I have returned, full of sugar and self-forgiveness. Meanwhile, Lorelai has made her way to the Inn, where Sookie is cooking up some morning meatballs, one of which she happily waves in Lorelai's face. Lorelai declines to taste a meatball at 9:00 AM. "It doesn't even taste like a meatball," Sookie promises. Lorelai: "Does it taste like a Danish?" All meatball talk is postponed so that Lorelai can update Sookie about Luke's hat. "He hasn't worn it since we broke up, I mean, not once," Lorelai says. Sookie says she's right. "He wears that black hat now," she says. "Gives him a slightly more menacing quality." Yes, it did. It was all wrong. Viva le blue hat! Lorelai wonders what it all means. "It's good," Sookie says. She thinks the return of the blue hat means Luke is past his pain and glad he and Lorelai are friends again. Lorelai agrees and wonders if she should reciprocate. "Maybe," she says, "I should wear my own hat, as it were." Sookie gasps: "Did he give you a hat?" Hee. No, girl. That is what "as it were" means. Lorelai says she got rid of all her Luke-related stuff, so she can't show up wearing something he gave her, but she doesn't want to leave this hat gesture unacknowledged. "Hey," Sookie brilliantly suggests, "you could throw on a flannel shirt.!" Awesome. I know just where she can get one, too.
Hooray! We are reunited, and it feels so good, with our long-lost Lane. She has just painstakingly, but triumphantly, put both babies down for their naps when Zach comes in from grocery shopping. Allow me this nitpick, but I strongly question the presence of Trader Joe's in Stars Hollow, and yet I immediately recognized my beloved Honey Nut Os that Lane unpacks from the bags. Speaking of stuff in the bag, she is alarmed when she pulls out the name-brand diapers (only one package! For twins?! Hahaha!) and name-brand chips -- these things are not within their tight family budget. "I know," Zach says, "but I got some great news in the grocery store, and this was the only way I could think of to celebrate." Seems one of their favorite bands, Vapor Rub, called to see if Zach could fill in for their injured guitarist. Todd-Lowe-No-Relation does a fantastic job in this scene as well as this whole episode, by the way, even when he and Lane now proceed to name-drop enough real and fictional bands and venues to make Google crash. "Oh my God," Lane says, thrilled. "I want to yell, but I don't want to wake the babies. I'm yelling, on the inside." Zach says the band wants him to finish off a two-month tour with them, and that Lane and the boys will be coming along. "I told him I can't go if I can't bring the family," he says, "and he talked to the band, and they were into it." Lane still must contain her excitement. "Right now, she says, "I am howling at the top of my lungs, just so you know." But there's more news! When they get to Philly and DC, Zach says, the band will be opening for Tokyo Police Club. "Foot stomping," Lane says, "so much foot stomping happening here!" Zach says yeah, it's gonna be awesome. They'll be playing at the 9:30, The Black Cat, and First Unitarian. Lane is so excited for him and this opportunity. "So many people are gonna see you play," she says. "I'm so proud of you, Zach." He wonders if they should wake the babies and share the good news, and a look of burning steel enters Lane's eyes. "Do it," she says, "and die."