Friday-night dinner. Emily asks Lorelai if Rory's got that flu that's going around. Lorelai says she must, yes, indeed, have it. Emily's friend Bunny's got it. Emily wonders if she should take a drink in to Richard in his study, since she hates to disturb him while he's working. Lorelai asks what he's doing. Emily says that he just started his own company; he rented out an office, and Richard is now President and C.E.O. of The Gilmore Group, an international insurance-consulting firm. Lorelai asks exactly what that means. Emily explains that Richard is an international insurance consultant. Lorelai asks exactly what that means. Emily says that Richard consults on international matters concerning insurance. Lorelai asks what Richard does once he sits down at his desk in the morning. Emily says that Richard consults international clients on insurance matters. Lorelai wonders why they aren't opening for Rickles. ["Third base!" -- Wing Chun]
Richard enters, upset as hell over a girl named Margie. Margie is the woman who was Richard's secretary for twenty years or something. Lorelai remembers her as "Largie Margie." Emily gives Lorelai a look. Lorelai says it was very clever when she was six. Anyway, Margie didn't accept Richard's offer to join him in his business. She's staying at Richard's old firm. Emily is outraged, saying that Richard is the only reason Margie had a job at the firm in the first place. Richard says he went to great pains reminding Margie of that fact. Emily says this is unacceptable, and that Richard and the "rotund ingrate" had an agreement. Man, if it's not one thing it's another. This show's starting in on the fat jokes more and more each week. Richard says that Margie helped with the new office and had things sent over and all she had to do was accept the formal offer to be his secretary again. Apparently, she had a problem with getting paid less money than she makes now. The nerve! Richard says that a new business takes money, and that he doesn't have enough money to pay Margie her current salary. Emily asks where her loyalties are after twenty years. Lorelai figures they're with the firm that's still paying her the same amount of cash even though Richard's not there anymore, keeping her from having to stand in line for government cheese. Richard says he doesn't know what to do now. Emily sympathizes. Richard figures that, without Margie, he simply cannot run his business. Now he doesn't even want to do it anymore. He doesn't know how he could. He wonders if it's too late to get out of the lease and close the company. Emily encourages him to look into that before he loses any more money. Lorelai asks them both to stop throwing the baby out with the bathwater. Everybody asks Lorelai what she's saying. Lorelai says that there are other options to consider, like hiring another secretary. Richard scoffs that he's had other secretaries before. There were three lousy ones before Margie came around. Emily says that Margie did everything for Richard. Lorelai says there are plenty of other Margies out there dying to be in that kind of codependent relationship. She adds that the new girl might not be named Margie, but if Richard pays her enough, she might let him call her whatever he wants. Richard says he doesn't have time to find someone new. The office is a mess. It's still in boxes. He doesn't know where anything is, and the computers aren't set up. He doesn't know how to do anything. Lorelai says she'll come over tomorrow afternoon after her business class, and she'll get him settled and have him find another Margie just as good as his last Margie. I thought her classes were on Wednesday nights. ["I can let the other time continuity issues slide, but what college course meets on a Saturday?" -- Wing Chun] Richard says he hates to see Lorelai waste her time. Lorelai says she'll blindfold him, then. She says there's another Margie out there; Richard just has to give it a chance. "Dream with me here, folks," Lorelai says. They all sip their drinks in unison.