Post-dinner, outside Emily's house, Lorelai considers writing Emily an anonymous note requesting that she never makes the sand dabs again. Rory says the note wouldn't be too anonymous, since Emily told them she's never made sand dabs before. When they say "she made," do they mean "she told her staff to make"? It gets confusing. Rory and Lorelai get in the Jeep. Lorelai starts the engine. Rory says she needs to talk to Lorelai. Rory says that she talked to Richard. Lorelai turns off the engine. Rory asks why she turned the car off. Lorelai says she's getting the feeling she shouldn't be driving a large vehicle when Rory tells her this news. Rory tells Lorelai about the trip; Lorelai gets out of the car to go put a stop to it. Rory tries to get Lorelai to stop, saying that Richard's going for a reunion and just wants to show her the campus. Lorelai says that he's just manipulating Rory and trying to get her to change her mind about Harvard. Rory says he might be, but that he still wants her to go see the school. She says that Lorelai doesn't even have to come, but that she doesn't want a big thing or a fight about it. They'll just go and say "Hi, Yale" followed by "Bye, Yale," and it'll be over. Rory pushes Lorelai back to the car and says it doesn't have to be a total loss. She says they can figure out fun things to do in New Haven. Lorelai asks if Rory's ever been to New Haven. Rory admits that she hasn't. "Take a look at the coffee pot tomorrow before I clean it," Lorelai says. "That's New Haven." Hee. Rory promises that they'll have fun, and that the grandparents will be happy and everyone will win. She says she knows that she's being manipulated and that this is part of Richard's evil plan to take over her life and abolish her free will, pull her into the Gilmore world, dress her in pearls, and ruin her life. Lorelai says that Rory forgot to call Richard "The Puppet Master." Rory promises never to make that mistake again. Slow blackout to commercial.
Luke's. Kirk enters, upset, and asks Luke where his Lost and Found is. "Out back, in the dumpster," Luke answers. Kirk begs Luke for his help, saying that he doesn't know what to do, and that he's "shaking like a spastic colon." His trophy is gone: "Someone took her." He says that the last time he saw her, she was sitting next to him at the movies. "Stop calling it 'she,'" Luke says. Kirk says he's retraced his steps, and that he suspects foul play. Kidnapping. Luke suggests that Kirk tell the authorities, adding that if they suggest Kirk stay somewhere for observation, he should obey. "It's just routine," Luke explains. Kirk starts to leave, but Rory enters, her backpack on her shoulder. Kirk begins searching her bag. He asks where she was this morning at 10. Rory says she was at school. Kirk asks if she has witnesses. "Yes," Rory says. "Can you get them to make a short statement?" he asks. "No," Rory answers. "Oh. Okay." He leaves. Rory laughs and asks Luke, "Someone took his statue again?" Luke says yes. "Every year," Rory says. Luke says that there are some things in life that never let you down. Rory's acting shifty, looking around for Jess. Luke tries to make eye contact with her, saying it's nice to see her. She says it's nice to see him too, but she's looking for someone nicer to see. Luke asks if she'd like a table for one, but Rory's content with just sitting at the counter. She asks for a cheeseburger, still looking around the restaurant.