Lorelai's well-intentioned advice does not dissuade Luke from reluctantly agreeing to care for his wild teenage nephew, Jess.
Emily is concerned about Richard's increased pressure at work and decides that Rory's debut at a society ball will be just the thing to cheer him up.
With the wedding cancelled, Lorelai is eager to escape the town's cloying sympathy and takes Rory on a road trip, ultimately leading to Harvard University.
During a wild hen party hosted by Sookie, Lorelai makes an impulsive phone call to Rory's father, Christopher. Events lead her to realise Max may not be the man for her...