As Paris continues her tirade about the importance of Operation Finish Line, Rory becomes distracted by the presence of Lucy across the room. Paris asks if Rory's heard back from her since the letter. When Rory says no, Paris takes action: "Oh, so she's just decided to ignore you now? How very Heathers of her." Throwing down her napkin, Paris marches over to Lucy's table, much to the chagrin of Rory, who shamefacedly rushes after her. Paris, however, is not to be deterred. She gets up in Lucy's face, insisting that she end this little junior high game she's playing. "Hey...Paris..." Lucy says, stunned. Lucy says that she just got back in from town and has not had time to respond to Rory's letter. "Yeah, and?" Paris demands. "Well, it's not really fair," Lucy demurs to Rory, "you being a writer." Oh, whatever. "Yeah, yeah, life's not fair," Paris snaps. "In case you didn't know it, Rory's a great person and does not deserve to be treated this way. Anyone should feel lucky to call her a friend. I know I do, and you're throwing away one of the best." Man. Paris Gellar for President of Everything. Rory uncomfortably says that she appreciates Paris's trying to help, and asks for a moment alone with Lucy. She and Lucy share a look about what a loon Paris is, and Lucy calmly tells Rory that the letter was beautiful, and that she now realizes the ridiculous position Marty had put Rory in. I guess Lucy took this sad time of estrangement to decide to get off the goofballs, because she's acting relatively normal. Rory apologizes for handling it wrong, and that she screwed up. "No, you didn't screw up," Lucy says. "Marty asked you to do something really weird and wrong, and you did it, because you're a great person. Ask Paris." She says she and Marty broke up, and Rory is sick to hear it. "It wasn't meant to be," says Lucy, sad.
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.