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, which gets Taylor in a dither and prompts him to confront Luke about Jess.
Sookie notices that Lorelai is having trouble attaining closure on her relationship with Max. Rory has an important drama assignment.
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.
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.