Rory gets off the bus and enters the town grocery. CuteDean is with Cardigan Man at a display stand. Cardigan Man is complaining that the cans aren't really set up in the shape of the Mayflower. Rory pretends to be interested in some boxes while she and CuteDean make eye contact. CuteDean ditches Cardigan Man and begins small talk with Rory. He asks if she's got a desperate need for some cornstarch. She says she has some very important thickening needs. She compliments his apron. He compliments her uniform. She makes a joke about the buttons. For the first time, Rory isn't really that awkward around him, and her jokes are actually on topic. He asks if she'd like some "pop." She mocks the pop. He says in Chicago they call it "pop." She says in Connecticut they call it "free soda." She says, "Yes." He puts the can behind his back and tells her that if she guesses what's in each hand, she gets the soda. She complains that the entire point of free soda is that you don't have to do any work for it. He asks her to play along. As she leans forward to speculate on what's in his left hand, CuteDean leans forward and kisses her. He kisses her! This is so much better than my first kiss, where it was Thanksgiving (and yes, I'm aware of another reason that this show is just like my life) and the boy that my mother was making me date came over to my garage and told me that his friend bet him $5 that he wouldn't kiss me. I told him that it was a shame he'd lose $5. He kissed me. I ran into the house, crying hysterically. He took my first kiss. It wasn't a CuteDean kiss. It was a whore kiss. He kissed me for money. I still hate that boy for doing that. My mother thought it was the cutest thing that's ever happened in the world. CuteDean breaks the kiss and looks at Rory. She opens her eyes. "Thank you," she says. Which is the same thing I said after the first time a boy told me that he loved me. Rory and I run awkwardly out of the room as CuteDean watches in confusion. I fall. "I fell!" I shout, and then go running after Rory, giggling and drooling slightly.
Rory runs in traffic, still holding the box of cornstarch. She runs straight to Lane's house. "I got kissed." She holds up the box. "And, and, and I shoplifted." Lane is so happy for her. Rory starts to tell in detail how she got kissed. She said she was in aisle three. "By the bug spray?" Lane asks. Rory says it was. "That's a good aisle," Lane says. Rory asks how Lane knows it's a good aisle. "An aisle where you get kissed by the new kid is a good aisle." Rory says she can't breathe. Lane tells her to sit down. Rory says she can't believe he kissed her. "Who kissed you?" Lane's mother asks. "The...Lord, Mama," Lane says. Hee. Lane's mother is satisfied with that answer and walks away. Lane asks for more details. Rory tells her. Lane says she wants to get some dumb, ugly friends. She tells Rory to go tell her mom. Rory says she can't because her mother doesn't know about CuteDean and the last time she brought him up, it was to not go to Chilton, so her mother doesn't like CuteDean. Lane tells her that she has to tell her mother. Rory starts to go and Lane asks if it was great. "It was perfect," Rory says. We all smile. Rory leaves. I have decided that my first kiss was with CuteDean in aisle three by the bug spray, playing a "guess the soda" game, because that's how it should have been.