Gilmore Girls Episode Recap:
Christmas Pageant Rehearsal at Miss Patty’s. Lorelai helps on alterations while Rory looks for baby Jesus’ arm. They are still mad at each other.
Lane says giving a book to Dean sends the wrong message. That it’s a friend gift, not a girlfriend gift.
Emily reminds Lorelai about the Christmas dinner party. Lorelai says she’ll be late, so Emily un-inivtes her. The first dinner she’ll ever miss. Emily says she’s not happy with the way she was treated and is tired of forcing Lorelai to do things. Rory will go without her.
Rory calls Lorelai immature for not going to the party. And reminds Lorelai that she does enjoy parts of the party – the apple tarts, for example. Rory tries to apologize to Emily for her mistake and to ask that she not be mad at Lorelai.
Lorelai, meanwhile, is eating bagged salad since her pizza is late. Not quite the same as a Gilmore dinner. She hears a noise – it’s Dean tapping at Rory’s window. Dean takes the opportunity to apologize. He doesn’t want to be on bad footing with Lorelai. Lorelai reminds Dean of when she had Rory and Rory’s plans to go to Harvard. Dean assures her he will not hurt Rory.
“She will go to Harvard. And if she doesn’t, it won’t be because of me.”
Lorelai assures Dean she doesn’t hate him. And encourages him to use the door next time.
Lorelai gives up on her pizza and goes to Luke’s. Luke calls Lorelai crazy for not forbidding Rory to see Dean. But Lorelai defends him. Says he’s not trouble – he’s beautiful and in love with Rory. Lorelai asks for the menu – not the burger she gets every day. Something festive. She tells Luke about the great food and big tree at the holiday party – the only Gilmore party she enjoys.
Luke helps Lorelai understand her feelings about why she’s unhappy about being left out. She likes the party. Rory is there without her. She and Rory are in a fight. She feels bad about being separated at a time they usually share together. Very perceptive, our Luke.
Richard is getting all worked up about a colleague in London who edited firm documents without letting anyone know. He’s irritated and hot. The guests all miss Lorelai’s addition to the party.
To cheer up Lorelai, Luke makes her burger into a Santa head.
“Noone has ever made me something quite this disgusting before. I thank you.”
Lorelai misses a call – while she’s checking it, Taylor comes in to trade a Christmas carol for hot chocolate.
“Oh my God! My father’s… in the hospital.”
Lorelai is beside herself. Luke won’t let her just call a cab – he offers to drive her.
“But there’s food and there’s people and there’s a burger with a face.”
Luke ushers everyone out of the diner, all meals on him. Lorelai is obsessed over Rory’s short message that Richard was in the hospital and to come. No details. Lorelai is bitter she has no good childhood memories of her dad. But she realizes that’s the way he is – he was brought up that way, was a good provider, was responsible. Luke tells Lorelai she’s a great mom – Lorelai says it’s the daughter part she has to work on. Hearing that, Luke pushes the truck past its speed limits to get Lorelai to the hospital.
Emily cannot get word on Richard. Their own doctor comes in and takes over trying to get info. She tells Rory not to call Lorelai, but then ducks around the corner to place a call herself. But, she calls the home number, not the cell. Lorelai and Luke are lost in the hospital, but Emily’s yelling leads them on. Lorelai negotiates with the nurse to do the paperwork while she gets word on how Richard is.
First, Emily was surprised to see Lorelai there, and then surprised at her tact with the nurse. Emily was recounting the night when she notices Luke and asks if they were on a date. But, Lorelai is curt in replying that ‘it’s just Luke’, and therefore no date.
Lorelai encourages Emily to follow her past the no-admittance doors. Rory comes back and sits with Luke, who helps to comfort her. Lorelai comes out to say that Richard’s tests are almost done. She and Rory hug. Rory wants to make herself useful by getting coffee. Lorelai comforts Rory by saying Richard will be ok – Rory is in a panic about losing a grandfather she is only just starting to know.
Luke is again Mr. Supportive – he commends Lorelai for being brave for Rory’s sake. And tells her to think positive.
“Rainbows. Unicorns. Clouds. Little, cute, furry… ok, I’m out”
Emily is busying herself securing the best room for Richard. Luke is getting a little fidgety being in a hospital. Lorelai notices he doesn’t look good, which is odd for him.
“You always look good.”
“I mean, you always look healthy.”
Luke smiles at Lorelai’s discomfort over admitting she finds him attractive.
Richard is rolled by, all pale and groggy. Lorelai is afraid to go into the room with him. While Emily and Rory go in, Lorelai makes excuses to stay out. Luke tries to get Lorelai to admit she’s afraid and to go in. Rory is reading the paper to Richard. She gives him a hug before going to look for Lorelai.
Emily fusses over Richard’s pillows, while he wants a serious talk. He tells her where to find their insurance information and his will. She doesn’t want to listen.
“No, I did not sign on to your dying. And it is not going to happen. Not tonight, not for a very long time. In fact, I demand to go first.”
Richard sees what love he has in Emily. She is very afraid.
Lorelai tells Rory that Dean came over, and that she knows nothing happened. She trusts Rory. It was just panic. They missed each other that night – and Rory even tries to lie and say there were no apple tarts to spare her mother’s feelings.
Emily comes out and sits down next to Luke. Emily unburdens herself a bit to Luke. Luke tells her how he kept many of his father’s things from the hardware store when he made it into a diner. Emily applauds him for honoring his father’s work. Emily prods him about his relationship with Lorelai. When he says there is nothing going on, she calls them both idiots.
Lorelai works up the courage to go see her dad. He’s dozing – when he realizes she’s there, they both make to speak, but Emily comes back into the room. The doctor says he has angina, and must change his lifestyle. He stares at Lorelai and they have a passing father-daughter moment.
Lorelai leaves the room and breaks down crying on Luke’s shoulder. He cheers her up and offers her coffee stolen from the nurses lounge. Luke will drive Rory home – Lorelai encourages her to call Dean.
The next day, Lorelai comes by the diner to give Luke a thank you / early Christmas gift. The blue baseball cap! He puts it on right away. They stand at the window to watch the rehearsal for the pageant and Lorelai tells Luke the hat looks good on him.
But Lorelai does not answer – Luke just smiles at her.
- Does Emily realize she forces Lorelai to do things? If so, why does she continue to do so in the future?
- Why is the Christmas party so much smaller than normal Gilmore parties?
- In the start of the season, Lorelai seemed to be seeing Luke as more than a friend. So, why here does she say he’s “just Luke” and imply she would not date him?
- Do you think, at this stage, Emily wants Lorelai to date Luke?
- Is Lorelai flirting with Luke when she gives him the hat? How does Max fit into the picture?
Scott Patterson Can See “Gilmore Girls” Movie Happening
Were you ever worried that Gilmore Girls fans would have a problem seeing you as a character other than Luke Danes?
No, no. [Gilmore Girls fans] would watch me read the phone book in Japanese. They are extremely loyal and extremely intelligent. They were chomping at the bit to see the pilot, let me tell you.
Do you think there is an actual possibility that a Gilmore Girls movie could happen?
Sure, anything is possible. Why not? There is still a very hungry fan base out there. I don’t see why it couldn’t be put together.
How much do you hate talking about Gilmore Girls three years after it ended?
[Laughs] I don’t mind it.
Did you keep any of Luke’s gear? His flannels or hats?
Well, I have some flannels. I have some clothes. I actually had the original hat he wore in the pilot in a safe but about five years ago I was on vacation and somebody broke into the house and stole the safe.
That is tragic.
Yeah, but I have other Luke hats that I wore in the series.
Can we all shed a little tear for that lost Luke’s hat? Because that’s just tragic. And probably the person who stole it had NO idea what it was.
Sally Struthers, Michael Winters & Liz Torres Confirmed for Gilmore Girls
Well, it seems that we’re getting a lot more out of Milo Ventimiglia’s announcement than met the eye! In his tweet, Milo shares not only his great return to Gilmore Girls, reprising his role as Jess Mariano, but he shares a picture of the script. Seems innocent enough, but it could be what led to today’s later announcement: that Sutton Foster would be joining the cast.
Inspired by Bustle, I also put the image through Photoshop, revealing some indication of the text on the second page, which includes Sutton Foster’s name. I got this result (click for larger edited version):
As you can clearly see, some names are obvious: Matt Czuchry and Sutton Foster are the top names, and already confirmed, but 3 names appear that were assumed to be back, but not yet confirmed: Liz Torres, who played Miss Patty LaCosta, and Sally Struthers, who played Babette Dell and Michael Winters, who played Taylor Doose. We had assumed Miss Patty and Taylor Doose would be back, after seeing photos of Miss Patty’s School of Ballet and Taylor’s Soda Shoppe and Doose’s rebuilt in Stars Hollow.
Thanks to this, we can EXCLUSIVELY scoop the news that these actors will be returning to Gilmore Girls! Welcome back Miss Patty, Babette and Taylor!!
The rest of the names are hard to read… I can maybe make out Carole King, who plays Sophie Bloom, owner of Sophie’s Music in Stars Hollow and is the songwriter behind the Gilmore Girls theme song… but I’m not 100% sure on it, I can only see some of the letters and the length looks spot on.
See a full list of CONFIRMED actors returning to Gilmore Girls here (kept updated daily).
Gilmore Girls Entertainment Weekly Preview
Gilmore Girls was given a lengthy feature in this month’s edition of Entertainment Weekly, set to hit newsstands on Friday, though some early editions have been spotted. With an exclusive first look at the spread, EW takes us behind-the-scenes of Gilmore Girls: Seasons and what it’s been like for the actors to return to Stars Hollow:
One of the biggest mysteries around Gilmore Girls has always been the elusive Final Four Words. Yanic Truesdale recently revealed he had read the final four words and Lauren previously noted that Amy had told them the words would be an exchange between Lorelai and Rory. Today, she’s expanded on that:
“It’s not as resolved as I thought they would be,” Lauren Graham teases. “I keep saying, ‘Hey, does anyone else notice this is actually not an ending?’ Amy and Dan just giggle at me.”
Lauren shares she thought they would be ‘Honey, I’m home!’ or something like ‘Goodbye, small town!’ So, the true four words left her being “like, ‘Oh, really?’” which adds a great deal of intrigue to the mystery! Alexis Bledel adds:
“It does kind of throw you.”
Going further, some additional quotes from the article were shared on Today.com, including a note from Amy Sherman-Palladino on what it’s been like to get everyone back together again:
“It’s strange. But very lovely. Like a family reunion, in a sense. That weird family that meets once a year.”
Lauren Graham adds what an amazing experience it is to return to Gilmore Girls both to appreciate it and to honor it:
“You know how you finish college and you’re a few years older and you’re like, ‘I wish I could go do this now ’cause I would appreciate it so much more and understand it and get more out of it’? That’s the opportunity I have with this, and I appreciate every day that I’m here.”
Alexis Bledel was initially concerned about picking up the series again, noting “what would the story be?”
Amy Sherman-Palladino, known for her fast-paced dialogue with scripts far longer than average, wondered whether the actors would be able get back into the rhythm of their fast-talking characters. Scott Patterson, who plays Luke, says he was concerned about this as well!
“I struggled with it at first. I remember looking at our dialogue coach and going, ‘I don’t know if I can pull it off. But when I walked in the diner the first time, everything felt better. It was like no time had gone by.”
As for the involvement of Melissa McCarthy, Amy Sherman-Palladino says she’d still like her back, though at this stage it would only be a small part:
“There’s nothing malicious going on,” she said. “We’ve just put it out into the universe; we’re here until May 10. I know what the scene is. I’ll pre-light it for her. She can drive up, run in, shoot it, and run out. I can get her in and out in two hours.”
I know we all would have preferred Sookie to be written back in as a main character, and perhaps that’s also what Melissa had wanted? So hard to guess or know.
The 10-page (yes, 10!) spread about Gilmore Girls contains new photos from the set, a photoshoot with Lauren Graham (Lorelai) and Alexis Bledel (Rory), some known spoilers, as well as new spoilers and quotes from the cast. I will post more about the spread as soon as I read it!
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