Leaving for the second time, Lorelai has her arm around Rory and tells her to call if she needs anything else. Rory says she has enough, including things she doesn't need, like a disco ball. Lorelai points out that Rory can't have her much-anticipated Salute To Barry White night without a disco ball. It's true, that dorm room is big enough to host a gigantic dance party. Lorelai tells Rory that Luke's already out in the truck. She again tells Rory to learn a lot of stuff and be a frequent visitor. They hug again. "Ciao, baby," Lorelai says. They part. Rory dawdles for a second, and then wanders back to her gigantic dorm room. She shuts the door and stands in the empty common room for a second. She walks over to her own bedroom and shuts the door. She looks lost and bummed out. She sits on the bed, rubs her hands, looks around, and sighs.
On the drive back to Stars Hollow (he and Lorelai are already there, by the way), Luke is deep in a story about lugging furniture with Chip. He uses the word "like" so many times that Lorelai interrupts him to ask if he will "like, get over this." Because a conversation more than five minutes long that doesn't have her in the subject is way too boring to finish. Her pager goes off. It's Rory. "Come back" is all it says. With a dozen exclamation points. Luke has just pulled up in front of the diner. Is she seriously just going to turn around and drive back? And not make a phone call on her cell phone telling Rory that she's got to be a big girl now and be at college? She tells Luke she has to borrow the truck. Luke tells her to take her own car, which she should do (and isn't it hard to believe the Jeep isn't a stick?), but she says it'll "take too long" to walk back to her house from Luke's (a walk she already makes seven times a day). She says she's also out of gas and the Jeep has been making weird noises and probably won't make it all the way to Yale. Luke says he needs his truck. "I need it more!" Lorelai whines. Luke says she's had it all day. "Don't you care about Rory?" Lorelai shouts. "Of course I care about Rory!" Luke says. He sighs and tells her to have the car back by 7. It's got to be about 6 by now. If not 7. Lorelai thanks him and immediately accidentally pops the car into Reverse. She drives off.