P.S. I Lo… originally aired May 3, 2001. It was written by Elaine Arata and Joan Binder Weiss and was directed by Lev L. Spiro.
Brief Summary: Rory goes to Richard and Emily’s house after having a fight with Lorelei.
We open with Rory and Lorelei playing 1,2,3 at the diner. Luke, of course, wants to know what they’re playing, and watches as Kirk is Lorelei’s choice. Rory’s first guy is Dean, and they stop playing.
Max calls Lorelei, and Lane and Rory are talking as they walk through town. Lane tells Rory that Dean doesn’t work at Doosey’s on Wednesdays, while Lorelei later runs into Luke at the Cat Club. He went shopping to get Rachel a birthday present, but hates going to the mall. Lorelei volunteers to go shopping for him and will pick out a few potential presents.
Dean is Lane’s partner for a science project, which is awfully convenient. Mrs. Kim has very specific rules for them working together, and they talk about Rory. Lane mentions how Rory can’t go into Doosey’s, because Dean works there. As much as I like Rory, not going into the market because Dean might be in there is a little weird. It’s a small town, you can’t avoid places just because your ex-boyfriend might there. Rory walks in and finds them working on the project, and leaves immediately.
The next morning, Lorelei wakes up Rory, and wants her to skip school so they can go shopping together. Rory goes to school instead, and Lorelei gets a great present for Rachel and a bunch of clothes for Luke, who is insistent that he doesn’t want it.
At Chilton, Rory isn’t paying attention in Mr. Medina’s class, and he wants to talk to her after class. He’s worried about her, and mentions her break-up with Dean. Rory is confused as to why he knows about her and Dean, and she learns that Lorelei and Max have been talking for a while, and are now back together.
Back at Luke’s, he’s trying on the clothes Lorelei got, and says he’s going to return them later on. Meanwhile, Lane is waiting for Rory at the bus stop with coffee, and apologizes for not telling her that she was studying with Dean. Lane didn’t want to make Rory sad, because Rory gets sad every time someone brings up Dean. Rory doesn’t want anyone to protect her, and that she’d get over Dean faster if people stopped protecting her. I totally get Lane’s point, and Rory in this scene was kind of annoying.
Rory and Lorelei talk about how Lorelei didn’t tell Rory about Max- Lorelei didn’t want to share her happy news when Rory was so sad about Dean and because she wanted to give Rory some space. Rory mentions Lorelei breaking up with guys a lot, so she’s not expecting the thing with Max to last long. Lorelei stops at the market while Rory goes home…only she goes to Richard and Emily’s instead. Lorelei arrives at home to find that Rory isn’t there.
When Rory arrives at Richard and Emily’s, they’re getting ready to go to a fundraiser. Richard pays the cab driver and Rory goes inside. Random thought- why did Rory take a cab instead of taking the bus?
Anyway, Rory tells them she had a fight with Lorelei, and didn’t know where to go. She apologizes for ruining their night, and goes to bed early. Lorelei is all worried about Rory, because she has no idea where Rory is. Emily calls Lorelei, who wants to go get Rory, but Emily says to wait until morning so everyone can have some time to think and calm down. The next morning, Rory goes off to school, and Emily mentions that she talked to Lorelei, who wasn’t mad at Rory for leaving, but was really worried.
Lorelei is walking home from Luke’s, after a night of not sleeping well, and sees Dean in the market, so she goes to talk to him. I really hated how Lorelei went off on Dean, who did tell her about why they broke up. I’m not the biggest fan of Dean, but I do think he has a point when he says that he’s tired of everyone blaming him for the break-up and how he’s tired of everyone treating him like he’s the bad guy. I mean, everyone’s so willing to blame Dean, and it’s like the thought that Rory might have had something to do with it never crossed their mind.
Lorelei goes to talk to Rory, and tells Rory that she doesn’t want Rory to make the same mistakes she does, in terms of relationships. Rory finally talks about the break-up, they make up, and they go home. The episode ends with Lorelei calling people to tell them she’s dating Max.
Favorite line/scene: Mrs. Kim: “I see all.”
Rory: “Don’t take this personally, but get out.”
Richard: “Rory, I’m sorry you’re upset, but I applaud your timing.”
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Final thoughts: I really liked this episode, which is the last one BEFORE the season finale. Things are getting wrapped up for the finale, which I’ll talk about next week. I really can’t think of anything I want to add, so this episode gets 4 mugs of coffee. I didn’t love this episode, but it’s still pretty good.