Gilmore Girls

Season 7 Episode 6

Go, Bulldogs!

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Nov 07, 2006 on The WB
out of 10
User Rating
310 votes

By Users

Episode Summary

Christopher and Lorelai visit Rory during Parents' Weekend at Yale. Christopher invites Rory's co-workers on the Yale Daily News to a lunch where they all drink too much. The meal ends abruptly when they must leave to cover a breaking story. Meanwhile, Luke meets April's swimming coach with interesting results.moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Not one of the best episodes of this season!!

    I really thought this episode was a bit boring. Nothing new happened. OK - so Chris is feeling bad that he wasn't there to experience Rory growing up. We get it - this has been a topic before, there's really no need to build an entire episode around it...

    Luke is finally ready to date again, or so he thinks. He must have had the date from hell with that awfull swimmingteacher. It's good that he is trying to get over Lorelai, but he shouldn't try too hard... ;)

    Things were still the same between Lorelai and her parents, it kinda baffles me that she is actually surprised that they are present at parents-week. Isn't that just like them..!?!

    All in all, not a great episode, I hope it gets better...moreless
  • one of the worst episodes of the entire series

    ok so this was for sure one of the worst episode of the entire season

    nothing happened, i mean NOTHING, it was really boring watching this episode it made me feel like sleeping the entire hour, it´s like i wasted one hour of my time to watch this horrible episode i really hope this season gets better because so far they are not doing really good, this season has been the worst so far it´s clear that the writers have to do something good to keep the audience because if not the show better be cancelled before they end the seasonmoreless
  • Lorelai and Chris meet Rory and her friends at Parent's week-end at Yale. They also bump into Emily and Richard. Luke picks April up at her swimming practice and meets her kooky swimming coach whom he asks out on a date.moreless

    I don't think this is the first time Chris realizes that he is an outsider in Lorelai and Rory's life. He seems to be in denial however and attempts to ingratiate himself by inviting the people at the paper out for lunch. It backfires when a big story breaks and Rory has to rush everybody off to cover it. Why do the writers insist on making Luke such a bumbling athlete. First of all, they made him golf like a fool and then they suggest that he doesn't know how to swim!!! Luke was a star athlete on the track team in High School. He loves baseball and we know that he played on a softball team with Dean. Baseball players know how to swing a club so how is it that Luke swung the club like an idiot when he played golf with Richard in season 5. Luke is obviously very coordinated and enjoys sports. He loves to camp and fish and now they suggest he can't swim because they want him to liaise with the swim coach. It is just so wrong in terms of character and story development.moreless
  • Ratatphooey

    Lorelai prepares for her trip to France by practicing not the language of France, but the accent. Christopher guilts her with his cutesy words coming out of his stupid cutesy face to attend Parents Weekend at Yale. She says a lot of words back to finally agree. Chris gets way into it, all emotional about being Rory’s Failed Dad, especially when he is practically drowned under parental propaganda. Lorelai is shocked and appalled to run into Emily and Richard, who are attending the weekend. The two subvert the G-Units fancy dinner plans by taking the entire Yale newspaper staff to lunch. Christopher goes way too far to impress them, getting them all sauced, and Rory is frustrated when she has to whip all their asses out onto a big story. Luke is still overseeing the care of his alleged daughter, all smiles and full of fatherly pride. Seriously, at one point he smiles at her so big you can see all his teeth, which is practically unprecedented. He meets her swim coach who is...I’m sorry, as AB Chao would say, she’s “Not Cute,” and inexplicably asks the pushy chick on an actual date after she convinces him to attend her adult swim class. Delightfully, she is a huge psycho. Sookie is torn between two lovers, er, veggie men, when a new guy shows up hawking his eggplants. Her love for Jackson prevails.moreless
  • Christopher, full of guilt feelings about not taking care of his daughter through the years, goes to Yale with Lorelai. Luke has changed, grows a sweet attitude towards people around him and accepts April\'s swimming coach invitation to dinner and repentsmoreless

    Great episode in which finally we get to know what Luke is experiencing after the break-up. Some good comedy moments see him and other characters like Kirk, Lane, April and Susan bennet interact. Things are changing for Luke Danes, but in a definitely good way. Also the date with coach Bennet seems to exist just to make him more knowledgeable about his attachment to the people he sees every day and loves. Susan Bennet is an ass - he just hangs out with her to be polite and because he initially thought he could do like Lorelai (being immediately with someone else..). He is away from Lorelai right now, but is not filled with anger emotions anymore.

    The moments at Yale are sweet and depressing as Chris looks like a dork trying to win Rory\\\'s co-workers\\\' sympathy. In this episode they\\\'re desperately trying to make the loose joints in their relationship get more tight... But the elderly Gilmores seem to be an obstacle, as a matter of fact Lorelai finds out that all these years they have been attending the parents weekend instead of her. Lorelai too must be feeling like a failure!

    The exterior shots in Yale are just horrendous and the a cappella sequence with the young guys singing on the stairs is repulsive, but I think that each of this was intentional. LOL! Anyway, I like to see this episode as a Luke Danes fine portrayal and the Yale moments just filler ones... and seeing Scott Patterson wear something else than the usual flanel shirt and faded jeans (he wears a bathing suit) is just an indelible event. An episode to remember. I would have liked it entitled something like LUKE GOES VEGAN. Lane has two good scenes with April as a sort of baby-sitter and there is surprisingly a mysterious subplot involving Sookie and her new vegetable supplier.... I just hope they do proceed with it after the Proposal episode or it will become a hole in season 7\'s plot!moreless
Cassidy Lehrman

Cassidy Lehrman


Guest Star

Mia Cottet

Mia Cottet

Susan Bennett

Guest Star

Devon Michaels

Devon Michaels


Guest Star

David Sutcliffe

David Sutcliffe

Christopher Hayden

Recurring Role

Vanessa Marano

Vanessa Marano

April Nardini

Recurring Role

Jackson Douglas

Jackson Douglas

Jackson Belleville

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (8)

    • The lecture hall in which Christopher and Lorelai listened to the professor's lecture was the same room Logan played a joke on Rory in "But Not as Cute as Pushkin" in season 5, episode 10

    • During lunch with Rory and the newspaper staff Lorelai asks if Rory has ever even hung out with any of them and she replied "Nope,not much"actually she should have said "Except for Paris,not much" considering they have been on/off friends since high school and roomates for most of college!

      Actually, since Lorelai knows very well that Paris and Rory have been friends for a number of years, of course she was only refering to the other newspaper staff when she asked Rory if she ever hung out with them.

    • During Luke's rather odd date he is asked who would play him in "The Luke Danes Story", he replied that he'd never thought about that. Actually, he has! In the previous season while coaching soccer Lorelai suggested Tobey Maguire could play him in the movie and he immediately suggested Viggo Mortensen.

    • While in the diner, Kirk tells Luke that "as of oh-seven-hundred this evening" he will be a single man. 0700 is military time for 7 AM in the morning, not evening.

      Possible explanation: This was simply another way the writers highlight what a ditz Kirk really is. The 24 hour clock is used in many industries, not just the military.

    • The scenes in which Lorelai and Christopher are at Yale were actually filmed at the Univeristy of Southern California. The "Welcome to Yale Parent's Weekend" sign was put over the sign for Bovard Auditorium on the USC university campus.

    • The song the a capella group is singing when Christopher and Lorelai walk by is Bon Jovi's "Living on a Prayer"

    • Luke tells April's swim coach that he can only doggy paddle. Back in season three Lorelai tells Luke that she has seen him swimming in the lake. If he was not really swimming and just doggy paddling Lorelai most likely would have made reference to that. Also in season six Luke said he used to go to Harvey's beach when he was younger.

    • When Luke comes back from his date and Lane is asleep on the couch, April is watching America's Next Top Model.

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Lorelai: Hey! What- What is with your name tag?
      Chris: What do you mean?
      Lorelai: It's in the middle of your chest.
      Chris:(Shrugs) So?
      Lorelai: So you're supposed to wear it off to the side! Who wears their name tag in the middle of their chest?
      Chris: Superman.
      Lorelai: Superman's S? That was not a name tag, that was an emblem.
      Chris: So this is my emblem.
      Lorelai:(laughs) "Hello, I'm Rory Gilmore's dad, Christopher" is your emblem??
      Chris:(Deadpan) Yes, yes it is.
      Lorelai: I'm going to have to ask you to walk 15 feet in front of me.

    • Chris: (Talking about visiting Rory) She can do lunch!
      Lorelai: Alright, then we'll do lunch. I'll have extra provost with mine. (On the phone to Rory) Hey, after lunch can we walk hunky Dan?
      Rory: You mean handsome Dan?
      Lorelai: That's he's official mascot name, hunky Dan is what I call him when we're alone.
      Rory: Mum, I gotta go!
      Lorelai: You know who would make a great mascot...Paul Anka!
      Rory: Mum!
      Lorelai: I'm not sure he's the Ivy league type though, he might need more of a hacky, sacking, poetry reading, tie dying kind of place.
      Rory: Mum!
      Lorelai: Like Reed or Oberlin, where the air is sweet with the scent of pertulia's.
      Rory: Mum, I am not missing the beginning of this lecture.
      Lorelai: (Shouting down the phone) Nerd-alert, nerd-alert, nerd-alert. (Ends the call and chucks the phone down)

    • Chris: Hey what's this?
      Lorelai: Erm, something from Yale.
      Chris: About the parents weekend, we should go.
      Lorelai: Nah!
      Chris: Why not?
      Lorelai: I'm sure it already happened.
      Chris: No, it's happening this weekend, come on it could be fun.
      Lorelai: I gotta wash my hair. (Holds up shampoo sample)
      Chris: Why don't you wanna go?
      Lorelai: Because my hair!
      Chris: Looks great when it's dirty, the oil gives it kind of a sheen, a gloss.
      Lorelai: Parents weekend is for lame old parents whose kids hate them. So they need a school sanctioned event so they all spend time together.
      Chris: A proffesor of Geology is giving a tour of the peabody museum.
      Lorelai: My kid likes me, I can go to Yale anytime I want. 51 weekends of the year is my parents weekend.
      Chris: The gem stones of Yale, how cool does that sound?
      Lorelai: On a scale of 1 to 2? Listen, parents weekend is not an accurate portrait of the school anyway. They make special food, they gushy the place up. They plant kids under trees reading Tolstoy, so it all looks very colligiate and idyllic.
      Chris: There's a brunch at Bramford with the provost.

    • Rory: Believe it or not, I don't know what all of Yale's buildings look like from the sky.

    • Rory: Mom! I'm not missing the beginning of this lecture.
      Lorelai: (Screams to the phone) Nerd-alert! Nerd-alert! Nerd-alert!

    • Christopher: I thought our stomachs should start adjusting to French cuisine, so I got us croissants and café au lait.
      Lorelai: I thought café au lait was Spanish.
      Christopher: No, it's French for coffee and milk. Lait is milk.
      Lorelai: Really? I thought it was: café... Olé! Like: coffee... All right!
      Christopher: You're kidding?... You're not kidding?... You are, you're kidding. I can't tell wether you're kidding.
      Lorelai: I'm a woman of mystery.

    • Kirk: Everywhere I go there she is! I'm sitting at the movies, who's sitting next to me? Lulu! I go out to dinner, who's sitting across from me? Lulu! I'm hanging out on the couch watching tv, who's right there next to me?!
      Luke: Your mother.
      Kirk: And Lulu! And at least mother respects my personal space.

    • Lorelai: I was born in (French accent) Marseilles, and my parents were killed in a (French accent) très tragique accident. And so I was sent to the states and adopted by the evil Gilmores who refused to let me speak French, but I never forgot the (French accent) accent of my mother (French accent) country.
      Christopher: That's a complicated back-story
      Lorelai: I led a complicated life.

    • Lorelai: (French accent) Hello.
      Rory: Mom.
      Lorelai: Bonjour Rory.
      Rory: Well if it isn't the orphin from Marseilles.
      Lorelai: Cést moi. What are you doing?
      Rory: Heading to class.
      Lorelai: Class?
      Rory: Yes, class. Where they teach you all the college learnin'.
      Lorelai: You're a Senior, I thought no seniors went to class before noon. Nerd-alert! Nerd-alert!
      Rory: Says the woman saying nerd-alert.
      Lorelai: Hey, guess who's comin' to parents weekend?
      Rory: Bunch of lame parents whos kids hate 'm.
      Lorelai: Yes! And your parents!
      Rory: No way!
      Lorelai: I gotta keep you on your toes. When you think I'll zig I'll zag, then when you think I'm gonna zag, I do zag! Just to mess you up for the next time when I might zig!
      Rory: Dad's making you zag?
      Lorelai: He's dying to meet the provost.

    • Christopher: Somebody gets a lot of mails.
      Lorelai: Yeah. Well, I'm a popular gal. Also my system is I only open my mail once a month.
      Christopher: You're system is to open your mails once a month?
      Lorelai: Twelve times a year. You know if you open your mail more than that, you get a lot of mattress flyers and bills and another bill. This way I open it once a month and I get letters from people who still write letters and shampoo samples and fun stuff. It's fun.

    • Lorelai: You know, I've always loved the word provost, though I don't know who or what a provost is. It just sounds so...
      Chris: Idyllic and collegiate??
      Lorelai: Or like something from a deli counter. "Extra provost on that please".

  • NOTES (6)


    • Emily: What is this you have on your nametag -- "Zinf"? What is "Zinf"? Some kind of joke?

      Zinfandel is a wine.
      Lorelai was following through on her earlier suggestion to be "Zinf and Del". Only Chris didn't go for it.

    • Lorelai: Well you got me there, Riddler, but I hope that logic works when I crash grandparents' weekend.

      The Riddler, is a DC Comics supervillain and an enemy of Batman. Created by writer Bill Finger and artist Dick Sprang, he first appeared in Detective Comics #140.

    • Lorelai: With bells on, and nothing else, except leg warmers, roller skates, and Groucho Marx glasses.

      Groucho Marx was an American comedian, working both with his siblings, the Marx Brothers, and on his own.

    • Lorelai: Hey, let's be Laverne and Shirley.

      Laverne & Shirley was a popular American television situation comedy which ran on ABC from 1976 to 1983. It was a spinoff of Happy Days, as the two lead characters were originally introduced on that show as acquaintances of Fonzie.

    • Lorelai: Grass is just not this green -- not outside of Pleasantville, it isn't.

      Pleasantville is a 1998 movie where two modern teenagers are mysteriously transported into the fictitious community of Pleasantville, the setting of a black and white 1950's television show. Through their actions the people of Pleasantville begin to experience strong emotion and consequently, events in town begin to deviate from the accepted norm.

    • Kirk: And at least mother respects my personal space. Sometimes when you're watching "Antiques Roadshow," you just don't want somebody tickling your arm.

      Antiques Roadshow is a British human interest television show in which antique appraisers travel to various regions of the United Kingdom and appraise antiques brought in by local residents. It has been running since 1979. There are also international versions of the popular program.

    • Rory: When did you start saying things like "To die for."
      Lorelai: Since he started watching Project Runway.
      Christopher: "Make it work!"

      Project Runway is a reality show hosted by supermodel Heidi Klum in which aspiring fashion designers compete to put on a fashion show. "Make it work" is a commonly heard phrase said by Tim Gunn, the show's co-host, when encouraging designers to get their clothes done.

    • Kirk: So what do you say Luke? You wanna be my wingman? Goose to my Maverick?
      Goose and Maverick were two characters in the 1986 movie Top Gun, played by Anthony Edwards and Tom Cruise.
      The song Kirk sings to Luke is "You've Lost That Loving Feeling" by The Righteous Brothers. It also featured in that movie.