Gilmore Girls

Season 3 Episode 17

A Tale of Poes and Fire

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Apr 15, 2003 on The WB
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The Independence Inn hosts a gathering of the Edgar Allan Poe Society, but a fire forces Lorelai to relocate the guests to her own house and those of her friends, and leaves her spending the night at Luke's, where she reveals a previously secret dream. Sookie and her staff invade Luke's to prepare breakfast, and gets into a culinary groove with Luke after a rocky start. Questions arise about Jess' attendance at school when he becomes Wal-Mart's Employee of the Month and Luke discovers he's working overtime. Lorelai and Rory start picking up on unfriendly vibes from Nicole and Lindsay. Rory visits Paris, who is hiding from the world, and prompts her to rejoin the land of the living. Invited to inspect the damage to the inn, Lorelai discovers it is far worse than she had believed. After making extensive pro-con lists in an effort to decide whether to attend Harvard, Yale, or Princeton, Rory has a heart-to-heart with Lorelai and chooses Yale.moreless

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  • A fire at the inn forces Lorelai to put the quests up in at the Gilmore house. A brilliant episode, the end was shocking ... what will happen now?

    I wasn't expect the inn to be that badly damaged, I wonder what they'll do about it. I thought it was a good way to bring certain characters together, Luke and Lorelai, Sookie and Luke. Them cooking together was great, we've never seen them bond before. Lorelai told Luke about her dream from the start of the season, they have great chemistry.

    Rory having three college choices was good and it was nice to see Lorelai respect whatever she wanted which is obviously Yale, liked the end when Lorelai had done up the wall with Yale stuff and the Kirk t-shirt. I'm sure Richard will be thrilled.

    As for Paris, she'll get in somewhere else no doubt, what Rory said to her was nice and I'm glad there friendship is remaining strong. Funny how she was watching the soaps 'I don't deserve general hospital!'. Jess being the employee of the month was funny, especially how Luke reacted. I doubt he is going to school, he isn't very convincing.

    Babette and Miss Patty were funny, when Patty was answering the phones, hilarious. Plus Babtette messing with the computer. The fake boyfriend of Lane is perhaps falling for her, should be interesting. Lindsey is being a bit harsh, I mean Rory is being nice to her. How good was it that Luke spoke about Lorelai on his first date with Nicole.

    This was a brilliant episode, very sad that the inn basically burned down but we did found out about Rory's college!moreless
  • Definitely a classic! A must see!

    This is one of those episodes where you can just watch it over and over again without getting bored. There is plenty of Luke and Lorelai, Rory and Lorelai, Rory and Jess, Rory and Lane, seeing all of the townspeople, etc, etc. My favorite part of this episode has to be when Lorelai has to spend the night at Luke's place. It's so awkwardly amazing. You can really see their romance blooming. There are also many funny parts in this episode. Rory and the sock puppets, for example. But don't take my word for it - watch this episode! You won't be disappointed.moreless
  • This is sad...

    This episode started well...

    Rory got accepted in Harvard, Yale and Princeton and now they are doing Pro and Con list to decide which school she is choosing...

    Jess is employee of the month...

    The Poe society is staying at the inn and everything is going well. Those looks to Lorelai and Rory from Dean and Luke's dates were cold lol, they are so jealous lol

    There is a fire at the inn and Lorelai needs to put plan B in action: create a new inn with phones and internet, provide meals for the guest and accommodation.

    Here is when you see the beauty of a small town, people know each other and they offer to help Lorelai and Sookie. It's great.

    They manage to find everyone a place to stay, Lorelai is the only one without a bed lol thank God for Luke...

    The thing I like most in this episode is the help, the fact that everyone contribute to arrange space for the guests and they didn't complained...

    When Lorelai slept at Luke's, she told him that dream she had where they were married, expecting a baby and all... That was sweet. At the kiss part she froze up...I wish they were together....

    Oh and the decision is made, Rory is going to Yale.

    I've seen more advanced episodes and with all the Harvard talk I didn't understand how she ended up in Yale but now I know.

    The inn is a wreck... the fire did a lot of damaged. I thought it would be OK, they would get the things out, open it that day and everything would get back to normal...

    Guess not, they have to start from scratch...moreless
  • Rory has a choice to pick a college to go to.

    Rory has got accepted to 3 different school of her choice. Harvard, Princeton and Yale. So she sits down and writes pros and cons for each university. In the end her mom tells her that she would like her to go to Yale and that is the school Rory wants to go to as well. Jess wins Employee of the Month at Wal-Mart and Luke goes to his award ceremony and his boss talks to him and makes Luke suspect that Jess is working a 40-hour week and not going to school. Lorelai's inn catches on fire and so they have to find rooms for all their guest until they can get all their stuff out of the Inn. This leaves Lorelai and Rory without a place to sleep so Rory sleeps at Lanes and Lorelai crashes at Lukes. She tells him about a dream that she had. They were married and she was having twins. End of episode.moreless
  • Rory has a choice to pick a college to go to.

    Rory has got accepted to 3 different school of her choice. Harvard, Princeton and Yale. So she sits down and writes pros and cons for each university. In the end her mom tells her that she would like her to go to Yale and that is the school Rory wants to go to as well. Jess wins Employee of the Month at Wal-Mart and Luke goes to his award ceremony and his boss talks to him and makes Luke suspect that Jess is working a 40-hour week and not going to school. Lorelai's inn catches on fire and so they have to find rooms for all their guest until they can get all their stuff out of the Inn. This leaves Lorelai and Rory without a place to sleep so Rory sleeps at Lanes and Lorelai crashes at Lukes. She tells him about a dream that she had. They were married and she was having twins. End of episode.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

Beth Kennedy

Beth Kennedy

Mrs. O'Malley

Guest Star

Willie C. Carpenter

Willie C. Carpenter

Chief Baker

Guest Star

Michael Mantell

Michael Mantell

Fred Larson

Guest Star

Liz Torres

Liz Torres

Miss Patty

Recurring Role

Sally Struthers

Sally Struthers

Babette Dell

Recurring Role

Emily Kuroda

Emily Kuroda

Mrs. Kim

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (9)

    • When Lorelai tells Luke about the dream from episode 1 of this season, "Those Lazy-Crazy-Hazy Days", he asks if they were married. She tells him yes, however, in the dream you can clearly see that she's not wearing a ring.

    • We learn that Rory is going to Yale.

    • Lorelai tells Luke about the dream she had about him in "Those Lazy-Hazy-Crazy Days."

    • While Lorelai is staying at his place Luke tells her that she has become a sore point between him and Nicole because he talked about Lorelai during their first date. Yet, earlier this season when Nicole and Luke had their first date and headed back to the diner everything seemed to be just fine. They kept telling each other what a great time they both had. The only sore point then was the restaurant they went to.

    • In the poetry-reading session, the microphone can be seen above Rory and Lorelei just after Lorelei gives Rory the pen.

    • Lorelai tells Michel to call nearby hotels and inns to find places for the guests to stay after the fire. She mentions the Cheshire Cat Inn. However, based on the episode in the second season "The Road Trip To Harvard," in which Rory and Lorelai stay at a place called the "Cheshire Cat", it is located in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. That was a bed-and-breakfast, not an inn. so Presumably this is an entirely different place with a similar name.

    • When Rory and Lane talk about Young Chui, Lanes hair changes back and forth between shots.

    • The three shirts that are Stars Hollows daily shirts are "babette ate oatmeal!", "faux poes foes", and "rory is going to yale!".

    • This is the episode where Rory officially decides she is going to Yale. The Harvard wall is changed accordingly.

  • QUOTES (17)

    • Lorelai: Ooh, sorry, I have to get up super early tomorrow.
      Luke: No problem. What time?
      Lorelai: Six.
      Luke: I get up at quarter to five every morning.
      Lorelai: Why in the world would you get up that early?
      Luke: I don't know, to run my business?
      Lorelai: Well, change businesses. (she lies down on bed) Ooh, wow, total déjà vu.
      Luke: Really?
      Lorelai: It's the alarm clock. I had a dream once that you set eighteen alarm clocks to get me up, which is not a bad way to get me up.
      Luke: Where were we?
      Lorelai: We were, um, at my house. I got up, I went downstairs for coffee, and you talked to my stomach.
      Luke: Why on earth I do that?
      Lorelai: Well, because I was pregnant. Twins.
      Luke: Mine?
      Lorelai: What am I, dream tramp? Of course yours.
      Luke: We were married?
      Lorelai: Um, yeah. Did I not mention that?
      Luke: No. You know, you shouldn't drink coffee when you're pregnant.
      Lorelai: Uh, true.
      Luke: It's probably why Rory's a caffeine addict.
      Lorelai: Right, you're right.
      Luke: Dream go beyond that?
      Lorelai: No. Um, you talked to my stomach and then you ki- well, no.
      Luke: Oh, okay. Well... night.
      Lorelai: Yeah, night.

    • (Lorelai gives her room to some guest and she is without bed)
      Lorelai: How much room do you take up on that couch there, Fred Junior?
      Junior: Pretty much all of it.
      Lorelai: That's what I figured...

    • (While sitting at Miss Patty's, enduring a tediously done rendition of Poe's "The Raven")
      Lorelai: At least if I had brought a flask, we could have played the nevermore drinking game.
      Rory: Oh, maybe this is what drove Poe to the bottle.
      Lorelai: His own work.

    • Kirk: Good morning, ladies. May I interest you in a shirt?
      Lorelai: Aw, Kirk, you're not selling your laundry again, are you?
      Luke: No solicitors, Kirk.
      Kirk: How about if I cut you in for a piece of the action?
      Luke: How about I toss the shirts out the door first so you can have something to land on?

    • Miss Patty: (when a recitation of "The Raven" is dragging on too long) Poor Edgar Allan Poe has suffered so much. And now we've gotta suffer along with him.

    • Rory: You need to start taking calls from people, you need to check the mail so that you can see the other millions of universities that have no doubt accepted you and that are probably dying to be in the Paris Geller business.

    • Rory: I got to go. But page me if there's any news or anything.
      Lorelai: Ok. You mean like if Michel killed Babette, then Miss Patty, then himself in a bizarre murder-murder-suicide pact?
      Rory: Amongst other things.

    • Lorelai: You all set up here?
      Michel: Computer with internet, phones forwarded here and printer is on the way.
      Miss Patty: And I'm the receptionist.
      Babbette: And I'm learning the computer.
      Michel: And I'm looking for my cyanide capsule. Have you seen it?

    • Michel: You've got to shorten your greeting.
      Miss Patty: What?
      Michel: You don't need to recite the Gettysburg Address every time you answer the phone.
      Miss Patty: I was Ricardo Montalban's receptionist for 6 months and he never complained.
      Michel: Who?
      Miss Patty: Don't make me hit you.

    • Lorelai: What's with the Poes?
      Rory: They look upset.
      Miss Patty: Want to hear the scoop?
      Lorelai: Please.
      Miss Patty: I was here when they both arrived. They got their signals crossed. They were supposed to perform different things. But they both came to do "The Raven".
      Lorelai: If the Poes start fighting, does that punch a hole in the space/time continuum?
      Rory: And throw us into a universe where everything is the exact opposite of what it is here?

    • Luke: You know how Jess works at Wal-Mart.
      Lorelai: Yes I do.
      Luke: It seems he was actually chosen employee of the month.
      Lorelai: Really?
      Luke: I know it sounds tiny.
      Lorelai: No Luke that's not tiny. That really good.
      Luke: There's probably hundreds of people working at that branch and they singled him out. I got a letter addressed to the family of Jess Mariano inviting me down to some little ceremony they're having.
      Lorelai: Are you going?
      Luke: He'd hate it if I was there. He's have me seeing him participate in some corporate ceremony like that. Being called upstanding and responsible. It would kill him. Yeah I'm going.
      Lorelai: Good boy.

    • Rory: Look at my wall.
      Lorelai: So?
      Rory: So, that wall says something.
      Lorelai: Yeah, it says the Harvard merchandising department made a nice chunk of change off of us.

    • Lorelai: You checked the Cheshire Cat, the Maiden's Teacup, the Cookie House, the Sugarbear Inn?
      Michel: Every place that sounds like Glinda the Good Witch threw up, yes...all booked.

    • Lorelai: Oh, is this everyone from the Edgar Allen Poe Society?
      Michel: If you mean the I-should-be-sterilized-so-that-my-disturbing-idiosyncrasies-aren't-passed-onto-the-next-generation society, then yes, that's them.

    • Babette: Hey Michel, I just hit F4 and the Num Lock key and the one with the little apple on it and it's freakin' out like it's on acid or something!

    • Jess: What are you doing here?
      Luke: I'm so proud of my boy.
      Jess: Stop it.
      Luke: Do you have a tissue, because I think I'm going to be emotional.
      Jess: I mean it! Stop now! It came with cash. That's the only reason I'm here.
      Luke: Don't forget the plaque! You should hang that over your bed, shine a little spotlight over it.
      Jess: I gotta bet back to work.
      (Jess walks away)
      Luke: (calls after him) Yeah, the forklift's going, "Where's the extension of me?"

    • Luke: You tuck a bed in on both sides?
      Lorelai: Yeah, and then I slip in, like it's a straightjacket.
      Luke: Oh, you must feel at home there.

  • NOTES (3)

    • German episode title: "In Schutt und Asche", meaning "In Ruins".

      French episode title: "Le Corbeau Et L'Incendie", meaning "The Crow And The Fire".

    • Kelly Bishop (Emily) and Edward Herrmann (Richard) do not appear in this episode.

    • The shirts Kirk made in this episode bear a close resemblance to the black shirts with the words 'a film by Kirk' written in lower-case white letters which were created by some Gilmore Girls' fans on the net after "Teach Me Tonight" aired.


    • Paris: I was flipping through Harvard class schedules when you were still delighting to the adventures of Gumby and Pokey.
      Rory: I was more a Pee Wee Herman kind of Gal.

      Gumby, a green guy, and his sidekick Pokey, an orange horse were on Gumby Adventures,a Saturday morning show done with clay. It was one of the earliest children's shows on TV

      Pee Wee's Playhouse was another show for kids around the late 80's, featuring Paul Reubens playing his signature character (with the goofy sexual overtones bowdlerized, of course). When he was involved in a scandal over publicly whacking off in a XXX movie theater, the show quietly disappeared. Although he last appeared as the character in 1992, there is supposedly a movie being made.

    • Lorelai: (to Rory, who is entertaining little kids with a sock-puppet show) Hey, Shari Lewis, how's the show going?

      Shari Lewis (1933 - 1998) was a puppeteer who created the character Lamb Chop out of a sock puppet, which became a classic children's character in the late 50s. When TV Guide did a celebrity recipe's section, her entry was a recipe for lamb chops.

    • Paris: I've been totally Howard-Hughesing it.

      Aviator and industrialist Howard Hughes (1905 - 1976) suffered from obsessive-compulsive disorder and experienced bouts of withdrawing from the world. At times he was rumored to have let his hair grow to shoulder length and his nails into claws as a result of his fear of scissors. There were times when he was also rumored to be dead because no one had seen him except a couple members of his staff in a preposterously long time. Hughes was the subject of the Leonardo DiCaprio vehicle, "The Aviator" and the movie "Melvin and Howard" was peripherally related to him as well. When he died in 1976, his estate was estimated as worth 2.5 billion dollars.

    • Paris: I'll get an apartment in Cambridge, buy a Harvard sweatshirt, talk about Mira Sorvino a lot.

      Mira Sorvino graduated summa cum laude from Harvard in 1990.

    • Lorelai: I'm a nomad. I am the lonely wanderer. Hank Williams would be too sad to write a song about me.

      Country-music legend Hank Williams wrote many classic songs such as Your Cheatin' Heart and I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry, many of them with very sad, woeful tones and subjects.