This episode is a fan favourite, with many enjoying the chance to to see Rory actually hang out with some friends the same age. Most stories have Rory and Paris interacting at Chilton, and this is a rare time that they get to be in Stars Hollow, in Rory’s world. Paris is able to relax and have a good time away from the stress and competition of school.
Paris actually likes matching wits with Jess and talking about literature with him. She’s someone who doesn’t suffer fools gladly, and doesn’t respect people who are easily browbeaten, so for her to enjoy Jess’ company is significant. It seems as if Rory has found a guy who gets along well with at least one of her friends. Unfortunately, we are never again treated to a scene of these three hanging out and having a good time together. What a shame!