Rory and Lorelai toast with their Diet Cokes to their very own Friday-night dinner. ["Rory's a college student. Lorelai can't spring for a restaurant when she takes her out for dinner, instead of making her eat in the same cafeteria where she has every meal ever?" -- Wing Chun] Rory asks what's going on at home. Lorelai gasps and launches into a story about a grapefruit shortage due to "the hurricanes." Taylor's freaking out. Patty and Babette are launching Stars Hollow's first Botox party. This is kind of sad to me. Rory asks if Lorelai's invited, and Lorelai gets rightfully offended. Rory changes the subject back to grapefruit. Lorelai tells Rory that she's doing the costumes for Stars Hollow Elementary's production of Fiddler on the Roof.
Rory asks Lorelai, at a couple of different levels of sympathy, "How are you doing?" Lorelai promises that she's closer to fine, and that she's not waiting to hear from Luke, either. She says she's even getting down a new morning routine. She's been visiting Weston's. "Decent coffee; excellent strudel," Rory concurs. Let me tell you what actually happens when your mom starts talking about her problems with her boyfriend. You go, "Oh, yeah?" with way too much emphasis on both words because you aren't sure which word to key, because inside you're shriveling and crying because you want your mom to be your mommy forever, and Mommies Don't Date, and they certainly don't have sex, and they certainly don't have sex with people who aren't your dad. So while you pretend that this is so girl-power and totally awesome to have the kind of relationship where your mom can say to you, "I just don't know what to do. What would you do?," inside your brain is screaming, "Shut up! Shut up! Shut up! Shut up!" Fifteen or thirty-five, you don't want to hear about your mom's romantic encounters because it means you have to imagine your mom asking someone the question, "Do you have a condom?" or worse, "Should I get an AIDS test?" or "Do you think ___ will find me sexy in this dress?" If Rory's this cool with discussing her mom's sex life, Lorelai didn't raise her to think of her as a mother at all. And maybe that's why Rory doesn't treat any of her boyfriends correctly. She hasn't had a role model; just a buddy she's lived with for most of her life.