Lorelai is wrapping Rory's cast in plastic so that Rory can take a bath. Lorelai starts with a plastic bag over the cast. Rory reports that she and CuteDean just watched television after she told him about the accident. Lorelai tells Rory to use air quotes when she says that. Rory points out that Claire was in the room, so they really did just watch television. Why don't they ever want to kiss or make out? Then CuteDean walked Rory home and gave her a good-night kiss. He neither asked about the car, nor talked about Jess. Rory says she thought he'd want to yell and scream and break up, but instead he gave her his corn. Lorelai asks when exactly he gave her his corn. Rory says it was at dinner, and not some weird time like on his way to the bathroom or something. Rory hopefully says that it might not have sunk in yet, and that perhaps he'll be angry tomorrow. Lorelai says that CuteDean might be even more terrific than they thought he was. Rory whines that Lorelai's plastic isn't covering the entire cast. Lorelai says she's not finished yet. She stands up and grabs Saran Wrap. Rory asks if CuteDean's really okay with it. Lorelai says it sounds like he is. Rory says that if the situation were reversed, she wouldn't be okay with it. Lorelai points out that the situation wouldn't have happened in reverse, because CuteDean never would have let Jess drive the car he'd worked so hard to make. Rory is disappointedly grateful. She asks what the stacks of papers are for. They're résumés for Richard's new potential secretary. Lorelai Scotch-tapes the Saran Wrap to Rory's wrist and asks what Rory thinks. "If we were gazelles, we'd be the first ones eaten at the watering hole," Rory answers. Lorelai tells Rory to go take her shower, since she's starting to look like she's starring in an independent film. Lorelai tells Rory that CuteDean knows her, and knows she wouldn't do anything to hurt him intentionally. She tells Rory to focus on how lucky she is: "Jess is gone and now you guys can start over." ["It's like she's speaking directly to me, and yet I don't believe her." -- Wing Chun] This seems to please Rory. Lorelai tells Rory that even though the box says it's safe, she'd prefer that Rory keep her arm out of the microwave for at least a week. Rory heads up for her shower as Lorelai goes back to poring over résumés.
Richard's messy office. Lorelai enters and calls out to Richard. "Let me guess," she says. "The Wu-Tang Clan had the office before you." I don't know why Richard seems to understand that sentence, but he says he knows it's a mess. ["I guess he figured it out from the context. Or, he loves the Wu-Tang Clan. Retirement can put a man through many changes." -- Wing Chun] Lorelai says it's also freezing in there. Richard says he doesn't know how to work the thermostat. Apparently, that was always Margie's job. Lorelai turns down the thermostat, even though Richard warns her that she'll only break things. The air shuts off, and Lorelai says, "The Wind Done Gone." Richard thinks she's only temporarily fixed things, so Lorelai starts to teach him how to turn off the thermostat himself. The phone rings once, and Richard tells Lorelai not to bother picking up the phone; the caller has already hung up. Lorelai deduces that Richard can't be psychic, and that his company probably doesn't have a stalker already, and figures out that the phone is set to send calls straight to voicemail. Richard asks how that happened. Lorelai asks for the phone manual. Richard doesn't understand what that means, so Lorelai looks for a book with a picture of a phone on it. She finds it under the "copper ball glued to the wood thing." Richard corrects her that it's brass; the company gave that to him as a retirement gift. Lorelai says, "So in addition to being heavy and ugly, it's also insulting." Richard: "Quite." Lorelai punches a few buttons on the phone and fixes the voicemail problem. She tells Richard to go into his office and call her from there to test the phone. It starts ringing before he gets there. She asks if she should answer. He says she could. He watches to make sure she answers the phone correctly. She does, and has to take a message for Richard. She stalls him as she searches for a pen by asking how the caller spells "Larry." Richard hands her a pen. Lorelai writes the phone number down on her palm, an action that would have gotten me grounded when I lived at home. No writing on the skin at my house. You're grounded until it wears away. ["Me too! Hey, did your dad tear apart your bed if it wasn't made when he got home from work, too?" -- Wing Chun] Lorelai asks where the hell the pens are. Richard tells her to watch her language. He asks what Larry wanted. She says he wanted to know where the hell the pens are. Lorelai asks again where Richard's office supplies are. There aren't any, because Margie hasn't ordered them yet. Richard has no idea where one gets things like office supplies. "Well, let's go," Lorelai says, and Richard walks out with her.