Ugh. Back to the custody hearing. Do y'all care about this? Because I don't. But we have to watch it, because it sets up the reading of Lorelai's letter. Anna's attorney makes some frankly snide remarks about Luke's capabilities as a man and father, and Luke's whole agreement to keep his mouth shut during the hearing is off. He gets feisty. "Now that I know her," he says of April, "I just want to be with her and be her dad, because I know I will be a good dad."
Christopher and Paul Anka have been working on the flatscreen project back at the CrapShack, and while he searches for a level to make sure the thing is straight, Chris comes across the draft of Lorelai's character reference in her desk drawer.
At the courthouse, the judge is also looking over the letter. It's time to read it into the record. We cut back and forth from the courtroom to Christopher at the CrapShack, hearing the judge's voice crosscut with Lorelai's voice-over. The letter is quite moving. In it, Lorelai says that she is a single mother who raised her daughter by herself, and that throughout Rory's life, Luke has been there as a father figure to Rory. Lorelai says that Luke should be given the opportunity to be a father to April, since he will be a great one: "Once Luke Danes is in your life, he is in your life, forever." She goes on to say that Luke's presence in her life has been an amazing gift, and that to deny him contact with April would be wrong. Luke, hearing the judge read, smiles softly to himself, touched.