SEGMENT FOUR

INT. LUKE'S APARTMENT – EARLY NEXT MORNING - SATURDAY

Camera on Luke as he stretches in bed. As the camera pans out, we see Lorelai next to him. They are both just starting to wake up from a peaceful night of sleep. Lorelai turns over and lays her head on his shoulder.

LUKE: (As he smiles groggily…) Hmm… good morning.

LORELAI: (With her eyes still closed – smiles as well) Morning.

LUKE: (Tilts his head to the side to look at her face) Sleep well?

LORELAI: (Eyes still closed) Extremely.

LUKE: (Sighs) Thanks for coming over last night.

LORELAI: (Still smiling, she opens her eyes) Hey, I couldn't let you sleep all alone.

LUKE: (Adds one of the pillows higher so he can sit up) So you followed me here.

LORELAI: (Repeats as she moves to let him sit up) So I followed you here. And aren't you glad I shared the fries with you?

LUKE: You mean the one fry that you left me after eating two burgers, all the fries, and a whole pie?

LORELAI: (Completely awake now) See? Aren't I nice?

LUKE: (Takes a moment to look at her, and continues in a slightly serious tone) You are. (sighs) I'm sorry about last night.

LORELAI: (Shakes her head) Don't be. I told you, Luke. You have nothing to be sorry about… what you're feeling is very natural. You know? Besides I love spending the night at your apartment.

LUKE: Oh yeah?

LORELAI: Of course. (Thinks and continues jokingly) Although we will have to tone down our crazy night routine the two weeks April's here.

LUKE: (Remembers) I've been meaning to tell you…

LORELAI: What?

LUKE: I talked to Tom this week about closing off the rooms and adding some doors. So April has some privacy… you know?

LORELAI: (Looks at the entrance to their bedroom) That's a great idea. But don't you think the apartment will look smaller if you do that?

LUKE: (Looking at the entrance, he agrees) It will… and it's too small for three people (Lorelai smiles at how Luke has included her in his life) right now. It's a temporary solution, I guess. (Looks down at Lorelai) I may look for a bigger place later.

LORELAI: A bigger apartment?

LUKE: Or a house. (notices a change in the mood) I haven't figured it all out yet.

LORELAI: (Chuckles to hide the unease of reality hitting her that her house may not be appropriate for the two of them) Yeah.

LUKE: (Chuckles as well and tries to pacify the moment) Who knows, I may live in the apartment forever.

It doesn't help. Lorelai faintly chuckles but there's more unease. Silence.

LUKE: (Sighs heavily) Coffee?

LORELAI: (Thankful for the segue) Yes, please.

Camera on Lorelai as Luke gets up from the bed and walks out of the scene.

INT. DINER – LATER THAT MORNING

The morning rush is dying down. There are a couple of townies still having their morning coffee and reading their paper. TJ enters.

LUKE: (Briefly looks up from his receipts as he hears the door) Hey.

TJ: (Slightly louder than he needed to be) Hey brother-in-law! (A customer looks up from his paper. Luke makes a face of annoyance. TJ notices and leans over the counter and speaks softly as Luke leans back a bit to protect his personal space) So, how did it go?

LUKE: How did what go?

TJ: Did you talk to Lorelai yet?

LUKE: (Nods his head as he realizes what TJ is talking about) Ah… yeah. (Tries to be discreet) It's all fine. Everything worked out.

TJ: (Rolls his eyes) Liar.

LUKE: (Annoyed that he chose TJ of all people to confide in) What? No really… it's fine.

TJ: (Not convinced) Uh-huh. I believe you.

LUKE: (Looks at TJ's face for a second still annoyed… then continues) We will work it out.

TJ: I'm sure you will. (Reaches into his pocket and pulls out a piece of paper) Anyway, I just came by to drop off the estimate for the shelves. But…

LUKE: (Luke reaches out to take the piece of paper – but TJ holds it back) What?

TJ: … but you have to read it after I leave.

LUKE: (Annoyed yet again) This is not a confessional. Just give me the damn estimate, TJ.

TJ: Okay… but… (looks at the piece of paper… then slams it on the counter and bolts out of the diner).

Luke rolls his eyes and looks at the piece of paper. He shakes his head at TJ's outrageous estimate.

INT. LORELAI'S HOUSE – A FEW MINUTES LATER

It's Lorelai's day off. She is tiding things around the house. Her phone rings.

It's Emily.

Scenes CUT between what looks like the lobby of an upscale office and Lorelai's house.

EMILY: Lorelai, it's your mother. (We faintly see Richard with another gentleman in the background)

LORELAI: Hey, mom. (Casually as she continues to dust the surfaces very carelessly) What's going on?

EMILY: I wanted to call and apologize for last night. Our behavior was inexcusable.

LORELAI: (Raises an eye as she continues casually) It's all good, mom. You and dad already apologized… and I have to say it was pretty entertaining… and a bit creepy.

EMILY: (Rolls her eyes) Well, I'm glad you found our financial situation entertaining.

LORELAI: (Chuckles) Dad said it was only a few thousands. Which is a lot for me… but you guys can handle that.

EMILY: (Unwillingly confesses as she looks around to make sure Richard doesn't overhear) A couple of hundreds of thousands, Lorelai.

LORELAI: (Gasps and drops her duster) WHAT?!!

EMILY: Shhh! You're father will hear you.

LORELAI: (Still astounded she blurts out) Where is he? Are you guys going broke? Do you have to sell all your assets? Move to a smaller house? Oh my god! (Horrified) Move in with me?!?

EMILY: (Rolls her eyes yet again) Don't be ridiculous, Lorelai. We're not going broke. Your father and I met with Clive.

LORELAI: Who is Clive?

EMILY: Our financial advisor. Clive was kind enough to meet with us on his day off… and it's not as bad as we thought it was. Luckily the idiotic company was insured and all we're facing is a loss of a few thousands. You can understand why we were… (thinks of a word) a little off… last night.

LORELAI: (Picks up the duster) That's still a lot of money, mom. Not for you. For me and the majority of Americans… (thinks) and the world.

EMILY: Your father made me promise not to say a word about the matter to anyone… especially you and Rory. He didn't want the two of you worrying. Now that everything's fine, please forget everything I just told you.

LORELAI: (Still trying to recover from her initial shock, she jokes) Where's that Haitian when you need him.

EMILY: What?

LORELAI: Nothing.

EMILY: Anyway, that's all. (Remembers) Oh, one more thing…

LORELAI: What?

EMILY: Christopher is not setting a foot in our house. At least not for a few years.

LORELAI: Okay. I'm sure he already knows that.

EMILY: Alright. Well, that's all. You're father is heading this way… I have to go. Goodbye, Lorelai.

LORELAI: (After Emily hangs up in a hurry, she looks at her phone) Bye.

Lorelail walks to the couch and takes a seat with the phone still in her hand. She looks at it and dials a familiar number.

LORELAI: (She raises the phone to her ear and smiles) Hey, babe!

Scenes CUT between Iowa and Stars Hollow.

RORY: Hey, mom. I was meaning to call you earlier.

LORELAI: Well, I'm calling you now.

RORY: (As she crosses her legs in her seat) Good. Let's play catch up. You first.

LORELAI: (Straightens herself) Let's see. Since the last time we talked… I've gained a pound… but weirdly enough, I could zip that pair of jeans all the way up…

RORY: Nice.

LORELAI: (gradually speeding, she continues) … I've babysat Davie and Martha… had three bagels for breakfast on Thursday… (exaggerates) your grandparents went broke for a few hours… I realized Luke hasn't slept in my house since we got back together and that he secretly hates the flat screen TV that Jackson helped me take down… and it has now found a new home somewhere in the warehouse of a charity organization… confronted Luke about the issue… Luke froze… I ate a whole box of fries… made out with a whole pie… Luke wants to close rooms and buy a new house...

RORY: (On overload, she holds her hands up) Wait! I'm confused!

LORELAI: (Sighs) I need your brain. I need ideas.

RORY: What do you mean by "Luke froze"? Do you mean he literally froze like Lyuba, the baby mammoth? Or do you mean…

LORELAI: (Cuts in) He couldn't come into the house, after I confronted him about it. He couldn't even make it past the steps. And I completely understand.

RORY: (Realizes what her mother is trying to say) Ah… of course it's understandable. I mean, he had put so much into that place… and the two of you were going to live there after you got married… and then you and dad eloped and dad basically took over. (Lorelai rolls her eyes at Rory's bluntness) I mean, Luke put all that into a house that …

LORELAI: (Cuts her off) Babe, you're not helping.

RORY: Sorry. How can I help?

LORELAI: (Sighs) I've been trying to come up with a solution all morning. All I can come up with are two solutions that seem so obvious… but I don't know.

RORY: What are the two solutions?

LORELAI: (Hesitantly) I don't know. It's really vague right now… I'm still trying to figure it out in my head. I don't know if I'm ready to say it out loud.

RORY: (Segues) You know, I had one of those yesterday.

LORELAI: One of what?

RORY: You know… when you think of an idea… but it's not completely composed in your head… so you don't want to say it out loud…

LORELAI: You're really weird.

RORY: I'm my mother's daughter.

LORELAI: Anyway, I promise I will give you all the details when I figure everything out.

RORY: Okay. (Suddenly catches on) What do you mean my grandparents went broke for a few hours?

Scene fades.

INT. LUKE'S APARTMENT – THAT NIGHT

Lorelai is at the table organizing their upcoming road trip. Luke enters the apartment after closing the diner.

LORELAI: (Looks up at Luke and smiles) Lights out in the diner?

LUKE: (As he sets a couple of boxes of food on the table) Yup. Looks like I'll be closing the diner for a few days. At least until Zach returns. IF Zach returns.

LORELAI: What about Caesar?

LUKE: (As he washes his hands at the sink) He now wants to do the early shift so he can leave early.

LORELAI: I thought he use to love closing? (Suggests with a small gasp) Maybe he's found a new lady friend.

LUKE: Yeah, well that's not helping me.

LORELAI: (Sighs and tries to get to more important things) Hey…

LUKE: (As he wipes his hands dry) Yeah?

LORELAI: (Gestures to the chair) Sit down… I have something to tell you.

LUKE: (Curiously, he pulls out a chair) What?

LORELAI: (With another big sigh, she continues) It's about my house.

LUKE: (Not sure he wants to talk about it yet, he shows restraint)… ah…

LORELAI: No, no… listen. I have two suggestions for you. And if you don't like either one… we can come up with something… together. (Luke gives in) Okay. First… I know you've been giving some thought to buying a house… something big so April has her own space when she's with you. And… it's a really great idea. (Swallows a bit as she continues) And most of all, with the two of us back together… a bigger house would be really… really… great. You know? So, I was thinking… (Luke listens intently) and I know that we haven't discussed this yet… but I'm hoping this talk will get us talking about … you know… the future. (Cuts to the chase) An option, I thought, would be to sell my house… and maybe find a bigger place… together.

LUKE: (Smiles gradually to show his interest)… what's number two?

LORELAI: The other idea I had… (cautiously continues)… that house… is just as much yours as it is mine. You know? You've put so much into it… you've fixed it as if it was your own. Even before we got together… you would climb that roof to replace old shingles. You fixed loose doorknobs even before I would notice they were loose. If it was up to me, I would've waited until it completely came off. I just think… that you… loved that house as much as me… in the past… you know? You had a connection to it too. If there's a chance… that you will again see yourself in that house… I'd like to keep it. That's only if you see yourself there again. (there's no visible change of mood on Luke's face). I know it's still too small for all of us. You, me, Rory, (smiles) and April… so I talked to Tom… and asked him what he thought. (Swallows) He said there was still a lot of space on the second floor – above the kitchen, where we could expand and add a room and a bathroom… or even two rooms. (since there's no response from Luke, she continues) I asked him if it could be done by the time April gets here… and he of course laughed at me. (Remembers) Also, if this is something you'd agree with, we're going to take a week to make a list of everything in the house that you don't like. I swear to God, Luke. I will get rid of anything and everything you hate. I want us to work.

LUKE: (Sighs and subtly nods… ready to respond) I…

LORELAI: (Cuts him off with her hand up) Hold on! One more thing… I want you to know that I'm completely okay with both options. Like I said… I want us to work. And… I'll do almost anything to make it happen.

LUKE: (Takes a moment) I guess the choice is clear…

LORELAI: (Assuming, she nods) I agree… new house…

LUKE: (Cuts her off) We remodel… again.

LORELAI: (Caught by surprise) What? (Pause) Are you sure?

LUKE: (Nods) I'm sure. Now, did you say I had the power to get rid of anything I didn't like?

LORELAI: Anything.

LUKE: Can we start with that bed?

LORELAI: (Relieved, she nods) It will be the first to go. And I didn't like the whole set anyway... so this is perfect. (Remembers and continues) Oh, and just so you know, that thing that was up on the wall in the living room? It's gone. Jackson helped me take it down the other day.

LUKE: How come?

LORELAI: It was never a flat-screen house.

Scene fades on Luke and Lorelai smiling at each other.

NEXT WEEK ON THE GILMORE GIRLS

VOICE OVER: Sure, they are made for each other. But they will test their relationship yet again… on the road.

EXT. RANDOM HIGHWAY – INT. RENTAL CAR/TRUCK

LORELAI: (Navigator with a couple of huge maps) I'm telling you … we missed the exit!

LUKE: (Driver) You told me to keep driving!

LORELAI: No, I told you we needed to exit on number 279!

LUKE: Yes, you told me AFTER we passed it!

VOICE OVER: How will their relationship handle "the daughter"…

INT. NARDINI HOUSE

APRIL: (Surprised to see them at the door) Dad!!! (Looks at Lorelai) Lorelai.

VOICE OVER: … and another "daughter"…

RORY: (Returning home) Mom!

VOICE OVER: … oh, and the town.

EXT. STARS HOLLOW – SUMMER CARNIVAL

BABETTE (next to Patty): (To Luke and Lorelai with Rory and April by their side) So, when the hell are the two of you tying the knot? (April raises her eyes and looks at Luke. Everyone is uncomfortable.)

VOICE OVER: Tune in for the festivities next week!

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