Gilmore Girls

Season 3 Episode 15

Face-Off

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Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Feb 18, 2003 on The WB
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The Doose clan invades the Inn for their family reunion; Trix comes for a short visit and drives Emily crazy until Emily finally finds something scandalous to hold over Trix's head; Lane and Dave cook up a fake-date scheme with Young Chui to get Mrs. Kim to allow Lane to date Dave, but neither Young Chui's real girlfriend or Dave is immune to a little jealousy; the Stars Hollow High hockey team reaches the regional semifinals for the first time in 40 years and everyone not attending the monster truck rally turns out to cheer the team on and endure Kirk's hopelessly inept play-by-play; after Jess's too laid-back attitude about going out leaves Rory sitting home alone for most of the weekend, she takes Lorelai's advice and heads for the hockey game, where she discovers that Dean has a new girlfriend.moreless

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  • Rory is annoyed because Jess never calls, Emily is going crazy because of Trix's visit. Anbother brilliant one.

    9.8
    Nothing big happened here but I still loved the episode. It just had a very believable and realistic tone to it, especially in Rory's story. Lane and Dave's plans are getting more creative and I look forward to seeing more of this. I find it funny how Mrs Kim has no idea, makes it even more entertaining. I also like how Lane is trying to like Jess for Rory, shows she's a good friends.



    As for Jess and Rory themselves, he isn't doing very well, is he. He never calls which understandably annoys Rory and after some persuasion from Lorelai she goes out anyway. I found both Lorelai's talks with Jess enjoyable here, when he turned up at the door assuming she's be home, her reaction was great. Jess's 'I don't care' attitude could get him in trouble soon.



    The game itself was entertaining, they I'd the meeting your ex boyfriends new girlfriend thing very well and I liked seeing Rory be jealous. I'm not sure what I think about Lindsey at the moment, doesn't seem very Rory like. Is Dean realising that things aren't going to great with Jess, because Rory didn't exactly hide it from him.



    She obviously wasn't okay with it but I liked her voice message to Jess, but then he turns up and she tells him not to listen to it, amusing. What I didn't get was why she lied about seeing Jess after, that was weird. The thing with Lorelai's gran Trix was funny, it was entertaining to watch Emily be so annoyed by her but even better when she was smug about witnessing the kiss.



    Her singing in front of Trix friends was funny and it was hilarious when she told everyone of the kiss. Then there was the good scene where Emily apologised to Trix, nice scene. but then it was really funny when Emily ranted her way up the stairs. She was brilliant throughout the episode. It was also good to have Richard and Lorelai share a funny moment 'Just do it'.



    So this was another brilliant episode of the show!moreless
  • After a bad Monday night, all I needed was an episode of the Gilmore Girls and I'm glad I saw it.

    9.3
    It was really funny, specially the part when Emily enters home and sees Trix with that man!

    I couldn't stop laughing!!!



    But firsts things first. The hokey team is going to the semi-finals and Taylor invited all his family.



    We have some news, Lane is having a date with an Korean boy, the guy is her male version lol, and Dave is jealous.

    Dean has a new girlfriend and Rory is cool about it.

    Rory and Jess are having some communication problems so to speak, the whole "I call you later" but doesn't thing.



    That phone call she made was great, she said everything she wanted but I saw the next scene coming...



    And again, Trix's "affair" with the man with the jogging suit.

    Finally Emily had something on Trix, a secret, a way to humiliate her. Lorelai tough her not to say anything but Trix doesn't forgive a critic and Emily couldn't keep it.

    If I was Emily I also would be sick and tired of hearing all those critics...moreless
  • Jess doesn't call Rory which leaves her mad.

    9.3
    The Doose clan invades the Inn for their family reunion; Trix comes for a short visit and drives Emily crazy until Emily finally finds something scandalous to hold over Trix's head; Lane and Dave cook up a fake-date scheme with Young Chui to get Mrs. Kim to allow Lane to date Dave, but neither Young Chui's real girlfriend or Dave is immune to a little jealousy; the Stars Hollow High hockey team reaches the regional semifinals for the first time in 40 years and everyone not attending the monster truck rally turns out to cheer the team on and endure Kirk's hopelessly inept play-by-play; after Jess's too laid-back attitude about going out leaves Rory sitting home alone for most of the weekend, she takes Lorelai's advice and heads for the hockey game, where she discovers that Dean has a new girlfriend.moreless
  • Jess always tells Rory that he will call her later. She gets mad when he doesn't call so she goes to a hockey game with Lane and she see's Dean with his new girlfriend.moreless

    10
    Lorelai's inn is holding the Doose's family reunion. Lorelai is getting frustrated knowing their is alot to do around the inn. Rory and Jess are having their first major problem. He keeps telling her that he will call her later and they will hang out so Rory waits around the house waiting for him. Lorelai tells Rory that is no way to be treated and she shouldn't wait by the phone waiting for his call. So she gets sick of it and goes to the hockey game where Lane is at. She sees Dean there. While they have their half time Rory and Lane go get a snack and when they come back they see Dean kissing Lindsey (his new girlfriend) Rory is a little upset but doesn't show it. When the game is over Rory walks outside and sees Jess waiting to take her to a concert (The Distills). She agrees. Meanwhile back at her Emilys house she walks into her house and sees Trix kissing a man in a jogging suit. When having a gathering at her house full of Trix's friends she blurts it out. She gets mad at them and finally at the end of the episode she forgives her because she sees she does that to Emily too. End of Episode.moreless
  • Rory waits for Jess to call, Lane goes out on a fake date, and Great-Grandma Trix is found kissing some guy.

    8.5
    Rory waiting for Jess to call, then when she takes Lorelai advice to go out that Dean is now dating a new girl. Lane goes out on a date to make her mother happy and makes Dave jealous, and her dates real girlfriend. Emily sees her mother-in-law kissing some guy and tells everyone and Richard does not take it well. In the end it turns out that Jess was working more to get Rory tickets to a concert and Lane and Dave kiss. Emily and Trix start to have an understanding, for a while at lest. When Lorelai tries to talk to Richard about his mother he ends up laughing and is all right with that.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

Samson Yi

Samson Yi

Young Chui

Guest Star

Adrian Sparks

Adrian Sparks

Doug Doose

Guest Star

Bob Larkin

Bob Larkin

Doose #2

Guest Star

Marion Ross

Marion Ross

Trix Gilmore

Recurring Role

Michael Winters

Michael Winters

Taylor Doose

Recurring Role

Emily Kuroda

Emily Kuroda

Mrs. Kim

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (6)

    • Doesn't it seem strange that if Dean has always played hockey that Rory never went to see him play? While it is well known that Rory does not like sports, she used to go to Dean's pick up softball games when they dated. It seems highly doubtful if he'd been playing hockey for his school league that she would never have mentioned going.

    • Before Lorelai leaves for her parent's house with the film projector, Jess stops by and asks for Rory. Lorelai responds...

      Lorelai: Because I'm just trying to imagine the scenario here. You looked at the clock that said it was 7:30 on a Saturday night and you thought to yourself, "Hey, Rory must be home."

      Some time later when Emily is talking to Gran in her bedroom, the clock on the table says 6:40.

    • After the hockey game, Rory calls Jess from a pay phone. Why didn't she just use her cellphone?

    • When Lorelai and Rory are at Luke's the morning after Lorelai's date, Luke pours them coffee. Rory picks up her green mug, and when the camera goes to Lorelai, you can see both of the mugs still on the table. Then, when it goes back to Rory, she's holding her green mug again.

    • Kirk makes a speech saying that in 40 years he'll be 70, meaning he is 30 now. In "It Should've Been Lorelai", Mrs. Kim tells Kirk that she has known him since he was 2. But in "Last Week Fights, This Week Tights", Mrs. Kim tells Lorelai that she's been in America twenty years. Obviously something can't be right if you do the math. There is more confusion about Kirk's age in the future when in a later season Luke and Kirk discuss when they were in school and Luke, like all the other kids knocked his books out of his hands,which implies that they are close to the same age which would then add another ten years to his age!

      Explanation: The first half is correct, and I'd take the Mrs. Kim thing as a goof - but the second part makes sense. Luke and Lorelai are around the same age, and so is Kirk. It's possible there is a 2-3 year difference between them, and Kirk could be 31-32, he might've been rounding up his age when he said he'll be 70 in 40 years.

    • Emily says that she is considering holding the next D.A.R. meeting at the
      inn. However in season 2 "Secrets and Loans," Emily co-signs a loan for Lorelai and says she will be holding D.A.R. meetings at the inn from now on.

      Possible explanation: Emily was teasing her due to Lorelai's fears that there is always a condition to her mother helping

  • QUOTES (22)

    • Rory: (Leaving a message on Luke and Jess's machine It's me. I just wanted to let you know that this is the last weekend I spend sitting around like an idiot hoping you'll call. Okay? I'm not going to be that girl. From now on, I want a plan. I mean a real plan with a time and a place. And I'm tired of hearing "Let's hook up later." What does that mean, anyway? What's later? How do I set my watch to later? Later doesn't cut it any more, got it? And, yeah, you know, maybe I am spoiled; but guess what, I like being spoiled! I plan to go on being spoiled. And if that doesn't sound like something that you can or want to do, then, fine! I'm sure you'll find another girl who doesn't mind sitting around cleaning her keyboard on a Friday night hoping you'll call. But it's not going to be me! (Almost hangs up)
      Oh yeah, this is a message for Jess.

    • Dean: Kirk, just to let you know, some of the guys, not me you know, but some of the guys say that they're gonna to rip your head off if you don't shut up. Okay?

    • Lorelai: Okay, for starters, I think you have to realize something...you were really lucky with Dean. He was an exceptional first boyfriend, and you got spoiled. Most of us didn't have first boyfriends like Dean. Most of us had first boyfriends like Brian Hutchins.
      Rory: Brian Hutchins?
      Lorelai: Seventh grade, I'm sitting in the library, walks up, asks me to go steady. I say yes. He walks away and I don't see him again until the tenth grade when he tries to sell me a dime bag at the Sadie Hawkins Day dance. And he was way overcharging for it, too.
      Rory: That's demented.
      Lorelai: Well, that's what most of us had to put up with. Where do you think the Susan Faludi's of the world came from?

    • Luke: Back when I was on the track team, we went to State three times in four years, and won it twice. Think they made buttons and put up banners? They couldn't care less.
      Lorelai: Luke, that's because track is for dorks.
      Rory: Yeah, it's true. I'm sorry.
      Luke: Okay, the conversing part of this morning is now over.

    • Zack: (singing) A mighty fortress is our God,
      A wall ten stories high. And He helps us when things get bad, And the devil tries to hurt us.
      Rory: What hymn is that?
      Lane: I have no idea.

    • Rory: If I had known sports was so much about eating, I would've come to a lot more of these.
      Lane: I know, there's something deeply satisfying about watching other people exercise while you eat junk food.

    • Kirk: (calling the hockey game) Number 12 has it now, he's skating, he's skating, my bet is he's going to try to whack it into that net thingie but that's conjecture at this point.

    • Mrs. Kim: You have everything you need? Food, water, music notes?
      Dave: Yes
      Mrs. Kim: Where's your tambourine?
      Dave: We don't have one.
      Mrs. Kim: Next time bring one.
      Zack: (to Brian) Dude, remember the drill instructor in Full Metal Jacket?
      Brian: Totally!

    • Rory: (at hockey game) So, this is sports.

    • Emily: I saw her kissing a man.
      Lorelai: What?
      Emily: When I came home today, I walked in. I saw her standing in the livingroom kissing a man.
      Lorelai: Gran?
      Emily: Yes.
      Lorelai: My Gran?
      Emily: Yes.
      Lorelai: My Gran was kissing a man.
      Emily: In a purple velour jogging suit.
      Lorelai: Gran was wearing a purple jogging suit?
      Emily: No the man was wearing a purple velour jogging suit.
      Lorelai: Any you're sure they were kissing?
      Emily: 100% sure.

    • Dave: I came up with that twist about Lane's heart being broken by this guy her mom picked out for her so she could date me.
      Lane: Dave has a natural gift for subterfuge.
      Dave: Wow, a compliment from the master.

    • Zack : (singing) A mighty fortress is our God. A bulwark never failing. (to Brian) Dude, what's a bulwark?
      Brian: What?
      Zack: It says a bulwark never failing.
      Brian: I think it's a wall.
      Zack: Then why don't they just say that? Bulwark sound so gay.
      Brian: I don't think you're supposed to call a hymn gay. It's like a sin or something.
      Zack: Whatever, I'm still not saying bulwark.

    • Lorelai: You're giving it away.
      Rory: What?
      Lorelai: You're eating too quickly.
      Rory: What? You said we had to be out of here by 8:30.
      Lorelai: Yeah, but I didn't tell you to broadcast it.
      Rory: I'm eating at the speed you are eating.
      Lorelai: You're eating small bites very fast. You gotta eat bigger bites at normal speed.
      Rory: You mean I should risk chocking to make our Friday night plans?
      Lorelai: Exactly.

    • Lorelai: So how's Gran doing?
      Rory: Does she miss London?
      Emily: Not half as much as I do.
      Richard: Emily...
      Emily: I never really truly appreciated the Atlantic Ocean before. 3000 lovely miles of water.
      Richard: You are talking about my mother.
      Emily: I know that, Richard.

    • Emily: That was your mother, Richard. She just wanted to know if all our towels are Egyptian cotton.
      Richard: Well, it's a simple question.
      Emily: It's her 40th simple question of the day.
      Richard: Well, she's going to be staying with us Emily. She just wants to know if she'll be comfortable.
      Emily: Yes, 'cause we usually give our guests the towels we have stolen from the Holiday Inn.

    • Taylor: I myself was the goal keeper for our team in the last regional finals.
      Lorelai: I did not know that.
      Taylor: Oh, yes. I was responsible for the game winning goal.
      Luke: So, the puck just ricocheted off your head into the net?
      Taylor: Still counted...
      Luke: For God's sake. I was making a joke. You really got pucked in the head?
      Taylor: No...I was making a joke too.
      Luke: Wow, you can still see the dent.

    • Rory: Well, well, well. If I didn't know better, I'd say someone isn't quite as cool as we thought he was.
      Lane: What do you mean? He's jealous. Oh my God, he's jealous, that's so great.
      Rory: You've worked your womanly wiles on him, Lane Kim.
      Lane: I've never made a guy jealous before. I feel so powerful.
      Rory: Just remember, there's cute jealous and there's Othello

    • Emily: Lorelai, hello.
      Lorelai: Mom?
      Emily: You remember, I'm so touched.

    • Rory: (about Jess) Not a word. Not even a lame-o apology that is obviously a lie.
      Lorelai: Yeah, how dare he not lie to you.

    • Rory: Your mom loves Dave?
      Lane: She said he's a righteous young man who's proven he can be trusted around antique furniture. In her book, that's pretty close to love.

    • Richard: (about Trix's boyfriend) Do you really think he was wearing a track suit? Well, I wonder if he was wearing Nikes also.
      Lorelai: 'Just do it' takes on a whole new meaning doesn't it?

    • Lorelai: (after Emily snaps and Richard starts laughing with tears in his eyes) OK, apparently it's 'two-for-one flip-out night' at the Gilmore house.

  • NOTES (4)

    • German episode title: "Auf glattem Eis", meaning "On slippery ice".

      French episode title: "Demi-Finale De Hockey", meaning "Hockey Semi-Final".

    • Music:
      "A Mighty Fortress is Our God" by Martin Luthor (played by Lane's band)
      "The Star-Spangled Banner" by Francis Scott Key (sung by Miss Patty and Babette)
      "Amazing Grace" by John Newton (played by Lane's band)

    • When ABC Family aired this episode, they removed the word 'dimebag' from Lorelai's line, "He walks away and I don't see him again until the tenth grade when he tries to sell me a dimebag at the Sadies Hawkins Dance."

    • Liza Weil (Paris) does not appear in this episode.

  • ALLUSIONS (7)

    • Zack: Dude, remember the drill instructor in Full Metal Jacket?
      Brian: Totally!

      Full Metal Jacket is a movie made in 1987 and directed by Stanley Kubrick. It is based on the novel The Short-Timers by Gustav Harford.

    • Lorelai: Where do you think the Susan Faludi's of the world came from?

      Susan Faludi is a prominent feminist and writer of books about feminism and about the powerlessness of everyday men.

    • Lorelai: Good plan. Bay of Pigs, was that yours too?

      During the Kennedy presidency, the invasion of the Bay of Pigs in Cuba was a massive failure.

    • Lorelai: You don't get breaks? Do you get food? Water? Should I get Michael Moore on the phone?

      Writer and filmmaker Michael Moore is a champion of labor unions.

    • Rory: Just remember, there's cute jealous, and there's Othello.

      In the Shakespeare play Othello, jealousy leads to betrayal, murder and suicide.

    • Lorelai: What would Miss Manners do?

      Miss Manners is Judith Martin, a columnist who writes about matters of etiquette in the modern world.

    • Taylor: It's not the plot of Hoosiers or anything.

      Hoosiers is a 1986 movie starring Gene Hackman and Barbara Hershey which tells the story of an Indiana basketball team that rose from obscurity to play in a championship game.

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