Lorelai arrives at work to be greeted by a kitchen full of gourds! Gourds of all shapes and sizes! I love gourds. Last year, AB Chao made a centerpiece of gourds covered in glitter! GLITTER! And I have been waiting all year to copy her. Except, check it, I'm going to use bigger gourds. Way bigger. Like, state-fair-championship-pumpkin-sized gourds that have to be lifted by a crane and dipped into a bathtub of glue to then be dragged through a glitter MOUNTAIN. Sookie says that Jackson's squash crop went crazy this summer and they have tons of gourds to be put into soups (and covered in glitter)! She tries to make Lorelai taste her (most likely delicious) gourd soup, but Lorelai refuses. "It's so good, and sweet and rich," Sookie promises. "It's like pie, only it's soup! It's like pie soup!" Sign me up for that, but Lorelai still says no. "I don't eat orange food except for candy corn," she says. Sookie points out that she eats Cheetos. "I don't eat food that's naturally orange," Lorelai says. Sookie: "You eat oranges." Lorelai finally says that she just doesn't eat gourds, and Sookie gives up.
Lorelai asks what else is going on at the Sookie/Jackson house, and Sookie delightedly tells her that Martha is really close to walking. She invites Lorelai to come over the next night for dinner. "Maybe you'll see the inaugural steps!" she says. Lorelai smiles, and says that she'd love to, but...Sookie gets it immediately. "Buuut," she sing-songs with irritation, "you wanna wait to see if Christopher calls and asks you out first, and then if he doesn't, you'll come over." Mean, but she's right, and Lorelai doesn't bother attempting to deny it. Sookie continues in the teasing sing-song. "Because you can 'just date' the father of your child," she says. Lorelai says that yes, it turns out you can, and that it's been a fun six weeks. "We're taking it slowly," she says, "just getting to know each other again." Sookie points out that they've known each other for more than thirty years. Lorelai has had enough of this line of interrogation and lightly tells Sookie to get off her back. Sookie says it's just that the whole breakup with Luke wasn't all that long ago. "I know," Lorelai says, "I remember. I was there." Sookie feels bad, now, for coming down on her, and says it's just that she knows when a big breakup happens, it's natural to have a rebound thing. "You know, a big, bouncy rubber ball of a rebound thing," she says, "it's good." But, she goes on, a rebound is like a twenty-eight year old surfer, or a jazz saxophonist who drives a VW bus. "It's not the father of your only child," she says. "Christopher is not your rubber ball! He's a big, heavy bowling ball!" Lorelai says she'll tell Chris she said that, and immediately has the chance when, much to Sookie's obvious chagrin, Lorelai's phone rings with a call from the bowling ball. Sookie makes the Face of Ugh we're all feeling.