Outside in Stars Hollow, you can hear Lane's drum playing all the way over at Luke's, outside which Rory is walking. She sees Luke's truck pull up. Luke empties his fishing gear from the back. Rory walks over to Luke and says hi. She asks if he's back. He says he is. She asks if he caught anything. Luke says that the fish went fishing as well. He stops when he sees Rory's cast, and asks if it hurts. She says it doesn't hurt too much, but that it itches. He warns her against jamming a pencil down there to scratch it, since he did so once when he had a cast: "Bad results." Rory promises not to use a pencil. Luke invites her in for coffee, and asks her where Lorelai is. She explains that Lorelai's at Richard's party. When Luke lets them into the diner, I wish an emaciated Kirk was curled up on the floor, wallet in his withered right hand as he weakly threatens to sue. Luke tells Rory to grab herself a donut. Nasty. That's a week- to two-week-old donut. Rory sits on a stool and asks whether Luke has heard from Jess. Luke says that he hasn't, but he talked to Jess's mom and knows that Jess got home okay. Rory asks about Jess's stuff. Luke says he's going to send it. Rory says that makes sense. She says that the accident wasn't Jess's fault. Luke says he knows that. End of episode.
Next week, the Jess hiatus comes crashing to a halt.