Gilmore Girls

Season 7 Episode 8

Introducing Lorelai Planetarium

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Nov 21, 2006 on The WB



  • Trivia

    • When Lorelai and Christopher tell Rory that they were married in France they state that they did it in a little church and Lorelai makes a comment that it was performed in French so she is not sure if they are legally married. All marriages in France must first be performed by a French civil authority, often the mayor in a small town, before any religious ceremony can take place. Any marriage that was performed solely by a clergy would not be legal. The common practice in France is to be married at the town hall the day before the church ceremony. Also To be married in France one of the parties to be married must reside in France for at least 40 days immediately preceding the marriage.

    • While telling Lorelai about his redecoration plans for Rory's room, Christopher doesn't consider how Rory might react to the changes. He proceeds as if Rory won't be there anymore and takes over her bedroom for his daughter GG. Similarly, he shows very little concern about how Rory will react to their impromptu wedding.
      That's very typical of Christopher who has shown nothing throughout the years but his selfishness.
      In season 6, when TJ wants to use Rory's room for the kitchen extension, Luke rushes to close the door, very concerned about Lorelai's feelings on the issue. Just as he was very awkward about telling Rory that he and her mother were engaged, again very concerned about hurting Rory.

    • In this episode, when Lorelai goes to visit Rory at Logan's apartment, Rory asks if she took Christopher's name, Hayden and Lorelai says: "No. No. "Hayden"? No. I don't want to be Mrs. Hayden planetarium for the rest of my life. I'm Lorelai Gilmore, okay? Lorelai Gilmore without the "Gilmore" is like... Gil, you know, less. Okay." But in the previous episode, French Twist, when Lorelai and Christopher arrive home, Chris tells her: "Welcome home, Mrs. Hayden.". Probably the previous episode is the wrong one, because we will see Lorelai using Gilmore on the episode 'To Whom It May Concern.'

      Possible explanation: Because they rushed into their marriage, they probably hadn't discussed the name change issue. Christopher calling Lorelai Mrs. Hayden was perhaps just the giddiness newly weds feel after their wedding.

    • Notice that Luke calls April "sweetie" throughout this episode, which serves as a nice indication of their well-established relationship as father and daughter, but given Luke's gruff, rough-around-the-edges exterior throughout the series, it does seem awkward for many long-time viewers. The writers obviously agreed, because after this episode, the "sweetie" thing was completely dropped.

    • In the scene where Logan and Rory are talking to Bobby and Trip, Logan's jacket switches from being buttoned up to unbuttoned several times as the camera angle changes.

    • Lorelai says that if Chris hadn't stolen her t-shirt, she could've had the best relationship with her mother, but the t-shirt had been missing for 22 years, about the time Rory was born, so their relationship was way past salvageable.

    • When April and Luke are talking about Melissa and going to Sabrina's party she mentions she was going to wear her purple dress but decided against it. In a previous episode April mentions that she is not a dress person.

    • Legally, Lorelai and Christopher aren't married because since they got married in Paris without a U.S. marriage license beforehand, and because they were not residents there for 18 months.

    • In the scene where Rory and Logan argue Rory leaves the paper in the apartment. But when she is at Lucy and Olivia's place they are reading the paper.

    • In the scene where Rory learns about her dad and mom getting married, she reaches to scoop some salad into her plate. The shots flip from Lorelai and Chris to Rory. When the shot is on Chris and Lorelai, you can see Rory's arm in the corner and there is a blue something on her shoulder, whether it be a shirt or napkin but when the shot changes, she's back to being bare armed in her black dress.

    • During the dinner scene where Lorelai and Christopher tell Rory that they got married Rory's wine glass changes position several times between shots and is inconsistent with Rory's closeups.

    • When April was sick at home, and Luke called Lorelai, she said to go to St. Joseph's Hospital. This is a real hospital that is actually in Burbank, California, and also where they taped the hospital scenes.

  • Quotes

    • Rory: Just once, you could call me and tell me you are coming home like a normal person.
      Logan: Normal is boring, normal is overrated, normal is not why you love me. (they kiss)

    • Lorelai: (after pulling a shirt out of Chris' laundry basket) Oh, my God! You dirty thief!
      Chris: Excuse me?
      Lorelai: You stinking, lying, stinking, dirty, ratty thief.
      Chris: What?
      Lorelai: This is my Police Synchronicity t-shirt! I have been missing this for 22 years! I asked you if you had it. I looked you right in the face and you denied it!
      Chris: I lied.
      Lorelai: Oh, you lied! You lied! Do you know how long I looked for this?!
      (Chris laughs at her)
      Lorelai: Days and days. I accused my mother of throwing it out. And she said she didn't. And oh, my God, I hated her. Oh, my God, I could have had the best relationship with her if you hadn't stolen my shirt. Well, keep laughing, buddy, because I'll tell you, the laugh's on you. You better get used to seeing this shirt cause I have to make up for 22 years of not wearing it. (puts it on)

    • Lorelai: Hey.
      Luke: Oh hey. Hi.
      Lorelai: How is she [April]?
      Luke: Yeah, okay. It was appendicitis like you said. But she's, she's okay. I mean, the operation went really great. They got it out, no problem. She's gonna be fine. And I'm gonna be able to see her pretty soon.
      Lorelai: Good, good.
      Luke: Yeah. You didn't, you know you didn't have to come. But thanks for coming.
      Lorelai: There's nothing worse than taking your kid to the emergency room. You know, I remember when Rory had food poisoning and they had to hook her up to an I.V. She just looked so little and scared. It made me feel like they were gonna have to hook me up to an I.V.
      Luke: Yeah I was almost out of my mind I was so scared. I mean at one point, I got so panicked, I thought maybe they could give her my appendix. You know, do some kind of transplant or something. I was, you know, a little out of my mind.
      Lorelai: (smiling) Well, I'm glad she's gonna be okay.
      Luke: Yeah, she's gonna be alright.
      (a doctor approaches them)
      Doctor: Mr. and Mrs. Nardini?
      Luke: Oh, no no no. Hi, I'm Luke Danes. I'm April's dad.
      Doctor: Well, she's a little out of it right now, but you and your wife can go in and see her.
      Luke: No, she's not my...
      Lorelai: No. I'm not, uh...
      (Luke sees Lorelai's ring and looks upset)
      Doctor: Oh, sorry. I just assumed. (awkward pause) So, would both of you like to go and see...
      Luke: I'll just go and see...
      Lorelai: You go.
      Luke: Okay all right. (he leaves with the doctor)
      (Lorelai looks upset and leaves the hospital)

    • Lorelai: So...
      Rory: What?
      Lorelai: What do you think?
      Rory: I don't know, Mom...I can't believe you did this.
      Lorelai: Are you mad?
      Rory: Yes, I'm mad!
      Lorelai: Rory--
      Rory: No, don't!
      Lorelai: All right, okay, but--
      Rory: No, Mom, I can't do this now, because Dad is about to come back in, and...I just can't right now.

    • Luke: (to April, who's engrossed in a textbook) You hungry?
      April: Uh-huh.
      Luke: You want some juice?
      April: Uh-huh.
      Luke: Notice my hair is green?
      April: Uh-huh. (Luke closes textbook on her) Hey!
      Luke: Dinner's ready.
      April: Five more minutes?
      Luke: After dinner. Wash your hands. What's so interesting, anyway?
      April: Hyperphagia.
      Luke: Oh. Right. Cool.

    • Rory: I love you so much.
      Logan: I love you too.
      They kiss

    • Luke: April, you can't go to the party if you're sick.
      April: I'm not sick.
      Luke: Yes you are, sweetie.
      April: You're just saying that because you don't want me to go.
      Luke: That's not true.
      April: It is. You don't trust me!
      Luke: Of course I do. But listen, there will be other parties.
      April: No!
      Luke: I'm sorry, April, you're sick.
      April: I'm not!
      Luke: Yes you are, sweetie.
      April: I can go.
      Luke: No, you can't.
      April: You suck as a dad!

    • Rory: That's not why I'm upset. I'm glad you two are married.
      Lorelai: You're glad?
      Rory: Yes. I'm happy for you, it's wonderful.
      Lorelai: Yeah?
      Rory: Yeah. I mean, you're great together, you love each other, and it's every kid's dream, right? Their parents getting back together. But ... I wasn't there.
      Lorelai: You weren't there.
      Rory: I should have been there when you got married.

    • Luke: I can get you some real wrapping paper.
      April: Did you not see An Inconvenient Truth?

    • Rory: You're moving to New York?
      Logan: Pretty much.
      Rory: Which is an hour away.
      Logan: Actually, it's an hour and twenty minutes.
      Rory: That's so much closer than London!
      Logan: You've been brushing up you geography, huh?

    • Lorelai: Now we have to get snails.
      Christopher: We'll find snails!
      Lorelai: Where do you get snails?
      Christopher: Maybe Doose's has snails.
      Lorelai: Doose's doesn't have snails.
      Christopher: Well then we'll go to a snail store! An emporium! We'll find snails!
      Lorelai: And a recipe.
      Christopher: They will have a recipe at the snail emporium.
      Lorelai: Really?
      Christopher: Yeah!
      Lorelai: Alright.

    • Christopher: What's you problem with a giant flat screen? I mean you love TV.
      Lorelai: Yeah, but just because I love something doesn't mean I want it to be giant. I love grapes, you know, but I don't wanna sit down and eat one humongous ... no, that would be fun!

    • Logan: Whether you want to believe it or not, you're one of us! You went to prep school, you go to Yale, and your grandparents are building an entire damn astronomy building in your name!
      Rory: That's different! It's not like I'm living off a 5 million dollar trust fund that my parents set up for me.
      Logan: Yeah, well, you're not exactly paying rent either!
      Rory: Screw you, Logan. (walks out)

  • Notes

    • International Airdates:
      Spain - September 26, 2007 on FOX TV Spain
      Germany - December 7, 2007 on VOX

    • This episode drew 4.2 million viewers.

    • Melissa McCarthy (Sookie), Keiko Agena (Lane), Kelly Bishop (Emily), Yanic Truesdale (Michel), Liza Weil (Paris), Edward Herrmann (Richard), and Sean Gunn (Kirk) do not appear in this episode.

  • Allusions

    • Logan: I mean, talk about the pen being mightier than the sword. It's true that pen of yours is a howitzer.

      A howitzer is a type of field artillery. The name derives from the Czech word houfnice, denoting a 15th century cannon used by Hussites during the Hussite Wars.

    • Rory: I'm Tama Janowitz.
      Olivia: A mean Tama Janowitz.

      Tama Janowitz is a novelist and a short story writer. The 2005 September/October issue of Pages magazine listed her as one of the four brat pack authors.

    • Rory: What? No! No, I'm Fran Lebowitz. It's supposed to be fun, frothy, lighthearted satire, social anthropology.

      Fran Lebowitz is an American author. Lebowitz is best known for her sardonic social commentary on American life through her New York sensibilities. Some reviewers have called her a modern day Dorothy Parker.

    • Lorelai: This is my Police "Synchronicity" t-shirt. I have been missing this for 22 years!

      Synchronicity is the fifth album by The Police, released in 1983. Their most popular release together, Synchronicity includes perhaps their best-known single, "Every Breath You Take".

    • Luke: I can get you some real wrapping paper.
      April: Did you not see "An Inconvenient Truth"?

      An Inconvenient Truth is a documentary film about climate change, specifically global warming, directed by Davis Guggenheim and starring former United States Vice President Al Gore. The documentary is based largely on a multimedia presentation that Gore developed over many years as part of an educational campaign on global warming.

    • Logan: I wasn't comparing a whole class of people to Marie Antoinette.

      Marie Antoinette was born an Archduchess of Austria, and later became Queen of France. Marie Antoinette is perhaps best remembered for her legendary excesses, and for her death: she was executed by guillotine at the height of the French Revolution in 1793, for the crime of treason.

    • Rory: Um a little bit of everything, that's the great thing about being editor -- you can pretty much give yourself the best pieces. I got to interview Barack Obama a couple weeks ago.

      Barack Hussein Obama is the junior U.S. Senator from Illinois. According to the U.S. Senate Historical Office, he is the fifth African American Senator in U.S. history and the only African American serving in the U.S. Senate.

      Barrack Obama became the 44th president of the United States in January 2009.

    • Rory: Fewer drunken musings on Roland Barthes.

      Roland Barthes was a French literary critic, literary and social theorist, philosopher, and semiotician. Barthes' work extended over many fields and he influenced the development of schools of theory including structuralism, semiology, existentialism, Marxism and post-structuralism.

    • Logan: Hugo spent two years working at the New York Times, another couple at Slate, and then the Paris Review under George Plimpton.

      George Plimpton was an American journalist, writer, editor, and actor.

    • Lorelai: It's so "meet George Jetson, his boy, Elroy" -- Leroy?

      The Jetsons was a prime-time American animated television series produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions, and aired on Sunday nights on ABC from September 23, 1962 to March 3, 1963. Like The Flintstones, it was a half-hour family sitcom projecting contemporary American culture and lifestyle into another time period

    • Episode Title: Introducing Lorelai Planetarium

      Refers to both, the planetarium Richard and Emily are building for Rory and the Hayden Planetarium in New York. The latter features a high-definition system that is the worlds largest virtual reality simulator in the world. Seeing that we find out that Lorelai did not take Christopher's name (Hayden) in this episode, this might be a hint as to what Lorelai's motives for her marriage are.

    • At the end of the episode Luke flips through the channels on the TV and stops on A Philadelphia Story starring Katherine Hepburn and Cary Grant. In the movie Hepburn and Grant play a divorced couple, both wealthy "main line" Philadelphia socialites. Hepburn ends up re-marrying Cary Grant after almost marrying the wrong guy, nouveau riche George Kittredge (John Howard) and after graciously declining Mike Connor's (James Stewart) proposition, a middle class journalist.