Grandpa goes ballistic, threatening to sue everybody. The judge says, though she is not duty-bound to do so, she'll allow Rory to withdraw the plea and go to trial, after all, at which time she will face additional felony charges. Richard is still blustering and says he thinks she should withdraw her plea. Rory speaks up and takes charge, saying that she does not want to go to trial, and that she will not withdraw the plea agreement. The judge bangs the gavel, and while Richard continues to foam at the mouth, Charlie tells Rory that this is not that big a deal. Except, hello, it certainly is. If she does want to go back to Yale, can she even do it with a criminal record? Rory's most concerned that her mother has not shown up, and asks Richard if he is sure he told Lorelai the right place. "She knew all about it, Rory," he says. "She simply showed no interest in the matter." Rory looks sad, but all Richard can do is think of other lawyers he can get to sue the one he already has. He charges out after Charlie, and Emily implores Richard not to kill him in the courthouse.
It's nighttime when Lorelai comes home from...somewhere. Work? A date? I don't know. There are notes from Emily all over the house, which she tears up without reading. (Un)luckily, Emily has called and left a message on the machine, reading all the notes. She made copies. The condensed version is the same old thing: Lorelai's behavior is disgraceful, yada yada, bad daughter, etc. Lorelai listens, rolling her eyes, as she goes into Rory's room and starts throwing her daughter's things into a laundry basket.
Moments later, we see Lorelai bust into the bedroom of the sleeping Emily and Richard, and casually drop the basket on the floor. Richard wants to know why she's barging in in the middle of the night. "Mom just seemed extremely concerned about getting the rest of Rory's things," Lorelai says, explaining that she figured she'd better rush right over with them. Emily tells her to stop all this -- she knows that Lorelai hates her parents -- but Lorelai interrupts. "You were just being you," she says. "You couldn't help it." Emily wants to know what she's talking about, and Lorelai compares their behavior with the fable of the scorpion and the frog, concluding with "the scorpion says, 'Sorry, it's just my nature.'" She points to herself: "Frog." Points to her parents: "Scorpion." Good one, Lorelai. Lorelai goes on to congratulate her parents on finally getting their shot at raising a "new and improved Lorelai." Richard rolls his eyes and says that he knows Lorelai feels betrayed, but that they're all in it together to get Rory back on track, and they will need Lorelai's involvement. "My involvement ends here, with the laundry basket," she tells them. "I'm out. You've won. She's all yours...'Course, the laundry basket, I'm going to want back." Cold-hearted snake (or, frog, if you want to stay with that theme), she leaves.