This show has sort of been lost in the Tuesday-night shuffle, what with it being in reruns and with all the talk of how entertaining "Andy Richter Controls The Universe" is and "Buffy" isn't and is "Watching Ellie" doomed before it starts... Anyway, it's worth noting that the producers of "Gilmore Girls" will be submitting the show to the Emmys as a comedy, rather than a drama, this year. While this hopefully means easy wins for writing, Lauren Graham and Kelly Bishop, I wonder if it's also affecting how they write the show. This episode of "Gilmore Girls" isn't completely missing the turn toward melancholy that often typifies the series (as the last new episode did), but it does stay pretty goofy throughout. It was fun to see Paris and Jess meet for the first time. It shows how these characters have grown that they didn't try to out-bitter each other, but instead wound up debating literature at Rory's dinner table. Part of this stems from how they've had to change Paris's motivations without Tristan around - she's become Rory's comedically insecure friend rather than the nasty rival she was during the first season. The whole Rory/Jess/Dean situation is fun to watch, too - as likable as Dean is, what he and Rory talk about/do together is sort of an open question. Jess, for all his legion of faults, clearly has more to offer Rory in some areas - and I think Dean's realizing that before Rory. I didn't think the other thread - Emily trying to make her relationship with Lorelei more like Lorelei's relationship with Rory - really worked quite as well. Having Emily chatter like the younger Gilmores seemed fake, but not like it was supposed to feel fake. I also worry because Emily's the character that slips back into charicature the easiest after these types of stories. Also, lots of folks sitting this one out. I don't really expect to see Richard on a weekly basis, but having no Sookie, Lane, or Michel (and very little of Luke) made me feel something was missing, especially Lane - she's usually Rory's accomplice/confidant in these situations.