Another strong effort. The Palladinos have always liked to do a bait and switch, where it starts out funny and then about halfway through they hit you with a gut punch. They've sort of refined that technique here, with a very cheery teaser and goofy roommate stuff followed by escalating disaster. I loved it, though - I really identified with Rory, who has always done everything well, suddenly finding in college that she's not the smartest kid on the block any more, and for the first time really finding that she does, in fact, have limitations. And Lorelei's situation was a good parallel; when you're in over your head, there comes a point where everything seems to go wrong at once, when actually it's just you being pushed past what you can handle. Good use of Marion Ross, too. I don't think she acted markedly different this time, but the situation was tense enough that what had before looked sort of funny - she does to Emily what Emily does to Lorelei - now looked outright cruel. The lunch scene also brought out the best in Edward Herrmann; I love how Richard never quite seems to know what to make of his daughter, and often seems vaguely disapproving, but becomes ferocious as soon as someone attacks her. All that and Lane starting to look a little less sympathetic, but still mostly likable and interesting, too. Amy & Dan can sure pack a lot into one hour of TV.