8 PM. Forty-five couples remaining. Rory's pretty much asleep on Lorelai's shoulder. I can't believe she's not holding a book, studying in the crook of Lorelai's arm. Lorelai makes Rory look alive when Kirk comes dancing past. Jess is staring at Rory. CuteDean is pouting at Rory. Shane is staring at her shoes, thinking about stamps. Rory asks how much longer, and Lorelai tells her to keep her chin up. She says there should be a break pretty soon. Jackson and Sookie dance over to Lorelai. It's pretty clear that Jackson is pissed off at Lorelai, but Sookie's asking him to not talk about it here. He asks Lorelai what she thinks about his hair: "Any opinion?" Sookie tells him he's overreacting. "You think? How 'bout you, Lorelai? You think I'm overreacting?" Jackson snaps. The horn is blown, but instead of the break, it's "The Runaround." Everyone must run, holding their partner, in a circle around the gymnasium. When the music stops, the five couples in the back are disqualified. Taylor heatedly explains the rules into the megaphone as Patty tells him he's getting too much pleasure out of this.
I like this scene. Everybody's running, and Jackson runs up and asks Lorelai if she has an opinion on his running. Lorelai asks what's going on. Sookie says that he's mad and taking it out on Lorelai instead of on Sookie. Jackson has the great line: "Oh, I'm not mad. I just didn't realize that when I married Sookie, I also married [Lorelai]. I didn't realize I was a Mormon. My mistake." Rory interjects for a second to say that she hates Lorelai. Sookie tells Jackson to quit dragging Lorelai into this. Jackson says, "Fine," and runs off the dance floor. Sookie tosses two yellow cards into the air and runs off behind him. Taylor notes that they're totally disqualified. Rory is now falling into Lorelai, moaning that she's going to die. Lorelai says that, every year, she blocks this part out. Rory promises to remind her next year. Kirk runs up right behind them. Lorelai asks what he's doing. "I'm drafting you," he answers. "Well, stop it!" Lorelai shouts. "You can't tell me where to run!" Kirk shrieks. Love it. The ten-minute horn blows. Everyone falls to the ground. Where's CuteDean with some water, a towel, food? Hello? Little help, here? Rory tries to kick Lorelai, but her foot's too weak. She decides to owe her one. Lorelai says she has to go find Jackson and Sookie. Rory says she'll go get them a couple of sandwiches. Ew. Those things are fourteen hours old. Lorelai picks up Rory and asks, "This is fun, huh?" Rory snots, "Uh huh. Big fun."