Outside Emily's, Lorelai is pretty pissed off. She says she's going to try to go back in time and not come by to pick Rory up anymore. Rory says she didn't want to have dinner with Richard and Emily, anyway. Lorelai says she can't do this anymore. She's done. Rory apologizes for having Lorelai come over. Lorelai says that this is actually a good thing, and now she can stop feeling guilty for not wanting to go over there. She can go back to the way things were before, when she ignored them and hated them and they ignored her and disapproved. I don't know why Lorelai hasn't mentioned to Rory yet that she can't go to Yale. Or why they aren't canceling their Europe trip to help pay for tuition. Or why...never mind. We've got a spinoff to create! Rory goes back in to get her books.
Rory stomps over to her books and says she's not staying for dinner. Emily says she doesn't know what to do about Lorelai, with everything having to be such a scene. "I think you're being really stupid," Rory brats, and leaves.
There's a yoga circle in Stars Hollow at night, and for some reason it's not being led by Kirk. Rory and Lorelai drive up in the Jeep. Lorelai can't stop talking about how awesome the Souplantation is. I thought that was an L.A. thing. It's just a Super Salad with an offensive name -- all you can eat. I don't know where the girls found one, or how this was the first time they'd heard of an all-you-can-eat buffet, but whatever. ["Shut up! Souplantation is the best! Seriously, I love Souplantation. And though it does have some offensive associations, the word 'plantation' is neutral; it's just a synonym for 'farm.'" -- Wing Chun] Lorelai stops for the red light, despite Rory's protests, because she doesn't want to run it and get another ticket. Rory is upset that she's missing out on study time. Then, for some reason, Lorelai quotes a bumper sticker about paranoia, and I have to lower the episode to a C-. It's not looking so good for the episode. Rory sees Luke sweeping out in front of the diner. She asks Lorelai if Luke will know they went to Souplantation. She wonders if they'll have an all-you-can-eat glow. Luke looks up, sees Rory and Lorelai, and runs into the diner. Rory wonders what that was all about, and Lorelai poorly lies that it must have been the glow. She then breaks down and says she wasn't going to tell Rory because of everything going on, but Jess is gone. Rory's like, "Oh." Tra-la-la. Rory says she doesn't think Jess will come back. Lorelai asks Rory if she's okay. "Yeah," Rory says. Lorelai guns the red light. A motorcycle cop pulls out from behind a statue. For some reason, we don't get to see Kirk write a ticket.