Scene opens as Lorelai and Luke (carrying a tool box) enter the Dragonfly Inn Kitchen.
SOOKIE: (Stops her work and smiles at the couple) Ooh, you're here! (Points at the refrigerator) There it is…
LUKE: (Walks directly to the appliance, and talks to the ladies) You know you should get a professional to look at it. I know nothing about this stuff…
LORELAI: (Stands at the island counter with Sookie) You know more than us. And I've told you before… getting a professional to look at it costs money.
LUKE: (Before he looks at the door of the refrigerator) I will pay if it gets me out of this. (Luke directs his attention to the door of the fridge)
LORELAI: (Brushes it off and turns to Sookie) Don't you worry… Luke will fix it for us.
LUKE: (Mumbles) Luke will not.
LORELAI: (Calmly) Luke will. (Grabs Sookie's arm and gestures towards the door) Come… let's go take a break.
SOOKIE: (Confused as to why she has to leave her kitchen) Oh.. okay.
Scene cuts to Lorelai and Sookie walking all the way through the inn, and out to the front porch.
SOOKIE: (As Lorelai lets go of her arm) What is it?
LORELAI: (Looks around to make sure no one is there) I have to consult…
SOOKIE: Ooh, consult away.
The ladies take a seat on the porch bench.
LORELAI: (Softly) So I had an appointment with my doc today.
SOOKIE: (Remembers and gets giddy) Oh yeah!
SOOKIE: (She holds up a finger to her lips) Shh… okay, why am I shushing myself?
LORELAI: (With hand gestures) You know how Luke and I wanted the sex of the baby to be a surprise?
SOOKIE: Yeah? (Thinks) Oh, you don't want to wait? It's completely understandable, Lorelai. I didn't want to wait with Davie either…
LORELAI: (Shakes her head and cuts her off) No, it's not that. (Sighs) You know we don't care either way… but Luke and I really wanted it to be a surprise… I had to convince him at first… but now that we're almost there (touches her stomach), he is really into the "surprise" thing.
SOOKIE: (Confused, she intensely listens – then she has a blank expression) I'm sorry… I may have missed the point. What are we talking about?
LORELAI: (Sighs, then continues softly) Dr. Borvansky accidentally revealed the sex of the baby to me when Luke walked out of the room.
SOOKIE: (Gasps) No! (Then gets giddy) Ooh, you know the sex of the baby? Like right now? You are in the know… this very moment?
LORELAI: (Shakes her head at Sookie's) That's not the point, Sook. I want to know what to do. Should I tell Luke? Or pretend that I didn't hear it?
SOOKIE: Oh. (Thinks) So this doctor of yours…
LORELAI: She's extremely torn up about the whole thing. I mean, I currently have five voicemails on my cell phone… four of her apologizing to me, and one from her administrator. The woman apparently felt so bad, she went and complained about herself to her boss. I will call today and straighten it all out. But I want to know what to do about Luke. What do I do about Luke, Sookie?
SOOKIE: I think you should tell him.
LORELAI: You think I should tell him the sex of the baby?
SOOKIE: Well, not right away… just tell him what happened. Then ask him if he wants to know.
LORELAI: (Sits back) You're right… that's how I should handle it.
SOOKIE: (Gets giddy again) I can't believe you know the sex of the baby! (Pause) So are you going to tell me?
LORELAI: I'm trying to pretend I didn't hear it! You will have to wait, Sook.
SOOKIE: (Sighs) Fine. (Then looks at Lorelai's stomach, and then up at Lorelai's face – she smiles) You know what you're having… are you happy?
LORELAI: (Smiles sincerely) Beyond happy.
Scene fades on the two ladies.
INT. HARTFORD COURANT – FRONT DESK – THURSDAY AFTERNOON
Scene opens on Paris at the receptionist's desk. It seems Paris is angered.
PARIS: (To the terrified receptionist) Look here, missy. I told you… I don't want to wait out here for my friend to finish her lunch. I want to wait in her office!
RECEPTIONIST: But we're not allowed to let strangers in…
PARIS: (Almost leaning over the counter) I'm not a stranger! I'm Rory Gilmore's best friend!
RECEPTIONIST: Ma'am, you have to calm down.
PARIS: I'm not going to calm down… because I've just driven for two hours from Harvard, (points) that's right, I attend Harvard Med – where did you get your (flicks at the "receptionist" plaque) receptionista degree? Huh?
PARIS: I'm not going to sit here (gestures at the waiting area) and wait just because you're lazy to go find my friend. (Adds) And don't call me "ma'am"!
Nate walks in at this very moment. He does a double-take as he hears the voices – above normal register.
RECEPTIONIST: Okay, that's it. (She picks up the phone) I'm going to have to call security and have you escorted out.
NATE: (Takes one step up to the counter) Amelia, that's not necessary. I've got this..
PARIS: (Looks up at him) Nate. (Extends her arm) Hey, we've met before…
NATE: (Shakes her hand and nods) Yes Paris… we have. I'm guessing you're here to see Gilmore.
PARIS: Yes, but (looks at the receptionist and gives her an evil eye) this woman here wouldn't let me in.
AMELIA: (Defends herself) Nate, I was just doing my job…
NATE: (Subtly nods at Amelia to assure her that she was in the right) Can I have one of those "visitor" badges for Ms. Gellar, please?
AMELIA: (Returns the evil eye and hands one badge to Nate) Here you go.
NATE: (Hands the badge to Paris, and guides her) Here… let me take you to Rory.
PARIS: (Nods) Thanks… (looks at Amelia for one last time) And no thank you to you.
Nate hides an amused expression as he takes Paris to the back.
Cut to Rory as she goes about her work. She walks out of her cubicle for a second, and then pauses as she sees the two people walking towards her.
RORY: (Looks at Nate, then Paris) Paris?
NATE: (With a nod) Found one of your friends at the front with Amelia.
PARIS: (Nods) I would've been thrown out if not for Nate. (With a serious nod) Thanks again.
RORY: (Confused) Oh.
PARIS: (Walks around and into Rory's cubicle) So this is your office… (She gets comfortable as she places her tote inside).
NATE: (Steps closer to Rory, and whispers) I suggest you buy a lot of chocolate for Amelia, I hear she likes them dark. (Takes a quick look at Paris, then the amused face reappears. He looks at Rory, and then steps away).
Scene cuts to the next…
INT. THE MUSE – A FEW MINUTES LATER…
Paris and Rory are at the muse sipping on coffee.
PARIS: You have to tell me what to do.
RORY: About Doyle?
PARIS: Yes, he called again – but this time I didn't look at the caller ID before picking up… and it was awkward again. I mean, more awkward than the first time… (adds) more awkward than a Barbara Walters special.
RORY: What did you talk about?
PARIS: He first informed me that he has shaved off his beard…
RORY: (Nods) Wise.
PARIS: Then he proceeded to tell me how much his "journey" has changed him… and how he wants to set everything right. (Adds) I can't make out what he means by that. I mean, does he want to get back together with me or does he want to break up, more officially.
RORY: (Confused) But Paris, you were already broken up.
PARIS: Maybe I took it all wrong… maybe we weren't broken up before I went and slept with the German hippie.
RORY: (Shakes her head) I'm so confused.
PARIS: Tell me what to do.
RORY: (Sighs) What do you want to do?
PARIS: I wouldn't ask you if I knew.
RORY: (Takes another sip of her coffee) Fine, what else did the two of you talk about?
PARIS: He asked me what you and I had planned for the weekend, and I told him that we were going to be in Stars Hollow.
RORY: (Nods) I see.
PARIS: (Senses something in Rory's tone) What was that?
RORY: What was what?
PARIS: Your "I see" sounded like a very knowing, enlightened "I see"
RORY: A person usually says "I see" when he or she is in the knowing or enlightened.
PARIS: (Defends herself) You think I told him that because I want him to show up in Stars Hollow, don't you?
RORY: (Shakes her head) I didn't…
PARIS: (Cuts her off) I don't want him to come to Stars Hollow!
PARIS: (Thinks) Or maybe you're right. Maybe I do want him to show up this weekend. (Rory is clearly exhausted by her friend) What do you think? Do you think that I secretly wanted him to show up?
RORY: (Takes a deep breath) I think… (she continues)… I think, that I need to take something for the migraine that has now gone from zero to ten on the pain scale within the last ten minutes. That's what I think.
PARIS: (Sighs knowingly) Fine… I will stop talking about Doyle for now.
RORY: My migraine thanks you. It has just dropped to nine.
PARIS: (Takes a sip of her beverage) So, tell me about Nate.
RORY: Back to ten again. (Sighs, and then adds) Nothing to tell about Nate.
PARIS: I told you… you need to test the water.
RORY: (Tilts her head) I've tested, and got mildly burnt… fortunately it was just my big toe. And frankly, I'm glad I didn't just jump in – because I'd be looking at 2nd to 3rd degree burns.
PARIS: Are we still talking about Nate?
RORY: (Explains) I told him about the basket auction and asked him to stop by if he had time.
PARIS: Ah, I'm guessing he has other plans this weekend?
RORY: Yup. (Shakes her head) I think I was just infatuated with the whole image… you know? Great writer, thinker, humanitarian…
PARIS: (Sarcastically) Oh now you're just talking about Gandhi, aren't you?
RORY: (Ignores her friend's sarcasm) I've changed so much in the past few months… my views, my beliefs… (adds more carefully) my goals. And I think it has something to do with him… directly or indirectly, I don't know. So I guess it was easy to confuse admiration for a mentor… Besides, even if he did like me - there is the age difference to consider..
PARIS: (Confused) Age difference?
RORY: He's almost six years older…
PARIS: (Rolls her eyes and responds sarcastically) Oh yeah, he's so last century. (Rory frowns at her friend, but Paris bluntly continues) Whatever helps you sleep at night, Rory. (Goes back to her coffee)
Scene fades on Rory looking at Paris.
INT. DRAGONFLY INN – A FEW MINUTES LATER…
Scene opens on Lorelai at the check-in desk. Luke (with his toolbox) walks through the hallway towards the exit. Lorelai sees this and walks around the desk.
LORELAI: Hey, did you fix the door?
LUKE: (Pauses for a second) You need to get a professional to look at it. (Takes a moment to look at his wife) I have to get back to the diner, will see you at home?
LORELAI: (Walks over to him) Sure… but… (hurries as Luke walks out of the door) wait, wait, wait… Pregnant woman here…
LUKE: (Turns on his heel at the front porch) Yeah, what's up?
LORELAI: (Subtly touches his forearm, and then looks around to make sure they are alone. She then guides him inside and towards the check-in desk) Come here.
LUKE: (Curiously) What is it?
LORELAI: (Softly continues) I have to tell you something.
LORELAI: (Swallows a bit) It's about Dr. Borvansky… and the baby.
LUKE: (Concerned, he looks at her stomach then places the toolbox on the desk) What about the baby?
LORELAI: After you left the exam room, Borvansky accidentally let me know the sex of the baby.
LORELAI: (Explains) The poor woman is beyond upset about it.
LUKE: (Oblivious to Lorelai's explanations of the doctor's mistake, he looks at her stomach and touches it… then looks up) You know the sex of our baby?
LORELAI: (Softly) Yeah, I do. (Pause) Do you want to know?
LUKE: The sex of the baby?
LORELAI: (Nods) I know we wanted it to be a surprise… and you were really looking forward to it. I can keep it to myself if you don't want to know.
LUKE: (Complains) The whole point was for both of us to be surprised.
LORELAI: I know, hon… but… (sighs) do you want me to tell you?
LUKE: (Confused with the dilemma) Yes. (Holds up his hand) No. Umm… it's best I don't know. (Looks at his wife's face) Or do you want me to know?
LORELAI: (Amused by Luke's indecisiveness) I will tell you if you want me to…
LUKE: (Holds up his hands again) No… no… I don't want to know.
LORELAI: (Smiles) Okay.
LUKE: (Takes the toolbox) Okay. I should go… (Lorelai nods and looks on)
Luke looks at her stomach, then at his wife and steps away – but pauses and steps closer to Lorelai.
LUKE: (He looks at her eyes) Are you happy?
LORELAI: (Adoringly smiles and tilts her head) I am.
LUKE: (With one nod) Good, good. (Gives her a quick peck on the lips and walks away).
INT. GILMORE MANSION – FRIDAY NIGHT DINNER
Scene opens on everyone at the dining table. Including a very chatty Paris Gellar, seated next to Rory, near Richard Gilmore.
PARIS: So I convinced them that I will only benefit from shadowing a physician at another prestigious health facility.
Luke and Lorelai clearly have other things on their mind.
RICHARD: Well, have you chosen where this will take place?
Rory seems hungry, that she is occupied with her food rather than listen to her friend.
PARIS: Not yet… but I have a few prospects lined up.
LORELAI: (Sighs, then looks at her mother) The potatoes are awesome, mom. (everyone agrees)
PARIS: (Nods) Yes, they are. Thank you again, Emily, for letting me crash this dinner.
EMILY: Any friend of Rory is welcome here, Paris.
LORELAI: (Reaches for a roll, Emily looks at her judgingly) I know… I know… it's my fourth one. I'm pregnant, in case anyone was wondering.
PARIS: (Looks at Lorelai as well) Are you having twins?
LORELAI: (Looks at her own stomach then as Paris) Umm no. Why? Do I look like I'm having twins?
PARIS: No, just asking. It seems like the vogue these days…
LORELAI: (Looks at Luke) We didn't know that. (Luke still looks like he is in a dilemma, so Lorelai softly whispers to him) Are you sure you don't want to know?
EMILY: (With her perfect hearing, looks up) Know what?
LORELAI: (Looks at her mother, and sees that Emily is determined to find out) Oh… nothing…
LUKE: (Nods) Yeah, it's nothing.
RORY: (With a mouth half full) What's nothing?
LORELAI: (Looks at Luke, to make sure it's okay) Well…
RICHARD: (Now intrigued) Please do tell us…
PARIS: (Offers) I can leave the room, if you'd like.
LORELAI: No, no… (looks at her mother) Dr. Borvansky accidentally told me what we were having.
EMILY: (Thinks for a bit, then a smile appears on her face) Oh… oh, good… now we can know the sex of the baby.
RORY: (Gets giddy) Oh cool!
LORELAI: Actually, no.
EMILY: What do you mean by 'no'?
LORELAI: Luke still wants to be surprised.
LUKE: (Clears his throat) Yeah…
LORELAI: So, no one can know. (Luke tentatively looks over at Emily)
EMILY: (Sternly, looks at Luke) I see.
RICHARD: (Smiles, and speaks to everyone) Well, I think it's exciting!
RORY: (Nods) Actually, it is.
EMILY: (Sighs) "Nonsense" is what it is.
An awkward silence falls on the dinner as everyone looks at each other.
RORY: (To break the ice) So… basket auction tomorrow.
RICHARD: Oh yes, you mentioned earlier.
RORY: (Nods) Yeah, Paris and I are going to sit in the sidelines and watch the festivities.
LORELAI: (Surprised) You're not going to participate?
RORY: I actually received a voicemail today "at work" – from none other than Taylor Doose.
Emily stays quiet.
RORY: Yes, he called to tell me that he has consulted with the elders and that they have called a meeting for next week to discuss "Rory Gilmore's role in Stars Hollow". And until then I am not to participate in any of the events.
LUKE: That's ridiculous.
RICHARD: (Nods) Sounds unfair.
LORELAI: (Frowns) Yeah.
RORY: At any case, I wasn't planning on participating anyway… so it's all good.
PARIS: (Adds) You could take him to court.
RORY: Uh, no… that's a bit extreme. (Remembers, then looks at her mother and Luke) By the way, thanks again for letting us crash there tonight. (Emily continues to stay quiet)
LORELAI: (Senses Emily's mood, but smiles at Paris and Rory) No problem… crash away.
LUKE: (Senses Emily's mood as well – but avoids her glance. Agrees with his wife) Yeah.
Scene fades on Emily still unhappy about Luke's decision to stay ignorant.
EXT. STARS HOLLOW – SATURDAY MID MORNING
Scene opens on many townies walking around. Some are seen with baskets. Camera pans to Lorelai, Rory, and Paris standing near Doose's Market, as they observe the happy townies walking towards the town square.
LORELAI: Wow, look at all the baskets. (Nudges at Rory) Ha, look at that pink basket.
RORY: (Squints to focus) Very pink.
The ladies see Luke walking towards them with a basket in his hand.
LORELAI: (Notices the basket) Ooh… that's big!
LUKE: (As he reaches the ladies) Well, there are four of us plus one (points at the stomach) to feed.
RORY: (Touched) Aw, you made enough for all of us? That's so nice.
LORELAI: (Makes a face) I know. (Looks at Luke) You make me look bad, Luke Danes.
Luke and Lorelai share a sweet smile as Rory and Paris look around at the crazies.
PARIS: Nuts, all of them.
LUKE: (To Lorelai) Want to set this up?
LORELAI: Sure. (To Rory and Paris) See you at the auction.
RORY: See ya.
The two ladies watch as Luke and Lorelai walk together.
PARIS: (To Rory) Your mother's lucky she found the one.
RORY: (Nods) They are lucky they found each other.
PARIS: Not everyone's that lucky.
RORY: (With a concerned face, looks at her friend) Are you thinking about Doyle?
PARIS: (Brushes it off) What? No. (Starts to take a step towards the town square) Come, I don't want to miss this auction.
Scene cuts to a few minutes later…
EXT. STARS HOLLOW – A FEW MINUTES LATER
Camera zooms in on the town square, and then on Taylor Doose as he is in the middle of the basket auction.
TAYLOR: (hits the podium with his gavel)… forty dollars! And the basket is Mr. Bedford's! You may collect your basket and date at the end of the auction.
LORELAI: (Tilts her head to Luke) When will he get to my basket?
TAYLOR: And now to the next one (sees the big "plain" basket on the table) – while it's not decorated or appealing on the outside, we have to credit it for the size. Who will start the bid?
LORELAI: (Clasps her hands and gets giddy) Ooh, that's mine! (Nudges Luke) Couldn't pretty it up?
LUKE: I don't pretty things up.
A MALE TOWNIE: (Raises his hand) Ten dollars.
TAYLOR: Ten dollars. (Looks at the bidder) Really? Would it hurt you to bid more? (Looks at the rest of the townies) Ten dollars… anyone bidding fifteen? Anyone?
LUKE: (Frowns) What the hell is he doing bidding on your basket?
LORELAI: (Nudges again) Luke! Bid!
LUKE: (As he stares down the townie, he holds his hand up) One hundred!
RORY: (Who is next to Lorelai) Ooh.
LORELAI: (Adoringly) Luke… you'd pay a hundred bucks to have lunch with me?
TAYLOR: One hundred! (Nods his approval at Luke) One hundred… one hundred and ten, anyone?
LUKE: (To Lorelai) I'd pay a million to have lunch with you…
LORELAI: (Touched, she smiles… then jokes) You mean the million you just happen to carry in your wallet?
Luke gives her a notorious smile and looks back at Taylor.
TAYLOR: One hundred… going once…. One hundred… going twice… Sold! To Luke Danes.
LORELAI: (Giddy, she claps – then sees the helper take the basket and set it on the side. Lorelai softly speaks to Luke) Come… let's go get that basket.
LUKE: But we have to wait till the auction is finished.
LORELAI: But I'm hungry.
LUKE: (Sighs) Fine.
LORELAI: (To Rory) Coming?
RORY: No, you go ahead, we'll join you at the gazebo.
The auction continues in the background…
PARIS: (With her arms crossed on her chest, she observes the town's silly customs. She shakes her head) Boy, this is one crazy one-mile block you've got here, Rory.
RORY: We like crazy.
As the auction continues, Rory does a double-take as she sees a familiar vehicle in a distance, parking near the sidewalk. She squints her eyes to take a closer look. We see that the vehicle is black Touareg. A smile appears on Rory's face as she realizes who it is. Nate gets out of his car, and looks around the town before he spots Rory. He begins to walk towards her.
The auction continues. Nate arrives and stands next to Rory as he observes the people around him. Rory, Paris and Nate are facing the gazebo.
PARIS: (Surprised) Oh, it's you.
NATE: It is. Hello, Paris. (Looks down at Rory) Hey.
RORY: Hey. You made it. I thought you were going to be in New York this weekend.
NATE: Realized this morning that a quiet weekend is not really what I wanted. (Looks around) Look at the turn out.
RORY: Seem vaguely familiar to you?
CUT to Lorelai on the other side of the crowd as she notices a familiar (yet unfamiliar) face next to Rory. Luke follows his wife's glance.
LUKE: What is it?
LUKE: (Sees the man next to Rory as well) Who's that?
LORELAI: I think that's the infamous Nate.
Scene cuts back to Rory and Nate.
NATE: So did I miss anything good?
RORY: (With a smile) Just the best part. (Subtly points at Kirk – who is looking terrified) I don't know if you remember Kirk Gleason… but he accidentally bid on (points at another townie on the other side – he a big strong looking man with a big mustache – he frowning at Kirk) Buddy the Butcher's wife's basket… accidentally of course… thinking it was Lulu's.
NATE: (Tries to follow) Lulu?
RORY: (Points at the lady next to Kirk) Yeah, Kirk's wife.
NATE: Buddy the Butcher looks angry.
RORY: Oh, there's only three baskets left… so there will be hell to pay after that.
NATE: Poor Kirk.
RORY: Poor Kirk, indeed. (Adds) And to add to the excitement, it seems Taylor has brushed up on his auctioneer skills.
NATE: (Sees the bearded man at the podium) Ah, Taylor… now him, I remember. (We see Paris in the back turning her head and suddenly reacting to something behind her)
RORY: (Chuckles, and continues softly) He is unforgettable.
PARIS: Slap me now. (Some townies look over)
RORY: (Rory along with Nate suddenly look at her) What?
They follow her gaze.
PARIS: (Frozen) Tell me I'm dreaming.
RORY: (Sees what/who Paris is reacting to) Wow.
Camera cuts to a familiar short young-ish man – walking towards the town square.
PARIS: (Still a bit frozen) I feel like I should run to him.
RORY: (Surprised as well) Then I think you should run to him.
PARIS: (Takes a deep breath, and sprints) Wish me luck.
NATE: (To Rory) And that is?
RORY: Paris' ex-boyfriend… (they see Paris throw herself to Doyle and they start kissing. Rory corrects herself)… ex ex-boyfriend.
NATE: (As he looks on) Ah. A lot goes on at these town events…
EXT. STARS HOLLOW – INT. GAZEBO – A FEW MINUTES LATER…
Rory and Nate walk towards the gazebo as the town is seen dispersing after the auction. They are stopped by an inquisitive Taylor.
TAYLOR: (Imposes with a curious expression on his face) I'm sorry young man; have we met before?
NATE: (Lies) Oh… I… I don't know.
TAYLOR: You look so familiar.
NATE: Yes… yes… (nods) I have one of those faces. (Rory hides a chuckle)
TAYLOR: Are you sure we haven't met before?
They are interrupted by a nervous/terrified Kirk carrying a large box.
KIRK: (Eyeing the big man in the background, he tries to go about his business) Excuse me, Taylor… where do you want this box to go?
NATE: (Nods) Excuse us.
Nate and Rory step away as Taylor continues to look at Nate with a curious expression. We see Kirk follow Taylor's gaze.
Rory and Nate walk up and stairs and closer to Luke and Lorelai (who happen to be standing near one of the benches). Luke and Lorelai face Rory as the two get closer.
LORELAI: (Smiles) Hey.
RORY: Hey. (Gestures at Nate) Mom… Luke… I'd like you to meet Nate DiLuca.
LUKE: (Extends his hand) Nate… nice to meet you.
NATE: (With a nod, she shakes Luke's hand) Oh, the pleasure's all mine.
LORELAI: (Subtly raises her eyes at Rory with a smirk, then quickly looks over at Nate and shakes his hand) Hello Nate. You chose a very festive day to visit us.
NATE: It seems like it. I actually wrote about a similar event that occurred here six or so years ago. (Rory subtly starts to shake her head at her mother).
LORELAI: (Sees Rory's restraint) Oh? I bet everything looks the same six years later.
LUKE: (Adds as he pulls out some plates from the basket) This town never changes.
LORELAI: (Takes a step to reveal the basket) Oh, would you like to join us? We have plenty of food. (looks around) Where's Paris.
RORY: (Smirks) Oh, Paris is occupied.
LUKE: (Adds) There's lots of food.
NATE: (To Luke and Lorelai) That's very kind of you both, but I actually can't stay for long (Rory looks up at him at this. Nate looks down at Rory a bit)… I was actually hoping to speak to Rory about something.
LORELAI: Oh, sure… go ahead. (Places her hand on her stomach) As you can see I'm more than capable of finishing that basket on my own.
NATE: (Politely smiles) Thanks. (With one nod he continues) It was nice to meet you both.
LORELAI: (Smiles) It was nice to meet you too, Nate.
LUKE: See you around.
Nate and Rory start walking away together. As Rory turns, however, she gives Lorelai a look of confusion.
LORELAI: (Mouths) He's cute!
Rory frowns and walks down the steps with him.
LUKE: (As he serves some edibles on a plate) He seems like a nice guy.
LORELAI: (Looks on at the two) He does. (Remembers) Ooh, how about Nathan if it's a boy… and Natalie if it's a girl?
LUKE: (Rolls his eyes) You know you don't have to do that.
LORELAI: Do what?
LUKE: Pretend like you don't know the sex of the baby – just because I don't want to know.
LORELAI: (Sighs) Well, I'm not very comfortable with all this knowledge.
LUKE: (Hands her a plate) Here.
Scene cuts as Lorelai smiles at the plate of food that Luke handed.
EXT. STARS HOLLOW – A COUPLE OF MINUTES LATER
Rory and Nate walk over Nate's Touareg.
RORY: (Curiously) So what did you want to talk to me about?
NATE: (Leans his back against the vehicle) It's about New York.
RORY: Oh yeah?
NATE: (He looks down at his smart-key, then up at her) I'm leaving the Courant, Rory.
RORY: (Clearly surprised, she tries to hide it) Oh?
NATE: (Nods) Yeah, some time in April will be my last day. (Explains) Only because I promised Rob I'd help him find a replacement. (Raises his head, and looks directly at her)
RORY: (Takes a moment to catch it) I see. (Shakes her head) What are you trying to say?
RORY: (Thinks back to all the opportunities she was given the past couple of months) Wait a minute. You've been grooming me?
NATE: Well, I wouldn't use that term… but… you can't be a copy editor for the rest of your life.
RORY: (Looks down as she shakes her head) I'm assuming you're taking a job at the Times?
NATE: Yes. Well, kind of. (Sighs) I caved, Gilmore. I caved to those bastards. (Adds) But I'm going to be a part of a collaborative assignment.
RORY: (Curiously) Collaborative?
NATE: Yeah, New York Times, the BBC, American Express, and a bunch of other global awareness organizations.
RORY: (Confused, she rubs her forehead) Nate, what is this?
NATE: It's an assignment, a bunch of writers, a crew and a couple of diplomats are touring Africa this summer, trying to bring more awareness… we're going to start off at Darfur, and then work our way south from there. (Explains) You can see how they tempted me…
RORY: (Completely surprised, but at the same time knowingly continues) It's amazing, Nate! That's so you… I can completely see the next step in your life to be something like that.
RORY: (Curiously) So beyond the summer… you will stay on with the Times?
NATE: (Nods) That's the plan.
RORY: (Tries not to reveal her own feelings about it) Rob's probably depressed about the whole thing.
NATE: (Chuckles) He's a big guy, he'll survive.
RORY: (Remembers) Oh my god… what about the shelter? What's going to happen?
NATE: My father has agreed to help out until we find a more permanent solution. The lease to the building is up in May anyway.
RORY: (Shakes her head again) Wow… the New York Times is so lucky to have you.
NATE: (Pushes himself off and stands straight) Let's see how it works out.
RORY: (Swallows a bit) So you're leaving the Courant.
NATE: (Nods) In April.
RORY: (Smiles to hide her disappointment) Congratulations, Nate.
NATE: (Looks at Rory and smiles) Thanks. (Sighs) Anyway, I should get going. See ya, Rory.
RORY: (Takes a step back and let's Nate get in the driver's seat) See ya.
Rory watches as Nate drives away.
Cut to next scene…
EXT. STARS HOLLOW – INT. GAZEBO – SAME TIME…
Lorelai is eating a sandwich, and Luke is seated next to her drinking some water. His mind is clearly somewhere else.
LORELAI: (With her mouth slightly full) Oh my god, this turkey sandwich is awesome! (Looks over at her husband) Thank you, babe. (Sees his pensive mood) Hey…
LORELAI: (Sets the plate on the other side of the bench) Are you okay?
LUKE: (Sighs) I think want to know.
LORELAI: Know what?
LUKE: (Turns a bit to face Lorelai) I want to know the sex of our baby.
LORELAI: (Smiles) Are you sure?
LORELAI: (Takes a deep breath) I will tell you… on one condition…
LUKE: (Curiously) What is it?
LORELAI: It stays a secret, between the two of us… until that day arrives.
LUKE: (Nods) I promise.
Lorelai takes yet another deep breath and leans in to whisper into Luke's ear. As she moves back, we see Luke's expression. The sweetest smile appears on his face.
Next week on the Gilmore girls…
VOICE OVER: Emily and Richard have too much time on their hands…
VOICE OVER: Emily and Richard have too much time on their hands…
EMILY: (In her planning mode) Richard, we have to do something!
RICHARD: What do you suggest, Emily?
EMILY: Rory has been single for far too long.
EMILY: (To Rory in the dining room) Rory, your grandfather and I would like you to meet a friend of ours.
RORY: (Confused) A friend?
RICHARD: (Nods) Well, he's the son of a friend.
RORY: Oh no, not again grandma! I don't want to be fixed up…
EMILY: I assure you Rory… he is a very nice young man.
VOICE OVER: Luke and Lorelai's "middle" has been perfect so far…
LORELAI: (Leans in and kisses her husband before he leaves for work) Have a good day!
LUKE: (Moves away from the kiss, then touches her stomach and smiles) See you both at the diner.
A shot of Lorelai sitting at one of the tables in the diner, she looks up in a pensive mood.
VOICE OVER: … but will a visit from a mysterious woman stir the perfect life they've worked hard to achieve?
TALL BLONDE: (Smiles at Luke) Hey Luke.
Luke looks up in surprise.
LORELAI: (At the dragonfly kitchen, she is pacing) I don't know what's come over me!
VOICE OVER: Stay tuned as Andrea Parker guest stars on an all new Gilmore Girls next week…
I apologize for taking so long to update. But here it is - the final segment of this episode.
For anyone that figures out the title of this episode gets a virtual cookie. (This segment should give you a good idea).
As for Nate, I never imagined him being liked by so many of you. In fact, I'm quite overwhelmed by all readers that have responded in a positive way to my character. I thank you all for the support, but I'm uncertain about Nate's future. When I built the character, I had no intentions of keeping him for long. However, with each episode, it just felt right. His character just felt right. Is he a love-interest for Rory? Will he reciprocate Rory's burgeoning feelings? I don't know the answer to those. Not yet anyway.
Oh yeah, sex of the baby? Boy or Girl?
Reviews appreciated, as always.
DieHardJavaJunkie14, thank you so much for collaborating with me on the teaser!
Edited to add: It's a little late in the game, but I've decided to start posting my (Gilmore girls) season 8 series on LJ. When I started the series back in June of 2007, I had no idea how many readers would follow it. But after 14 episodes, I've decided that it needs a forum where readers, in addition to their generous feedback on the fanfiction sites, (if they so choose to) can freely discuss, complain, and throw things at me at the end of each segment. Please feel free to post your thoughts... (link can be found in my Author Profile).