Gilmore Girls

Season 7 Episode 14

Farewell, My Pet

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Feb 13, 2007 on The WB
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Two days after his by-pass surgery, Richard is on the road to recovery, and Rory returns to Yale, where she finds that Richard's economics class is now being taught by an attractive young TA, Tucker Culbertson, who flusters Rory with his charm.

While Lorelai tries to distract herself from the issues in her marriage, she and Sookie focus on planning a funeral for one of Michel's beloved dogs. Finally, Christopher returns ready to talk, and he and Lorelai discuss the main problem that has haunted their marriage – Lorelai's feelings for Luke.moreless

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  • Christopher is gone. That should be all anyone should remeber about this episode.

    I am one of the many people who is elated, estatic, jubilant, or any other word to describe how happy I feel that this marriage is finally over. This was a great episode because one, Christopher is gone, and two, the scene between Christopher and Lorelai was excellent. It was sad and it made you feel bad for Lorelai because, even though it is Chris, you really want her to work out her relationship.

    But was I the only one who thought "yesss!" (with such an evil thought to the yes part) when Chris and Lorelai were talking about how there marriage wasn't working? It is about time Lorelai realize that her feelings for Luke will not go away in 8 months. He was her friend before they were together and not only a friend but a lover after they were together. Feelings like that do not go away that quickly even if you wish they would.

    Now, I am so sick of Rory and Logan. What was up with her telling Logan that she had a crush on her TA? Who tells their boyfriend that they have a crush on someone else? She could of kept that to herself. Their whole relationship makes me sick and I just wish that they break up. Next week looks pretty good and I hope word spread around town pretty fast about Lorelai and Chris breakup. If Miss Patty and Babette has anything to do with it, it will.moreless
  • Lorelai breaks her marriage

    This season keeps getting worse and worse, the writing sucks and everything feels out of character. It was stupid for Lorelai to start dating Christopher after her break up with Luke and even more idiotic to marry Chris... c'mon!!!! Lorelai has more brains than that!.

    They made the poor Chris the bad guy again, he was really trying to be with Lorealai and prove He can be the man for her, I always thought those two really were compatible; they had the quirky quemistry and shared a lot of memories together.

    They come up with 4 stories in 1 episode. this is the worst season with season 4... gosh I hate them for ruining my fave show! learn something from classics dumb asses!!!moreless
  • As Rory gets back to school and Michel's dog Chin Chin dies, Lorelai and Christopher decide the time has come to end their marriage.

    Not much happened on this episode. Michel is in much pain after the death of his beloved pet Chin Chin (he even go to Luke's to eat a burger! Loved that) and makes Lorelai and Sookie throw a memorial service. Of course the two don't give it much attention (Sookie's pregnant, Lorelai's dad in the hospital, her husband's missing from the world), and much of the episode is around Michel getting his friends do something nice for Chin Chin's memory, which of course was funny, but a little too much.

    Also, Rory gets back to Yale and meets Richard's substitute, a handsome young man who makes her blush every time he speaks to her. Apart from that not being Rory at all (it was a long time ago, when Dean was around), it just didn't make any sense in the episode. Her telling Logan about it afterwards was nice, tough, it showed how grown-up Rory is, even after Logan slept with half the rich girls of Connecticut when they were still together.

    But in the end, after two new small fights and an important talk with Sookie, Lorelai decides her marriage with Christopher is over. Their conversation, where she reveals she does have feelings for Luke and it was all her fault, because she jumped into the new relationship, was just so painful to watch. Lauran Graham and David Sutcliffe were both really great, they made me cry. What I loved the most was Christopher being so understanding, admitting his own faults, holding Lor's hands while she cried. It showed how they never can be apart. I know most people hated them together, and I was probably the only one who tought 'French Twist' was insanely perfect, but I guess this was the best they could have done after Lorelai and Luke's break up. Lorelai and Chris needed closure. After thirty years of friendship, a baby, getting together, Sherry's baby, fights, and Chris finally getting his life together, they needed to try it once more, to realize they're better off as friends. It was a nice ending.moreless
  • Michel's chow dies, Christopher confronts Lorelai about her still being in love with Luke. Rory crushes on her TA.

    Lorelai shouldn't have been too shocked for Michel's dog funeral, afterall, she help Babette organize one for her cat in season 1, "Cinnamon's Wake." I miss the old writing, this episode definitly shows that no one can compare to Amy. I love Gilmore Girls and wish the humor could be a little more snappy and integrated more into the script, not just by "quoting." I guess you would have to see the show to get what I'm saying. Still a huge fan of the Luke and Lorelai romance and I really despise Christopher. He is not a nice character and I wish she never married him. He tries too hard.moreless
  • Time to move on to the series finale reunion of Luke and Lorelei

    I have mixed feelings about this episode. I won't lie. I warmed up to Lorelei and Christopher as they went through their worldwind courtship. I even agreed when Luke told Lorelei, at the supermarket, that they just weren't going to work out, that they were from different worlds. So, even though I've been a L & L fan, I wanted her marriage to work out. I say this only because the two seemed good together and both seemed to be trying. They rushed into marriage but now they are rushing out. The storyline feels just like it is...a way to keep the seemingly star-crossed lovers apart until the series finale. Still, it was necessary. Without it, Lorelei might have always wondered about Christopher...he was after all who she called when she was supposed to marry Max. So, this episode finally marks the conclusion of the triangle and brings us back to Luke and Lorelei land.moreless
Cameron Bender

Cameron Bender

Prof. Tucker Culbertson

Guest Star

Tim Snay

Tim Snay

Mr. Cannold

Guest Star

Sheila Shaw

Sheila Shaw

Mr. Cannold

Guest Star

David Sutcliffe

David Sutcliffe

Christopher Hayden

Recurring Role

Todd Lowe

Todd Lowe


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • In this episode, Michelle refers to both of his dog's as boys. When he first got the dogs in Season 3, episode 19, "Keg Max", he says, "Paw Paw fell in her water dish, so I had to blow dry her!"

    • The fight that took place between Christopher and Luke in "Merry Fisticuffs" is finally revealed to Lorelai.

  • QUOTES (18)

    • Lorelai: It's not just Luke.
      Christopher: Lor...
      Lorelai: I mean you were right. There are feelings there...because...when that ended I just jumped.
      Christopher: I pushed you.
      Lorelai: I jumped. But if that's all there was...if that's all it was...we could fix it, you know...with time.
      Christopher: But it's not.
      Lorelai: (Lorelai shakes her head) You've always been this...possibility for me. (She looks at him affectionately) This wonderful possibility but it's just not right...and I'm so sorry. (Shakes her head) I am so sorry.
      Christopher: (Sadly, hanging his head) Yeah. I guess I should have known, huh. It took me 20 years to get you to say yes.
      Lorelai: (Breaking into tears) I need you to know...that you're the man...I want to want.
      Christopher: I know.
      Lorelai: (Sobbing) You have no idea how badly I wish.
      Christopher: I do. I do know. (After a long pause) I do. (He grabs her hand.)

    • Christopher: Clearly we have some issues.
      Lorelai: Issues, what issues, we got in a fight, you took off.
      Christopher: I was mad.
      Lorelai: (Sarcastically) Oh you were mad. Then never mind. You should have left.

    • Logan: Can I ask you a question?
      Rory: Yeah, anything.
      Logan: Has Paris ever belly danced before?
      Rory: No, I think this is her first class.
      Logan: Another question?
      Rory: Shoot.
      Logan: Why the hell aren't we over there watching her?

    • Logan: I'll call you later?
      Rory: Sounds good.
      Logan: I love you.
      Rory: You, too. (Hangs up with a dreamy looking face)
      Paris: What's with the goofy look?
      Rory: Hmm?
      Paris: Your face. It's right out of a, Harlequin Romance.

    • (talking about how Chris left and hadn't come home for two days)
      Rory: Look, I'm not a kid anymore, okay? I get to have an opinion, and I get to pick a side. And I'm on your side, like it or not.
      Lorelai: Okay.
      Rory: And it's not just because you're right and he's wrong. I'm on your side, no matter what.
      Lorelai: No matter what? I mean, even if I cut off all your hair while you were sleeping, would you still be on my side then?
      Rory: Yep.
      Lorelai: What if I signed you up for a camping trip and made you go?
      Rory: Even then.
      Lorelai: What if I put a secret clause on your birth certificate that says when you turn 23, your name changes to Hildegarde?
      Rory: There's no such thing as a birth-certificate clause.
      Lorelai: I had a really good lawyer.

    • Rory: Quick! Get me into a microeconomic mood.
      Lorelai: Uh Okay! Supply and demand. Profit margins. Pork bellies.
      Rory: You had me 'til pork bellies.

    • (Sookie is waiting in the library)
      Michel: Please sit down. (everyone sits) Ok, I am ready to hear your ideas for the funeral.
      Lorelai: Uh, ok ummm gosh our ideas, well, we've got sooo many ideas
      Sookie: So so many! Why don't you start, with uh, the ideas.
      Lorelai: Ok, um well first of all we thought we'd put him in a box-
      Michel: A box?
      Lorelai: A bag?
      Michel: A bag?!
      Lorelai: Sorry, animal disposal isn't my area of expertise.
      Michel: Chin Chin has been cremated at the animal hospital. After the memorial his ashes will be scattered under the Poplar tree behind my house, where he so often went to think.
      Lorelai: Aww, ok cool.
      Sookie: Oh a tree! That's nice.
      Michel: Why don't you just talk me through the particulars of the event?
      Lorelai: Right, well we uh we thought we would have it here?
      Michel: Hmm that sounds good.
      Lorelai: Ok, during lunch.
      Michel: During lunch?
      Lorelai: Or before lunch?
      Sookie: Or after lunch?
      Lorelai: Either way, before or after lunch, doesn't matter.
      Michel: Why must it relate to lunch at all?!
      Lorelai: Oh, it doesn't have to we were just using lunch as a measure of time-
      Sookie: -a way to you know, break up the day-
      Lorelai: Yes, totally arbitrary.
      Michel: I was thinking twilight might be nice.
      Lorelai: Great!...well then 5 o'clock it is, that's uh a wonderful, idea...Sookie, what else, was on our list?, do you have yours with you?
      Sookie: You know...I don't, sorry, uh I left mine, with yours, sooo-
      Michel: -the flowers.
      Lorelai: Oh!
      Sookie: Oh, that was the first thing on our list!
      Loreai: There will definitely be flowers!
      Michel: I was thinking gerber daisies would be nice, maybe in reds, yellows, oranges, to complement his fur.
      Lorelai: Done and done.
      Michel: Can I trust you to liase with the florist?
      Lorelai: I'll liase with the florist.
      Michel: Let's discuss the programs.
      Lorelai: The programs-
      Sookie: You want programs?
      Michel: Do you think when the Princess of Wales was entered at Althorp, the Spencer family was asked whether or not they wanted programs?!
      Lorelai: ...probably not.
      Michel: I assume there are no stationary selections for me to choose from yet!
      Lorelai: Not yet-
      Michel: You know what? Who cares! Why don't we just use fax paper and hey, why not print them out on the computer, after all it's just a dog!
      Lorelai: Hey, Michel don't worry about the programs ok, we'll make up something really nice for you.
      Michel: (teary) Fine. Now shall we go over the menus.
      Lorelai: Ahh the menus! Well Sookie, take it away.
      Sookie: Oh hey! Stay, I'd love your input.
      Lorelai: You've always let me know that when it comes to food, you're the boss, well, you're the boss. (leaves as Sookie goes to grab her arm)

    • Lorelai: Oh, hi!
      Michel: Hello Lorelai. Welcome back.
      Lorelai: Thanks. What's with the dog?
      Sookie: Yeah, why is that here?
      Michel: I assume you are talking about Paw Paw.
      Sookie: I'm talking about the furry thing that you know you're not supposed to bring to work, due to the fact that many of our guests do not enjoy finding dog hairs in their lobster bisk.
      Michel: I had no choice but to bring him in today, Paw Paw could not be left alone, his brother Chin Chin passed away last night.
      Lorelai: Michel, i'm so sorry!
      Michel: Paw Paw is beside himself.
      Sookie: I'm really sorry Michel.
      Michel: You didn't even like him.
      Sookie: Sure I did! That little guy!
      Michel: You called him a walking flea circus.
      Lorelai: Yea...uh Chin Chin was a wonderful dog Michel.
      Michel: Thank you.
      Sookie: Yeah! Yeah, remember at the labour day picnic, I dropped my sandwich, and I was like oh great now I gotta clean this all up and Chin Chin just came in and scooped it up and...saved me that trip...
      Michel: That was Paw Paw.
      Sookie: What? Noooo...
      Michel: I was standing right there! That was Paw Paw who ate your sandwich; Chin Chin didn't even like BBQ.
      Sookie: Oh well, still...
      Michel: Still what!? Are your two stinky little children interchangeable?!
      Sookie: Hey, excuse me!
      Lorelai: What Sookie means to say and what I mean to say is we are very sorry for your loss.
      Michel: Thank you Lorelai. He was always such a sweet little dog, huh what a personality!; so warm.
      Lorelai: Warm yes and um fuzzy and um...
      Michel: I just can't believe he's gone. It doesn't feel real. I miss him so much.
      Lorelai: Well you should have a memorial or something.
      Sookie: Oh yeah, that's a good idea.
      Michel: I suppose it is.
      Lorelai: Yeah, it'll
      give you and Paw Paw a chance to say goodbye.
      Michel: That would be nice! Could you do it by tomorrow?
      Lorelai: Me? What...
      Michel: If you are going to put together a memorial it should be soon.
      Lorelai: Uhh, yea, sure, tomorrow would be fine.
      Michel: Alright, that sounds fine. Well I guess I should get started on the guest list, there are so many people who will want to pay their respects. (leaves)
      Lorelai: Any objections to holding a Chow funeral speak now although it's already too late!

    • Lorelai: You're looking good Dad. I'd say you shaved a few minutes off your last lap. If I had to guess, I think you are clocking in at about a 45 minute mile, which puts you just behind Ms. Abaloni.
      Emily: Lorelai really.
      Richard: Now I think that's an unfair comparison, Ms. Abaloni had her bypass two whole days before mine.
      Lorelai: No no no, no excuses! You're just going to have to dig a little deeper.
      Rory: Come on Grandpa! Just visualize Ms. Abaloni eating your dust!
      Emily: Rory! Honestly.
      Richard: No it's alright. (walks a little faster) How's this?
      Lorelai: Wow! I would say we have a new slow walk leader in the cardiac recovery wing. Hey, do you hear that? Hhhhhhhhh (pretends to be a big crowd cheering)
      Rory: What? The crowd cheering?
      Lorelai and Rory: Wooooooo!
      Rory: Yeah Grandpa!!
      Emily: Oh would you two stop, you're making a scene.
      Lorelai: Mr. Gilmore, congratulations on your recent victory. Any opinions about the allogations of steroid use amoung your fellow athletes?
      Richard: Well, I consider myself proof positive that it can be done, and done clean!

    • Lorelai: Oh, well, then, there you go, huh? We'll just find, uh, "My Heart." "My Heart Belongs to Daddy," "My Heart Belongs to Me," "My Heart Belongs to You." My heart can't make up its mind.
      Zach: How about "Tears in Heaven"? That's a wicked song.
      Lorelai: Well, "My Heart is Crying for You," "My Heart is Waiting," "My Heart Stood Still." People very interested in this whole heart thing.
      Zach: "I will always love you" -- it's got the cheese factor, but it's still at least a legitimate…
      Lorelai: "My Heart Will Go On."
      Michel: Oh, good! They have it!

    • Christopher: I was there. I saw your dad. I checked in.
      Lorelai: "Checked in." I'm not the 6:40 to Buffalo.

    • Rory: He's just been so great. I mean he's really been there for me for the past couple days. I had to practically send him away from the hospital yesterday.
      Paris: I know. It's amazing. I never thought you guys were gonna last.
      Rory: What?
      Paris: I'm just being honest. I mean Logan Huntzberger? Between the women and the drinking, that kid was on the Colin Farrell freeway about to pull over into the Robert Downey Jr. rest stop.

    • Lorelai: Hey, so you know that young guy who's been visiting Miss Santiago in room 236? Not her son. Her boyfriend.
      Rory: No!
      Lorelai: Yes.
      Richard: Girls, I don't think that's any of our business.
      Emily: But he's at least 20 years younger than she is.
      Lorelai: 32 according to the night nurse.
      Rory: 32?
      Emily: He's just a boy. What could they possibly have to talk about?
      Lorelai: I don't think they're doing a whole lot of talking, if you know what I mean.
      Emily: I most certainly do not know what you mean.

    • Paris: (about Doyle and Logan) Let's make them get tattoos, it's like we branded them.

    • Lorelai: Honey, Look. You don't have to be mad at your dad. It's a complicated situation.
      Rory: Mom, stop it. I'm not Switzerland!
      Lorelai: What?
      Rory: I'm on your side!

    • Lorelai: (to Zach) That sounds great. We didn't need a song that necessarily had "dogs" in the lyrics. Right, Michel?
      Michel: Whatever. David Bowie sounds like a hoot.

    • Lorelai: And that's why, in order to save my marriage, the only thing I can do is cut Luke out, right?
      Sookie: Right
      Lorelai: (sigh)
      Sookie: I'm sorry. It's just, I have a but.
      Lorelai: Yes.
      Sookie: If there were no Luke. I mean, no Luke in the Luke in the picture.
      Lorelai: Yeah?
      Sookie: Well, would it be Christopher? I mean, would he be "the one"?

    • Lorelai: Well, she's got a nice butt.
      Rory: What?
      Lorelai: It's the hospital gowns. Believe me, I wish I did not know that.

  • NOTES (5)


    • Paris: I went to the Sigma Chi party without you.

      Sigma Chi is an actual fraternity that was founded in 1855 at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. They split from Delta Kappa Epsilon.

    • Episode Title: Farewell, My Pet

      It is most likely derived from the 1993 Chinese Movie Farwell, My Concubine that has two parallel, intertwined stories. It is the story of two performers in the Beijing Opera, stage brothers, and the woman who comes between them. At the same time, it attempts to do no less than squeeze the entire political history of China in the twentieth century into a three-hour time-frame.

    • Rory: I'm supposed to be at a wrestling match. We're supposed to trade notes later.
      Logan: Use the term "half Nelson".
      Rory: I'll use the term "whole Nelson". I'm not afraid.

      A Nelson Hold (sometimes simply referred to as a Nelson) is a grappling hold which is executed from the backside of the opponent. One or both arms are used to encircle the opponent's arm under the armpit, and secured at the opponent's neck. Several different nelson holds exist, and they can be separated according to the positioning of the encircling arm(s).

    • Michel: After all, "My Heart Will Go On" was Chin-Chin's favorite song.

      "My Heart Will Go On" is the theme song of the 1997 blockbuster film Titanic. With music by James Horner and lyrics by Will Jennings, it was recorded by Céline Dion. Originally released in 1997 on Dion's album Let's Talk About Love.

    • Michel: I don't even know why we are bothering to select music. Why not just turn on the radio and hope for the best? Maybe we'll get lucky and a hip-hop station will be playing Snoop Doggy Dogg.

      Calvin Cordozar Broadus, Jr., better known by his stage name Snoop Dogg is an African American rapper, record producer, and actor. Snoop is best known as an MC in the West Coast hip hop scene, and for being one of producer Dr. Dre's most notable protégés.

    • Paris: Let's see -- "Gender Trouble," Judith Butler. It should be here.

      Judith Butler is a prominent American post-structuralist philosopher who has contributed to the fields of feminism, queer theory, political philosophy, and ethics. In 1990, Butler's book Gender Trouble burst onto the scene, selling over 100,000 copies internationally and in different languages. Alluding to the similarly named 1974 John Waters film Female Trouble starring the drag queen Divine, Gender Trouble critically discusses the works of Simone de Beauvoir, Julia Kristeva, Sigmund Freud, Jacques Lacan, Luce Irigaray, Monique Wittig, Jacques Derrida, and, most significantly, Michel Foucault. The book was popular enough that it even inspired an intellectual fanzine, Judy!.

    • Paris: If there's one thing I learned in that lecture it's there's not room for many women at the top.
      Rory: Gloria Steinem would be so proud.

      Gloria Steinem is an American feminist icon, journalist, and women's rights advocate. She is the founder and original publisher of Ms. Magazine.

    • Richard: The whole semester should concentrate on microeconomics, so if this Culbertson fellow even mentions Ben Bernanke, give me a call.

      Ben Shalom Bernanke is an American macroeconomist who is the current Chairman of the Board of Governors of the United States Federal Reserve ("the Fed"). He was previously Chairman of the U.S. President's Council of Economic Advisers (CEA).

    • Rory: Mom, stop it. I'm not Switzerland.

      Switzerland is a European country known for its long tradition of political and military neutrality.

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