The weekly dinner in Hartford is delayed a while as Richard tinkers with his new antique car. The car is the latest in a long list of activities Richard has taken on in quick succession to while away his empty post-retirement hours. Rory gives him a new way to spend his time when she asks him to be the parent adviser for her economics class project. Although he agrees reluctantly and under pressure, he quickly warms to the idea, jumping into the project with both feet when he finds Paris' proposal for a fashionable first aid kit a sure winner.
Unfortunately the kit loses to another group's creation, a faulty locker alarm, at the school business fair and Richard takes it rather personally. But it leads him to the realization that he doesn't like being retired and wants to return to work. Not his old job, but maybe consulting or teaching. Emily, although glad he's smiling again, thinks he may have gone around the bend.
While Rory is spending a large chunk of her time working on the first aid kit project, Dean is spending his time trying to track her down to spend more time with her. His calls and pages and invitations and extra attention in general have her wishing he'd just go back to his normally less attentive self. When Lorelai talks to Dean about it, he tells her that he wants things to go back to the way they used to be, too, but he doesn't want to lose Rory. When Dean takes Lorelai's advice and calls Rory only once a day, she doesn't even call him back because she has plans to hang out with Lane and maybe stop by Luke's. Dean figures this means she's into Jess.
Lorelai is also facing an upset Sookie whose wedding invitations have arrived, but with someone else's name on them, and an angry Michel since she mentioned his low-carb diet to his mother, turning her into an inquisitive parent and ruining their fun but superficial relationship.