Luke and Lorelai share awkward conversation at the diner, but at least sheâs drinking his coffee again. Lorelai worries about how awkward it is, but Sookie promises her that everybody who breaks up becomes friends again...look at Ryan and Farrah! (Donât look at Alec and Kim.) In a very long scene, Paris has Rory open her grad school letters. Itâs a go for Yale, Harvard and Penn. By the third one, Rory and Doyle are getting tired of celebrating, which Paris notices. She then freaks out: Law School or Med School. Since all the schools seem to want her (including Columbia and Stanford), her glee quickly goes to overwhelming angst as she curls into a fetal position and frets. Jackson is staying at Lorelaiâs, which makes Sookie fret that Jackson will act a fool in the pretty, pretty house. Lorelai is surprisingly un-sad that her beloved Jeep bit the dust. Pooh-poohing an offer for an early bird carpool, she decides to bike itâ¦ even though itâs been about twelve years since her feet hit pedals. Probably they werenât clad in Jimmy Choos back then, Iâm guessing. Cut to Lorelai on a girlie bike, giant basket and all, talking on her cell phone. Whoâs that laaa-dy? Modern lady! Rory mopes to Lorelai that Paris has her choice of six different grad schools and her friends have figured out that theyâre moving to Manhattan, and she has a friend whoâs going to join a think tank in Washington, but sheâs heard nothing from The Times and sheâs bummed. Rory encourages Lorelai to keep trying with Luke, and then chastises Lorelai for talking on the phone while driving her bike. Sookie, Michel and Lorelai debate which car Lorelai should get next. Michel explains why buying vintage means youâre basically sitting in someone elseâs pee while you drive. Lorelai knows this decision would be better made with Luke, if only she still had the Luke she used to have, so she decides to use this as one of those friendship-building conversations sheâs needed. (Hey, did you hear the sound of the horse as Lorelai walked out of the inn?) Lorelai makes a call, and suddenly theyâre kinda on an awkward date. Paris dumps Doyle so that he canât possibly influence her decision, since statistics say he probably wouldnât have been there for the rest of her life, anyway. Paris blinked and got into another three graduate schools. Oooooh, dear. Jackson broke Lorelaiâs dollhouse. He dropped it, and then he fell on it trying to catch it. He really, really broke Lorelaiâs dollhouse. Poor Lorelai lost her Jeep and her dollhouse in the same week! Jackson and Sookie have it out over the remnants of Lorelaiâs childhood because Sookie still feels angry about Jackson getting her pregnant. Meanwhile, Lukeâs showing Lorelai a little hatchback, if you know what I mean. Actually, itâs terribly awkward and Lorelai wants to bail. They get into a fight that brings up all of the issues theyâve ever had with each other, and Lorelai clearly enjoys it. Sookie and Jackson break the broken dollhouse to Lorelai. Theyâve found someone online who will restore the dollhouse, but based off of Lorelaiâs revulsion toward change, this probably wonât go very well. Paris misses Doyle, and is upset that her love for him is making her change the plan sheâd always had for her own life. Rory tells Paris that she and Logan are including each other in their plans, but Paris shows her how thatâs pretty much impossible if Rory values her own career just as much as she values her relationship with her boyfriend. Luke is Lorelaiâs hero, just like old times, getting her exactly what she wants â her old Jeep restored in another old Jeep, souping-up her bike in the meantime. Paris decides to be a doctor instead of a lawyer. Doyle decides heâs neither moving out nor breaking up with Paris. He announces heâs going wherever sheâs going. Rory goes through the mail as they make up and finds her letter from The Times. No internship for Rory. Yeah, thatâs right. Guess Loganâs dad knew what he was talking about all those years ago. Hope MamaKim needs some help at the antique shop this summer, because someone needs a jobby-job.
Hello, hello. Many thanks to Pamie for stepping in on recaplet duty when I became ensnared in what can only be described as a TiVo Hostage Crisis last week. I had to make an emergency call to her when I strolled in from a long work trip, just as GG was ending and I did not see the friendly recording light shining from the box. This is the one instance where having a friend in a time zone three hours behind mine was actually a good thing. Something is up with my TiVo -- the power supply, or something? For which the recommended Internet remedy is: 1) order a new power supply; 2) PRY OPEN your TIVO and perform complex engineering rituals which could result in BURNING DOWN your HOUSE. Needless to say, that won't be happening. Other measures have been taken. In any case, big ups to Pamie, Wing and Miss Alli, all of whom had to rally 'round in a team effort to save the day. ["Leave no man behind!" -- Miss Alli]
On the sidewalk in Stars Hollow, Lorelai steels herself before purposefully striding into Luke's Diner for the first time in months. Running straight into an irritating conversation with Kirk, she probably immediately regrets it. By way of greeting, he insists that she will not get her regular stool back at the counter, because he now knows that it is the best seat in the house based on its proximity to the register and access to Luke. When he goes into a spiel about its excellent position between two air vents, Lorelai tells Kirk he can have the seat. Luke tries to look nonchalant when he steps to the counter to offer her some coffee. She nervously orders it "to stay" and must endure the gauntlet of Miss Patty, Babette, and Kirk reviewing the many months that have passed since she's been in. Luke returns with the coffee and the fun continues -- they can't seem to shake the awkwardness of talking to each other (although they've had several conversations already, right, including last week's apology?) and after some preliminaries, they jump straight to weather chat. You know, detractors are always saying how there is no chemistry between these two -- I said it, myself, during the dark times of last season when no one had chemistry with anybody because the episodes were like an anti-chemical mixture of blech and blah-- but I found them very charming together in this episode. It's uncomfortable, though, and Lorelai quickly bails, taking her coffee to go after all. Outside the diner, she looks relived to have escaped.