Rescued again -- this time by Rory -- Lorelai goes outside to hear about Rory's New York Times interview. Rory excitedly explains how awesome it would be to get the internship as one of only four people in the country, but says she can't think about it anymore, especially in light of the recent Logan fiasco. Lorelai gives her a supportive "UGH" when she hears the names Colin and Finn, but doesn't say what actually NEEDS to be said: that Logan running off and not facing his problems and Rory stupidly saying she's sure it will be okay is a nothing more than Christopher/Lorelai history repeating itself right in front of her face. Lorelai is moved when Rory tells her about Lane's asking Rory to be the Lorelai Gilmore to the twins. "Big shoes to fill," Rory says. "Well," Lorelai answers, "luckily we have similar feet." Sweet. Lorelai gets a nostalgic look, and when Rory asks what it's about, she sighs, and raises her hands to indicate Rory: "I just think my first pancake turned out pretty good." Listen, I haven't stopped crying since I saw that first cupcake, so could these fools shut up already and give me a damn break? My eyes are swelling closed!
Rory and Lorelai are interrupted by Zach, coming out to suggest the cutting of the cake -- "Lane's got that low blood sugar look in her eyes," he says nervously -- and Rory heads inside. Lorelai lingers a moment to look at the pictures they've posted on the bulletin board, especially a precious one of a tiny Rory and Lane. Suddenly, Lorelai hears a voice over her shoulder. "Seems like just yesterday she was taking up three tables at the diner with those huge books of hers," says Luke about Rory. "She was somethin'. IS somethin'." STOP with the CRYING. Man, maybe I AM pregnant. WITH A CUPCAKE. Lorelai tells Luke that she heard about him selling his boat, and he reveals that that's not the whole story; as a matter of fact, as soon as he sold it, he went out and put a down payment on a new, more amazing boat -- one he can keep at the marina and use to take long boat trips with April. Lorelai is amazed. "I can't believe you bought a boat in day," she says. "It used to take you a week to buy a t-shirt." Luke: "Yeah, well. Things change." They share a look that I can't interpret, and go inside, where Rory is wheeling out the cake. And while Zach and Gil rock a duet of the classic "Mockingbird," Lorelai looks wistfully at her daughter and her friend and smiles.