At the tailgate party, Lorelai flirts with an extra who has no lines, and who is barbecuing. Lorelai has decided that this is where she's going to tailgate until she sees that her parents have set up a gigantic catered picnic area with their chef and maid. Lorelai tells Barbecue Boy that she'll smell him later, and skips over to where her rich parents are sitting down for their fancy feast. I was at the Farmer's Market yesterday and saw a group of people eating Chinese food off plastic trays. In the middle of their plastic table was a candelabra. You can't make that shit up, you guys.
Lorelai and Richard are still boozing it up. Emily is making Bloody Marys. The first one burns off all of Lorelai's nose hair, so Emily goes back to make something a little weaker. I think it's the three-tiered tray of fruit that is my favorite thing in their tailgating booth. Richard takes Rory away to introduce her to some friends of his. Emily sits beside Lorelai and says that Richard is so proud of Rory: "Sometimes it's all he can talk about." Lorelai says Rory's a pretty good subject.
Richard introduces Rory to some older men. Somebody call Paris.
Emily asks Lorelai if they've heard anything from Jess. Lorelai says he appears to be gone for good. Really? Then why did it take nine episodes for you to mention him? Why are you gone until January? Why don't I feel comfortable with this little mention? Lorelai says that Rory's stoic about the whole thing: "She's a lot like Dad." Emily agrees that she is. She asks Lorelai if she has any men sniffing around. "Just on trash day," Lorelai says. She fails to mention Digger, even as a potential wooer. Lorelai drinks her new Bloody Mary and loves it. If I were Lorelai, I'd be on the floor by now. Paris must have heard me, as she walks by at this moment, looking stressed out. She asks for Rory. She makes a little small talk with Emily, who remembers her from Rory's sixteenth birthday party. (Emily wasn't at the C-Span incident, but she would have seen her again at graduation.)
Paris hands Rory a digital camera and asks her to take two pictures of her -- one as if Yale won the game and one as if Yale lost. Paris is bored out of her mind and doesn't want to be there anymore. Not even on Richard's lap? Rory takes the two pictures. Richard asks Paris if she'd like to stay. She doesn't want to, but thanks him again for the introduction to Michael York. She hasn't gotten the interview yet, but she's "working on him."