Luke's again. Lorelai is done doing her email, and thanks Luke for putting up with her. Luke says he only fell once. Lorelai says it was graceful. Luke looks around, and then hands Lorelai something. Lorelai plays Carnac with it. (I'm guessing two-thirds of you have no idea who the hell that is.) Luke tells her to hide it and look at it later. But Lorelai doesn't like to wait for anything, so she opens it up, sits down, and declares, not quietly, that Luke has just handed her a check for thirty thousand dollars. She goes right to the guilt, saying she never asked him for it correctly, and that she doesn't feel right taking it. Luke wants her to have it. Lorelai doesn't want to take it until they figure out how she's going to pay him back, when, and with what interest. They haggle on a napkin until they're both satisfied. Lorelai uses the napkin to ask how Nicole feels about all of this, since it's probably partly her money as well. Luke tells Lorelai not to worry about Nicole, and that Lorelai's not going to see her. Lorelai writes a thank-you on the napkin. I'm guessing it's more for the Nicole part than the money part. Lorelai does her famous pout, and leaves.
Emily's. Lorelai arrives to find Emily ripping someone a new one over the phone. Lorelai takes off her coat, and I think to myself, "That girl has so much money put aside for clothes." I don't think I've ever seen her repeat an outfit, but we do see Rory wear the same thing more than once. Emily, too. And obviously Luke. But Lorelai is always wearing something different. Emily is trying to get dinner reservations, since their loin was burned by the about-to-be-unemployed cook. Lorelai enjoys repeating that Emily has a burning loin. Emily, as if someone knew what I was thinking, tells Lorelai that she can't believe she's wearing that dress again and how it's rather inappropriate for going out to dinner. I do believe it's a cocktail dress, so I'm not sure how it would be inappropriate for any place that takes American Express. Emily tells Lorelai to hit a store and update her wardrobe, as Richard emerges from that mysterious place they keep him in every other episode. He teases Emily, saying she's done enough shopping for a lifetime: "Methuselah's lifetime." Richard teases Emily a bit more about her shopping habit, until Emily offers to leave the room and let Richard and Lorelai starve. Richard has already forgotten that dinner was ruined. Richard says he heard the word "loin," but didn't think Emily meant dinner. Lorelai shudders and says that this is making her uncomfortable. Emily accuses Richard of only half listening to her, and then they fight over where they'll eat dinner, as well as which restaurants they like and don't like. Richard wants to go to the place Digger took him to last week, which had a hip clientele, like Moby. Only if Digger took Richard to the past. Speaking of the past, Richard and Emily then argue about which of the Beatles are still alive and which are dead, a conversation Lorelai begs them to pause until Rory is there to witness. Emily tells Richard to change into something more appropriate. You don't like his Colonel Mustard look, Emily? She then begs him to shave his caterpillar mustache. Men have a fascination with their facial hair that women won't understand. I've learned that the only way to make a man shave off whatever scratchy face stuff is sloughing your lips and cheeks is also to refuse to shave until he does. Most men can take your leg hair growing long, but the second they see your pits filling in, they're offering to loan you their Mach 3 while they're still shaving their upper lips. Emily says they have to leave immediately, and they don't have time to change clothes. As they leave, Emily tells everyone to plan what they want to eat as they have to order as soon as they get there. Lorelai reminds Emily that they have to wait for Rory. Emily says that Rory isn't coming because she's been sick all week. She asks Lorelai if she didn't know that, but Lorelai lies that she knew that, totally. Emily says she's going to order the sea bass, and then they...oh. Oh. Okay. That's fine. End of scene.