The newspaper board ousts Paris from the editor position, and Rory has to be the one to break it to her. Paris takes it all right, at first, even giving a dramatic resignation speech before getting booted. However, when the staff votes Rory in as the new editor, Paris goes for vengeance, throwing Rory out of their apartment. Logan suggests that she move in with him as a solution. Breaking my heart, Rory agrees. Michel is getting pissy about Luke doing odd jobs around the Inn. It finally comes out that Michel's just missing his time with Lorelai. She makes it up to him with red velvet cake. Rory invites Christopher to come visit her at Yale, and she has to tell him about living with Logan. The two men bond over their poor life choices and indiscriminate income. Rory asks Christopher not to tell Lorelai until she can tell her, herself, but he...tells. Because he's a ratfink. Lorelai is upset, but does all right with the news. Emily browbeats Lorelai into not only revealing her (secretly postponed) wedding date, but also inviting Luke to Friday Night Dinner. Richard gives them a huge, hilarious lecture on having their insurance coverage up to date, which includes a strong suggestion that Luke get confirmation that April is really his daughter.
Since Friday Night Dinners have been "officially reinstated," we're jumping right into the next one. Everyone is on their best behavior as Lorelai tries to break the ice. "The roses look amazing, Mom," she says, complimenting the centerpiece. Rory agrees that they are nice. Richard, too, comments that Emily has a way with flowers. Lorelai can't let a good thing go, and jokily gives everybody a "well done!" for their civil behavior after last week's FND craziness. She tells everyone to keep up the niceness but, if you'll pardon the pun, the bloom is off the rose. Richard awkwardly tries to segue into a discussion about Yale before being smart-assily sideswiped by Emily, who says she wasn't aware they were allowed to talk about Yale. "Oh no," Richard smirks. "We're allowed to talk about it, we're just not allowed to pay for it." This has to be the only documented instance in reality or fiction of people being angry that they get to KEEP tens of thousands of dollars per year. The Grandparents continue to smart-ass about Yale, and Lorelai has to put the kibosh on it. She says that of course they can talk about Yale, since it is Richard's alma mater and Rory's school; it's just that maybe, right now, it's not the best subject. She tries to start the whole conversation over with a countdown: "And five, four, three, two...these roses look amazing, Mom." Gamely, Richard repeats his earlier comment about Emily missing her calling as an arranger, but Lorelai just can't be satisfied with anything, and tells him that it's not necessary to have a verbatim repeat. "Lorelai," he says, "this is my house. I should have some control over what goes on here, at some point." Exactly, Grandpa. No wonder you drink. These damn women have got to be exhausting.
Emily chastises Richard for raising his voice. He denies it, and she says that, in fact, he is raising his voice to her. "Well," he says, glancing at Rory, "I'm not allowed to raise it to the people who deserve it." Lorelai panics and does another countdown after which Richard musters all his effort into changing the subject, shouting, "I LOVE SHRIMP. WHO ELSE LOVES SHRIMP?" With impeccable timing, Rory shouts, "Me!" and Lorelai happily says she's also a fan. "This is ridiculous," Richard says, and Emily takes over, asking Lorelai how Luke is doing. "Nice one, Mom," Lorelai says proudly of Emily's conversation-changing skills. Except Emily actually wants to know about Luke. And how he's doing. And the date for their wedding. And why she has not received a save-the-date card. And if she needs a dress. And...everything. Under pressure, Lorelai blurts that the wedding will be June 3rd. Rory gives her mother a worried look, but Emily has already moved on: "June 3rd...that's very soon." She asks pointedly if there is any specific reason it's so soon. "Oh, boy," Lorelai groans as her mother continues repeating the date and commenting on how soon it is. She says that they have not seen Luke in a long time and that it's important that they get together with him before the wedding. Lorelai tries to stall, but to no avail. Emily insists that Lorelai bring him to dinner next Friday. The browbeat is so strong, Lorelai looks close to bugging out, and to calm her, Rory gives her a countdown as we go into the credits.