Gilmore Girls

Season 7 Episode 18

Hay Bale Maze

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Apr 17, 2007 on The WB
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Episode Summary

As Stars Hollow prepares for its annual Spring Fling festival, Rory brings Logan home and shows him around town. Lorelai sees how serious their relationship has become and worries that Logan is too irresponsible for Rory. Taylor angers the town by spending the entire Spring Fling budget on a huge hay bale maze. At an unexpected encounter in the maze, Lorelai and Luke apologize to one another and admit they both made mistakes that led to the end of their engagement. Meanwhile, Rory has a job interview with the Providence Journal Bulletin and struggles with decisions about her future.moreless

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  • They talked!

    I liked this show from the very beginning, it makes me laugh, smile, and cry. However, this episode wasn't nearly as good as I think it could have been. As much as I was glad that Rory is trying for other things in her future, it seemed to be illogical to not take a huge opportunity, and move up in the world, and actually make some money. And Lorelai's disapproval of Logan is so, been there done that... I know that Logan can be a jerk, but he has been there for Rory constantly since the start of a real relationship between them. I don't know many 21 year olds that last through the ages, but why didn't she voice disapproval constantly, instead of, I don't like him, I like him, I don't like him. That being said, the Hay Bale maze scene with Lorelai and Luke was worth it all. The both spoke honestly and from the heart. his hurt was betrayed, as was hers, but they both really needed to get through the truthful apologies. I don't know if that means that they will work it out, but lets face it, in hollywood, we usually have a happy ending, (ie, Ross and Rachel) so go for it Gilmore Girls. All in all, a good ep.moreless
  • My favourite episode this season...!

    This episode rocked!! I liked the main plot and all the little sidestories... I think this is the first time in a really long time that everything has worked...! :)

    First of all, I love when Taylor goes Stars Hollow-crazy. The Hay Maze was hilarious, especially with him actually being allergic to hay... ;) It was great to see Logan winning Lorelai over. Off course she has problems with him, she has seen how much Rory has changed for him, and not always in good ways... But now it seems he has convinced her that he really loves Rory, and that he wants to do what is best for her. I loved the fact that he was willing to factor Rory in, in order for her to do what she wants... :) Right now he's really adorable...

    The Lorelai and Luke talk in the maze was amazing!! They just talked it out like adults, and both admitted to being wrong, and Luke was just saying all the right things. He finally admitted to having pushed her away. It was really good to hear! Now they have no excuse, get together allready... ;)moreless
  • Good episode. Logan Huntzberger is soo hot!

    I liked this episode. I was waiting for it for a really long time hoping it would be great but i could have waited a little longer. I mean i liked this episode but it just wasn't what I expected. I think Lorelai was wrong about Logan. He not sooo immmature that he's not right for Rory. He 25 and just totally messed up his career he needed to do something to get it off his mind. He is right for Rory he the best choice if it was between him, Dean, and Jess. And everyone knows that Dean would come in llast because no one likes him, except to very few who do and i feel very bad for them. Anyway, I'm glad that Lorelai and Logan smoothed things over.moreless
  • The town is over runned by hay.

    I thought that this episode was absoultly amazing. I thought that it was really funny that Taylor went ahead and decided to do a hay bale maze. It was funny to see the towns reaction to the news was funny that they were against it at first but once that they went through it they absoultly loved it. I thought that it was great that Zack loved the maze so much and that he also memorized the path to get through it. I was really happy that Lorelai and Luke bunped into each other in the maze and talked out some of there problems. It was good to see them be able to speak to each other without there being akwardness between them.moreless
  • Good like they are

    After I watched this episode, I realized that I missed them. I don't want some long break like that. The story was great after all long waiting. That's can be an exucse: )But there is some questions that must to answer. What happend to Lorelai and Luke is the first on my mind. They can be together, I hope. But I think they cant be like before they were. It is not possible, because I think what Lorelai do to him is not something to apologize very easily. But I think Luke loves her to much, after all what she done. And I cant believe to myself that I can say it but after this episode I love Logan much more. He is the one of an example that people can change. I hope he deserve Rory, and dont do something to make a mess of everything.moreless
Alexis Bledel

Alexis Bledel

Rory Gilmore

Lauren Graham

Lauren Graham

Lorelai Gilmore

Scott Patterson

Scott Patterson

Luke Danes

Matt Czuchry

Matt Czuchry

Logan Huntzberger

Yanic Truesdale

Yanic Truesdale

Michel Gerard

Liza Weil

Liza Weil

Paris Geller (Episodes 22 - , recurring previously)

Michael Winters

Michael Winters

Taylor Doose

Recurring Role

Sally Struthers

Sally Struthers

Babette Dell

Recurring Role

Ted Rooney

Ted Rooney

Morey Dell

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (7)

    • Rory decides that she wants to try for the fellowship instead of taking the job at the paper in Providence.

    • Rory picks up a coffee mug but not by the handle. In the next scene, however, she is holding it by the handle. Pretty neat trick for someone whose other hand was busy holding a folder!

    • Zach mentions his sons' names are Steve and Kwan.

    • On this episode, when Paris asked Logan why he is now living with her, Rory and Doyle, he said that it is because the old apartment was paid by his father's company and as he no longer work there, they are no longer paying the rent for him. But, on sixth season, on the episode "Partings" (6x22), when Logan was going to London he told Rory that he had paid for the rent for the apartment for the next year, so she didn't need to worry about that, a little mistake of continuity.

      Possible Explanation: Logan had a new apartment in Manhattan following the one he and Rory shared near Yale campus. This NYC apartment is probably the one he was referring to as being paid for by his father's company.

    • When Rory, Logan, Paris and Doyle are talking in the kitchen, the kitchen cupboard where Rory takes her coffee cup switches between being opened and closed in different camera shots.

    • In the second season episode "Dead Uncles and Vegetables", Emily goes overboard when she helps Sookie plan her wedding. She comes up with the idea to move the gazebo in order to accommodate an orchestra. Jackson talks about the lunacy of the idea, and in this episode, Taylor manages to hire a crane to lift the gazebo to move it so as to make the hay bale maze more confusing. Watching this, both Lorelai and Sookie exclaim "That's insane!" both apparently having forgotten Sookie was once ready to do the same.

    • April has new glasses and pierced ears.

  • QUOTES (14)

    • Lorelai: (about Logan) You can give him the grand tour of Stars Hollow, and I'll show him embarrassing pictures of you picking your nose.
      Rory: Oh, no. No baby pictures!
      Lorelai: Who said they're baby pictures?

    • Lorelai: (to Rory and Logan, who are visiting; in Rory's old room) And we have some guest towels right there.
      Rory: Oh! I didn't know we had guest towels.
      Lorelai: Of course we have guest towels. Guest towels - fancy way of saying "towels that are clean".

    • Lorelai: So you gonna make it this year?
      Rory: Uh I do want to come but..
      Lorelai: Yay! Did I just "yay" over your but?

    • Lorelai: (about Logan leaving his father's firm to honor his own values) I understand that.
      Logan: I knew you would, because you did the same thing. You left a world of privilege to do things your way.
      Lorelai: Yeah. I guess I never thought of it that way before.
      Logan: Plus, you did it when you were younger, and you had a baby to take of. That's impressive.
      Lorelai: I don't need you to be impressed by me. I just need you to understand that it wasn't easy.
      Logan: I know.
      Lorelai: I didn't get anything boom, just like that. I had to work hard for everything I got.
      Logan: I want to work. I'm ready to work, and I want to work hard.
      Lorelai: (smiles) All right, then.

    • Lorelai: I think 401k's are important. I think that paying your bills and dealing with reality are important.
      Logan: Yeah, I'm starting to learn a little more about reality. I grew up with a lot of privilege.
      Lorelai: I know. You had the whole "silver spoon in the mouth" thing, and that's not how I raised Rory.
      Logan: I know that.
      Lorelai: This was not a silver-spoon household. This was spork city, all the way.

    • Logan: Lorelai?
      Lorelai: Yeah?
      Logan: I'm not a gambler. I just wanted you to know that.
      Lorelai: Okay......
      Logan: Look, I know you and Rory talk, and I know she tells you stuff. I know you know that I went to Vegas, and I want you to know that's not who I am.
      Lorelai: All right.
      Logan: And I don't want you to be worried.
      Lorelai: Well, I am worried. I'm a mom. That's what we do.

    • Logan: I just got my first credit card statement in the mail, so I do know a little bit about this stuff.
      Lorelai: You just got your first credit card statement?
      Logan: (pause) Look, money's great. It's just not everything, and in this particular case, I think Rory should take the gamble.
      Lorelai: The gamble? Rory's not a gambler. She's a deliberate, thoughtful decision-maker.
      Logan: I know that.
      Lorelai: You're a gambler, but that's not her.

    • (Lorelai is walking through the maze when she runs into Luke)
      Luke: Hey!
      Lorelai: Oh, God! Hey! (laughs) Hay. (points at the hay.
      Luke laughs with her)

      Lorelai: (sees the bag he's carrying) Oh, you got snacks!
      Luke: Yeah, well, Zack forgot these, the hay's gone to his head. Anyways, he gave me these directions here and I'm trying to go right, left, right...
      Lorelai: (sees his bracelet) What is that?!
      Luke: Oh, April gave it to me.
      Lorelai: You have a bracelet on your wrist.
      Luke: Yeah, she's into jewelry. It's just a phase. What can I do?
      Lorelai: Uh, wow!
      Luke: (laughs) It's just one of those crazy phases. I'm just getting used to the fact that I have a daughter now all of a sudden I have a teenager. You, know, time just goes by.
      Lorelai: Luke?
      Luke: Yeah?
      Lorelai: (after a pause) I'm sorry.
      Luke: Yeah, I'm sorry too.
      Lorelai: No no no. Let me go first.
      Luke: Okay.
      Lorelai: I messed up. That night I went to Christopher...I'm sorry.
      Luke: (softly) Yeah.
      Lorelai: And I never admitted to you that it was wrong and it was and I'm really sorry.
      Luke: (nods) Okay, thanks.
      Lorelai: (sighs) I don't know why I didn't say this before.
      Luke: Ah. You know, I'm sorry too, cause, I don't know, I that I've had April, it's, you know I've learned a lot. I was crazy to think that I had to fix everything in my relationship with April before I could really be with you. That's just not how you fix things. I mean, you know, things don't just stand still. They're always changing.
      Lorelai: Yeah.
      Luke: I guess I was compartmentalizing, if that's what you call it. I mean, I should have opened my compartment. I should have gotten your help.
      Lorelai: I wanted to help.
      Luke: I know. And I'm sorry. I'm sorry also, because I think I kinda used April to push you away.
      Lorelai: You did, huh?
      Luke: Yeah, I think so. I was afraid and I'm so sorry.
      Lorelai: (smiles) It's really okay.
      Luke: I'm glad.
      Lorelai: Me too.
      Luke: Well, I've got some fries that are getting cold.
      Lorelai: Yeah, well, I got to find my way out of here.
      Luke: By the way, you're really close. Just, uh, go left and two rights and you're out.
      Lorelai: Thanks.
      (they walk away)

    • Lorelai: Logan's a lovely young man. He's nice and polite, and funny. He's got that hair, you know - the hair that could sell shampoo to a bald man.

    • Michel: Whatever!
      Sookie: Michel, people stopped saying "Whatever" like 2 years ago.
      Michel: Whatever... I'm outtie 5000.

    • Taylor: I put the entire budget into the hay bale maze!
      Sookie: Nooooo!!!
      Lorelai: Taylor, you can't do that! I have an inn full of guests, who've come here, traveled miles, who withstood winter, who have blow-dried their tongues off their swing set so they could get to the Spring Fling!
      Taylor: Yes!
      Lorelai: They expect certain things. The traditional events - pie eating contest, pony rides; they don't want just a hay bale maze and nothing else!

    • Paris: I like keep lactaid on hand for Doyle.
      Doyle: Which I don't need because I'm not lactose intolerant.
      Paris: You're lactose resistant. You have a bias against lactose. You're sensitive.
      Doyle: I'm not sensitive. I have no problem with lactose.
      Paris: There is nothing wrong with sensitive. Jake Gyllenhaal is sensitive. Orlando Bloom is sensitive.
      Doyle: Me and lactose are cool. We're down.

    • Rory: Good morning!
      Doyle: Me and lactose are bros.
      Rory: Glad to hear it!
      Paris: I wouldn't throw Jake Gyllenhaal out of bed.
      Rory: Also good to know.

    • Taylor: Everybody, please, take a handful of chill pills!

  • NOTES (5)

  • ALLUSIONS (14)

    • Lorelai: Take it down, Olivier.

      This could refer to Laurence Olivier plays the lead on-screen, as well as the director, producer, and screenwriter off. And despite the wig, make-up and faux hump he dons, the emperor has no clothes. In other words, film critics have been so far reluctant to admit Olivier's over-the-top acting is the play's real tragedy.

    • Logan: And I don't feel "Cowabunga, Dude" inside.
      Cowabunga is a slang word in 1960s surfer culture, used as an expression of exhilaration when riding the waves. The word reached greater popularity in the late 1980s and early 1990s when used by Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle, Michelangelo.

    • Logan: Yeah what if your mom's out there? I don't want her thinking I'm David Hasselhoff or something.

      David Hasselhoff is nicknamed "The Hoff". David Hasselhoff is best known for his role on 'Baywatch' as a life guard.

    • Logan: No, I'm very much in my gourd. It's like colonial Williamsburg with fewer knickers and Tricorn hats.

      Colonial Williamsburg is the historic district of the independent city of Williamsburg. With its historic significance in democracy, it and the surrounding area have been the site of many summit meetings of world leaders. Williamsburg was also built around four main buildings.

    • Rory: Yeah, he's basically the Mayor of Stars Hollow and Don Corleone all wrapped up into one.

      Don Corleone may refer to three major characters in Mario Puzo's Godfather saga:
      Vito Corleone, the original Don, Michael Corleone, Vito's son and Vincent Mancini-Corleone. Vito is the head of the Corleone crime family, one of the most powerful Mafia families in New York.

    • Rory: When you walk into your parents' foyer, there is a genuine-article Magritte right there.

      Magritte was a Belgian surrealist artist. He became well known for a number of witty and amusing images.

    • April: Thanks. A girl can only be called Sally Jessy so many times before she has to rethink the red frames.

      Sally Jessy Raphaël is an American tabloid talk show host. She was best known to TV viewers for her big, red-framed glasses, and the Kleenex tissues she handed out liberally to crying guests.

    • April: Or would I be in more of a Native-American, interconnected short-narratives mood, in which case, I'd go for the Louise Erdrich and some "love medicine".

      Louise Erdrich is a Native American author of novels, poetry, and children's books. She is an enrolled member of the Anishinaabe nation. She is widely acclaimed as one of the most significant Native writers of the second wave of what critic Kenneth Lincoln has called the Native American Renaissance. In 1984, Erdrich published the novel Love Medicine.

    • April: Would I feel like reading Melville or McInerney?

      Herman Melville was an American novelist, essayist and poet. During his lifetime, his early novels were popular, but his popularity declined later in his life. By the time of his death he had nearly been forgotten, but his masterpiece, Moby-Dick was "rediscovered" in the 20th century as a literary masterpiece.

      John McInerney Jr. is an American writer. He was one of the Brat Pack authors. The Literary Brat Pack was a term created by the media to refer to a group of young authors in the 1980s.

    • Rory: What about this? Is it too "That Girl"?
      Logan: You can never be too "That Girl."

      That Girl was an American television situation comedy that ran on ABC from 1966 to 1971. It starred Marlo Thomas as the title character, Ann Marie, an aspiring actress, living in New York City. Ann had to take a number of offbeat "temp" jobs to support herself in between her various auditions and bit parts, though she nonetheless was able to afford a spacious New York apartment as well as an extensive wardrobe of mod fashions.

    • Rory: But my blue coat would be too "His Girl Friday".

      His Girl Friday is a 1940 screwball comedy, a remake of the 1931 film The Front Page, itself an adaptation by Charles Lederer, Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur of their play of the same name. The film was originally supposed to be a straightforward retelling of The Front Page, with both the editor and reporter being men. However, during auditions, Howard Hawks' secretary read reporter Hildy Johnson's lines. Hawks liked the way the dialogue sounded coming from a woman, and the script was rewritten to make Hildy female.

    • Rory: Okay, I need to pick out a coat. A trench coat would be too "All The President's Men,"

      All the President's Men is a 1974 non-fiction book by Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward, the two journalists investigating the Watergate first break-in and ensuing Watergate scandal for the Washington Post. A film adaptation, starring Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman as Woodward and Bernstein, respectively, was released in 1976.

    • Paris: Orlando Bloom is sensitive.

      Orlando Bloom is a British actor born in England on January 13, 1977. He achieved stardom in the three Lord of the Rings movies and the Pirates of the Caribbean movies.

    • Paris: I wouldn't throw Jake Gyllenhaal out of bed.

      Jake Gyllenhaal is an American actor born December 19, 1980. He achieved success in such movies as The Good Girl (2002), The Day After Tomorrow (2004) and Brokeback Mountain (2005) for which he was nominated for an Academy Award.