In the living room, Emily wanders through her empty house. She fluffs a pillow and sits with a book. She tries to read, but can't. She wanders again through the house and starts to head upstairs. She stops when she hears a car start up. She heads to the window and is shocked to see a car leaving her driveway.
Luke and Lorelai's date includes a town meeting, which they are walking to right now. Luke says he hates town meetings. Lorelai says she thought he said he hates "clown bleedings," which she totally agrees with. She promises they'll only do a stop-by, and then they're off to the movie. Luke says that just because Lorelai likes these town meetings doesn't mean he has to like them or go to them or even tolerate them. ["Has she ever gone to a town meeting he hasn't also attended?" -- Wing Chun] Lorelai says that they'll have to go tonight and next Thursday. Lorelai answers her cell phone. It's Emily, upset: "The most bizarre thing has happened." She tells Lorelai that she just finished dinner and was about to go upstairs and read when she heard a car. She saw Richard drive away: "He was driving away at 7:30 at night!" Lorelai's all, "Uh-huh." She asks if he was driving backwards or with his feet. Emily wonders where Richard would be going at 7:30 at night. Maybe he had to go work on his car at the filling station. Lorelai says that Richard might have had a business meeting. Emily: "At 7:30 at night? Is he a bootlegger?" Maybe he went to the Heart Association thing. He's a very busy man. Luke is tugging on Lorelai's jacket because he can't stand cell phones, so Lorelai says she has to hang up and go into a thing. Emily says she'd hate to intrude on whatever vague thing Lorelai's going to. Lorelai thanks her and hangs up. She immediately blames Luke for distracting her enough that she didn't read the caller ID and see it was Emily calling. Like that's ever worked before. Lorelai is happy to have someone to blame for everything. That's the best part of a relationship for her. Jeez, Luke. Get the hell out of that relationship.