Gilmore Girls

Season 4 Episode 1

Ballrooms and Biscotti

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Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Sep 23, 2003 on The WB
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Lorelai and Rory return from their whirlwind tour of Europe; Taylor and Luke have it out over the new soda shop; a very pregnant Sookie updates Lorelai on the latest baby news; Taylor doesn't take it well when Rory declines the privilege of being the Stars Hollow Ice Cream Queen; mother and daughter get caught up in a flurry of activity after Rory realizes that she wrote down the wrong date for freshman orientation, and she only has two days to get ready for Yale, instead of the week she was planning on; Emily is upset when Lorelai misses Friday night dinner and retailates by turning it into a four hour extravaganza, complete with ballroom dancing videos before the souffle course; Lorelai is shocked when Luke finally tells her what happened on his cruise with Nicole.moreless

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  • A very good season 4 opener!

    9.0
    Gilmore girls are back from their world trip! They talk fast again and send presents to the Stars Hollow residents. Lorelai plans an incredible final week with Rory before she leaves Stars Hollow and goes to Yale but it turns out that Rory has written the Introduction day date down wrong. So there are only two days left until first day at Yale. There is so much to do but there is so little time. The girls visit Sookie and Jackson. Sookie is pregnant and is about to give birth every minute. Jackson is so hilarious that he doesn't want to know the sex of the baby. Also Rory is pronounced as Stars Hollow Ice Cream Queen by Taylor but this year she has no time to participate. Taylor accuses Rory of being unkind to the town residents. Rory realises that she loves this town very,very much and it is hard for her to leave it. Kirk is Kirk again-funny and charming in his own way. Lorelai understands the truth about Luke's cruise and his relationship with Nicole. Her reaction shows how much she loves Luke but maybe not as just a friend.Again that Friday night dinner with Gilmores. It is so hilarious that Emily holds Rory as hostage. She is mad at Lorelai for not attending the dinner now that she doesn't need them anymore when Rory is going to Yale. At the end, the mother and daughter end up spending the anticipated biscotti night eating biscotti and watching ballrooms.

    So good 4 season opener!moreless
  • Totally everything I love about the girls.

    9.3
    The opening scene with Babette yelling back and forth was hysterical and then she goes into the house and just starts making hot chocolate without being asked was classic Babette.



    Jackson no wanting to know the sex of the baby, but Sookie not wanting to wait until the baby was born. Hid everything she bought and kept it in the shed.



    Luke being vague about his trip you knew something had happened on the cruise. Later he admits to Lorelai he got married, but is getting divorced. And by Lorelai\'s reaction you knew she was jealous of Nicole and her feelings for Luke came out even more.



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  • Lorelai and Rory return from there backpacking trip, only to discover that they have little time left until Rory goes to college. Good opener for season 4.

    9.2
    I enjoyed this and its the longest I've had to wait in between episodes/seasons (Only got the DVD today). There isn't a huge amount to talk about but I'll start with Rory and Lorelai's return. It was amusing how they didn't get Luke a gift so Lorelai gave him 'fake' French jam. Plus Kirk being annoyed about not getting a present was funny.



    I hope Lane does appear more often this season, which I doubt due to Rory going to college. Taylor and Rory, that ice-cream thing was funny, especially when the kids were crying because she wasn't doing it, good to see her stand up for herself.



    Sookie is far along in her pregnancy and Jackson was amusing with his badge about not wanting to know the sex. Sookie later tells Lorelai its a boy and shows her all the stuff she has ready (Blue stuff meaning it's a boy). Lorelai was obviously jealous when Luke revealed that he married Nicole.



    Which if I hadn't read in the info for the episode, would have surprised me. Emily keeping Rory at her house was very funny, how she did, plus it was hilarious how she spoke to her new maid. The ending was good, preparing us for the next episode, Rory's first day at college. I really can't wait for that, I'm so interested to she how both Lorelai and Rory cope without each other!moreless
  • They are back!!!

    9.2
    Season 4 begins with the Lorelai's return from Europe.

    So sweet of Babette, she was so worried with them that she called every consul in the plan, just because they were a few days late, that's a friend worried.



    Now they have to give everyone the gifts, how could they forget Luke? Luke is Luke lol I found it sweet, they looked for something perfect for him but they couldn't find it, or they didn't look right or Luke is so important that anything was good enough.



    Then the real world knocks on the door. Rory is named Ice Queen without even knowing and they don't have a week before Rory's first day at Yale, they only have two days!!!



    Taylor is a jerk, he makes Rory Ice Queen without her knowing or agreeing and when she refuses he just ignores it!! Just to make her feel guilty!! She has more things to do, I liked her speech, she was right!



    Luke got married!!! lol and now is getting divorced!! That's what a romantic cruise make people do...



    And Emily keeping Rory "hostage", that was fun lol Richard when to bed and she just didn't want Rory to leave, all because Lorelai didn't went to dinner.

    At least they enjoyed the evening there...moreless
  • Lorelai and Rory are back from Europe.

    9.0
    Lorelai and Rory return from their whirlwind tour of Europe; Taylor and Luke have it out over the new soda shop; a very pregnant Sookie updates Lorelai on the latest baby news; Taylor doesn't take it well when Rory declines the privilege of being the Stars Hollow Ice Cream Queen; mother and daughter get caught up in a flurry of activity after Rory realizes that she wrote down the wrong date for freshman orientation, and she only has two days to get ready for Yale, instead of the week she was planning on; Emily is upset when Lorelai misses Friday night dinner and retailates by turning it into a four hour extravaganza, complete with ballroom dancing videos before the souffle course; Lorelai is shocked when Luke finally tells her what happened on his cruise with Nicole.moreless
Sean Gunn

Sean Gunn

Kirk Gleason (Episodes 44 - , recurring previously)

Kelly Bishop

Kelly Bishop

Emily Gilmore

Alexis Bledel

Alexis Bledel

Rory Gilmore

Lauren Graham

Lauren Graham

Lorelai Gilmore

Edward Herrmann

Edward Herrmann

Richard Gilmore

Melissa McCarthy

Melissa McCarthy

Sookie St. James

Gabriel Brock

Gabriel Brock

Boy #1

Guest Star

Austin Noah Marques

Austin Noah Marques

Boy #2

Guest Star

Katya Abelsky

Katya Abelsky

Christy

Guest Star

Michael Winters

Michael Winters

Taylor Doose

Recurring Role

Jackson Douglas

Jackson Douglas

Jackson Belleville

Recurring Role

Sally Struthers

Sally Struthers

Babette Dell

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (10)

    • In this episode, Luke tells Lorelai that he just got back from a seven-country cruise with Nicole. However,in Season 3, episode 22, "Those Are Strings, Pinocchio", Luke told Lorelai and Rory that he and Nicole were driving through western Canada and then taking a cruise up to Alaska."

    • In a deleted scene with Rory and Lane, we learn that Lane's boyfriend, Dave, has gone to college in California. This is a play off of the fact that Adam Brody, the actor who plays Dave, left Gilmore Girls for The O.C., which takes place in California.

    • At Friday night dinner, Richard asks Rory about their visit with the Gundersons in Zurich and the Egleholms in Denmark during their European trip. It's surprising that he didn't inquire about Hopie, Emily's sister in Paris.

    • So far, only Luke has shown feelings for Lorelai. This is the first time Lorelai's reaction to Luke's wedding/divorce shows that she's not indifferent to him. It will be confirmed later in the season (episode 11) when she's very upset about him moving in with Nicole and she tells Luke that she doesn't want him to move out.

    • Jackson says he wants to pace in the waiting room of the hospital, not be in the delivery room, when Sookie goes into labor. Sookie ends up having a home birth, so Jackson is there.

    • When the girls got home all they had were their backpacks. How could they have fit all the gifts they brought back plus all of their own stuff in their backpacks? Especially if they had to carry their backpacks around town to deliver their gifts because they had so many.

    • Why did Taylor postpone the opening of the Soda Shoppe three months? It was originally supposed to open on the day of Fran's Funeral in the last season.

    • When Lorelai and Rory want to distribute the souvenirs that they brought from Europe, Lorelai is surprised to find out that they don't have tote bags to carry the souvenirs around in. In the Autumn Festival episode of the first season, there is a shot into Rory's room and there are two tote bags hanging on the walls.

    • Lorelai and Rory start this year off on good terms. This is the last time they begin the season on a good note with each other until Season 7's "The Long Morrow."

    • Taylor mentions many charity events that Rory has been involved with over the years. It makes her freak-out, in season 3's "Application Anxiety", over not having taken part in enough out-of-school activities surprising.

  • QUOTES (15)

    • Taylor: You don't have to yell, Luke!
      Luke: You put a giant window in my wall!
      Taylor: So what?
      Luke: A giant window! Right here! You can see my entire diner. And when I'm in my diner, I can see your whole stupid store.
      Taylor: I don't understand how yours is a diner and mine is a stupid store.
      Luke: Look at this place! Look at you. All you need is six dancing penguins and Mary Poppins floating in the corner to bring back the two worst hours of my childhood!
      Taylor: I don't believe you had a childhood. I believe you came out a bitter, surly killjoy!
      Luke: You can't change the basic structure of this place without my okay! (Taylor's staring at Luke's arms) What?
      Taylor: Your hand's near the wax lips.
      Luke: So?
      Taylor: If you could move it just so you don't accidentally touch the candy. (Luke raises his hand dramatically)
      Taylor: (Threateningly) Lucas. (Luke puts his hands in all the candy bins) What do you think you're doing? Stop that right now!
      Luke: (Throwing candy in the air) Look at the all pretty candy!

    • Lorelei: Now if Sophia could just die during a fox trot that would be perfect.

    • Lorelai: Oh man. Smell this.
      Rory: What?
      Lorelai: I forgot that pillows don't have to smell like feet.

    • Lorelai: My parents will outlive us Rory, the damned can do that.

    • Luke: I mean, you're on this boat in the middle of nowhere and everything's moving and you feel weird all the time. There's this endless supply of food and drink. Uh, midnight buffets, by the way, are the reason the rest of the world hates us.

    • Taylor: Oh, don't be. It's my own fault. I should have figured that once you got into Yale everything would be different.
      Rory: That's not fair.
      Taylor: No, I understand. You're no longer our little Stars Hollow Rory Gilmore. You belong to the Ivy Leagues right now. It's time to cut those small town ties and go off and do something important like go to drama school or have one of those high-class naked parties with that Bush girl.

    • Lorelai: The trip was incredible, we had the best time. We were supposed to come back on Saturday.
      Luke: I know.
      Lorelai: Keeping tabs on me?
      Luke: Always safer to know which direction the tornado's coming from.

    • Lorelai: (about Sookie's baby) So, are you gonna name him Lorelai?
      Sookie: Absolutely. That wouldn't be confusing at all.

    • Rory: Hey, who are the rosary beads for?
      Lorelai: They're mine.
      Rory: What do you need rosary beads for?
      Lorelai: They're cute.
      Rory: They're for prayer.
      Lorelai: Well, pray they match my blue suit?
      Rory: They have just upgraded you to a queen-size bed, Jacuzzi tub, junior suite in hell.

    • Rory: Mom touched the Pope.
      Babette: You're kidding!
      Lorelai: Actually, I just touched his car. Then one of the Swiss guards in the fruity cool clothing busted me.
      Rory: Luckily, Mom's fluent in flirting.
      Lorelai: And flirting with a guy in a pompom hat and a skirt is quite an accomplishment.

    • Lorelai: Oh, you gave her an itinerary and she called every consulate in the world.
      Rory: If we were caught smuggling hash over the border and we were thrown in some Turkish prison, wouldn't you want someone to know that we were in Turkey?
      Lorelai: Where'd we get this hash we were smuggling?
      Rory: You were at a café, you met a guy, he was sweet-talking you, he put the stuff in your purse when you weren't looking.
      Lorelai: At least tell me he was cute.
      Rory: He was not bad for a hash dealer.
      Lorelai: Hmm.
      (They walk into the house)
      Babette: (calling from the kitchen) I'm making cocoa!
      Lorelai: She's making cocoa 'cause you gave her an itinerary.
      Rory: I may have given her the itinerary, but you're the one who got us busted for drug smuggling.
      Lorelai: Reality has absolutely no place in our world.

    • Lorelai: Every sad story needs nuns.

    • Rory: (to clothes) I had a dream while I was in Copenhagen and you were there! And you, and you, and you!
      Lorelai: I'll leave you alone to makeout with your sock drawer now.
      Rory: Close the door on you way out.
      (Lorelai closes door)
      Rory: (opens drawer) Hello boys.

    • Lorelai: Oh my God, you proposed?
      Luke: Yes, I proposed.
      Lorelai: This is big. This is huge.
      Luke: There's more.
      Lorelai: There's more? Okay, well, what? Did she say yes?
      Luke: Yes.
      Lorelai: She said yes. You proposed and she said yes. Wow, I -
      Luke: There's more.
      Lorelai: And there's more after you proposed and she said yes? What, you -
      Luke: We got married.
      Lorelai: You got married? How could you get married?
      Luke: We asked the captain and he married us.
      Lorelai: And that's legal?
      Luke: Apparently.
      Lorelai: So you're married? You're legally married? This is just -
      Luke: Actually, there's a little more.
      Lorelai: And she's pregnant. Oh my God, you finally reproduced.
      Luke: We're getting divorced.

    • Jackson: Ricky Ricardo didn't know, Dick Van Dyke didn't know, and, by gum, if it's good enough for Rick and Dick, it's good enough for me!

  • NOTES (4)

    • Music

      "When You Tell Me That You Love Me" by Diana Ross
      "The Girl From Ipanema" by Fantastic Strings
      "That's a Plenty" by Hisao Sudou & New Downbeats Orchestra
      "Tell Her What She Wants To Know" by Sam Phillips

    • German episode title: "Überraschung!", meaning "Surprise!".

      French episode title: "Retour Au Bercail", meaning "Back Home".

    • Keiko Agena (Lane), Yanic Truesdale (Michel), and Liza Weil (Paris) do not appear in this episode.

    • When this episode aired on ABC family, they beep out the word "pissed" when Lorelai's talking to Rory ("Paris was pissed!").

  • ALLUSIONS (11)

    • Lorelai: I'm so wiped. I shouldn't have taken that third Excedrin PM last night.
      Rory: Third? Why'd you take three?
      Lorelai: Oh, well, uh, originally I took two, then somewhere around four in the morning, I woke up and had a major Marilyn moment.

      A 'major Marilyn moment' refers Marilyn Monroe whose death was ruled an accidental overdose.

    • Sookie: Oh, was it warm? I read it was warm.

      Sookie is referring to the heat wave that hit Europe in 2003. The temperature reached an average of 45 degrees for several weeks that summer, causing the death of thousands of people, especially the elderly.

    • Rory: If we were caught smuggling hash over the border and we were thrown in some Turkish prison, wouldn't you want someone to know that we were in Turkey?
      Lorelai: Where'd we get this hash we were smuggling?
      Rory: You were at a café, you met a guy, he was sweet-talking you, he put the stuff in your purse when you weren't looking.

      I believe this quote actually references the movie Midnight Express which is a 1978 film in which Brad Davis plays Billy Hayes who was caught smuggling drugs out of Turkey. He was sentenced to 30 years in prison. Since the appeals procedures looked bleak, his family and his American lawyers encouraged him to escape. After a violent exchange with a guard, he fled and made his way back to the U.S. It was inspired by a true story.

    • Rory: If we were caught smuggling hash over the border and we were thrown in some Turkish prison, wouldn't you want someone to know that we were in Turkey?
      Lorelai: Where'd we get this hash we were smuggling?
      Rory: You were at a café, you met a guy, he was sweet-talking you, he put the stuff in your purse when you weren't looking.

      This sounds strangely familiar to the Movie Brokedown Palace starring Claire Danes. Two friends, arrested for smuggling drugs, planted by a charming man.

    • Rory: (rejoicing in her reunion with her wardrobe) I had a dream about you in Copenhagen. You were there and you, and you and you!

      This dialogue alludes to the scene in the Wizard of Oz where Dorothy awakens and greets her old friends and is glad to be home.

    • Rory: (to Jackson as they pretend it's the 1950s) Hear about that whole Sputnik thing?

      In 1957 the Russian launched Sputnik, the first man made satellite to orbit the earth.

    • Lorelai: Mom, she's been here for hours. Patty Hearst had a shorter incarceration

      Reference to Patricia Hearst, heir to the Hearst fortune, who was kidnapped in the '70s by the SLA and aided them in a bank robbery

    • Babette: I thought you'd been kidnapped by some crazy Sandinistas or something.

      The Sandinistas were a leftist political organization that ruled Nicaragua for 12 years.

    • Rory: This is Iran in '79 and you are Jimmy Carter.

      Reference to when 100 people were held hostage in Iran during Jimmy Carter's presidency and he was unsuccessful in his attempt to negotiate the hostages' release.

    • Rory: I don't wanna change. I don't wanna be the anti-town girl. I'm not Daria.

      Daria is a highly intelligent and cynical teenage girl character in the animated TV show Daria who is known for her deadpan and monotone one-liners.

    • Taylor: Or have one of those high class naked parties with that Bush girl.

      Taylor is making reference to President George W. Bush's daughter Barbara, a student at Yale, and famous for her partying and wild antics.

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