Gilmore Girls

Season 2 Episode 22

I Can't Get Started

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM May 21, 2002 on The WB
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Episode Summary

Sookie's wedding draws near, while Lorelai finally relents and goes into the diner, where she apologizes profusely to Luke. Christopher comes to town for the removal of Rory's cast and decides to stay for Sookie's wedding. While Lorelai and Chris seem to be getting along, Sherry drops a bomb. Meanwhile, Paris is running for student body president, and employs Rory as vice-president. Also, Jess returns to Stars Hollow and asks Luke if he can stay. But when worse come to worst, Rory must choose between Jess and Dean.moreless

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  • Sookie's wedding day arrives. A good finale, not the best episode of the season but a good end.

    As always this was a great episode of Gilmore Girls. It had comedy, drama, all thrown into the mix. I don't know, it just wasn't as brilliant as I thought it would be. Don't get me wrong, it was a really great episode, I just didn't think it was the best finale they could have done.

    Maybe it was due to Christopher's presence, he had a big one and it mind of didn't have to do with other storylines from the season. I think he's alright as a character but it felt a tad rushed. Seriously there were great parts in the episode. A major highlight being Rory finally kissing Jess. Probably my favourite scene of the episode, it was really well done.

    I think I liked it so much because it has been leading up to it for a number of episodes and I like them as a couple. It was great how Rory gave in, then ran off, shocked what she had done. I wonder if Jess will be a different guy next season. He seems to be getting better here, his talk with Luke was a good sign.

    Luke and Lorelai not making up was a bit annoying, especially how distant Luke was being to her, I mean she did apologise. I do think Chris and Lorelai as a couple is good, I just would have preferred him maybe to come back in the episode before, set it up a little bit.

    Sookie and Jackson bits were good, like the kilt, Sookie freaking out but I didn't think there was enough. maybe a bit more would have been good. Paris was entertaining, her talks with Madeline and Louise were amusing. As was Emily and Richards disgust at the 'pity invite'.

    Sherry being pregnant wasn't a shock only because I read about it, maybe it made it less enjoyable. I still liked the turn of events, it was too good to be true with them becoming a family again. Should be an interesting story as well. Liked Lorelai's reaction to it.

    The end was good, both the Gilmore girls walking down the aisle. So it was a good finale, I really can't wait to watch the season three box set.moreless
  • My review makes sense of what I am about to express. If only Jess and Rory's love could've lasted.

    'Tearjerker' best classifies this episode because after the many pivotal and overwhelming developments that occur, one cannot help but become teary-eyed when all is relaxed at the most heart-pounding and satisfiying momement of the show. It's the dream of every guy and girl: to feel at peace, enraptured, & whole, by the one you love.

    I reference when Rory impulsively & passionatly kisses Jess, on his return to Star's Hollow. It is at Sookie's wedding under a veil of ivory blossomed trees, an unexpected consumation of teen love neccessary to release and relieve the built-up pressures of the episode.moreless
  • Preparations for Sookie and Jackson's wedding, and interactions between Lorelai and Christopher

    The major focus of this episode was the relationship between Christopher and Lorelai. He comes into town to see Rory get her cast off, and decides to stay for Sookie and Jackson's wedding. He has a room at the Inn, and he and Lorelai spend the night together. It seems that Lorelai and Christopher are going to "take up where they left off" and form the traditional family of mom, dad, and daughter Rory. But then Christopher gets a devestating phone call from Sherry, who tells him she's pregnant. Suddenly all of Christopher and Lorelai's plans are out the window.

    The other major thing going on in this episode is preparaton for Sookie and Jackson's wedding. Sookie gets nervous the night before the wedding, but Lorelai calms her down. Then, at the wedding, Rory sees Jess and impulsively gives him a passionate kiss. She then runs off, stunned at what she has done.moreless
  • Sookie's wedding and more surprises

    Sookie is getting married and soon.

    The Inn is beautiful and looks like everyone is back.

    Lorelai invites Emily and Richard to the wedding and she finally enters Luke's diner.

    Rory and Dean are OK and Paris is running for the student body.

    She is considered the most intelligent and efficient but not the most friendly so she bags Rory to be vice-president. She says yes.

    Rory plaster comes off and Chris arrives to see it.

    At the rehearsal dinner he confesses that the things between him and Sherrie are not great.

    Later he and Lorelai sleep together and think about trying to be together.

    Sookie is freaking out with the dress, the cake, everything.

    Jess is back, he really wants to come back to Stars Hollow.

    At the weeding Rory and Jess kiss and Chris finds out that Sherrie is pregnant and he leaves.

    It's a weird way to be at a wedding but OK.

    I wish we could see the actual wedding...moreless
  • This is a very funny episode where Sookie is getting ready to get married to Jackson and Christopher comes back to visit Lorelai and Rory. This episode is filled with so many funny scenes and our favorite phrase, oy with the poodles already!moreless

    This apisode is a perfect example of why I like this series. There is never a dull moment when you watch a show like this. This is one of my favorite episodes because Sookie is getting married, Jess comes back for Rory, Christopher comes back for Lorelai, Lorelai is trying to get Luke back, and of course, there is always Emily and Richard. My two favorite parts are when Sookie totally freaks about her wedding and comes to the inn wearing her wedding dress, and flipping out about the flowers that are on the cake and what she is going to serve and of course, the phrase that knocked "what'cha doin Willis" out of first place, "Oy with the poodles already!"moreless
Beth Kennedy

Beth Kennedy

Mrs. O'Malley

Guest Star

James Kiriyama-Lem

James Kiriyama-Lem

Dr. Ronald Sue

Guest Star

Inger Jackson

Inger Jackson


Guest Star

David Sutcliffe

David Sutcliffe

Christopher Hayden

Recurring Role

Liz Torres

Liz Torres

Miss Patty

Recurring Role

Jackson Douglas

Jackson Douglas

Jackson Belleville

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (7)

    • Rory tells her father that she and Lorelai take disappointment badly and property damage is often involved. This actually ends up being true, when in the episode "Take the Deviled Eggs..." Rory and Lorelai deviled egg Jess' car.

    • When Madeline and Louise are discussing with Paris how her lack of likability will affect the school election and Paris asks what she should do, Madeline suggests that she hope for a sex scandal, a suggestion that Paris, in her usual overzealous manner, seems to support. Ironically, in the season 3 episode 16, "The Big One", Paris has a real sex scandal, when she rants on C-SPAN about sleeping with Jamie and not getting into Harvard.

    • Sookie and Jackson officially get married in this episode.

    • Why wasn't Luke invited to the wedding? He is Sookie and Jackson's friend so you would think that he would be invited.

    • At the end, as Loralai and Rory are walking down together, you notice Jackson is standing under the chuppah that Luke had originally built for Loralai.

    • In the episode "Double Date" Sookie and Jackson have their first date. Lorelai comments to Luke that 'she thinks she'll wear blue to their wedding', which in fact she does.

    • When Kirk is singing while Babette's husband plays the piano, Lane is tapping her drum sticks. Lane's mother would probably be at the wedding too, so wouldn't it be bad of Lane to be playing with her drum sticks while her mother was around?

      Earlier in the episode we learned that Lane is actually Rory's guest indicating that her mother was not invited. Rory says that she just wants two guests, Dean and Lane.

  • QUOTES (14)

    • (Lorelai is trying to patch things up with Luke, who remains oblivious to it)
      Lorelai: So, this is how it's gonna be with us now, huh?
      Luke: No idea what you're talking about.
      Lorelai: You're pulling a Mr. Freeze on me.
      Luke: I'm not pulling a Mr. Freeze on you.
      Lorelai: Please. I'm gonna need snow chains just to get out of here.
      Luke: I assume you want coffee with your donuts.
      Lorelai: I'm sorry, Luke. It was a bad night. I completely freaked out. I said some things... Did you get my note? I wrote you a note.
      Luke: Got your note.
      Lorelai: You got my note. Did you read my note?
      Luke: Read your note.
      Lorelai: And?
      Luke: It was very well-written
      Lorelai: That's it?
      Luke: I also enjoyed the Garfield stationary. That's one funny cat.
      Lorelai: I said I was sorry, Luke.
      Luke: Yes, you did.
      Lorelai: I said it like a million times.
      Luke: You said it four times, but I understand you're embellishing for dramatic effects.
      Lorelai: Stop.
      Luke: Stop what?
      Lorelai: Oh, stop this robot talk. If you're mad, just act like you're mad at me.
      Luke: I'm not mad at you.
      Lorelai: You're being really, really unfair. Rory was in the hospital.
      Luke: Lorelai, what is it exactly that you want me to do? I'm not mad, I'm not holding a grudge, I heard your apology, I feel I'm being polite, I listened to your donut bit, I got you your coffee. What would make you happy?
      Lorelai: I want Luke back.
      Luke: He's standing right here.
      Lorelai: No, he's not. (she walks out of the diner)

    • Dean: (Referring to Babette and Miss Patty singing) So, how many cocktails caused that?
      Rory: Oh, they haven't had any cocktails yet.
      Dean: Really?
      Rory: Oh yeah, when they start having cocktails we're gonna have to hide you.

    • Michel: All right, the piano movers will be here at eight and the chairs will be set up at nine. All the rooms are made up and ready. I will be in at ten. Now I am going home unless you would like me to stay.
      Lorelai: Actually, I would, thanks.
      Michel: No, I'm sorry, I think I said that wrong. I am going home now unless you would like me to stay.
      Lorelai: I would love you to stay, thanks for offering.
      Michel: Okay, see, once again, my English not so good. One more time. I am going home now after working six hours longer than I usually work and performing tasks I despise and am ashamed of, and now I am going home to wash off the stench of this horrifying day, that is, unless, for some unknown Godforsaken reason, you need me to stay. Lorelai: Well, actually...
      Michel: Goodbye.

    • Christopher: When Jackson came out holding that kilt – man, I felt for him.
      Lorelai: I know, so did I.
      Christopher: Please, I saw what your face was doing.
      Lorelai: What? What was my face doing?
      Christopher: It was counting up how many Brigadoon references you could come up with to torture him with at a later date.
      Lorelai: How dare you accuse my face of that! My face is calling Gloria Alred when we get home.
      Christopher: How many references?
      Lorelai: None.
      Christhopher: How many?
      Lorelai: Twelve, including a few bars of I'll Go Home with Bonnie Jean.

    • (Christopher drove all the way from Boston to see Rory's cast taken off)
      Lorelai: I know, but I didn't think you would drive all the way from Boston again. You were just here.
      Christopher: You getting sick of me?
      Lorelai: Frankly, yes.

    • Lorelai: Oh, good donut selection this morning, really. Good variety, good color, good goodness, good . . . Well, so the choices are there. It all comes down to what I'm in the mood for. Sprinkled or chocolate or jelly or glazed, maple or kiki or apple or, uh, raised. Little donut rhyme there. Never mind. Can I have a chocolate and a sprinkled please?

    • Lorelai: But I'm here now and hey, I'm like cheese.
      Dean: What?
      Rory: She gets better with time.

    • Lorelai: Huh. You know what I just realized? Oy is the funniest word in the entire world.
      Rory: Huh.
      Lorelai: I mean, think about it. You never hear the word oy and not smile. Impossible. Funny, funny word.
      Emily: Oh, dear God.
      Lorelai: Poodle is another funny word.
      Emily: Please drink your drink, Lorelai.
      Lorelai: In fact, if you put oy and poodle together in the same sentence, you'd have a great new catch phrase, you know? Like, oy with the poodles already. So from now on, when the perfect circumstances arise, we will use our favorite new catch phrase.
      Rory: Oy with the poodles already.
      Lorelai: I'm telling you, it's knocking 'whatcha talking 'bout, Willis?' right out of first place.
      Emily: Lorelai, for God's sake, be quiet.

    • Lorelai: I know something you don't know.
      Rory: What?
      Lorelai: Okay, just remember, it's really wrong to gossip, unless it's true or just way too good not to tell everyone you see, whether you know them or not.
      Rory: Got it, what is it?
      Lorelai: Well – (phone rings) Aw, if that's my conscience calling, tell it enough already, I heard it the first time.

    • Kirk: I hope so, 'cause I'm so damn lonely not even Animal Planet does it for me anymore.

    • Rory: What are you doing here?
      Jess: I moved back.
      Rory: What?
      Jess: I moved back.
      Rory: But...why?
      Jess: Just...wanted to.
      (Rory kisses Jess)
      Rory: Oh my God!
      Jess: Rory...
      Rory: Don't say a word!
      Jess: Okay.
      Rory: (turns and begins to run away then looks back) Oh! Welcome home!

    • Luke: (to Jess) You know what people told me when I said you were coming to live here? They told me I was crazy. They told me I should start writing letters to Jodie Foster -- but I ignored them. I was so sure that I knew what I was doing and then you showed up and you know what? You proved them right. I was crazy. Now, after all the havoc and chaos that you have wreaked, you are seriously standing here in a shirt with hands that are flipping me off telling me you want to come back?!

    • Paris: (on asking Rory to run for Vice President) Because people think you're nice. You're quiet, you say excuse me, you look like little birds help you get dressed in the morning. People don't fear you.
      Rory: Hey, I haven't been dressed by a bird since I was two.

    • Rory: Fourth rung of hell, party of one.
      Lorelai: Well, at least my feet won't get cold.

  • NOTES (3)

  • ALLUSIONS (22)

    • Paris: Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm for the new millennium.

      The 1903 children's book Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm featured a little girl who was always happy and exuberant.

    • Title: I Can't Get Started.

      This is a reference to the song I Can't Get Started by Ella Fitzgerald, which is also used in the episode.

    • Luke: They told me to start writing letters to Jodie Foster.

      John Hinckley, the gunman responsible for the attempted assassination of President Ronald Reagan in 1981, was famously obsessed with actress Jodie Foster (two time Oscar winner and star of Silence of the Lambs and The Accused). He wrote many letters to her, including one just before the assassination attempt, explaining that he was going to shoot the President in her honor.

    • Luke: You're the one asking for something so you don't get to be James Dean this time, okay?

      James Dean was a 50s movie star who died at the height of his career in a car accident. He played the lead in Rebel Without a Cause and fixed the image of a brooding teenager in America's mind. While he made several movies he is best known for Rebel Without a Cause, East of Eden and Giant.

    • Lorelai: Call me Greg Louganis.

      American diver considered by many to be the greatest diver in history. He is often remembered for a diving incident at the Seoul Olympics in 1988 in which he struck his head on a diving board.

    • Christopher: Well, look who's got Martha Stewart locked in a basement.

      Domestic guru who built an empire on her household advice. It includes a magazine, TV series and a line of housewares.

    • Rory: Fourth rung of hell, party of one.

      Referring to Dante's Inferno in which he described the seven levels of hell. Level four is where the prodigal and avaricious suffer punishment.

    • Lorelai: Guess who's in the process of breaking up?
      Rory: Brad and Jen?

      Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston were Hollywood's power couple. Brad was an A list movie star having been in Seven, Fight Club and Ocean's Eleven. Jennifer Aniston was an A list TV star and star of Friends. They since filed for divorce in 2005.

    • Paris: Hubert Humphrey's concession speech. Now other than the part about Nixon, parts of it really seemed to apply here.

      Hubert H. Humphrey was vice-president to Lyndon Johnson. He ran for President against Richard Nixon in 1968 and was defeated.

    • Lorelai: My face is calling Gloria Allred when we get home.

      Gloria Allred is a high profile attorney most famous for her pioneering work on behalf of women and minorities. As of 2005, she was president of the Women's Equal Rights Legal Defense and Education Fund.

    • Christopher: It was counting up how many Brigadoon references you could come up with to torture him with on a later date.

      Broadway musical by Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe about a magical village in Scotland that comes to life for one day every hundred years and the American tourists who fall in love with its residents. It was later made into a film starring Gene Kelly, Val Johnson and Cyd Charisse.

    • Paris: Who would be the yin to my yang, Joel to my Ethan, Damon to my Affleck.

      Joel and Ethan Coen are brothers who write, direct, and produce. They work so closely together that they have been nicknamed "the two-headed director". Some of the movies they have worked together on include Raising Arizona, Fargo, and Intolerable Cruelty. Joel is married to Oscar winning actress, Frances McDormand (who has appeared in a number of Coen brothers' films).
      Matt Damon and Ben Affleck co-wrote and won an Oscar for Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen for Good Will Hunting. They are also good friends who often appeared together in the same film early in their careers.

    • Madeline: The hairstyles alone prove that the Farrelly Brothers are not making it up.

      Bobby and Peter Farrelly are writers/producers/directors who directed Dumb and Dumber, Kingpin, and There's Something about Mary. In those movies one or more of the characters have wild hairstyles.

    • Rory: Go away Randolph.

      Referring to William Randolph Hearst, the newspaper tycoon. He used his power to put forth certain stories that he thought would increase his paper sales. Paris is trying to skew Rory's story in her favour, hence the comparison to William Randolph Hearst.

    • Paris: Schotzie pulling the Sharon Stone, Basic Instinct bit was a cheap attempt to distract the whole student body from my mandatory recycling program.

      Paris is referring to a scene from the movie Basic Instinct. In the movie, Stone's character is a murder suspect and during an interrogation she crosses and uncrosses her legs while wearing a skirt but no panties. This was distracting to the detectives and played into her character's love of tease.

    • Lorelai: You're pulling a Mr. Freeze on me.

      Character from the Batman comics, television series, and movies who had an affinity for cold temperatures.

    • Paris: It's not enough to sign a petition to get a Little Debbie machine installed in the senior corridor.

      Brand name of a series of snack pastries.

    • Luke: I also enjoyed the Garfield stationary.

      Garfield is a cartoon cat who is a glutton and loves lasagna. He started out as a newspaper comic strip written by Jim Davis, and went on to books, Saturday morning cartoon show and specials, and a feature length film.

    • Lorelai: I'm telling you, it's knocking 'whatcha talking 'bout, Willis?' right out of first place.

      Whatcha talking 'bout Willis? was a catch phrase used on the TV sitcom Different Strokes which ran from 1978-1986. Gary Coleman's character Arnold would often ask his brother Willis that, for a comedic beat.

    • Rory: How about Lane and I come up with a few more suggestions for you? Still melodic but not as quite as Girl, Interrupted.

      Reference to the book by Susanna Kaysen about her stay in a mental hospital that was later made into a film starring Winona Ryder and Angelina Jolie, who won an Oscar for her role in the film.

    • Lorelai: Anybody not hanging out with Annie Sullivan by the water fountain.

      Annie Sullivan was Helen Keller's teacher. She taught the blind, deaf, and dumb woman to communicate. What Lorelai is referring to is a scene from the film The Miracle Worker, where Annie Sullivan's effort to break through Helen's barriers is examined. The scene is towards the end when Annie drags Helen to a water pump and pumps the water. She breaks through to Helen and teaches her that certain hand movements could be associated with things. This lead to the realization that Helen could comprehend and could be taught to communicate.

    • Paris: You're quiet, you say excuse me, you look like little birds help you get dressed in the morning.

      This is a reference to a scene from Cinderella, where bluebirds help Cinderella get dressed.