Gilmore Girls

Season 2 Episode 18

Back in the Saddle Again

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Apr 23, 2002 on The WB



  • Trivia

    • Lorelai is astonished at Michel's great relationship with his mother. She finds it difficult to fathom someone having such a close relationship with their mother, given her relationship with her own mother. Though, Lorelai and Rory have an extremely close relationship. Why then was it such a foreign concept to her?

    • At the beginning of this episode Emily tells Richard that in no uncertain terms would they begin supper without him; that in thirty seven years of marriage, she had never started dinner without him. That, however, is not true. In the season 1, episode 18, "The Third Lorelai", the Gilmore women are clearly eating dinner when Richard comes in apologizing for being late. Earlier in this season, in the episode 2, "Hammers and Veils" Emily, who is upset with her daughter for not sharing her upcoming engagement with her, starts dinner without him claiming that they need to be finished early because he has a 6 a.m flight

    • When Rory and Lane are talking, Dean stops them to talk to Rory. Rory's hair then changes several times. First, the back of her hair is pushed up on her right shoulder, but a split second later, it's straight down her back. Later in the scene, Rory's hair is gently flying backwards because of the wind, but the very next time the camera is on her, the wind has stopped and her hair is back to being straight. Unless Rory fixed her hair after the wind blew, it wouldn't have been straight. Finally, her hair also changes from all of it being behind her hair, to some of it, then all of it, and so on.

    • The phone and answering machine are on the table with the monkey lamp in this episode. In every other episode they are on the table by the stairs.

    • At the beginning of this episode Lorelai and Rory notice how Luke's specials board now says Luke's Special Omelette and Rory, looking very distressed, says it has not been changed from 'Four Slice French Toast' since she was born. She's being utterly silly and facetious, of course. In 'Hammers and Veils' after their Friday Night Dinner in Luke's you can cleary see that the specials board says 'Meatloaf, Mac & Cheese, BBQ Burger.' Further, Lorelai and Rory did not move to Stars Hollow and meet Luke until Rory was around 8.

      Correction: Actually, Lorelai moved to Stars Hollow when Rory was at most a year old. If you remember, Mia told Emily that when Lorelai appeared at the Independence Inn with a baby in her arms, she took her in and gave her a home. Also when Lorelai addressed the town at the Town Hall Meeting in 'Chicken or Beef', she said, "... you know me. I've been a part of this town for. . .well, look how big my daughter is - for that long." (There are many others but space is short) Although there are references that may be inconsistent with these statements, they are the goofs and inconsistencies that make Gilmore Girls interesting.

    • Michel gets mad because Lorelai tells Giselle that he never eats pasta, carbs, etc. During his rant, Michel says that he keeps topics with his mother light: clothes, food, beauty products. Wouldn't Michel's no-carb lifestyle fall under the category of food?

  • Quotes

    • Lorelai: You have a new special.
      Luke: I sure do.
      Lorelai: Nice. What is the special omelet?
      Luke: You won't like it.
      Lorelai: How do you know?
      Luke: Because you've been eating here for years and I know what you like, and you won't like it.
      Lorelai: Can I at least hear what it is?
      Luke: Fine. It's three eggs with bits of bacon.
      Lorelai: I like bacon.
      Luke: Cubed tomatoes.
      Lorelai: Sounds good.
      Luke: Swiss cheese and a dash of oregano.
      Lorelai: A dash, he says.
      Luke: I've got other customers here.
      Lorelai: I'm gonna go with the special omelet.
      Luke: Okay.
      Lorelai: With a side of bacon.
      Luke: There's bacon in the omelet.
      Lorelai: Oh, then skip the bacon.
      Luke: The side of bacon?
      Lorelai: The bacon in the omelet.
      Luke: Hold the bacon.
      Lorelai: Can I get Jack cheese?
      Luke: On the side?
      Lorelai: Instead of Swiss, Swiss is so stringy.
      Luke: Fine, Jack cheese.
      Lorelai: Also, I think I'm allergic to oregano so hold that, too, and some coffee.
      Luke: So, just the eggs, tomatoes, and Jack cheese.
      Lorelai: Not too many tomatoes.
      Luke: Light on the tomatoes.
      Lorelai: Very light, just a teeny-tiny amount, practically none.
      Luke: I'm skipping the tomatoes. It's an omelet with Jack cheese.
      Lorelai: Perfect.
      Luke: You did this on purpose.
      Lorelai: Did what?
      Rory: French toast for me. (to Lorelai) That was cruel.

    • Lorelai: Do you want a soda?
      Dean: No, thanks. I'm gonna go. Uh, don't tell Rory I was here, okay?
      Lorelai: Hey, I'm just sitting here at the table talking to myself. . .again.

    • (Lorelai is sitting on the couch reading as Rory walks through the front door. The phone is ringing)
      Lorelai: Agh!
      Rory: Hey.
      Lorelai: Gah!
      Rory: Mom! (answers the phone) Hello? (hangs up) That ringing is not in your head, you know.
      Lorelai: Uh, you've gotta read this Motley Crue book. I swear, you get to the point where Ozzy Osbourne snorts a row of ants and you think, it cannot get any grosser, and then you turn the page and oh, hello, yes it can! It's excellent!
      Rory: Why didn't you answer the phone?
      Lorelai: Because I firmly believe that once you've experienced something five thousand times, you need to move on.
      Rory: What are you talking about?
      Lorelai: I knew who it was.
      Rory: Who was it?
      Lorelai: The same person who's called the machine so many times now that I actually heard it sigh.
      Rory: Dean?
      Lorelai: Dean the determined.
      Rory: Oh man.
      (phone rings again)
      Lorelai: Five bucks says I know who that is.
      Rory: (answers the phone) Hello?
      Richard: Rory, it's your grandfather.
      Rory: Oh, hey Grandpa.
      Lorelai: He did that on purpose.

    • Paris: Okay, has everyone finished reading?
      Louise: Oh, are we reading these now?
      Rory: That's why we've all been kind of quiet for the last ten minutes.
      Louise: I thought it was like, prayer time or whatever.

    • Paris: (passing out binders advertising her idea for a product) The average teenager spends seven hours a day at school. Seven hours where he or she is busy walking from class to class – indoors, outdoors, in all types of weather. At the same time, that same teenager is going through major physical changes within his or her own body. The combo of the action with the environment in addition to the hormonal imbalance can only lead to one thing – accidents.
      Madeline: What are you talking about?
      Paris: Monday morning, Muffin wakes up and looks in the mirror. 'Oh no, I have a zit on my face. I'll just look down when I walk so hunky football player won't notice.' And bam – Muffin smacks right into the cafeteria wall. Ouch, that's gotta hurt.
      Madeline: Who's Muffin?

    • (Dean on answering machine)
      Beep* Hey, it's me. It's 4:00. Call me when you get home.
      Beep* Hey, uh, it's 4:30. I'm home. Call me.
      Beep* Quarter to 5:00. Hey, where are you? I'll try to page you.
      Beep* 5:30. Did you get my page? Call me with the answer. Bye.
      Rory: They're not all from him.
      Beep* Hey, I totally forgot you were getting home at 6:00.
      Lorelai: And yet, oddly, after remembering that information...
      Beep* Hey, it's 5:45 and I just thought I'd see if you got home early.
      Lorelai: I swear that boy would make a good drinking game.

    • Dean: She likes Jess, doesn't she?

    • Emily: Next thing I know you'll be saying I need a psychiatrist!
      Lorelai: Too many comebacks. I cannot pick.

    • Michel: You do know what happens when you assume, don't you?
      Lorelai: What?
      Michel: I don't know! Something about a donkey. It's a stupid American phrase!

    • Richard: What makes you think you can get a young person to spend good money on something that they can get "for free", or at least at a lower cost?
      Paris: Because I know one thing about the modern teenager.
      Richard: And what is that?
      Paris: That you can get them to buy anything as long as it comes in a leopard print.
      Louise: True.
      Madeline: Very True.

    • Lane: I'm not going to be a salesperson. I want to do something cool!
      Rory: Then sell refrigerators.
      Lane: So not funny.

    • Rory: Would you really feel guilty?
      Lorelai: No, but I'd feel guilty about not feeling guilty, and you see how that could go on forever.

    • Michel: Good morning.
      Sookie: It sucks from where I'm sitting.

    • Emily: Lorelai, don't eat dinner yet.
      Lorelai: (pointing to food) This isn't dinner, it's my private stash.

    • Emily: Richard, are you serious about this?
      Richard: As a heart attack.

    • Rory: Okay, that's a good idea. But, if we went with that, we'd actually have to build a robot.
      Madeline: Yes we would.
      Rory: And who knows how to do that?
      Madeline: I don't know. (points to Brad) He looks like he should know!
      Brad: I've never built a robot!
      Louise: (leans over toward him) But you've tried haven't you?
      Brad: Yes I have.

  • Notes

    • German episode title: "Auf ein Neues", meaning "Let's Try Again!".

      French episode title, "Projet d'Economie", meaning "Business Class Project".

    • On the way into the second Friday night dinner in this episode, Lorelai jokes that Richard gets taller when he gets mad, using the example of when she told him she was pregnant. But in episode 1.6 "Rory's Birthday Parties," she told Rory that when she told her parents, "It was the only time they ever looked...small to me."

    • Lorelai's Book List:
      Motley Crue by Seamus Craic

    • Milo Ventimiglia (Jess Mariano) does not appear in this episode.

  • Allusions

    • Episode title: Back in the Saddle Again

      -Popular expression concerning when someone returns to a job or hobby that they have not done in awhile. As well as a hit song from Aerosmith, in the 70's.

    • Michel: You do know what happens when you assume, don't you?
      Lorelai: What?
      Michel: I don't know. Something about a donkey. It's a stupid American phrase!

      The expression Michel means is "When you assume, you make an ass out of U (You) and ME."

    • (when Richard, her father, walks into the dining room, late for dinner, wearing a pair of mechanics' overalls)
      Lorelai: Hey, no one told me it was Casual Friday!

      In the USA, places of business which have relatively high standards for dress often allow for a relaxation of them on Fridays, hence the phrase, applying in this case to someone dressed beneath their usual standards or, alternately, inappropriately for the circumstances. Since their dinners occur on Fridays, and Emily considers the dinners to be semi-formal, this comment is doubly appropriate.

    • Madeline: I'm still reading mine.
      Paris: What?
      Madeline I read slow so I don't miss anything.
      Paris: It's not the Bhagavad Gita, Madeline. It's simple instructions for the business fair.

      The Bhagavad Gita when translated into English means "Song of God". It is a sacred text of Hindu philosophy.

    • Lorelai: (arguing that it's OK to start dinner while her father changes out of his mechanic clothing) But Gomer said it was OK.

      Gomer Pyle (Jim Nabors) was a gas station attendant in Mayberry on The Andy Griffith Show before getting his own show, Gomer Pyle U.S.M.C.

    • Dean: (arguing that Rory can study while watching him play softball) You can look up from your Philosophy of Nihilism from time to time to see me play.
      Rory: Yes, but what's the point?

      Rory is making a joke that Dean doesn't get. The philosophy of Nihilism is nothing has a point. (or more formally put... the world, and especially human existence, is without objective meaning, purpose, comprehensible truth, or essential value)

    • Chip: I feel like Ivan Boesky.

      Ivan Boesky was notable for his prominent role in a Wall Street insider trading scandal in the mid-1980s.

    • Michel: We talk about clothes, and food, and Posh Spice and David Beckham, and that is all.

      Posh Spice (aka Victoria Adams) was one of the Spice Girls . David Beckham is an international soccer star. They were married in 1999 in a glamorous celebrity wedding.

    • Paris: That's a Buster Keaton routine waiting to happen.

      Buster Keaton was a famous actor from the era of silent films. He was one of the best physical comedians around and rivaled Charlie Chaplin and Harold Lloyd for hilarious antics. His films often included elaborate gadgets of his own devising. Probably his best known film is The General.

    • Lorelai: He's gonna start showing up at David Letterman's house.

      Dean has been calling so much he's on the verge of stalking Rory. Lorelai jokes about him showing up at David Letterman's house because David Letterman has a delusional stalker who broke into his house and she claimed that she was his wife and her child was his child.

    • Paris: Chess boards for the Bobby Fischer freaks.

      Former World Chess Champion who became a Cold War hero by beating Russian Boris Spassky for the World Chess Championship in 1972. He went into seclusion and didn't play again until 1992, where he met Spassky in a series of matches in Yugoslavia. Since the U.N had placed economic sanctions on Yugoslavia due to the Balkan war, the U.S. government warned him he could be prosecuted if he participated and returned to the U.S. He spit on the warning/order and he could be jailed for up to 10 years and fined 100,000 dollars if he ever returns to the U.S.

    • Paris: Could you ask the Pigeon sisters if there's a point to the opus?

      Ditzy pair of sisters who lived in the same building as Oscar Madison and Felix Unger in the play, then movie, then TV series The Odd Couple.

    • Michel: Yes, a regular Dr. Dolittle.

      The main character in a series of books by Hugh Lofting. He is a vet who has the ability to talk with animals. The book has been made into several movies, one with Rex Harrison as Dr. Dolittle and most recently, Eddie Murphy as Dr. Dolittle.

    • Lane: Because as Devo says, 'If a problem comes along, you must whip it as long as you whip it with a whip-omatic'.

      Devo was a new wave rock group that had one of the first hit music videos with the song Whip It! in the early 80s. Lane is just parodying some of the lyrics like: "When a problem comes along, you must whip it." Yes, Virginia: Once, they had these things on Music TV (MTV) called music videos!!

    • Rory: Miss Gilmore in the vicious circle.

      A take on Dorothy Parker and 'the vicious circle'. 'The vicious circle' was a term used to describe the members of the Algonquin Roundtable, the group of literary greats that included Dorothy Parker and Robert Benchley.

    • Rory: I finished Candide.

      Candide is a novel by French author Voltaire.

    • Louise: Someone's not taking to Elba too kindly. Just that Rory's the leader of this group, Napoleon.

      Napoleon Bonaparte was the French Emperor and exiled to Elba in 1814.

    • Paris: It's not the Bhagavad-Gita.

      Sacred hindu text known for its length and complexity.

    • Rory: People like Mark Twain wrote in margins.

      Mark Twain was the pen name for Samuel Langhorne Clemens (1835-1910). He had a varied career which include piloting steamboats on the Mississippi River, reporter, and author. He was a well known novelist, satirist, and essayist. Some of his more known works include The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The Prince and the Pauper, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and A Conneticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court.

    • Lorelai: You know, you're bound by the rules of Geneva Convention, mother, just like everyone else.

      A diplomatic conference held in Geneva in 1949 at which the standard rules for the treatment of prisoners of war was agreed on.

    • Emily: When he couldn't foresee rivaling Cezanne, he lost interest.

      Paul Cazanne (1839-1906) was a French painter who was little appreciated during his lifetime but has been called the father of modern art due to his use of abstraction in painting. Some of the painters who studied his work include Vincent Van Gogh and Paul Gauguin.

    • Lorelai: Forever! Godot was just here, said, "I ain't waiting for Richard", grabbed a roll and left! It's been forever!

      The character who never shows up in Samuel Beckett's play Waiting for Godot. People who have no idea what the play is about sound erudite making jokes about it when waiting for something to happen.

    • Brad: She doesn't have a baseball bat in her hands, does she?

      In The Untouchables, Al Capone walks around a table of his associates speaking calmly, much as Paris does. He then discloses that someone in the group has betrayed them, and he beats him over the head with a baseball bat.