Gilmore Girls

Season 2 Episode 13

A-Tisket, A-Tasket

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Feb 05, 2002 on The WB
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Episode Summary

The annual Stars Hollow charity picnic basket lunch auction sparks controversies among couples throughout town; Jess outbids Dean for Rory's basket, causing Dean and Rory to quarrel when Rory abides by tradition and shares the lunch with Jess; Jackson refuses to bid on Sookie's basket after she leads him to believe that she doesn't want to move in together; Luke comes to Lorelai's rescue, bids on her basket, and feeds them both at the diner after Miss Patty sets Lorelai up with a trio of unsuitable bidders; Henry tires of the end runs around Mrs. Kim, and calls it quits with Lane; Rory and Jess hit it off at lunch and Jess leaves with a secret souvenir -- the bracelet that Dean gave Rory, which he picks it up and holds on to after Rory drops it; Sookie and Jackson work things out so well that he proposes and she accepts; Lorelai and Rory quarrel when Rory finds out that her mother lent a sympathetic ear to Dean's concerns about Jess; after Emily agrees with her daughter's distrust of Jess, Lorelai realizes that they're both wrong, and apologizes to her daughter.moreless

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  • Stars Hollow has an auction of baskets and a date with the maker of the basket won. It's tradition that the girls and women who are taken will have their basket purchased by their guy; however, Jess shows up and outbids Dean.moreless

    Great episode as always. I really am not liking Jess though. A lot of people get down on Dean because he gets jealous and because Dean is supposedly boring. I just can't like a guy who tries to steal someone's girl. It's a really scummy thing to do. If someone is already spoken for, you leave them the hell alone. Besides that Jess is a poster child of one of my biggest pet peeves: the dangerous, bad boy that girls always fall for. Rory is really not respecting Dean who she supposedly loves when she gets so close and chummy with Jess who is obviously after her affections.moreless
  • The annual Stars Hollow picnic basket auction is here! I'm all for Rory and Jess! Brilliant one again.

    I really liked this episode, was glad to have an episode where Rory and Jess spend time together, I like them as a couple. Sorry Dean, but I'd like Rory to get with him, I like Dean but Jess is just more interesting. The whole idea was fun, with the girls making the baskets and the guys bidding.

    Sookie and Jackson, I felt horrible for Sookie when Jackson didn't bid, don't like two fun loving characters to argue, they made up in the end though. It was weird that Kirk bought Sookie's basket, he's a small bit creepy. Funny when Jackson tried to buy it back. Nice scene when Jackson proposes to Sookie, loved her reaction. Can't wait for there wedding.

    Lane, I felt very sorry for in this episode. To see her so excited about have a real date with Henry and then he ends it with her. She was so upset. The mother actually showed a new side at the end, even if it was because Henry was Korean. Miss Patty trying to set up Lorelai was amusing, she kept a picture of her in her purse, creepy.

    Lorelai was a bit lower key here, but they had to taunt us by Luke buying Lorelai's basket (Because she made him). Good when they both agreed that it was nice. Luke obviously likes her, Lorelai the same. Wish they'd get together already. The scene when Lorelai desperately tried to get Luke to bid, very funny.

    Now, the Rory, Jess and Dean triangle. Probably my favourite part of the episode. It was entertaining to see Jess really annoy Dean, even in the opening scene. Jess again, obviously likes Rory, as that is why he's only nice to her. But I understand why Dean would be annoyed. Jess's amusement at the situation was well .... amusing.

    There picnic on the bridge showed us what they have in common and that they connect. With books and such. But then Jess takes her bracelet, the one Dean gave her, interesting. Dean going to Lorelai, I didn't think twice about it, but it causes another argument between the Gilmore's.

    Lorelai tells Rory that Jess is trouble, which annoys Rory. Friday night dinner was entertaining, Emily's story about Richard was humorous, the cigar club. Rory then storms off, Emily agrees 100% with Lorelai which makes her realise that she was wrong. They make up and Lorelai stares that she knows Rory has a good judge of character.

    Really liked the end, Rory secretly rings Jess and he is happy to hear from her. They discuss books. Can't wait for more!moreless
  • In this episode, the town decided to hold the annual basket bidding tradition. Of course Lorelai has a crappy packed lunch but its good because she gets to share it with Luke. Rory's basket is bought by Jess not Dean. Uhoh!moreless

    I really liked this episode because it had plenty of playful banter and i loved the fact that Mrs. Patty showed Lorelai's picture to different men and payed them to come. I loved that even more because not only was it really funny but it caused Lorelai to ruun to Luke for help and when does he ever turn her down. Never of course. So he bought her basket and sat in the gazebo and had lunch with her while they talked about relationships. Aww! I also like this episode because Dean gets more ticked off about Jess and i dont really like Dean because although he is nice and caring, he doesnt bring anything exciting to Rory's life.moreless
  • The bid on a basket festival in stars hollow

    I LOVE this episode. The bid a basket festival seems like something that i would love to participate in. This episode is so cute!! I love when Lorelai convinces Luke to bid on her basket to avoid the double pathetic lol. This is really a turning point in the rory and jess relationship. Jess is hilarious when he is taunting dean after he won rory's basket "basket, basket maker, (points to dean) guy who didnt bring enough money" haha lol. rory and jess have the infamous rand vs. hemmingway discussion, and rory even admits that she had a good time with jess. Jess shows how much he cares for rory with his reaction to finding her bracelet. Rory calls jess at the end, and he tells her how happy he is that she calls. it is a major episode for rory and jess fans.moreless
  • I loved it!

    Stars Hollow is having their traditional basket auction. A woman makes a basket and the men bid on it and get to spend a picnic lunch with the owner of the basket. Dean plans to get Rory's basket, but Jess outbids him. Miss Patty is trying to match Lorelai up with someone, but Lorelai doesn't want her to, so she makes Luke buy the basket. Lane plans to meets with Henry, but things go wrong for her. Her fear of telling her mom about Henry drives Henry away. Jackson wants to live with Sookie. Kirk buys Sookie's basket because Jackson doesn't bid because Sookie doesn't want to live with him. He decides to ask her to marry him. Dean is insanely jealous and angry at Jess and Rory. However, Rory has a nice time with Jess. Lorelai doesn't think that her and Jess should hang out.

    This episode was great! I like Jess for Rory much better than Dean. Jess is probably my favorite character! I feel so bad for Lane. I also think Sookie and Jackson should get married too! Kirk is also really funny! This episode gets a 10 out of 10 from me!moreless
Eddie Shin

Eddie Shin

Henry Cho

Guest Star

Kelvin Yu

Kelvin Yu


Guest Star

Darren Kennedy

Darren Kennedy

Guy #1

Guest Star

Liz Torres

Liz Torres

Miss Patty

Recurring Role

Emily Kuroda

Emily Kuroda

Mrs. Kim

Recurring Role

Michael Winters

Michael Winters

Taylor Doose

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (8)

    • When Sookie is cooking for Jackson's basket. She removes heart shaped cookies from the oven, which already have frosting on them. Cookies don't tend to be frosted while still on a baking sheet.

    • While neither is official, this episode features first dates between Luke/Lorelai and Rory/Jess when both guys bid on their baskets and win the "date".

    • Sookie and Jackson get engaged in this episode.

    • Kirk says he has 12 brothers and sisters.

    • Lane never gives back Lorelai her cell phone after borrowing it to call Henry.

    • When Jess goes to pick up Rory's bracelet, to get up from his sitting position he bends in his left leg but when the shot changed to be closer to him, his right foot is bent in instead.

    • How could Rory's bracelet have fallen off? In previous episodes, we have seen that the bracelet is tied on her wrist. Then, at the bridge, it falls off and Jess picks it up. We see him twirl it around his finger and it is still tied together. This doesn't make sense. The bracelet can't untie and tie itself, so how did it come off Rory's wrist?

      Possible Explanation: Sometimes, after a bracelet, like Rory's, has been worn for a long time (and she's been wearing it since season one), it starts to stretch a little bit, and gets a little bigger. It can then slid on and off a person's wrist without coming untied. Therefore, it is possible that the bracelet, still tied, did in fact slip off of Rory's wrist.

    • The Caesar (who works at Luke's) is not the same Caesar who's seen in later episodes.

  • QUOTES (14)

    • (Jess has just out-bid Dean for Rory's small basket)
      Lorelai: I'm trying to think, uh, in what scenario this situation could be construed as positive.
      Rory: Well . . .
      Lorelai: Well, no one's head's on fire.

    • Lorelai: Every picture you ever see of people at a picnic they are eating on the ground.
      Luke: And every time I see a picture of people having a picnic on the ground I think "What the hell are you people doing eating on the ground? Get up...get some beach chairs you cheap skates!"

    • While having their picnic at the lake
      Rory: Wow a place in Stars Hollows that you actually like!
      Jess: Yeah I have some good memories of this place. See over there, that's where Luke pushed me in!

    • Luke: Who did you want to get your basket?
      Lorelai: What?
      Luke: I mean, before you knew Patty was gonna put you on the Dating Game, you did pack this disgusting lunch and bring it out here, so who did you want to get it?
      Lorelai: Well, last year Roy Wilkins bought it and I got my sprinklers fixed for half price.
      Luke: Uh huh.
      Lorelai: And this year my rain gutters are completely clogged, and I thought if I could get the Collins kid to bite, I'd get that taken care of.
      Luke: Very practical.
      Lorelai: I thought so.
      Luke: So the participation in this thing was purely for home improvement reasons?
      Lorelai: Yes. And I don't know, it's a nice concept.
      Luke: What is?
      Lorelai: Just having someone who you love or have some kind of crazy crush on bid on your basket and then share a romantic lunch, it's a nice concept.
      Luke: Well, I'm sure someday you'll manage to find the right guy and drag him out to this thing and make him by your stupid basket and then you'll be sitting out here with him.
      Lorelai: Yeah, someday.
      Luke: You know what?
      Lorelai: What?
      Luke: This is nice.

    • (After Luke has succesfully bid on Lorelai's basket)
      Lorelai: You rock!
      Luke: Thank you.
      Lorelai: You're welcome.
      Luke: So what do we do now?
      Lorelai: I guess we eat.
      Luke: This?
      Lorelai: Yeah.
      Luke: First I have to buy it, then I have to eat it?
      Lorelai: Hey, the basket of botulism does come with my company.
      Luke: Huh. You don't eat with your mouth open do you?
      Lorelai: Women don't eat at all. We just look at food and jump on the treadmill.
      Luke: All right, let's go.

    • Rory: Why are you only nice to me?
      Jess: Excuse me?
      Rory: An hour ago you were totally screwing with Dean and now you're totally nice to me.
      Jess: You see, it's the screwing with Dean that's an important step to getting here so that I can be nice to you.

    • (Lorelai and Luke are about to have a picnic after Luke bought her picnic basket)
      Lorelai: Hey, where are you going?
      Luke: I am going to the diner, I'm going to get us some edible food, and I'm gonna bring it back here for us to eat!
      Lorelai: That is so not the point of today. I made this. I'm insulted. I will now proceed to pout.
      Luke: I'll bring back some brownies.
      Lorelai: Ooh, the pouting has left the building.

    • (Dean walks away after fighting with Rory)
      Rory: Please, don't walk away like that!
      Dean: Sorry, I'd do a silly walk, but I'm not felling very John Cleese right now!

    • Henry: Hello?
      Lane: Hello, Henry?
      Henry: Lane! I've been trying to call you!
      Lane: I know! The pay phone is broken!
      Henry: I thought the number was wrong and I didn't know what to do! So I…
      Lane: What? You what?
      Henry: I called your house… and your mother answered.
      Lane: What did you say?
      Henry: I asked for you, and then she asked why and I said because, and she said because why, and then I got nervous and tried to sell her a subscription of the Wall Street Journal.
      Lane: Oh! Were you successful?

    • Jackson: I think we should get married.
      Sookie: But - uh, but...
      Jackson: Soon.
      Sookie: Are you pregnant?

    • Dean: Rory, don't go.
      Jess: Well, geez man. She's not shipping off to 'Nam.

    • (Jess walks up behind them)
      Jess: I gotta tell you, of all the nutty barn raising shindigs this town can cook up, this one wasn't half bad.
      Dean: Glad you enjoyed it.
      Jess: Yes I did. So shall we?
      Dean: Shall we what?
      Jess: Shall we go?
      Dean: Go where?
      Jess: Go eat.
      Dean: Excuse me?
      Jess: The person who buys the basket wins the company of the person who makes the basket for lunch. Basket, basket maker, guy who didn't bring enough money.
      Dean: You think this is funny.
      Jess: Well, it's no Lenny Bruce routine but it has its moments.

    • (Lorelai bursts into the diner)
      Lorelai: Luke! Where is he, where is he? I need him! Caesar, where is - agh, agh, thank God. Hey, hey, you gotta come with me.
      Luke: What are you doing? Hey hey, I got plates here!
      Lorelai: Put the burgers down. Caeser, you're in charge.
      Luke: Now wait.
      Lorelai: Do you have money? I need money. (starts pushing the buttons of th register) Which one opens this thing? Is it that one, not that one.
      Luke: Stop messing with that.
      Lorelai: Luke, you gotta come out there with me. Patty gave my picture out to all these guys because she thinks I need a man.
      Luke: You do, one with a nice couch and a deep knowledge of Freud.
      Lorelai: You have to come out and bid on my basket.
      Luke: Are you serious?
      Lorelai: Yes.
      Luke: I have never in my life taken part in one of these crazy group flip outs. I'm not about to start now.
      Lorelai: But - right now - out there – the -.
      Luke: Just buy your own basket.
      Lorelai: I cannot buy my own basket.
      Luke: Why not?
      Lorelai: Because that is pathetic.
      Luke: And chasing me around my diner begging me to buy your basket?
      Lorelai: Also pathetic. But that is a pathetic I can live with, where that pathetic is a truly pathetic pathetic, and only you can save me from the double pathetic! Please!
      Luke: I can't believe I'm doing this.

    • Miss Patty: Listen darling, do you happen to have change for a dollar?
      Lorelai: I think so.
      Miss Patty: I don't know where my quarters go.
      Lorelai: Down some guy's g-string, I would expect.
      Miss Patty: Oh no, a quarter would be insulting.

  • NOTES (3)

    • German episode title: "Picknick", meaning "Picnic".

      French episode title: "Pique-nique et paniers garnis", meaning "Picnics and Stuffed Baskets".

    • Rory's Book List: The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
      Lorelai's Book List: The Children's Hour by Lillian Hellman
      Jess' Book List: Ernest Hemingway, it was never stated what by him though

    • Liza Weil (Paris Geller) and Edward Herrmann (Richard Gilmore) did not appear in this episode.

  • ALLUSIONS (21)

    • Lorelai and Rory are discussing relationships and Lorelai comments that not everyone can date Andy Hardy.

      -Andy Hardy is the All-American boy-next-door plated by Mickey Rooney in a series of movies co-starring Judy Garland

    • Taylor: Andrew?
      Sookie: Jackson?

      Unwitting reference to a former U.S. president.

    • Lorelai: I have to go call Patty and stop the forced mating process. I feel like Ling-Ling the panda bear.

      Giant pandas (not actually bears) Hsing-Hsing and Ling-Ling, gifts to the National Zoo in Washington DC from the Chinese government, were subjects of several attempts to get them to mate and produce offspring.

    • Lorelai: He seems cool because he's got this dangerous vibe and this problem with authority and he's seen a lot of Sylvester Stallone movies.

      Sylvester Stallone movies tend to be action movies have a lot of violence in them.

      Milo Ventimiglia recently co-starred with Sylvester Stallone in the final installation of the Rocky series, Rocky Balboa, as Rocky's son.

    • Rory: Ah, The Fountainhead.

      The Fountainhead is a 1943 novel by Ayn Rand about an objectivist philosophy.

    • Jess: Ayn Rand is a political nut.

      Ayn Rand was a popular and controversial philosopher and novelist.

    • Lorelai: Boy in the Plastic Bubble kind of careful.

      TV movie starring John Travolta as a boy forced to live in a plastic isolation bubble due to a non-functioning immune system.

    • Rory: I'm sorry, when did I move to Salem.

      Salem, Massachusetts. During 1692, a wave of hysteria came over the town and people were accused and tried for practicing witchcraft. 19 people were hung and another stoned to death. The incident was later made into The Crucible, a play by Arthur Miller which was a thinly disguised rebuke of the McCarthy hearings.

    • Lorelai: I'm not taking sides. I'm Swiss, babe.

      Switzerland has a policy of neutrality in which it does not take sides in any armed conflict. However, it will defend itself to maintain its neutrality.

    • Rory: You said you wanted to read The Children's Hour.
      Lorelai: I did? When?
      Rory: The other night when we were watching Julia, and Jane Fonda was playing Lillian Hellman.
      Lorelai: Oh yeah, and I made the Hellmann's mayonnaise joke.

      Lillian Hellman was a playwright and memoirist. Her 1934 play The Children's Hour dealt with two spinster school teachers and how their lives were destroyed by one student's lie that they were lesbians.
      The movie Julia, starring Jane Fonda and Vanessa Redgrave, was based on Hellman's friend's attempt to smuggle money into Nazi Germany to help overthrow Hitler.
      Hellmann's mayonnaise is a brand of mayonnaise.

    • Lorelai: I'm totally into Dungeons & Dragons.

      Role playing game that was very popular in the 80s.

    • Luke: You do. One with a couch and a deep knowledge of Freud.

      Sigmund Freud was the father of psychoanalysis.

    • Dean: Sorry, I'd do a silly walk, but I'm not feeling very John Cleese now.

      John Cleese was a member of the British comedy troupe Monty Python. Among his stock of characters was The Minister of Silly Walks in which he did a silly walk.

    • Jess: Excuse me, Edgar Bergen, I'd like Charlie McCarthy to answer now.

      Edgar Bergen was a ventriloquist and Candace Bergen's father. His most famous wooden puppet was Charlie McCarthy.

    • Jess: Well, it's no Lenny Bruce routine but it has its moments.

      Brilliant but controversial comedian whose work often ran into trouble with the authorities. Had numerous altercations with the law due to the content of his routines.

    • Lorelai: One of them has seen Ghostbusters 124 times.

      Movie about paranormal investigators who hunt and trap ghosts and malevolent spirits.

    • Lorelai: Two of them have run with the bulls.

      Part of the Fiesta of San Fermin in Pamplona, Spain where one week of the year bulls are released into the street on a daily basis and herded the 800 meters to the bullring. People (usually men) run in front of the bulls on their way to the bullring. This event was written about by Ernest Hemmingway.

    • Jess: Weel, you're having your vertical From Here to Eternity moment right in front of the super glue.

      From Here to Eternity is a 1953 film starring Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr and famous for its then racy scene of them kissing on the beach.

    • Lorelai: You'd know that if you weren't dating Andy Hardy.

      All-American boy-next-door character played by Mickey Rooney in a series of movies.

    • Lorelai: So, I've decided I'm saving myself for William Holden.

      Actor of such movies as Sabrina, Sunset Boulevard and Stalag 17. He won an Oscar for Stalag 17.

    • Title: A-Tisket, A-Tasket

      The title comes from the song A-Tisket A-Tasket whose lyrics go:
      A-tisket, a-tasket,
      A green and yellow basket.
      I wrote a letter to my love,
      But on the way I dropped it.
      I dropped it, I dropped it,
      And, on the way I dropped it.
      A little boy picked it up,
      And put it in his pocket.

      This could relate to the fact that although Rory's basket was intended for Dean, it was picked up by Jess instead.