says that if you make it look cheap, people will think you're unsuccessful. Lorelai says it's probably better to deprive them of oxygen this way so they don't think at all. Emily says it is rather warm. Lorelai offers to get the air going, but Emily says that Karen knows how to do it. Lorelai is thrilled that Richard went with Karen. Emily says that Karen is wonderful -- very professional.
Lorelai watches Richard shakes someone's hand and mentions having Karen draw up the contracts in the morning. Lorelai walks over and says hello. She says it's a swell party. Richard says it was mostly Emily's doing. Lorelai looks for something to say for a second, and then asks what just happened with the handshake; she asks whether he scored a deal. Richard says that one doesn't "score deals" in the insurance business; one builds relationships based on trust and fulfilling the clients' needs. Lorelai apologizes. Richard starts explaining who he was talking to, but Lorelai knows who he is. "You bagged the Swede?" Lorelai asks incredulously. Richard says that he didn't score a deal or bag a Swede. They talked and came to an agreement. There are contracts. Lorelai smiles and says, "Dad, that's big!" She says she knows this is going to open up a whole new market for Richard. It could move into Russia. She congratulates him. They share a good moment. She says she saw he hired Karen. "Well, she's no...." Richard looks at Lorelai for a second and then says, "Margie." Again, they share a moment. Richard says that he needs to be excused to go score more deals now that he's finished bagging the Swede. Lorelai watches her father walk off and smiles proudly.