(The phone rings as Rory and Lorelai walk in their front door.)
EMILY: I’ve been trying to get you all afternoon.
EMILY: You already said that.
LORELAI: But someone hasn’t.
LORELAI: There we go.
EMILY: You are impossible to reach.
LORELAI: Well there’s no messages on the machine, Mom.
EMILY: I don’t leave messages. If I wanted to talk to a machine I’d talk to my VCR. Where were you?
LORELAI: At a wake.
EMILY: A what?
LORELAI: A wake…a funeral.
EMILY: A funeral? Whose?
LORELAI: It was for the neighbors’ —
(Rory motions Lorelai not to say it.)
LORELAI: — cat.
(Lorelai mouths ‘what?’ Emily doesn’t say anything.)
EMILY: Hold on. I’m looking up anyuresm in our medical dictionary to see if I just had one.
LORELAI: I just wanted to be honest with you, Mom. Silly me.
EMILY: A cat?
LORELAI: Yeah, a cat. It was a cat’s funeral.
EMILY: You skipped your own cousin’s funeral for a cat’s funeral?
LORELAI: Not my cousin, mom. My father’s grandmother’s sister’s girl who I’ve never —
EMILY: You said you couldn’t be away from the inn.
LORELAI: Well I couldn’t at the time bt I worked it out.
EMILY: For a cat?
LORELAI: It’s late. I have a big day tomorrow, Mom.
EMILY: Oh, what? You’re going to a racoon’s wedding?
LORELAI: Good-night, Mother.
(Lorelai hangs up.)
LORELAI: Aaagh! She’s working for a sedative manufacturer. Keeping that demand sky-high.
RORY: You shouldn’t have told her.
LORELAI: Well I don’t know what to tell and what to hide.
LORELAI: So we never did quite settle the whole dating-your-teacher issue. I won’t go out with him if you don’t want me to.
RORY: You can go out with whoever you want.
LORELAI: It’s whoever we want.
RORY: Well I’m certainly not going to go out with him ’cause that would be really weird.
LORELAI: But I mean it. I won’t see him if you don’t want me to.
LORELAI: You know, if there’s anything that makes you feel uncomfortable, big or small, then he’s out of there.
RORY: Good to know.
LORELAI: Because you know it’s not like I’m desperate. I mean, there are plenty of other guys out there.
RORY: Sure are.
LORELAI: And it’s not like I have to ask your permission. I mean, this is a courtesy.
(Rory goes into her room and closes the door. On the other side of the door, Lorelai raises her voice to be heard.)
LORELAI: OK, so I’m going to be up for a while, if you want to get back to me on this.
RORY: I know where you are.
(Lorelai starts to leave. Rory opens the door and sticks her head out.)
RORY: Hey, do you think you could keep him out really late on Thursday night because I have this oral exam on Friday that I’d really love him to sleep through.
LORELAI: I’ll do my best.