Lorelai and Rory are both told to make an effort to socialise if they want the headmaster to write Rory a good reference for her Harvard application.
Lorelai and Sookie encounter some problems as they try to make arrangements for opening an inn. Elsewhere, somebody plays a practical joke at the market.
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.
Lorelai's well-intentioned advice does not dissuade Luke from reluctantly agreeing to care for his wild teenage nephew, Jess.