Gilmore Girls

Season 5 Episode 2

A Messenger, Nothing More

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Sep 28, 2004 on The WB
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T.J. is milking his injuries for all he's worth, but Luke decides that it's time to go home after seven weeks on the Renaissance Fair circuit; Rory calls to apologize and to ask her mother to deliver a letter to Dean; Sookie and Lorelai decide to decompress with a girls-day-out; Emily and Rory come home exhausted from fending off the attentions of randy European men. Lindsay finds Rory's letter and confronts Dean. Lane realizes that she's falling for Zack.moreless

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  • With Rory in Italy and Luke at the Renessaince Faire, Lorelai keeps busy until they return

    Luke is at the Renessaince Fair, getting the latest gossip. Then he notices TJ is hiding a TV on his lap. Luke gets fed up and decides to go home. He calls Lorelai to tell her this, and she pretends not to believe him.

    Emily and Rory are in Italy. Emily flirts with the Italian waiter, and Rory visits the catacombs. Rory talks to her mother twice. The first time, she and Lorelai have a rather stilted conversaton. The second time though, Rory is like her old self, and she and Lorelai have their usual wacky conversation. But then Rory turns serious and asks Lorelai to deliver a letter from her to Dean. At first Lorelai is reluctant, but she finally agrees.

    Later, after Lorelai has delivered the letter, she and Sookie watch as Lindsey very publicly throws Dean out of the house. When Rory gets back from Europe, Sookie tells her about it. Lorelai gets Rory away, then asks her what was in the letter. Rory tells her that she asked to be "taken out of the equation" of Dean and Lindsey's life. Lorelai says that was a good letter.

    Rory goes to Deans' parents' house, where Dean is staying. Dean tells Rory that he made a big mistake, ruining his marriage for her. This makes Rory sad.moreless
  • Lorelai is working too hard, Rory sends a letter to Dean. Brilliant episode, Luke and Lorelai finally are going to be together.

    This brilliant, slightly better than the opener of the season. Emily in Rome was funny because she was just so different to what Lorelai would be like. Refusing to let Rory carry anything, making people do things for her. I was glad to see Rory and Lorelai make up her (By phone) and I'm glad there back to there old selves.

    Lorelai working too hard was amusing because she just kept butting in. It was amusing when Sookie told her about this but when they both took the day off, all they could think about was the dragonfly inn. TJ milking his injuries was alright but was like an obstacle with Luke and Lorelai, Liz was funny with saying that Lorelai's is Luke's TJ, kind of insulting really.

    Lane realises she might like have feelings for Zach when she gets jealous when he brings two girls to the diner, one of them basically tells her they didn't know she liked him. As for Dean and Lindsey, I'm glad its over because now it will be interesting to see how his relationship with Rory goes.

    He was rather stupid to leave the letter in his jacket, wasn't he. The street scene when Lindsey's mother was giving out to Rory was entertaining, good to see Lorelai stand up for her daughter, as always.

    Luke and Lorelai meet up when he gets back and he gives her present which she loves. They nearly kiss but are interrupted but it is clearly stated that something is going to happen soon. This was a brilliant episode, a lot of things to come!moreless
  • Time went by, Lorelai looks like Speedy Gonzales, Luke and Rory are away but coming back

    Rory is gone, Luke is gone and Lorelai speedy Gonzales is speeding all over town.

    Luke is still at the renaissance fair and Rory is in Europe with Emily.

    TJ is lazy, Liz is already up and working but TJ no.

    It's fun seeing Emily flirting lol

    And Lorelai is working non stopping, she is bossing around, doing everyone's job and not sleeping. All because of Rory and Luke.

    Sookie has to send her home!

    And finally Rory calls her and they have one of those great calls they used to make before the whole Dean situation.

    Luke is coming home, Rory sent a letter to Dean and if backfired and finally Rory and Emily are back from Europe.

    After weeks Luke is finally at the diner.

    That scene where he said he had to do something and left and Lorelai went after, just to get together without anyone around.

    It was going great, he gave her the gift and then suddenly the whole town goes around the corner with a marching band.

    Dean was kicked out and now things aren't great.

    It end with the perfect moment, everything is good again.moreless
  • In a typical Gilmore fashion, the stories continue evolving.

    We finally get to see the end for Rory and Dean, but I still think something might happen between them later. Anyway, I'm glad it's over for now and can't wait to see what will happen to Rory when the new college year begins. The Luke scenes with T.J. and his sister were amazing. The show never stops being funny and it has the best dialogue I had ever seen before.

    Interesting allusions and smart comebacks are the key to this show's success. Of course, drama is heavily involved in each storyline. I like seeing Luke and Lorelai together, God only knows how long I've hoped for those two to hook up. Luke is a strange fellow and I'm sure lots of fun is just around the corner. And with the addition of Sookie, Lane loving Zach, and Ms. Patty, this is truly a Gilmore classic.moreless
  • A decent installment.

    You will not be disappointed by this installment at all. It is just as brilliant as each other episode of Gilmore Girls. In this one Lindsay and Dean officially break-up, but that fails to make things between Dean and Rory any less complicated. That actually complicates them even more as Lindsay had found Rory’s letter to Dean. Luke returns to Stars Hollow in this episode and is reunited with Lorelai. This episode is very good, but I wouldn’t classify it as a series classic. It is better than the average episode of most dramas though, and the quality of writing sails above all else once again. Recommended.moreless
Sean Gunn

Sean Gunn

Kirk Gleason (Episodes 44 - , recurring previously)

Keiko Agena

Keiko Agena

Lane Kim

Kelly Bishop

Kelly Bishop

Emily Gilmore

Alexis Bledel

Alexis Bledel

Rory Gilmore

Lauren Graham

Lauren Graham

Lorelai Gilmore

Edward Herrmann

Edward Herrmann

Richard Gilmore

Abigail Mavity

Abigail Mavity

Joanna Krumholtz

Guest Star

Tawny Rene Hamilton

Tawny Rene Hamilton

Theresa Lister

Guest Star

Floyd Van Buskirk

Floyd Van Buskirk


Guest Star

Jared Padalecki

Jared Padalecki

Dean Forester

Recurring Role

Todd Lowe

Todd Lowe


Recurring Role

Arielle Kebbel

Arielle Kebbel

Lindsay Lister Forester

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (7)

    • In this episode Luke and Lorelei both make up excuses to leave the diner and meet up to talk in privacy. Luke says he's going to the pharmacy and Lorelei says she's going to Doose's market. Rory and Jess made up similar excuses to sneak off in season 3 episode 8,Let the Games Begin" .

    • Before Luke leaves the Renaissance Fair, he calls Lorelai. Right before the call, you can hear flute music in the background. It's similar to the music, which is played in season 2 episode 10 "The Bracebridge Dinner".

    • In this episode Dean states that he ruined his marriage for a girl that "dumped me once" and "just bailed."
      But Dean is the one who dumped her in their previous two break-ups. In Season 1, Episode 16 "Star-Crossed Lovers and Other Strangers", Dean was unhappy with how Rory responded to his declaration of love and broke up with her. In Season 3, Episode 7, "They Shoot Gilmores Don't They", at the dance marathon, Dean tells her that he isn't her boyfriend anymore. In this episode, because he was married, he wasn't available to Rory so she really didn't bail on him but rather tried to correct her mistake by extracting herself from the situation.

    • In the opening scene when Lorelai is walking past Miss Patty's, the little apple that falls is closer to Miss Patty. When Miss Patty turns around, the little girl is farther away from her.

    • When they arrive at the hotel in Rome, Emily tells Rory they have to pick out restaurants for three days. When Emily later calls Lorelai, she tells her it's their last stop on the European trip. The next day, when Rory calls Lorelai to apologize and ask her to give the letter to Dean, she says she can't wait until she gets home to clear things up. By then it would only be two days left until Rory gets home so the letter would hardly get there any faster.

    • When Rory comes back from Europe, Lorelai's hair is curly. However, when they leave the house, Lorelai's hair is obviously straight. Then, once they are near the town gazebo, Lorelai's hair is curly again. When they enter the diner, Lorelai's hair is once again straight, but when she goes to meet Luke having gone to "run an errand", her hair is once again curly.

    • After Rory arrives home from Europe and she is sitting at the kitchen table with Lorelai and Sookie, there is one can of soda on the table in the first shot and in the next there are two cans, later it goes back to one.

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Emily: Those European men... young, old, in between... they saw us coming.
      Sookie: They saw you coming where?
      Emily: We were like magnets. Such high libidos.
      Lorelai: You weren't wearing your "hot and wealthy" sandwich board, were you, Mom?
      Rory: She was very popular.
      Emily: Well, I should go. (to Lorelai) I bring you back a charming, cultured, well-mannered young lady. Don't undo it.
      Lorelai: I will definitely try not to not undo it.

    • Lorelai: Still no Luke, huh?
      Lane: Liz and T.J. are still not back up on their feet. Luke's calling the Renaissance Faire his "Vietnam without all the fun shooting."
      Lorelai: Oh, poor guy.

    • (Sookie is trying to get Lorelai to take some time off.)
      Sookie: Want to know the last time I saw staff and maids looking this scared of their boss? Your mother's house.
      Lorelai: Ow...knife in the gut!

    • Liz: I'm so happy for you! You found your T.J.!
      Luke: Please don't phrase it like that!

    • Lorelai: (after finding out that Lindsay read the letter Rory wrote to Dean) Okay, I have got to know what was in that letter.
      Rory: I...I told him that that night was special and that I wasn't sorry it happened...but he's married, and he has to figure out his life, so I said that I was going to make it easier for him...and take myself out of the mix.
      Lorelai: That was a very good letter.
      Rory: I can't believe she found it.

    • (At Luke's)
      Lane: Lorelai, hi. Would you like your usual to go?
      Lorelai: Yes, and quick-quick, please.
      Lane: You know, people are calling you "the blur."
      Lorelai: That's mean. Or is it? What is that?
      Lane: You're not around, and you're always running -- swoosh, blur.
      Lorelai: Well, that's business, baby. If you slow down, they might catch up with you.

    • Lorelai: Hey, I should bring steak sauce, right?
      Rory: For what?
      Lorelai: Pizza.
      Rory: I just got back from Italy.
      Lorelai: So?
      Rory: So they'd shoot you in Italy for that.
      Lorelai: But this is America, where we unapologetically bastardize other countries' cultures in a gross quest for moral and military sumpremacy.
      Rory: I forgot. Bring on the imperialistic condiments.

    • Luke: This town...
      Lorelai: -- is our town. This town is so glamorous.

    • Michel: It is not my job to entertain little people.

    • Cheryl: God, I just want to spend, like three straight years doing nothing but reading, you know?
      Lane: What book?

    • Lorelai: Hey! You found him! Good job, Krumholtzes!
      Ethan: He grounded us and told us to go do something to ourselves!
      Joanna: He used a dirty word!
      Michel: And I'm destined to use many more.

  • NOTES (4)

    • German episode title: "Ein Brief mit Folgen", meaning "A Letter with Consequences".

      French episode title: "Ne Tirez Pas Sur Le Messager", "Don't Shoot The Messenger".

    • This episode drew 5.99 million viewers.

    • Rory's "home movies from my trip with Grandma" is actually a scene from 1985's A Room With a View featuring Maggie Smith and Helena Bonham Carter.

    • Music:

      "Fell in Love With a Girl" by the White Stripes Zach says the band plays this song as well as the White Stripes
      "This Town" by The Go-Go's Spoken/sung by Lorelai when the Cider Mill parade comes by Luke and Lorelai trying to have a private moment.
      - "Chimacum Rain" by Linda Perhacs


    • Luke: This town...
      Lorelai: our town. This town is so glamorous.

      This is in reference to the song by the famous girl group The Go-Go's called "This Town".

    • Lorelai: I am the über Trump Murdoch maximus!

      References to Donald Trump and Rupert Murdoch, both very rich businessmen.

    • Lorelai: Ginchy!

      'Ginchy' was a slang term used by the character Kookie in the TV show 77 Sunset Strip (1958-1964). It was supposed to be similar to 'cool' or 'groovy'.

    • Lorelai: (to Luke) See you when Hillary's president!

      Lorelai says this line in order to imply the extremely long time it would take for her to see Luke again. The "Hillary" being referred to with this line is Former First-Lady (and the junior United States Senator from New York), Hillary Clinton. Many believe that Hillary Rodham Clinton would make a good Democratic President, and would have a chance of being the first woman president. Still, this would take quite a bit of time, since 2008 would be the earliest, if ever, Hillary would be president.

    • Brian: ... So Mary Magdalene goes to Gaul to have the kid...

      Brian is telling Zach about The Da Vinci Code, the best selling book by Dan Brown.

    • Lorelai: (to Luke) What's that, Lucy, a football for me to kick?

      Lorelai is referencing Charles Schultz's famous Peanuts cartoon, in which the main character, Charlie Brown, often is taunted and teased by fellow character Lucy placing a football out in front of him. When Charlie Brown goes to kick the ball, Lucy snatches the ball away, letting Charlie Brown's foot fly up into the air.