Rory and Paris share a pitcher with Lucy and Olivia (who appear to be wearing the same clothes from when we last saw them?) at a bar. The cutesy twins tell them all about their new place, and bemoan their post-college financial straits. "Hey," Rory says, turning to a depressed-looking Paris to try to involve her in the conversation, "do they have student housing at Columbia?" Paris mutters a "maybe" and Lucy and Olivia catch on, leaving them alone. Rory asks Paris if she's really okay. "I just miss him," she says of Doyle. Paris finally admits that Doyle wasn't really pressuring her at all. "It was me," she says. Doyle told her that he would work it out, wherever she decided to go, but she couldn't really factor his needs out of the equation. "I should choose a school based on its merits," she says, starting to cry, "not based on its proximity to some guy!" Rory reminds her that Doyle isn't just some guy; he's Doyle! "I know," Paris laments, killing me. "But I'm only twenty-two! This wasn't supposed to happen yet! I wasn't supposed to meet The Guy until I was thirty...and when I was ready to settle down." Rory tries to calm Paris down, saying that one can't plan everything and that being in love with Doyle is a good thing. Paris asks if Rory is having these same talks with Logan. Rory says yes, and that they've agreed to factor each other in. Paris challenges her to carry that idea forward to its end -- say she gets the Reston, and meanwhile Logan gets some great deal where he needs to move to San Francisco. Would she accept a perfectly good job at the San Francisco Chronicle or choose The New York Times? Rory hesitates before admitting she'd go for the Times. "Well, then," Paris shrugs sadly, "we're saying the same thing, aren't we?" Rory tries to argue that they're not. "But you're saying," Paris reiterates, "that your career comes first." Rory: "Well...I didn't say it comes first. I'm just not willing to make any sacrifices in that area yet." Paris points out that as a result, she has to be willing to make sacrifices in her relationship. Rory says that, well, if they have to, she and Logan will just have a long-distance relationship and make it work somehow. "Then again," Paris says, "choosing to be apart...might be choosing to be apart."
Episode Report CardAl Lowe: B+ | 781 USERS: B-
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