It was a little annoying that last season's cliffhanger was just resolved off-screen, like "oh, Elizabeth and Phillip just decided to stay, that's the end of it." Obviously we knew they'd have to stay for the sake of the show, but still, some more insight into their thought process would've been good.
And yeah, quite a bit of digging. How did they know where the body was buried?
George Michael weighed his options. Maeby had chastised him for not taking risks, and what would be a bigger risk than perpetuating a lie about software just to ignite the passions of a woman? Of course it would be a lie, and since Maeby wouldn't know it was a lie, he wouldn't appear to be taking a risk. Perhaps the bigger risk was to tell his father he was lying, that he came up with it because he wanted his father to leave so he could enjoy what remained of his senior year. After all, he wondered, wouldn't that be the course of action taken by an overtly sexual man, a man who owns a pair of matador pants? He had not responded now for 41 seconds according to his unfailing internal clock, and it was time to come clean.
Yes, and heck yes. I guess they're working on the assumption people will buy that they really might kill off Rory so 'Ooooh, tension!' but when they pull the same trick nearly every week it loses its impact.