Rory says that she also has to buy books and meet with the dean, and "oh, of course, I have a meeting with the school psychologist." This is new and alarming news to Lorelai. Rory says that she told Lorelai that every student who takes unexpected time off has to meet with a counselor when he or she returns. Lorelai insists that Rory had not told her any of this: "I would have remembered if you told me you had to have your head shrunk." Nice, Lorelai. Sure, no driven hypersmart child who suddenly starts committing felonies and dropping out of school needs therapy. I know your treatment would involve shopping and coffee, but maybe, just maybe, that isn't going to be enough. Rory says it's just a formality that the school requires. "You know they're totally going to ask you about me," Lorelai says. Rory is confused as to why her counseling would now be all about her mother, but Lorelai explains that therapists always want to talk about the patient's mother: "Say whatever you want, but make sure you start with 'my mother's very hot.'" Rory sighs. "Sure," she says. "That won't seem at all disturbing to the doctor."
Rory finishes packing, and they get sad about having to separate, though we learn that Lorelai is coming to visit in three days. "With our stupid fight," she says, "I got cheated this year." They hug, and Lorelai calls for Paul Anka to come and say goodbye. When he doesn't show, Lorelai brags that she guesses he doesn't like Rory better than he likes Lorelai. "Fickle pooch," Rory says, and before they can slander him further, they see that Paul Anka has sneaked into Rory's car. "Oh," Lorelai says, "you put bacon in your laundry." Rory says it's just that a dog never forgets his first sugar-toe, and she heads off to school.