Lorelai tiptoes into her house holding her shoes in her hand, just like when Rory came home all late the other week. "Where do you think you're going?" a voice calls. It's Rory, and she's on the couch like she was waiting up for Lorelai. But she's smiling, so Lorelai isn't really in any trouble. Keeping the cute theme going, here. Rory tells Lorelai that it's one in the morning. That's really kind of early for a sex date, isn't it? Like I know anything. Lorelai says that her watch stopped and she never noticed the time. And there was a car wreck. And she had to save kittens. And small children. And four baby chicks. Rory asks whether Lorelai had a nice time. "Not bad," Lorelai smiles. Rory says, "That's a very big smile for a 'not bad' night." Lorelai tells Rory that Max loaned her a book. Rory asks if Lorelai knows what it means when a boy lends you a book. "That he's already read it?" Lorelai guesses. "Yep," Rory nods. Lorelai asks how Rory's night was. Rory says she did homework. "How many times did Dean call?" Lorelai asks. I'm so used to calling him CuteDean that it kind of throws me when she doesn't call him that too. "Not that many," Rory says. Lorelai: "How many?" Rory: "Three." Lorelai squints. Rory: "Five." My left leg starts to twitch from the sugar rush. Lorelai asks if Rory is going to stay on the couch tonight. Rory says she's got the pillows in a perfect "mush" position, and she doesn't want to move. Lorelai kisses her on the top of the head and says, "Night, Mom." Rory puts on the grown-up voice and says, "Yeah, you just think about what you've done." "I will," Lorelai purrs, and it's kinda creepy. Just because she's saying that to Rory about her teacher, and I fully expect Rory to counter with a, "Gross!" -- but she doesn't. Instead she stops Lorelai to tell her that she looks happy. "I am, Kid," Lorelai smiles back. "Just checking," Rory says. They both happily go to bed.
Max's Chilton class. He's quoting Emily Dickinson and walking around the side of the room. We pan around to see Paris and Rory in class. Max is discussing how Emily Dickinson wrote about passion and the world even though she lived as a recluse. Max finishes his monologue just a few uncomfortable seconds before the Foley artist adds the bell ringing, but they keep it anyway. Rory listens to Fraulein and Louisa discuss how dreamy Mustang Max is. Fraulein wonders if he's dating anyone. Fraulein thinks that maybe he's dating another teacher. Louisa reminds Fraulein that teachers aren't sexy. Fraulein says she bets Max's girlfriend is pretty. Louisa is pretty sure that Max's girlfriend is dumb. "Dumb girls crave smart men," Louisa lisps. "It's the whole Marilyn Monroe / Arthur Miller syndrome." They join up with Paris as Fraulein says that Max's girlfriend is lucky. Paris, always happy to be the killjoy, interrupts with, "Whoever he's dating is a loser who doesn't care that he's a teacher in this ridiculous school making a ridiculous teacher's salary." She storms off but stops to ask Rory, "What are you looking at?" Fraulein and Louisa walk closer to Rory to fill in the gossip gaps. Paris' parents are having a divorce and the messy details are getting printed all over business papers. Rory stops at her locker. Before Louisa and Fraulein walk away they both stop and give a friendly hello to Rory. She gives a hesitant one back. Fraulein stops to ask Louisa if Paris' mother really had the entire back of her body surgically reconstructed. Louisa responds with, "Well, it doesn't match the front, now, does it?"