Announcer: Previously on Gilmore Girls
(RORY and JESS sit on the couch, watching a movie)
(Scene of JESS pouring coffee for LORELAI and RORY. JESS smiles at RORY)
Rory: (Voice Over) Were just friends, Mom. He really needs a friend right now.
(Continuation of earlier scene, RORY and JESS have started making-out on the couch. LORELAI walks in, stops in shock. RORY looks guilty.)
(LORELAI runs into the inns kitchen, clutching a piece of paper.)
Lorelai: Sookie! She signed it! We own the inn now!
Sookie: Oh my god!
Lorelai: I know! Can you believe it? (They hug.)
(LORELAI and RORY mid argument)
Lorelai: I dont trust him!
Rory: What about me? You trust me! (She searches LORELAIs face.) Dont you?
(LORELAI doesnt answer.)
(LORELAI sitting in her kitchen talking to SOOKIE.)
Lorelai: ...the catch is, we have to be open for business in two months!
Sookie: (horrified) Two months?!
(Continuation of the argument)
Lorelai: Are you sleeping together?
Lorelai: Are you?!
Rory: (defensively) If we are, its none of your business.
Lorelai: From now on, hes not to be in this house if Im not here!
(LORELAI talking with SOOKIE)
Lorelai: Do you really want to do this?
Sookie: I really want to do this.
(Open on the Gilmore kitchen, RORY and JESS enter. RORYs still wearing her uniform, and theyre both carrying backpacks.)
Rory: I cant believe youd say that!
Jess: (Sits down.) I cant believe youre disagreeing with me!
(RORY goes over to the coffeepot and turns it on, then returns to sit across from him.)
Rory: Its just that theres no comparison! I mean, Faustus versus Hamlet! Which one are people more likely to have heard of?
Jess: Notoriety has absolutely nothing to do with quality! Just because no ones heard of him doesnt mean hes in any way inferior!
Rory: (crossing her arms) Im sorry, unless were talking about the movie Shakespeare in Love, where Rupert Everett is better than Joseph Fiennes any day, Shakespeare was infinitely superior to Marlowe!
Jess: (laughing) Youre wrong!
Rory: I am not! Shakespeares themes remain as true today as they were four hundred years ago, whereas time has rendered Marlowes writing almost obsolete!
Jess: (rolls his eyes) You got that out of a book, and its not true! Marlowe knew what he was talking about!
Rory: (leans towards him flirtatiously) Okay, prove it!
Jess: (Thinks for a beat) O, thou art fairer than the evening air, clad in the beauty of a thousand stars.
Rory: Fine. Doubt that the stars are fire, doubt that the sun doth move, doubt truth to be a liar, but never doubt I love.
Jess: (looking charmed and annoyed at once) Youre impossible!
Rory: (smiling) Thank you! (She stands to check the coffeepot, then searches the cabinet for a clean mug. He gets up as she lifts the pot, stands behind her, and gently kisses the side of her neck. She startles.)
Rory: Spilling coffee is high treason in the Gilmore household!
Jess: (Instead of moving away, he wraps his arms around her.) Should I fear for my life?
Rory: (She leans back, covers his arms with her own, and turns her head to look at him.) I think I might be able to arrange a royal pardon.
(She turns to face him. He kisses her mouth lightly, his hands cradling her face.)
Rory: (pulls back to look at him) What time do you have to work tonight?
Jess: No idea. (smiles) What day is it?
Jess: Not till five, then.
Rory: Good. (La-las begin. She pulls away, grabs her mug of coffee in one hand and his hand in the other, and leads him into her room.)
(Laa-laas play in the background. The kitchen at the Independence Inn. LORELAI enters with a long roll of paper.)
Lorelai: Sookie, I need you to look at something.
Sookie: (drying her hands on a dish rag) What?
Lorelai: Okay. (starts to spread out the paper) Is this counter dry?
Sookie: Not really.
Lorelai: How about over there?
Lorelai: Ill just hold it then. (She unrolls the blueprint midair, and SOOKIE leans over her arm to look at it.) Now, these are the plans for the kitchen. The problem is, I think the stove is in the wrong place.
Sookie: (frowns) Oh, yeah. Thats definitely not right.
Lorelai: I thought so. So wheres the stove supposed to go?
Sookie: Oh I dont remember!
Lorelai: (stressed) Sookie!
Sookie: Okay, okay, okay, let me think! (She closes her eyes, mapping an invisible kitchen in her mind.) So the counters over there, right? Which means the fridge is there (she gestures and knocks over a bowl of cherry tomatoes.) Oops! (giggles) One sec, Ill clean that up!
(As she bends down, MICHEL enters. He stands behind LORELAI and clears his throat.)
Lorelai: (not turning around) Yes, Michel?
Michel: I understand that you are very busy with your little house drawings, but I would greatly appreciate it if you did not completely ignore your actual job.
Lorelai: Oh, poor Michel. Are you feeling neglected?
Michel: No. (LORELAI smiles smirkily at him. He scowls.) Visualize my patience as being like a very thin layer of ice, which you are now treading upon with large, steel toed boots.
Lorelai: (brightly) Okay! (He waits, staring angrily at her.) Phone call for me?
Michel: Yes. (He leaves.)
Lorelai: (half laughing) I think if he has to come get me once more, Michel will have a nervous breakdown and well find him drooling on the reservation book.
Sookie: Come on, take pity on the guy. We have been extra distracted these last few weeks.
Lorelai: I know. (She hands SOOKIE the plans) Try to remember about the stove, okay?
(LORELAI walks out behind the counter and picks up the phone.)
Lorelai: Independence Inn, Lorelai speaking. (pause) Oh hi! We were just (pause) Uh-huh. (Her face falls.) Okay, but youll still be (pause) What? You cant do that! (pause) Isnt there anyone you can call? (pause) Look, I really cant afford to...(pause) I see. (Pauses, then says quietly.) No, no, Ill figure something out. Okay. Bye, then. (She puts down the phone, and stands there for a moment, looking lost.)
(LORELAI reenters the kitchen, looking close to tears, or panic. SOOKIEs studying the floor plans.)
Sookie: (giggly) I figured it out! See, I was picturing the counter over there when its actually(she sees LORELAIs face) Whats wrong, sweetie?
Lorelai: (blankly) Um, that was the contractor on the phone. He said thathe said that he cant do the renovation for the inn.
Sookie: (horrified) What?! How could this happen?!
Lorelai: (sitting down on a stool) Apparently he had a fight with his partner, theyve dissolved the company, and hes returning to the family business in Milwaukee.
Sookie: But what about us?! He cant just up and leave!
Lorelai: Well, I tried to tell him that, but he started to cry so I dropped it. I mean, its not like we have the money to sue him or anything.
Sookie: So what are we going to do?
Lorelai: I have no idea. Anyone we could hire now would never be able to start in time. (She sighs.) I guess well just have to open later.
Sookie: But then they wont be able to put us in that book!
Lorelai: I know, but therell be other guide books.
Sookie: Not like that one! I had the menu all planned and everything!
Lorelai: I know you did, sweetie. (She tries to smile and fails. SOOKIE looks worried.)
(Its drizzling as LORELAI crosses the town common and enters Lukes. LUKE walks over and pours her a cup of coffee. She sits at the counter, looking depressed.)
Luke: Whats up?
Lorelai: I dont want to talk about it.
Luke: Okay. (He starts to walk away.)
Lorelai: (slams down her mug) People can be so irresponsible! (LUKE turns around and comes back, leaning against the counter to listen.)
Luke: Why do you say that?
Lorelai: Its the stupid contractor Sookie and I hired to renovate the inn! He just called and canceled, and now itll be weeks before we can find someone else to do it!
Luke: Well, dont worry. Im sure itll all get done eventually.
Lorelai: Thats the problem! There is no eventually!
Luke: What do you mean?
Lorelai: We got this incredible offer from a friend of Mias whos writing a guidebook of New England inns. As a favor, Mia asked him to review us. (She takes a sip of the coffee.) And it would be perfectit was his review that got the Independence Inn off the groundbut he has a deadline, and needs to have the review written in three weeks!
Luke: (surprised) Three weeks!
Lorelai: I know! (She takes another sip.) I hate people! They never do what they say theyre going to do!
Luke: Tell me about it! Jess was supposed to be here for his shift half an hour ago, but do you see him anywhere?
Lorelai: (suspicious) Jess isnt here?
Luke: Of course not! (LORELAI sits up straight, watching him wide eyed.) I swear to God, someday Im going to
Lorelai: (sharply) You know what? I have to go! (She jumps up and leaves. LUKE watches her go.)
(La-las in background. Rorys room. RORY and JESS are curled up together on her bed, each reading a book. RORYs book is Survivor, JESSs is Girl With a Pearl Earring. After a minute she puts down her book and studies him. He looks at her out of the corner of his eye, then raises an eyebrow.)
Rory: (smiles) Hows the book?
Rory: See? I told you.
(She picks up her book again. After a second of silence LORELAI comes charging through the door. RORY and JESS sit up and JESS scrambles to his feet.)
Lorelai: (furious) I cant believe this!
Jess: (Holding up his hands defensively) Lorelai, we were just reading, I swear.
Lorelai: (Turning her fury on him) You! Out!
Jess: Okay, Im going. (He starts towards the door, and as he passes her she grabs his book.) Hey!
Lorelai: (Venomously) Thats my book! (He pauses.) Now get out! (JESS leaves, and she follows him out into the kitchen)
(RORY enters the kitchen and stands nervously in the doorway. LORELAI pours herself a cup of coffee without turning around.)
Rory: (pleading) Mom
Lorelai: Dont! I dont want to hear it!
Rory: We were just reading!
Lorelai: Do I look like I care? (turns around, stirring her coffee furiously) I cant believe you would deliberately disobey me like that!
Rory: I didnt think you were serious about that rule!
Lorelai: Why? Why would you think that?!
Rory: Maybe because it seemed more like something your parents would have done! And I thought you were better than that! (Looks disgusted) I guess I was wrong!
Lorelai: Oh, that was low!
Rory: (angry now) Deservedly!
Lorelai: I am nothing like my parents!
(RORY shrugs and goes back into her room.)
Lorelai: (putting down her coffee and following her) Hey! I dont have to take that from you! (RORY flops down on her bed.) Dont you dare accuse me of being like my parents! You have no idea how good you have it with me!
Rory: (sitting up) You know what?!
Rory: I am so sick of hearing you talk about what a saint you are! Everyone keeps watching me like Im going to screw up, but youre the one who got pregnant at sixteen, not me!
Lorelai: Look, I may have screwed up, but dont go knocking me too much, okay! Youre here because of my lapse of judgment!
Rory: Thats a stupid thing to hold over my head! I didnt ask to be born, you know!
Lorelai: So what? I didnt ask for you to be born, either!
(Theres a moment of stunned silence.)
Lorelai: Oh god, I
Rory: (starting to cry) Get out!
Lorelai: Rory, I didnt mean that!
Rory: Get out! Get out! (She forces LORELAI out the door and slams it.)
(LORELAI sits down at the table and starts to cry.)
(first commercial break)
(Emily and Richards dining room. Absolute quiet. EMILY and RICHARD are unnerved by the chilly silence emanating from RORY and LORELAI. EMILY shoots RICHARD an eyebrow message to say something.)
Richard: (clearing his throat) So, Rory! (RORY looks up as if coming out of a trance.) Hows school?
Rory: (Nods) Good. (She looks down again.)
Richard: Thats good. (He shrugs to EMILY.)
Emily: Lorelai, how are things going with your new inn? (RORY looks up.)
Lorelai: (swallows and forces a smile) Oh, great.
(RORY returns to picking halfheartedly at her dinner.)
Emily: (smiles) Thats wonderful. Isnt that wonderful, Richard?
Richard: Yes, yes of course.
Emily: Have you started interviewing people yet?
Lorelai: Actually, yes.
Lorelai: And, what?
Emily: Who have you hired?
Lorelai: (laughs a little) Oh, no one yet.
Emily: Why not?
Lorelai: Well, the first man we met with referred to himself as Jim throughout the interview.
Emily: So what?
Lorelai: His name was Eric.
Lorelai: Actually, it only got worse from there. (EMILY sets down her fork.) After him we had a Cher look alike, a guy who tried to steal the tablecloth while we were sitting at the table, and a woman who I swear to god actually was the mother in Psycho.
Emily: So you didnt hire anyone?
Lorelai: (sarcastically surprised) No, Mom, we didnt. We would have, but we didnt feel like cleaning up after every guest who got hacked to death in the shower.
Emily: I just dont see how youre going to be able to open this inn without employees.
Richard: Now, Emily, theres still plenty of time to hire people. Im sure Lorelai has this all thought out. (LORELAI looks like she feels sick.) Right, Lorelai?
Lorelai: (Shes shaken by lying to her daughter and her parents, but tries to smile.) Right. (She goes back to her meal and changes the subject.) The soufflé is delicious.
Emily: Im glad.
Richard: Oh, Rory, I found that first edition of The Awakening we were talking about last week. Let me get it for you. (He rises and leaves.)
(Theres another awkward silence. LORELAI drains the last of her wine. The phone rings.)
Emily: Ill get that. (She exits. LORELAI clears her throat; RORY looks up.)
Lorelai: (trying to be civil) So youve been awfully quiet this evening.
Rory: (bitingly hostile) Im sorry, I didnt know there was a conversation quota I was supposed to be meeting. Tell me, can I fill it with small talk, or does it have to be intelligent conversation?
Lorelai: Dont talk to me like that. (RORY is silent; her face emotionless.) Look, yesterday was bad. Really bad. I didnt
(EMILY enters the room.)
Emily: It was just one of those telemarketers.
Rory: (coldly) I have to go to the bathroom. (Leaves.)
(EMILY pauses, then sits slowly, looking like shes about to comment on the tense situation, but LORELAI cuts her off.)
Lorelai: What were they selling?
Lorelai: (deadpan) The Partridge Family.
Lorelai: The telemarketer, Mom.
Emily: Oh. (Busily spreads her napkin in her lap.) Some new phone service. I hung up on them.
Lorelai: I usually just tell them I dont have a phone. (She laughs, and EMILY smiles vaguely. Theres a pause.)
Emily: (Takes a sip of wine.) So what was that all about?
Lorelai: (avoiding the question) What was what all about?
Emily: You dont have to lie to me. I know a fight when I see one.
Lorelai: (grimly) Just drop it, Mom, okay?
Emily: After all, its not like you and I didnt have our share of arguments.
Lorelai: (muttering) You couldnt let it go, could you?
Emily: Im just saying, theres no need to be ashamed of fighting with your daughter.
Lorelai: I think I need another glass of wine.
Emily: (suspicious) What are you hiding, Lorelai?
Lorelai: Nothing. Im not hiding anything.
Emily: Is everything all right?
Lorelai: Of course everythings all right. Why wouldnt everything be all right?
Emily: You havent been yourself all evening.
Lorelai: (defensive) Thats not true.
Emily: Of course it is.
Lorelai: No, its not!
Emily: (shrugs sarcastically) Fine, its not true.
Lorelai: God! You cant just let me be, can you?
Emily: (primly) Lorelai, youre shouting.
Lorelai: (losing it) Every comment that comes out of your mouth is critical! (standing up) Would it kill you to be supportive? Or are you too busy celebrating the fact that my daughter hates me too?! (She storms out of the room.)
Emily: (dumbstruck) Lorelai! (Stands, places her napkin on the table, and chases after LORELAI.)
(In the front hall. LORELAI is pulling on her coat.)
Emily: Lorelai, please come sit down. You havent finished your meal.
Lorelai: Im not hungry, okay? (opens the front door) Tell Rory Im waiting in the car. (She goes out and slams the door.)
(LORELAI and RORY in the car, driving home. RORY stares out the window as they enter Stars Hollow.)
Rory: (suddenly) Grandmas mad at you.
Lorelai: Oh, believe me, I know. The hatreds just flooding in from all generations.
Rory: (under her breath) Not undeservedly.
(LORELAI brakes sharply and pulls over.)
Rory: What are you doing?!
Lorelai: Get out of the car.
Lorelai: You heard me!
Rory: (gets out) Youre unbelievable.
(RORY slams the door, and LORELAI speeds off. Slowly, RORY crosses the street, hugging her coat around her.)
(LUKE is cleaning the counter of the empty diner. He looks up when RORY enters.)
Luke: Hey, you want some coffee? I can heat up whats left in the pot.
Rory: Thats okay. (She stands there awkwardly.)
Luke: Your mom coming?
Rory: No, she had... (vaguely) something else to do. (She quickly scans the diner.) Is Jess around?
Luke: Hes upstairs. (She starts up the stairs. He points his dish rag at her.) Five minutes. (She nods.)
(Upstairs. JESS is reading on his bed, wearing plaid pajama bottoms and a t-shirt with a picture of a rat that reads Black Death: European tour 1347-1351. Hes reading One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest. RORY pushes open the door and he looks up. Wild World by Cat Stevens begins to play softly.)
Jess: (sounding surprised) Hey.
(Slowly she walks over and curls up next to him. He pulls himself into more of an upright position to put an arm around her, and she tucks her head under his chin. With one hand he dog-ears his book and sets it down. She takes a deep breath and exhales, seeming to deflate completely.)
Jess: That bad, huh?
(She nods, face crumbling.)
Jess: (exhales) God. Im sorry. (He kisses her hair, and she closes her eyes, holding onto his shirt with one hand.)
(Music crescendos on the chorus. Downstairs, LUKE checks his watch and sighs, exasperated. The camera cuts to him reaching the top of the staircase, opening the door to the apartment, and starting to enter. He then catches sight of RORY and JESS sitting on the bed. JESS is holding RORY while she cries. JESS looks up and sees LUKE. They watch each other warily for a minute, then LUKE nods and leaves, closing the door respectfully behind him. RORY doesnt notice; JESS buries his face in her hair. Music decrescendos.)
(Downstairs again, LUKE picks up the phone and dials.)
Luke: (awkwardly) Hi, its Luke. Hows it going? (pause) Listen, I wanted to talk to you about an idea I had...
(Fade out on him talking on the phone.)
(LORELAI at the inn. Shes standing at the front desk tapping a pen on a legal pad. After a minute she makes an exasperated noise and leaves for the kitchen. Cut to the kitchen, where she pulls out an empty pot of coffee.)
Lorelai: (desperately) Sookie! (A man wearing a chefs hat enters carrying a large pot.) Fletcher, wheres Sookie?
Fletcher: Shes not here. Is there a problem?
Lorelai: Yes, theres no more coffee!
Fletcher: (worried) But the last breakfast seating was an hour ago.
Lorelai: Oh, you meant a problem with the inn. Right. Ill go get coffee elsewhere.
(She leaves the kitchen and stops to talk to MICHEL at the front desk.)
Lorelai: Michel, do you know why Sookies not here?
Lorelai: Okay. Im going to Lukes to get coffee, so if anyone calls, Ill be back soon.
Michel: I could try to care less, although Im not sure that it would be humanly possible. (LORELAI rolls her eyes.)
(LORELAI walks through a surprisingly empty center of town. Townie Mischief music plays. Miss Pattys is closed, as is the market. She goes up to Lukes and tries to open the door, but its locked. She looks surprised, then notices the note taped to the door.)
(Camera angle on the note. It reads: The diner will be closed all week, possibly longer. Sorry for the inconvenience, but dont bother complaining. P.S. Lorelaicome to the inn.)
(Camera cuts to LORELAI driving down a road towards the inn. She turns onto a dirt road and travels for a moment, then hits the breaks. Theres a line of cars parked along the side of the road. She gazes for a moment, parks, gets out, and walks the rest of the way, looking bewildered by the cars. At the end of the road she stops dead.)
Lorelai: Oh my god...
(La-las play in the background. Camera pans across the grounds of the inn, where dozens of townspeople are working industriously, building, painting, etc. Fade out on LORELAI looking shocked.)
(Second commercial break.)
(LORELAI walks in a daze among the working townspeople, looking absolutely speechless. A couple of men go by carrying a long plank, and she barely gets out of their way in time. She goes around the side of the house, and the camera switches to show LUKE and TAYLOR arguing. LUKEs holding a rolled up blueprint.)
Luke: (Gesturing with the roll of paper.) For the last time, Taylor! Sookie said specifically that they wanted cream paint in the dining room, not this (gestures helplessly at the bucket TAYLORs holding) purple stuff!
Taylor: (snippy) For your information, this is mauve!
Luke: Its purple, Taylor! And were not using it! Now if youll just (He catches sight of LORELAI and stops.)
Lorelai: (stunned) Whats going on?
Luke: Taylor, Ill talk to you later. (TAYLOR makes a noise of annoyance and storms off. LUKE walks over to LORELAI.) What does it look likes going on? Were fixing the inn for you.
Lorelai: (Looking at him in amazement.) Youre fixing the inn for me?
Luke: (embarrassed) Its not a big deal.
Lorelai: Not a big deal? Luke, there must be fifty people here!
Luke: (shrugs) Everyone wanted to help.
Lorelai: But what about the diner?
Luke: (a little defensive) So its closed for a few days, so what? I needed a vacation anyway.
Lorelai: Luke, rebuilding my inn isnt a vacation!
Luke: I dont mind. Why should you?
Lorelai: Because I feel bad! (trying to explain) This is my problem, not yours.
Luke: (annoyed by her reaction) Look, are you saying you want me to stop?
Lorelai: No, thats not
Luke: Because I can tell everyone to go home. Just say the word.
Lorelai: (reproachfully) That wasnt what I meant.
Luke: Fine. What did you mean?
(LORELAI stares at him stubbornly for a second.)
Lorelai: I meant (She stops herself, looking for a moment like shes about to cry.) This means so much to me, Luke. (She gives him a watery smile.) Thank you. (She hugs him. It takes him a moment to return the hug, and he pulls away quickly.)
Luke: (gruffly) Well, ITaylors getting ready to mutiny, so unless you want a pink kitchen, I should get back to work.
Lorelai: (laughs) By all means, hurry. (Neither of them move.) Okay. Im going to go home and change, but Ill be back soon. (She turns around and walks back towards her car. LUKE watches her go, then turns and walks up the steps into the house.)
(LORELAI returns, wearing jeans and a t-shirt. She makes her way through the crowd and into the inn.)
(RORY is painting the wall of the lobby sky blue. She sees LORELAI enter, puts down her roller and leaves quickly. LORELAI walks up to BABETTE and MOREY. BABETTE is painting the trim by the floor; MOREY is painting the ceiling. BABETTE sees LORELAI.)
Babette: Hey, doll. Hows it going?
Lorelai: Hi, Babette. (She looks around the room, which is already half painted.) This looks great!
Babette: Oh thanks. Luke put me and Morey in charge after Taylor tried to hide the blue paint.
Lorelai: Thank god. (She puts a hand on BABETTEs shoulder.) I want to thank you two so much for helping.
Babette: Oh, its no problem, sweetie. Me and Morey wanted to help. Isnt that right, Morey?
Babette: Listen, I was saying to Rory that I felt just sick when I heard about what happened to you. The nerve of that man, just canceling on you like that!
Lorelai: Rorys here?
Babette: Sure, she was painting right beside us a minute ago. (looks around) Whered she go? (yells) Rory, sweetie!
Lorelai: Its fine, Babette. Im sure Ill run into her later. (She starts backing away.) I think Im going to go check on the other rooms now. (She leaves. BABETTE nods and smiles.)
(LORELAI enters the kitchen to see SOOKIE holding a drill over an unfinished counter. SOOKIE sees LORELAI and startles. LORELAI steps back and knocks over a pile of wood leaning against the wall. Theres a huge crash.)
Jackson: (off camera) What happened?!(running up) Sookie, I told you to be careful!
Sookie: Im sorry!
Lorelai: (to JACKSON) You let her have a drill?!
Jackson: (confidentially) Its not actually plugged in.
Sookie: It really isnt! See? (She tries to demonstrate, and the drill starts up. LORELAI takes a step backwards in alarm.)
Random Guy: (off camera) Sorry! Wrong extension cord!
Jackson: Hey, what did I tell you about the blue cord?!(walks off towards the random guy) You never, ever plug in the blue cord!
(SOOKIE carefully sets down the drill.)
Lorelai: (trying to figure things out) So, you knew about all this?
Sookie: Ooh, thats right! You didnt know! When did you get here? Were you surprised? (She grabs LORELAIs arm.) Hey, youre not mad, are you?
Lorelai: No, Im not mad. Shocked, maybe. Was this your idea?
Sookie: No, Lukes. He called last night to ask for my permission. And the blueprints.
Lorelai: Wow. (She looks around thoughtfully.) I cant believe hed do this for us. (SOOKIE shoots her a look.) What?
Sookie: (chidingly) Oh, sweetie.
Lorelai: Why are you looking at me like that?
Sookie: (Leans against the counter, lowering her voice.) Luke didnt do this for me. He did it for you!
Lorelai: (dismissing the idea) Sookie... (She starts to walk around the kitchen, pretending to inspect the counters.)
Sookie: (following) How long is it going to take you to figure this out?
Lorelai: I dont know what youre talking about! (She refuses to look SOOKIE in the eye.)
Sookie: Lorelai, everything he does is for you! He hears youre in trouble, and hes there for you, every time, no questions asked!
Lorelai: Hes a good friend.
Sookie: Please! Even Im not that good!
Lorelai: You know what? Im going to go check on the construction outside.
Sookie: Will you at least admit Im right?
Lorelai: No, I wont, because youre not. (She exits. SOOKIE starts to follow, but catches herself on the newly stacked pile of wood, knocking it down again.)
(Cut to LORELAI exiting the kitchen.)
Sookie: (off-camera) Sorry! Im sorry! Ill pick that up!
(LORELAI shakes her head and smiles.)
(Outside. Camera pans across people painting the outside of the inn, fixing the back steps, planting bushes. KIRK is standing in front of LUKE with a pile of boards, looking angry.)
Luke: These are too short.
Kirk: No theyre not.
Luke: (annoyed) Kirk, I asked for boards that were five feet long. As in sixty inches. Did you even measure these?
Kirk: (blinking angrily) Those are sixty inches. And I measured twice.
Luke: You measured twice?
Kirk: Measure twice, cut once, thats my motto.
Luke: Nice motto, but you measured wrong.
Kirk: No, I didnt.
Luke: Yes, you did!
Kirk: No, I didnt!
(LUKE adjusts his cap, pulls out a tape measurer, and kneels by one of the pieces of wood. He measures the board, then snaps back the tape measurer and stands up.)
Luke: You measured twice, huh?
Kirk: I measured twice.
Luke: Its only 23.6 inches.
Kirk: No its not! (He kneels down and measures the board using his own tape measurer.) See? sixty inches exactly!
Luke: (trying to patient) Thats a metric tape measurer, Kirk. You measured in centimeters.
Kirk: What?! (He looks at it.) They told me it wasnt a metric one this time!
Luke: (looks surprised) You couldnt tell?
Kirk: (angrily) I have astigmatism!
(KIRK stomps off. LUKE tosses the short board on a scrap pile, and when a man grabs the board out of the pile the camera follows him as he joins the end of a line. Every person in the line looks bored or annoyed, and at the front of the line, ANDREW, the bookstore guy, is arguing with MRS. KIM.)
Andrew: I told you I need six screws.
Mrs. Kim: Everybody gets five. Next! (ANDREW refuses to move.)
Andrew: But I need six!
Mrs. Kim: Cant have six.
Andrew: Why not?
Mrs. Kim: (firmly) Everybody gets five! No more!
Andrew: But the wood wont hold without six screws!
Mrs. Kim: That your problem! Not mine!
Andrew: When Luke put you in charge of supplies I dont think he meant
Mrs. Kim: You have five screws, yes?
Andrew: (reluctantly) Yes.
Mrs. Kim: You dont need nails? Hammer? Board?
Mrs. Kim: If you dont need anything else, please leave!
Andrew: What I need is one more screw!
Mrs. Kim: Next! (to ANDREW) No! No more screws!
(ANDREW walks away. The woman behind him leaves the supply area carrying a hammer and the camera follows her around the side of the house, where MISS PATTY is standing behind a group of men lowering a ladder from the side of the house.)
Miss Patty: (giving instructions) Good, goodnow dont drop it! (The men struggle with the heavy ladder, but she makes no move to help them.) Treat it as you would a fainting lady; lower her gently to the ground. (She gesture with her cigarette.) My, what a strong group of men. I hope youll be nearby if I have one of my fainting spells. Delicate constitution, you know.
Lorelai: (walking up) Hey, Patty.
Miss Patty: (turning around) Lorelai! Youre finally here!
Lorelai: (smiling) Yes, yes I am. I
Miss Patty: When Luke called me last night I was so glad to be able to help.
Lorelai: Yeah. Anyway
Miss Patty: (lowers her voice) You did know that Luke organized this?
Lorelai: Yes, I did.
Miss Patty: Very nice of him.
Lorelai: Yes. It was.
Miss Patty: I wouldnt object to him organizing something on my behalf.
Lorelai: Okay...Look, I just wanted to thank you for spreading the word about this. We never wouldve recruited this many people without your help.
Miss Patty: Oh, it was no problem, dear. Anything I can do to help.
Lorelai: That means so much to us. Really. (She smiles.) Thanks, Patty, Ill see you later.
Miss Patty: Bye!
(RORY is painting the lobby again. She looks up and watches LUKE give instructions to some man wearing a carpenters tool belt. He notices her and walks over.)
Luke: (appraisingly) This looks good.
Rory: Yeah. Its a nice color. (She continues painting.)
Luke: (He waits a beat, looking like hes debating whether or not to say something.) So Jess told me what happened. (RORY stops and looks at him.) With you and your mom, I mean. (She nods, expression unreadable, and bends down to put new paint on the roller.) How are you holding up?
(RORY closes her eyes for a moment, then stands up.)
Rory: (abruptly) Im fine.
Luke: Okay, good. I mean, good that youre fine, not that you had a fight.
Luke: (uncomfortably) Im going to go now. (He stops.) Heyif you need to talk, Im, you know...
Rory: (smiles) Thanks. (She returns to painting.)
(LORELAI walks along the front porch and passes JESS, whos drilling in a new support on the railing. He looks up as she goes past, then puts down his drill and follows her determinedly.)
Lorelai: (turns around) What?
Jess: I wanted to talk to you.
Lorelai: (She studies him appraisingly.) So talk.
Jess: I just want to apologize for the other day.
Lorelai: (not buying it) Right.
Jess: We were just reading.
Lorelai: Yeah, you said that already.
Jess: But you dont believe me.
Lorelai: (coldly) No, I believe you.
Jess: So whats the problem?!
Lorelai: The problem is that Rory broke the rules.
Jess: (crosses his arms skeptically) Really?
Lorelai: Yes! She knew I didnt want the two of you alone in the house together, but she did it anyway!
Jess: So thats really what youre upset about? Rory breaking the rules?
Jess: (appraisingly) Because it sure doesnt seem that way to me. It seems like this is more about you not liking me, and taking it out on Rory.
Lorelai: Well, youre wrong. This is between me and Rory, not you and me.
Jess: Are you sure? (He takes a step towards LORELAI, so theyre face to face.) I think thats exactly what this is.
Lorelai: (furious, but takes a step back) You have some nerve!
Jess: (shrugs) Im just calling it like I see it!
Lorelai: I didnt ask for your opinion!
Jess: No. But thats never stopped me before. (He turns his back on her and walks off.)
(Sad la-las in background. LORELAI walks in through the inns front door to the lobby. Unhappily she watches RORY painting, chatting with MOREY and laughing. RORY feels her watching and turns around and meets LORELAIs gaze. RORY looks pained and after a second turns away. LORELAI goes back outside and sits on the front steps. Fade to black.)
(Third commercial break)
(RORYs in an unfinished bathroom, washing a bunch of paintbrushes in a utility sized sink. JESS enters, and she makes room for him as he grabs a paintbrush and runs it under the water. They stand in silence, shoulders touching while they work. JESS tests his paintbrush against the side of the sink, checking to see if the waters running clear. He tosses the clean brush into an empty bucket harder than necessary.)
Rory: (surprised) Whats the matter?
Jess: (He braces his hands on the edge of the sink and looks at her sideways.) Your mom. Has she always been that stubborn?
Rory: (alarmed) What did you say to her?
Jess: Nothing. (He shakes out a paintbrush, spattering himself with water. RORY hands him a rag.)
Rory: (warningly) Jess.
Jess: Okay, I might have said something. (He wipes his face with the cloth and goes to sit against the closed door.)
Rory: Like what? (She sits beside him.)
Jess: I cant really remember. (She shoots him a look.) Something about how...she didnt like me and was just taking out her anger on you. (RORY closes her eyes, upset.) Was that so bad?
Rory: It sure didnt help our case.
Jess: (exasperated) What would you have me say?
Rory: (upset) I dont know! But being polite normally works.
Jess: Normally works? Are you, by any chance, referring to Dean?
Rory: (embarrassed) Maybe.
Jess: So youre saying I should be more like Dean?
Rory: No! Its just (she falters) my mom liked him. And I liked her liking him.
Jess: (caustically) Well, thats sweet!
Jess: No, this is stupid! (He stands up.) If your mom doesnt like me, thats her problem! Im not going to morph into some creepy perfect boyfriend just to win her approval!
Rory: (stands up) Thats not what I meant!
Jess: Well, what did you mean?
Rory: (explosively) I just meant that I cant stand having the two most important people in my life hate each other! (She tries to calm down and explain.) I know that youre nothing like Dean and I wasnt asking you to change! I was just asking you to make an effort to be nice to my mom. (She studies him nervously.) Thats all.
(JESS slowly uncrosses his arms, and RORY looks relieved.)
Jess: (gruffly) Well, if that was all you meant...
Rory: It was.
(She walks forward until theyre face to face. He waits a moment, studying her eyes, then kisses her. As she wraps her arms around his neck, he reaches behind her and locks the door.)
(Cut to RORY trying to exit the bathroom surreptitiously. Shes carrying a bucket full of clean brushes. As she turns a corner LANE nearly knocks her over.)
Rory: (caught off guard) Lane!
Lane: Hey! Where have you been hiding?
Rory: (too quickly) Nowhere!
Lane: (confused by her reaction) Okay...
Rory: (changes the subject) Did you just get here?
Lane: Yeah. See, I wanted to come earlier, but my mom made me stay home and watch the store.
Rory: Well, youre here now.
Lane: (cheerfully) The second she walked in the door I came straight here.
Rory: Great. Were almost done with painting the living room. (They start walking in that direction.) Did you bring music?
Lane: Do you even have to ask? (She opens her shoulder bag and starts pulling out CDs.) Ive got Billy Joel, the Grateful Dead, Michael Jackson before someone stole his face...
Rory: Bruce Springsteen?
Lane: Of course! Whats painting without Born in the U.S.A.?
Rory: Enough said! (opens a CD player sitting in the lobby) What do you want to play first?
Lane: Well, Ive been dying to listen to this homemade CD I found in a used music store in Hartford. Get this: Bob Dylan playing with The Band! On one album!
Rory: Wow! Thats incredible!
Lane: I know! I never thought Id find a copy!
Rory: The only problem is, (lowers her voice) Im not sure how itll go over with this crowd.
Lane: (makes a face) Youre probably right. How about...(searches her bag) Rubber Soul?
Rory: Much better.
(LANE puts in the CD. Drive my Car by the Beatles starts playing. MOREY turns around.)
Morey: Nice choice.
Lane: Thanks! (She picks up a brush and starts painting the trim beside RORY.) So how are things with you and Lorelai?
Lane: Do you want to talk about it?
Rory: Not really.
Lane: Okay. (waits a beat) So how are things with Jess?
Rory: (smiles shyly) Still good.
Lane: Do you want to elaborate?
Rory: (smugly) Nope.
Lane: Oh, so thats where you were earlier.
Rory: (embarrassed) Lane! God, imagine if Miss Patty overheard you!
Lane: Dont worry, shes outside flirting with the plumber.
Lane: Come on! Tell me every steamy little detail!
Rory: (mock offended) Excuse me, nothing about it was steamy!
(RORY grins slyly, and LANE laughs.)
(Later. LORELAI enters the lobby carrying a clipboard. She looks around for RORY, sees her painting beside LANE, and walks over.)
Lorelai: Hey, hows it going?
(Both girls turn around to look at her.)
Lane: Great! Were almost finished with the trim.
(RORY puts more paint on her brush and goes back to work.)
Lorelai: (writing on her clipboard) Wonderful. Can I put you two in charge painting the bedrooms tomorrow?
Lane: (brightly) Sure.
(SOOKIE enters the room.)
Sookie: Okay, I have an announcement! (People stop painting to listen.) Because everybody has been so wonderful about helping out, were serving a complimentary picnic dinner on the back lawn. Everyones welcome so please, come eat! (People start to stand up, clean up painting supplies, and filter out of the room.)
Lorelai: (calling out) Id hurry, because the construction crew looked like the extras from Endurance!
(The room empties out.)
Sookie: (comes over) Do you need help cleaning up in here?
Lorelai: Oh, no, Ill take care of this. You go eat.
Sookie: Thanks, sweetie. (She leaves.)
(As RORY passes LORELAI, she reaches out to grab RORYs sleeve.)
Lorelai: Hold on a second.
Lorelai: I think we need to talk. (RORY makes a face, but she allows LORELAI to pull her over to the staircase to sit down. LORELAI tries awkwardly to begin.) So, it was nice of you to show up and help out.
Rory: (shrugs) I did it for Sookie.
Lorelai: (stung) Right. Okay, Ill make this quick. (She pushes her hair back.) I had a bad day on Thursday. The inn thing fell apart, I was stressed, and I took it out on you. I didnt mean what I said, and Im sorry about it.
Rory: (coldly) Great. Apology accepted. Can we go eat now?
Lorelai: No, I need to know were okay first.
Rory: (impatient) Were okay!
Lorelai: Are you sure? Because I have spent the last forty-eight hours wracked with guilt about what I said to you. (pause) Having you was the best thing to ever happen to me. Period.
(RORY is silent.)
Lorelai: Rory? (She brushes RORYs hair back behind her ear.) Would you say something?
Rory: Does this whole apology extend to Jess too? (LORELAI pulls her hand back.)
Lorelai: (looks away) My rules still stand.
Rory: Thats not fair.
Lorelai: I dont care if you think its fair; thats how its going to be.
Rory: Why are you doing this?
Lorelai: Because I dont trust Jess.
Rory: You dont even know him!
Lorelai: Yeah, but I know his type.
Rory: His type?!
Lorelai: Yeah! The type who hangs around after you break up with your boyfriend, just waiting to make his move while youre still vulnerable.
Rory: Is that what you think happened?! That he took advantage of me?
Lorelai: Uh, guys have been known to do things like that.
Rory: (stands up) Dean and I broke up over a month before Jess and I got together! And I made the first move, not him!
Lorelai: That doesnt mean he wont try to take advantage of you in the future!
Rory: If you knew Jess, you wouldnt think that!
Lorelai: Fine, what would I think if I knew him?
Rory: Youd think that realize hes smart, and hes funny, and really trustworthy! Just because he doesnt make a wonderful first impression, hes still an good person!
(LORELAI looks away, shaking her head. Her expression says shes heard it all before.)
Rory: (slowly) I need for my relationship with you to be separate from my relationship with Jess.
Lorelai: (flatly) Thats impossible.
Rory: Why not?
Lorelai: Because I care about what happens to you. And thats not going to change.
Rory: (crosses her arms) You know Im not going to stop dating him.
Lorelai: (sighs) I know.
Rory: And youre okay with that?
Lorelai: No. But it doesnt look like I have a choice, do I?
(RORYs look softens. She doesnt smile, but the tension eases. SOOKIE comes in.)
Sookie: Hey, are you two coming?
Lorelai: (looks at RORY) Yeah. (She stands up.) Lets leave this mess for later.
(RORY, SOOKIE, and LORELAI walk out onto the back lawn. The setting is lit in the early evening light, and people are ranged across the lawn, eating and talking. LANE comes running over.)
Lane: There you are! Come on, I saved you a seat! (She pulls RORY away.)
(SOOKIE and LORELAI walk slowly among the eating people. LORELAI takes a deep breath and lets it out slowly, sounding content.)
Sookie: What are you thinking?
Lorelai: Im thinking...that I feel sort of like Kelly McGillis in Witness. (She smiles at herself.)
Sookie: Youre Amish?
Lorelai: (confused) No.
Sookie: Evil cops want to kill your kid?
Lorelai: (laughs) No. (She stops walking.) Remember that scene where the whole community comes together to build a barn?
Sookie: (not getting it) Yeah?
Lorelai: Well, thats what this feels like.
Sookie: Oh! (She waits a beat.) So do you get to kiss Harrison Ford at the end?
Lorelai: (starts walking again) I wish!
Sookie: I know who you could kiss.
Sookie: A certain diner owner whos sitting over there. (Camera shows LUKE sitting by himself on a blanket.)
Lorelai: Sookie, I told youhey, wheres Kirk taking that plate of salami?
Sookie: What? (turns to look then hurries off) Kirk! Dont you dare!
(LORELAI waits for a minute, watching her go, then turns and walks over to LUKE.)
Lorelai: Hey, is this seat taken?
Luke: (looking up at her) Do you see someone sitting there?
Lorelai: Maybe. (He rolls his eyes, so she sits down.) Why are you sitting here apart from everyone else?
Luke: Its quieter. Well, that and if I had to hear Taylor complaining about paint colors for another minute I was going to beat him to death with a roller.
Lorelai: (laughs) Good call. We dont want any bloodshed. (They sit for a moment in silence.) The inn looks really beautiful, doesnt it?
Luke: The front steps are crooked. They make the whole place look terrible.
Lorelai: They give it character.
Luke: It looks sloppy.
Lorelai: It looks perfect, Luke.
Luke: Fine, Ill leave the steps. Just dont blame me when you get sued.
Lorelai: Oh, I wont. (She glances over at him and smiles.) Luke?
Luke: (gruffly) What?
Lorelai: Thank you.
Luke: You said that already. Earlier.
Lorelai: I know. (shifts uncomfortably) Can I ask you a question?
Luke: Im listening.
Lorelai: Why did you do this?
Luke: What do you mean?
Lorelai: I mean, whyd you go to all this trouble for us?
Luke: You needed the help. I knew how to help. (He shrugs.)
Lorelai: So you did it because youre my friend.
Luke: Right. (looks at her sideways) Why?
Lorelai: Oh, Sookie thought there might be another reason you were helping us.
Luke: Like what?
Lorelai: (lying) I have no idea. (She looks away, unaware that hes studying her. She catches sight of JESS sitting across the lawn, sipping a bottle of soda.) Can I ask you another question?
Luke: Would it stop you if I said no?
Lorelai: What do you think of Jess?
Lorelai: Yes. Your nephew?
Luke: I know who he is, thank you. (He thinks for a minute.) I like him.
Luke: Hes a good kid. Smart too, once you get past the sarcasm.
Lorelai: So you think I should give him a chance?
Luke: I think...it would be better if I didnt answer that question.
Lorelai: Youre no help.
Luke: The question is, does Rory like him?
Luke: And do you normally trust her judgment?
Lorelai: (resignedly) You think I should listen to what Rory says about him.
Luke: Hey, I didnt say anything.
Lorelai: But its what you think. (He just looks at her.)
(She looks away and her smile fades to a look of worried contemplation. Call and Answer by the Barenaked Ladies begins playing. She glances over to where JESS is sitting.)
(RORY walks up behind him and stands with her knees against his back. He tilts his head backwards to look at her. They both grin and exchange a few unheard words. RORYs holding a paper plate with cake on it, and she carefully settles cross-legged beside him. He reaches over and swipes a finger of frosting. RORY tries to hit him, but drops the cake instead. He laughs, and lies down on the grass.)
(Cut to LORELAI looking troubled.)
(JESS is gesturing, one arm bent beneath his head, explaining some unheard point. RORY laughs, places a hand on his sternum, and leans over to kiss him. He pushes himself up on an elbow to meet her, his other hand against her face.)
(LORELAIs face softens. RORY looks up and sees her mother staring. LORELAI looks away, then down, her face pensive.)