The Breakup, Part II originally aired on March 15, 2001. It was written by Amy Sherman-Palladino and was directed by Nick Marck.
Episode 17 Overview: Rory is dealing with her break-up by tackling a long list of things to do, while Lorelei gives into her feelings for Max.
We open right where we left off in the previous episode- with Lorelei and Rory hugging in the hall. Rory tells her about her night, but doesn’t want to talk about why they broke up. Lorelei wants more details, because she knows there’s more to it than what Rory is saying. Rory gets rid of the stuff Dean gave her, and puts it in a box for Lorelei to take far away. Lorelei puts it in the hall closet, behind a bunch of other boxes.
Then, Rory wakes Lorelei up really early the next morning because she has a list of stuff they say they’re going to do, and then never do. Lorelei wants to sleep but instead gets up to find that Rory rearranged the furniture in the front room. Lorelei wants Rory to wallow by eating ice cream, watching sad movies and eating a lot of junk food.
Rory doesn’t want to be that kind of girl. Not only that, but she doesn’t think it will help. They take this weird trip to Luke’s because Rory wants to avoid every possible place that Dean could be. It was nice of Lorelei to indulge Rory, but also a little ridiculous, because it’s a small town and they’re going to run into each other eventually. I do understand not wanting to run into, but still. It’s going to happen.
They get to the diner, which is busy, and they have breakfast and coffee. Everyone’s heard by now, and Rory is all worried that everyone knows, which is why she feels like they’re all staring at her. Lorelei and Patty talk about it, and Lorelei tells Patty to spread the word about not talking to Rory about it. Kirk apologizes to Lorelei for not voicing his concerns about Dean earlier. It’s nice that everyone’s so protective of Rory, because they all love her.
Even Luke is protective, because he gets into a fight with Dean outside the diner. Lorelei breaks it up, and Rory checks on Dean but he just stalks off and ignores her. Sometimes, I wonder what Rory ever saw in Dean. Lorelei and Rory work on the list Rory made, and finally make it home. Babette comes over to talk to Rory, but Lorelei sends Babette back home. Rory is looking through her backpack, and finds a flier Madeleine gave her for a party she’s having. Rory wants to go, which surprises Lorelei, but Rory is insistent on going.
She ends up taking Lane so there’s a friendly face, so we see them getting ready. She doesn’t want to dwell on the break-up, but realizes she forgot to put the cornstarch in the box. Lorelei offers to take care of it. While they go off to the party, Lorelei puts the cornstarch in the Dean box, and finds the Max box she put together. She goes to Sookie’s house, where she finds Sookie waiting outside, because Jackson is cooking her dinner. He kicked her out because she kept trying to help him. She asks to borrow Sookie’s car, because she needs to go somewhere.
At the party, Lane is impressed with the house and Madeleine is excited Rory came. Louise asks if she and Dean broke up, but Rory lies and says he couldn’t make it. A few minutes later, Rory tells Paris they broke up. Paris keeps checking her watch, and tells Rory that her mom doesn’t think she’s enough of a people person, so she has to stay until a specific time. We learn Paris wants to get into cancer research. The only Korean guy at the party finds Lane, and Rory promises to come down with something horrible in a couple dances. Rory wanders around while Lane is dancing.
Meanwhile, Lorelei ends up at Max’s house, where they have make-up sex. They are still trying to figure out how to be together, but still can’t come up with a good solution.
At the party, Tristan breaks up with his girlfriend Summer, while Paris runs out of the house because she can finally leave. Lane is freaking out because she likes Henry, and she can’t believe she likes a guy her mom would approve of. Rory finds Tristan alone, and they talk about school. He kisses her, but she starts to cry, and leaves with Lane.
The episode ends with Lorelei coming home to find Rory on the couch, ready to wallow.
Favorite Scene: Jackson kicking Sookie out of her own kitchen
Pop Culture: Outkast is playing during the party
Final thoughts: We see the direct aftermath of Rory and Dean breaking up. I get not wanting to think about it, and wanting to be distracted, but putting it off isn’t going to help either. Dean ignoring Rory was pretty rude, but it seemed like he was still upset that Rory didn’t say she loved him. It’s not my favorite episode, but things do get moved along in this episode. It does what it needs to. It gets 3 mugs of coffee.