Gilmore Girls

Season 7 Episode 13

I'd Rather Be In Philadelphia

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Feb 06, 2007 on The WB
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In the hospital waiting room, Lorelai, Rory and Emily anxiously await word on Richard’s condition. When Logan hears what is happening, he borrows a helicopter to be by Rory’s side, but Lorelai is unable to reach Christopher, who is still angry over their fight the night before. Upset by Emily’s attempt to remain calm by dealing with her social calendar, Lorelai is relieved when Luke shows up unannounced and volunteers to run errands for Emily. Christopher finally arrives to be with Lorelai, but the scene at the hospital is more than he can take when he sees Lorelai talking to Luke.moreless

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  • A revealing episode where the Lorelai/Christopher marriage takes another hit. Not great but still good.

    This is the aftermath episode, nothing ever seems to happen in these ones but at least it was entertaining. It was very interesting to see Luke and Logan rush to the Gilmore's side but Christopher was no where to be seen. This was extremely horrible on his part...but then luckily I think he just missed the calls somehow...however his reaction to Luke who had been nothing but nice was just plain wrong place, wrong time.

    For gods sake Christopher your wife's father just had a heart attack...and you're bringing up a fight that shouldn't be relevant...very petty and immature. That annoyed me and probably lowered my score somewhat. What I did like was Emily and Lorelai bonding...the formers devastation was done really well.

    I found the Logan/Rory stuff to be kind of boring...I never get the business talk.

    Overall the episode wasn't that big...Emily was very funny and Luke showed what a nice guy is...Richard survived and will be fine...but that's really about it.moreless
  • The entire episode takes place at the hospital because Richard had a heart attack.

    WTH is Chris doing not showing up at the hospital to support Lorelai? I just don't get it, it seems so out of character for him. When you love someone, it doesn't matter how angry you are, you are there for them when they need it. And Lorelai really needed him... When Chris' dad died, Lorelai was there for him. And when he finally shows up, he's angry because Luke is there!?! And Lorelai is just to weak to do anything about it, she doesn't really stand up to him, and just lets him be angry with her... Thank god Luke was there. This marriage is soooo over IMO...!moreless
  • Lauren Graham shines as producer! Richard's at the hospital and he needs emergency surgery to remove a blood clot in his heart. His worried family are by his side, dealing with Richard's health crisis and their own problems...moreless

    Lauren Graham shines as producer! Richard's at the hospital and he needs emergency surgery to remove a blood clot in his heart. His worried family are by his side, dealing with Richard's health crisis and their own problems...

    Lorelai is constantly calling Christopher and telling him to meet her at the hospital. Disappointed and somewhat heartbroken, she makes sure no one mentions Christopher. Lorelai is relieved when Luke shows up at the hospital, after hearing from Babette what happened to Richard. Emily grabs him and asks Luke to run an errand for her. Logan shows up to support and care for Rory as Lorelai looks at their relationship in awe. Emily asks Logan and Rory to go back to the Gilmore mansion to pick up some things Richard would want when he wakes up.

    When Richard was sick last, Emily and Richard were unprepared. Throughout the episode Emily is constantly calling banks, and buying fish. She seems to ignore Richard and worry about money, their finances and fish. An upset Lorelai confronts Emily about why she's ignoring Richard. A crying Emily reveals to Lorelai that their marrige is about Emily taking care of Richard, and in her own way, she's taking care of him by making sure they are financially prepared for anything that might happen to Richard. Lorelai takes a lesson from Emily about what marrige is; caring for your spouse and being there for them in the time of a crisis. Lorelai calls Christopher and tells him all this, that it's not okay for him to be away and angry at Lorelai.

    Christopher FINALLY comes to the hospital and sees LUKE giving Lorelai food he made for the Gilmores (awe!). Luke leaves upon seeing Chris as Chris and Lorelai have a small fight. Then Chris rushes off to tend to Richard. I say pretty good. Chris is an idiot for not tending to Lorelai. Sookie sent over baked goods to the hospital, Micheal wished Richard well, Babette took care of Paul Anka. Even people who have a friend based relationship cared for Lorelai, except Chris.

    I feel Paris should have called and wished Rory well. Lorelai had people call her, it would have been nice to see a small cameo of a very worried Paris reassuring Rory.moreless
  • Great episode. One of the better ones this season.

    You know, sometimes I wonder why I hate Christopher. He is not really ugly, he can be funny at times and he and Lorelai have a certain connection. But then this episode came and it was like oh yeah that's why I can't stand you. You're selfish and when your wife needs you the most, you're not there for her. And it doesn't matter you had a big fight and you are sure that you where right (which he wasn't but that's a whole other story I'm not getting into right now.)you suck it up and you be there for her, like Logan was there for Rory. I'll admit I'm not a big fan of Logan but I liked him in this episode. So overall it was a great episode. But Christopher really has to stop pissing me of.moreless
  • Richard's in the hospital, Luke and Logan are there, but where's Chris and why is Emily so crazy?

    Richard has a heart attack and goes to the hospital. Wait, wait, no, this is not season 1's 'Forgiveness and Stuff', this is season 7! Even tough a lot was different, it was kind of boring because, well, we've seen that.

    Emily is just insane, worried about dinner reservations and Richard's will. Tough it did get a little too much, it was a great opportunity for us to see what an amazing actress Kelly Bishop is. She just mastered Emily's craziness with her worry for her husband. And her scene when she cries in front of Lorelai was just really great.

    Even tough I hate Logan, I'll admit he was kind of sweet. Plus, we got to see Richard's study and that paiting of Rory reading they did so long ago!!! I missed that! =)

    Luke was also really cute, he just loves Lorelai so much, it's adorable. But the end was really painful, with Chris getting there and seeing him and Lorelai talking. As much as I love Christopher, he should've been there for Lorelai, no matter what. He's her husband.

    Not the best, not the worst. I'm not really excited for the next one, I don't want to see Lorelai and Christopher's end.moreless
Austin Tichenor

Austin Tichenor

Dr. Leibowitz

Guest Star

Terryn Westbrook

Terryn Westbrook


Guest Star

Jean St. James

Jean St. James

middle aged woman

Guest Star

David Sutcliffe

David Sutcliffe

Christopher Hayden

Recurring Role

Todd Lowe

Todd Lowe


Recurring Role

Sally Struthers

Sally Struthers

Babette Dell

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (7)

    • Emily was standing at the nurses desk using their phone to cancel reservations and appointments, yet a few minutes later she takes a call on her cell phone. Given that her cell phone is obviously charged, it seems improbable she would use a business phone to conduct her personal business.

    • Emily's attitude in this episode about Richard's hospitalization, and her apparent need to get everything taken care of in the most pragmatic, unemotional way possible is completely different from her attitude the first time we see Richard in the hospital in "Forgiveness and Stuff" when all she's interested in is seeing her husband and she says that she doesn't care about the forms.

      However, she later explains to Lorelai the reason behind her behaviour is that she and Richard made a plan in case this sort of thing ever happened again. The plan included getting all their paperwork in order

    • When Lorelai and Rory are in the waiting room, before Emily shows up, Lorelai has her purse in the chair next to her. In the next shot, when Emily shows up, the chair is empty.

    • There are many similarities between this episode and Season 1's Forgiveness and Stuff, the biggest similarity being the fact that Richard is rushed to the hospital. Also, in both episodes, Christopher is not present, but Luke is there to offer support and, in particular, to comfort Lorelai.

    • This is the first time that the majority of a Gilmore Girls episode has been based at the hospital.

    • This is the third time a Gilmore has gone to the hospital. The first was Richard in "Forgiveness and Stuff". The second was Rory in "Teach Me Tonight" and now Richard again.

      We also see Lorelai in the hospital about to give birth to Rory in Season 3, Episode 13 "Dear Emily and Richard". Although not part of a storyline in any of the episodes, Lorelai probably went to the hospital to have a cast put on her broken leg. (We see a picture of her in a cast in Season 1, Episode 6 "Rory's Birthday Parties").

    • When Lorelai, Emily and Rory are visiting Richard before his surgery, right after Lorelai talks about the Philly Cheesesteaks, her hands are down by her waist, and when the shot switches to the wide shot, her hands are folded at her chest without any time lapse.

  • QUOTES (13)

    • Lorelai: (leaving Christopher a phone message) Hi, it's me again. Um, Dad's out of surgery, and it went well, and he's doing fine,'s good news. I just wanted you to know.....because......I don't know why, because you haven't returned any of my calls, but I just thought I would, uh, tell you what's going on because......I'm your wife, and I think that's what I'm supposed to do. I have no idea how to be your wife, but I'm trying. You're my husband, you know, and it seems like you should be here or call me back. I mean, I'm pretty sure that's what married people do is be there for each other. I know you're upset, and I know we had a fight, but this is just bigger than that, you know? It's my dad, and he's had a heart attack, and everybody's been here. I've talked to Sookie and even Michel, and Patty, and Babette, and they've all been here for me, husband's.......not here. That's not okay, Chris, you know? That's not okay.

    • Emily: I can hardly tell what anything is! What is that pale misshapen thing? Is that a sandwich or a piece of chicken?
      Lorelai: Maybe it's a chicken sandwich. Oh no, it's quiche.
      Emily: That's a quiche?
      Lorelai: That's quiche.
      Emily: That blobby white thing is supposedly quiche Lorraine?
      Lorelai: It doesn't say quiche Lorraine; maybe it's quiche blobby white thing.

    • (after Emily gives Luke some things to do and taking a call about fish)
      Lorelai: Sorry, we're all a little bit (waves her arms) and she read an article about how fish can prevent heart attacks and now she thinks it's the key to everything.
      Luke: Well, fish is good. Alright, I should get going.
      Lorelai: Okay, well, thanks.
      (later Luke returns to the hospital with bags of food from his diner)
      Luke: Alright, so look, I got a couple of burgers, an assortment of sandwiches, there's some salad, just in case all of a sudden you want to eat some salad. Alright? Couple pieces of pie, half a dozen chocolate chip cookies. (Christopher arrives at the hospital and sees them; he looks upset) And of course there is the fish bag.
      Lorelai: You brought a fish bag?
      Luke: Well, I heard somebody talking about fish. (Christopher approaches them) There's two filets, okay, lobster roll, fish taco, tuna fish sandwiches, some fried fish and fish sticks.
      Lorelai: (sees Christopher) Hey, you're here.
      Christopher: I'm here.
      Luke: Alright, well, I'm going to get going.
      Christopher: Yeah, you should.
      Luke: (gives him a pointed look, after a pause he tells Lorelai) I'm glad your dad's doing good. (leaves the hospital)

    • Luke: Hey, I was just in the diner and Babette came in and told me your dad had a heart attack.
      Lorelai: Yeah.
      Luke: I swear, I didn't even know what I was doing. I just walked right out of the diner and drove straight here. But now that I'm here, I realize I might be in the way. If there is anything I can do, I want to do it.

    • Zack: You know what was freaking me out before? I'm about to hand people food that they're going to eat. I could do anything to it and they would have no idea. I mean, they would just eat it! (looks at customers who have overheard him) Not that I would, of course. But it's just intense. Everything smells so good. I can see why Lane digs this job so much.

    • Logan: Emily, Lorelai, I'm so sorry. How are you holding up?
      Lorelai: We're holding.
      Emily: Logan, it was so good of you to come.
      Logan: Is there anything at all I can get for you? A cup of tea, maybe?
      Lorelai: Oh, I already asked her. She doesn't want tea.
      Emily: I would love a cup of tea, Logan. That is very kind of you.
      Logan: I'm on a tea hunt, then. (leaves)
      Emily: That's a fine young man there, Rory.
      Rory: (smiles) Yeah, I like him.
      Emily: He's one of the good ones.

    • Lorelai: Bing, why doesn't anybody name their kid "Bing" anymore?
      Rory: You could have named me "Bing."
      Lorelai: I thought about it but you didn't look like a Bing.
      Rory: I don't even know if I should be insulted.

    • Emily: These are things that need to be dealt with.
      Lorelai: No what has to be dealt with is that dad could be dying. What you're dealing with is phone calls and a checklist. You're not his secretary. You're his wife.
      Emily: Yes and what do you know about being a wife? You've been married for what -- 40 days? That's nothing. Your father and I have been married for over 40 years. For 2/3 of my life, I have been the wife of Richard Gilmore. I run his household. I plan his meals. I buy his clothes, entertain his business associates. When he loses his reading glasses, I find them. When he wants a nightcap. I make it for him. If he can't remember the name of a colleague's wife, I whisper it in his ear. That's what I do -- I take care of him. That's my job. That's who I am. If I could be performing his surgery right now, I would be, but I can't -- it's out of my hands. It's out of my hands, and there's nothing I can do but wait. I could lose him, Lorelai. He's my whole life, and there's nothing I can do!

    • Emily: Do we like this table or are we too close to that man with the IV. Honestly shouldn't there be a separate dining area for sick people, doesn't seem right.

    • Lorelai: It's not a cliché its more an over used saying like um "Sweating bullets" or "It's as cold as ice".
      Emily: Well some over used sayings are true, like "Children should be seen and not heard".
      Lorelai: "Mother knows best"
      Emily: "If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all".

    • Emily: You do know how to drive a European car, don't you?
      Lorelai: Mom.
      Luke: Absolutely. Don't worry.
      Emily: There's nothing to yank. It's a jaguar, not a lawn mower.

    • Emily: Gilmore! Richard Gilmore! I'm his wife, and I would like to see him now.
      Nurse: I'm sorry he's in the cath lab right now getting an angiogram. But the doctor will come find you as soon as they're done.
      Emily: There's no need to be cheery about it.
      Nurse: I didn't mean…
      Emily: Honestly someone with your chipper personality ought to be a weather girl or a preschool teacher.
      Nurse: I'm sorry you feel that way.
      Emily: Oh, please. Don't mope.

    • Emily: I don't know if you like salmon.
      Lorelai: Uh, no, but I do like a nice, juicy, cedar plank.

  • NOTES (4)

  • ALLUSIONS (10)

    • Logan: I mean Chad Hurley and Steve Chen just sold YouTube for 1.65 billion, and who knows how much Mark Zuckerberg will get for Facebook.

      YouTube is a free video sharing website which lets users upload, view, and share video clips. It was recently sold by the original creators to Google.
      Facebook social networking website similar to Myspace, that is many networks, each based around a company, region, high school or college.
      It was originally developed for university students, faculty and staff, but has since expanded.

    • Lorelai: You look good, dad. This outfit's not really up to your usual J. Press standards, unless it's got some brass buttons I can't see, look good. You look tall.

      J. Press is a men's clothier in the United States. Founded in 1902 in New Haven, Connecticut, by Jewish immigrant tailor Jacobi Press.

    • Lorelai: The guy who sang "Spirit in the Sky"?
      Richard: No, that was Norman Greenbaum.

      Norman Greenbaum is a singer-songwriter. He studied music at Boston University. Greenbaum is best known for his "Spirit In The Sky", which sold two million copies in 1969 and 1970. The song, with its combination of 'heavy' guitar, hand-clapping, and spiritual lyrics was a memorable one-hit wonder.

    • Rory: It's unbelievable. No biped needs that many pairs of shoes. Oh do you know what else I wanted to grab? By Grandpa's bed, there is a bookmarked copy of "A Monetary History of the United States."
      Logan: Because who doesn't love Milton Friedman?

      Milton Friedman was an American economist and public intellectual who made major contributions to the fields of macroeconomics, microeconomics, economic history and statistics while advocating laissez-faire capitalism. In 1976, he was awarded the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel for his achievements in the fields of consumption analysis, monetary history and theory and for his demonstration of the complexity of stabilization policy.

    • Logan: Believe me, I know. I'm Hardy to his Laurel

      Laurel and Hardy were an American-based comedy duo who became famous during the early half of the 20th century for their work in motion pictures. The members of the duo were the thin British-born and-reared Stan Laurel and his heavier American partner from the state of Georgia, Oliver Hardy.

    • Logan: Like "The Apprentice."
      Rory: Yeah and he's gonna be like Donald Trump, which is ridiculous.

      The Apprentice is a reality television show that originated in the United States on NBC. Billed as "The Ultimate Job Interview", the show depicts a group of 15-18 businessmen and businesswomen competing in an elimination-style competition for a one-year, $250,000 job of running one of host and executive producer Donald Trump's companies. Donald Trump is an American business executive, entrepreneur, television personality and author. He is the CEO of Trump Organization, an American-based real estate developer in the real estate market and the founder of Trump Entertainment, which operates gambling casinos.

    • Rory: Well sounds like Abbott and Costello got nothing on you and the fish man.

      Abbott and Costello were an American comedy duo whose work in radio, film and television made them one of the most popular and respected teams in comedy history. Their "Who's on First?" routine, developed during their years in burlesque, is widely considered to be one of the greatest comedy sketches of all time.

    • Babette: He's like Warren Beatty, your dad -- or Sean Connery or -- who's that one I always found so sexy? The evil politician with the glasses -- Henry Kissinger!

      Warren Beatty, is an Academy Award and Golden Globe-winning American actor, producer, screenwriter, and director. He long had a reputation as a womanizer and playboy, but that reputation has faded since his 1992 marriage to Annette Bening.

      Sir Sean Connery is an Oscar-winning British actor and producer who is best known as the first actor to portray James Bond on film

      Henry Kissinger is a German-born American diplomat, and 1973 Nobel Peace Prize laureate. He served as National Security Advisor and later concurrently as Secretary of State in the Nixon administration.

    • Emily: Whatever gives Suzanna Shaw the idea that the rest of us share her barbaric interest in Cormac McCarthy is beyond me.

      Cormac McCarthy is an American novelist who has authored ten novels in the Southern Gothic, post-apocalyptic fiction, and western genres. Literary critic Harold Bloom has named him as one of the four major American novelists of his time, along with Thomas Pynchon, Don DeLillo, and Philip Roth.

    • Episode Title: I'd Rather Be In Philadelphia
      The title of this episode is also the title of a 2003 movie starring Patrick Warburton.
      It was also an epitaph W.C. Fields proposed for himself in a 1925 article in Vanity Fair . It refers to his long standing jokes about Philadelphia (his actual birthplace), and the grave being one place he might actually not prefer to be. It has also sometimes been distorted into a final dig at Philadelphia: "Better here than in Philadelphia."

      When Ronald Reagan was shot by John Hinkley, Jr. in 1981, one of the nurses at the hospital asked him how he felt. He told her "All in all, I'd rather be in Philadelphia". His response was a paraphrase of the W.C. Fields quote. Reagan had been scheduled to make an appearance in Philadelphia the day the shooting took place.