Did Rory really leave for college? She is still finding her way back to Star's Hollow at the drop of the hat. After trying the verbal assualt with the tree squatter, finally Rory throws money at her problem and gets her study tree back. Emily makes Lorelai and Sookie jump through hoops for a catering gig. Jason drops the bomb on Emily's world w/r/t her launch party planning. Emily is feeling obsoleted in the new world order. Kirk's dating hijinks were funny, and playing off Luke's disinterest helped the humor.