There's this quick bumper before we go back to the episode telling people the basic plotline of Gilmore Girls for those just turning in. I guess Cursed is sending people our way. Welcome.
Lorelai finds Rory in her old room. Rory apologizes for snapping at Emily. She tells Lorelai that all of those Chilton kids were invited without Emily's asking Rory. Lorelai asks why Rory didn't tell her about it. Rory said she didn't want to spoil the peace between Emily and Lorelai. Lorelai says Rory will just apologize and things will be better, and adds that it's strange being back in that bedroom. She points at the giant dollhouse at the foot of the bed and says, "You know they gave this to me with the glass on." Rory says that she officially knows what it must have been like for Lorelai growing up in that house. Lorelai replies, "It's not official until you're huddled in a corner eating your hair." Rory asks about Lorelai's last birthday in that house. Lorelai says that she fought with her parents; Lorelai was pregnant but her parents didn't know. After the fight she ended up back in that room. Lorelai says that when she told her parents she was pregnant, it was the only time that they looked small to her. Emily walks in and tells them that they are being very rude. Rory tries to apologize, but Emily tells her to leave the room.
Emily stands at the door saying goodbye to her guests as the last ones leave. Lorelai thanks her for the party, and Rory asks if she can talk to her for a second. Emily calls Grandpa over instead. Grandpa tells Rory that he knows Emily already bought a gift and signed his name to it -- "It was part of the agreement when we got married" -- But he got her something else. He hands her an envelope "for Fez." I like this; they don't go into this giant "What Fez Means" thing, and just assume that we're all intelligent and can carry story lines over from one episode to the next. Even after just welcoming new viewers to the show, they aren't dumbing it down to catch everyone up. It's a nice touch. Grandpa tells Rory that she's a good girl, and wishes her a happy birthday. Emily tells Rory and Lorelai that they should get going. Rory invites her to her party tomorrow, but Emily tells her she has other plans. Lorelai tells Rory to go to the car without her. I smell a showdown.