Gilmore Girls

Season 4 Episode 4

Chicken or Beef?

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Oct 14, 2003 on The WB
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Episode Summary

Back home for the weekend, Rory has an uncomfortable encounter with Dean, her ex, and ends up getting invited to his wedding the next day. Meanwhile, Lorelai and Sookie visit Michel at his trendy new workplace, but run into problems getting the permit they need to begin construction on the inn.moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Follow the yellow stick lane!

    It's Dean and Lindsey's wedding in Stars Hollow. Rory has a new hair cut and Adam Brody lets Connecticut of brighter days in the Beautiful California to join the team of The O.C. . Oups, it's a wedding it's supposed to be lam... operatic! I can't think of something else to write about, oh, Zack is annoying and I miss Yale, why do we have to sufferate Stars Hollow for this whole episode, huhh! I like it more Rory is at Yale than hanging in Stars Hollow now that she is in college. I almost feel like I need coffee just to be able to stand them all sometimes and I can't stnd the taste of coffee, ha!!moreless
  • The best season 4 episode so far!!!

    Well, this is maybe the most interesting Gilmore Girls season 4 episode because there are a lot ofdrama in it. The show is pretty good when actually nothing much is happening but also there should be episodes that are more dramatic.

    Rory returns home from Yale and is welcomed with a noisy alarm that Kirk installed into Lorelai's house. Rory is surprised to realise that her first love Dean is getting married. They run into each other and Dean invites her to the wedding. Rory seems that she hasn't overcome break up with him because the whole episode she looks a little bit nervous. The night before the wedding Dean and his friends get drunk and go to Luke's. Luke takes the drunk Dean into his home while Dean confesses that Rory is the one for him. In the morning Luke tells Rory not to go the wedding. Lorelai and Sookie's intentions to open the inn are impeded by Taylor. The Stars Hollow residents join for a meeting and Lorelai, Sookie and Michelle present their plans for opening the inn. Meanwhile it is fun to see Michelle again. He is as funny and hilarious in his new job as before.

    The best part of the episode for me is the look on Rory's face while watching Dean getting married. The ending was fantastic.moreless
  • Lorelai deals with Taylor and Rory deals with Dean's wedding. A good episode but to be honest Taylor was way too annoying.

    I liked this, I always like them but something kind of but a downer on the episode. I think it was Taylor, it was just so annoying to see him stand in Lorelai and Sookie's way with there new inn. What does it have to do with him? I wanted him to drop dead most of the time, I really did.

    Plus the college stuff not being in it was surprising but I guess it was the weekend, kids would go home sometimes. Dean's drunken confession about Rory wasn't surprising but it was still very entertaining. As was Dean when he had obviously had too much to drink. Luke was good though, telling Rory not to attend the wedding.

    The alarm was pretty weird, I'd hate that if it happened to me. Michel's return was slightly amusing, especially at his new job where they all had earphones on. Does anyone else find it strange that Lane seems to the same but Rory seems older and a bit different?

    Her haircut was new, Kirk was alright, kind of funny. Look forward to moremoreless
  • Life changes...

    Nothing like going home for the weekend, to a quiet place to relax and that so time off school... or not! That alarm is really bad lol and standing in a corner just to keep him from going on...

    The most important thing in this episode is Dean's wedding, Rory didn't knew and she was just caught in the middle of it.

    I didn't knew that Dave had gone to collage, the band is in trouble, I have to say the blonde guy is annoying! Rory runs into Dean and they talk about the wedding and he invites her, that was a bit weird

    Taylor is sneaky, he just had to make Lorelai's life hard, he just had to joke and put them down...

    I never saw Dean drunk lol and he still loves Rory...

    I repeat, Taylor is a jerk, when Lorelai grabbed him was great, he turned red!!! And all for a parking space in a public street were Luke doesn't have a say. Lorelai must love the Dragonfly very much lol, she walked the way back just to make Luke agree with the ice scream truck...

    Kirk is sweet, really sweet... I liked his concern for Lorelai's safety now that Rory is gone...

    The Inn is finally going to happen and Dean got married...moreless
  • Dean's getting married and Taylor is annoying!

    We already knew Taylor is annoying but he p*ssed me off sooo much in this ep! But if he wasn't then the ep would probably not be as funny. So in this ep we find out Dean's wedding is taken place and a drunken dean says something not to Luke's liking. Lane has to find a new guitar player coz Seth or whatever his name is left. Lorelei and Sookie and Michel have a whole lot of trouble finally getting to open their Inn, no thanks to the annoying Taylor. There's always something strange happening in Stars Hollow but thats why we love it! :)moreless
Sean Gunn

Sean Gunn

Kirk Gleason (Episodes 44 - , recurring previously)

Keiko Agena

Keiko Agena

Lane Kim

Alexis Bledel

Alexis Bledel

Rory Gilmore

Lauren Graham

Lauren Graham

Lorelai Gilmore

Yanic Truesdale

Yanic Truesdale

Michel Gerard

Melissa McCarthy

Melissa McCarthy

Sookie St. James

Patty Malcolm

Patty Malcolm


Guest Star

Tawny Rene Hamilton

Tawny Rene Hamilton

Theresa Lister

Guest Star

Steven Montfort

Steven Montfort

Guy #1

Guest Star

Arielle Kebbel

Arielle Kebbel

Lindsay Lister

Recurring Role

Michael Winters

Michael Winters

Taylor Doose

Recurring Role

Liz Torres

Liz Torres

Miss Patty

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • When Sookie comes over to Lorelai's house, she says she received a call "today" from a very upset Michel. Sookie and Lorelai then go immediately to Michel's workplace, where Sookie talks to Michel about "the call you made to me yesterday."

    • Rory came at night and the next day was Saturday. That means Rory came home on Friday. What happened to Friday night dinner?

    • In the beginning of the episode, when Rory informs Lorelai about Dean's sudden wedding invite, Lorelai mentions that they now have to get Dean and Lindsay a salad spinner. In the third season's finale, Rory gave Dean a catalog with numerous kitchen supplies so that he could pick out something for his wedding present. So wouldn't she already have something to give him at his wedding?

      Possible explanation: Dean may have never have ordered anything. While it was a very nice gesture, it would however, be a little awkward to have your ex purchase a gift for your wedding. It is entirely likely Dean never picked anything out.

    • Kyle says that he just joined the Navy, but he has two service stripes on his uniform, which denotes six years of service. His rank insignia is also much higher than that assigned to a recruit.

  • QUOTES (15)

    • Lorelai: (on the phone) Hello?
      Kirk: I responded to the activation of an alarm at your residence, and I apprehended a prowler in the garage.
      Lorelai: You did?
      Kirk: Yes, ma'am. Female, approximately eighteen years old, Korean.
      Lorelai: Kirk, that's Lane. You know Lane.
      Kirk: I thought I knew Lane, but now I think she's in some kind of gang.
      Lane: Lorelai, help.
      Kirk: Their front is some sort of musical group.
      Lorelai: They are a musical group, Kirk. (speaking to Rory) Honey, go sort it out.
      Rory: Got it.
      Lorelai: Rory's on her way over. Brown hair, blue eyes, about 5'6" - don't cuff her.

    • Rory: (about her haircut) Do you like it?
      Lorelai: Will you change it back if I don't?
      Rory: Mom!
      Lorelai: Yes, I like it.

    • (Upon entering the house and setting the alarm off)
      Rory: Is that the smoke detector? Are we on fire?

    • Dean: Chicken or beef?
      Rory: What?
      Dean: Wait, beef. Of course, beef. I mean, the two of you are definitely beef. I mean, not like you resemble beef or anything.

    • Lorelai: You know what, I've learned something very valuable here today. Come on in. Sit down there. Take a load off. Very valuable.
      Luke: Good.
      Lorelai: I've had a business epiphany. It's like I'm Bud Fox, saying, "Thanks for the lesson, Mr. Gekko."
      Luke: This will pass, folks.
      Lorelai: The Lorelai you knew is dead. Remember her? The eager to please, fresh of face? She thought that success in business meant working hard, applying yourself, and respecting your co-workers, and she preached that to others - oh, little child.
      Luke: You should probably get some rest.
      Lorelai: It's about scratching backs, my friend, and kissing things - I won't be graphic.
      Luke: It is Sunday morning.
      Lorelai: It's dirty, that's what business is. It's smoke-filled back rooms with exposed pipes and shady players chewing on fat cigars and twirling their dirty mustaches. And when you go into those rooms, you can't be a milquetoast muppet. You have to have pointy teeth and jaws that snap. The meek shall not inherit the earth!
      Luke: Thanks for the perspective.
      Lorelai: Do you have any coffee?
      Luke: I'm not giving you coffee.

    • Rory: So which one do I follow?
      Lorelai: Which one looks more intentional?
      Rory: No post-it path looks intentional.

    • Sookie: (to Michel) You called me. You kept me on the phone for over an hour. I missed the beginning of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy. By the time I got back, they were all gay.

    • Luke: There is no fate. There is no destiny. There is no luck. Astrology is ridiculous. Tarot cards tell you nothing. You cannot read a palm. Tea leaves make tea and nothing else. Jim Morrison is not hanging out with Elvis and the Kennedys did not kill Marilyn.

    • Kyle: I'm in the Navy now, you know. My older cousins did two-year stints. It paid for their college and stuff, so I joined up. Of course, we weren't fighting international skirmishes on two or three dangerous fronts like we are now...

    • Lorelai: And apparently, now that I'm the pretty spinster living all alone, he's concerned for my safety.
      Rory: Did he tell you all this?
      Lorelai: Do you think I labeled myself the pretty spinster?

    • Taylor: Running water was not always historical.
      Lorelai: You're not seriously telling me I can't put in running water?
      Rory: Oh, my God, this is incredible. It's called chocolate chocolate chocolate, but it's seriously chocolate chocolate chocolaty.

    • Lorelai: Uh, this, uh, call is coming from the house.
      Rory: Our house?
      Lorelai: It's flashing our number.
      Rory: But we're here.
      Lorelai: I know. That's the weird part.

    • Lorelai: We have a new mail carrier.
      Rory: We do?
      Lorelai: Yeah. So now, if you want your mail, you just have to go to Miss Patty's.
      Rory: Why?
      Lorelai: 'Cause that's where he brings it. He brings Babette's mail to Andrew's. Norman's mail to the deli, and Taylor still hasn't found his mail yet, which I have to admit is kind of fun.

    • Dean: I just didn't want you to think...
      Rory: Oh, no, I didn't think, I don't think. I go to Yale now. They think for you.

    • Rory: It's pretty. It looks like heaven. Or a Victoria's Secret commercial, which, to some people, is basically the same thing.

  • NOTES (4)


    • Zach: Dave is dead to me. Comprendo?
      Brian: He just went to college, Zach.
      Zach: No, he did not just go to college. He walked out on his art, man. He walked out on his sound. Do you think a sound is so easy to find? Did you ever see that Glenn Miller movie?

      The movie Zach is talking about is The Glenn Miller Story, with James Stewart as Glenn Miller. It is the biopic of big band leader Glenn Miller following his rise in the music business through to his death in a plane crash.

    • Rory: Well, how are we supposed to get out of our house?
      (Lorelai crosses her arms, nods her head and blinks)

      Jeannie, from I Dream of Jeannie, crossed her arms like this and blinked when she performed magic. This particular allusion is related to her transporting herself from place to place.

    • Rory: ( She follows the meandering path of Post-Its her mother has laid down to avoid the motion sensing alarm) So we should just follow the yellow stick road?

      The 'yellow stick road' is a play on words, referring to Glinda's advice to Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz to follow the Yellow Brick Road.

    • Lorelai: And what are your plans today, Persis Khambatta?

      Khambatta is a Zoroastrian model and actress who was Lieutenant Ilia on Star Trek: The Motion Picture. In the movie her head was shaven.

    • Lorelai: A spur-of-the-moment, "let's not tell my mother I'm pulling a G.I. Jane"?

      In the movie G.I. Jane, Demi Moore's character has to shave her head to blend in with the male Navy SEAL recruits.

    • Kirk: My family tree dates back to a 12th-century knight.
      Lorelai: Wow.
      Kirk: As a kid, I thought that meant we were related to Ted Knight. I wrote him a lot of letters. He never responded.

      Ted Knight is an actor who was known for his role as the untalented newscaster in The Mary Tyler Moore Show.

    • Lorelai: I've had a business epiphany. It's like I'm Bud Fox, saying, "Thanks for the lesson, Mr. Gekko."

      Bud Fox and Mr. Gekko are characters in the 1987 movie Wall Street. Bud Fox is a young stockbroker who meets the high-powered but ruthless and greedy Gordon Gekko and gets swept into a world of shady business deals that puts him at odds with his family.

    • Lorelai: Come on, Augustus Gloop.

      Lorelai refers to Michele as Augustus Gloop at the town meeting when they are approaching the podium to speak about the Dragon Fly. Because Michele's cheeks are puffed out from holding his breath, this is an obvious reference to the gluttonous and fat character Augustus Gloop in Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.