Gilmore Girls

Season 3 Episode 2

Haunted Leg

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Oct 01, 2002 on The WB
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Episode Summary

To Lorelai's horror, Kirk asks her out on a date after being encouraged by Luke; Emily's lunch with Lorelai at Luke's ends badly; Christopher shows up uninvited at Friday night dinner and quarrels with both Lorelai and Rory before Emily asks him to leave; Rory runs into Jess and they each betray their hurt feelings -- Rory about Shane and Jess about not hearing from Rory all summer; and Francie targets Paris and Rory for a world of trouble if Rory doesn't stop Paris from running the student council like a dictatorship.moreless

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  • Lorelai is asked out by Kirk, Rory finally talks to Jess. Great episode, entertaining arguments.

    Very entertaining episode. It had an amusing side with Kirk asking Lorelai out. this was very funny and of course a little weird. The scene where he sat Lorelai down and eased into asking her out, was very amusing. Michel's reaction was good too. Then Luke tells Lorelai that Kirk asked him for advice, imagining that is hilarious. The song he say was funny too 'Must be love'. Then the voice message, very funny when his mother came on. Liked the scene when she told him no, I wonder if what she said was true.

    I think Lorelai was right to be angry at Emily for butting in with the goings on with Christopher. The whole lunch was enjoyable, Emily's thing about the menu and salad was funny. The opening scene was good, as always. I like how there always something quick and funny. I loved Emily trying not to get annoyed at the maid, so funny. When she ran off with the salads, didn't answer the door and having dinner at the wrong time, brilliant.

    Christopher coming was very entertaining and engrossing. He was well out of line and even blamed Lorelai for Rory not calling him back either. Thank god Rory then chips in and gives Christopher a piece of her mind, very well done. Everything Lorelai said was true, I don't know how Chris could turn it around. Liked how Emily asked him to leave, good to see her stick up for Lorelai.

    The Paris thing was enjoyable, what a b I t c h this Francie is, we saw her last season. Rory did make a good argument to Paris though, I hope they don't argue about this. It was well done, very high school with the dragged into toilets thing. Rory's comment about the 'Get together' was funny, very Paris thing to do.

    Both what Rory and Jess said at the end was true, very good scene though, hope they get together. Great episode, funny and entertaining. Can't wait for more.moreless
  • Lorelai and Chris get into a big fight and Rory also has something to say about it.

    well lets see it's been a week since Lorelai told her parents about Chris and Emily and her are not talking normally.

    Lorelai is coming out with a cold and Kirk asks her out, but get this, he asks her to dinner in two weeks, it's time enough for the virus be off her body! Who does that? At the end of the episode she says no.

    Paris and Rory's team is the winner of the student body. But there's a bit of a problem, the Puff's leader, Francie has other plans.

    Emily invites Lorelai for lunch at Luke's, she reveals she called Chris, Lorelai storms out the diner.

    At to top it all, at Friday's dinner guess who showed up?


    He and Lorelai get into a big fight, Rory also gets into it, she is mad with her father because of what he promised at Sookie's wedding.

    We get to see how Lorelai is felling about all this, she is really hurt and even Emily sees it, see tells Chris to leave.

    Rory was also very affected by this.She really thought that her parents were going to be together and now...

    It's a big fight...moreless
  • Lorelai has a fight with christopher and so does rory.

    i thought that this episode was really sad. i thought that emily was really rude to set up a lunch with lorelai at lukes dinner then meet her there with news about christopher. i really do not see how she has any right to but into Lorelai's love life yeah i know that she is her mother but come on loorelai is in her 30's so i do not think that she has any right to get into it. i thought that it was funny that emily thought that christopher did not love this girl as she put it. it should not matter because he got his girlfriend pregnant and he choose to leave lorelai for her so he has to love her on some level. i felt really bad for christopher though because he wanted to be included in Lorelai and Rory's lifes and they bascailly shut him out. i felt sorry for him when he showed up at friday night dinner and got into an arguement with lorelai and said the it hurt that she is keeping his daughter from him and then rory came out and yelled at him. i thought that it was really nice of lorelai to tell christopher to give it time. i also thought that rory and jess fighting was funny because she was upset that he was kissing another girl.moreless
  • A wonderful, funny & entertaining episode.

    A wonderful, funny & entertaining episode.

    The funniest part of the episode had to be Kirk asking Lorelai out, classic. And then being teased about it by Luke after he tells her that he's the one who encouraged Kirk to ask her out. And I couldn't stop laughing when Luke started singing Love is in the air. And the answering machine scene when his mother lifted up the reciever, even my mother couldn't stop laughing.

    Another great moment was the fight between Lorelai & Christopher at her mothers place. Chris thinks that Lorelai is keeping Rory away from him but then Rory jumps to her mothers defence & also fights with him. The scene was fantastic & you could really see the pain on Chris & Lorelais faces. Especially on Lorelai's face.

  • This is one of my favorite episodes

    I love this episode, mainly for the fight between Lorelai and Christopher and then between Christopher and Rory. When Christopher sweeps in all desperate and angry and sad, I just couldn't believe it. And the the whole fight scene, I could watch that scene over and over again. It had a rare moment of uncensored raw emotion. You could truly see the pain on all of their faces and you forget that your watching a television show and that they are just actors. I loved that scene. Then of course you have Kirk asking out Lorelai. That is truly classic. I would have loved to see what a date with Kirk would entail. It would have to be something no one would want to miss.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

Yanic Truesdale

Yanic Truesdale

Michel Gerard

Emily Bergl

Emily Bergl

Francie Jarvis

Guest Star

Jessica Kiper

Jessica Kiper


Guest Star

Christy Keefe

Christy Keefe


Guest Star

Teal Redmann

Teal Redmann

Louise Grant

Recurring Role

David Sutcliffe

David Sutcliffe

Christopher Hayden

Recurring Role

Dakin Matthews

Dakin Matthews

Hanlin Charleston

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (8)

    • This is the first and only time we hear the voice of Kirk's mother, and we never see her.

    • In Luke's, Lorelai says that she has a cold and it is quite obvious that she does based on her voice. But in the next scene, when she is at the inn, she sounds like she was never sick at all.

    • At the beginning of the episode Emily, Rory and Lorelai are in the living room and Lorelai is reading the paper, Emily reprimands her by saying it is very rude to read the paper in front of other people. So why has she never said that to Richard who has read the paper in several different episodes while they were all waiting for dinner to be served.

    • When Lorelai is behind the front desk at the Inn and she is talking to Sookie, you can hear a phone ring only one time. Lorelai doesn't answer the phone and Michel isn't anywhere around.

      Possible explanation: Perhaps the phone is an extension and someone in another room answered the call.

    • When Lorelai is telling Rory about Kirk asking her out, Rory's hair goes from outside her robe to inside and then out again.

    • At the Friday night dinner where Christopher shows up, you clearly can see that he rides off on his motorcycle. This information continues from "It Shoud've Been Lorelai" when he says that he still has his motorcycle. However, in an earlier episode, "Presenting Lorelai Gilmore" he stated that he had traded it in to get the Volvo Sedan. So, Christopher either lied about having to trade in his motorcycle, or he got a new one.

    • During the opening Friday night dinner, we see Rory grab her drink. When the shot flashes to Emily, Rory's drink is still on the side table. The shot switches back to Rory and she is putting the drink away.

    • When Rory is in her room talking to her mother about Kirk asking Lorelai out on a date, the television alternates between facing towards and facing away from the bed.

  • QUOTES (23)

    • Lorelai: What do you want from me?
      Christopher: I want to talk!
      Lorelai: About what?
      Christopher: I don't know. I just...I don't like how things are.
      Lorelai: But that's how they are.
      Christopher: I didn't want things to turn out this way.
      Lorelai: But they did turn out this way!
      Christopher: But I didn't want that!
      Lorelai: Christopher, is Sherry still pregnant?
      Christopher: Of course she is.
      Lorelai: Are you still with her?
      Christopher: Yes.
      Lorelai: Are you gonna marry her?
      Christopher: Yes.
      Lorelai: Then honey, we are where we are. Accept it.

    • Rory: (to Christopher) I didn't call you back because I didn't want to. Me! Mom had nothing to do with it.
      Lorelai: Okay, honey, calm down.
      Rory: (ignoring her) You promised me. You promised me at Sookie's wedding that this was going to work, that you were going to be there. You promised me!
      Christopher: Honey, please understand.
      Rory: No! I always understand. I don't want to understand! I don't even really want to talk about this right now. I've got Mom, and that's all I need. Go be someone else's dad!
      Christopher: Don't say that.
      Rory: (to Lorelai) I'm going upstairs, call me when he's gone. (leaves)

    • Christopher: (about Rory hating him) She didn't get there by herself.
      Lorelai: Have you ever met your daughter? She can get anywhere by herself. She can get to the third dimension by herself! She was helping the crossing guard when she was four!

    • Lorelai: We can't have a mouse running around the inn. Our guests will freak.
      Michel: Tell them it's a baby. People love babies. They'll talk to it in funny voices.

    • (Lorelai walks into the diner at lunch time)
      Luke: What the hell are you doing here?
      Lorelai: Ah, I came for the warmth.
      Luke: Well, you're just not usually here this time of day, that's all.
      Lorelai: Well, I'm meeting someone for lunch.
      Luke: Oh, Kirk?
      Lorelai: What?
      Luke: You're meeting Kirk?
      Lorelai: Why would you say that?
      Luke: Well, I know he asked you out so I just assumed.
      Lorelai: How do you know he asked me out?
      Luke: He told me.
      Lorelai: He told you?
      Luke: Yesterday.
      Lorelai: Oh my God!
      Luke: Hey, relax, I think it's great.
      Lorelai: Why, why would he tell you?
      Luke: Well, actually, he came to me for a little advice.
      Lorelai: About what?
      Luke: About whether or not I thought he had a shot with you. After all, I know ya, I've been to your house, I know whether or not you have stain resistant rugs.
      Lorelai: I'm lying down now.
      Luke: When he found out you had wood floors he seemed very pleased.
      Lorelai: Oh, Luke.
      Luke: I told him you like movies and junk food, and of course, talking incessantly, but we both agreed that there's nothing like some good lovin' to shut a person up, if you know what I mean.
      Lorelai: I'm sorry, can you bring me a sharper fork? I'm not sure this one will go all the way through your hand.

    • (After Lorelai asked her to switch bodies with her)
      Rory: Hey, I have an idea! Why don't you just pretend we did and go around acting really immature. Oh wait...

    • Lorelai: Honey, you have power, brains, now all you need is a dim-witted, drunken, or drug-addicted relative to constantly humiliate you while you serve in office.
      Rory: Will you work on that for me?
      Lorelai: Two steps ahead of you.

    • (Lorelai reacting to seeing a mouse in the Inn)
      Lorelai: Did you call an exterminator?
      Michel: Why no, what a wonderful idea. I was actually going to fasten a large wedge of cheese to my head and lay on the ground until Mickey gets hungry and decides to crawl out and snack on my face.
      Lorelai: When does he get here?
      Michel: He said we were the first stop.

    • (Dinner at the Gilmores when Emily is mad at Lorelai)
      Lorelai: Oh, my God.
      Emily: Reading in front of other people is extremely rude Lorelai.
      Lorelai: Shauna Christy shot her husband.
      Emily: What?
      Lorelai: Shauna Christy - you remember Shauna Christy.
      Emily: Yes, I remember Shauna Christy. She was a lovely girl.
      Lorelai: Well, apparently this lovely girl came home to find her husband giving a nice little bonus package to the maid. And they say good help is hard to find.
      Emily: That's just gossip.
      Lorelai: Gossip? The man was shot 35 times. He looks like a sprinkler system.

    • Lorelai: (to Emily, for making Chris leave) You know, you need a horse and a mask when you do that.

    • Rory: I can't believe Christopher just came over.
      Lorelai: He misses you.
      Rory: He misses you.
      Lorelai: We're very miss-able.

    • Lorelai: (about dinner with Emily) Well, I haven't had that much fun since labor.

    • Lorelai: (about Rory) She could get anywhere by herself! She could get to the third dimension by herself! She was helping the crossing guard when she was four.

    • Rory: Grandma was only trying to help.
      Lorelai: Do you still believe in Santa Claus?

    • Emily: Why are you throwing cutlery in a public place?
      Lorelai: Uh, 'cause I feel stupid doing it at home?

    • Lorelai: (to Luke) I'm sorry, can you bring me a sharper fork? I'm not sure this one will go all the way through your hand.

    • Francie: (about Paris) What idiot gave her a gavel?

    • Kirk: (to Lorelai) I think you're the prettiest girl I've ever seen -- outside of a really filthy magazine.

    • Lorelai: But this goes against every rule I have in the Gilmore Survival Guide. Number one: No running with scissors. Number two: No page-boy haircuts. Number three: Never, ever have lunch alone with the mother.

    • Lorelai: Just once I'd like to be able to say, "Yeah, I'm not feeling so good, my leg is haunted."
      Rory: See, there's a reason why you only take one packet of TheraFlu at a time.

    • Sookie: So today's your lunch with Emily.
      Lorelai: Yup.
      Sookie: Any idea what she's gonna say?
      Lorelai: No, but I bet it's not, "I'm joining the circus, feed your father until I get back." I should just cancel.

    • Lorelai: Rory, I cannot go out with Kirk.
      Rory: Why?
      Lorelai: Uh, huh. . .why? He's. . .he's Kirk!
      Rory: Well, as long as he loves you.
      Lorelai: You are not serious.
      Rory: I just want you to be happy.
      Lorelai: Hello, Headmaster Charleston, this is my stepfather Kirk. Please don't make any sudden movements, he's a fear biter.

    • Lorelai: You're off to rule the world!
      Rory: Paris will rule the world. I'll hold her keys.

  • NOTES (2)

  • ALLUSIONS (13)

    • Lorelai: I'll join a local community theater and I'll drive you to soccer. It'll work for many years, until the FBI comes to get me, and by that time you're on your own.

      This is a reference to the life of Kathleen Soliah, a former member of the Symbionese Liberation Army who went underground. She lived for 23 years as Sarah Jane Olson, most of them in St. Paul, Minnesota, where she was active in community affairs, including theater. Her youngest daughter played soccer.

    • Rory: Hey, we are family.
      Lorelai: Yeah, well, look how great that worked out for Sister Sledge.

      Sister Sledge was a singing group that had a big hit in 1979 with a song called We Are Family.

    • Francie: You're obviously the Meyer Lansky behind this organization.

      Meyer Lansky was reputed to be the behind-the-scenes mastermind of the Mafia.

    • Rory: What are we, French skating judges?

      In the 2002 Winter Olympics, a French skating judge said she had been pressured to vote for the Russian team.

    • Francie: This is politics. If you've got a problem, tell it to Noam Chomsky.

      Noam Chomsky is widely known for his political activism, and for his criticism of U.S. foreign policy.

    • Lorelai: Rule number two - no pageboy haircuts.

      A pageboy haircut was a popular '50s hairstyle, named after a drawing of a woman dressed as an English pageboy, that involves straight hair hanging down to below the ear and bangs in the front.

    • Lorelai: (to Rory) Hey, let's look into each other's eyes and say "I wish I were you" at exactly the same time. Maybe we'll pull a Freaky Friday!

      Freaky Friday is a movie about a mother and a daughter who wish they were each other and their bodies were switched.

    • Emily: How is your Caesar salad dressing prepared?
      Luke: I'd have to call Paul Newman and ask him.

      Paul Newman is an actor and director who started his own line of food products, the first being his own salad dressing.

    • Louise: Helmut Newton is my godfather.

      Helmut Newton is a famous 20th century photographer who took several groundbreaking images.

    • Jess: Her name's Shane.
      Rory: As in 'come back'?

      "Come back Shane" is a famous line from the movie Shane.

    • Rory: I have something to tell you.
      Lorelai: Is it about Vince Foster?

      Vince Foster was an attorney who worked for former president Bill Clinton. Foster's death, in 1993, was ruled a suicide but conspiracy theorists continue to debate the ruling.

    • Lorelai: And apparently a big Annie Oakley fan.

      Annie Oakley was a sharpshooter from the American west who starred in The Buffalo Bill Wild West Show in 1885.

    • Lorelai: Saying yes to this lunch with my mother is like saying "Sounds fun!" to a ride with Clemenza.

      In The Godfather, practically everyone who rides a car with Clemenza ends up strangled by piano strings or shot in the neck.