Gilmore Girls

Those Are Strings, Pinocchio

Season 3, Ep 22, Aired 5/20/03
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  • Episode Description
  • Rory finally learns her mother can't afford to buy the Dragonfly Inn since financial aid for Yale didn't come through. She decides to take matters into her own hands with a quick visit to her grandparents right before graduation. Luke has second thoughts about a trip with Nicole after something Lorelai tells him. Jess makes silent contact with Rory after her graduation ceremony from Chilton.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Sean Gunn

    Kirk Gleason (Episodes 44 - , recurring previously)

  • Keiko Agena

    Lane Kim

  • Kelly Bishop

    Emily Gilmore

  • Alexis Bledel

    Rory Gilmore

  • Lauren Graham

    Lorelai Gilmore

  • Fan Reviews (22)
  • Rory graduates from Chilton, Sookie and Lorelai get the dragonfly inn. An excellent, heart-warming season three finale.

    By stewie1423, Jun 14, 2008

  • rory graduates chilton and luke tells the gilmore girls he's taking nicole on a trip. rory brings people to tears from her valedictorian speech and once again theres emily and richard to complicate things BUT also buy rory a car!!

    By gilmoregirls007, May 24, 2008

  • An absolutely fabulous episode!

    By th77, Mar 06, 2008

  • A great episode, full of love and powerful emotion

    By leo23dc, Feb 14, 2008

  • I just loved that speech!!!

    By karatiz, Dec 21, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (15)

    • Lorelai: (about her parents) Just once in my life, I'd like for you to get exactly what you want, and me to get exactly what I want, and them to get nothing! Rory: Well, we'll see if we can't arrange that sometime.

    • Lorelai: (about the money Richard and Emily are giving Rory for Yale) Rory, my parents do nothing altruistically. There are always strings attached. Rory: There's no strings. I just have to pay them back five years after I graduate and have dinner with them every Friday night. Lorelai: Um, hey, Pinocchio, those are strings.

    • Lorelai: (still upset because Rory went to her grandparents for Yale tuition money so Lorelai could open her inn) So explain this win-win-win thing to me again. Rory: Everybody wins. That's what it is.

    • Brad: Through good times and bad, Chilton formed us, brought us hope, honed our insight, gave us encouragement. Though my time here was briefly interrupted by my period spent on Broadway hanging out with Stephen Sondheim, I still consider Chilton the most rewarding experience of my young life. Now it had always been my plan in closing to recite a short poem I'd written. Louise: (aside to Madeline)But you reconsidered. Madeline: (aside to Louise)Come on, Brad. Go out a winner. Brad: But as I read it aloud, I realized the sentiments I wanted to share with my fellow students were better expressed in a favorite song of mine. (sings) Brad: Cherish is the word I use to describe... bong, bong. Bong, bong. Rory: Oh, Brad.

    • Rory: And if the ring bearer is younger than five years-old. Dean: My nephew, he's three. Rory: Don't give him the ring until the last second because I have seen many a ring swallowed, and well, it takes a couple days to get it back.

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    Notes (3)

    • German episode title: "Ein starker Abgang", meaning "A Strong Exit". French episode title: "Qui Tire Les Ficelles ?", meaning "Who Is Pulling The Strings?"

    • Music: "Peace Train" by Cat Stevens "Mexican Shuffle" by Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass "Pomp and Circumstance" by Edward Elgar "Cherish by The Association" (sung by Brad)

    • Milo Ventimiglia (Jess) appears in this episode, but doesn't have a line.

    Trivia (18)

    • Lorelai states in this episode "You're not changing your major from journalism because of my lack of money." But Rory can't be a declared journalism major because Yale University doesn't actually offer a bachelors degree in journalism.

      In season 7, Rory confirms her major is English.

    • We learn that Dean has an older sibling, when he says his nephew is three.

    • Unfortunately, Rory getting turned down for financial aid wouldn't have happened this year, FAFSA uses the previous year's tax records and income. Rory wouldn't have had a problem until her sophomore year at Yale.

    • The season started with Lorelai dreaming about Luke and ends on a dream of Luke about Lorelai. In both cases, they reveal their feelings for each other.

    • During the graduation ceremony Lorelai asks Luke if he has a pen, when he says no, she asks him: 'Where is the pen you take orders with?' The pair have exactly the same exchange during an earlier episode - "A Tale of Poes and Fire".

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    Allusions (9)

    • Rory: I don't want you to defer your dream. This is an allusion to the Langston Hughes poem "A Dream Deferred" in which he asks what happens to dreams that fail to come true.

    • Lorelai: We're the Chilton equivalent of 50 Cent's posse. 50 Cent is a well-known gangsta rapper who is known for traveling with a large entourage.

    • Kirk: I did tell you about the dangers of mold, right? And Ed McMahon's dog? Ed McMahon, of "Johnny Carson's Tonight Show" and Star Search fame, was involved in one of the most publicly noted cases of toxic mold after water pipes in his house burst and the clean up crews were less than efficient. The severe mold problem which ensued was claimed in a subsequent lawsuit to have killed the family dog, Muffin, as well as sickened numerous family members and staff.

    • Lorelai: We aren't buying a money pit are we? The Money Pit was a movie starring Tom Hanks and Shelley Long as a young couple attempting to fix up an old dilapidated house. The term has long been a phrase referring to a house which is in constant need of fixing (particularly expensive fixing), hence its use in this context and for that movie title.

    • Lorelai: (Sing-song voice)The Love Boat. Luke: I have no plans to propose. Lorelai: You don't now but after you've had dinner at Captain Stubing's table, and Isaac's served you up a couple of mojitos... The Love Boat was a TV show on from 1977 to 1986. People went on cruises where the crew, including Captain Stubing (played by Gavin MacLeod) and Isaac the bartender (Ted Lange), often helped the passengers fall in love.

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