In the hallway, Rory says she doesn't know if getting chewed out by Charleston was worse than the "Shut up/ No, you shut up" fighting match they had in front of him. Paris keeps her gaze on the floor. Rory asks if Paris feels as rotten as she does. Paris looks her in the eye. "No," she says, and walks away. We watch Rory stand around the hallway for a while. Good for you, Paris. Somebody's got to hate Rory for the real reasons. Bravo to you. I hope you get everyone at Chilton fired and expelled.
Luke takes some fishing poles out of his truck and honks his horn. Lorelai opens her front door. She's wearing a ridiculous fishing outfit, and coos at how great it is that she got to buy a whole new outfit just for fishing. She loves anything that involves her buying an outfit, she says. I had the TiVo on pause here as I was thinking of a comeback to her comment, but I decided to let it go by because there's so much of the episode left. I unpause it only to hear Luke say, "Why don't I just let that go by, because we have a lot to do here." Ha! Lorelai says she'll go get her purse so they can leave, but Luke says she's not ready for the lake yet. He's inflated and filled a kiddie pool on her front lawn, and apparently she never noticed it before. He dumps a bucket of trout into the pool. Lorelai becomes seven years old and jumps and cheers and calls them cute. She says they're all "Oooh!" like they're singing a fish choir. Luke tells her not to get too attached, so Lorelai names them all. Oh, there is so much chattering as Lorelai talks to the fish and gives them advice and acts like Brittany Murphy trapped in a closet. Luke waits more patiently than he should. He gives her a rod and reel. Lorelai says the fish aren't going to like this. Luke offers to skip the lesson and just take the trout out for some beers. Luke launches into a very long fishing lesson that I don't care about and you don't care about and nobody but maybe my old roommate, who would have told me where and why Luke is wrong, would ever care about. Luke shows Lorelai the cork that covers the hook.
Fishing lessons. I'll take this moment to tell you a story about my old comedy troupe. We had a saying: "Whatcha doin'? Fishin'?" It meant, "That's the worst sketch I've ever done." It comes from how people aren't supposed to comment on the action they're doing in a scene, because it's boring and we can see what they're doing already. And the most boring thing you can do onstage? Fish. So the ultimate mix of that is one guy miming holding a pole while the other guy walks onstage and goes, "Whatcha doin'? Fishin'?" And now, I'm recapping our prime example of unfun viewing. I'm not even sure why we're spending four minutes of Fishing 101. It's not like Lorelai and Luke are touching or flirting. They're simply fishing.