Gilmore Girls 3×15: Face-Off

Face-Off originally aired February 18, 2003.  This episode was written by John Stephens and was directed by Kenny Ortega.

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Face-Off opens with Taylor going over the details of his upcoming family reunion with Lorelei, who needs Rory to pretend to be sick so Lorelei doesn’t have to talk to Taylor anymore.  He also gives them buttons that show support for the Stars Hollow High hockey team making it to the championship or finals or whatever.

Richard’s mom Trix is going to be staying with Emily and Richard while her floors are getting re-done, which isn’t going over well with Emily.  Lorelei has a date with Alex after Friday night dinner, while Rory is waiting for Jess to call.  When she tells Lorelei about her night the next day, we learn that it never occurred to Rory to call Jess.  Rory wants to know why Lorelei asks her if she’s going to tell Jess before starting to compare Jess and Dean.  Lorelei says it’s not fair to compare them because Dean and Jess are different, and that Rory got lucky with Dean as a first boyfriend.

Mrs. Kim set Lane up with someone, and it makes Dave jealous.  Dave even runs to the hockey game to check on Lane and Yung Chu, and finds out Yung Chu has a girlfriend.

Rory ends up going to the hockey game since Jess still hasn’t called to make plans.  Lane is wondering if everything is okay, since Rory is there without Jess.  Rory and Lane run into a girl named Lindsay, who acts a little weird around Rory.  Lane tells Rory that some people at Stars Hollow High think that Rory thinks she better then them because Rory is going to Chilton, but it turns out that the weirdness is because Lindsay and Dean are dating.  Lane keeps asking Rory if she’s okay, and Rory says she’s find because it had to happen sometime.  Lane feels bad for not knowing, but Rory says it’s not a big deal.

Meanwhile, Jess shows up at Rory’s to find she’s not there, and is really surprised that she’s not home.  Lorelei pretty much tells him to get it together before going to Emily’s to drop off some things for something Trix is planning.  When Emily gets back to her house, she finds Trix kissing a man in a jogging suit before leaving the house.  Emily is in an especially good mood because she has something on Trix, and accidentally spills the beans when Trix pushes Emily a little too far.  Emily apologizes to Trix later than evening.

After the hockey game is over (and Stars Hollow High loses the game), Dean and Rory talk.  He wasn’t sure how to tell Rory about him and Lindsay.  Rory leaves a message for Jess, ranting about how she’s not going to going to wait around for Jess to call her, because she wants specific plans, not a vague we’ll hang out later. She also mentions that she’s spoiled and likes being spoiled, and Jess is just going to have to deal with it, otherwise he’ll have to find someone else.  She leaves the rink to find Jess waiting for her with tickets to the Distillers concert.

What I Thought:

I don’t really have thoughts on the Emily and Trix stuff, so I’m just going to talk about Rory and Jess, who both really annoyed me in this episode.

I’m surprised it took so long for Rory to compare Jess and Dean…at least, a comparison that we see on screen.  Jess doesn’t strike me as the type of guy who calls someone to make plans, and at this point, you’d think Rory would actually know this.

And her whole I’m spoiled and I like being that way, and Jess is just going to have to deal with it?  Good heavens, I wanted to smack Rory for that.  It is one of the things I dislike about Rory, because she seems pretty used to getting what she wants and she does seem to have this big sense of entitlement.

Also: Dean moving on.  I’m not surprised that she thought Dean would still be pining after her.  Rory says it’s fine that he moved on, because it had to happen eventually, but I wonder if it’s really okay with her.  I could be reading too much into it, but given what we’ve seen of her up to this point (and Rory in seasons to come) it does seem like Rory to be taken off-guard and hoping he’s still pining after her.

Favorite Or Funny Moment Or Line:

Nothing really jumped out at me in this episode.

Pop Culture:

Michael Moore’s documentaries, Miss Manners

Let’s Rate It:

I was pretty annoyed with how Rory acted in this episode, and I thought it was an okay episode.  I think it does bring up some interesting things we’ll see later on, but it’s definitely not one of my favorite episodes. Face-Off gets 2 mugs of coffee.

Gilmore Girls 3×14: Swan Song

Swan Song originally aired February 11, 2003.  This episode was written by Daniel Palladino and was directed by Chris Long.

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We open this episode with a Friday night dinner, where Emily has spent quite a bit of time complaining about Trix, her mother-in-law. Emily manages to direct the conversation to Rory’s break-up with Dean and her new relationship with Jess.

Emily wants to meet Jess, so Rory says she’ll ask him.  Rory does get Jess to agree, but Jess (being Jess) is resistant to the idea. Lorelei ends up going to New York to see a musical with Alex, Sookie and Jackson, which means it’ll be just Rory and Jess for the next Friday night dinner.  Miss Patty happens to need Rory to see her rehearse her one woman show, so Rory finds herself sitting next to Dean for the duration of Miss Patty’s show.

This doesn’t go over well with Jess, who found out on a flier in town, and wishes Rory had told him.  Lorelei isn’t happy with Rory’s plan of studying at school before going to Emily’s and then getting a ride home with Jess.  The dinner doesn’t go well, and it all starts with Jess showing up late with a black eye.  Rory is concerned and wants to know what happened but Jess doesn’t want to talk about it. He’s definitely not in a good mood, because he had to sit in traffic to go to a dinner with Emily (that he didn’t want to go to, of course) and he’s thirsty and wants to eat.

Emily’s making small talk, and Rory keeps pressing the issue of the black eye.  She thinks it’s because he got into a fight with Dean, and Jess makes it clear he doesn’t want to talk about it, because he’s trying to make a good impression on Emily for Rory’s sake. And according to Jess, Rory is making that difficult because she keeps bringing up his black eye.  She and Jess eventually talk in Richard’s study. Rory is still convinced that Jess and Dean got into a fight, and tries to convince Jess that nothing happened with Dean when they were watching Miss Patty’s show.  Jess is trying, but ends up leaving, so Rory has to explain to Emily that he left. Emily is pretty awesome about it…until Lorelei calls Rory to check in, and then goes on a rant about how irresponsible Jess is for thinking cell phones are beneath him.

Rory goes to ask Dean about Jess, where she realizes he didn’t get into a fight with Dean.  She keeps trying to call him, but Jess is ignoring her calls.  It turns out a swan at the lake attacked him, but Luke doesn’t believe him.  They go to the lake, and Jess is glad the dinner is behind him.  Until Luke tells him that this probably isn’t going to be the last thing that Jess will have to do.  Because by dating a girl like Rory, the whole family is involved, and so are her friends.  Luke thinks Jess is jealous of Dean, but Jess thinks Dean is a wuss.  Still, it comes up that Rory and Dean were together for a couple years, and Jess can’t just avoid Rory because of a fight a couple months into their relationship.

Because I’m not sure where to fit this in, part of why Lorelei is freaked out about the dinner and Jess driving Rory home is because she’s concerned about Rory having sex.  Rory tells Lorelei that she’s too busy to think about it, but later on tells her that she isn’t too busy to think about it.  She does promise to talk to Lorelei about it before it happens.

Jess and Rory make up, and Rory apologizes for not trusting Jess.  Jess tells her that he got hit in the face when he was playing football with a friend.

There’s also some band stuff!  The band needs to add a love song to their set, and Lorelei almost spills the beans about Lane and Dave to the band.  Mrs. Kim see Dave with the band in town, and warns him about Lane’s crush on him, and to be careful around her.  The band also finds out that Dave has played at the Kim’s church.

My Thoughts:

So…I have no idea where to start!  Let’s see…oh, I know where I’ll start: the Friday night dinner that Jess goes to.  I know that Jess doesn’t want to particularly go to a Friday night dinner to meet Emily, but at the same time, you’d think he’d want to get it over with.  And I actually respect that Jess does seem to be making an effort even though he didn’t want to be there.  Although…it is very Rory to keep bringing up his black eye even though Jess has made it perfectly clear he doesn’t want to talk about it. And given that she thinks Jess is embarrassing her, I’m surprised she didn’t drop it.

Still, Emily seemed to be great about it.  At least, she was good about it in front of Rory, and it’s not until she goes on a rant when she’s talking to Lorelei that we know her true feelings.

One thing I thought was interesting was how Emily thought it was refreshing that Jess didn’t have a cell phone, but later tells Lorelei that how irresponsible it is that he doesn’t have one.  I know this episode took place over ten years ago, and that cell phones were a thing, but I don’t remember them being as prevalent as they are today.

I’m also not surprised by Jess avoiding Rory after the dinner.  And I thought Luke brought up an interesting point in the possibility of Jess being jealous of Dean.  I never paid attention to that line before, but it is a possibility.  And it really strikes me as how different Dean and Jess are.  Because Jess has a lot in common with Rory, but he’s also not the loyal, nice guy to bring home to the family kind of guy that Dean is.  As for the assumption that Dean and Jess got into a fight: it seems like Jess seemed slightly surprised by that, but I don’t blame everyone for jumping to that conclusion, given their history. Oh, and why would Jess not tell Rory a swan attacked him?  Is it because it’s pretty lame, and he doesn’t think she’d believe it?  Because Jess tossing around a football is a bit hard to believe.

As for Rory having/not having time to think about sex…I thought Lorelei’s reaction was really interesting.  Lorelei’s a pretty cool mom, and is pretty open about things, and yet Rory thinking about having sex seemed to be a little weird for Lorelei.  I’m not sure if it’s because it could be with Jess, or if it just generally freaks her out, or if it’s because Lorelei had Rory so young or what, but Lorelei’s reaction is definitely interesting.

Favorite Line/Scene:

Nothing really jumped out at me enough to be a favorite

Pop Culture:

Ben Affleck/Jennifer Lopez, the rabbit from Monty Python

Episode Rating:

I liked this episode, and it’s a bit more light-hearted than the last episode.  It’s kind of hard to live up to the last episode, but it was still fun to watch.  This episode gets 3.5 mugs of coffee.

Gilmore Girls 3×13: Dear Emily And Richard

Dear Emily And Richard originally aired February 4, 2003.  This episode was written by Amy Sherman-Palladino and was directed by Gail Mancuso.

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This episode starts off another Friday night dinner, where Richard and Emily are horrified that Rory and Lorelei plan on backpacking through Europe and staying in hostels, instead of staying in hotels for their trip to Europe.

From there, we see a bit of the construction on the soda shop, and we learn that Dean is helping Taylor out.  There is also going to be a retirement party at the inn, which has an ever-changing theme.

We go to a flashback, where Lorelei and Chris are at Emily’s and Chris is talking about how he wants to take a year off and travel around Europe for a year instead of going to college.

Rory is at Chilton, working on the paper, when she gets a call from Sherry’s friend Maureen.  Sherry, of course, has screwed up by going into labor early, instead of sticking to the c-section that she had scheduled for the following week.  Maureen wants to know if Rory can reschedule school and go to Boston, since Sherry screwed up, but Rory says she’ll be there.

We have another flashback, where Lorelei can’t fit into her dress for the portrait she’s having done for her coming out.

Back in present time, Lorelei meets Nicole at Luke’s because she needs some coffee before heading over to Emily’s.

Rory arrives at the hospital to see that only Maureen is there, because everyone had planned on next week’s c-section, because yet again, Sherry has screwed up.  Maureen goes back to work, while Rory goes to see Sherry, who is feeling abandoned.  Sherry is not happy about having GiGi at the moment, because she wrote it down for next week, and that it’s not supposed to be happening.

Lorelei goes to see Emily on…a Sunday.  Richard is out of town again, and Lorelei is curious about what Emily does all day while Richard is gone.  Emily spends her time on functions and fundraising events and the DAR and managing the household.  Emily doesn’t watch a lot of tv, but does like musicals.

We have another flashback, where Richard and Emily and Chris’ parents are talking about what to do about Lorelei being pregnant. Francie wants to send Lorelei away, because there are places for girls like her.  Strobe suggests abortion, and Richard suggests that Chris and Lorelei get married, live with Richard and Emily, and Chris will go to school and get a job at Richard’s firm.  It also comes up that Chris shouldn’t sacrifice everything because Lorelei got pregnant.  Richard goes to his study, and we see that Lorelei and Chris are listening on the stairs.  Lorelei thinks they should decide for themselves what to do, but Richard’s plan sounds fine to Chris.

Back in the present, Rory is helping Sherry with work stuff, and we learn that Chris is out-of-town but is also on his way.  A nurse wants to know who’s going in with Sherry, and it’s going to be Chris.  The nurse wants to know who will go in with her if he’s not there, but Sherry wants to wait until he’s there. The nurse isn’t accepting this, and it’s decided Rory will be with Sherry in the delivery room.  Rory decides that she needs a coffee break, and goes out of the room to call Lorelei, because Rory really needs Lorelei there.  Of course, Lorelei goes, which doesn’t go over well with Emily, who still thinks that Sherry destroyed any chance of Chris and Lorelei being together.  And Emily also doesn’t understand why Rory is there or why Lorelei is going.

Lorelei arrives at the hospital, where she manages to get Sherry to stop working.  Chris also arrives just as Sherry is going into the delivery room, much to the relief of Lorelei, who does not have to be with Sherry in the delivery room.

We also have a few more flashbacks.  One where Lorelei arrives at the hospital, one where Richard and Emily arrive at the hospital after getting Lorelei’s note, and one where Chris and Lorelei are watching Rory in the nursery.

Chris comes out of the delivery room, and Lorelei goes to see GiGi, since Rory is sleping.  He eventually goes to get Rory, and we next find Lorelei at Emily’s to set up a DVD player, so that Emily can watch musicals.

We have one last flashback where Emily and Richard are going to a function, and discover that Lorelei has left because of a note she left for them.

The episode ends with the viewer looking at a portrait of Richard, Emily and Lorelei.

My Thoughts:

Let’s start with Emily’s reaction to Sherry’s pregnancy.  She’s still clearly not happy about it, and it is important to point out that Lorelei went to Boston because Rory called her.  And of course Rory is going to be there, because GiGi is her half-sister.

Maureen going on and on about how Sherry screwed up by going into labor early…I was really annoyed with that!  I honestly don’t know why she keeps focusing on that.  Because when it happens, it happens, and there’s no stopping it.  And Sherry not wanting to do it because she wrote it down for next week…I’m sure scheduling a c-section is a thing that actually happens with a certain segment of the population, but the way Sherry and her friends are acting…it just seems like they’re a bit out of touch with how being pregnant goes for most women.

Also, what day is this happening?  Because it’s said that it’s a Sunday, which means the Chilton newspaper staff is at school on a Sunday.  Since it’s been a while: what kind of school is Chilton that it lets its students be there on a Sunday to work on the paper? It being on a Sunday doesn’t match up with Rory rescheduling school.  Again, Maureen seems to be slightly out of touch with the fact that school is mandatory and can’t be rescheduled.  Although…it can’t be regular school hours, since Rory just leaves, unless it’s something that happens off-screen.

I really want to focus on the flashbacks, which were totally amazing.  They worked with this episode really well, and they were so seamless!  I feel like this is the most neutral version of Lorelei’s pregnancy that we get in the entire series.  I don’t think I picked up on this before, but Lorelei and Rory’s trip to Europe when Rory graduates…I wonder if it’s inspired by the trip that Chris and Lorelei never took?  It is like Lorelei to not tell Richard and Emily she’s in labor, and I actually don’t blame Emily for being upset that Lorelei just left a note.  As for the conversation all of the parents have, I’m not surprised that Francie suggests Lorelei be sent away, that Strobe suggests abortion, and that Richard suggests marriage.  I am curious as to why adoption doesn’t come up, but then again, adoption rarely seems to come up in these situations.

Them living with Richard and Emily make the most sense, given how Francie and Strobe react.  I know homes for pregnant teens was a thing at one point, but was it still a thing in the 80’s?  Because I wasn’t alive for half the 80’s, and I was too little to remember the other half, so I have no clue.

And the flashback where Emily discovers that Lorelei has left home?  I kind of get some of the tension between Emily and Lorelei, and if Lorelei just left with a note…I feel like I have a better understanding of where Emily is coming from.

Pop Culture:

I know they’re there, I just didn’t keep track of any of them.

Favorite Funny Moment:

Everyone’s reaction to the retirement party changing themes.

Episode Rating:

This is the only episode where we have flashbacks, and if there is any episode that warrants them, it would be this episode.  This is one of the best episodes of the series, and some of the tension between Richard and Emily and Lorelei make more sense.  Dear Emily and Richard gets 5 mugs of coffee.

Gilmore Girls 3×12: Lorelei Out Of Water

Lorelei Out Of Water originally aired January 28, 2003.  This episode was written by Janet Leahy and was directed by Jamie Babbit.

We start this episode with Lorelei and Rory looking at the garage, which needs to be cleaned if Lane’s band is going to be practicing there.

From there, Luke is annoyed by all of the noise the construction going on next door is making, and Luke just needs Taylor to bring by the lease agreement.  However, Taylor’s lawyer stops by with the paperwork and just needs to witness Luke’s signature.  He tells her she doesn’t need to pay, but later worries that she’ll get into trouble for having Taylor pay for it.  He asks her out on a date, and she agrees.

Lane’s band is ready to practice in the garage, and Lorelei has some basic rules for them to follow.  Later on, Lane is excited that she might go to prom, and she and Rory pick up some make-up for a wedding.  Lane’s cousin is getting married, and there have been 46 weddings at the Kim’s house, and it’s going to be the last one for a while.  Lane has a plan in place so Dave can take her to prom, but Mrs. Kim has a different guy in mind for Lane.  Dave is out of the question, since he isn’t Korean.

Rory and Paris still aren’t getting along- Paris tried to impeach Rory from student council, and when the advisor says it’s not possible, she wants something in place to make it possible.  Things are so tense that they get called to the Headmaster’s office, where they have yet another fight.  Rory says she’ll quit, because she never wanted it in the first place.  She only did it because Paris wasn’t going to win without Rory.  Headmaster Charleston goes through a list of possible reasons why they’re fighting, but he finally tells Rory that she is not going to resign because she needs to honor her commitment, and Paris that she’s worked too hard to get where she is to throw it away because of a vendetta.  If they can’t resolve their conflict in a sheltered (possibly pampered) environment, then they may not survive college.  And he will send a letter correcting his previous letters of recommendations if he has to.

Lorelei agrees to go fishing with Alex, because she wasn’t sure what to say when he said he liked fishing and camping.  Rory checks out some books from the library, but Luke offers to teach her the basics when he learns that Lorelei is learning how to fish from a book.

Lorelei does go fishing, and when Lorelei goes outside, Alex asks Rory if Lorelei’s been fishing, and if she’d like lunch at a lodge close to the place where they’re going fishing.

Rory come home to Lorelei watching a fish swim in the bathtub.


So…Lorelei fishing.  At first, I was wondering why they didn’t google it, but then I realized that this episode took place long before you would Google it.  And they know Luke likes to go fishing, so why wouldn’t they ask him?  I get why Lorelei doesn’t want to ask- she admits to feeling stupid about pretending to like something because of a guy, and while I know researching is Rory’s thing, you’d think that would occur to Rory.  It also seemed like Alex knew Lorelei didn’t fish, but maybe I’m reading too much into it.  I don’t know how/why I know this, but it just seemed like he knew.

As for Paris and Rory…Charleston does have a point about how they need to resolve this conflict.  I’m glad he told Rory she wasn’t going to quit student council, because she really needs to stick with it.  And to think about why she’s doing something, and do it because she truly wants to and not because Paris wants her to.  Sadly, I’m not surprised that Rory wants to quit, and not just because I’ve seen this episode before.  And Paris having a vendetta is also not a surprise.

I am surprised that Charleston says that some would say that Chilton is a pampered environment.  However, I do agree with his assessment, because some of the things that Chilton allows…it is a pretty privileged school, what with letting students reserve classrooms on a Saturday so that students can work on a group assignment, and classes like obscure Russian poetry, or whatever was offered as a summer school class back in season one…or was it season two?  Anyway, there is the sense that a little of the students are very privileged, and for some reason, it just is surprising that Charleston would actually say that.

I have no thoughts for Lane’s prom…yet.  But that comes up later, so I may have thoughts then.  And Rory and Lorelei’s garage is one scary place.  Like, it’s Hoarder’s scary.  Seriously.

Favorite Lines/Scenes:

And once again, nothing really jumped out at me at being particularly amusing or funny or interesting

Pop Culture:

Sanford & Sons, Smashing Pumpkins

Episode Rating:

This is another episode that is kind of forgettable.  We see some of the Rory/Paris tension, and while I know that gets resolved at some point, I can’t remember when that is.  And a few things in this episode are set-up for future episodes, but…I kind of forgot about a lot of the goings on in this episode.  So, this episode gets 2.5 mugs of coffee.

Gilmore Girls 3×11: I Solemnly Swear…

I Solemnly Swear…originally aired January 21, 2003.  This episode was written by John Stephens and was directed by Carla McCloskey.

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This episode opens with a Friday night dinner, where we learn that Emily is being sued by a former maid for wrongful termination. Lorelei isn’t surprised until she learns that it’s the first time that Emily is being sued by a former maid, which leads to Lorelei finally being surprised.  Lorelei is trying to figure out if the maid was a good maid, other than being someone who clomps around the house, but Emily is very focused on the clomping.

From there…all sorts of things happen!

Sookie and Lorelei attend a course at the Learning Center about how to open an inn, and not surprisingly, the course has no new information for them.  However, Sookie runs into a guy she used to work with one summer, and they catch up while Lorelei talks to his business partner.  Sookie and Joe make plans to go to a restaraunt owned by someone they also used to work with.  It turns out that Joe was always into Sookie, and this was his second chance.  However, Sookie isn’t sure what to tell him at first, because she didn’t realize it was a date at first.  And can’t believe she accidentally flirted with someone.  Jackson doesn’t take it well when Sookie makes all of his favorite things.  Lorelei also gets asked out on a date, and she is going coffee-tasting with Alex.  Which is right up her alley, as she loves coffee.

At Chilton, Francie pretends that she wants to be friends with Rory, only to tell Paris that she has a lot of respect for her, and that Rory thinks Paris is too wrapped up in her boyfriend and is totally acting like the supplemental student council meeting was Rory’s idea.  Which Paris doesn’t take very well, since she’s feeling pretty betrayed by Rory.  To the point that she can’t believe she considered Rory her best friend.  Rory tries explaining, but Paris doesn’t believe her.

And Emily being sued by a former maid comes up later in the episode, when Lorelei has to go to a deposition…and also doesn’t want to lie for Emily, who wants Lorelei to tell the lawyers that she treats her maids well.

The episode ends with Lorelei talking on the phone to Alex.


I’m not surprised that Emily is being sued by a former maid, considering her high standards.  It is a running joke that she can’t keep a maid for long, and it’s always amusing when it comes up.  It is very much like Emily to fire someone for making noise when they walk, but I have to say that I am surprised that this is the first time wrongful termination has come up. Then again, the show isn’t about Emily.  Still, I think Emily does have a point when she says she pays her staff to do things a certain way.  I mean, with Emily, it can go a little too far, but at the same time, she is paying them…

Still, Emily reading pieces of the deposition at a Friday night dinner…Lorelei’s responses were her, but I think she could have taken it a little more seriously.  Because I can see Lorelei not taking it seriously. Then again, maybe that was something that wasn’t shown on-screen.

And I’m not surprised that Sookie and Lorelei didn’t find the course helpful.  They do have a pretty good handle on things at the Inn. As for Sookie and her old friend, I didn’t get the vibe that it was a date, but it’s still very Sookie to not know what to do.  And to make things up to Jackson, who reacted like I would expect him to.  And it’s nice to see Lorelei agree to go on a date with someone!

As for the Chilton drama, Francie is one evil girl.  Rory did accidentally mention that Paris had a boyfriend to Francie in the last episode, which turned out to be a dumb move, because Francie totally saw a chance to use that piece of information.  It’s not surprising she’d lie about Rory’s motives to Paris, and that Paris would believe it.  Still, I’m surprised that Paris considered Rory her best friend, because while they are friend-ish, they don’t seem like they’re best friends.  At least, not on Rory’s end.

Favorite Lines:

I don’t have any for this episode.

Pop Culture:

Ben Hur, Brutus betraying Julius Cesar, The Great Gatsby

Episode Rating:

This episode was okay, and it’s not one of the more memorable moments.  It does keep the evil Francie arc going for a bit, but this episode is just there.  This episode gets 2 mugs of coffee.

Gilmore Girls 3×10: That’ll Do Pig

That’ll Do, Pig originally aired January 14, 2003.  This episode was written by Shelia R. Lawrence and was directed by Jamie Babbit.

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We open up with episode with the town getting ready for the winter carnival.  Lane’s band can now practice in Lorelei’s garage, so the rehearsal space problem is now solved!

There’s all sorts of things happening at Chilton!  Paris is seen not paying attention in math, and since there’s a light agenda for the supplemental student council meeting, Paris decides to cancel it.  Which means Francie decides that it’s a good time to have the meeting anyway, because she has a “time-sensitive” issue.  Francie was so surprised that Paris canceled the meeting that she didn’t mention it, and “couldn’t find” Paris later, when Francie did want to bring it up.  Francie wants to use the funds for the class gift (a telescope) to have Prom or homecoming or something at some mansion, since it’s suddenly free.  It gets passed, but Rory is done trying to be the go-between for France and Paris.

Richard’s mother, Trix, stops by for Richard’s birthday unexpectedly, and she wants to see where Lorelei lives and works.  Emily goes to Lorelei’s house to make it look presentable, since it’ll be Emily’s fault that it looks like it normally does.  Rory is excused for this dinner because she’s young and should have fun at the Winter Carnival.

Rory is now friends with Dean after they run into each in town and go have some coffee at Westin’s. Dean has applied to a 4-year university, and it’s all because of Rory going on about college and Harvard.  He has no idea how he’ll deal with her dating Jess, but they do decide they can be friends.

Richard’s mother gets a tour of Lorelei’s house, but says nothing about it, and then they go off to dinner at the Inn while Rory goes to the Carnival.  Jess doesn’t want to go, but when they run into Dean and his sister, and Dean’s sister invites Rory to go to the carnival with them, Jess changes his mind.  This is when Jess finds out Rory and Dean are friends, and while he’s not mad, he still would have liked for her to tell him.

Dean is waiting for Clara by the bathroom when Jess stops by to tell Dean about how pathetic he is. Dean says he and Rory are just friends, and since that worked out for Jess…well, Dean seems to think it’ll work for him.

Trix says she wants to live in the U.S. again, for a multitude of reasons, which makes Richard happy, and Emily not so happy.  So Emily takes her time eating dinner.

The episode ends with Rory and Lorelei talking about their night.


So.  Things are relatively calm in this episode, other than Emily not being happy about Richard’s mom being in town, and possibly coming back on a more permanent basis.  I do love Lorelei the first, and there’s something very regal about her.

The only major thing I want to talk about is what Dean is up to!  He really is waiting for Jess and Rory to break up, isn’t he?  It’s weird, though, because after the whole thing at the dance marathon, you’d think he’d be done with Rory.  It’s like he’s expecting Jess to completely mess things up with Rory, so he can be her knight in shining armor, and make sure she’s okay.  It kind of makes Dean a bit annoying, because one episode, he’s totally done with Rory and wants nothing to do with her, and now he’s waiting for her and Jess to break up so they can get back together.  He really needs to make up his mind!

I kind of agree with Jess about Dean having an ulterior motive for being friends with Rory.  At least we now know what was going on with Dean in the last episode, and I had completely forgotten about it!

And I really dislike Francie for deciding to go ahead with the meeting, knowing Paris wasn’t going to be there.  Paris does deserve to not be so focused all the time, and Francie has decided to use that to her advantage.

Favorite Line:

Paris, to Rory: “Have you had eggnog?”

Pop Culture:

Korn, Weezer, Victor Hugo, Betty Boop, Stuart Little, Spice Girls

Episode Rating:

I liked this episode, and it’s nice to have something a little fun after the last couple of episodes!  It wasn’t completely amazing, but it wasn’t completely horrible.  It’s a pretty solid episode, and it gets 3 mugs of coffee.

Gilmore Girls 3×9: A Deep-Fried Korean Thanksgiving

A Deep-Fried Korean Thanksgiving originally aired November 26, 2002.  This episode was written by Daniel Palladino and was directed by Kenny Ortega.

Gilmore Girls Season 3 Graphic

This episode opens with Lorelei and Rory watching Grey Gardens, and how they were reminded of themselves.

From there…Thanksgiving!  Sookie is freaking out that Bob will be cooking Thanksgiving dinner at the Inn.  Emily arrives at the Inn to make sure that Lorelei and Rory will be at Thanksgiving.  Emily reminds Lorelei that it was Richard who set up at the meeting at Yale, not her.

At Chilton, Paris is upset that she’s not able to volunteer at a soup kitchen on Thanksgiving, and that the volunteers who aren’t trying to get into Harvard are selfish because they don’t get anything out of it, while she does.

While getting flowers for all the Thanksgiving dinners they’re going to, Jess sees Rory, but when he kisses her, she insists on not doing it in front of Taylor’s because Dean might see.  Jess tells her that Dean is going to have to get over it.  And when Lorelei sees Dean in the market, she tells him that they can still be friends, even if he and Rory aren’t together anymore.

Rory and Lorelei have big plans for Thanksgiving- they’re going to Lane’s, Sookie’s and Luke’s before making their way to Emily’s. Lorelei tries not to eat tofurkey at Lane’s, listens to Sookie talk about how deep-fried turkey is wrong, and at Luke’s, they just have a chance to relax before heading over to the insanity that is Thanksgiving with Emily and Richard.

Naturally, college applications come up, as some of the other guests have grandchildren who are also applying to college.  Lorelei seems shocked that Rory applied to several other colleges.  Lorelei, of course, wants to know what other colleges, and Rory doesn’t want to tell Lorelei that she applied to Yale.  Richard, according to Lorelei, forced Rory’s hand, even if she doesn’t know.  Because Rory’s nice, and not applying would hurt Richard’s feelings.  And even when Rory says that she would be able to stay at home if she went to Yale, Lorelei accuses Emily of putting the idea in Rory’s head.  Even Rory saying that she figured it out on her own doesn’t change Lorelei’s mind about the fact that Richard and Emily got Rory to apply to Yale.

Lorelei ends up going outside, and Emily goes to talk to her.  Lorelei is not receptive to Yale being a back-up plan or an alternative to Harvard, because it’s been about Harvard for 17 years.  Emily makes a statement that Lorelei hates them so much that she can’t let Rory have one piece of Richard and Emily’s life, even if it’s Rory’s choice.

They go home, and since they didn’t eat at Emily’s, they realized they didn’t have to skip on eating rolls that day.  Lorelei knows that wherever Rory goes to school, Rory will have a great time and become a better person but still gets a weird feeling anytime her parents are involved.  They stop by to see Sookie, who is really drunk…but also really funny.  And we see Lane, who is still confused as to why Dave wants to go on a date with her.

Rory finally decides that it’s okay to kiss Jess in public, and when Jess goes to throw some trash away, he sees Dean, who apparently saw Jess and Rory kiss.  Dean is giving Jess a really hard time, and it really seems like he’s trying to provoke Jess.  Jess, by the way, isn’t going to fight Dean because of Rory, but Dean is done trying to be nice to Jess.

The episode ends with Lorelei and Rory going home.


Before I get to the really interesting stuff…Paris.  Paris is sometimes hysterical of how she acts!  In this case, the fact that people might want to do something nice for others on Thanksgiving, and help out somewhere didn’t seem to occur to her.  It’s almost like her attitude is that they’re taking away a spot from her, who needs it because her reason for helping is better than their reason.

So, Thanksgiving dinner with the Gilmore family.  The Yale stuff is still a really big issue, and it’s not surprising that Lorelei is ignoring Emily because of what Richard did.

The whole thing about Lorelei not understanding the college application process…I felt like that carried over into this episode, because Lorelei seems truly shocked that Rory would apply to other schools.  A school like Chilton would probably frown upon applying to only one college, but even then, it’s ridiculous to assume that Rory’s going to apply to just one school.  I get Rory doesn’t want to mention applying to Yale, but Rory’s smart enough that she can figure out on her own that she could live at home if she went there.

This is really the first time where I’ve felt like Rory is more open to going to a college that is not Harvard.  And for the first time, I wonder if it’s something Lorelei has latched onto, and Rory doesn’t want to say anything for fear of hurting Lorelei’s feelings.  While we’re told that it’s what Rory wants, bits and pieces of other episodes have come back.  Like when Rory went to that guys house to talk about applying to Harvard, and how Lorelei’s happy with whatever Rory wants?  I think I remember Richard telling Lorelei that Rory only wants to go to Harvard because she thinks Lorelei wants her to go there at one point.  I’m sure Lorelei will be happy with wherever Rory goes, but I think they’ve focused on Harvard so much that Lorelei doesn’t know what to do with the idea that Rory would consider other schools.

I’m feeling like the whole Harvard thing is more Lorelei than Rory, because Lorelei really does seem so resistent to Rory even applying to other schools…even non-Yale ones.  It just really seems like Lorelei doesn’t have a good grasp of applying to college. Of course, this could have been avoided with actual communication, but then…you really wouldn’t have any conflict…

And I want to end on Dean and Jess really quick.  I know Dean is up to something, and for the life of me, I cannot figure out what it is.  But I think it’ll come up soon.  It’s like Dean is trying to provoke a fight so Rory will dump Jess for fighting Dean or something.

Favorite People:

No favorite line, but Mrs. Kim is always funny, and drunk Sookie was absolutely hysterical.

Pop Culture:

West Side Story, Deep-Fried Turkey

Episode Rating:

I really liked this episode, and I liked four Thanksgiving dinners!  And by the way, I’ve had tofurkey, and I don’t think it’s that bad…but I can barely manage one Thanksgiving dinner, much less 4.  This episode had a really good balance of funny and serious. This episode gets 4 mugs of coffee.

Gilmore Girls Episode 3×8: Let The Games Begin

Let The Games Begin originally aired November 19, 2002.  The teleplay is by Amy Sherman-Palladino, and the episode was written by Amy Sherman-Palladino and Sheila Lawrence.  This episode was directed by Steven Robman.

Gilmore Girls Season 3 Graphic

We open this episode with Lorelei and Rory slowly walking to Luke’s after the 24-hour dance marathon.  It took them so long to get there that it’s time for Rory to go to school.  Jess and Rory see each other, and are all awkward.  Lorelei, of course, has to explain to Luke that Rory and Dean are not together, and that Jess and Rory are now together.  Luke thinks it’s a good idea, and hope Rory will be a good influence on Jess.  Lorelei thinks it’s time Rory had a Jess.

At Friday night dinner, Emily isn’t happy with the salad, because walnuts keep appearing in it, no matter how many times she has the maid re-do it.  Rory and Richard go into the kitchen for some soda (Rory) and ice (Richard).  He tells her he’s going to visit Yale one weekend, and he asks Rory if she wants to come.  Rory, being Rory, agrees to go.  When she tells Lorelei, however, Lorelei wants to go back inside, because she thinks Richard is up to something.

Rory stops by Luke’s after school one day, but things are still weird between her and Jess.  And, of course, the trip to Yale, in which Emily and Richard talk about their time there.

And then…they arrive at the main administration building, where we learn that Richard has set up an interview with the Dean Of Admissions.  Lorelei isn’t happy, and even Emily is surprised.  And this is when Richard starts talking about how Lorelei doesn’t understand the college admission process, because she never went to college.  It’s his job to make sure that Rory knows her options, because Rory’s education isn’t something that is going to be left to chance.  Lorelei goes outside to call a cab, and Emily follows her to tell her that applying to Yale could make Rory look even better to Harvard.

Rory finishes her interview, and isn’t happy that she didn’t have time to prepare.  She would have worn something different and would have had her transcripts and letters of recommendation ready if she had known.  And she tells Richard that she would have gone through with the interview if he had just asked her, because she wanted to do it right.

She and Lorelei go back to Stars Hollow, where they eat tacos at the diner.  Jess and Rory make up excuses to leave, and Luke tells Lorelei about the ground rules he has for Rory and Jess.  Lorelei, however, tells him that they’re totally together at the moment, and Luke decides he has to go looking for them.

After Rory meets up with Jess, she goes to talk to Dean.  She apologizes for treating him horribly and for doing the things he said she did.  She’s surprised that he hasn’t told his mom yet, and answering the door with his mom being really nice to her would have been weird for Rory knowing that his mom is going to hate him soon.  And his sister is going to hate her when she finds out they’re not together. Dean makes a snarky comment about how horrible it is that someone doesn’t like her, but they both hope that one day, Dean doesn’t hate her anymore.

The episode ends with Rory and Lorelei looking at Yale brochures.


Even before I knew who wrote the episode, I knew Amy Sherman-Palladino wrote it, because there are some issues between Lorelei and Richard.

I normally love Richard, but he made me so mad in this episode!  I agree that Rory needs to look at all of her options, and not just focus on Harvard, but then again, we don’t see her think about other schools.  We just see her focus on Harvard, so it’s pretty one-sided.

I don’t think Richard went about it the best way, and I really think Rory would have down the interview if Richard asked her.  Plus, it’s an interview for an Ivy League school, and that’s not something you just spring on someone, especially someone like Rory, who needs to go in really prepared.

I thought Richard went a bit overboard when he was talking about how he’s in a better position to help Rory because he went through the college application process.  It totally makes it sound like he’s better than Lorelei because he knows what Rory is going through.  And that you can’t understand the process if you don’t go through it.  I kind of agree that Rory has a good chance of getting into Yale since Richard went there, but wouldn’t Chilton be offering support and guidance?  Unfortunately, his good intentions didn’t go over well, and I think he could have gone about it a little differently.  Also, I know Lorelei is insistent that Rory is going to Harvard, but I think she also needs to be a little more open to the idea that Rory could apply to other schools.

Oh!  Rory applying to Yale, which makes her look better to Harvard.  That seems a little off to me. Like, why and how would Harvard know if someone’s applied to Yale and Princeton?

And Rory talking to Dean…when he made the snarky comment about people not liking Rory…I was all, Go Dean!  Because Rory is so worried about people hating her, and it was actually kind of nice to see him point it out that not everyone is going to like her.

Favorite Line/Scene:

None for this episode

Pop Culture:

The Donner Party, the Wiffenpoofs, Perry Como, Nancy Reagan’s war on drugs, Oprah’s book club, Romeo And Juliet

Episode Rating:

I really liked this episode, and I feel like this one opens up the possibility of Rory thinking about colleges other than Harvard.  No ASP episode is complete without tension between Lorelei and her parents. This episode gets 4 mugs of coffee.

Gilmore Girls 3×7: They Shoot Gilmores, Don’t They?

They Shoot Gilmores, Don’t They? originally aired on November 11, 2002.  This episode was written by Amy Sherman-Palladino and was directed by Kenny Ortega.

Gilmore Girls Season 3 Graphic

We open this episode with the town getting ready for the annual 24-hour dance marathon.  Lorelei is trying to find a dance partner, while Taylor wants Luke to have a coffee stand at the dance marathon.

So, pre-marathon stuff going on: Lorelei gets a dance partner in Stanley Appleman, until he bails on her because Miss Patty decided to show his wife a picture of Lorelei.  And the 75th anniversary of the school paper is coming up, and Paris doesn’t want it ruined on her watch, so there are Saturday plans to work on it.  Until Rory agrees to be Lorelei’s dance partner if Paris agrees to postpone it for a week, which she does.  And that is because Jamie stopped by Chilton the day before to see Paris, because thinking about her was a really big distraction, so Paris was in a really good mood for once.

And then the dance marathon happens.  Lorelei is determined to win this year, and things are going along as they usually do for the marathon.  Dean stops by to watch Rory dance, and things are going well until Jess and Shane show up.  Rory is unusually annoyed that Jess is there with Shane.

Sookie and Jackson are having a few issues,  because Jackson wants to have 4 kids in 4 years, and Sookie doesn’t.  She gets some advice from Lorelei, which is to tell Jackson, so that Sookie and Jackson can work it.  Of course, Sookie gets all tongue-tied, and it doesn’t come out right, resulting in Jackson being mad, and taking it out on Lorelei, but that’s resolved by the end of the episode.

Still, it isn’t until one of the heels that Lorelei is wearing breaks that things start going downhill.  Rory can barely keep moving at this point, so Dean makes sure that Rory keeps dancing.  However, Rory is going on and on about Jess being there with Shane, and how the marathon is there for people to dance, not for people to watch.  And that is when Dean and Rory break up.  Dean is tired of pretending like Rory and Jess don’t like each other, and he can’t ignore it anymore.  Dean leaves, and after a minute of standing on the dance floor not moving, Rory leaves as well.

We find her at the dock, and she is joined by Jess, who thinks Dean is a jerk for yelling, and for breaking up with her in public…but they do agree that the stuff Dean said is right.

We go back to the marathon, to find that there are two couples left…only for the couple to not be able to dance anymore, leaving Kirk and his partner to be the last couple standing.  Lorelei is confused about why Kirk won and where Rory is, until Patty tells her that Rory left a while ago.

Kirk is running around the gym while Lorelei comforts a crying Rory.


This is one of my favorite episodes, and I love that most of the action happens at a 24-hour dance marathon.  It’s episodes like this that make me wish I lived in a small town like Stars Hollow.

Really quick: Jackson and Sookie.  I get Sookie was taken off guard, and that’s why she initially agreed.  It makes sense she would tell Lorelei, who actually had pretty good advice in terms of talking to Jackson.  And it is very Sookie and Jackson to have it not come out right and for Jackson to react the way they did.

So, Rory and Dean are over.  I don’t even know where to begin with this.  I get Rory being upset, and it’s definitely been a long time coming.  I don’t think it was fair to break up with Rory so loudly, but I also think it’s about time Dean and Rory broke up.  Rory’s been interested in Jess for quite some time, and I’m glad Dean finally realized he can’t ignore it anymore.  I can understand denying it, but everybody has their limits, and Dean clearly found his limit.

Now that Rory and Dean aren’t together anymore, and Rory has a (better) chance at being with Jess.  And hopefully, Rory will stop acting so weird around Jess.  It’s sad for Rory, of course, but I’ve never been a fan of Rory/Dean, so I’m sort of glad.  Let’s see…I don’t think I have anything else to say about Dean and Rory breaking up…without spoiling things, of course, so I’ll just not add anything else.

Favorite Line:

Lorelei, on the phone with Stanley Appleman: “Did you tell her I don’t want to sleep with you?”

Pop Culture:

Tiny Tim, Riverdance, Rocky, Debbie Reynolds, Elizabeth Taylor

Episode Rating:

I really liked this episode, and there’s a lot that happens, especially in terms of Rory’s relationships.  Dean and Rory are no more, and it would appear that she and Jess are destined to be a couple.  This episode gets 4 mugs of coffee.

Gilmore Girls 3×6: Take The Deviled Eggs…

Take The Deviled Eggs…originally aired November 5, 2002.  This episode was written by Daniel Palladino and was directed by Jamie Babbit.

This episode opens with Lorelei wanting to call the catalog companies they currently get catalogs from, and get rid of the duplicate catalogs they’re getting.  Lorelei ends up abandoning the project.

So.  We have a town meeting, which are some of my favorite scenes in the series.  Taylor is mad about birds taking care of business all over town, and wants to do something about it.  The town meeting keeps getting interrupted by the man who’s taking Patty out on a date.  And the town loner has put in a request for a protest, which is denied by Taylor before he ends the meeting.

Jess has a car, and Luke wants to know how Jess is going to pay for insurance and repairs and maintenance.  And he’s curious about where Jess got the money.  Luke talks to Gypsy about the car, and if it was legit, which it was.  We find out Jess has a part-time job at Wal-Mart, which is how he got the money for the car.

We also find out that Rory and Chris have been talking when Rory gets an invitation to Sherry’s baby shower.  Rory apologizes, especially since Lorelei thinks it is weird that Rory never told her.  Well, until now.  The reverend and the rabbi (who use the same building for their services) have agreed to let the town loner stage his protest there, which doesn’t go over well with Taylor.

Rory gets baby blanket, and we learn that Lane’s mom still hasn’t given her the “where babies come from” talk.  Lane sees Jess’ car, and it does not go over well with her.  Rory thinks it’s nothing to be upset over, and yet she also seems annoyed that Jess has a car.

Lorelei drops Rory off, and somehow manages to find herself at the baby shower, instead of shopping. Sherry’s friend Maureen organized the shower, and Chris’ place has had a makeover, including the alphabetizing of the famous C.D. collection.  As it turns out, Lorelei is the only mother there, since no one else has time for guys…or just a lack of free time in general.  Sherry asks for some book recommendations from when Lorelei was pregnant, but as Lorelei was pregnant at 16, she doesn’t have any.  Sherry wants to know where Lorelei got her parenting information, since it didn’t come from parenting books.

Sherry, apparently, isn’t a baby person, and has scheduled a c-section because work is crazy for Sherry.  Lorelei excuses herself, and Sherry thanks her for talking to Chris, who’s amazing and super-involved.  She wasn’t sure if she was going to keep the baby or go it alone, since she and Chris had a rocky stretch.  She’s thankful for whatever Lorelei said, because he came back to her and GiGi (short for Georgia, their daughter’s name).  And Sherry definitely feels like she and Lorelei were in the same position.

Lorelei ends up in the bathroom, needing a break, and Rory follows her to make sure she’s okay. Lorelei is not happy, and thinks Sherry is copying her as far as names go.  You know, 2 syllables, two of the same letter.  On the way home, Lorelei is still thinking about the baby shower, and Rory suggests they devil egg Jess’ car.

The next day, there’s the town loner protest.  Unfortunately, the banner drops and they can’t figure out what the town loner is yelling, so they try to figure out what he’s protesting.  Due to the smell of the deviled eggs, every one leaves the town square.


I’m going to start off with Jess having a car.  I don’t get why Rory seems annoyed Jess has a car, because previously, she was very insistent that Jess was not completely to blame for the accident. Although, it could be because she’s just annoyed with Jess in general right now.

So, the baby shower.  Sherry is definitely the type to read a ton of parenting books, and I can’t say that her scheduling a c-section is a surprise, it does seem to fit with her character.  But the whole “where did you learn about how to parent a child if you didn’t read parenting books” thing was sort of irritating.  Yes, it’s Sherry, but Sherry and Lorelei were pregnant at very different times in their lives, and Lorelei was pregnant way before Sherry, so that might have something to do with it.

Her talk with Lorelei…I don’t even know where to start.  I have the feeling that Sherry doesn’t know Chris and Lorelei were together during her rocky stretch with Chris.  Yes, Chris went back to her, but there’s something grating about the way she went on and about being thankful for what Lorelei did. Why would she assume it’s because of Lorelei?  For all she knows, Chris might want to the chance to be a parent to GiGi, since he never really had that chance with Rory.

And comparing her situation to Lorelei’s?  I’m not really getting the comparison, other than the potential for single parenthood and the whole unplanned pregnancy thing.  Am I missing something, or is Sherry just really weird?

Favorite Line:

Andrew, during the town meeting: “I’d rather have bird crap fall on my head.”

Pop Culture:

Boo Radley, Haight-Ashbury, drinking the Kool-Aid

Episode Rating:

Sherry really is a strange person and she seems to be in her own world, and a bit-of-touch with,..well…the rest of the world.  Still, this was a really good episode, and it seemed to bring up some really interesting things for Lorelei.  This episode gets 4 mugs of coffee.