Rory walks in and finds Lane, who tells Rory she's got to go because she's still grounded. She hands Rory a shopping bag full of photographs from her prom. It's a second-by-second photo essay of the evening. How sad is it that Rory didn't get to go to prom at all? And that we didn't get to see Lane go to prom? And that Lane is still so grounded that she's not going to be allowed to be at Rory's graduation? And that Lane's still going to that college she hates, but she doesn't seem upset about it? And that Dave didn't come to the town meeting to at least sit with Lane for the fifteen minutes she's allowed out of the house this week?
Anyway, this entire scene is so that CuteDean and Rory can be alone in Miss Patty's studio right now. CuteDean is still pissed off at Rory for not throwing him a bridal shower. Rory's solution is to offer him a few wedding tips she learned from the Inn. Like: make sure the photographer takes candid photographs along with posed shots. Brilliant. And don't give the ring to the ringbearer until the last second. CuteDean says it's been overwhelming, renting the hall and stuff. Rory then takes fifteen minutes making the two of them sit next to each other before she hands him a Williams-Sonoma catalog, telling him to pick something so she can buy it. She's even highlighted things that he'll need, like everything. Hey, Rory? You think they might register for gifts? Anyway, CuteDean's stoked that Rory will buy him a set of knives, a blender, or some mixing bowls. He'll need that Swiss Army Knife on the set of Young MacGyver. CuteDean: make Rory buy you a bed. Hysterical! Rory tells CuteDean to figure out, with Lindsay, what he wants, and let Rory know so she can order it. The strummy-strummy-la-la music comes on here, just for me, I know, and I have to pause the TiVo because this is the saddest moment of the season for me. "Bye, Dean," Rory says. So much potential, so many opportunities lost. "Bye, Rory," CuteDean says. So many moments that were good and then it all kind of died, didn't it? Their love for each other, our love for them...it all dissolved in a sea of apathy. He was such a good character in the beginning, all strong and silent, supporting her and urging her to be a better person. Now he just seems kind of clueless and pathetic. Married. Whatever. Goodbye, CuteDean. I know I've prematurely wished you goodbye before, but I'm pretty sure this is it for you. Thanks for at one time being the boyfriend I wish I had. Get a haircut; stay in school. And don't wear long sleeves under a polo shirt again, please.