Episode 4.4 "Chicken or Beef" One of my favorite TV writers, Jane Espenson, wrote this episode, and she got the Gilmore Girls cadence down pretty well. And since she also wrote an episode of "The O.C." she was able to slip in the fact that Dave (Lane's on-again-off-again boyfriend) took off for California to attend college (while the actor, Adam Brody, is now on "The O.C.", as Seth, which is set in California). The dialogue was pretty sharp and snappy, a return to form. Almost didn't recognize Michel with hair. That body odor/French joke was chuckle-producing. Lorelai's use of Persis Khambatta to needle Rory with her new haircut was classic. (For those who don't get the pop cultural reference, she was the actress who was bald in Star Trek: The Motion Picture from 20+ years ago). I really wanted to see Lorelai rough up Taylor, but the quid pro quo worked out in the end. Rory looked really confused and hurt at the last scene as she looks on Dean's wedding from afar. Alexis did a nice job capturing those internal emotions within Rory. With the shorter hair, Rory looks like she's around 21, not 18, but I'm starting to look the cut as the episode wore on. I'm looking forward to more Jane Espenson, so I hope she pens more of them.