Blurry establishing shot of "Hartford Drugstore." ["Hey, Pamie, you lived in Connecticut; you've probably been to that one drugstore in Hartford, right?" -- Wing Chun] Lorelai is so clearly at a Ralphs, since they didn't even bother to move the Ralphs sales cards off the rack. She searches through a few allergy medications, talking to herself the entire time. I imagine Lorelai just keeps a constant audible dialogue with herself no matter where she is. Lorelai makes a horrible mistake and puts the Zicam back on the shelf to grab some generic Benadryl. I have allergy issues, okay? Anyway, Benadryl's just going to knock her out, and Zicam is the best stuff I've ever sucked up my nose. People, go get you some Zicam if you know what's best for you. While I'm on the subject of myself, and Lorelai's only talking to herself, let me just be so bold as to point out that this scene could be a shout-out to me, since I ran into Michel at a drugstore in a very similar fashion as what we're about to see here. Lorelai rounds the corner and bumps straight into Max. "Max," she says. This reunion is brought to you by Claritin. Claritin, the gigantic ad just over Lorelai's shoulder, helping her to see Max more clearly. Non-Drowsy Claritin, now in non-prescription strength. Claritin. It's what Lorelai should be holding. Instead of Max. Claritin's some good shit, too, but Allegra is better. "I didn't know you...had a cold," Lorelai says to Max. He says he just recently found out himself. "Wow. You. Hi," Lorelai says back, like a Magic Johnson interview. Max explains that he's been in California, at Stanford, teaching a class. Lorelai asks what he's doing back in Hartford. He says his class ended, and everybody who's everybody's coming back for the Chilton Bicentennial. It's all everybody's been talking about for minutes. Lorelai reminds Max that it's Friday. He remembers that she must be off to a famous Gilmore dinner. He asks how it's going. She says they had to add an additional room for all the emotional baggage, but other than that, it's going fine. She says that Rory's good. Grades are good. Different boyfriend. Max can tell from one syllable that Lorelai really hates Rory's new boyfriend. And for this tiny exchange, I like Max. Then he loses me again by reading, "She's young, she'll move on, she's going away to college next year," without much emotion. As if any of us have forgotten she's going to college soon. You guys realize that Max and Lorelai are using five million words in the conversation that I'm describing, but I'm just "keeping it real" for you, right? Max and Lorelai both have dinners to get off to, so they say goodbye. Max walks away. Lorelai stands still for a while, thinking. Maybe she's wondering if she should go back and get the Zicam. Do it, Lorelai.
Episode Report CardPamie: A- | 364 USERS: C+
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