SEGMENT FOUR

INT. CRAPSHACK – LIVING ROOM – TUESDAY EVENING

Scene opens on the TV as a scene of Lost In Yonkers plays…

LOST IN YONKERS (1993)

AUNT BELLA: Do ya, do you know what color my eyes are, Johnny?

JOHNNY: No, what?

AUNT BELLA: You're lookin' right at 'em.

JOHNNY: Oh, uh. I'm a little color blind.

AUNT BELLA: You have beautiful eyes.

JOHNNY: Naw. Men don't have beautiful eyes.

AUNT BELLA: Oh, yes, they do. Don't tell me. Wanna kiss me?

JOHNNY: Yeah. Yeah I do, I really would.

AUNT BELLA: Then, kiss me.

JOHNNY: I will.

AUNT BELLA: I mean now. Today. Sometime today, Okay? We've done it before, you know. You gonna put your arms around me or not?

JOHNNY: Don't tell me how to do it; I know how to do it.

AUNT BELLA: Then, do it, don't say you're gonna do it.

JOHNNY: I said,"Okay".

(they start to kiss gently, then fall to the ground and Johnny becomes more forceful)

AUNT BELLA: Okay, that's enough. Johnny, I can't breathe. Okay, Johnny, I have to breathe! Okay, that's enough for today.

(breaking off)

AUNT BELLA: Woo! I don't know why they wouldn't take you in the Army!

Camera cuts to Lorelai giggling (next to Luke).

LORELAI: (Pauses the movie) Come on, you have to admit! That was a hilarious scene.

LUKE: (Sitting next to his wife with an arm stretched over the couch and around Lorelai) It was okay.

LORELAI: (Sits up and tilts her head) Come on! David Strathairn and Mercedes Ruehl were brilliant in this scene!

LUKE: (Amused at how Lorelai's passionate about her movie. He smirks) Sure.

LORELAI: (Sees Luke looking at her with a smirk on his face) What?

LUKE: Nothing.

LORELAI: (Makes a curious face, then looks at the TV and holds up the remote control) Do you want to continue? (Looks back at Luke, who is still looking at her)

LUKE: If you want to.

Lorelai leans over and gives him a kiss, then goes back to her remote. But Luke's still looking at her.

LORELAI: (Sighs) Okay… (sets the remote on the coffee table, and turns to her husband) we can watch the rest later. (Looks back at her husband and smiles) What's on your mind?

Luke, without another word, leans in and kisses Lorelai.

LORELAI: (Places her hand on his chest) Oh… that.

LUKE: (Softly) Yeah, that. (And continues to kiss her)

A few seconds into their intimate moment. The doorbell rings.

LUKE: (Softly, between kisses) Ignore it.

LORELAI: (Nods) Ignored.

The doorbell rings again.

LORELAI: (Between kisses) When did the doorbell start working?

LUKE: (Now slightly leaning towards Lorelai as he kisses her) I fixed it last week.

LORELAI: Mmm. Don't forget to break it later.

There's a loud knock on the door. Loud enough to part Luke and Lorelai.

LUKE: (Frustrated, he grunts) What the…!

LORELAI: (Frustrated, and slightly amused – she sits back) I think we should get that, babe.

LUKE: (Grunts again, and gets up from the couch. The camera follows him to the foyer) This better be an emergency. (Lorelai turns in her seat and watches him through the opening of the foyer as Luke opens the front door. He grunts again as he sees who it is) Kirk. What the hell do you want?

KIRK: (Takes it upon himself to step into the foyer) We've decided what we want to do. (Sees the lady on the couch) Hello Lorelai.

LORELAI: Hey there, Kirk.

KIRK: I hope I didn't catch you at a bad time.

LORELAI: Actually, you… (Kirk turns around to face Luke)

KIRK: Like I said, (Lorelai raises her eyes at the snub) We've decided…

LUKE: (Staring down at the fact that Kirk just stepped into the foyer without a welcome) What are you talking about?

KIRK: You said Lulu and I needed to come up with a plan. And we have. (Lorelai is intrigued)

LUKE: (Waits for him to go on) And?

KIRK: And we've decided to elope.

LUKE: Ah, good (He tries to usher Kirk to leave) so it's all settled. Thanks for letting us know.

KIRK: (Ignores Luke's attempts, he carries on with hand gestures) I've calculated how much Lulu and I would be saving by eloping, if we do in fact, elope.

LUKE: (Confused) I thought you just said you wanted to elope?

KIRK: I did. But I'm in the process of telling you how much we will be saving. I wanted to set it up…

LUKE: I don't care.

LORELAI: (Slowly makes her way to the foyer) So when and how are you going to do it?

LUKE: (Annoyed, he whines at Lorelai) Don't encourage him.

KIRK: (Ignores Luke again) Well, I thought it could happen this weekend or as early as this Thursday night.

LORELAI: (Intrigued) Uh huh, uh huh. So where will you two be going? Somewhere exciting? (Holds her hand up to her mouth) Ooh! Or is it a secret?

KIRK: No, it's not a secret. I was thinking Ms. Patty's studio.

LUKE & LORELAI (in unison): Huh?

KIRK: We could wake Reverend Skinner in the middle of the night, sneak into Ms. Patty's studio and do our vows.

LORELAI: (Tries to hide a laugh) That's not "eloping" Kirk.

KIRK: (As if he's lost) It's not?

LUKE: Pick a place the two of you want to go. (Looks at Lorelai for support) There's Baltimore…

LORELAI: (Adds) Lancaster… (Kirk's clearly lost)

LUKE: And there's always Vegas.

KIRK: Oh. Lulu and I didn't discuss all the options.

LUKE: (Sighs) Alright (places his hand on Kirk's shoulder and guides him out the door) well… why don't you go to Lulu and discuss it "ALL" …

KIRK: (In deep thought) Yes, I will. Thank you both.

Lorelai places her arm around Luke's back and they both continue to watch as Kirk leaves. The bright headlights of a car just pulling into the driveway, blind them as they try to make out who it is.

LORELAI: (With a sudden grin) Why isn't it our lovely Rory…

Rory gets down from her Prius and looks back at Kirk (who is walking away), then she looks up at Luke and Lorelai. She makes her way up the stairs with a grin on her face.

RORY: (As she walks up closer to the couple) Hey… what's Kirk up to?

LUKE: Hey Rory.

LORELAI: (Stretches out her arm) Long story (gives her a quick peck on the cheek) To what do we owe the pleasure of seeing you this Tuesday night?

RORY: I have news.

LORELAI: (Gasps) News!

RORY: Yes, news - it's nothing really… but it's pretty exciting for me.

LUKE: (Being the responsible one, ushers them both inside) Come inside, it's cold.

Scene cuts to the living room as they make their way to the couch.

RORY: (Places a duffle bag on the floor and takes off her coat as Luke and Lorelai return to their former seating arrangement) Again, it's nothing great… but I… Rory Gilmore… am going to blog for the New York Times… (adds) just once… but still…

LORELAI: (Gasps) Rory!

LUKE: I haven't yet gotten a grip on the term "blog" but I sense this is exciting news.

LORELAI: (Punches Luke's arm repeatedly in excitement as Rory clasps her hands) It is! It is! (Turns to her daughter) How did it happen? And I want details…

RORY: Well, the details aren't all that exciting, but to make a long story short. Nate's a regular blogger for the Times, and he's going to be out of town a lot this week and asked if I wanted to guest blog in his absence. And I said, yes!

LORELAI: (Calms down and shakes her head approvingly) That Nate… remind me to thank him if I ever see him. This is exciting news, babe. Even if it's only a one-time deal.

RORY: (Smiles, then calms down) It is. (Everyone sighs) If you don't mind, can I spend the night here?

LUKE & LORELAI: (Nods in unison) Of course.

RORY: (Looks at the TV – and the paused scene) You're watching Lost In Yonkers?

LORELAI: (Scoots a bit closer to Luke, and pats at the space next to her) Come, come… join us. Luke's never seen it.

RORY: (Settles herself next to her mother) Never seen it? (Sees the end of the scene, and gets giddy) Ooh! It's the scene where Johnny explains to Bella that the Army rejected him!

LORELAI: (Adds as she nods) And then they proceed to make-out?

LUKE: (Adds) All very silly.

RORY: I love that scene!

LORELAI: (Takes the remote) Here, let's rewind and watch that scene again!

LUKE: (Sighs, and pushes himself off the couch) Meanwhile, I will go get something for us to drink. (As he passes the two ladies) Hot chocolate, Rory?

RORY: (Staring at the TV with Lorelai) Yes, please!

LORELAI: (Taps on Rory's arm) Oh, oh… here it is! (Plays the movie)

Scene fades on the two ladies enjoying the movie.

INT. GILMORE MANSION – DINING ROOM – WEDNESDAY MORNING

Richard and Emily are having breakfast. Richard is occupied with his hard-boiled egg and the newspaper, while Emily looks on at Richard.

RICHARD: (Notices that he's being watched, he looks up at her) What is it, Emily?

EMILY: (Cuts to the chase) Did you talk to Rory?

RICHARD: (Places the newspaper on the table) Oh, yes. I did speak with Rory.

EMILY: Well, did you tell her it was ridiculous of her to leave the pool house?

RICHARD: (Thinks for a second) No, I did not tell her that, Emily.

EMILY: Then what did you talk about?

RICHARD: (Sighs) We talked about her moving out, and moving on with her adult life…

EMILY: Richard. What on earth…

RICHARD: I found a few wonderful apartments, and I suggested that she look at them all before she makes a decision.

EMILY: (Astounded) Richard!

RICHARD: It's time, Emily. It's time to let her go and find herself a new apartment.

EMILY: (Annoyed) It's not as if we were letting her stay here for free. She paid a monthly rent…

RICHARD: (Calmly) That's not the point, Emily.

EMILY: (Worked up) Then what is the point?!

RICHARD: The point is that she finds her own place, and not live under her parents' or grandparents' roof any longer. No matter how much she paid for rent.

EMILY: (Frustrated with Richard) I can't believe you're saying this. I thought you were on my side.

RICHARD: (Realizes that he needed to be closer to Emily rather than talking across the table, he gets up slowly and moves to the chair closest to her. He is stern…) Now you listen to me… I'm always on your side. Always. But this fear you have… (shakes his head) this fear you have of Lorelai and Rory breaking away from us has become ridiculous. (Anger is clearly evident in Emily's face, but she looks away as Richard makes his case) In case you weren't paying attention, Emily, our daughter continued to come to our weekly dinners even though Rory was in another state. (Emily suddenly looks at her husband. Richard nods) That's right, I know what you have been thinking. (Emily looks away again) If Rory moves, it will only be a few minutes away… it's not as if she will be moving to Guam. (Adds) And Rory, Lorelai and Luke will continue to come to our weekly dinners. Of this, I am sure. (Emily calms down a bit as Richard softly adds) Emily… (she doesn't look at him. So, he reaches for her hand) Emily… (she turns to face her husband)… you and I will be fine.

Scene fades on Emily as she sighs and looks at Richard.

EXT. HARTFORD COURANT – WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON

Rory is at the bottom of the steps looking through pieces of paper with images when Nate walks down the stairs and stands next to her.

NATE: Still hunting for those apartments, eh?

RORY: (Looks up at Nate and goes back to her ads) Yeah, there's one a couple of blocks from here and thought I'd check it during my lunch break.

NATE: (Nods as he places his hands in his jacket pockets to keep them warm) Good idea.

RORY: (Adds) Except, I realized I had no clue how to look for an apartment. (Nate listens as she goes on) I lived in a pretty expensive apartment before… except it wasn't mine… it was my ex-boyfriend's… and I also lived with one of my good friends… (adds) Paris (Nate nods at the familiarity of the name)… and that was a very bad… (chuckles) bad... apartment. In a very bad area of town… The apartments were on two ends of a very long spectrum. (Sighs, and looks at Nate).

NATE: (Nods) So, what you're telling me is that you don't know how to look for an apartment.

RORY: (Nods) I guess that's about right. (Sighs and places the pieces of paper in her pocket) But I have to get to it!

NATE: (With one nod, he starts to step away) Good luck.

RORY: Thanks.

NATE: (Pauses after a few steps, and turns to face her) Do you, by any chance, need help… (points at her pocket) looking at that apartment?

RORY: (Surprised at the gesture) Thank you… (shakes her head) but no… I'll be fine. (Adds) Got to learn.

NATE: (Starts walking backwards – away from Rory) Okay well… tell me how it goes. (He turns to leave)

RORY: (Calls out) Hey Nate? (Nate turns again) Thanks...

NATE: (As he begins to walk backwards again) For what?

RORY: For the Times (With a nod, Nate smiles and walks away)

Scene fades on Rory walking in the opposite direction.

INT. GILMORE MANSION – WEDNESDAY NIGHT

Emily and Richard are in the living room spending a bit of time reading before they head to bed. Rory cautiously shows up from the back entrance.

RICHARD: (Looks up from his book, and removes his reading glasses) Rory. This is a nice surprise. (Emily looks up as well)

RORY: (Smiles at her grandfather) Hi grandpa (looks at Emily)… grandma…

EMILY: (Pointedly) Hello Rory (and goes back to her book)…

RORY: (Looks back at Richard, then down at Emily) Grandma, may I speak with you for a minute?

RICHARD: (Takes it as his queue to leave the room – but fails to come up with a good excuse) Oh… I forgot… I have some… uh.. some… something I need to take care of. (Gets up from his seat, and pats Rory on her shoulder on his way out)

RORY: (Smiles at her grandfather, then turns to Emily) Grandma?

EMILY: (Places the book on her lap) I know why you're here Rory… and let me save you the trouble. I'm completely fine with your decision to move out…

RORY: (Not convinced) Are you… in all honesty… are you?

EMILY: (With a hint of emotion, looks at her granddaughter – and sighs) No. I am not. (Admits) I was hoping you would continue to stay near us.

RORY: (Sympathetically moves to her grandmother's side, she sits next to her) Grandma… (with a pout) I'm sorry… but this is something I have to do.

EMILY: (Looking away) I know.

RORY: (With urgency) Grandma?

EMILY: Yes, Rory…

RORY: (Shakes her head as she continues softly) I don't want you to be angry with me…

EMILY: I'm not. (Admits) Just a little sad.

RORY: (Never afraid to show physical affection, she hugs her grandmother) I'm only going to be a couple of miles away from you. And you'll love the new place…

EMILY: (Suddenly faces her) You have already found an apartment?

RORY: (Nods) Yeah, I saw one this afternoon… one that grandpa suggested. I really like it.

EMILY: (Looks away again) Well, if Richard approves…

RORY: (Sighs hopelessly) Grandma, don't make me feel guilty for leaving the pool house. It's not fair.

EMILY: (The words make her sigh and turn to face Rory) I'm sorry. (Adds) I just liked knowing that you lived somewhere safe… next door. (Takes a moment) I will… (struggles to continue) … I will not make you feel bad again. I promise. (Adds with a hint of a smile) As long as you let me help you with the moving arrangements.

RORY: (A smile appears on her face, she nods) Done.

EMILY: Very well. (Adds) I'm still not happy. But I am sure I will get over it.

RORY: Okay.

Silence.

EMILY: (Thinks) I think we have some cheesecake left from earlier. Would you like to join me?

RORY: Ooh, a late night snack?

EMILY: (Gets up from her seat and walks to the edge of the room) I don't mind, if you don't.

RORY: (Gets up too) Cheesecake it is!

Scene fades.

INT. LUKE'S DINER – EARLY THURSDAY MORNING – IT'S VERY DARK OUTSIDE

The lighting in the diner is very dim. Lorelai, at the counter, is trying very hard to stay awake – while Luke prepares coffee.

LORELAI: (As she keeps from letting her head fall on the counter, she whines) Why are we up sooo early! It's four o'clock!

LUKE: Because you and I, like stupid idiots that we are, agreed to helping Kirk and Lulu elope?

LORELAI: I hate us right now. (Looks behind her, at the front door) Where are they?

Two people emerge from the sidewalk.

LORELAI: (Sighs) Finally.

Kirk and Lulu enter the diner with two duffle bagsful of stuff.

LULU: (Smiles shyly) Sorry we're a few minutes late.

LORELAI: (Walks up to them) Don't worry about it. Are you ready?

KIRK: As ready as we will ever be.

LUKE: (Pours some coffee in two to-go cups, grabs a bag that we will assume is food - and hands them over) Do you have the maps?

KIRK: (Holds up a couple of papers) Check. And the emergency phone numbers if we ever get stuck.

LORELAI: Not the best time of the year to go on a road trip to Vegas, but I'm sure you guys will be fine.

LUKE: (To Lulu, as he hands her a key) Under no circumstance are you to ever let him (points at Kirk) drive my truck.

LULU: I promise, Luke.

LORELAI: (Rolls her eyes at Luke) Do you want that in writing?

KIRK: (Adds) Don't worry Luke, my woman here is a class-A driver.

LUKE: (Grabs their duffle bags) Good.

They make there way to the green truck parked directly outside the diner. Luke places the bags on the bed of the truck.

LULU: Thank you so much…

LORELAI: Aw, (Gives Lulu a quick hug) good luck to both of you.

LUKE: (As he makes his way back to Lorelai) Drive safe.

Lulu makes her way to the other side and gets in the driver's seat, and Kirk gets in the passenger seat. He rolls down the window. The engine starts.

KIRK: Oh Luke… before I forget. I snuck in mother's house and left a letter.

LORELAI: Oh good, to let her know that you're safe. That's wise.

KIRK: (Adds) And I also wrote that if she had any questions… to call Luke Danes and he will explain everything.

LUKE: (Clearly not happy with that) What?!

Lulu starts driving.

LORELAI: Bye guys!

LUKE: (Grunts) Why didn't I strangle him all those years ago?

LORELAI: (Places her arm around him to keep warm) Aw, then Lulu would be lonely.

LUKE: (Grunts again) I can't believe I gave them my truck.

LORELAI: (Pats Luke on the back) I'm sure it will be back safe. Now come… make me breakfast. (Lorelai walks up the steps and into the diner)

LUKE: (Astounded, he turns to look at her) It's four o'clock in the morning!

Scene fades.

INT. GILMORE MANSION – LIVING ROOM – A FEW DAYS LATER – DAYTIME

Emily is in the living room, seated on the couch, reading her book again. We hear the doorbell ring…

EMILY: Gladys? Can you please get that…

A few seconds pass as Emily continues to read her book…

GLADYS: (Enters the living room) Mrs. Gilmore…

EMILY: (Still looking at her book) Yes, Gladys…

GLADYS: Mrs. Danes… your daughter… is here to see you.

EMILY: (Turns to see Lorelai enter the room with a wrapped box in her hand) Lorelai?

LORELAI: (To Gladys) Thank you.

Gladys leaves the room.

EMILY: What are you doing here?

LORELAI: (Jokes) Nice to see you too, mom! Actually, (stretches her arm to reveal the wrapped gift) I came by to drop this. I have to get back to the inn…

EMILY: (Looks at the box, and tentatively accepts) What is it?

LORELAI: (Still standing) Just open it… (adds) after I leave… (Takes a step back) Okay… I should go… Bye mom…

Emily is still surprised at the sudden appearance of Lorelai with a wrapped present. She looks at the gift, and then slowly pulls at the ribbon to open it. She opens the top lid and flips the tissue to reveal the contents inside. We see a subtle smile as she takes an all knew red scarf out of the box.

Scene fades.

NEXT WEEK ON THE GILMORE GIRLS…

VOICE OVER: Valentines arrives a little early for the Gilmore girls…

A shot of Luke and Lorelai kissing.

VOICE OVER: … with revelations that will surprise you…

RORY: (To Lorelai) What? I can't believe you just said that.

LORELAI: (Attempts to stop Rory from walking away from her) Rory!

VOICE OVER: … and surprises that will leave you wondering…

RORY: (Sees someone from her past – viewers don't see him) It's you…

VOICE OVER: Will this affect everyone?

LORELAI: (Lays her head on Luke's shoulder) Why didn't I just keep my mouth shut?

LUKE: Give her some time, she'll come around.

VOICE OVER: Has cupid got it wrong this year?

Rory sighs heavily as someone (invisible to us) leaves her.

VOICE OVER: Stay tuned for an all new Gilmore Valentines…

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That's 8.12 folks. Do you think Luke's truck will make it back to Stars Hollow?

Will update with 8.13 soon.

I've read some reviews, asking me what's in store for Rory and Nate. The answer is simple. I don't know yet. Maybe Nate's just a good role model for her? Maybe Rory falls for him, but he doesn't reciprocate? Maybe it's purely platonic? What are your thoughts?

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I wanted to address something from my previous segment…

I hope you know my twisted sense of humor well enough to realize that I'd never be rude to my readers. If you read my previous note as rude or demanding, I apologize. It was not meant in such a way. I know for a fact that most of you know me well enough to realize I meant no insult.

Dear "Mr. Doosey,"

Thank you for your wonderful review. I would've liked to defend myself from the accusations you so wonderfully made in your review. However, it was made an impossible task since you decided to be an anonymous reviewer. Please be kind enough to send me a PM, and we shall discuss it further. Thank you.