By the end of the episode, both Lorelai and Rory are in the same situation. They have both been romantically pursued by a male, and given him the impression they would prefer to be left alone. Both Girlmore girls have to tell the guy they actually are interested in dating him to keep him hanging around. Both of them have kept their romantic lives a secret from the other; Lorelai has been found out, while Rory keeps quiet about Dean – Lorelai is already getting suspicious though.
Throughout the first season, the relationship between Rory and Dean was constantly in parallel with Lorelai’s relationship with Max.