Gilmore Girls

Season 2 Episode 17

Dead Uncles and Vegetables

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Apr 16, 2002 on The WB
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Episode Summary

Lorelai and Rory pitch in at the diner while Luke plans his Uncle Louie's funeral; Taylor is unhinged when a farmer's market opens in the town square and puts a damper on his business; Emily goes completely overboard in helping Sookie plan her wedding; Rory prods Jess into being more of a help; Luke is upset when family and friends cite Louie's unpleasant personality as a reason for not attending his funeral, but is comforted when Stars Hollow comes through for both him and his uncle in the end.moreless

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  • Luke's uncle dies, and Lorelai helps and supports Luke through the arrangements

    This episode shows how much Lorelai cares for Luke. Luke's uncle, Louis, dies. Luke asks Lorelai to reserve nine rooms at the inn for his family coming for the funeral. This she gladly does. Michel tries to stick his nose in but Lorelai tells him it's personal. Then Lorelai (with Rory) helps out at the diner, getting seriously into "diner talk." She meets Luke at the funeral home, where he has a hard time closing the casket of his uncle because of all the "memorabilia" Louis wanted to be buried with. Then she stands with him at the graveside service. It turns out that Luke and Lorelai are the only two people there. Earlier, Luke tried to the get the Revolutionary War "re-enactors" to come to the graveside service, but they didn't want to because Louis was so mean. In the end they do come though.

    Also, Rory is on Jess's case for not helping Luke at the diner during his time of distress. She gets him to help.

    Meanwhile, Sookie gets caught up in "Emilyland" as she lets Emily help plan her wedding. Jackson, in a panic, goes to Lorelai for help, and Lorelai talks Sookie out of giant mushrooms and midgets, among other things. Emily points out to Lorelai how attached she is to Luke.moreless
  • Luke's uncle dies and he must plan the funeral. Good episode.

    I liked this. It was good to have an episode that was very Luke focused. To be honest not a great deal happened here, more of a filler type episode but it had its moments. Like the wedding planning, I guess this was needed for the story. Jess and Rory seem to connect yet again, but I would have liked a bit more of this.

    Sookie and Emily planning her wedding was good. Kind of annoying though, seeing Sookie follow what Emily. At least there wasn't an argument over it. The mushroom paper things and measuring the town, very funny. I'm glad Sookie came to her senses and decided on the small wedding she and Jackson had planned.

    I thought it was great with Lorelai in the diner, shouting the diner orders, amusing. The coffin thing was to, Luke's outbursts are always entertaining. Rory making Jess do things was another entertaining part. The thing with Taylor was alright, fairly entertaining.

    Nice at the end to see the town come together for Luke's dead uncle. We did get some more Luke/Lorelai moments and Emily once again points out about there feelings for each other. Good episode.moreless
  • Louie's Funeral

    Luke's uncle Louie dies and Luke is trying to make the arangements to the funeral. Lorelai offers to help him in anything he needs.

    Sookie is starting organizing her wedding and Emily offers to give her some contacts, it soon turns into Emily's idea of a wedding. Even Jackson is sad..

    With all the arrangements, Luke can't work in the diner so Lorelai takes over and creats some diner talk.

    When Luke needs something, Lorelai goes to help, good friends.

    Luke invites everyone to the funeral but no one is coming, the didn't like Louie...

    The only persons at the funeral are Lorelai and Luke.

    Emily is seeing the future for Lorelai and Luke, she knows he fells something for Lorelai and she for him, something more than friendship.

    Oh and Rory puts Jess to work!

    Lets see the next onemoreless
  • The Lorelai and Luke scenes were very good to watch but Rory was seriously lacking int oday's episode.

    Rory constantly asking Jess to do this and that didn't seem normal especially considering her behaviour towards him in the last episode. It's also very weird that in about the space of a week Rory is working at Luke's with Jess and Dean doesn't stop by once and get angry or anything.

    Lorelai and Luke were very cute and so obviously will get together eventually but Lorelai needs to get with the programme already.

    Sookie and Jackson were also pointless why would Sookie fall for Emily's ideas and if she did how did she so suddely realise she was being stupid just cos Lorelai said Jackson was worried.

  • lukes uncle dies and no one wants to go to the funeral and emily helps sookie plan her wedding.

    i thought that this episode was sad and happy at the same time. i thought that the episode had a happy feeling to it because of the fact that sookie was planning her wedding or until emily decided to stick her nose into sookies business and decide she would help plan sookie a weird wedding with midgets dancing under giant mushrooms. i thought that emily was being nice but it was not what sookie or jackson wanted. i thought that the plan that emily had for lorelai's wedding was really good i thought that it would work for her because of the fact that lorelai loves the snow and how emily had it planned it would have been in the winter so there would have been some snow. i felt really bad for luke the fact that his uncle died was really sad and i do not care that he was a jerk when someone dies it is always sad. it was really sad that no one would go to the funeral because they did not like lukes uncle and seeing the town be reacting a war and the end of the funeral was really nice and i liked that the town threw a wake type thing at the end of the episode.

Brian McDonald (IV)

Brian McDonald (IV)

Reverend Hackett

Guest Star

James Moses Black

James Moses Black

Patron #1

Guest Star

Marcia Ann Burrs

Marcia Ann Burrs

Older Woman

Guest Star

Liz Torres

Liz Torres

Miss Patty

Recurring Role

Sean Gunn

Sean Gunn

Kirk Gleason

Recurring Role

Jackson Douglas

Jackson Douglas

Jackson Belleville

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • When Lorelai was filling in for Luke at the diner a man comes in and asks in they're still serving breakfast and Lorelai tells him that they serve it all day, however in the episode "Red Light on the Wedding" when Max is trying to decide what he wants Luke comes up to him and hands him another menu and tells him it's the lunch menu because they start serving lunch in an hour. Possible Explanation: Since Lorelai and Rory are running the diner, they could be choosing to serve breakfast all day, but when Luke is running it he may only serve breakfast for a certain amount of time.

    • When Rory and Jess are talking at Luke's at the end of the episode, Rory's hair is behind her ear during the whole scene expect for the last time the camera changes to her, when her hair is straight down.

    • Lorelai tells Emily that Sookie can't afford the wedding that she is planning because they are saving for a house. Why would Lorelai say this when Sookie has a house and Jackson moves in with Sookie after they are married.

    • When Rory and Lorelai are talking in Luke's apartment, Rory's hair changes between shots.

    • If Caesar is off, and Luke leaves to go to Hartford, who is running the diner?

      Answer: Lorelai and Rory cover during Luke's absence.

    • When Rory and Lorelai are talking in Luke's apartment, Rory's sweater sleeves are pulled up and then down between shots.

  • QUOTES (23)

    • Luke: Don't you have wakes for people you like?
      Lorelai: I think it might be for you.
      Luke: Am I dead?
      Lorelai: Face it, Luke, people like you.
      Luke: Shut up.
      Lorelai: And with charm like that, how can they resist?

    • (At Louie's funeral)
      Luke: That ain't me, is it?
      Lorelai: What are you talking about?
      Luke: What Taylor said about me being like Louie, a loner, never being married and stuff. I mean, I am getting crankier as I get older, he's not so far off.
      Lorelai: You are not your uncle. I mean, would Louie ever build someone a chuppah, or help fix things around someone's house without being asked, or make a special coffee cake with balloons for a girl's sixteenth birthday?
      Luke: Rory told you about that?
      Lorelai: Yes. And would Louie have taken in his sister's kid without hesitating and without asking for anything in return?
      Luke: No one would've trusted Louie with their kid. He probably would've forgotten to feed him or something.
      Lorelai: You get my point?
      Luke: Yeah, I get it.

    • (Luke's diner)
      Emily: Anyhow, it's obvious that wouldn't even be appropriate anymore being as I'm probably standing in your reception hall.
      Lorelai: Excuse me?
      Emily: Burgers and fries for the dinner? The bride walks down the aisle with a ketchup dispenser in her hand.
      Lorelai: Please tell me what you're talking about.
      Emily: I'm talking about Luke.
      Lorelai: Luke? Mom!
      Emily: Well, it's obvious, Lorelai.
      Lorelai: No, it's not, Mom.
      Emily: You're with him constantly.
      Lorelai: He feeds me.
      Emily: You bring up his name constantly.
      Lorelai: Once again, he feeds me.
      Emily: The moment he calls, you run to his side.
      Lorelai: He's my friend, he needed me, I had to be there.
      Emily: Yes, I know you did.

    • (After Lorelai and Rory walk into the town meeting late.)
      Taylor: You really have to work on your punctuality, Lorelai. I banged the meeting in half an hour ago.
      Lorelai: Uh, dirty!

    • (Lorelai and Rory show up late at a town meeting)
      Taylor: Late again, are we?
      Lorelai: Yes, I hope I'm not pregnant.
      Taylor: What?

    • Rory: Where should the poached eggs go?
      Luke: Crank in the hat.
      Sy: Hey, I'm not a crank! You're a crank, crank!
      Rory: He is a crank.

    • Kirk: Hello? How 'bout that coffee?
      Lorelai: I got it.
      Luke: Thanks.
      Kirk: But, but – mine's a quarter caf.
      Lorelai: Huh?
      Kirk: Three-fourths decaf, one-fourth caffeinated.
      Lorelai: I four-fourths don't care.
      Kirk: Fill it up.

    • Michel: Nine rooms for Luke from Luke's Diner?
      Lorelai: That's right.
      Michel: French fry convention?
      Lorelai: No, just personal.
      Michel: Milkshake symposium?
      Lorelai: No Michel, it's something personal and I'm vouching for him.
      Michel: Soda pop seminar?
      Lorelai: Stop!
      Michel: Pickle party?

    • Jess: Look, the crazy ballet teacher called and asked when Luke was getting back from the funeral, if I could unlock the door. I came down, I unlocked the door, then went back upstairs and back to sleep.
      Rory: So you did do a little something.
      Jess: I unlocked the door.
      Rory: So that people could come in here and put this together. Nice.
      Jess: Nice for them, not for me.
      Rory: You facilitated it, you made it happen, so I guess that means that you're officially a part of our town now.
      Jess: Hey, wait a minute.
      Rory: Welcome.
      Jess: I am not part of this town.
      Rory: See you for some tree planting over at the Arbor Day Festival, buddy.
      Jess: Yeah, well maybe I can knock over a liquor store while everyone else is planting those stupid trees.
      Rory: As long as it's a liquor store in town, neighbor.

    • Lorelai: We're running out of coffee.
      Luke: I'll make some more.
      Lorelai: No, I got it.
      Luke: Do you know how?
      Lorelai: Do I... ugh... I am Cathy Coffee, mister, the bastard offspring of Mrs. Folger and Juan Valdez.

    • (Jess stumbles down the stairs)
      Lorelai: Oh, you're very graceful.
      Jess: She pushed me.
      Rory: Sue me!
      Jess: I could've broken my neck!
      Rory: (hands him a pot) As long as it's not your arm, we need your arm.

    • Luke: (needing to leave so he can make further arrangements for a relative's funeral) I have to close up. Lorelai: No, you don't, you're covered. Luke: You don't have to do this! Lorelai: We don't mind, go! It'll give me a chance to number all the tables. Luke: (amused, appreciatively) Be my guest. Lorelai: Also, are they arranged like this for any particular reason? Luke: (gruffly) Don't change anything! Lorelai: It's totally not Feng Shui!

    • Lorelai: It's repetitive.
      Rory: And redundant.
      Lorelai: It's repetitive.
      Rory: And redundant.
      Lorelai: We certainly are entertaining, Mac.
      Rory: Indubitably, Tosh.

    • Customer: Two eggs up on toast.
      Lorelai: Up, huh?
      Customer: Yup.
      Lorelai: Wouldn't you rather have 'em scrambled?
      Customer: Nope, up's how I like 'em.
      Lorelai: Come on, scrambled's better. Give it a shot. Say you want two scrambled eggs on toast, please?
      Customer: Okay, young lady, two scrambled eggs on toast.
      Lorelai: Adam and Eve on a raft and wreck 'em! That's real live diner talk, see? The wreck 'em is the scrambled part.
      Customer: I deduced that.

    • Kirk: I want lunch, but I'm not sure what to get.
      Lorelai: I have a suggestion. How about a hamburger with some strawberry ice cream with chocolate sauce for dessert?
      Kirk: Sounds good.
      Lorelai: Yo, burn one, then pass me a pink stick and throw some mud on it! God, I love this business.

    • Kirk: I need some more Equal.
      Lorelai: There's one right there.
      Kirk: I need seven.
      Lorelai: Seven? You're not squirreling these away in your pocket for home use, are you, Kirk?
      Kirk: No, I use seven in my coffee.
      Lorelai: Okay, good, then allow me. (pours seven Equal into his cup) There you go. Go ahead and give that a taste, see if it's to your liking.
      Kirk: Okay. (takes sip, hesitates while he controls his reaction) Perfection.
      Lorelai: Good.

    • Rory: Taylor's wigging.
      Lorelai: I know. He's been sitting there like the final days of Dick Nixon for almost an hour.

    • Lorelai: Face it, Luke. People like you.
      Luke: Shut up.
      Lorelai: And with charm like that, how could they resist.

    • (Emily enters the diner)
      Lorelai: Eh. Good grief.
      Luke: What?
      Lorelai: Bad vibe sandwich just came in. You better retreat.

    • Kirk: (about Luke's uncle) He kicked my dog when I was a kid.
      Sy: He hit on my wife repeatedly.
      Kirk: Toto was always different after that.
      Sy: My wife was much affected as well.

    • Emily: What do you think of the Romanovs?
      Luke: They probably had it coming.
      Emily: A match made in heaven.

    • Michel: That fellow's on the phone from the restaurant.
      Lorelai: Who?
      Michel: The flannel man with the protruding ankles.
      Lorelai: Oh, Luke?
      Michel: I forgot his name from the desk to here, that's how memorable he is.

    • Jess: I'm in the middle of something.
      Rory: Just assume that Jeanie is going to get Major Healy out of whatever scrape he's in.
      Jess: Gee, thanks for spoiling it for me.

  • NOTES (3)

    • German episode title: "Eine Hochzeit und ein Todesfall", meaning "A Wedding And A Death".

      French episode title: "Obsèques de l'Oncle Louis", meaning "Uncle Louis' Funeral".

    • Keiko Agena (Lane Kim), Edward Herrmann (Richard Gilmore), Jared Padalecki (Dean Forester), and Liza Weil(Paris Geller) do not appear in this episode.

    • Music:

      -"Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" by Wham, sung by Grant Lee Phillips

  • ALLUSIONS (15)

    • Lorelai: It's totally not Feng Shui!

      Feng Shui (pronounced 'feng-shway') is the oriental art of placing objects in an arrangement which is perceived as in total harmony. One is supposed to take in all measures -- balance, symmetry, "flow", "energy", function, form, etc. In this way, it was a precursor to many modern concepts of interior decoration and architectural planning and design.

    • Lorelai: How's The Money Pit?

      Lorelai says this to Luke as she enters his apartment, which has been under renovation for a number of weeks. The Money Pit is 1986 a movie starring Tom Hanks and Shelley Long about a couple who struggle to repair a hopelessly dilapidated house. The whole movie revolves around this house which is constantly under renovation. The term predates the movie, of course, and refers to any house which needs either constant repairs or an older one which one presumed had a certain number of problems but every new step opens up another can of expensive difficulties far beyond original expectations.

    • (Lorelai is making coffee)
      Luke: Not everybody likes it that strong.
      Lorelai: Well, then I shall convert them. I am the Jehovah's coffee girl.

      Jehovah's Witnesses are members of a religious sect who go around knocking on doors and proselytizing.

    • Farmer's Market Guy: (to Taylor, who is dressed in his Revolutionary War re-enactor's uniform) Cool threads. Very "one if by land."

      Referring to the poem Paul Revere's Ride by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
      Hang a lantern aloft in the belfry arch
      Of the North Church tower as a signal light,--
      One if by land, and two if by sea;
      And I on the opposite shore will be

    • Emily: What do you think of the Romanovs?
      Luke: They probably had it coming.

      The Romanovs were the last imperial family in Russia. After Tsar Nicholas II gave up the throne, he and his family where placed under house arrest and later sent to Siberia then to Ekaterinberg where Tsar Nicholas II, his wife Tsarisa Alexandra and their 5 children - 4 daughters (Grand Duchesses) and there 1 son (Tsarvich) who was the heir to the Tsar throne - along with a number of their servants where murdered by the Bolshevik guards on July 17, 1918. There are still rumors that one of the Grand Duchesses and Tsarevich Alexei managed to excape, as they never found those 2 bodies. Recently, the Russian Orthodox Church in Russia canonized the last Tsar and his family as saints.

    • Lorelai: She's Patricia Hearst and my mother's the SLA.

      Patricia Hearst is an heir to the Hearst fortune. She was kidnapped in the early 70s by the Symbinese Liberation Army (SLA) and brainwashed into assisting in a bank robbery. She has also acted in several of John Water's movies.

    • Jackson: It's the library of Alexandria. It's the Colossus of Rhodes. It's pop rocks.

      The library of Alexandria was founded at the beginning of the third century B.C. and was believed to have been the largest library in the Mediterranean world. There is much debate about how and when it was destroyed.
      The Colossus of Rhodes was a statue of the patron God Helios that stood at the entrance to the harbor of the island of Rhodes in Greece until an earthquake destroyed it in 282 B.C. Commonly known as one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
      Pop rocks were a candy first introduced in 1975, from which small amounts of carbonation are released causing a popping sensation in the mouth and a sizzling noise. Fairly popular in the 80s, there was even an urban myth about how someone who swallowed pop rocks followed by a carbonated beverage died due the gas released causing the person's stomach to explode. This myth was mentioned in the movie Urban Legends.

    • Lorelai: It's an upside-down world where the Horchow house is considered low rent and diamonds less than 24 carats are Cracker Jack trinkets.

      Cracker Jack is a snack food consisting of caramelized popcorn and peanuts. There would be a small surprise in most packets of Cracker Jacks, usually a cheap toy or plastic jewelry.
      Horchow is a high-end luxury home furnishings catalog.

    • Rory: Just assume that Jeanie's gonna get Major Healey out of whatever scrap he's in.

      I Dream of Jeanie TV show that ran from 1965 to 1970 about an astronaut, Major Nelson, who finds a bottle with a genie in it after crash landing on a deserted island. Starring Barbara Eden as Jeanie, Larry Hagman as Major Nelson and Dan Daily as Major Healey, Major Nelson's somewhat bumbling and opportunistic friend.

    • Lorelai: I'm Cathy Coffee, mister, the bastard offspring of Mrs. Folger and Juan Valdez.

      Mrs. Folger was the made-up character who was the spokeswoman for Folgers coffee in tv commercials in the 70s and 80s.
      Juan Valdez is the made-up spokesman for Columbian coffee. Seen in commercials in the 80s and 90s.

    • Lorelai: Yeah, Taylor, this isn't Charlie Rose.

      Charlie Rose is a PBS show with lots of interviews and discussions.

    • Taylor: You there! (points at town troubadour) When Lady Godiva here (points at other troubadour) wanted to be town troubadour over you, I stood by your side. Why aren't you backing me now?

      Lady Godiva's tale is a myth, probably with some truth. She was an 11th Century noblewoman. When she repeatedly asked her husband, Leofric, Earl of Mercia, to lower taxes in Coventry, he finally challenged her. If she would ride nude on horseback through the market, then he would lower taxes. Lady Godiva took him at his word, and did precisely that, using her long hair as her only covering. In the end, he purportedly kept his word and eliminated the onerous taxes. It's also the source of the term "Peeping Tom" -- When she did it, an order went out for all the peasants to shutter their windows and stay indoors. A local tailor named Tom, however, could not resist and, after making a hole in the shutters, snuck a look or two at Ms. Godiva in all her glory, for which he was supposedly struck blind.

    • Lorelai: (to Luke) But your re-enactment of Jerry Lewis and the Diner Guy is gonna wow the critics.

      This is a reference to a skit by Dean Martin and Jerry Lee Lewis. Martin owns a diner, and Lewis takes a job waiting tables and does a horrifically funny job of it.

    • Farmer's Market Guy: (to Taylor) Don't like to be touched. That's cool. Got a little David and Lisa thing happening. Made a mental note. No problem.

      David and Lisa is a 1962 movie about a guy in a mental institution who falls in love with a girl with schizophrenia.

    • Lorelai: We certainly are entertaining, Mac.
      Rory: Indubitably, Tosh.

      Mac and Tosh are the Goofy Gophers of Looney Tunes fame.

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