Both Rory and Lorelai have now found a romantic partner – in fact, it seems as if Rory getting a boyfriend is partly what convinces Lorelai that the timing is now right for her to date Max.
But their new romances mean they have to reconsider other relationships. Lorelai must rewrite the rules she made up to protect Rory when she was young. As Rory already knows Lorelai’s boyfriend Max and sees him every weekday, there is no point in keeping him away from her.
Meanwhile, Rory realises that her happiness in having a boyfriend has made her selfish and dismissive toward her best friend Lane. This has brought on the first fight we see Lane and Rory have. Rory knows she shouldn’t take Lane for granted, and vows to make more effort to include her in her life.