Gilmore Girls

Season 3 Episode 21

Here Comes the Son

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM May 13, 2003 on The WB
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Episode Summary

Jess heads out to Venice California only to learn that his father's community is just as quirky as Stars Hollow; the rift widens between Lorelai and Emily; Luke tells Lorelai that Jess took off for good; Lorelai waits for the right moment to break the news to Rory, who is stressing over finals and graduation.moreless

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  • Too much Jess. It feels like 2 different shows. The high score is for the Stars Hollow scenes only.

    If I could give 2 marks for this episode I would. The 9 score is for the scenes in Stars Hollow only. The Jess in California scenes would get the lowest mark available.

    Sorry but unlike alot of Gilmore Girls fans I have never liked Jess and don't think he is good enough for Rory so that fact that most of this episode is about him and his dad in California is too much. The scenes between Lorelai and Rory in Stars Hollow are great as are the scenes of Luke worried about having to tell Rory that Jess has left town.

    When watching my DVD's of Gilmoe Girls skip the Jess parts all of the time.moreless
  • Jess leaves Stars Hollow and goes to California, Rory stresses over graduation and finals. The Gilmore bits were excellent and I liked Jess's parts too!

    This really was a brilliant episode, good setup for the finale. It was entertaining seeing Luke try and get Lorelai's attention without Rory knowing, it was quite sad to see Luke say he failed Jess, because he didn't, Jess is just that way. You do feel sorry for Luke and Rory, Jess just leaving like that.

    The Stars Hollow parts were excellent and very well done, a great lead up to the next episode, the season finale. Rory being so busy and distracted and seeing Lorelai and Emily together again since there argument. One of my favourite parts of the episode was Paris, when she gave out to Lorelai, that was hilarious.

    Plus when Lorelai went to hug and she said 'What are you doing?' and looked extremely uncomfortable. The tension raised when Lorelai arrived to pick Rory up from Emily's, this was however a very funny scene. It was great watching Emily lie her way out of Lorelai staying, it was even better because Lorelai obviously knew what she was doing.

    It was amusing when the oblivious Richard ruined the lie and Lorelai stormed out, rightly so. I was glad when Rory said Emily was being stupid, she wasn't expecting that. The small part with Lane at the start, I do feel for her but it will be interesting to see how things turn out for her.

    The saddest scene was when Lorelai broke the news about Jess to Rory, she was obviously devastated but didn't seen surprised, it was funny to see Luke bolt away from them. The reading out of the year book was good, there was a nice scene when Lorelai was so proud of Rory for becoming Valedictorian.

    Now for Jess in California, this was good but I don't know if it could have handled itself as a show. I thought the girlfriend Sasha was a great character, she was funny, had good one liners and seemed fairly original. When she was introducing all the dogs to Jess, that was funny.

    Jess's reactions to things always are enjoyable, he just pulls a face. You can't trust his father Jimmy and I think it was good that he said he couldn't stay because he knows that he's a screw up. That was an intense shouting match and was done well, since the show never made it we won't see her make any decisions.

    Sasha's daughter being hidden in the closets in the house was funny, the girl reminded me of the one from Little Miss Sunshine, the film. So yes I liked these parts, but I think the Gilmore girls storylines stood out more. Though it was overall an excellent episode and I can't wait for the finale!moreless
  • A different perspective on Jimmy's life and a reaction to Emily by Rory.

    The finals are coming, that schedule is scary, how can anyone schedule every day for weeks to the minute, I couldn't.

    Luke making faces was fun lol, the news were bad but the method was cute.

    Jess is in California, guess why? to see his father.

    Fate is a damm Lorelai wins some money, she pays back the loan to her parents but because she got the money, the scholarship to Yale is gone, they don't have right to it.

    Jess finds Jimmy's house, meets Sasha and her dogs and kats. She has the hippie style, the colours, the cloths, the ways. Her daughter is a little weird lol

    Lorelai hugging Paris was hilarious lol

    In this episode we get to know a bit of Jimmy's life, what he does, his relationship with Sasha, his life.

    Miss Celine is a character lol

    When Lorelai came to pick up Rory, Emily was stubern, there was no reason for her reaction.... Rory was right to call he stupid, she deserved it.

    Rory is doing the speech at graduation, that's a big thing!!moreless
  • Rory is super-stressed about finals and all the stuff she has to do before graduation. Lorelai holds off on telling Rory Jess is gone and she didn't get Financial Aid. Jess turns up in California to see his Dad.moreless

    It was extremely annoying for me to dee Sacha being played by the same actress that plays Anna. What, they couldn't find another actress in LA? And Jimmy is kind of a jerk, not wanting Jess to stay and not even asking him why he had gone across the country to see him.

    It's kind of sad that Rory's time at Chilton is ending. It's like the end of an era. It was way too predictable for Rory to be named valedictorian, though. I mean, can she do NO wrong? Makes the rest of us seem like losers. But she earned it, I guess.moreless
  • jess goes to california and rory gets ready to graduate

    i thought that this episode was okay i did not think that it is as good as other episodes from this season. i really did not like the parts where they were showing jess in california i know that the wb was trying to do a spin off of the gilmore girls and that is why they had those scenes but the spin off never evan made it to tv so i do not understand why they had those parts in this episode. i thought that the best part of this episode was the part where rory told her grandmother that she thought that she is being stupid.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

Edward Herrmann

Edward Herrmann

Richard Gilmore

Rob Estes

Rob Estes

Jimmy Mariano

Guest Star

Sherilyn Fenn

Sherilyn Fenn


Guest Star

Alix Kermes

Alix Kermes


Guest Star

Shelly Cole

Shelly Cole

Madeline Lynn

Recurring Role

Teal Redmann

Teal Redmann

Louise Grant

Recurring Role

Adam Wylie

Adam Wylie

Brad Langford

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • In California, when Sasha is ordering pizza for Jess and his father, she doesn't want to have the pizza delivered because she claims that the delivery guys are too stoned after six to find the house. However, it couldn't possibly be after six in California because that would make it after nine back in Hartford, and Rory has just come from school to go to her grandmother's house. When Lorelai appears to pick her up, she questions Emily as to why she isn't serving supper since it is 7:00 p.m. and they always eat at seven.

    • When Lorelai sneaks into the kitchen, not to wake up Rory, wouldn't she have noticed Rory's open bedroom door, the open books and bottle of juice on the kitchen table, etc. and realized Rory was already awake? We always see Rory close her bedroom door when she goes to sleep.

    • When Rory meets Miss Celine, there is a shot of Miss Celine and you can see a three-section mirror behind her. This might cause some confusion with regards to things seen in the reflections (suggesting a blocking gaff) unless you realize that the left-most section appears to be angled behind the center section, instead of the more common direction of towards someone standing in front of it.

    • Lorelai and Rory are returning from a meal at Souplantation. However, there is no Souplantation in Connecticut. The closest one is in North Carolina.

    • When Luke talks to Lorelai on the porch, as he admits he feels he failed Jess, the shadowed reflection of a couple crew members and the camera can be seen in a window (You can tell they must be crew members because Lorelai is moving and they are not, and the angle is wrong for it to be Luke).

    • In the shot where Luke pulls Lorelai onto the porch, Warner Brothers' buildings are visible behind the trees.

  • QUOTES (21)

    • (After calming down Lorelai, Rory goes in to pick her backpack)
      Emily: I swear I don't know what to do with that mother of yours, I really don't. Everything has to be such a scene.
      Rory: I think you're being really stupid!

    • Emily: Lorelai, do not get dramatic. Dinner is not ready, and even if it was I would still not be able to invite you to stay because your father and I have plans tonight. We are eating quickly and then leaving.
      Lorelai: To go where?
      Emily: The Thompsons.
      Lorelai: For what?
      Emily: Book Club.
      Lorelai: What book?
      Emily: Lovely Bones.
      Lorelai: Did you like it?
      Emily: It's not my taste but I respect the attempt.
      Lorelai: (to Rory) Now I know where I get it from.

    • Lorelai: Hey, listen, my little Holly Hunter in Broadcast News, I'm gonna let you freak out and study like a mad woman and stress yourself out until finals, but once they're over, we are gonna celebrate big time... 'cause this is amazing.
      Rory: Yeah, it is.
      Lorelai: Okay, now go make Mommy nervous.

    • Jimmy: There are these crazy rumors that if you get in your car and you actually drive east, away from the beach, there's some city and other stuff, but personally I don't believe it.

    • Jimmy: (to Jess, after hearing a crash from the next room) Listen, why don't you give me a minute here? (another crash) Make it two, two minutes. (another crash) Three. And do a special knock before you come in.

    • (talking to Rory about her yearbook)
      Lorelai: Hey, you know what's weird? A lot of the kids in here are calling you valedictorian and if that's anything like a dirty skank, I'll kick their plaid butt right up the sidewalk.

    • (Trying to find something to talk about)
      Jimmy: First time on the west coast?
      Jess: First time.
      (long pause)
      Jimmy: Oh uh, the sights. Ocean...
      Jess: Was wondering what that was.
      Jimmy: ...sand...
      Jess: Keeps the ocean in its place.
      Jess: Got one of those back east.

    • Lorelai: Ok, the whole stalking things works a whole lot better if you don't slam your face up against the window.
      Luke: I need to talk to you.
      Lorelai: Well, come inside.
      Luke: No, Rory's in there
      Lorelai: Since when are you scared of Rory, 'cause seriously Luke, I think you can take her.
      Luke: Can she hear us?
      Lorelai: Through the walls? No. I put kryptonite in her waffles this morning, I think were fine.

    • Rory: Who cares if I'm pretty if I miss my finals?
      Lorelai: Wow, you've got that all wrong

    • Lorelai: (to Luke) You're freaking out the freaks today.

    • Jimmy: When you left home, were the cops after you?
      Jess: No.
      Jimmy: No 'cause they shouldn't be or no 'cause they haven't found the head yet?

    • (Paris and Lorelai manning the senior party cruise booth and Paris is flipping out)
      Paris: Unbutton your blouse.
      Lorelai: What?
      Paris: Unbutton the top buttons of your blouse.
      Lorelai: Why?
      Paris: Guys are attracted to that kind of thing. Well me doing it isn't going to help any.
      Lorelai: Paris, you need to relax. You need to stop worrying. You need to stop obsessing. You need to stop looking at my boobs.

    • Lorelai: Luke.
      Luke: I failed him.
      Lorelai: You did not fail him. You supported him, you defended him, you gave him a chance and if he chose not to take it. There was nothing more you could do.

    • Lorelai: (to Rory) You know, you look like me and yet my ways are completely lost on you.

    • Rory: The campus looks pretty.
      Lane: It's got 2 huge parks with gardens and lakes.
      Lorelai: Two parks?
      Lane: One for boys and one for girls.
      Rory: Huh.
      Lane: And you know, I had originally thought that this was gonna be a suffocating place with out of date rules and insane restrictions, but boy was I wrong. For example, curfew is up to 9:30. 9:45 if you're going for your Masters. Makeup will be permitted, as long as it identically matches your skin tone. And owning a Rolling Stones CD is no longer grounds for expulsion. You can work the demerits off in the campus clean-up crew.
      Lorelai: There's a separate park for boys?
      Lane: My life is over.

    • (Lorelai stops the car at the red light)
      Rory: Oh, I can't believe you stopped.
      Lorelai: I can't believe you wanted me to go.
      Rory: There's no one around.
      Lorelai: Now no one's around, but the second I run that light, a police car, four helicopters, the Canadian Mounties and the crew of Cops jump out of a dumpster and I'm toast.
      Rory: Paranoid.
      Lorelai: Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they're not out to get you, my friend.

    • Sasha: Did you ask him anything?
      Jimmy: Should I have?
      Sasha: Jimmy, he could be in trouble.
      Jimmy: What, he's in trouble? What kind of trouble?
      Sasha: How would I know what kind of trouble?
      Jimmy: Well, you're the one that just said he was in trouble.
      Sasha: I said he could be in trouble. He could be running from the cops, or attempting to hop across America on one foot, or he really did come all the way from Connecticut just to have pizza with his father who he's not seen or heard from in seventeen years.
      Jimmy: What are the odds it's the last one?

    • Jess: I just wanna see Jimmy, okay?
      Sasha: Hey, did you ever see The Wizard of Oz?
      Jess: Yes.
      Sasha: Remember when they go to the Emerald City and they ring the bell and the guy with the beard stuck his head out and they said that they wanted to see the wizard, and he said no, and they said, 'She's got the ruby slippers', and he said 'Well, that's a horse of a different color. Come on in.'
      Jess: Yes.
      Sasha: Well, I'm the guy with the beard and I'm saying the no unless you can come up with the ruby slippers.
      Jess: I'm his son.
      Sasha: His son?
      Jess: Yes, his son.
      Sasha: Well, that's a horse of a different color. Come on in.

    • Rory: We will never be able to learn all the phrases in every language that we're going to need. Bring the books.
      Lorelai: We can learn enough. Plus, doesn't everybody speak English over there anyway?
      Rory: Ugly American, party of one.

    • Jess: Do they bite?
      Sasha: Just those two. (gestures indeterminately, walks away)
      Jess: Which two?! Which two?! Great. (shakes head, opens gate, steps into yard -- says to the dogs) I swear I'll bite you back.

    • Jimmy: Do you understand that it's only in the last five years that I even started putting my life together. You don't want to be around me. I am a screw-up. That is my genetic code.
      Jess: Well, the apple doesn't fall too far from the tree.
      Jimmy: Don't say that. You're young, you can do anything you want.
      Jess: A month, just let me stay a month.
      Jimmy: Are you listening? I have nothing to offer you, nothing!
      Jess: You have nothing? I have nothing! I have no place to go. I can't stay at Luke's, I can't stay in Stars Hollow, my mother's a whack job! I mean you're saying you're a loser and what, you don't wanna take me off this terrific path I'm headed down right now? I'm not graduating high school. I don't know what I'm gonna do with the rest of my life, but something's telling me I'd better find out soon or I'm gonna be that guy out there on the boardwalk selling the hemp hats!

  • NOTES (10)

    • The book that Jess is seen reading in the store on the boardwalk is William S. Burroughs's seminal novel Naked Lunch.

    • German episode title: "Vatertag", meaning "Father's Day".

      French episode title: "Père Et Fils", meaning "Father And Son".

    • Greg Cipes, who plays Brendon Lewis in a later episode of Gilmore Girls, was originally supposed to play a skater that Jess meets. His scene was deleted.

    • Yanic Truesdale (Michel), Melissa McCarthy (Sookie), and Jared Padalecki (Dean) don't appear in this episode.

    • Sherilyn Fenn, who played Sasha (the girlfriend of Jess's father) in this episode, returns later to play Luke's former lover (and the mother of his long-lost daughter), Anna Nardini, in Season 6.

    • There is a deleted scene from this episode that has Jess meeting a group of skateboarders.

    • This episode was originally intended to serve as the pilot for a Jess-centered show which the WB later declined to pick up, citing high production costs.

    • The California scenes in this episode were filmed entirely on location in Venice Beach, California.

    • Music:
      "Pipeline" by The Chantays
      "Catch A Wave" by The Beach Boys
      "Mockingbirds" by Grant Lee Buffalo
      "Los Angeles" by X
      "One way or Another" by Blondie

    • Alex Borstein, was originally casted as Sookie, but couldn't get out of another contract with the Fox animated series "Family Guy", and appeared in the first four episodes as Drella the harpist, returns in this episode as Ms. Celine, Emily Gilmore's stylist.


    • Lorelai: What book?
      Emily: Lovely Bones.
      Lorelai: Did you like it?
      Emily: It's not my taste but I respect the attempt.

      Lovely Bones is a novel by Alice Sebold about a 14 year old girl who is raped and murdered by a serial killer, then watches from heaven as her family deals with the aftermath of her disappearance.

    • Lorelai: Looked like the Academy Award audience during Michael Moore's speech.

      When Michael Moore accepted his Oscar for Bowling for Columbine, he made a highly politically-charged speech filled with accusations and conspiracy claims which was booed as inappropriate by some members of the audience.

    • Paris: Suddenly, I'm Felicity without the hair issues.

      Reference to the TV series Felicity, in which a girl goes to college in New York to follow a boy she's sweet on, only to find he doesn't reciprocate her feelings. The lead actress, Keri Russell, has very curly hair. Russell's decision to cut her hair severely at one point during the show's run was widely lampooned and the center of a minor controversy.

    • Lorelai: Hey, listen, my little Holly Hunter in Broadcast News.

      Holly Hunter's character in the 1987 film Broadcast News was hyper and constantly busy.

    • Episode Title: Here Comes the Son

      The title alludes to the Beatles' song "Here Comes the Sun", from the album Abbey Road. The lyrics of the song were written and sung by George Harrison.

    • Rory: Does Gore Vidal live near here?

      Gore Vidal is a well-known American 'man of letters', a writer of novels, plays and essays, and a public figure for over fifty years. For much of the late 20th century Vidal divided his time between Los Angeles, California and Ravello, Italy, on the Amalfi Coast, until he sold the latter in 2003.

    • Lorelai: Did you have a bad dream? The one where you finally meet Christiane Amanpour and she's really stupid?

      Christiane Amanpour is CNN's chief international correspondent based in London. She has been on the frontlines of every war zone in the world over the past 15 years and is dedicated to telling the stories she believes the world needs to hear.