We pan down to Stars Hollow preparing for another festival as we hear this voice-over from Miss Patty: "This, boys and girls, is the story of true love. A beautiful girl from one county; a handsome boy from another. They meet and they fall in love. Separated by distance and by parents who did not approve of the union, the young couple dreamed of a day that they could be together. They wrote each other beautiful letters. Letters of longing and passion. Letters full of promises and plans for the future. Soon the separation proved too much for either one of them to bear. So one night, cold and black with no light to guide them, they both snuck out of their homes and ran away as fast as they could. It was so dark out that they were both soon lost and it seemed as if they would never find each other. Finally, the girl dropped to her knees, tears streaming down her lovely face. 'Oh, my love. Where are you? How will I find you?' Suddenly, a band of stars appeared in the sky. These stars shone so brightly they lit up the entire countryside. The girl jumped to her feet and followed the path of the stars until finally she found herself standing right were the town gazebo is today. And there waiting for her was her one true love, who had also been led here by the blanket of friendly stars. And that, my friends, is the story of how Stars Hollow came to be and why we celebrate that fateful night every year at about this time." As Patty's story unfolds, we see all of the locals preparing for the Stars Hollow Firelight Festival with large stars, banners, and lots of decorations. We settle on Miss Patty's studio, where she's telling the story to a group of children. "Now," she says. "We still have a little time left in our story hour. Who wants to hear about the time I danced in a cage for Tito Puente?" All of the kids raise their hands and plead to hear the story. Miss Patty smokes her cigarette, smiles, and begins her story. "Well, it was the summer of '66," Miss Patty begins, as we fade to the opening credits. Perfect.
CuteDean is waiting at Rory's bus stop. Rory exits and asks him what he thinks of the book. "It's depressing," he says. "It's beautiful," Rory smiles. "She throws herself under a train," CuteDean says as they sit down on the bus bench. Rory: "But I bet she looked great doing it." CuteDean says the story must have been a little over his head. Rory says that Tolstoy wrote for the masses. Rory says she knows it's big. CuteDean agrees. Rory: "And long." CuteDean: "Very, very long." Rory says she knows the similarities in the Russian names can be confusing. CuteDean agrees, saying that every person's name ends with "sky." Rory says it's one of her favorite books. CuteDean says he'll try reading it again. I wish he'd hand her a copy of Popular Mechanics so she'd squirm. Rory says he won't be sorry. They leave for coffee. CuteDean comments on how many celebrations Stars Hollow has. He asks what she's doing Friday night. She says she's got dinner at Emily and Richard's, but she was wondering if he'd like to go to the bonfire with her if she got home early. He says he was hoping she'd get out of the dinner for a special occasion. Rory says she'd have to have some sort of accident that lands her in a plastic bubble for Emily not to freak out over her missing a dinner. CuteDean says that she should tell Emily that it's her three-month anniversary with her boyfriend.