Rory (Alexis Bledel) asks Dean (Jared Padalecki) to accompany her to a formal dance at Chilton, but the lovely evening is spoiled when they fall asleep together after the dance, leading to a fight between Rory's grandmother (Kelly Bishop) and her mom (Lauren Graham) over who has been a worse mother.
Spurred by Emily's comments at a Gilmore women only Friday Night Dinner, Lorelai tries to encourage Rory to consider going to a Chilton Formal Dance. Rory eventually decides she wants to and asks Dean to be her date. Lorelai makes Rory's dress for the dance, but has a minor accident and hurts her back. Emily insists on seeing Rory off to the dance and, upon realising Lorelai is injured, further insists that she stick around to help and ends up caring for Lorelai, even tucking her in.
Tristan's increasingly apparent feelings for Rory cause him to lash out at her at the dance, and Dean, who gets fed up and almost gets into a fight with Tristan. Rory appreciates Dean's actions, but is oblivious to the reason behind Tristan's perceived malice, which Dean clarifies for her: Tristan's in love with her. After waking up around dawn the next morning at Miss Patty's, having fallen asleep, Rory panics and rushes home to find Emily degrading Lorelai, insinuating that Rory will get pregnant at 16 too. Lorelai defends Rory, but takes her pain out on her daughter once Rory appears and everyone is upset.
- A drowsy Lorelai calls Emily 'mommy'.
- Paris' mother pays Paris' cousin Jacob to accompany her to the formal.
- Jacob also hits on Rory.
- Louise hits on Dean right in front of Rory, but Dean makes it clear he is uninterested.
- Rory and Dean define their relationship.
- "We're All Light" by XTC
- "Mixed Bizness" by Beck
- "Sometimes Always" by Jesus and Mary Chain
- "Thirteen" by Big Star
- "Fade Into You" by Mazzy Star
- The Portable Dorothy Parker by Dorothy Parker and Brendan Gill
- The Group by Mary McCarthy
- The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
- A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams
- Midnight Express
- Sixteen Candles
- Fried Green Tomatoes
- A Streetcar Named Desire
- The Outsiders
- Gone with the Wind
- Double Indemnity
- Lane – No, you have to do this now.
- Rory – Why?
- Lane – Because I have to go home soon and my mom threw out our TV after she caught me watching V.I.P.
- Lorelai – Become a crazy Oscar Levant kind of celebrity, go on talk shows, heckle Regis.
- Tristan – The guy's supposed to buy the tickets.
- Rory – Really? Does Susan Faludi know about this?
- Tristan – Look, I'll confess something to you. I don't have a date.
- Rory – I hear Squeaky Fromme is up for parole soon.
- Lorelai – Wow, Mom, look at you. You'd think Ann Taylor was having a sale or something.
- Lorelai – Hey, Dean, meet my mother, Emily Post.
- Lorelai – You know, Mom, you have a Barbara Stanwyck-y voice.
- Emily – Oh, I do not.
- Lorelai – I mean it. You could have gotten Fred MacMurray to off Dad if you'd really wanted to.
- Dean (to Tristan) – Get out of my way, Dristan.