On a park bench, Rory is showing Jess a book she just bought. It's called The Holy Barbarians, by a Venice Beach beatnik about Venice Beach beatniks. And apparently the author is James Lipton's father. Rory and Jess can't remember the name "James Lipton," for some reason, which is highly unlikely with their pop-culture recall. Jess then can't believe that a "weird, Beatnik-y" guy would have such a conservative son. I don't think of Lipton as conservative. Maybe that's because I can't think of him without thinking of David Cross's impression of him accepting his Cable ACE award: "I'd like to thank God for making me the vessel through which he speaks!" Rory wonders if at night Lipton takes off his clothes and parties. Jess complains about the mental image Rory just gave him. Rory tells Jess to admit that it's a cool book. Jess thanks her for it. Rory then says she didn't give it to him, and that she's still reading it. I guess she learned he's just going to scribble in all her books, so she'd better read them first. She takes the book back. He asks why she showed him if he couldn't read it yet. "You're a book-tease," he says. Boo. They begin walking back toward Luke's, since Jess's break is over. As they walk, Jess's arm around Rory's hip, Rory asks if Jess can be free next Friday night. Jess says he can be. Rory tells him she'd like him to come to Friday dinner with her to meet Emily. Jess says he has to work. Rory begs, and Jess says no a few times. Rory tells him that she already agreed that he'd be there and now she's in a bind. Jess tells Rory to bring some other guy who looks a little like Jess, since Emily's never seen him before. "Just don't kiss him good night." He says that Andy Warhol used to do it all the time. Rory bribes him with the book she hasn't finished reading. Jess also makes her pay in kissing currency. "You Gilmores think a lot of yourselves," Jess says, stating the tagline for Season Three. Jess agrees to go, and Rory thanks him three times. She kisses him again, this time with a bit of a moan. Jess sure has her getting comfy with those public displays of affection. She runs off. "Manipulator!" he shouts after her. Before Rory can take another step, Miss Patty emerges from her studio and demands that Rory immediately come inside without asking any questions. Rory always does what she is told.
Episode Report CardPamie: A- | 351 USERS: C+
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