Lorelai finds Rory studying in the living room and declares a five-minute talking break while she changes. Rory follows her upstairs. Lorelai says that her day included a leak on the third floor. "Lots of things going 'squish' that should not be squishing." Is that a shout-out? She's late for dinner. She holds out dresses. Rory picks one. Lorelai asks if Rory's sure she can't go. Rory says she has to study or Paris will kill her if she's unprepared. She tells Lorelai that if things go well tonight, though, she's probably going to be treated a little bit better. She admits that she set up Paris and Philllipppe on a date. Lorelai gives Rory the Ricky treatment, telling her she shouldn't be messing with other people. Lorelai says she wants details tomorrow. She asks how she looks. Rory tells her she looks beautiful. Lorelai grabs her shoes and runs downstairs. She tells Rory she left ten dollars for her and defrosted a chocolate cake. She says she'll be home early. Rory tells her not to be mean to Emily. Lorelai calls Rory a broken record and leaves.
Rory sits studying, eating chocolate cake out of the tin. There's a knock at the door. Rory answers. It's Paris. She's holding a pile of clothes. She says, "I don't know what to wear." Rory: "Ever?" Paris says she's not prepared for this. She doesn't haunt the malls all day looking for that one fabulous top. She studies, and then she thinks about studying some more, and then she studies more. Rory asks if Paris wants to come in. She does. She says that she only has one lipstick at home and it's barely even a color. She bought it because it doesn't even look like she's wearing lipstick. I love how Paris's voice is all warbly, like she's going to grow up to be Babette. She says to date, you need that fabulous little top and lipstick that you can tell you're wearing. Rory asks her to put the pile of clothes down. Paris reminds Rory that she once told her that if she ever needed to come talk to someone she could talk to her. So she's here. Rory asks why Paris didn't go to Louisa or Fraulein. Paris says that although they understand fashion, they don't understand how to keep her calm when she's freaking out and feeling like she's going to puke everywhere. Rory starts going through the clothes. Paris says she brought everything in case there was hidden potential. Rory says that Paris makes a well-dressed widow. Paris says she's not going on the date. Rory says she is. Rory asks if these are all of Paris' clothes. They are, except for her school outfits and her bat mitzvah dress, which has Menorahs on it. Rory takes her upstairs to the "one-stop shopping store."