Gilmore Girls

Season 1 Episode 10

Forgiveness and Stuff

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Dec 21, 2000 on The WB
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Things are still chilly between Rory and Lorelai; Lane gives Rory advice about the right Christmas gift for Dean; Emily and Lorelai have a tiff about Christmas dinner, leaving Rory to go by herself; Dean and Lorelai patch things up; Luke makes a lonely Lorelai a Santa burger; Richard collapses and is rushed to the hospital; Luke gives a car-less Lorelai a ride to the hospital; relieved that Richard's collapse was only a bout of angina, the Gilmores settle their differences.moreless

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  • Sweet holiday episode, funny and dramatic

    This is one of the best episodes of the show, I think. It has the usual witty quips that the show is known for among its fans, but the performance by Lauren Graham really made the episode. Her panic in the diner when she gets the call, giving Luke a hard time about his driving because she couldn't really let herself freak out about the real problem, not being able to go into the hospital room... and the moment when Ed Hermann wakes up, and they see each other and they are both about to cry - that's one of the best emotional moments on tv. I've seen just about every episode of Gilmore Girls, and most of them I've seen several times. This is one of my favorites because it's still early in the show, and the relationship between Luke and Lorelai is still sweet and uncomplicated - they give to each other and there isn't all the extra drama. As a fan I could probably come up with a lot of episodes that are favorites for a variety of reasons, they were funnier, or lighter, or more happened in the episode to move things along, but this one still has all the elements of what made the show so great while it lasted, and it was nice to catch a repeat of it during the holiday season, too!moreless
  • Things are still frosty for the Gilmores, until they must make a visit to the hospital. Another brilliant episode.

    This was brilliant, yet again. It was interesting to see Rory and Lorelai still not talking, made the episode a bit more enjoyable. The looks they gave each other showed us just how strong there relationship is. Lane giving the advice to Rory was funny, the whole mother/bible camp thing was hilarious.

    Emily uninviting Lorelai to the Christmas dinner was a great scene, really engrossing. It's really entertaining to watch these two fight. Rory going alone, you kind of felt sorry for her, I thought we were going to have another 'birthday party' incident, luckily for Rory, we didn't.

    It was good to see Rory try to defend her mother and she was obviously annoyed about Emily's comments throughout the night. We get to see more of Luke, which is good, a great character from what I can tell. The Santa shaped burger was funny and a clear sign of his feelings for Lorelai.

    Lorelai reaction to her dad being in the hospital was well done, her conversation with Luke in the car was revealing. How she though she hadn't got the daughter part down yet. Emily was really funny with the nurse, shouting many things at her. Then Lorelai arrived, liked when she told the nurse to leave, for her own good.

    Richard turns out to be okay, which leads to everyone forgiving each other. Lorelai admits she knows Rory didn't do anything, this is also after a conversation with Dean outside Rory's bedroom window, which I liked. Then Emily and Lorelai don't actually say sorry to each other, but go off to eat something, showing that all is forgiven.

    Lorelai later gives Luke a hat, another clear sign of her feelings. I thought it was great with Luke in the hospital, he looked down at the ground because he hates seeing sick people being driven by. The whole 'You look good' thing said by Lorelai was also great, as was his reaction.

    I say get rid of Max Lorelai and choose Luke instead. Lorelai also has a kind of touching moment with her father, which was nice to see. Emily demanding to die first was so in character, it was funny and interesting.

    So this was another brilliant episode, I hope it continues this way.moreless
  • I haven't seen much of this show, but what I have seen I have liked very much. This is an excellent Holiday episode.

    After Loralie and Emily have a disagreement Emily un invites Loralie to Christmas dinner. Rory goes to the dinner by herself, and is very uncomfortable with how her grand mother is treating the situation. During dinner Richard becomes overheated and goes to turn down the thermostat and collapses.

    Rory calls Loralie and leaves a message for her to come to the hospital. Loralie gets the message while at Luke's diner. Luke gives Loralie a ride. Loralie is nervous about seeing her dad when he is finally able to have visitors. When she goes in the room to see him, the visit is cut short by the doctor and Emily coming in.

    This is a gret show that deals with family relationships. I haven't seen but maybe a season, or a little over, and I am always impressed.moreless
  • Touching!

    Emily and Richard are having their annual Christmas dinner. Lorelai gets uninvited by Emily. Rory goes though. Lorelai and Dean work things out. Richard collapses and is rushed to the hospital. Lorelai finds out and asks Luke to drive her up there. She realizes that she might lose her father and is scared to see him. Richard is going to be fine. Lorelai gets Luke a hat for Christmas.

    This was a great episode! I like the Luke/Lorelai thing. It was nice of Lorelai to get that hat. I'm glad Richard is okay. This episode gets a 9.5 out of 10 from me!moreless
  • When something bad happens, your heart speaks louder than your head

    The things are still bad between Lorelai and Emily and Lorelai and Rory. It's Christmas and Lorelai and Emily fight over the phone and Lorelai is uninvited to the family Christmas dinner.

    Stuck at home, Dean comes by looking for Rory.

    Later she goes to Luke's, a lot of people come in and she gets a call from Rory telling that Richard is at the hospital.

    She freaks and Luke closes the cafe immediately so he can take her to the hospital.

    On the way Lorelai yells at Luke, she's nervous.She tells things about her father and says that she doesn't know the part of being a daughter of someone. Emily is arguing with the nurse and Lorelai comes, Emily is surprised to see her. Lorelai solves the problem with the nurse and takes some actions like walking thought the "authorized personal only" doors . They later find out that Richard is going to be fine.

    The look on Lorelai's eyes when she stared at her father told it all, he knew it too, it only toke a look. that's amazing.

    When someone that you care about is ill or in trouble, no mather what you go and that's what she did.moreless
Rob Moore

Rob Moore


Guest Star

Richard Faney

Richard Faney


Guest Star

Brian Evers

Brian Evers


Guest Star

Liz Torres

Liz Torres

Miss Patty

Recurring Role

Michael Winters

Michael Winters

Taylor Doose

Recurring Role

Jared Padalecki

Jared Padalecki

Dean Forester

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (11)

    • Lorelai makes a comment about how she bets Luke would buy a Barbie for his daughter, a comment laced with a mixture of foreshadowing and irony. Not only does he have a daughter he doesn't know about, but that very daughter wouldn't be interested in Barbie.

    • In this episode, Emily asks Luke if he and Lorelai are dating. Luke tells her they are just friends. Emily then responds that they are both "idiots," implying she thinks there is an attraction between them and they should be together. However, in future episodes (notably, "That Damn Donna Reed" and "Come Home") Emily is extremely unhappy with the Luke/Lorelai match. This episode is inconsistent with Emily's attitude towards the Luke and Lorelai relationship for the next several years.

    • In the final scene, Lorelai gives Luke a Christmas gift--a blue hat that he ends up wearing for the rest of the series, symbolic of his feelings for her since the very beginning.

    • At the hospital, Lorelai and Rory have a scene where they apologize for fighting, and Lorelai explains that she trusts her daughter more than anyone in the world. Rory then goes on to swear that she is not having premarital sex with Dean--not now, not ever, and Lorelai says not to swear, because things can happen when you don't necessarily expect them to. This is seems to foreshadow a change in Rory and Dean's relationship as seen in Season 4's Raincoats and Recipes.

    • Lorelai was uninvited to the Christmas party after she told Emily that she wouldn't be there for the cocktails because she had to work and couldn't leave early. But when Rory was leaving for the party, Lorelai was at home watching TV, definitely not working.

      Possible Explanation: Lorelai told her mother she had to work and couldn't make it for cocktails to minimize the amount of time spent with her parents, not because she actually had to work.

    • How would Lorelai know what room her dad was in, because the "transport guy" never told her the room number.

      Explanation: Lorelai followed the transport guy right up until he turned into the room with Richard.

    • When Lorelai goes through the double doors at the hospital, she has her coat on and her purse over her shoulder. When she comes out she doesn't have either and you can see them lying on the floor next to the chair that she sits in.

    • Lorelai ordered pizza and told the pizza guy to call her when her pizza is coming, so why would she leave and go to Luke's to eat?

      Possible Explanation: The pizza wasn't going to arrive until much later because the delivery guy didn't have transportation therefore she went to Luke's because she was hungry. She didn't cancel the pizza order because she is the leftovers queen and would probably eat it another day. Plus she could have given her cell phone number.

    • In this episode, Richard and Alan were talking about work and they were complaining about some co-worker named Henry, who Richard thinks is in London with some "cheap tramp" and will ruin an contract negotiation. Later on in the episode, there is a scene outside of Stars Hallow High with a bell choir. The director is having a hard time with a bell ringer named Henry who keeps ringing at the wrong time. Both times the name Henry is associated with people who are ruining things.

    • At one point in this episode while Rory is at her grandparents' house, Lorelai goes into the kitchen and eats a salad out of the bag. Yet, in several other episodes, especially while they are at Luke's, Rory and Lorelai reiterate how much they hate vegetables and green things.

    • In the scene where Lorelai is saying that she needs to get to the hospital, her purse goes from on her shoulder to in her hand and back and forth throughout the shot.

  • QUOTES (24)

    • Lorelai: I feel like this is one of those moments when I should be remembering all the great times I had with my dad, you know. The time he took me shopping for a Barbie or to the circus or fishing and my mind is a complete blank.
      Luke: Well I'm sure it happened.
      Lorelai: No it didn't. We never did any of that. He went to work, he came home, he read the paper, he went to bed, I snuck out the window. Simple. He was a very by the numbers guy. I was never very good with numbers.
      Luke: I'm sure he loves you.
      Lorelai: You know my dad is not a bad guy.
      Luke: I'm sure he's not.
      Lorelai: He lived his life the way he thought he was supposed to. He followed the rules taught to him by his non-fishing-non-Barbie-buying dad. He worked hard. He bought a nice house. He provided for my mom. All he asked in return was for his daughter to wear white dresses and go to cotillion and want the same life that he had. What a disappointment it must have been for him to get me.
      Luke: I can't imagine anyone seeing you as a disappointment.

    • Luke: Just tell me you forbid her to see the bag boy.
      Lorelai: I did not forbid her to see the bag boy.
      Luke: Are you crazy?
      Lorelai: Well, he looks like he's moving up to produce, so he's suddenly become quite a catch.
      Luke: That kid is trouble.

    • Luke: You liked going...
      Lorelai: I did.
      Luke: Rory's there without you...
      Lorelai: She is.
      Luke: You and Rory aren't getting along right now and you feel bad at being separated during a time you usually share together.
      Lorelai: Wow.
      Luke: Did I mention you come here every damn day?

    • Emily: It's not 'Ms. Gilmore', it's Mrs. Gilmore! Mrs. Gilmore, I'm not a cosmo woman.

    • (Lorelai avoids going into Richard's room.)

      Luke: So, who are you going to go find now?

      Lorelai: Stop.

      Luke: How about Jimmy Hoffa? That'll keep you busy for a while.

      Lorelai: I said stop.

      Luke: You can't avoid going in that room forever.

      Lorelai: I'm not avoiding anything. I'm going to find coffee.

      Luke: The machine is jammed.

      Lorelai: (Backing away) There are other machines.

      Luke: Admit you're afraid.

      Lorelai: You have no idea what you're talking about.

      Luke:The truth hurts.

      Lorelai: No, you know what hurts? Having a screwdriver jammed in the side of your head.

      Luke: What? (Looks behind him and sees a person on a gurney.) Oh, my God!

    • (at the hospital)
      Rory: I hated going to that party tonight without you.
      Lorelai: I hated you going to that party tonight without me. How were the apple tarts.
      Rory: Grandma didn't make 'em this year.
      Lorelai: Really?
      Rory: Yep.
      Lorelai: That's weird.
      Rory: I know.
      Lorelai: Hmm, are you lying?
      Rory: Through my teeth.
      Lorelai: Good girl.

    • Miss Patty: Taylor, come quickly. Our "before" Mary is about to become an "after." Who else in town is knocked up?

    • Lane: Remember two years ago, I got my mom that perfume? Okay, to me that said, "Hey Mom, you work hard, you deserve something fancy." Now, to my mother it said, "Hey Mom, here's some smelly sex juice -- the kind I use to lure boys with." And resulted in me being sent to Bible camp all summer.

    • Lorelai: I don't hate you.
      Dean: No?
      Lorelai: No. Though I did imagine 20 different ways to remove your head from your body.
      Dean: Yeah? Which one looked the best?
      Lorelai: Hedge clippers. Dull ones.

    • Luke: C'mon, you gotta think positive here. Bright side, good thoughts. Rainbows, unicorns. (slowing down) Clowns. (pause) Little ... cute ... (longer pause) ... furry ... (giving up) Okay, I'm out.
      Lorelai: Thank God.

    • Emily: (almost in tears) Richard Gilmore, there may be many things happening in this hospital tonight, but your dying is not one of them. I did not sign on to your dying, and it is not going to happen. Not tonight, not for a very long time. In fact, I demand to go first. Do I make myself clear?
      Richard: (tenderly) Yes, Emily. You may go first.

    • (a group comes into the diner singing)...
      Luke: What's going on...?
      Taylor: Well, we were carolling around town and we got a bit chilly and we thought that maybe we could trade you a song for some hot chocolate...
      Luke: You want free hot chocolate.
      Taylor: No, no, we'll sing for it. Any tune you like.
      Luke: ...And then I give you free hot chocolate.
      Taylor: ...yeah...
      Luke: Tell you what, you can have your hot chocolate, pay for it, then go next door and sing for the marshmallows.

    • Rory: What about the apple tarts? You wait all year for those apple tarts!
      Lorelai: I can live without the apple tarts.
      Rory: You've made up songs after eating five of them with lyrics that contradict that last statement.

    • Emily: (patting Rory) This little girl likes you.
      Richard: Well, she has good taste.

    • Emily: So what is exactly going on between the two of you?
      Luke: Nothing. Really. We're friends, that's it.
      Emily: You're idiots—the both of you.

    • Rory: I think you're acting a little immature.
      Lorelai: I'm not acting!

    • Dean: We were reading a book and then we fell asleep.
      Lorelai: Pick a more interesting book next time.

    • Lorelai: Geez! Are you okay?
      Luke: Yeah, I'm just not real big on hospitals. You know, the smell, people being wheeled by, tubes sticking out of 'em, you know drainage, fluids, gaping holes...
      Lorelai: Okay, listen why don't you go home?
      Luke: You want me to go?
      Lorelai: You don't look so good.
      Luke: Thanks.
      Lorelai: That's not what I meant, you know you always look good.
      Luke: Yeah?
      Lorelai: I meant you always look healthy...
      Luke: Okay.
      Lorelai: But you don't look so healthy now. Now you look...
      Luke: Unhealthy.
      Lorelai: Yes.
      Luke: Okay...
      Lorelai: Oh what? So I said you look good. We're not in 5th grade! 'You look good', big deal...stop staring at me.
      (patient passes by)
      Luke: Oh geez.
      Lorelai: See, that's what you get for being cocky.

    • Luke: Thanks for the hat.
      Lorelai: You're welcome. It looks good on you.
      Luke: Good how?
      Lorelai: Just watch the procession.

    • Rory: Where's Mom?
      Luke: Looking for coffee.
      Rory: What are you doing?
      Luke: Staring at my shoes.
      Rory: Okay, carry on.

    • Lorelai's answering machine: We're not here right now, speak if you must.

    • Lorelai: (to Luke after he made her a Santa-Burger) No one has ever made me something quite this disgusting before. I thank you.

    • Lorelai: Rory, there are only two things that I trust in this entire world. The fact that I will never be able to understand what Charo is saying no matter how long she lives in this country, and you.
      Rory: Hopefully not in that order.

    • Luke: Your mother called me an idiot.
      Lorelai: Wow, you must have sucked up good.

  • NOTES (4)

    • German episode title: "Vergeben und Vergessen", meaning "Forgiven And Forgotten".

    • Rory's Book List:
      The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka (Her gift to Dean)

    • This is the episode in which Lorelai gives Luke the hat that he wears in every episode until a few episodes into season 7.

    • Music:
      - "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town" by Tony Bennett
      - "Christmas Wrapping" by The Waitresses
      - "Do They Know It's Christmas" by Band Aid
      - "Wonderful Christmas Time" by Paul McCartney
      - "Happy X-Mas" by John Lennon and Yoko Ono
      - "Thanks For Christmas" by XTC


    • Rory: ... a book for Dean,
      Lane: You got Dean a book?
      Rory: Yeah, Metamorphosis.
      Lane: Metamorphosis!?
      Rory: It's Kafka.
      Lane: Very romantic.

      Metamorphosis is probably the most well-known novella by existentialist Franz Kafka, in which the protagonist begins by waking up in the morning finding himself transformed into a giant bug (often mistranslated as "cockroach", the German word is more accurately translated as "vermin").

    • Lorelai: It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas.

      "It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas" is the name of a holiday-themed pop song written by Meredith Willson in 1961.

    • Lorelai: I'll never be able to understand what Charo is saying.

      Charo, a Spanish entertainer who had some success in the '60s and '70s, was renowned for shaking her hips while squealing "Cuchi-Cuchi!".

    • Lorelai: Where's the Scarecrow when you need him?

      Lorelai references the scene in The Wizard of Oz where Dorothy is lost and the Scarecrow helps her with directions.

    • Rory: Things are still very Miracle Worker at my house.

      The Miracle Worker is a play, later made into an Oscar winning 1962 movie, about Annie Sullivan's struggle to teach Helen Keller, who was born deaf, dumb, and blind, to communicate. The reference could be to either the lack of communication between the two or to the tense, difficult situation it represents, or both.

    • Luke: How about Jimmy Hoffa? That'll keep you busy for a while.

      Jimmy Hoffa, former head of the Teamsters Union, has been missing since 1975.