Gilmore Girls

Season 4 Episode 6

An Affair to Remember

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Oct 28, 2003 on The WB



  • Trivia

    • Lorelai and Sookie visit the same food stand that Lorelai and Rory visit when on their way to Richards party for his new business in "Help Wanted."

    • In the last episode it seemed like Luke didn't really know much about movies, but in this episode when he was talking to Kirk, he seemed to know the movie "Pretty in Pink" very well.

    • When Rory came home from Yale, why couldn't she just use Lorelai's room to study?

      Possible Explanation: There may be no desk in Lorelai's room.

  • Quotes

    • Lorelai: Luke...
      Luke: Yeah?
      Lorelai: What's Kirk doing?
      Luke: Practicing.
      Lorelai: Hm. For what?
      Luke: His date. He's doing a test run. Talking, eating, making conversation. Then he's gonna go home and review the tape and adjust from there.
      Lorelai: Boy! You ever think about how many different ways Kirk could get kicked out of the Army?

    • Lorelai: I cannot believe you just called me Umlauts!
      Jason: You called me Digger three time before I called you Umlauts. I think that shows amazing self-control!

    • Lorelai: (About Emily) She had this party all planned out, and you waltzed in and changed everything!
      Jason: I don't waltz. It's embarasing and a little gay.

    • Kirk: Say I was Tom Cruise, where would you seat me?
      Luke: In an acting class.

    • Emily: You have the word "Juicy" on your rear end.
      Lorelai: If I had known you were coming over I would have changed.
      Emily: Into what a brassiere with the word "Tasty" on it?

    • Kirk: If you'll just follow me, I would like to present you with my new line of one-of-a-kind mailboxes.
      Lorelai: Wow. They look very nice, Kirk.
      Kirk: And whimsical. They say to the world, "I'll take my mail with a smile."
      Lorelai: Yes, they do say that.
      Kirk: And since you are one of our preferred customers, with the purchase of one of our mailboxes, I'll throw in a carved-duck doorstop and a garlic peeler.
      Lorelai: Wow. That's quite an offer, Kirk. But I think it's a little early to pick a mailbox. We haven't even settled on a color for the inn yet.
      Kirk: Well, whimsy goes with everything.
      Lorelai: Kirk, I promise, just as soon as... is that Condoleezza Rice?
      Kirk: Yes, it is. I'm a fan and her big mouth is perfect for shoving mail in.

    • Jason: You're still mad about that.
      Lorelai: I was fully dressed.
      Jason: I remember. Green T-shirt, no bra.
      Lorelai: What?
      Jason: Trust me. I was the hero of Cabin 5 for the rest of the summer.

    • Emily: Shame on you for swearing there's a flier. That's the worst possible thing you could do.
      Lorelai: Liv Tyler grew up her entire life thinking Todd Rundgren was her real father. You think that might knock this out of first place?

    • Lorelai: Yeah, we always had the job, Sookie. The whale was just toying with us. She was swatting us with her tail and hosing us down with her blowhole because that is the whale's M.O. - humiliate and rip apart every other fish in the sea until there's nothing left but a bloody pile of chum.
      Sookie: Boy, you really hate whales, don't you?

    • Lorelai: Oh my God, Kirk, I forgot you were here.
      Kirk: If I had a nickel for every time I heard that.

    • Emily: You should take my plate. Otherwise, you'll have no place to put the potpie.
      Lorelai: Oh, I can think of a place.

    • Richard: Don't worry, Emily. If the homeowners association doesn't do anything, we'll take this to the neighbors, get a petition going.
      Lorelai: Or if that doesn't work, you could throw some hoods on and burn a full-size Mars bar on their front lawn.
      Emily: King-size, Lorelai - king-size.

    • Lorelai: You never called me back.
      Jason: I'll call you back now. What's your number?
      Lorelai: 976-bite-me.

    • Lorelai: Jason, my mother is a corporate wife. Her job is putting these parties on, and you put her out of work. You know that, your mother does the same thing. Imagine if you took these functions away from her. What would she have left?
      Jason: More time with the pool boy?

    • Emily: Flying, thumping balls all over the place.
      Lorelai: Flying, thumping what all over the place?
      Emily: Balls.
      (Lorelai giggles)
      Emily: You are four.
      Lorelai: And balls are funny.

    • Lorelai: Digger!
      Jason: Umlauts!

    • Lulu: Wow, I'm getting the fancy treatment.
      Kirk: Well, you did show up.

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • Near the end of the episode, Jason Stiles refers to Lorelai as "Umlauts". This is a nickname she most likely received at camp after Jason overturned her canoe. Jason alluded to this event and mentions that Lorelai was wearing a green t-shirt and no bra, which probably presented a similar visual to the German umlauts symbol.

    • Rory: It's quiet but not UnaBomber.

      Ted Kaczynski was a mathematician who became a hermit and started to send bombs to airports and universities.

    • Sookie: This is Citizen Kane's house.

      Citizen Kane is a movie directed by Orson Welles. Charles Kane lived at Xanadu, described as the largest private estate in the world.

    • Emily: Shame on you for swearing there's a flier. That's the worst possible thing you could do.
      Lorelai: Liv Tyler grew up her entire life thinking Todd Rundgren was her real father. You think that might knock this out of first place?

      Liv Tyler is the daughter of Bebe Buell and Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler.
      Todd Rundgren is an American musician. Todd agreed to be a father figure to Liv, when her real father wasn't able to do so because of drugs problems. In her childhood, Liv was told that Todd is her real father, and discovered the truth just at the age of 9.

    • Episode Title: An Affair to Remember

      The title is the same as that of the classic 1957 movie, which starred Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr as two lovers that agree to reunite at the Empire State building.
      This is also the title of the song performed by Vic Damone as well as Nat King Cole.