Luke leaves to find something to do, causing Rory to say, "Having help is stressing him." Lorelai asks Rory why she's going back to Yale so early when she still has a couple of days before classes start. Rory wants to get a jump on studying, and to have a couple of days alone before her roommates get back. Lorelai: "Where are the roomsmate?" Paris is on vacation with Jamie, skiing, and has called Rory to say that she's having fun. Lorelai then asks Rory, "So you're just ignoring the plural thing now?" Rory: "Yeah." Lorelai gets up in Paris's business, asking if everything's okay with her and Jamie. Rory doesn't tell the truth, and instead says they're fine. Lane tells Luke to get coffee for the table in the corner, and Luke runs like a puppy getting orders. Lorelai says, kind of from nowhere, "Wow. Maybe this Luke and Lane thing isn't going to work out." Oh, calm down, Lorelai. She's not going to have sex with him. Rory agrees. "Where do you think Luke will go?" Lorelai asks. Rory hopes a big chain will take him on. Lorelai wonders if Luke has a forklift license. Rory: "He could redeem recyclables." Lorelai: "You mean 'recycs-able'?" Rory makes a pained, stressed face that is worth calling "scene" on, which they do. Opening credits.
Lorelai and Michel are on their way to Sookie's, carrying a bag of moldings for the inn for Sookie to help choose. Lorelai promises that they'll be in and out once Sookie picks one. Michel doesn't want to do any food sampling. He says he hasn't seen Sookie once this month without getting fattening food shoved in his mouth. Lorelai asks if he's sure it was food every time. (Dirty!) Michel tells Lorelai that she can joke all she wants, but that as long as super-low rise jeans are in fashion for men, he must stay super-trim. Lorelai knocks on Sookie's door and asks Michel, "How low we talkin' here?" Michel: "I've had to wax." Lorelai declares the subject over and enters Sookie's house.
Sookie picks out a strip of molding that happens to be Lorelai's favorite, too. It also happens to be the most expensive. Sookie says it's amazing how they always pick out the pricey stuff. She begins to ask if anyone wants something to eat, but Michel screams, "No!" before Sookie can get the words out. Sookie says she made hot water for tea. "Tea?" Michel asks, hope creeping into the sound of his voice. "You like Earl Grey, right?" Sookie asks, carrying a tray of teacups. She hands Michel an empty cup and tries to make us believe it's filled with hot tea, but Michel holds the damn thing with his fingertips and the camera's at such an angle that we can see that it's completely empty, so it sort of looks like Sookie's lost it and is having a sad little-girl tea party and everybody's obliging because she's crazy. Sookie follows the teacup with a scone, and Michel freaks out. He accuses her of trying to fatten him out of a love life. "I thought you were celibate," Sookie says. "Not by choice," Michel pouts. The baby starts screaming. "You woke up Davey, big mouth!" Sookie says to Michel. Way to be a momma, Sook. Lorelai asks if Sookie's going to check on him, but she doesn't move, saying that the baby will be out there in a second. This isn't because we've aged Davey three years, as many television shows would do during a holiday hiatus; it's because Tobin, played by Bruce McCulloch, has replaced that midwife all of you hated, which is sad because the woman who played her, Rusty Schwimmer, is apparently a very nice lady. But fine. You guys hated her, so you get a character you kind of didn't like even more.