Gilmore Girls

Season 1 Episode 19

Emily In Wonderland

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Apr 26, 2001 on The WB
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Rachel finds an abandoned inn that Lorelai and Sookie fall in love with; Lorelai and Rachel spend the afternoon getting to know each other and Rachel asks Lorelai to put in a good word for her with Luke; as Rory takes Emily on a tour of Stars Hollow, Emily hits it off with Mrs. Kim and Michel, but becomes distraught when she sees Lorelai and Rory's first home; at Sookie's urging, Lorelai gives Jackson's cousin, Rune, a job at the Inn.moreless

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  • Emily is taken on a tour of Stars Hollow. Great and revealing episode.

    I really liked the whole concept of this episode, Emily being taken on a tour of Stars Hollow by Rory. I liked the opening scene, Lorelai's shock at Rory inviting Emily was funny and it was a great set up to the episode. Roon returns, oh dear. He wasn't as irritating as in 'Double date' but his comment about Michel not telling anyone about the date was mean.

    Sookie and Jackson are quite funny together, would like to see more of them. Michel's reaction to Roon was really funny. Emily going to stars Hollow, brilliant. Loved her scenes in Kim's Antiques, her and Mrs Kim's conversation was funny. Also liked Michel being so charming to Emily.

    Lorelai's surprise that Emily was enjoying herself was well done. Actually would have liked Rory to take Emily to Luke's but anyway .... Liked how they were getting along well, as we saw this with Richard in the early episode 'Kill Me Now'.

    Then Rory shows Emily her old home, Emily's disgust was done well, I once again felt for Rory though, putting the effort in. I like Lane and hope she gets together with this boy Henry. The scene when Emily called up Rory was funny.

    Lorelai and Emily's conversation at the end was interesting, very revealing.

    Then we have Rachel, who I personally don't mind as a character. But obviously, I'd rather her not get in the way of Luke and Lorelai. They like each other, ADMIT IT. I really like the Inn thing, would love to see Sookie and Lorelai start there own one.

    Another great episode, only two left now!moreless
  • Lalala

    After Emily visits Rory and gets a tour around Stars Hollow, Rory shows her the shed that she grew up in. Emily wants to give her material to make up for the poor childhood she had. Rachel and Lorelai hang out and Lorelai gives her advice about Luke. She wants to stay and settle down, but Luke doesn't believe it. Lorelai seems jealous though. Lane says that Henry hasn't called yet. When he does call, he leaves a message and asks her to call back. Sookie wants Lorelai to hire Rune as the handyman.

    This episode was okay, but it lacked something. I think Lane should pursue Henry. This episode gets an 8.0 out of 10!moreless
  • Some discoveries and some changes

    New episode...

    Rory offers to take Emily to Ms Kim antiques store, she likes it but the best part was seen Emily wearing sneakers.

    I read one of the comments and I agree with it, it must had been hard for a mother to see the place her daughter choose to be away from her. It's heart broken for a mother. The fact that Emily gives a room to Rory at her house is very important and Lorelai was just surprise that her mother, that woman, would do that for Rory. That discussion was completely stupid.

    Well and the fact that Rachel is staying seams OK but looks like trouble is coming...The coffee doesn't taste the same..

    Finally the Inn appears, The Dragonfly.moreless
  • rory shows her grandmother around stars hallow

    i want to know what rory was thinking when she invitied emily to stars hallow for the day. i thougt that it was a nice jesture but it is emily and she really does not like her daughters life. i was not all that surpised that emily freaked out in the manner that she did and not all that surpised that she gave rory a room at her house evan though she is not there that much. it was funny that emily at least called to see what rory liked but she should have asked her what she liked in the first place. it was not a shock that she yelled a lorelai for where she choose to live.moreless
  • Rory shows Emily around Stars Hollow

    Emily is upset when she sees where Lorelai and Rory used to live when Lorelai first moved out. This of course sparks a fight between Lorelai and Emily because Emily is angry that Lorelai just wanted to get out of the house so badly she didn't care where she ended up at that point. It's funny to see Emily walking around in sneakers and negotiating with Mrs. Kim for some of the furniture. This is also another good episode.moreless
Max Perlich

Max Perlich


Guest Star

Kathryn Grant Crosby

Kathryn Grant Crosby

Japanese Translator

Guest Star

Emily Kuroda

Emily Kuroda

Mrs. Kim

Recurring Role

Jackson Douglas

Jackson Douglas

Jackson Belleville

Recurring Role

Lisa Ann Hadley

Lisa Ann Hadley


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (14)

    • Lane tells Rory that it's been a week since the party when Lane met Henry and she is upset that he hasn't called her yet. The party was on a Saturday and at Friday night dinner after that, it is announced that Grandma Lorelei is to arrive the next Friday. She stayed in Hartford for about a week. This episode takes place after her visit, and begins with yet another Friday night dinner, so it is at least 3 weeks since the party.

    • When Michel is introduced to Emily at the Inn they move to shake hands in the traditional French way. Michel initially reaches with left hand, then is shown holding her hand with his right, and finally when he kisses her hand it is back in his left hand.

    • When Emily is getting out of her car to come into the house, her heal gets stuck in the mud and she says "I suppose putting in a walkway never occurred to your mother.", to which Rory responds "Actually it occurs to her every day on her way to work." In later seasons you'll see a stone walkway leading out to the driveway, near where Emily gets out of her car.

    • Lorelai and Rory go to the Black-White-Read Bookstore on movie night to see Queen of Outer Space in this episode. If you look at the line-up of people going into the theater you will see Todd and Lane are with Rory and Dean walking into the bookstore theater. This is the same group of people who went into the theater when Rory and Lane double dated in Episode 1-12, "Double Date". We know this can't be the case because in the next scene Lorelai and Rory are sitting waiting for the movie to start.

    • During the first dinner scene with Emily, Rory asks if the dining room chairs are new, and Emily replies that she got them at an antique store up in Maine. This leads us to believe that she was actually there in Maine to get them. However, during the 6th season finale, Partings, Emily is talking to Christopher at dinner and says, "Lynnie just moved here from Maine. Isn't that interesting? I've never been to Maine..."

    • At the end of the episode you can see the shadow of a hand quickly pushing the door of the inn to make it fall.

    • Lane keeps referring to "her parents," however her dad is never mentioned and he is never shown.

    • When Lorelai and Rory go to Luke's after Friday night dinner, Luke says he's going to put on a new pot of coffee. Rachel talks to Lorelai for about two minutes and then Rory arrives with coffee. Wasn't that awfully quick for Luke to load and finish a new pot?

    • When Lorelai comes down from Luke's apartment, Luke allows her to be behind the counter. However, in a later episode when Luke and Lorelai has started dating, Lorelai goes behind the counter and Luke freaks out. He tells her she isn't allowed behind the counter because his insurance won't cover her if something happens.

    • In the pilot episode, Lorelai says "I think I put my contacts in backwards", however in this episode, when asked by Rachel if she wears lenses, she responds with "Me? no."...this leads to Luke saying her eyes are nice because they're symmetrical.

    • Why is it that Emily asks Rory her favorite color (Rory responds blue), when Emily is just going to leave everything pink in the end? Also, Emily asks Rory which boyband she prefers, N'sync or 98 Degrees, and Rory says N'sync. But there ends up being a 98 Degrees poster on the wall.

    • When Rory and Lane are sitting on Rory's bed listening to music and Emily calls, Lane looks at her watch and says she has to go. But, her sleeve is covering her watch, so she puts her hand down, then realizes she didn't see the watch and pulls her sleeve back to look at the watch--all after she already said it was time to go.

    • In an earlier episode, Richard and Emily made a point about how they only went to Europe in the fall. In this episode, when Emily is talking to Michel, she clearly is talking about springtime in Paris.

    • In this episode, Rory asks for a baby picture of Lorelai. Emily says that she doesn't have any Lorelai because Lorelai burned them. However, in the "Love and War and Snow" episode, Richard, Emily and Rory look at baby pictures of Lorelai together in Lorelai's photo album. Wouldn't Rory remember the pictures in the album?

  • QUOTES (13)

    • (Emily opens the door to the girls and sounds extatic)
      Emily: Hello, hello, hello.
      Lorelai: Wow, Mom, hi. (speaking to Rory) Uh, check the rubbing alcohol.
      Emily: How was the drive?
      Lorelai: The drive was fine.
      Emily: Good.
      Lorelai: (Observing that Emily doesn't let them in) The foyer looks great.
      Emily: I have a surprise for you.
      Lorelai: The rest of the house ran away?
      Emily: No.
      Lorelai: No.
      Emily: Rory, come with me.
      (Emily leads Rory away, leaving Lorelai by herself)
      Lorelai: Okay, so, I'll... I'll follow you then. Great.

    • (Luke & Lorelai are in the storage room, talking about Rachel)
      Lorelai: Do you wanna know what I think about this situation?
      Luke: No.
      Lorelai: Are you sure?
      Luke: Look, if you're gonna tell me at least help me unload.
      Lorelai: Can I use the fun cutter thingy?
      Luke: Not if you call it the fun cutter thingy.
      Lorelai: Please.
      Luke: Cut the box, not your hand.
      Lorelai: Good tip, you should teach. (She cuts open one box) Ha! Fun!
      Luke: Talk.
      Lorelai: Well, I don't know exactly what's going on in Rachel's head because I'm not a Vulcan, but from the way she talks about you and the way she smiles when your name comes up, I'm pretty sure that she's serious about staying in Stars Hollow this time.
      Luke: Yeah, let me guess. Rachel told you she wanted to put down roots, that she's serious this time, that she's tired of the road, and realizes what's lacking in her nomadic existence.
      Lorelai: She didn't use the phrase "nomadic existence", but basically yes, that's what she said.
      Luke: I've heard the speech. I know the speech by heart.
      Lorelai: Well, I think she means it this time.
      Luke: You don't know her like I do.
      Lorelai: I don't. But she seems sincere.
      Luke: How do you know?
      Lorelai: Her nose didn't grow.
      Luke: Why are you taking her side?
      Lorelai: I'm not taking her side.
      Luke: Well it sounds like you're taking her side.
      Lorelai: Well, wash out your ears, I'm not taking her side.
      Luke: I mean you're practically pushing her on me.
      Lorelai: I just want you to be happy.
      Luke: And you know what makes me happy?
      Lorelai: No, I just know that you've been carrying a torch for her for a really long time.
      Luke: I have not been carrying a torch for her.
      Lorelai: Well, you wanted this to happen.
      Luke: How do you know what I wanted to happen?
      Lorelai: Didn't you?
      Luke: Yeah, I guess.
      Lorelai: Okay. So here it is, right in front of you. Just take it. Take the plunge. She could be ready. Just jump in and believe her. Unless, you know, there's some other reason you don't want to.
      Luke: Like what?
      Lorelai: Like I... I don't know.
      Luke: There's no other reason.
      Lorelai: Okay, well, fine. Then there's no other reason.

    • Luke: So what was all about?
      Lorelai: Oh nothing. We're just gonna go check out this old inn Rachel found.
      Luke: Hmm.
      Lorelai: What?
      Luke: Nothing. I didn't know you guys were friends.
      Lorelai: Hm, well we're not really friends. I mean, I don't know her that well. But we're just hanging out. She seems really great.
      Luke: Oh yeah, she is. She's great. She's just, you know, a lot different from you.
      Lorelai: 'Cause I'm not really great?
      Luke: No, you're great. Just in a different way.
      Lorelai: In a not really great way?
      Luke: That's not what I meant. The two of you are just completely different people. Both great, but I'm just a little surprised that, you know, you're different types of greatness are, you know, melding and you're comfortably great together.
      Lorelai: Is this bothering you?
      Luke: This conversation, yes.
      Lorelai: No. Um, the idea of Rachel and I hanging out together. Is there some reason that's weird for you or something?
      Luke: Why would it be?
      Lorelai: No reason I can think of.
      Luke: Okay, well then it's not weird.
      Lorelai: Good, well I was just checking.
      Luke: Okay, well then, you checked.
      Lorelai: Okay. So are you gonna be pouring that coffee anytime or...
      Luke: Oh.
      Lorelai: I'm glad it's not weird though because... (Luke spills coffee on the table)... that would be bad.
      Luke: Oh, I'll get a rag.

    • (Luke walks over to Lorelai's table where Rachel is showing a picture she took of them)
      Luke: What's that?
      Lorelai: Oh, it's a picture of us.
      Luke: Us?
      Rory: Rachel took it.
      Rachel: At the Firelight Festival.
      Luke: Oh, sure, yeah. (He hands a plate to Lorelai) So, uh, here's your plate, no eyes.
      Lorelai: Thank you.
      Rachel: Do you wear contacts?
      Lorelai: Me? No.
      Rachel: God, you've got amazing eyes. (to Luke) Doesn't she?
      Luke: Oh, yeah. Sure, I guess... I mean, they're, you know, placed good... symmetrical. I'm gonna get some more coffee.
      Rachel: Yeah.

    • (Kirk clears his throat)
      Lorelai: Oh hey, Kirk. You gettin a cold? You know, you should try that Dyna-Meda-Chema-Themytol. Knocks it right out. But don't drive a forklift though, cause it'll make you drowsy.

    • Emily: (about Michel) What a charming man!
      Rory: Uh...okay.

    • Rachel: I might consider doing the whole mom thing if I could be guaranteed that I could get one just like her.
      Lorelai: Oh you can, you just have to go to Sears.

    • Rachel: So, I'm developing my pictures from the Firelight Festival. Some amazing stuff, and I'm thinking maybe there's a book here, faces of small town America.
      Lorelai: Ah, you should feel safe, you don't live near these people?
      Rachel: Exactly.

    • Lorelai: So, what time does the judgmental express arrive?
      Rory: Grandma gets here at noon.

    • Emily: I blame Peg Mosley.
      Lorelai: Peg Mosley. Evil, evil woman.
      Rory: What did Peg Mosley do?
      Lorelai: She lured these two German children to her gingerbread house and then she tried to eat them.

    • (in the storage room at Luke's)
      Lorelai: So, this is the fascinating storage area where fascinating acts of storage take place.
      Luke: Yup, this is it.
      Lorelai: Some good looking pickles.
      Luke: What are you doing?
      Lorelai: I'm admiring your pickles.

    • Rory: I'm sure you were a cute baby.
      Emily: She was, she was very cute.
      Lorelai 4...3...2...1 most respects.
      Lorelai: We have liftoff.
      Rory: What does that mean?
      Lorelai: Nothing.
      Emily: I don't see what the problem is. You certainly grew into it.
      Rory: Grown into what?
      Emily: As a child, your mother had an unusually large head.
      Lorelai: The best thing about it was that she would tell me constantly. My first complete sentence was, "Big head want dolly."
      Rory: I can't imagine it being that bad.
      Emily: It wasn't. It just affected her balance a little so. . .
      Lorelai: Okay, can we please talk about something besides my formerly huge head?

    • Rory: My best friend Lane, her parents have this great antiques store in Stars Hollow.
      Emily: Is that so? (To Lorelai) Why haven't you ever told me about it?
      Lorelai: Oh, I don't know Mom. I guess it just got lost in my big head.

  • NOTES (5)

    • German episode title: "Zimmerservice", meaning "Room Service".

    • Edward Herrmann (Richard) does not appear in this episode.

    • Music:
      - "Child Psychology" by Black Box Recorder

    • The abandoned inn that Rachel finds, is the family house that was used in the 1972-1981 CBS TV series The Waltons. The house (or inn) has quite a history on television, as it was also used in other TV series including Mayberry R.F.D and the series finale of Lassie that aired in 1971. It has been modified several times.

    • Lorelai mentions that she once played a Prince song for her mother, who nearly had a stroke. This is based on an incident from series creator Amy Sherman-Palladino's youth.

  • ALLUSIONS (11)

    • Lorelai: It would be like the first fifteen minutes of Saving Private Ryan, but at least those guys got to be in France.

      The first scene of the film Saving Private Ryan shows in graphic detail the first wave of U.S. troops at the Normandy invasion being machine-gunned down by German troops.

    • Rory: Can I ask you a question?
      Lorelai: Yes, I would date Steven Tyler.

      Steven Tyler is the lead singer of Aerosmith.

    • Lorelai: I don't know exactly what's going on in Rachel's head because I'm not a Vulcan.

      Lorelai is referring to the ability of Vulcans to "mind meld" with each other.

    • Lorelai: (to Emily, who is wearing sneakers and white socks with her suit) What's up, working girl?

      This is a reference to the 1988 movie Working Girl, in which Melanie Griffith's character habitually travels to and from her office job wearing such an outfit, changing into more appropriate shoes when she gets to work.

    • Rune: (to Michel) Yeah, well build us another statue.

      Rune is referring to The Statue of Liberty in NY which was given to the USA by France.

    • Lorelai: I talk, I think I'm being clear, and all she hears is 'Blah, blah, blah, Ginger.'

      A famous Gary Larson Farside cartoon has one panel with the caption: "What you say" and shows a man scolding his dog saying, "Oh Ginger, that was a bad thing! You're a bad, bad dog, Ginger." The next panel has the caption: "What a dog hears" and shows the dog hearing: "Blah Ginger, blah blah blah. Blah blah blah blah, Ginger."

    • Lane: It's like watching the Williams sisters.

      Serena and Venus Williams are two of the top female tennis players in the world.

    • Emily: It's like The Grapes of Wrath.

      The Grapes of Wrath is a John Steinbeck novel which chronicles one family's struggle during the Depression.

    • Lorelai: I don't want Boo Radley touching my rosebud wallpaper.

      Boo Radley, a character in Harper Lee's novel To Kill A Mockingbird, is shy and withdrawn and seldom comes out of his house, which causes the children in the neighborhood to believe he's sort of a bogeyman.

    • Sookie: The Lost Weekend.

      Sookie compares Rune's stay at Jackson's to the movie about an alcoholic's four day drinking binge which seems to drag on forever.

    • Title: Emily in Wonderland.

      The title refers to Lewis J. Carroll's Alice in Wonderland. Emily, metaphorically transported through the looking glass, sees Lorelai's and Rory's first home and experiences Stars Hollow's quaintness and idiocyncracies, which are a kind of wonderland to Emily.