Gilmore Girls

Paris is Burning

Season 1, Ep 11, Aired 1/11/01
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  • Episode Description
  • As Lorelai and Max grow closer, Rory begins to get attached to the idea of Max in their lives, which worries Lorelai; Sookie and Lorelai have a frank discussion about relationships; Lorelai tries to ease out of her relationship with Max during Parent's Day at Chilton, but ends up passionately kissing him in his classroom just as Paris walks by; stung by the details in the newspapers about her parents' messy divorce, Paris tells everyone in the lunchroom about Max and Lorelai to deflect gossip away from her and towards Rory; Rory confronts Paris, gets an apology, and offers a sympathetic ear, which is grudgingly accepted; Sookie asks Jackson out on a date and he accepts.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Kelly Bishop

    Emily Gilmore

  • Alexis Bledel

    Rory Gilmore

  • Lauren Graham

    Lorelai Gilmore

  • Melissa McCarthy

    Sookie St. James

  • Scott Patterson

    Luke Danes

  • Fan Reviews (9)
  • Another great episode, I actually didn't think Max was that bad here and the arguments are always entertaining.

    By stewie1423, May 17, 2008

  • Pretty good!

    By VGFreak8, Nov 25, 2007

  • Rory's parent day

    By karatiz, Aug 28, 2007

  • it is parents day at rorys school.

    By amfarley84, May 29, 2006

  • Daughter comforts heartbroken mom

    By Romwriter, Mar 11, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (28)

    • Lorelai: Why are you smiling like that? Emily: What are you talking about? Lorelai: You're smiling. Emily: I'm happy. Lorelai: That's not your 'I'm happy smile.' Emily: Well, then what smile is it Lorelai? Lorelai: It's your 'I've got something on Lorelai smile.' Lorelai: Rory, your mother must be very tired. Rory: She works a lot. Lorelai: I grew up with that smile. I know that smile. Emily: (to Rory) Tell me about school. Rory: Well, my French final went pretty well. Lorelai: You can change the subject. I know the smile. Emily: Whatever you say, dear. Lorelai: I used it a few times myself. Rory: Mom... Emily: (to Rory) So tell me about Parents' day. Lorelai: What? Emily: Parents' day. Next Wednesday. When all the parents are supposed to go to class with their children all day long. Lorelai: The Chilton newsletter came out today! Rory: Yep. Lorelai: Right. Emily: You didn't read yours? Lorelai: Not yet. Emily: Ah... Lorelai: But you knew that. Emily: Well... Lorelai: Hence the smile.

    • Emily: Kissing a teacher? In a classroom? On Parents' day? Lorelai: Well, they wanted us to get more involved with school!

    • Paris: (taunting Rory after telling her that she saw her mom and Mr. Medina kissing) How's the coleslaw? Good?

    • (Lorelai pulls a box of pizza out of the fridge and looks at it.) Rory: What? Lorelai: This is the pizza from mystery Tuesday, that one's perfectly fine.... (looks at the pizza she accidentally threw out) Rory: Don't. Lorelai: It's in the box. Rory: Oscar. Lorelai: Felix!

    • Rory: Do you have any idea how many people you've hurt? Forget me and my mother--what about Mr. Medina? He likes you, Paris. He compliments you, he holds your papers up for everyone to see. And then you turn around and do something like this to him. What is wrong with you? Forget it, I wouldn't expect you to understand.

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    Notes (3)

    • German episode title: "Kuss und Schluss", meaning "Kiss And End".

    • Edward Herrman (Richard), Keiko Agena (Lane) and Yanic Truesdale (Michel) do not appear in this episode.

    • Lorelai's Book List: Swann's Way by Marcel Proust Mr. Medina's Recommendations: Dante Shakespeare Homer Walt Whitman

    Trivia (8)

    • At the beginning of this episode Lorelai and Rory go to the pet fair in the town square. In season 6, episode 2 "Fight Face", you'll see the pet fair again. This is the only one of the town's many annual events (ie. Dance Marathon, Bid-a-Basket etc.) that you see more than once.

    • The coffee bar where Lorelai and Max meet in this episode is the same coffee bar where they decide to take a break in "Paris is Burning". This also happens to be the same coffee bar where Lorelai breaks up with Jason in "Afterboom" when he tells her he's suing Richard. Incidentally, this was modeled after an actual coffee bar located in Hartford, CT.

    • In the opening scene, Luke is seen in the background petting a dog at the pet fair. However, in later episodes, we learn that Luke hates dogs.

    • When Sookie and Jackson are at Luke’s, talking about the squash blossoms, Sookie calls them stuffed, fried squash blossoms the first time. The second time she says fried, stuffed squash blossoms, and the third time she goes back to stuffed, fried squash blossoms.

    • In the scene where Lorelai is talking to Sookie, Lorelai's hands are very animated when the shot is on her. However, when the shot cuts to Sookie, Lorelai's hands remain quite still.

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    Allusions (10)

    • Lorelai: I just don't think that a book whose first sentence is 20 pages long is for me. Marcel Proust is known for being long-winded in a language (French) which is inherently long-winded. French does not have any problem with the English faux-pas of "run-on sentences". Monty Python's third season episode (number 31), pokes fun at this by starting off with a skit about "The All-England Summarize Proust Competition"

    • Rory: (speaking of her class nemesis, Paris Geller) Her parents are getting a major divorce. Lorelai: Really? Rory: Her dad's like this bigwig at a huge pharmaceutical company, and they're printing all the sordid details about it in the paper. Lorelai: Wooo, how sordid? Rory: Well, it's not the Rick James incident, but Hugh Grant should be feeling pretty good about himself... Rick James was an American funk and soul artist, who became known as the King of Funk with late 70s funk hits as Super Freak (sampled by M.C. Hammer for U Can't Touch This) and Give It To Me Baby. By the end of the 80s, though, his recreational use of cocaine had gotten out of hand, and he was convicted of assaulting two women in two different instances, one a sordid tale involving bondage and forced sex while under the influence. He served two years in Folsom Prison. He died in 2004, but will be remembered for years as the butt of a now-famous Dave Chappelle routine which depicted him as a violent, self-absorbed drug-addled misogynist, with the tagline "I'm Rick James, b**ch!". James himself is on record as appreciating the humor of it. Hugh Grant, well-known pretty boy English actor, is best known for his role in Four Weddings and a Funeral. He did considerable damage to his public image by getting arrested for receiving oral sex from a prostitute while sitting in a car in Hollywood.

    • Lorelai: If I hadn't stopped watching This Old House I'd be 500 pounds right now. This Old House is a TV program on PBS that follows remodeling projects over a number of weeks.

    • Max: I look like a Norman to you? Rory: I'm sorry, Psycho was on earlier and it was just the first name that came to mind. I'll think of something else. How about Alfred? Psycho is an Alfred Hitchcock film about Norman Bates, a taxidermist who has to take care of his ill mother and who murders Marion Crane while she is in the shower.

    • Lorelai: Rory and I have a skating date. Rory: I'm Nancy Kerrigan. Lorelai: And I'm Tonya Harding. I'm going to do the whole shoelace coming untied, nervous breakdown, let me start again act and everything. Nancy Kerrigan is an Olympic figure skating medalist whose poor handling of her media exposure resulted in a poor public image, which dampened her off-rink success as a celebrity. Tonya Harding was associated with a scheme by her then-husband in which a hired thug clubbed Nancy in the knee in an attempt to remove her from competition with Tonya during the 1994 USFS Championships. The publicity backlash, along with a history of excuses and odd problems, largely destroyed her skating career, which had been fairly successful to that point. The shoelace incident referred to was at the 1994 Winter Olympics. Since then, she has had numerous minor scrapes with the law (usually involving alcohol and domestic arguments), in addition to a minor career as a female boxer.

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