Emily and Lorelai agree that Richard's so happy and in his element right now. Emily sees Rory and freaks out when she sees the cast on Rory's arm. Rory tells Emily that she fractured her wrist. Another day and that cast would've been off, anyway. Lorelai tries the "really big bees" story. Emily's upset that nobody called to tell her that Rory was hurt. Rory tells Emily that she was in a car accident. Emily is piecing everything together now and is talking a mile a minute as she realizes that this is why Rory wasn't at dinner last week and that she didn't have the flu. She realizes that the accident happened in the car CuteDean made that Richard didn't trust. Rory tells Emily that Jess was driving the car. Emily tells Lorelai, "I thought you were going to keep that boy away from her." Lorelai asks if they have to talk about this right now. Emily says that they do. She's upset about the cast and can't believe how irresponsible Lorelai was in letting Rory get into an accident. Rory has had enough and starts shouting to Emily that she gave Jess the keys and told him to keep driving even though he wanted to go back to Luke's. She says that this is just as much her fault as it is his, and maybe even more. "Rory," Emily says, shocked that her granddaughter just yelled at her in mixed company. I love the words "mixed company." Like "mixed nuts." Just a bunch of different kinds of people all staring, all salted. Lorelai tells Rory she wants to talk to her out in the hall.
In the hallway, Lorelai asks what the hell that was all about. Rory shouts that she's sick of being treated like a mindless idiot who was led around by a guy. But weren't you, Rory? Weren't you? Because otherwise you were a bad girlfriend and you seem unable to fess up to one or the other. Rory says that the entire town is refusing to believe that she was responsible for what happened. Lorelai asks whether she was driving the car. Since Rory wasn't, she's not as responsible for what happened. Rory asks whether it would be the same situation if CuteDean had been driving. Lorelai says that it wouldn't have happened in that case, because CuteDean is more responsible than Jess. Rory says that Lorelai doesn't know that Jess wasn't driving responsibly. "Hi, it's Jess," Lorelai says. Rory says she forgot that Jess is the anti-Christ. I can hear Wing Chun all the way in Toronto screaming, "Word!" ["There were more swears in what I was screaming, actually." -- Wing Chun] Lorelai says she knows that Rory thinks Jess is a cool, keen, friend, but that he's really a punk-ass bitch who shouldn't be messing with decent people. He's out of control and angry and has no respect for anybody. Rory asks if Lorelai's going to blame Jess no matter what Rory says. Lorelai says she will, because that's her choice. Lorelai hates Jess, and she gets to because her daughter came home broken, so she gets to hate the guy that broke her. That's how it works: "He's gone! I win! You are wearing a cast and I get to hate him forever!" Rory and Lorelai scream the word "Fine!" at each other a few times. Then it's very quiet. Lorelai says she's pretty sure the entire party is listening through glasses against the wall. Rory says she doesn't think they need glasses. Lorelai comments that she and Rory can be pretty loud when they want to be. Rory says they're never going to agree about this. Lorelai says that Rory has to understand. Rory says that she does, and that she doesn't want to fight about this anymore. Rory wants to go home. Her wrist hurts, she's grumpy, and she made an idiot of herself. Lorelai says she'll tell Emily they're leaving, and then drive Rory home. Rory says it's early enough that she can catch a bus, and that she'd like to be alone for a little while. She says she'll see Lorelai at home.