As she hits the real sad part, where Dolly sings to Porter that she'll always have bittersweet memories of him, Luke walks in the door. Lorelai falters but keeps going. He grins when he sees her up there, but the townies and Rory notice the change in Lorelai. She gets herself together, though, and strongly sings on. "I hope life treats you kind," she sings, "and I hope you have all you dreamed of." When she kicks back into the chorus -- "And I will always love you" -- it's even too much for Luke. He looks down swiftly, steeling his emotions, and quickly looks back up, breathing deeply. Lorelai finishes the song, singing over and over again that she'll always love him, looking right at his face. And, with a little shrug and a wave, she leaves the stage to the cheers of an adoring and moved crowd. If you ain't crying, you're a good bit deader inside than you should be. I mean, hello, she'll always love him. I don't care if we're supposed to think that she loves him now, or that she was saying she loves him but will have to give him up, or that she always loved him even when she did give him up, or whatever. Don't care. It was awesome. And what balls to have her sing the entire song. May those who fail to nominate Lauren Graham for an Emmy and Golden Globe suffer boils and frogs unto their fifth generation. So sweet and well done with the whole town there and everybody playing it to the hilt. I loved it.
Speaking of curses, but not of boils and frogs, the next day, Lorelai feels the pain of the previous evening's booze. Rory, however, is feeling no such pain. In fact, she is pretty much recovered and is about to leave to head back to school to prepare for her next final with the full intention of turning in all blue books this time. "I really do feel better, though," she says. "All the wallowing, and the eating, and the shopping and, I don't know...maybe it's because you wished me 'joy and happiness." Hee. She says again that she feels much better. "It's like you said," she tells her hung over mom. "Sometimes you just have to let your feelings out." Lorelai cringes, remember her exhibition of feelings last night. "Yeah," she says, shaking her head. "Sometimes you do."