Gilmore Girls

Season 7 Episode 22

Bon Voyage

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM May 15, 2007 on The WB
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Episode Summary

Rory meets her idol CNN journalist Christiane Amanpour at the Inn. Although Lorelai and Rory have planned a crazy roller coaster tour for the summer, they must postpone their trip when a wonderful opportunity comes to Rory. Luke enlists the help of everyone in Stars Hollow to throw Rory a surprise bon voyage party. Lorelai is staying maniacally busy trying to cope with Rory's impending departure. When Babette's swollen ankles alert her to an approaching rainstorm, Luke stays up all night preparing for the downpour. His thoughtfulness brings an unexpected reaction from Lorelai.moreless

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  • Very good, but of course left you wanting more

    I like happy endings, and Luke and Lorelai together forever would definitely be one. There a few couples in the history of daytime or primetime soaps that were more frustrating but kept you wanting more. Sorry, I wasn't a big fan of Rory and Logan (I liked Dean the best, although I wasn't that crazy about any of her boyfriends). Richard pays Lorelai a big compliment in noting what a fine home she's made for herself and Rory in Stars Hollow. What I would have loved to really hear from Lorelai to her parents and from her parents to Lorelai are 3 words "I love you".moreless
  • I can't believe it's over:(

    I know it has been 5 years since this episode, but I still don't want this to be the end. When I saw the Bon Voyage sign i teared up immediately and couldn't stop crying . I't was just such a great moment. Everyone in stars Hollow was there. I loved how Luke did all of that for the Gilmore girls. I wish they could have given us another season to see what will happen between Luke and Lorelai. It would have been a dream come true to see them get married. I wish Logan had fought for his love to Rory. But it just wasnt enough for me, I just really wanted more:( I cant believe this is it. I'm not giving up on praying for a movie though, I dont care if Lorelai and Luke are in their 50s, I just don't think I can ever rest without seeing the two of them as a family and Rory having a successful job and relationship. I'm just so happy to have found this show a month ago and watch all through the series everyday for hours. I wish I had sooner :'') This truly is my favorite show<3moreless
  • Pretty good finale!

    Gilmore Girls is one of my favorite shows of all time!

    This was a tear filled finale for me. I was happy to see that Luke and Lorelei ended up together. I was sad however that they broke up Rory and Logan. I know it was because she wanted to be on her own and she was leaving for Obama's campaign but I still would liked to have seen her with Logan. I am still holding out hope for a Gilmore Girls movie!moreless
  • Thanks for the memories...

    When I first watched GG 7 even years ago I didn't really like it. I didn't really have the opportunity to give it a go either because of the crappy airing in France. Last March, craving TV shows because of the writers' strike, I decided to give it another chance and I just loved it!

    I watched the seven seasons in 6 months! I just couldn't stop watching.

    That is such a great concept. Not much action for sure but that is so smart, completely crazy and so tender, not to mention the witty lines.

    Lauren Graham, Alexis Blendel, Scott Patterson and the entire cast are just fabulous.

    They have stuck all together throughout the whole 7 seasons, which is amazing.

    As far as this last episode how not to cry? Lorelai is just this perfect mom who has to say goodbye to her daughter, finally moving on with her life. Everyone is so touching. And that kiss between Lorelai and Luke..., so expected!

    Of course, I've been disappointed with the beginning of season 7. I think the relationship between Lor and Luke has been badly handled. They should have been given the opportunity to patch things up rather than throwing Lorelali in Christopher's arms. Luke and Lorelai belong together and it's been very hard to wait until the very end of the season (episode 19) to see one of their friendly fights.

    The chemistry between those two is so great and has been the sparkle of the show throughout the 7 seasons. One of the highlights is also Lorelai performing "I will always love you" to Luke. It's just a shame that they never had to talk about it just because Luke catches Lorelai saying to the gossip girls, Babette and Ms. Patty, that it didn't mean anything. She was just trying to shut them out.

    When she saw that Luke was mad, she should have gone to see him. But, at the same time, those two have never had great communication skills. After all it took them four years to figure out their feelings dor one another...

    I have to confess though Luke has been a jerk to Lorelai regarding the whole April story...

    I can't help but think that an 8th season was necessary. It's such a shame that such a brilliant show was not offered a last season, even if it had be a short one (8 episodes or so) to get the great closure it deserved. I'm not big fan of the movie idea but a 2-hour special episode would be great so that we have a chance to see Luke and Lorelai finally moving in together, having a child maybe, attending the Friday night dinners...

    I really hope this option will be considered. I hear that a Veronica Mars movie is said to be on track ; Sex and the City had their gather up on the big sreen... I look forward to seeing the Gilmore Girls and all their exceptionnal "entourage" back together on screen to offer us a last glimpse at Stars Hallow...

    In the meantime, thanks for the memories...moreless
  • cant believe you left without a wedding for luke ?am realy disappointed and hope you reconsider ending such a great show ,,,,,watched for ages every night with my wife and now have nothing but an empty hole were gilmore girls wasmoreless

    cant believe you left without a wedding for luke ?am realy disappointed and hope you reconsider ending such a great show cant believe you left without a wedding for luke ?am realy disappointed and hope you reconsider ending such a great show ,,,,,watched for ages every night with my wife and now have nothing but an empty hole were gilmore girls was cant believe you left without a wedding for luke ?am realy disappointed and hope you reconsider ending such a great show ,,,,,watched for ages every night with my wife and now have nothing but an empty hole were gilmore girls wasmoreless
Christiane Amanpour

Christiane Amanpour


Guest Star

Liz Torres

Liz Torres

Miss Patty

Recurring Role

Sally Struthers

Sally Struthers

Babette Dell

Recurring Role

Jackson Douglas

Jackson Douglas

Jackson Belleville

Recurring Role

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (9)

    • This marks the first time in seven seasons the bespectacled Asian fellow who works at Luke's has spoken. He says "Hey Luke, I got the turntable. What's next?"

    • The outfit Emily is wearing at the party in Stars Hollow is one she has worn in several other season 3 episodes "Lorelai's Graduation Day", "Haunted Leg," and "Here Comes the Son".

    • Rory had the last line of the show. She says "I guess so" in response to Lorelai's "I guess they will just have to read your stuff" line.

    • When Luke is talking to his meat supplier he says he wants all the hot dogs and hamburgers delivered on Friday for the party. However after Lorelai and Rory leave the diner Saturday morning (because they had just heard of Rory's job offer the previous evening at Friday night dinner) Luke heads to the Inn to see Sookie and tells her that the food is being delivered that day, although it is Saturday and the food should be coming the following Friday.

    • When Lorelai and Rory are at the diner, Rory opens her coffee cup to put sugar in, she turns the paper and cup and puts the lid on her paper. But when the camera comes back to her, everything has moved.

    • When Rory is talking with Lorelai about the roller coasters, you notice that there is a stamp on the envelope, then when the shot returns to Rory, the stamp is gone, even though it is still the same envelope.

    • Lorelai and Rory's last time together, before Rory leaves for Iowa, is similar to the final scene in the pilot episode.

    • Lorelai is now driving her Jeep again.

    • This is the first time that Lorelai and Rory are seen ironing clothes.

  • QUOTES (23)

    • Sookie: Hey.
      Lorelai: Hey!
      Sookie: It's beautiful, isn't it?
      Lorelai: It's so beautiful. I can't believe you pulled it off.
      Sookie: No, I just did all the baking. This was all Luke.
      Lorelai: What?
      Sookie: He made me promise not to tell you, but I don't care. This is all Luke. He did all of it. He's the one that came to me and said, "let's do the party," and then he planned the secret town meeting, everything.
      Lorelai: Really?
      Sookie: Yeah. I mean last night when we thought it was gonna rain and we'd have to cancel the party, he went around and collected everybody's tarps and tents and raincoats. I don't know how he did it. He must have stayed up all night doing this. Can you believe that?
      Lorelai: Yeah. I'll be back.

    • Sookie: You looking for Lorelai? 'Cause she's out and about, and I don't know when she's coming back.
      Luke: Yeah, I know. I saw her in town.
      Sookie: Oh.
      Luke: Yeah.
      Sookie: Yeah. So, what's up?
      Luke: Well, you know she cancelled Rory's graduation party?
      Sookie: Yeah. I mean I knew that kid wouldn't last a whole summer at home before landing some kind of amazing job, but, god, it happened so lightning fast.
      Luke: You know I was thinking maybe we should throw it anyway.
      Sookie: Oh, yeah?
      Luke: Yeah, I mean it's a week sooner than we planned, but there's no reason we can't do it.
      Sookie: I guess not.
      Luke: And I think we should make it a surprise party.
      Sookie: Who doesn't love a surprise?
      Luke: Yeah I got all the hot dogs and the hamburgers, and the buns are on their way today anyway.
      Sookie: You know, that's a very sweet idea Luke.
      Luke: Yeah, I think Rory would really love it.
      Sookie: I think Lorelai would love it.
      Luke: Yeah, Rory and Lorelai.
      Sookie: Yeah, Rory and Lorelai. I think we should do it!

    • Liz: So, did you give it to her?
      Luke: What?
      Liz: The necklace. Did you give it to Lorelai yet?
      Luke: That was just a backup gift for Rory.
      Liz: Oh come on that was no backup gift. And what about the song?
      Luke: Forget about the song. The song meant nothing. We're friends. That's it.
      Liz: Oh and you're good with being just friends.
      Luke: Yeah.
      Liz: I don't buy it.
      Luke: Well then maybe you should give her the necklace then. I'm really busy here.

    • Rory: Yeah, do you feel better about Luke?
      Lorelai: (sounding unconvinced) Ah, yeah I feel better because I think we're done.
      Rory: What? Maybe you guys just need more time.
      Lorelai: More time? I've given him all the time in the world. Every time I'm vulnerable or I say something or do something like the song he doesn't do anything.
      Rory: Well he's always been a little slow to respond.
      Lorelai: Yeah I don't want to make any more excuses you know.
      Rory: I just don't think he's over you.
      Lorelai: Well it doesn't matter, I'm over him. I need someone who can feel you know, show me how he feels. He can't do that.
      Rory: I guess that make sense.
      Lorelai: Anyway we're better as friends you know, don't you think. Like "Hey Luke can I get some coffee", you know friends like that. Like "Hey Luke can you make all the burgers for Rory's re-enactment graduation party?" you know.

    • Rory: Aw, poor rejected book light.

    • Michel: You always embarrass yourself when celebrities stay at the inn.
      Lorelai: I do not...
      Michel: Jane Pauley, Harry Belafonte, Marisa Tomei.
      Rory: He's right, you know?
      Lorelai: No, no, Marisa Tomei's mother's best friend is my hairdresser's cousin's roommate. That's just freaky.

    • Kirk: Rory Gilmore, in my official capacity as town sash presenter, it is my honor to present you with this sash, which I also happened to make in my official capacity as town sash creator.
      Rory: Well, thank you.
      Kirk: Kneel before me. (Rory looks uncomfortable) All right, could you maybe just bow your head a little bit? (Rory does, and he puts the sash around her neck)
      Lorelai: Wow, that is quite a sash. (Rory strokes it with her fingers)
      Kirk: I got the material from one of Mother's nighties.
      Rory: Oh. (quickly lets go of sash)

    • Lorelai: Mom, why do you want to loan me money?
      Emily: All it would require is for the three of us to sit down and hash out the details. Of course, we'd want to get together with you from time to time to see how things are progressing, but we wouldn't become pests about it.
      Lorelai: Mom, why don't we just talk about it Friday night at dinner?
      Emily: Oh...(pause) So, our Friday night dinners will continue, then?
      Lorelai: Well, we might as well. I've kind of gotten used to it.
      Emily: All right. That sounds fine. But don't be late, and don't wear jeans.
      Lorelai: Mom, when have I ever worn jeans to dinner?
      Emily: Well, I don't know. It very well could have been Rory who enforced your dress code. I'm just saying that I don't think jeans are appropriate.
      Lorelai: All right. Spandex and a tube top it is.

    • Kirk: Wait a minute. Did you just say that Rory's graduation party is cancelled?
      Lorelai: Oh, no, no, it's good news. Somebody got a job!
      Lulu: What job?
      Rory: I'm going to be a reporter for an online magazine.
      Lorelai: No, it's better than that. She's going to be on a campaign bus with Barack Obama!
      Babette: (long pause) No party at all?

    • Luke: (about Rory's party and the rain) What are we gonna do?
      Zack: We could have it in the diner.
      Luke: How are we going to fit 250 people in the diner?
      Babette: What a shame.
      Brian: Maybe we could break the party up at individual people's houses, like little party stations.
      Luke: You gonna wake the whole town up and arrange that one?
      Brian: It sounded dumb while I was saying it.

    • Rory: Mom... you've given me everything I need.

    • Taylor: May I have your attention, please? I'd like to welcome you all to this Bon Voyage in honor of one of Stars Hollow's favorite daughter, Miss Rory Gilmore! (gestures to her and everyone applauds and cheers) I've known Rory as have most of you....
      Emily: (to Lorelai during Taylor's speech) Have you given any more thought to my spa idea?
      Lorelai: Oh, yeah. I don't think I'm interested, though.
      Taylor: ...pregnant with pride and anticipation. Ready to birth you from our collective womb, fully gestated, and nourished, and so we breathe deep and with these last painful contractions, we push you out into the world, spank your bottom, and wipe the amniotic fluid from your eyes, as you issue your first independent breath.
      Emily: Is this speech making you a little queasy?
      Lorelai: A little.

    • (in Luke's Diner at 5:00 in the morning)
      Rory: Mmm. Coffee smells good.
      Lorelai: Hello, old friend.
      Luke: How is it?
      Rory: Mmm.
      Lorelai: Your first pot is always your best.
      Luke: Good.
      Rory: Thanks for opening up the place.
      Luke: Hey, I've gotta take care of my best customers. So, you guys know what you want?
      Lorelai: Oh. Hmm, I have no idea.
      Rory: Looks like a delightful menu.
      Lorelai: Oh, it does look delightful! Charming.
      Rory: Very charming. Adorable fonts.
      Lorelai: I wish there were pictures.
      Luke: Mmm.
      Lorelai: You know, I'm gonna need a minute. I can't decide.
      Luke: Take all the time you need. (he and Lorelai share a smile; Rory watches and smiles)
      Lorelai: But in the meantime, can we get some eggs and bacon and hash browns to tide us over?
      Luke: Comin' up.
      Lorelai: And pancakes!

    • Taylor: Rory, would you like to say a few words?
      Rory: (coming up to the front) Thank you, Taylor, for that very unique tribute. Um...I love this place. I just loved growing up here. I love all of you, and thank you so much for doing all this. It's amazing, it's's so...oh, gosh, I'm on the verge of gushing, so I'm just going to stop myself. I don't want to gush, except for one more thing. To my mom, just everything to me, and everything I am, and who I'm going to miss so much. (Lorelai, watching from background, smiles and nods, with tears in her eyes)

    • Lorelai: (about the party) I just can't believe they did this for her.
      Richard: I don't think that this is all for Rory. I think this party is a testament to you, Lorelai, and the home you've created here. I regret that you needed to--
      Emily: Richard--
      Richard: All right, now, let me finish, Emily. I regret it...and recent experiences have taught us--
      Emily: Oh, please don't be one of those "I had a heart attack, and now I'm going to express my every thought" types!
      Richard: Not every thought, Emily. Just this one. (to Lorelai) It takes a...a remarkable inspire all this.
      Lorelai: (smiles) Thanks, Dad.

    • Rory: I don't know. I just don't know about picking up and leaving until who knows when, and leaving my mom...see? I'm not ready. What reporter freaks out about leaving her mom?
      Lane: The lucky kind.

    • Rory: Lane...
      Lane: Yeah?
      Rory: Your friendship means so much to me. It's so...
      Lane: Me too.
      Rory: I mean, I don't know what it's like to have a sister, but I feel like I do, you know?
      Lane: (smiles) Yeah.

    • Lane: How weird is this? Yesterday, we're sitting on your porch, playing jacks and praying to grow boobs, and now look at us. I have a husband and two babies in there, and you're about to go off and conquer the world--or at least write about it.
      Rory: We've come a long way, baby.
      Lane: I'll say.

    • Rory: Mom?
      Lorelai: Yeah?
      Rory: I don't get it.
      Lorelai: What?
      Rory: How can you be so okay with everything? Ever since I told you that I'm leaving, you're just all busy with shopping and packing, and you seem so fine with it.
      Lorelai: It's too soon.
      Rory: What?
      Lorelai: If I stop to think about you leaving now, I'm gonna fall apart. We still have time. It's too soon.

    • Lorelai: Hey you got to be careful when you drink coffee on the bus. It's bumpy.
      Rory: I can handle it.
      Lorelai: I should have gotten you a sippy cup.
      Rory: Maybe I should get a flask.
      Lorelai: Do they make flasks for hot beverages?
      Rory: Yeah, they're called thermoses.
      Lorelai: Right. I'll get you a thermos that says "World's Greatest Reporter," to match your cap.
      Rory: Oh yeah, about that. I meant to tell you that I left that cap at home.
      Lorelai: What?
      Rory: Well it wasn't very flattering.
      Lorelai: Well how will people know you're the world's greatest reporter?
      Rory: That I don't know.
      Lorelai: I guess they'll just have to read your stuff.
      Rory: I guess so.

    • Rory: Hey I like your necklace.
      Lorelai: Oh you do?
      Rory: Suits you.
      (Lorelai looks over her shoulder at Luke)

    • Rory: Why is no one picking up their phones? I wanted to be sure I could say goodbye to everyone.
      Lorelai: We'll track them all down, I promise. (Lorelai gasps when she sees the townspeople cheering in the tent) Rory, look. I think you're going to get to say goodbye to everybody.
      Rory: Did you?
      Lorelai: No. I didn't do a thing.

    • Lorelai: (about the party) Thank you.
      Luke: Oh, it's no big deal.
      Lorelai: Luke...
      Luke: I just...I just like to see you happy. (they move in and kiss)

  • NOTES (8)

    • French episode title: "Bon Voyage, Rory", meaning "Bon Voyage"...

    • The show writers had some flair by making Rory follow the Obama campaign. Indeed, one year after the series finale, Barack Obama was designated by the Democratic party to be their candidate in the 2008 presidential race. On January 20, 2009, he became the 44th president of the United States.

    • International Airdates:
      Spain - October 16, 2007 on FOX TV Spain
      Germany - March 14, 2008 on VOX

    • Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel are the only two to appear in every episode of the series.

    • Music:
      - "Inside Out" - The Mighty Lemon Drops
      - "ABC" - The Jackson 5
      - "Celebration" - Kool and the Gang

    • The final scenes of this episode were filmed on Saturday, April 14, 2007, while the end-of-season cast party was held the following day. At the time, cast members did not know for certain that they had just filmed the final episode of the series.

    • The cancellation of the series came as a shock to many fans, mostly because it was one of the CW's biggest shows.

    • On May 3, 2007 The CW announced that this episode would serve as the series finale.


    • Lorelai: No Rory, no party.

      This is an an allusion to a commercial George Clooney did for Martini, when he tried to get into a party, the girl slammed the door into his face saying "No martini, no party".

    • Rory: I am so happy to have graduated summa cum Luke. Rory is referencing the top graduation mark summa cum laude, which is Latin for "with maximum praise".