"Love, Daisies, and Troubadours"
Written by Daniel Palladino; directed by Amy Sherman-Palladino

Lorelai is woken up by someone banging around outside her house. She wakes Rory up, shocked that she’s slept through “the freaking Blue Man Group”; Rory says that her “insane mother Margot Kidder Gilmore” woke her up. Lorelai heads outside and finds Luke repairing the porch railing. He tells her that 6:30 in the morning was the only time he could do it. She starts yelling at him and he warns that she’s going to wake up the neighbors. Lorelai yells some more, then tries to go back inside, but she discovers that she’s locked herself out. Babette shows up and warns Lorelai that she’s going to wake up the whole neighborhood. Rory finally opens the door and Lorelai tells her to blame Luke, who has suddenly disappears. Lorelai tries to convince her daughter that he was really there and she’s not crazy. At the inn, Lorelai asks Michel to answer the phone; he says that he can’t, since he’s suffering from ennui. In the kitchen, Sookie is also suffering from ennui, since Michel told her about it and Sookie often becomes psychosomatically ill. Max calls Lorelai, just wanting to say hi and thank her for the previous evening. He says he wants to spend more time with her, and when he tries to hang up, Lorelai doesn’t want to say goodbye. After they finally wake up, Sookie says that Lorelai looks happy. Lorelai asks what the opposite of ennui is. “Off-ui,” Sookie replies, curing herself.

At home, Lorelai tells Rory about the dream she had the night before, which leads Rory to talk about her own dream. Lorelai tries to remember the name of the guy in her dream; neither girl can, so Rory calls him Johnny McShort-and-Fat. Lorelai heads out to the porch, where Luke is doing more repairs, and asks him the guy’s name. As they banter about it, Rory finds the Dean box Lorelai that stashed in the closet (see “The Breakup, Part 2”). Lorelai tells her that she kept all of Rory’s Dean-related things because she thought she might want them some day. She put them next to her Max box so that the two boxes could talk about their pasts with Gilmore girls. Instead of being upset, Rory thanks her and looks through the things. Downtown, Lane tells Rory that a girl at school told her she was cheerleader material. Rory isn’t listening and suddenly announces that she’s decided she’s going to go into Doose’s Market. Lane points out that it’s Thursday, a day that Dean works, but Rory wants to go in anyway. Lane excitedly thinks that they’re getting back together; she’s happy that the old Rory might be coming back. Rory goes in and, since she looks suspicious, gets stopped by Taylor. She assures him that she’s not going to steal anything and asks if the checkout guy is there. Taylor thinks she’s talking about someone else, so Rory leaves. Rory thinks that since Dean wasn’t there, he’s moved on. Lane assures her that she hasn’t seen Dean with another girl and that he’s miserable without Rory.

At Chilton, Tristan criticizes Rory’s decorations in her locker, then offers her a ticket to a P.J. Harvey concert. She tells him that she can’t date him. Paris, Madeline, and Louise pass by and Madeline asks to borrow Rory’s notes from biology. After Rory agrees and leaves, the others discuss Judy Garland on the way to Paris’ locker. She runs into Tristan there and he tells her and the others that he’s taking Rory to the P.J. Harvey concert. Madeline and Louise are surprised, since they didn’t think Rory liked him, and Paris is just upset. In Stars Hollow, Lorelai passes Miss Patty’s studio and runs into Rachel, who says that she hasn’t seen Luke and is wondering if Lorelai knows where he is. Lorelai says that he’s probably still fixing things up at her house, which Rachel isn’t thrilled about. Lorelai passes the town troubadour, who suddenly has some competition. At home, she thinks she has an intruder and grabs an umbrella just in case. The intruder happens to be Luke, who came in through the back door, since the lock is broken. Lorelai stops him from fixing anything else, since he’s been spending all of his free time at her place instead of with Rachel. He realizes that she’s right and he’s been hiding from Rachel. He says that he’s used to living alone and having everything stay where he puts it, and not having someone waiting for him to come home. He thinks he’s a loner and that having Rachel back for real hasn’t lived up to the fantasies he always had. Lorelai advises him not to compare everything to desire and try to make the situation work.

Rory goes to Dean’s house, where Dean’s little sister Clara (Scout Taylor-Compton) asks her if she’s there to see Dean. Rory lies that she’s a Girl Scout, but Clara recognizes her from photos in Dean’s room. Rory tries to determine if the photos are still being displayed; she tries to get Clara to sneak into his bedroom, but she upsets her. Rory hears Dean in the house and takes off. Clara tells Dean that the Girl Scout scared her and Dean spots Rory running off. That night, Lorelai, Rory, and Max walk around downtown, having gone shopping for supplies to sustain them during a town meeting. Max gives the girls Ring Pops and they try to pretend that they’re too old for them; they subvert their claim when they trade flavors and get excited. The three of them head to the meeting, which is already in progress, and which Clara and Dean are attending. Lorelai votes on something, even though she doesn’t know what it’s about, and Taylor catches her. He chastises her for bringing food and she lies that it’s diapers, then says, “Dorsal fins and Cucamonga.” She explains to Max that she just confuses Taylor until he loses his train of thought and moves on. Taylor opens the floor and the original town troubadour announces that there isn’t enough room in town for two troubadours. Taylor doesn’t think the discussion is substantial; Morey supports it and Taylor says that he and Babette are both on probation after an insult Babette yelled at him earlier.

Troubadour #1 and the other townies want to set up some rules about troubadours, but Taylor wants more information first. Troubadour #1 says that he won’t reveal where he lives or works because he doesn’t want to ruin the “troubadour mystique.” Troubadour #2 says that he runs a Kinko’s and #1 says that he doesn’t respect the code. Taylor accuses #1 of running a money-making scheme, despite the fact that he doesn’t accept payment for his songs. He wonders why else the troubadour would be singing randomly in town. Rory gives an impassioned speech about trying to say something but the words won’t come out and trying to express what you’re thinking. Clara whispers to Dean, “That’s the Girl Scout.” Taylor declares #1 the official town troubadour and Lorelai throws a fry at Luke. He tells her that he should get back to the diner, since Rachel is running things while he’s out. Luke leaves and Max kisses Lorelai as Rory notices that Dean has left. Luke returns to the diner and is greeted by Rachel, who has packed her things and is leaving Stars Hollow once again. He’s not surprised and asks if this is because of another guy. She says that it’s because of another girl - one in his life. Luke tells her she’s crazy and she can’t leave because of him. Rachel doesn’t think that his heart was really in their reconciliation. Luke asks who the other girl is, but Rachel doesn’t have to answer for him to figure it out. He tells her again that he and Lorelai are just friends, but Rachel doesn’t believe him. As she leaves, she tells Luke not to wait too long to share his real feelings with Lorelai.

Rory meets up with Louise and Madeline at Chilton, but now they don’t want to talk to her and are calling her Mary again (see “The Lorelais’ First Day at Chilton”), though this time it’s Typhoid instead of Virgin. Paris tells Rory that she made a mistake by letting her guard down and it won’t happen again. She thinks that Rory uses people to get what she wants and she’s been making enemies when she should have been making friends. Rory wonders why she’s so upset and thinks it’s because she set Paris up with Tristan (see “The Third Lorelai”). Paris brings up P.J. Harvey and tells her that Tristan said they’re going to the concert together. Rory says that he lied, but Paris doesn’t care, since she’s over Tristan and would rather focus on her extracurriculars for next year. She asks if Rory is going out for the school newspaper (she is) and points out that she’ll need a faculty recommendation and support from the student editor. Unfortunately for Rory, Paris is the new student editor. At home, Lorelai answers the door, thinking that Max is there for their date, and is surprised to see Luke. He’s come to get his toolbox and to tell Lorelai that Rachel left. Before he can tell her why, Max arrives and gets to meet Luke for the first time. Luke gets in a few comments about how much he does for Lorelai and how often he sees her, but Max seems secure in his position as the boyfriend.

Luke leaves before things get too competitive and Max asks Lorelai what exactly he walked in on. He thinks that Luke and Lorelai dated while he and Lorelai were broken up, since he dated a little as well, but Lorelai assures him that nothing happened between them. Max picked up a vibe and Lorelai wonders who he dated while they were apart. She admits that she slept with Christopher (see “Christopher Returns”) and Max decides that he wants to change the subject. He wonders why they let things get weird between them just when things are looking up again. He says there’s only one thing they can do to ensure that they don’t get derailed again. Lorelai thinks he means that they should break up, but he thinks that they should get married. She thinks he’s kidding, but he’s not. She argues that a proposal can’t come from a fight - it has to be planned and magical and romantic. “There should be a thousand yellow daisies and candles and a horse” and generally more than what they have right now. Max agrees and suggests that they start the evening over. At Chilton, Tristan tracks Rory down and asks if she wants to meet him at the concert. She reminds him that she’s not going and he wonders why she’s so mad at him. She tells him that it’s because he told everyone they were going out and has ruined any chance she had to be friends with Paris. They fight and Tristan grabs her books, telling her she’ll get them back when she agrees to go out with him.

Rory starts to leave and spots Dean in the parking lot. He decides that it’s a bad time and starts to leave. Rory assures him that Tristan is just being annoying, but Dean thinks that there’s something going on between them. He explains that he came because he knows Rory went to his house and he thought she wanted to talk to him. She learns that he has a Rory box full of Rory-related items. He tells her that he knew she was thinking about him during her speech at the town meeting, but she says that she didn’t know what she was talking about. Rory promises again that Tristan isn’t her boyfriend, but he doesn’t believe her. She stops him from leaving and he asks why he should stay. “Because I love you, you idiot!” she exclaims. They kiss as Tristan quietly returns Rory’s books. Lorelai heads to the inn, where Michel is arguing with Kirk, who has just delivered a bunch of unordered flowers. Kirk’s orders say that Lorelai has to be there to personally accept them. Inside, Lorelai is shocked to see a thousand yellow daisies filling the inn. Kirk notes that she’s right - there are exactly a thousand. Lorelai calls Max, who tells her that he couldn’t find a horse. He says that she was right and he shouldn’t have proposed the way he did the night before, but he did so because he loves her. He adds that he teaches lessons in life and he wants to be able to follow his own advice. Max says that he doesn’t want an answer to the proposal just yet - he wants Lorelai to think about it first. Lorelai heads downtown, passing both troubadours; #1 allows #2 to join him for a song. Lorelai goes to Luke’s, having made plans to meet Rory, and tells him that she’s excited about something. She gives him a daisy, saying that everyone in town gets one. She meets up with Rory outside and they jump up and down, excited to share their good news with each other.

WELCOME TO STARS HOLLOW: Clara

MEMORABLE QUOTES: “Luke, we sleep around here. Okay? We like it. It makes us pretty and keeps us from killing our crazy friends.” - Lorelai

“Look, I’ve had my peace with the fact that everyone who calls here is a notch above brain dead, and that the pennies I am thrown each week are in exchange for me dealing with these people in a nonviolent manner.” - Michel

Max: “You’ve been talking about these town meetings for months. I’ve got to see one for myself.”
Lorelai: “Well, they’re never dull.”
Rory: “And if you’re lucky, you’ll see some crazy lady throwing French fries at the people she disagrees with, like last time.”
Max: “So, were they cold?”
Lorelai: “No, I was just full.”

“Because sometimes you have something you need to say but you can’t because the words won’t come out or you get scared or you feel stupid, so if you could write a song and sing it, then you could say what you need to say and it would be beautiful and people would listen and you wouldn’t make a complete idiot out of yourself, but all of us can’t be songwriters, so some of us will never be able to say what we’re thinking or what we want other people to know that we’re thinking, so we’ll never get the chance to make things right again, ever. (pause) So give this guy a license.” - Rory, in defense of troubadour #1

Luke: “I forgot my toolbox, so I just thought I’d come pick it up.”
Lorelai: “Oh, yeah. It’s right over here. Rory and I couldn’t lift it or we would’ve brought it to you, and then we got used to having it here, so we named it Bert and we’d say, ‘Good night, Bert,’ and it’d say, ‘Good night, girls,’ and we spend too much time home alone.”


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