Gilmore Girls

Season 3 Episode 3

Application Anxiety

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Oct 08, 2002 on The WB
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Episode Summary

Rory's application for Harvard arrives, plunging Rory, Lorelai and Emily into a frenzy; a Chilton seminar on college applications only adds to Rory's anxiety and sends Paris into a tizzy; Taylor steamrollers Luke into opening a soda shop next to the diner; Lane places an ad in the paper for a band and finds a musical soulmate; Lorelai and Rory have dinner with a Harvard alumni and his family which may assure her chances of acceptance; Dean has a talk with Rory about their future after she goes to Harvard.moreless

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  • Rory gets her application from Harvard, she begins to panic that she will not be good enough to get in! Elsewhere the town votes on creating a old style soda shop in Stars Hollow and Lane's search for a band to join becomes more realistic.moreless

    Great to see Lorelai and Lukes relationship is getting back on track, with them teasing him at the town meeting. Espicially as the dream sequence in the last episode was so unexpected! I loved the cameo from adam brody aswell, still unable to escape his seth cohen typecast! Deans bluntness when discussing Rory's move to college upset me slightly, he was ruining the dream that they would stay together through all this Jess/college drama! As Gilmore Girl's has only just started replaying on e4 in the UK, i am dying to find out what actually happens between these two. And from reading reviews of future (important) episodes i can tell the story will so get alot more confusing!moreless
  • Rory's Harvard application arrives leading her and Lorelai into a panic. Good episode.

    This was good. Not as action packed as last weeks, but enjoyable. Rory's panic over the application was done well, as was both Emily and Lorelai's. My favourite part was probably when Lorelai had a meltdown at Rory about all the things Emily told her, even though minutes before Lorelai said these things wouldn't happen. The Chilton seminar was good to, Rory getting more worried as in was a good part.

    Paris having another of her meltdowns was funny, she can be crazy. The alumni dinner was very funny, but weird. It was amusing to see how Lorelai reacted to them, with the questions and things. Plus how they just didn't get her or her humour. The brother and sister were creepy but funny, as were the questions fired out at dinner.

    Good to see Rory feeling better about it, the bunny girl was a good character for the episode, helped Rory along. I thought Dean's talk with Rory about the future was 'blunt' just as Rory said, he put her on the spot, big style. Wonder how that will go. The end when Jackson got Lorelai thinking that Rory would be gone and out of her room next year, quite sad.

    Lane's ad thing was cool, good to see her character getting out there. Adam Brody as Dave appeared, interesting, a romance perhaps, I'm only guessing. the Luke thing was good to, with Taylor and the soda bar, his outbursts at the town meetings are also very entertaining. So this was a good episodemoreless
  • The most appropriate title ever!

    I've missed them, I've been busy to catch up the episodes but at least now I saw another one.

    Rory's application to Harvard is here!

    When Paris and her organize an seminar about collage and the applications, some of the guests answers freaked Rory. This seminar is Friday and she meets Lorelai at Emily's house. They go to Richard's office and they have an anxiety attack! That is really normal, Rory freaked out because all the things that she was going to put him the application were, according to the seminar guests, revealed lack of originality.

    Lorelai talks to principal Charleston and he gives her the number of a Harvard graduate. Lorelai and Rory go to lunch at his house and later he calls and says that her application is perfect.

    At the town meting, Taylor manages to get his way and create an old faction soda shop or something like that.

    And here comes the hard part, Rory is confronted by Dean. She will leave Stars Hollow to go to college and he wants to know what will happen, if they break up or not...

    And Jackson does the same thing with Lorelai even not knowing.

    She finally starts thinking about Rory leaving, her room being empty...moreless
  • A funny episode.

    This was one of the best Gilmore Girls episodes I’ve seen. (But then again, I haven’t seen too many. :P) Lorelai was wonderful when she and Rory started freaking out over whether Rory would get into Harvard or not. I never knew some could say their lines so fast but be have the audience be able to understand what they were saying. It was nice that Rory found a Harvard graduate to help her ensure her Harvard acceptance. But his family was PSYHCO!!! Who has useless trivia quizzes during meals? When do they eat? By the time they would pick up a fork or something it would be their turn again. It was ridiculous! But thank goodness one child decided to lead her own life and break away from her crazy parents’ wishes. Poor Luke had to give up that space for the soda shop. He was so ticked. But that was a hilarious town meeting. Everyone kept focusing on the giant horse instead of the soda shop. Lol. Overall, it was a good episode.moreless
  • Rory gets her harvard application and the gilmore girls have an anxiety attack.

    i thought that this was a really funny that the gilmore girls freaked out about Rory finally get her application to Harvard. i thought that Rory would have been more calm about the arrival of her application i thought that it was really funny that she was freaking out about it coming. i thought that it was funny that she was going to do a pre fill her application on a sheet of paper before she acually filled it out. i though that rory and lorelai going to the harvard almuni's house where they meet a family that was very focused around education and getting into harvard. they seemed really nice evan though they really did not mention their other daughter that was not focused on school. i also thought that Rory and Paris was freaking out because they found out that the colleges did not want to read another application essay on Hilary Clinton.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

Matt Newton

Matt Newton

Jack Springsteen

Guest Star

Granville Van Dusen

Granville Van Dusen

Darren Springsteen

Guest Star

Tinsley Grimes

Tinsley Grimes

Carol Springsteen

Guest Star

Liz Torres

Liz Torres

Miss Patty

Recurring Role

Sally Struthers

Sally Struthers

Babette Dell

Recurring Role

Michael Winters

Michael Winters

Taylor Doose

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • One of the kids that Taylor hires asks Luke for an egg cream, which he claims not to serve, but Lorelai debated getting one with Rory in "Teach Me Tonight", Season 2, Episode 19.

    • Darren leaves a message on the Gilmores' answering machine telling Rory that as far as he's concerned, she should pack her bags because she'll be admitted to Harvard. In reality, an alumni interviewer for an Ivy League school would never have the authority to make such a statement. No matter how highly an alumnus interviewer recommends a candidate to the admissions committee, the committee could always end up turning that candidate down because of the many equally qualified candidates who also apply. After all, the interviewer only speaks to a few candidates -- people on the admissions committee are the only ones who review all the candidates.

      Reply: I believe Darren wasn't guaranteeing her admission as an interviewer or an alumnus, but just saying that as an alumnus, and interviewer, he knows what the university is looking for, and thinks that she is extremely qualified.

    • After Lorelai and Rory listen to Darren Springstein's message on the answering machine, they are standing discussing what they are going to do that day. The camera flips between Rory and Lorelai. In the first few shots of Lorelai, her hair is parted down the middle and flat against her head. In the last few shots of her, there is no visible part and her hair is poofed up a bit, softening her face.

    • When Rory arrives at her grandparents' house and pulls Lorelai into the study to talk, she receives a phone call from Paris who wants to talk about the seminar. Paris told Rory she tried to throw the questioning over to Rory because when the panel commented about weeding out the hyper-intense, Paris felt it was directed toward her. Actually in the seminar, Paris tries giving Rory the floor before the weeding comment was made.
      Reply: Maybe the weeding comment came later, and Paris tried a second time to get Rory to take over with the questions.

    • When Lorelai and Rory are talking about her Harvard application, Rory's soda can changes positions between shots.

    • Paris tells Rory that Mr. Hunter wouldn't allow her to use a giant video screen at their seminar, saying, "Paris, this isn't the Beatles at Shea Stadium." She then says to Rory, "Nice anachronism, huh? Like they had video screens in '63!" But Paris made an error herself, as the Beatles did not play Shea Stadium until 1965. This goof was corrected when the episode re-aired.

      Also, even though the audio has been corrected, you can still see Paris say "three" instead of "five".

  • QUOTES (18)

    • Darren: Do you know which French city famous for its water was the capital of collaborationist France?
      Lorelai: Oh, me? Um, Evian, Perrier, uh, Le Crystal Geyser?
      Darren: Jennifer, you wanna help Lorelai out?
      Jennifer: Vichy.
      Darren: That's correct.
      Lorelai: Oh, that's right. Vichy water, I knew that.
      Darren: What about the year of Germany's victory in the Franco-Prussian War?
      Lorelai: Huh, me again?
      Darren: If you wish.
      Lorelai: I don't know that one. I do know Istanbul is Constantinople, so if you've got a date in Constantinople, she'll be waiting in Istanbul.

    • Lorelai: Well, let's call him.
      Rory: Now?
      Lorelai: Yes, yes, there's no time like the present, come on. His name is Darren Springsteen of Westport, Connecticut, Harvard class of '74. Uh! Ask if he has a brother named Bruce.
      Rory: I'm not gonna ask him that. (dials phone number) It's ringing.
      Lorelai: Hee!
      (Rory hangs up the phone)
      Lorelai: Why'd you hang up?
      Rory: I'm not good at these things.
      Lorelai: Did he answer?
      Rory: Yes.
      Lorelai: Yes? Rory, that's a really terrible first impression. (phone rings) Uh oh.
      Rory: Him?
      Lorelai: Maybe.
      Rory: He star sixty-nined us?
      Lorelai: Well, the Harvard people can afford all the latest technology. Answer!
      Lorelai: (on answering machine) Hey, you've reached Suffragette City, and if you're calling about Lane Kim's ad, sorry we're not in, but don't commit rock and roll suicide – just crank a message with some feedback.
      Rory: Oh geez.
      Lorelai: Well, if he is related to Bruce, he can dig it.

    • Lorelai: (to Rory) Hey, maybe instead of going to college, you should drop out and I could quit my job and we could form an all girl band with Lane. You know like Banana-Rama. We could call it... Tangerine-A-Rama or Banana-Fana-Fofana-...Rama or something.

    • Darren: Do you like sports?
      (Lorelai and Rory answer at the same tiem)
      Lorelai: Yes!
      Rory: No.
      Lorelai: That is, we follow certain things.
      Rory: We enjoy various aspects of certain sporting endeavors.
      Lorelai: But it wouldn't be that kind that you could ask any follow-up questions on.
      Rory: It's a general interest.

    • Lorelai: (about Rory getting into Harvard) Mom, everything's gonna be fine. Rory's special.
      Emily: Well, I know that and you know that, but those idiots at Harvard might not necessarily know that!

    • Lorelai: (reading Rory's Harvard application) "Mother's Name." Breathtaking.
      Rory: I think they just want your name.
      Lorelai: "Father's Name." Ostracized.

    • (Rory kisses Dean and goes running out of Luke's diner)
      Luke: Wow, fast runner.
      Dean: Must be the coffee.
      Luke: Not your face?
      Dean: What?
      Luke: Nothing, just missing my youth years. OK, I'm back.

    • Lorelai: (to Rory about getting into Harvard after having talked to Emily) All those people coming from China and India and God knows where else, they're all nuts for traveling – that's why they're traveling here! And jobs are dropping and dot-com bombing and something's acting like a yo-yo, I don't know what, but it's not good! And over my dead body is Kate Hudson getting your spot, let me just say that right now!

    • Lorelai: (to Rory about her meeting with Headmaster Charleston) Well, we spent the first ten minutes on him bugging me to volunteer for more stuff at school, or in lieu of that to make a donation to build the new basketball court, and then another couple of minutes of me convincing him that what sounded like me going "Ha!" was really me clearing my throat, but after that we had a very pleasant, productive conversation.

    • Rory: He's gonna be expecting Chilton High School senior Trixie McBimbo.
      Lorelai: And her mother, Bambi McBimbo.

    • Paris: (to Rory) What the hell did Romaine mean when he was going on about weeding out the hyper intense in the interview process? He stopped just short of calling me by name. I'm losing it!

    • Emily: So, she's meeting you here?
      Lorelai: Yeah, she had a thing after school, a rumble or something. She said she'd be over after.
      Emily: A rumble?
      Lorelai: Yeah, a bunch of kids meet in an alley, they pirouette, they pull knives, it's a whole to-do.

    • Luke: Taylor, no, no, no, no, and every day from now on 'til the end of my life, I am gonna come in here and say, "Taylor, no!" And when I die, I'm gonna have them freeze me next to Ted Williams, and when they find the cure to what I died of and they unfreeze me, my first words are gonna be, "How's Ted?" followed closely by, "Taylor, no!"
      Taylor: But the space is empty!
      Luke: Not for long.
      Taylor: And what are your plans for it?
      Luke: A skateboard and pop bottle shop.
      Taylor: That's not funny.
      Luke: With in-house experts to teach the craft of street slaloming.
      Taylor: Still not funny.
      Luke: Well, I'm not in a very funny mood!
      Kirk: Luke, are you taking applications for jobs at your skateboard and bottle shop?
      Luke: Yeah, I'm interviewing people today, Kirk.
      Kirk: Great. Shall I go home and change or will casual suffice?
      Luke: I like the going home part.
      Kirk: I don't understand.

    • Lorelai: We need perspective.
      Rory: We need therapy.
      Lorelai: And booze! (pause) For those of us over 21, of course.

    • (while filling out a college application together)
      Lorelai: State your full name. Better not get that one wrong, and nickname if any.
      Rory: That would be Rory.
      Lorelai: Or Droopy Drawers.
      Rory: That was never my nickname.
      Lorelai: Wrong! I called you that as a baby.
      Rory: What?
      Lorelai: That's right. Once you had these little Oshkosh cords and they were way too big. Once at the mall they fell right down to your knees and I said "Whoa there Droopy Drawers". I'm just afraid if we don't answer every thing accurately the Harvard police will come an hit you with an Atlas and say something mean in Latin.

    • Lorelai: This is an uncontaminated area. I even cleaned the table with something other than the sleeve of my sweater and spit!
      Rory: Lovely image.

    • Rory: (to Lorelai) Hold your horses there, little Miss Horsy-Holder.
      Lorelai: You know, they're going to expect a higher level of wit over at Harvard.

    • Rory: Can you keep a secret?
      Lorelai: Not so far, but hey, there's a first time for everything.

  • NOTES (5)

  • ALLUSIONS (18)

    • Taylor: I am telling you Luke, if we don't quickly furnish these skateboarding Z-boys with a moral distraction they are going to turn Starshollow into Dogtown.

      Dogtown is an area in Santa Monica, California made famous by original skateboarding group known as the Z-boys.

    • Rory: You're no Danny Gans.

      Danny Gans is a performer in Las Vegas who impersonates musicians.

    • Rory: You went alphabetically.
      Lane: It seemed tidy.
      Lorelai: And a little OCD.

      OCD stands for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.

    • Rory: Sylvia Plath?
      Lorelai: Might send the wrong message.
      Rory: The "sticking her head in the oven" thing?

      Poet Sylvia Plath committed suicide using the gas oven in her kitchen.

    • Lane: That's five months of Minwaxing end tables at my mom's store.

      Minwax is a brand of wood-finishing products.

    • Lorelai: So what do we call this guy? Alumnus Darren? You know, like you'd say Farmer John or The Butcher Lazar Wolf?

      The Butcher Lazar Wolf is a character in Fiddler on the Roof.

    • Rory: Your parents just made it sound like....
      Carol: Like I was holed up in the Chelsea with a needle sticking out of my arm screaming "Sid!" at the top of my lungs?

      The Chelsea is a hotel in NYC; this is a reference to the life of Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen.

    • (Talking to Lane about cutting down on her drumming paper)
      Rory: Wax on, wax off.

      Rory is refering to the movie Karate Kid in which the teacher tells Daniel to put the wax on his car with his left hand, and take it off with his right hand.

    • Lorelai: Yeah, a bunch of kids meet in an alley, they pirouette, they pull knives, it's a whole to-do.

      Lorelai is referring to the movie West Side Story. The Jets and the Sharks have a rumble where they pirouette and pull knives, which results in the killing of the leaders of both gangs.

    • Rory: So, what are you doing Saturday?
      Dean: Just my usual chores.
      Rory: Your usual chores, John Boy?

      John Boy is a character from the TV show The Waltons, which tells the story of a farm family through the eyes of John Boy, the oldest son.

    • Luke: What other putz would want to open an old-fashioned soda shop?

      Putz is a Yiddish word for a fool or idiot.

    • Lorelai: I do know Istanbul is Constantinople, so if you've got a date in Constantinople, she'll be waiting in Istanbul.

      Lorelai is quoting a line from the song Istanbul (Is Constantinople) which was first recorded by the Four Lads in 1953 and later by They Might Be Giants in 1990.

    • (about the TV show they're watching)
      Rory: It's on my top fifty best.
      Lorelai: Yeah, right after Holmes and Yoyo and Hee Haw Honeys.

      Holmes and Yoyo is a TV show about Detective Holmes who gets partnered with an android, Detective Yoyonivich.
      Hee Haw Honeys is a variety show hosted by Buck Owens featuring country music and humor with 'Kornfield Kounty' as a backdrop.

    • Paris: It's boring and predictable. I wanted Charlie Rose.

      Charlie Rose is a PBS television show with interviews and discussions

    • Rory: Man, this morning I was reading Dead Souls - it couldn't have come then?

      Dead Souls is an 1842 Russian novel written by Nikolai Gogol.

    • Luke: And when I die, I'm gonna have them freeze me next to Ted Williams.

      Ted Williams is a baseball player whose body was frozen in order to attempt to bring him back to life upon unfreezing him.

    • Taylor: I'm telling you Luke, if we don't quick furnish these skateboarding z-boys with moral distinction, they're gonna turn Stars Hollow into Dogtown.

      Z-boys were a group of skateboarders from Santa Monica who are credited with popularizing skateboarding.
      Dogtown is the nickname for Venice Beach in California which is famed for its surfing and skateboarding culture.

    • Emily: And now it's the in thing for young Hollywood celebrities to go to universities. What do they call themselves, the Brat Pack?

      The Brat Pack is a group of eight actors in the '80s including Anthony Michael Hall, Rob Lowe, Andrew McCarthy, Demi Moore, and Molly Ringwald.