Neverwood takes a break and joins Jess on the other side of the counter. He asks if this is Jess's first time on the west coast. It is. Neverwood points out the sights: the ocean, the sand, the sky, and the boardwalk. As Neverwood babbles, we learn more about his neighbor Stan than we know about either Jess or Neverwood. He's Dutch. This will be funnier when you read the email at the end of the recap. Neverwood tells Jess that they're currently in Santa Monica, but that they live in Venice. Then there's more L.A. beach-naming, interesting only to people who live in L.A. or miss living in L.A. I hate Neverwood's hat. Neverwood says that there are other parts of L.A., but as far as he's concerned he'd marry the beach if he was allowed to mate it. Ew. He says he's lived in many cities, but nothing compares to this. Jess asks Sinéad where else he's lived. Neverwood names some cities, but calls Biloxi "Bill-OX-ee," which anyone who's lived in Mississippi never says. It's "Bill-UCKS-ee." Then Neverwood names off some states beginning with the word "New," until Jess reminds him that he once lived in New York. Neverwood stammers. Jess tells Neverwood he's not there to bust Neverwood's balls. They call Neverwood back to work. Jess says he'll hang out and read a book. Nerd!
I love the Mervyn's crumpled-hands ladies.
Emily's. Rory is told by a housekeeper that Emily is in the living room with Miss Celine. Miss Celine is played by Alex Borstein, who used to play Drella in Season One, who is married to Jackson, the real Jackson. I've said all of this before. But I love that someone on the forum called Miss Celine "TurbanDrella." Anyway, Miss Celine is an older lady who costumed any actress ever, and she's currently dressing Emily in the prettiest dress I've ever seen on Kelly Bishop, but something way too formal for a graduation ceremony. Miss Celine compares Emily to Ginger Rogers. Rory enters with a weary "Grandma!" and Emily introduces Rory to Miss Celine, who has been their "fashion consultant" for years. I find that hard to believe. Anyway, Miss Celine instantly calls Rory "Audrey Hepburn" in Sabrina. My, they've loaded Alex with makeup. I hope she's having fun playing this character, since she's almost completely unrecognizable. Richard walks in and says hello to Rory. Miss Celine tells a story about trying to get Audrey Hepburn to a speech therapist and concludes with "But could she wear capris!" Emily tells Miss Celine that Rory is starting Yale in the fall. Miss Celine tells Emily that the dress she's holding was just made in mint last week for Mrs. Walter Cronkite, a darling woman and a friend since the Big Bang. Richard tells Emily he preferred her green dress with the beads, since it made her look like a mermaid. I don't know anyone who would want to look like a mermaid, but okay. Rory reminds them that the ceremony isn't formal, and will be held outside. They'll be on folding chairs, even. Miss Celine has to rethink the entire thing, since the Gilmores will be seen near so much green. Richard goes to try on a gray linen suit. Miss Celine tells Richard that Jimmy Stewart wore the same shirt the night before his colonoscopy. Miss Celine warns Rory never to underestimate the power of a good shirt. She then stares at Rory for a long time.