8.13 V for Valentines

Previously on the Gilmore girls…

(A Scene from 8.12)

NATE: As you know, I blog for the New York Times.

RORY: (Nods again) Yes, I read it often…

NATE: Good… good. (Takes a moment) The thing is, Rory… I have to get a piece out to the web editor next Monday, and I know I can't make it.

RORY: You mean the "New York Times" web editor?

NATE: … I was wondering if you'd like to guest blog… in my place.

RORY: (As if she didn't understand it) For the New York Times?

NATE: (Confused as to why Rory isn't understanding) Umm, yeah… we're talking about the New York Times.

RORY: (Widens her eyes) Are you serious?


(A Scene from 6.15)

SOOKIE: What about you? What are you doing for Valentines?

LORELAI: Oh, I'll be here.

SOOKIE: What? No, you'll be with Luke.

LORELAI: Luke says Valentine's Day is just another one of those fake things, like mother's day, created by greeting-card companies,


(A Scene from 8.12)

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.


It has been a week or so since the end of the previous episode.


Camera follows Luke carrying a semi-large box through the hallway of an apartment building. He turns into an open doorway, and we see Lorelai and Rory look at him as he enters the apartment. Boxes and furniture are visible everywhere.

LUKE: (Sets the box down on top of a larger one) Okay, that's the last of it. (Takes a deep breath).

RORY: (Gratefully, steps forward) Thank you, Luke. (Explains) I should've asked the movers to just make a trip to Stars Hollow and pick those up too. I'm sorry you guys had to bring it all the way here.

LUKE: (Holds out a hand and reassures) It was no problem. Anything for you. (Lorelai adoringly smiles at Luke)

RORY: (Sincerely nods) Thank you, Luke. (Turns to Lorelai) You've chosen wisely.

LORELAI: (Animatedly) I have, haven't I? (Awkwardly winks at her husband, prompting him to roll his eyes).

RORY: But I still feel bad that the two of you had to drive all the way over here… and use the inn's vehicle… (Curiously) Speaking of which, have you heard anything from Kirk and Lulu?

LORELAI: (Shakes her head) Just that they've decided to spend a bit more time in Vegas.

LUKE: (Adds) And he was adamant that the truck was fine…

LORELAI: (Adds with a chuckle) But you will strangle him anyway when he returns?

LUKE: (Sighs) Something like that.

RORY: (Adds, while walking around the boxes) Hey, shouldn't you guys consider buying a bigger car or something… you know (points at Lorelai's stomach)… something the baby can ride in? (Lorelai opens her mouth to agree in excitement, but Luke cuts her off)

LUKE: (Looks at Lorelai) I'm not going car shopping with you again.

LORELAI: (Pouts) Fine.

LUKE: (Looks at Rory) But yes, we did talk about it briefly.

LORELAI: Yeah, it was very brief.

RORY: (Goes back to the boxes) Brief is good.

With a pen and pad of paper, Rory starts to make a note of all the larger boxes while Lorelai walks over to the small dining table and leans her back against the piece of furniture. Lorelai sighs prompting Luke to walk up to her.

LUKE: (Subtly places a hand on her back) Are you okay? (Rory looks up at them)

LORELAI: (Smiles) I'm fine… just tired… (adds with raised eyes) and hungry. (Pats her nearly 6 months pregnant stomach) I forgot how tiring it is - going into the third trimester. (Rory sympathetically tilts her head to look at her mother – next to Luke)

LUKE: (Places a hand on the back of his wife's head and kisses the side of her forehead) We'll get through it, together. (Rory continues to look on adoringly at the pair. Luke clasps his hands and continues) Okay, I'm going to go buy some food and I'll be back before you know it. (Looks at both the ladies) Any preferences?

LORELAI: (Leans back a bit more on the table) I'll eat anything.

RORY: Me too…

LUKE: Okay, I'll be back. (Pulls his keys out of the back pocket and closes the front door behind him)

Rory sighs and walks over to Lorelai and they both take a seat on the new chairs. A closed laptop is visible on the table.

LORELAI: (Points at the laptop) Ooh, I wonder if you've gotten anymore comments on that blog thingy.

RORY: (Animatedly, she opens the laptop) You mean my debut into the wonderful world of the New York Times' blogosphere?

LORELAI: That's a mouthful. (Remembers) Oh yeah, you don't have any connections yet…

RORY: (Grins) I do.

LORELAI: How? When did you manage to do all that?

RORY: Grandma.

LORELAI: Ah, of course.

RORY: (As she types a few letter) She's very effective that woman. You give her an inch…

LORELAI: (finishes it) … and she flies around the world with Clark Kent?

RORY: (Nods) Something like that. (Sees something on the screen) Oh look, one new comment!

LORELAI: (Perks up) Ooh, read it – read it!

RORY: MaryHadALilLamp writes, "Although I miss my bi-weekly dose of Hotty DiLuca (Lorelai raises an eye intrigued, and Rory can't help blush as she reads), I have to say, Ms. Gilmore is more than capable of holding the attention of her readers. Or at least this reader thinks so. (Rory gradually begins to pout) Although, I wouldn't have chosen such a title... I'm sure spoiling your readers with the title was not your intent, Ms. Gilmore – and that you know such a title will only prove valid if it were written by an established journalist. But I'm sure you will learn that as you go. Kudos to you on your first try!"

LORELAI: Eh! What does she have against your title?

RORY: (Still pouting) Apparently MaryHadALittleLamp thinks "Why I choose Obama." spoils my article.

LORELAI: "Spoils the article"?? What does that even mean. It's not like your title was "I choose Obama"… (with hand gestures)… you're explaining why you choose him.

RORY: (Slowly looks up at her mother – still pouting) It was a criticism disguised as a compliment.

LORELAI: And besides, it's not a script for a movie… it's not "Snakes On A Plane."

RORY: (Gasps) See? The title is horrible if you're comparing it to "Snakes On A Plane."

LORELAI: I didn't compare it!

RORY: Well, the thought of "Snakes On A Plane" came into your mind… so that says something.

LORELAI: Aw, honey… what is that… like, the 12th comment? And your first blog?

RORY: (Rants) That's another thing… why are there only 12 comments? Have you seen the amount of comments Nate gets? It's crazy… it's like he has his own fandom… (nods) sure, there are those who don't agree with him – but the amount of responses he gets is just… (shakes her head, then gestures at the screen) and I get a lousy comment saying that my title gave it all away.

LORELAI: (Sympathetically) Well… you can't please everyone, Rory. And you're going to learn that there will be a lot of MaryHadALittleLamps out there in your career, and you're going to have to make the best out of it. And Nate gave you a wonderful opportunity to strengthen yourself… (Rory's expression softens)…

RORY: You're right. (There's a pause as she looks at the screen again – we see Nate's picture on the side of the article, then Rory continues) He's amazing, mom. I mean… He's so simple, yet complex… and set in his ways… (Shakes her head) That didn't make sense.

LORELAI: (Smiles) But he seems like he's a great professional influence on you.

RORY: (Shakes her head) It amazes me how he can sit down and just write an article like it was already composed in his head years ago, and was just waiting for the right time to… you know? (Lorelai nods) And the crazy thing is… it's not what matters to him. (Lorelai listens intensely, then subtly tilts her head) He continues to work as a journalist because he feels it opens up doors for the work he does outside of the Courant. And the fact that he has so much passion for what he believes in and what he does… (A smile appears on Lorelai's face as she makes a curious expression) … it's just beyond anything I've ever dreamt of feeling…

LORELAI: (Cuts her off gently) Rory?

RORY: (Looks directly at her mother, obliviously) Yeah?

LORELAI: (After a pause, she shakes her head with a smile) Nothing.

RORY: (Sighs) Okay.

LORELAI: (Segues) Hey, read the first 11 comments again… I really liked those.

RORY: (Agrees) Me too! (Scrolls to the top of the comments) Let's see…

Scene fades on Lorelai as her curious smirk reappears…

Will update with segment two soon.

Again, thanks for all the support! Like Rory, I can't please everyone but I'm so glad you guys have decided to stick around.