After Rory's rejection at the New York Times, Rory sends out multitudes of resumes and plans a roller coaster vacation with Lorelai. Rory still feels bad about the breakup with Logan, but Lorelai reassures her the pain will decrease in time. Meanwhile, Lorelai figures her shot with Luke has come and gone. Luke meets with his sister, Liz, and tells her the same. He did, however, previously pick out an extra necklace, as a backup for his present for Rory, and Liz notes it really is for Lorelai.
Since the townspeople of Stars Hollow couldn't come to Rory's graduation, they have decided on a reenactment next week. Unfortunately, it isn't to be, because Rory does get a job after all, covering Barack Obama and she starts in three days.
The reenactment is canceled, but Luke soldiers on to throw a graduation party, for Rory and to please Lorelai.
When it becomes clear that rain will ruin the party, Luke refuses to give up and creates makeshift tents.
The whole town shows up to bid farewell to Rory. Kirk has even made a sash for her.
Lorelai thanks Sookie for the party, but Sookie tells her Luke was responsible for it. Lorelai thanks Luke, and he tells her he just wanted to see her happy. They kiss.
It's early in the morning, and the Gilmores Girls stop at Luke's Diner. Without any direct comment, Rory picks up on that Lorelai and Luke are once again together and Rory is happy. Luke quietly prepares their orders in the background.
- Rory's hero, Christiane Amanpour, guest stars.
- The final scene of the series echoes the final scene of the first episode, where the camera pulls out from Luke's diner and into the street.