Rory picks up the phone to call Emily and Richard, saying that it feels weird not even to talk to them on a Friday night. Lorelai tells Rory not to call them because they're probably eating alone, shivering in a one-bulb room with cold food, milking the pathetic martyrdom for all it's worth. Rory says that she's not the one fighting with Richard and Emily, so she can call them if she wants. Why can't Rory be this assertive around Jess? Anyway, Richard and Emily are having a killer party and their house is filled with guests. I love that they instantly used their Friday nights for fun while Lorelai and Rory just moped at home. And it's unlike Rory and Lorelai to give up free meals. And I can't believe Richard and Emily didn't invite Rory to the party so that they can introduce their Yale-going granddaughter to all their important friends. I've spent too long on this topic. Anyway, Emily's dancing with some guy who's got Roman Hands, there are mushroom caps and singing, and Rory's planning to visit after school on Monday. Rory tells Lorelai that the Gilmore house is partying like it's 1999. Lorelai says their own house is like The 700 Club in comparison. She doesn't understand how Emily and Richard bounced back so quickly: "Okay. They win this time. But we gotta think of something super-big, fantastic, and cool for next Friday night." The girls sit and think. Rory briefly fantasizes about mushroom caps until Lorelai shushes her. Awkward fade to opening credits, missing a callback to Kirk's Video Trivia here.
Do you guys think it's weird that Jess's spin-off doesn't have a name yet? I think it does not bode well.
Luke's. Lorelai is in an ugly fuschia sweater vest, taking pictures with her new digital camera. Who bought her the fancy present? Lorelai says she loves her digital camera and she'll never stop taking pictures of it. Its name is Digital Dan. Lorelai tries to take a picture of Rory, but seems not to understand the concept of taking pictures, and takes a picture past Rory, of the woman sitting beside Rory. Lorelai compliments the woman's cheekbones. I get that Lorelai is too self-absorbed to learn how to use gadgets properly, but the woman's smart enough to work a camera, people. Rory hands Lorelai a letter from Chilton. The Booster Club is asking for Lorelai's help. Rory calls them "bastards." Lorelai has been summoned for Booster Duty. Rory says that Lorelai doesn't really have to go, since Rory's going to Yale and she doesn't need many more favors from Chilton, but she does eventually need to get her diploma and extra graduation tickets. Lorelai pouts and says she'll go. Luke walks up, prompting Lorelai to take a picture of him, flashing him in the face (and the picture is totally of his neck, with the zoom and the fact that Lorelai was moving the camera as she took the picture). Luke gets grumpy about the camera. Lorelai laughs at the picture, telling Luke that he doesn't photograph well. Luke explains that the lighting is bad in the room, and that the photo was taken from a bad angle. Lorelai teases Luke for knowing about lighting. She then takes pictures of the menu, saying she'll order from the camera's pictures. Luke gives up and walks away as Lorelai zooms in on the breakfast meats.