SEGMENT FOUR

INT. GILMORE MANSION – EARLY EVENING – SEVERAL MINUTES LATER

We find Richard and Emily sitting at an early dinner. Emily is still not completely all together.

EMILY: (As she swallows down her salad) What are your plans for tomorrow, Richard? This new spontaneous schedule you've got going can only go so far. After dinner, I'd like to sit with you and go over our schedules.

RICHARD: (With his mouth full and not entirely happy with Emily's plan) Mm-hmm.

EMILY: (Looks up) What was that? Was that a 'yes'? Have we forgotten the English language?

RICHARD: (Swallows) I was simply agreeing with your plan, Emily. I didn't want to speak with my mouth full. Are you now fine with speaking with a mouth full? If so, let me know so I will remember to do that next time there's a chance…

EMILY: (Ready to argue) Don't be ridiculous…

RICHARD: (Cuts in) Anyway, why are we having dinner so early?

EMILY: (Opens her mouth to respond but is interrupted by the door bell – she looks over) Who on earth can that be? (The door bell rings again – she raises her voice) Natalie! Am I the only one who's hearing the door bell? (Looks at her husband) Richard? Do you hear the door bell? Natalie!?

RICHARD: (Rolls his eyes) I believe the maid's name is Nina, Emily.

EMILY: No, it is not. I remember her responding to Natalie (the door bell rings again – Emily sets her napkin on the table in frustration) Nina?!

RICHARD: (Gets up from his chair) Oh for God's sake! I will answer the door!

CUT - RICHARD WALKING TOWARDS THE FOYER

RICHARD: (As he opens the door – starts to speak to the unknown guest) I'm sorry, it seems we have had a slight confusion as to who's turn it is to answer the door (sees who it is) Oh, Lorelai. This is a pleasant surprise.

LORELAI: (Smiles cautiously as she enters the house) Hello dad. Is mom around?

RICHARD: (As he shows her the way) Yes, she's in the dining room. (Mumbles) We are now apparently having dinner earlier like two 90-year olds. In a couple of years, dinnertime will be at 3 o'clock in the afternoon, Lorelai. Make a note.

CUT – INT. DINING ROOM

EMILY: Who is it, Richard?

Richard enters the room with Lorelai.

LORELAI: (Seriously) Hello mother.

EMILY: (Turns on the seat, surprised) Lorelai?

RICHARD: (As he sits back down at his seat) Is there someone else that refers to you as "mother," Emily?

EMILY: (Turns around and places the napkin on her lap– she speaks to Lorelai) We just started dinner. Did you want to…

LORELAI: (Cuts in) Can we talk?

EMILY: (Looks up at Lorelai) Well, take a seat. And we can talk… if you insist.

LORELAI: (Still standing) No, I mean you and me. Alone. In the kitchen. I like talking in the kitchen.

EMILY: (Tries to cut in) Wh…?

LORELAI: (Looks at Richard) If that's okay with dad?

RICHARD: (Looks up from his meal) It's fine with me, Lorelai. You may speak with your mother in the kitchen (He goes back to his dinner).

EMILY: Richard! (Lorelai stands there waiting. Emily looks up and sighs. She places the napkin on the table again and gets up) Fine.

Camera on Richard as he raises his eyes, thankful that he is not involved in the "talk."

CUT – GILMORE KITCHEN

The maid walks out of the kitchen as Lorelai and Emily enter it. Lorelai walks up to the island and turns on her heel.

EMILY: (As she follows) What is it, Lorelai? I don't have time for this…

LORELAI: (Cuts in) Why did you call him?

EMILY: (Sighs) If you mean Luke. You know why I called him, Lorelai. Don't be so dramatic.

LORELAI: (Shakes her head in disbelief) If you knew about us, why didn't you just ask me? I mean… did you have to ask Luke? Why didn't you call me?

EMILY: The two of you have been back together for how long now? Over two weeks? Something you very clearly failed to tell your parents.

LORELAI: (Voices start gradually rising) We've been here before. I'm almost 40 years old, mom. I don't need to tell you every single thing that happens in my life.

EMILY: I wasn't asking for you to share "every single thing" that happens in your life. I just would like you to share the important things. If you bought a new pair of shoes, please… by all means… don't share that with me! (As Lorelai tries to get a word in) But Luke… it seems that he has been and always will be an important part of your life. And as your mother, I would like to be aware of such things.

LORELAI: (Opens her mouth to argue Emily's point in a similar tone – but pauses… then continues softly) It's because he is so important to me that I didn't tell you.

EMILY: (Looks up) What's that suppose to mean?

LORELAI: (Softly continues)… You have never been very happy about the two of us, mom. And that's why I didn't want to tell you just yet. I didn't want you to make me feel horrible for taking yet another step in a direction that my paren… (sighs) mother would disapprove.

Pause.

EMILY: (Looks down as she calms down) You obviously haven't paid close attention. I have let you make whatever decisions you wanted to make since you were sixteen. The only difference now is that I… (takes a moment – then looks up). I don't disapprove. I just wanted to know what was going on with you. (Takes another moment as Lorelai looks at her mother) I agree, I shouldn't have called Luke and put him on the spot… and I should've asked you directly. But…

LORELAI: (Tries to cut in) Mom…

EMILY: (Sternly) Lorelai, let me finish.

LORELAI: Okay.

EMILY: But… (voice cracks) you so intentionally kept that part of your life from me…

LORELAI: (Sympathetically) Mom…

EMILY: (Saddened and teary eyed – she pulls out a tissue from the side pocket of her trousers) I don't know why I never know what's going on with you.

LORELAI: (Stunned, she hesitantly moves a step towards her mother) Mom.

EMILY: (Looks up and says) I don't disapprove. (Sniffs) I hate how you keep things from me.

LORELAI: (Swallows a bit and confesses) I was going to tell you.

EMILY: (Looks up) When?

LORELAI: Friday. (Emily raises her eyes and looks back down at her tissue) I just needed time to think of all the bad scenarios before I told you. (Still looking at her mother… she pauses). Mom, I am sorry. I didn't mean to hurt you by not telling you about Luke and me.

EMILY: (Softly but not wanting to admit it) I know. And you have the right to be with whomever you choose.

LORELAI: And I choose Luke. (Rambles) And it's not just temporary. You know… I hope it's forever. And (faintly smiles) I have faith that it will be.

EMILY: (Surprised and touched that her daughter shared that bit with her, but at the same time not letting her guard down further) I'm not making any promises, but I will learn to live with this decision you've made regarding Luke. I will try to be nicer to him.

LORELAI: Trying is all I'm asking. (Closes her eyes for a moment and sighs) I will try to clue you in on what's going on with me.

EMILY: Fine.

LORELAI: (Smiles and nods) Fine. Well… that's great. That was a good talk. Is there anything else?

EMILY: Tell Luke never to hang up on me again. I didn't care for that.

LORELAI: (Tries not to smile) Luke hung up on you?

Pause.

EMILY: (Suddenly) What about his daughter?

LORELAI: (Comes back to earth) What?

EMILY: "April" isn't that her name? How does she fit into your life?

LORELAI: (Not wanting to go back on her word) Well… I don't know how she will fit into my life or how I will fit into hers. But I'm not afraid of it like I was before.

EMILY: (Still butting in – but not aggravating Lorelai) The two of you haven't really had the chance to get to know each other, have you?

LORELAI: (Thinks and realizes that Emily has a point) Yeah. We were never really given that chance.

EMILY: Well, the summer is a good time to do all that.

LORELAI: (Hopeful) Yes, it is.

EMILY: Do you have anything planned for the summer?

LORELAI: Mom, I know I said I'd try to clue you in more. But do we have to cover it all tonight?

EMILY: (Defensive) I'm just asking. (Looks behind her) You're father must be waiting for me.

Both Emily and Lorelai walks to the dining room. Richard is finishing up.

RICHARD: I hope it was a nice talk? First part of which the whole neighborhood must've heard.

EMILY: (Rolls her eyes as she sits down. Then gestures to Lorelai to take a seat as well) Well? Do you have 'anything' planned for the summer?

RICHARD: Ah, summer trips are always fun to plan.

LORELAI: (As she sits on the edge of the seat) Actually, I think we're doing a cruise to Alaska.

EMILY: (Remembers) Oh. We have the best travel agent. He plans the best trips… I could give you his number.

LORELAI: (Makes a face) Is it the same guy with the humungous mole on the side of his neck?

Richard chuckles as he nods.

EMILY: It's not that big. Don't exaggerate. Let me know if you need his number…

LORELAI: (Making the same face) I'd rather go on a very long road trip.

EMILY: Don't talk nonsense. Road trips are for barbarians.

RICHARD: Au contraire, Emily. Don't you remember the summer of '65? (Looks at Lorelai) Your mother and I spontaneously did a road trip to California. (Remembers fondly) One of the best summers of our lives. Emily, don't you remember?

Lorelai looks at her parents and smiles. A thought enters her mind in the process.

EMILY: (Smiles besides herself) Why yes. We did have a wonderful time. (But spoils it) But times have changed, Richard. The country isn't what it used to be.

RICHARD: (Makes a face) Thank you for ruining that moment, Emily.

EMILY: (Looks at a silent Lorelai) Have you had dinner?

LORELAI: No…

EMILY: (Cuts in) Let me ask Natalie to get you a plate…

RICHARD: (Offers) Nina.

LORELAI: (Holds her hand up) No… mom. (Sighs) Luke's actually waiting for me. He made dinner… and I don't want to keep him too long.

RICHARD: Well, that's nice.

LORELAI: (Nods) Well, enjoy your dinner. (Sees Richard getting up from his chair) No. Dad, I'll see my way out.

RICHARD: (Nods and sits back down) Goodnight, Lorelai.

EMILY: I will see you and Luke on Friday. Goodnight.

LORELAI: (Caught off guard) But…

EMILY: I hope the two of you can try and make it.

LORELAI: (Sighs and gets up from her seat. She smiles at how 'good' her mother really is.) G'night.

Fade as she walks out.

CUT EXT. STARS HOLLOW – THE NEXT MORNING.

Lorelai is walking with a few books and her laptop in one hand and her purse in the other.

Her cell phone rings. It's Rory.

Scenes CUT between Iowa and Stars Hollow.

LORELAI: (Struggles to get her cell phone from the purse – but she manages) Hey!

RORY: Hey. I only have a couple of minutes but I have news.

LORELAI: Spill!

RORY: (Distracted) Why are you always walking when I talk to you?

LORELAI: It's the vogue! You're supposed to walk fast and talk fast at the same time. Has Studio 60 taught you nothing? Now, spill!

RORY: (Tries to suppress her giggle) I met him!

LORELAI: (Gasps) Yay!!! This is great news! Wait a minute… by 'him' you mean Obama, right? I don't want to waste my excitement on someone like Prince William.

RORY: I'd be over the moon if I met Prince William.

LORELAI: Oh, you mean like that time you met Ms. Amanpour?

RORY: (Reminisces) That was a great day. Wasn't it?

LORELAI: Well?! How did it go?!!

RORY: Jerry finally introduced me to him last evening. Obama was taking a coffee break, although I think he was actually drinking tea – which is weird because everyone is under the impression he's a big coffee junkie.

LORELAI: (Gasps again) You met him yesterday and you waited till now to tell me?!

RORY: I didn't have time to call you! Inspiration hit… and I haven't been able to put my laptop down since our little chat. I agree with him on so many things and then there are things that I don't necessarily agree with… and having to apply my strengths to relaying the facts and not be bias. It's just so exciting!

LORELAI: (Proudly) Look at you chatting with the big shots.

RORY: Enough about me. What's going on with you? (Remembers) Ooh, did you figure out where you're going this summer?

LORELAI: Yes, we did. Alaska…

RORY: (Cuts in and nods) Nice.

LORELAI: But we may scratch that.

RORY: Huh?

LORELAI: I have come up with a completely different idea. It came to me when I was at your grandparents' yesterday. I'm actually on my way to Luke's … let's hope he likes it.

RORY: (Confused) Back up a bit. What were you doing at your parents' on a Saturday?

LORELAI: (Sighs) It's a long story… here's the reader's digest version. Mom called Luke and asked him if the two of us were back together. Luke told me last night. I went over and we had a fight…

RORY: Oh no.

LORELAI: … but it's okay now. We've sort of come to an understanding.

RORY: (Disappointed) Geez, I'm missing out on a lot. Keep me posted.

LORELAI: (Smiles) Will do. Good luck on not being bias.

RORY: Thanks. Bye mom.

INT. LUKE'S APARTMENT – A FEW MINUTES LATER

Lorelai enters the open apartment. Luke's at the table looking through his ledger.

LUKE: (As he sees Lorelai walk in) Hey. Where have you been?

LORELAI: (Walks up to him and gives him a kiss on the cheek) I'm sorry I vanished after dinner. I just had some stuff to take care of.

LUKE: (Looks at the few books she's carrying) Why are you still carrying books around?

LORELAI: (Sits down next to him and looks directly at him) I think we need to put off Alaska… for now.

LUKE: Why? What's up?

LORELAI: It may seem like I've done a 180, but I think you may like this better. And if you don't… we could always just stick to Alaska.

LUKE: (Not knowing how to react) Okay.

Lorelai holds up a familiar book.

LUKE: (Reads the title and looks at Lorelai) A road trip?

LORELAI: Yeah. To New Mexico.

LUKE: (Raises a brow) New Mexico.

LORELAI: (Blurts out hesitantly) Yeah, about two and a half weeks before April flies up here. I looked up all the road trip guides online… and printed all these (gestures toward the paper stuck in the middle of some books) recommendations. There's a website, that basically plans your road trip for you. We could hire a car – environmentally friendly, of course – and take a week and a couple of days to see different places. I have a list here of all the great inns we could stay in… and we can surprise April when we get there. Spend a couple of days with her and then the three of us could fly back to Hartford together. (Luke looks on silently) And you know, I'm still very much angry at Anna for putting you both through the custody thing, but I'd like to try and make some sort of relationship with her. (Takes a deep breath) Of course, this is all contingent on your approval…. And Anna's approval, of course.

LUKE: (Smiles at her) It sounds great.

LORELAI: (Relieved) Yeah?

LUKE: (Picks up the familiar book) "Road Trip America – A State-by-State Tour Guide to Offbeat Destinations."

LORELAI: See, it's perfect. We're nothing if not "offbeat."

LUKE: (So grateful that she went to this extent) It's amazing that you thought it all up. It's perfect. I think it's great. (Looks at her and leans in to give her a kiss – Lorelai leans in as well. They pull apart and smile at each other. Luke continues as he reaches for the handset on the table) We should call Anna and let her know.

LORELAI: (Happy that Luke is really excited about her plan) Great!

LUKE: (Dials a familiar number and waits for someone to pick up) Hey, April! It's dad. Yeah… is your mother there? (pause) Oh, (looks up at Lorelai) she's out with your grandmother. That's fine… we can talk to her later. You're packing for camp? (Pause) Yeah, Lorelai's here with me. Would you like to talk to her? (Pause) Great…. Here she is (Holding the mouth piece, he hands the phone to Lorelai) April wants to talk to you.

LORELAI: Yeah? (She takes the phone – covers the mouth piece as well, she remembers to tell Luke) Oh, by the way – I forgot to tell you last night. You're going to Friday night dinner with me this week. (She turns to the phone) Hiii April!

Scene fades on Luke's expression. An expression that can only be described as his "what the f….???!?!" face.

NEXT WEEK ON THE GILMORE GIRLS

EXT. LORELAI'S HOUSE – ON THE PORCH

Luke and Lorelai are saying goodnight.

LORELAI: (With her hands on his chest) So, are you coming in?

LUKE: I wish I could… Caesar left the keys behind and I have to open the door for him in the morning.

LORELAI: (Disappointed) Oh.

CUT INT. DRAGONFLY INN

LORELAI: (To Sookie) I don't know what's wrong. He just won't spend the night with me.

CUT INT. GILMORE MANSION - FRIDAY NIGHT DINNER

EMILY: (As she opens the front door, she's a bit chipper than usual) Well, hello!

LORELAI: Hi mom.

LUKE: (Nods) Hello Emily.

EMILY: (With a huge grin on her face) Come in! Come in!

CUT INT. GILMORE MANSION – DINING ROOM

RICHARD: (Raises his glass and he seems to be a bit tipsy) Here's to a new beginning. Cheers!

LUKE (and Lorelai): (Confused) Ugh… Cheers.

EMILY: (Loudly) Cheers! (Burps, and shocks everyone at the table) Excuse me! I don't know what has come over me.

LORELAI: (Disgusted and shocked at her behavior) Mom!

CUT INT. LUKE'S APARTMENT

LORELAI: (Looking serious, and sort of vulnerable) Luke?

LUKE: What do you want me to say?

LORELAI: Why do you give excuses when I ask you to spend the night at the house?

Camera on Luke's uncomfortable expression.

END CREDITS.

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