Luke's. Luke asks Rory why she's not already at Yale. She says she's on her way. He tells her that she looks really calm. Rory admits that she's a little nervous, but that her last fix at Luke's would really do the trick in calming her down. Either these girls get up at the crack of dawn, or their morning moseys much like mine does. Luke tells Rory she can have whatever she wants today, on the house. He asks where Lorelai is. Rory stammers that Lorelai's having a wee bit of trouble with the truck. Luke looks up to see his truck backing up toward the restaurant. He asks what she's doing. Rory says that Lorelai had a little trouble getting the truck out of Reverse, so she backed it up all the way to the diner.
Luke runs outside and finds Lorelai, who tells him that there's something wrong with his truck. He tells her to stop, and that she can't drive a stick. Lorelai says that Luke has an uncooperative stick. For about four seasons now. Ba-dum-bum! Lorelai gets out of the truck and wishes Luke good luck. Luke gets into the truck and pops it right into gear. "Written by Daniel Palladino." I collect five bucks as Lorelai shouts, "It's a misogynistic truck! It's anti-woman! It's gender-selective! It's 'Oh, let's drink a beer and watch the game and hike our shorts up!'" One of my favorite things is when Lauren Graham makes that "Oh" noise, pretending to be a boy trying to think of what he's about to say. Luke parks the truck at the curb. He tells her she can't borrow the truck. Lorelai pouts that it's already full of Rory's stuff. Luke says Lorelai should have hired movers, and that she said she could drive stick. Lorelai says she can't drive the "Joe Six-Pack" of sticks: "Not the 'Oh, let's scratch our bellies and eat some Corn Nuts and pick our teeth!'"
Back in the diner, Luke tells Lorelai to be careful, and asks to have the truck back by 4. "Four-ish it is," Lorelai agrees. Luke says he needs the truck back by 4. Lorelai says she'll try. Luke wants a promise. Lorelai calls him possessive. Luke says that he's the one who actually possesses the truck, so yes, he is possessive of it. Lorelai says she's kidding and tells him to calm down. Stick tease. Luke admits that he's not in much of a kidding mood, what with all of the divorce proceedings. He says that the law firm Nicole works for sent the lawyers over, and when he called to ask a simple question, they insisted on sending someone over to talk about the papers with him. A guy we're supposed to believe is Cesar hands Rory a bag of food. That's not the same guy, is it? Rory tells Lorelai that she got her Yale Special to go -- sausage wrapped in pancakes, tied together with bacon. Lorelai asks Rory if she made that up. No, the Mayo Clinic did. Luke hands Lorelai a piece of paper on which he's drawn a "shift diagram" for her. He says D is for "drive." R is for -- "The R in drive!" Lorelai shouts excitedly. "R is for 'Reverse.'" And 1 is -- "The loneliest number that you'll ever know!" Luke is still not in the mood for kidding. Lorelai promises she can handle it. Luke wishes Rory good luck at school; no hug.