Gilmore Girls

Teach Me Tonight

Season 2, Ep 19, Aired 4/30/02
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  • Episode Description
  • Lorelai's complaint about Taylor's choice for "Movie in the Square Night" lands her the responsibility for picking the evening's entertainment, but her enthusiasm for the task is quickly dampened when Taylor informs her that she must make a choice from a list of free movies which doesn't include any masterpieces; against her better judgment, Lorelai agrees to Luke's request that Rory tutor an about-to-flunk-out Jess; Rory and Jess decide to take a break from studying to get some ice cream, and with Jess behind the wheel, get into a car accident which leaves Rory with a broken wrist and a totaled car; a distraught Lorelai blames Luke for the accident, creating a serious rift in their relationship; Christopher arrives in the middle of the night ready to go after Jess, but he's already left Stars Hollow to return home; Kirk's short film premieres at Movie Night.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Keiko Agena

    Lane Kim

  • Kelly Bishop

    Emily Gilmore

  • Alexis Bledel

    Rory Gilmore

  • Lauren Graham

    Lorelai Gilmore

  • Edward Herrmann

    Richard Gilmore

  • Fan Reviews (15)
  • Movie Night

    By karatiz, Sep 06, 2007

  • Rory is asked to tutor Jess. Another great one ...

    By stewie1423, Jun 01, 2008

  • This was a really good Rory and Jess episode!!

    By xocaitixo, Jun 29, 2007

  • Gilmore Girls again shows us how great life is and how important is to have someone on your side when the life is hard.

    By martooo_m, Apr 05, 2008

  • A very important continuation of the growing love triangle story arc and the maturation of Rory.

    By playahaitian, Jun 28, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (24)

    • Information on the blackboard at Lanes and Jess's school test: "There is nothing fascinating on you palm, on your shoe, under your desk, on the floor."

    • Lorelai: Where are you going? Luke: I'm going to go find Jess. Lorelai: Yeah, well, I'll tell you one place he's not. He's not in the emergency room getting his arm plastered up! Luke: Hey! I am sorry about Rory. You know I care more about her than I do myself. But at least you know where Rory is, and at least you know that she's okay. Now I have to go find Jess, and I have to make sure that he's okay, so if that cuts into your screaming time, then that's just too damn bad! Lorelai: Go to hell! Luke: Right back at ya!

    • Luke: Was Jess hurt? Lorelai: No, Luke. Jess did the hurting. That little punk nephew of yours almost killed my kid tonight!

    • Luke: I asked you if anyone was hurt. Lorelai: Was anyone hurt? Well, let's see, Rory is in the hospital right now with a fractured wrist, so yeah, I'd say someone was hurt!

    • Jess: Okay, well, I’ll be right over there when you are. I just can’t wait for that learning to begin. Hey, are we gonna do some of those Schoolhouse Rocks songs? Rory: I’ll be right there, Jess. Jess: ‘Cause they say if you just make learning fun. . . Lorelai: Give us a minute, okay? Jess: Well, hurry – a mind is a terrible thing to waste.

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    Notes (6)

    • German episode title: "Nachhilfe", meaning "Private Lessons". French episode title: "Cours Particulier", meaning "A Private Lesson".

    • Milo Ventimiglia (Jess) stated that this was one of his favorite episodes to film, because he and Alexis Bledel (Rory) were just goofing off and having fun that night.

    • Jess' Book List: Please Kill Me by Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain

    • Lorelai: I hate crossword puzzles. They make me feel stupid. This is ironic because Lauren Graham (Lorelai) did several crossword puzzles on the set of Gilmore Girls every day during shooting.

    • Kelly Bishop (Emily Gilmore), Edward Herrmann (Richard Gilmore), Yanic Truesdale (Michel Gerard), Jared Padalecki (Dean Forester), and Liza Weil (Paris Geller) do not appear in this episode.

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    Trivia (13)

    • In the opening scene where Lorelai and Rory are shopping at Doose's Market, when they get to the checkout the box of 'Kraft Easy Mac n' Cheese' is clearly standing upright, yet a split-second later, when Taylor picks up the basket, it has managed to turn itself on its side. Also, it goes from Rory sliding the basket along the counter to it being in Taylor's hands as the camera angle moves, when there was clearly no time for Taylor to have taken the basket from Rory.

    • When Rory is in the car with Jess after getting ice cream, it's obvious that the images outside the window are on a loop. The same white car passes Jess's side of the car more than once and you can see the same cars passing along Rory's side as well.

    • While Kirk tells Lorelai about his self-made movie, Kirk refers to several of his jobs: Kirk: It’s true. Don’t get me wrong, I love the blue collar work. I enjoy the plight of the every man. But as much as the mailed letter delivered and the DSL line installed and the latest J. Lo flick rented fills me with a deep sense of pride, in my soul I am Akira Kurosawa.
      But he was not the DSL installer. It was the same actor (Sean Gunn), but another character: Mick as seen in Season 1, episode 2.

    • All the movie descriptions that Lorelai and Rory read from Taylor's huge binder, Arctic Flight, Where Are Your Children?, for example, are actual B-movies from the '40s and '50s.

    • The book that Jess is reading throughout the episode is "Slaughterhouse Five" by Kurt Vonnegut.

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    Allusions (20)

    • Lorelai: Hey, do you remember in Terms of Endearment that scene where Shirley MacLaine...


      Terms of Endearment is a 1983 movie based on a novel about a mother/daughter pair and their relationship through ups and downs and romantic entanglements.

    • Lorelai: Okay, I have now finished going through every single one of these movies. I've read them, reviewed their merits, and I'm proud to announce that I have chosen our movie. How does The Yearling sound to you? Rory: Perfect. Lorelai: And buh-bye. (There is a knock at the door) Lorelai: Oh, that must be Pauline Kael rising from the dead. Rory: Tell her hey. (Lorelai gets up to answer the door to find Luke standing there with a box of brownies) Lorelai: Pauline! Pauline Kael was a film critic who published her movie reviews in The New Yorker magazine from 1968-1991. She died in 2001.

    • Rory: I'm going to be a journalist. Jess: Paula Zahn? Rory: Christiane Amanpour. Paula Zahn is an anchor for CNN. Christiane Amanpour is an international correspondent for CNN.

    • Rory: The stuff they gave me at the hospital made me a little dopey. Lorelai: My little Marianne Faithfull. 1960's singer/songwriter Marianne Faithfull was known for her drug use.

    • Episode Title: Teach Me Tonight Teach Me Tonight is the name of a song by Sammy Cahn & Gene DePaul, recorded by Frank Sinatra, Jo Stafford, and others.

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