The examination room/infirmary/cafeteria is Miss Patty's studio. Lane is stirring a very large pot of her mother's egg-less egg salad. Every sandwich comes with MamaLane's religious pamphlet: Dancing For the Devil: An Illustrated Look at the Effect of Dancing on Your Chances Of Spending All Eternity in Hell. Rory admires MamaLane's flames, saying that they've really improved. Lane says that her mother got a color printer this year, and that it really changed everything. MamaLane walks in and tells Lane to start scooping the sandwiches, since the minute air hits the bread it starts going stale. Rory tells Lane she'll stop by later to say hi. "You have a pamphlet?" MamaLane asks. "Yes, I do," Rory says. MamaLane hands Rory another, and with a pointed look, says, "For your mother."
Rory walks over to Lorelai for the physical. The woman running the physical says, "Lorelai Gilmore? You don't look like you've recently suffered a face-altering car crash. You're also supposed to have buckteeth, a club foot, and alopecia." See, she's Stanley Appleman's wife. Lorelai says that Stanley said the nicest things about his wife that one time they stood very far away from each other and talked about how great his wife is. Lorelai worries that this is going to impair her changes of passing her physical.
Gymnasium. Pan down from the disco ball as Taylor reads off the rules. Any couple without a number will be disqualified. All couples must be touching and remain standing at all times. They must also be moving at all times. The only time they can stop moving is when the horn blows, which signifies a ten-minute break. Every person has also been issued an emergency ten-minute yellow card, which can be used to excuse the person with the card for ten minutes at any time, as long as the other person in the couple remains dancing on the floor. Contestants are getting ready, the band's warming up, the coats are getting checked, the dance is about to start. According to Taylor's giant scorecard, there are 156 couples participating. It sure doesn't look like that many to me. Taylor tells everyone to lace those shoes and pin those curls because there's only three minutes left before the contest begins. I don't know about these dancers, but I'd be sitting down as much as I could until it was time to dance. I'd be wheeling myself in, saving up the energy. In the background behind Taylor, we see a poster board with pictures of the past champions. There are only four past champions. So I guess that 50th annual boasting banner in the beginning was a mistake.