Dragonfly. Lorelai gets a phone call from a drunken Luke, who is practicing his...drive(?) and has just franchised his diner with Richard. He's gotta handful of stock! Luke says Richard wants to shave him. "Shave what?" Lorelai asks, disgusted. Luke says he's tipsy because they hit the club bar and he didn't want to order nitwit juice so he had whiskey something, which was more whiskey than something. If the something was "neat," Luke's in trouble. Luke: "And I've got an art dealer now." Lorelai: "No." Hee. Luke says he's driving to Manhattan next week to look at some Diebenkorn that Luke will surely hate. Luke: "Oh, and I bought some golf clubs. They cost the same as a car." Luke also flubbed his reading hobby and now has to read The Iliad and The Odyssey: "And can we not hang out with your parents for a very long time?" Lorelai says that Luke needs to leave the driving range at once. "I don't think I could drive," Luke slurs. Lorelai tells him to have some coffee and come home. Luke doesn't want to go back into the club for coffee because the Diebenkorn guy is talking to Luke's rare coin guy. Lorelai tells him to leave at once, so Luke does, presumably with a blood alcohol content of point Booze.
Emily confronts Richard outside the pool house, screeching that he went golfing with Luke. "You are encouraging this ridiculous relationship," Emily says. Richard: "Emily, please." Emily: "He is not good enough for Lorelai. Or to be Rory's stepfather, God forbid." Richard asks if Emily could be more of a snob. Emily can't believe Richard paraded Luke around their club like that. Richard says that it was a fruitful outing, now that Luke's going to franchise the diner. Emily says there's no way a lout like Luke could manage a business. Richard says that's obvious, and that's why Richard will be the one making all the profits off Luke's chain: "He'll be the frontman. We'll shave him. Stick his picture on the menus." He hopes the whole thing will bestow some credibility on Luke: "At least then, if this insane relationship between him and Lorelai continues, we can legitimately take him to places like the club." How's Digger treating you guys these days? For some reason, Emily thinks this is absurd and Richard's absurd and this whole thing is absurd. I don't even know why they're angry at each other anymore. Aren't they both on the same side of every argument they have? Richard tells Emily to think ahead, and goes back into his poolhouse.