Gilmore Girls

Season 3 Episode 5

Eight O'Clock at the Oasis

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Oct 22, 2002 on The WB
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Episode Summary

Lorelai attends Emily's society auction where she meets a very handsome man but neglects to get his number, forcing her to ask her mother for it; after a disastrous first date, Lorelai turns down an invitation to another, not realizing that Emily and Richard have a lot invested in her dating this son of their friends; after Lorelai and Rory agree to water their new neighbor's lawn while he's out of town, Jess comes to Rory's rescue when the lawn's sprinker system malfunctions.moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Yea Wet Jess!!!!!

    Well.. this episode didn\'t exactly make me wanna watch it again. Except for, of course, wet Jess. Jezzz how hot is this guy? Its amazing that all the hair gel could just run out of his hair.(I always wondered how much gel they go through and epi) Lets not forget that he was Extrememly sweet in this epi. He tried to have a little conversation with Rory but it was ruined by Dean. Yuk! I mean he even turned it back on when he found out Dean was comin to help. And how about that little smirk on his face wen he went to leave. Oh how cute!

    There was to much lame drama with Emily, Richard, and Lorelai. It was pretty petty and stupid. I think this episode was just used to cement the rory/jees luke/lorelai relationships. God i luv those Danes/Mariano men!moreless
  • Lorelai likes a guy from an auction, but only Emily knows who he is. Another great episode.

    Great episode. The opening scene with Luke and the babies was funny. The whole Dwight, new neighbour, storyline was funny but weird. But it made way for a Jess and Rory moment, the chemistry they have is high and the look they give each other, hope they get together soon. The inside of Dwight's house was strange, his wife's voice message was funny.

    It was interesting to see Lorelai liking this guy and having to ask Emily for help. Emily's smugness was enjoyable. Michel was very amusing at the auction and when he begged Lorelai to take him. It was funny how it all turned out, Lorelai thought he was boring, which disappointed and annoyed Emily.

    Richard's phone call was a bit controlling but entertaining. Lorelai's apology was funny, liked how Emily made a comment at the end. No Dean, it's not looking good for him and Rory. Funny how Emily was nicknamed 'The Cobra'. Good as always.moreless
  • Rory and Jess moment!

    The only real reason I gave this episode a high score was because of the Rory-Jess moment. Jess' 'rescue' of Rory by turning the neighbours hose off, and then back on again so that Dean wouldn't know he came by, is one of my favourites Rory and Jess moments before they actually become a couple. It was one of the sweetest moments between them- the look he gives her as he's walking away is so cute!

    Other than that moment (and the dialogue over dinner at the Gilmore residence) the episode wasn't that spectacular. There really wasn't much to the plotline.

    However, seeing Jess all wet was definately enough to keep me happy! :)moreless
  • A simple love this series

    Emily is throwing a auction and she invites Lorelai to go. Michel ears the conversation and begs to go too. That scene is funny.

    There's a new neighbor in Starts Hallow and he makes Lorelai say she will water the lane and she has to do that twice a day. He even left the key and a letter so she could go inside and water some African flowers.

    Skipping to the main issue... Lorelai meets a guy at the auction and she likes him so she asks Emily for his number. They go on a date, a dinner, and it is terrible, she has the worse time ever and I guess so did him. Next day, when Lorelai stops by to trade a lamp, Emily is all curious to know how was the date. Lorelai tells her that it was not good.

    And here the problems begin... Emily knows Peyton's mother and this thing may cause some problems in the social circle. Richard is going to play golf with Peyton's father so they can find a way to solve the situation. He calls Lorelai telling her that.

    At the end, Lorelai apologies to Emily and Emily gets her way, Lorelai is going on a second date...

    A quick note, while watering Dwight's lone, the switch breaks so Rory pages Dean. He takes to long and she goes looking for someone else to help. She runs into Jess and he fixes the problem. A minute later Dean sees the page and tells her he is coming...Jess puts the switch back in the wrong position so Dean could fix it. Oh and the Salsa tape! Good one lolmoreless
  • Lorelai meets a man that she likes and he knows Emily.

    this was such a great episode. i thought that it was really nice of lorelai to go to an auction that her mother was running and it was also that it was nice that lorelai let michel go to it with her. i though that it was nice that lorelai meet a man at the auction and she did not get his name or any other infromation about this man so she had to get it from her mother which i think was a bad move on her part because her parents got really upset that she did not want to go out with him again. i really can not believe that they made such a big deal about her not going out with Peyton again and that Lorelai had to aploigize to her mother and that they made lorelai go to the concert with him. i thought that it was really nice of jess to help out rory when she was watering the neighbors grass and that he also turned on the water so when dean go thtere there was not an arguement over how it got turned off.moreless
Sean Gunn

Sean Gunn

Kirk Gleason (Episodes 44 - , recurring previously)

Keiko Agena

Keiko Agena

Lane Kim

Kelly Bishop

Kelly Bishop

Emily Gilmore

Alexis Bledel

Alexis Bledel

Rory Gilmore

Lauren Graham

Lauren Graham

Lorelai Gilmore

Edward Herrmann

Edward Herrmann

Richard Gilmore

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • The mailbox is directly in front of the house in this episode. Even though this is the first time anyone has actually gone to get the mail, in other episodes when they showed a distant shot of the house, the mailbox has always been at the end of the driveway, farther away from the house. The mailbox is also in a different spot in "The Big One".

    • When Rory and Lorelai return home after getting pizza, they walk by the mailbox where the flag is up. Normally when the flag is up it means that the person whom the mailbox belongs to has put something in the mailbox for the mailman to take. When the mailman takes it they're supposed to put the flag down. Well Lorelai gets the mail and the flag was still up meaning the mailman didn't take the stuff the Gilmores left inside or just didn't put the flag down.

    • Dwight tells Lorelai that to turn on the nozzle you turn it to the right and to the left to turn it off. When Jess comes to help Rory, he turns it to the right to turn it off and it turns off and to the left to turn it back on.

    • When Rory rushes out of Dwight's house after hearing his wife's message, she forgets her bookbag.

    • When Emily invites Lorelai to the auction, she tells her that it's on Tuesday. When Lorelai calls auction information to get paddle 17's number later, she says that she was at their auction the night before. However, they're getting ready for Friday night dinner while she's on the phone, which would indicate that the auction was on Thursday, not Tuesday.

  • QUOTES (22)

    • Richard: (Dryly responding to Emily's concerns about the pork at dinner) Pork is bred leaner these days. It has a different taste. Less fat equals less flavor. (Now sarcastic) Yet another example of the great advances man has made: Flavorless pork. Hurrah for the opposable thumbs.

    • (someone is breast feeding in the diner)
      Luke: You go make her stop.
      Lorelai: I'm not going over there.
      Luke: Why not? You're a woman.
      Lorelai: So what?
      Luke: So you have the same parts.
      Lorelai: What?
      Luke: You shouldn't be scared of it.
      Lorelai: Scared of it? You know, you're gonna be a bachelor for a really long time.

    • Luke: When did that become acceptable? In the old days, a woman would never consider doing that in public. They'd go find a barn or a cave or something. I mean, it's indecent. This is a diner not a peep show.

    • Lorelai: Dwight's lawn.
      Rory: Aw, there goes the breakfast sandwich.
      Lorelai: No, no, let's hurry, we can still do Luke's.
      Rory: Mom!
      Lorelai: Let's go!
      Rory: Agh, my shoes!
      Lorelai: You don't need shoes! In my day, we walked twenty miles in the snow just to get to our shoes!
      Rory: Aw, come on.

    • Michel: And you must always be extremely careful of your paddle movements.
      Lorelai: Well, that certainly calls for a 'Dirty!'

    • (Rory is in Dwight's house while watering his lawn and the phone rings, she listens to the message)
      Doris: Dwight? Hi, it's Doris. Your wife remember me? The woman who was asleep in the bed when you snuck out the window like a spineless worm! How dare you sneak out like that. You sniveling pond scum sample. I should call Erin Brockovich to bring a law suit against your parents you steaming lump of toxic waste. You really thought you could get away from me? I would've found you sooner if I had bothered to look, but I have. I found you. And all I can say is this: I want my board games back! I want them back and I want them back NOW! I will hunt you to the ends of the earth to get them back! ESPECIALLY THE TRIVIAL PURSUIT!

    • Emily: Oh, this is so like you.
      Lorelai: What is so like me?
      Emily: You spend 5 seconds with a person and if they say one wrong thing you turn on them, and never give them a second chance.
      Lorelai: What?
      Emily: You're extremely judgemental.
      Lorelai: I'm not extremely judgemental of the pot calling the kettle black. I spent two and a half hours with a man who talked about nothing but himself and his car.
      Emily: He's proud of his accomplishments. What's wrong with that?
      Lorelai: He didn't end world hunger, Mom. He simply made the decision to spring for the bigger tires.

    • Lorelai: Thank you. You're my favorite daughter.
      Rory: You say that to all your daughters.
      Lorelai: Yes, I do, but I only mean it with you.

    • Lorelai: Hi, yes, I was at your auction yesterday and I was wondering if you could help me. I met a man there and I would like to contact him but I didn't get his name and I wondered if you could look it up for me. He was paddle number seventeen, and...Oh right, confidential, got it...Well, you know, actually, I misspoke earlier because this isn't a complete stranger I'm trying to contact here, he's an old friend from school...Good question. Well, I don't know his name because I only knew him by his nickname....Uh, Shamu. We called him Shamu. He was kind of a big guy in high school, but he's slimmed down quite a bit...No, see, I don't have time to contact the high school alumni committee because time is of the essence....See, Shamu and I went to a liquor store after the auction and we bought a lottery ticket together and we tore it and I took half and he took half, and I'll be damned if the thing didn't win!...Fourteen million dollars!....Really, but see, we have to claim it by four pm today or we forfeit....Ah, yes....Oh, well, but there's one more thing that I forgot to tell you. See, my blood type is o-negative and he's o-negative and I have a medical condition that....All right, then. Well, thank you anyway. Bye. (hangs up)

    • Michel: Always. You've got to be patient and wait for what you want to appear, then pounce.
      Lorelai: Hm, true at an auction, true at a singles bar.

    • Michel: Ah, I have an excellent arm raise.
      Lorelai: That's what it says on the bathroom wall.

    • Rory: Geez, did he talk about anything else but his car?
      Lorelai: Not until we got to the restaurant, then the wine list.
      Rory: Oh no, he's a winey?
      Lorelai: Yes, he sniffed and swirled and swished and did every other pretentious and borderline disgusting thing you can do with a glass of wine in a public place.

    • Lorelai: I bought a couple of end tables for the Inn.
      Emily: I must say I was very impressed with the selection this year. I even wound up purchasing a couple of things myself.
      Richard: Yes, how nice to have yet another chair you can't sit in.
      Emily: It's 100 years old.
      Richard: Wonderful we can put it next to the 200 year old foot stool you can't put your feet on.
      Emily: Oh Richard, please.
      Richard: I'm only teasing, Emily. It's one of my great pleasures in life to surround you with a house full of useless objects. No. I'm never happier then when we're standing in the corner staring at out furniture.
      Emily: Eat your pork, please.

    • Michel: Take me to the auction.
      Lorelai: Michel.
      Michel: Take me, I insist you take me.
      Lorelai: You don't even know if it'll be any good. It's just Society Women.
      Michel: If your mother's involved it will be impeccable, and I haven't been to an impeccable auction in over a year.
      Lorelai: Well I don't know.
      Michel: What do you want?
      Lorelai: Michel, I don't want anything.
      Michel: Stop playing coy with me. I want into that auction you name your price.
      Lorelai: OK, you've got to work weekends for the rest of this month.
      Michel: Done.
      Lorelai: And you have to answer the phone when it rings.
      Michel: Done.
      Lorelai: And answer it in English unless the person is actually foreign.
      Michel: Done.
      Lorelai: And you have to oversee the nature hikers next week.
      Michel: No.
      Lorelai: Michel, if you want to go to this auction you have to be in the lobby at 6:00 Friday morning. You have to hand out towels and water bottles. You have to show them the hiking trails and let them give you a nature name.
      Michel: Fine, I will let them give me a nature name.
      Lorelai: Alright then you can come.
      Michel: Thank you.
      Lorelai: Buttercup!
      Michel: You can't give them suggestions.

    • Lorelai: (Phone rings and Lorelai answers) Independence Inn.
      Emily: You should really identify yourself when you answer the phone at work.
      Lorelai: Sorry, Independence Inn, major disappointment speaking. Better?
      Emily: Yes, thank you.

    • Luke: (Looks at the breast feeding lady) This cannot be sanitary.
      Lorelai: You're right you don't know where those things have been.

    • (A woman is breast feeding her baby in Lukes diner)
      Luke: Is she doing what I think she is doing?
      Lorelai: Well I can't be 100% sure but....OK yeah, that's lunch.
      Luke: Why? Why do they do this? This is a public place. People are eating here.
      Rory: They sure are.

    • Richard: Did you hear what I just said?
      Lorelai: Yes, it sounds insane!
      Richard: I know it's insane! Of course it's insane, that's not the point!

    • Dwight: I can show you now or before you leave.
      Lorelai: When do you leave?
      Dwight: Six A.M.
      Lorelai: Now sounds fine.

    • Emily: I'll be too busy to sit with you, if that's what you're worried about.
      Lorelai: Oh, I'm not. (pause) Define too busy.

    • Rory: Oh, look! Babies!
      Lorelai: Never say those words again!

    • (seeing a lady breast feeding her baby)
      Jess: Oh jeez! Ahh!
      (goes back upstairs, Lorelai and Rory giggle)
      Luke: Okay, that was funny!

  • NOTES (5)

    • Music:

      -"Midnight at the Oasis" by Maria Muldaur Played by the clock.
      -"Space Odity" by David Bowie Sung by Lorelai at the end of the episode.

    • German episode title: "Ein verpatztes Date", meaning "A Messed-up Date".

      French episode title: "Après L'Enfer, L'Oasis", meaning "After Hell, Comes The Oasis".

    • Sean Gunn (Kirk), Keiko Agena (Lane), Jared Padalecki (Dean), Liza Weil (Paris), Melissa McCarthy (Sookie) do not appear in this episode.

    • A WB spokesperson confirmed to TV Guide Online that a line of dialogue from this episode was dubbed over at the last minute as a result of the terrorist attack in Bali. In the scene, which was shot well before the 10/12/02 disco bombing that left more than 180 people dead, Lorelai tells Rory that Peyton just flew in from Bali. Thanks to looping, producers were able to change the line from Bali to Maui, but some astute viewers picked up on the edit.

    • The house across the street from Dwight's was the one used in Maybe It's Me, 2001's short-lived WB series set in Rhode Island.

  • ALLUSIONS (10)

    • Lorelai: No one asked for the Norton Critical Edition.

      College book publisher Norton has a line of famous literary texts that include contextual and critical materials.

    • Lorelai: Apparently, Dwight's last home was Oz, and not as in The Wizard of.

      Lorelai is referring to the harsh and brutal prison in the HBO series Oz.

    • Lorelai: If we walk in there and his dead mother is sitting in a rocking chair -- not a bit surprised.

      A reference to Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho.

    • Rory: How come we don't have a tiki bar?
      Lorelai: We are not two wild and crazy guys.

      Reference to a Saturday Night Live routine featuring Steve Martin and Dan Akroyd.

    • Rory: You like piña coladas.
      Lorelai: And getting lost in the rain.

      Lorelai is quoting the 1979 pop song Escape (The Pina Colada Song) by Rupert Holmes.

    • Doris: I should call Erin Brockovich to bring a lawsuit against your parents, you steaming lump of toxic waste!

      Erin Brockovich is a law clerk who successfully brought a major corporation to court for pollution violations, and was portrayed by Julia Roberts in the film of the same name.

    • Jess: (to a soaking-wet Rory) I like the new look. It's very Blue Crush.

      Reference to a 2002 surfing movie.

    • Lorelai: We were both in pain. Deep pain. Marathon Man kind of pain.

      In the 1976 film Marathon Man, Dustin Hoffman's character is tortured by a dentist who is a former Nazi.

    • Clock: Five o'clock at The Oasis.

      The clock in Dwight's house says "Five o'clock at The Oasis" to the tune of Midnight at the Oasis, Maria Muldaur's 1974 hit song.

    • Lorelai: Ground control to Major Tom.

      This is the first line of David Bowie's song Space Oddity, which is about an astronaut who gets lost in space after losing connection with ground control.