Grandpa is arguing business over the phone. Rory has been looking out the window while Emily goes over some paperwork. Rory stands up and wanders out of the room.
Rory walks into Lorelai's bedroom, fiddles with the dollhouse for a second, and then walks over to the vanity. She opens a drawer and pulls out some books. She finds a photo album. Let me just say here that this is so dangerous. Having spent some time this summer cleaning out my mom's old bedroom from when she was a kid, you find things in there that you always wanted to know, and things you never needed to know. You find out what kind of a kid your mother was, and you get upset that she never told you some of these things that you wished she had shared. You plan on asking her some of these things, but wonder how you are going to phrase it so that it doesn't sound like you were snooping around in her past. Rory opens the photo album and a string of photo-booth pictures fall out. She looks at the pictures. It's her mom and her dad, kissing and smiling. On the back, circled with a heart, it says: "Chris and Lorelai '83." Rory sticks the pictures into her jacket as her pager goes off. She calls her house. It's Lane, who is standing in her kitchen. Lane immediately starts complaining that Rory is never around when she needs her. She's always at her grandparents' or she's at school or she's with CuteDean: "What good is it to have a best friend when she's never around and she never listens and she has no interest in the fact that you're in love or that you touched his hair..." "You touched whose hair?" Rory interrupts. "Rich. Blumenfeld?" Rory asks why Lane would touch Rich's hair. Lane says that's the question. She doesn't know why a sane person would touch a near-stranger's hair. She says she really needed somebody to talk to about this and Rory wasn't there. Rory tries to get her to calm down. Lane says that Rory has everything now and she has nothing, "except for two thousand Korean Bibles and a potential F in jazz band." Rory apologizes. Lane: "Don't be sorry. Be here." Suddenly the phones go dead and Rory and Lane get disconnected. Emily runs into the bedroom and says she needs Rory immediately. She says there's something wrong with the stove and that it keeps making noises. Rory says that's just the timer going off and that the pizza is ready. This doesn't calm Emily down at all. She tells Rory she can try Lane again later when the phones are working, but she needs to come downstairs immediately to help her stop the buzzing. Grandpa calls from somewhere deep in the bowels of the mansion that he needs the buzzing to stop. Rory follows Emily downstairs.