Gilmore Girls

Season 2 Episode 14

It Should've Been Lorelai

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Feb 12, 2002 on The WB
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Episode Summary

Christopher comes to town on a business trip with his girlfriend Sherry in tow. Since Sherry and Christopher's relationship is getting serious, Sherry wants to begin bonding with Rory -- on Friday night. Without consulting Emily, Lorelai excuses Rory from the Gilmore Friday night dinner, and takes Christopher with her instead. When Emily finds out about Sherry over cocktails, she has a meltdown and rushes off to the kitchen. Lorelai follows her there and finds out that Emily has always envisioned that Lorelai and Christopher would end up together. Now that she sees that this isn't going to happen, Emily blames Lorelai for always keeping him, and everyone else, at arms length. After mulling over her mother's words, the next morning Lorelai tells Christopher that she believes she's always thought that they would get back together, too, and that's one reason why she's never had a relationship that lasted, including the one with Max. Christopher gets very angry, refusing to accept the responsibility for the way Lorelai's romantic life has turned out. Lorelai immediately apologizes, saying she did not mean it blamefully, but more as self-realization, but Christopher is too angry to listen.moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • This was an interesting episode - lots of fireworks on display and Emily was wrong about Chris being the right man for Lorelai.

    One thing that really stands out in this episode is Emily's utter disapproval of Sherrie a woman she has never seen. She is not totally off the mark since Sherrie seemed to "worm" her way into Rory's life and really didn't seem to have any interest in getting to know Lorelai which irritates the crap out of Lorelai although she hides it very well behind a smile.

    Christopher really flew off the handle at Luke's which puts Lorelai really in an embarrassing hot seat when Chris accuses her of using him to fend off her engagement to Max and other potential men in her life, she was better off keeping the comments to herself since Luke overheard Chris's angry outburst and yet, he seemed to offer a little sympathy to Lorelai when their eyes met for just a brief moment before she looks out the window and sees Chris and hug Rory in the end.

    Too bad though she and Chris had a fight, and I think their budding friendship works better than having them as a couple. Although without Luke in the picture, I'd definitely say that Chris would have been the next best thing, but since Luke is in the picture later on, I'd say he would be irreplaceable.

    Forgot to add the very amusing scene with the whole secret covet moment with Kirk as a distractor and Rory signaling and we see a guy jogging in a jump suit coming forward to drop the cd into Lane's bag while Kirk is busy distracting Mrs. Kim. The Jogging guy turned out to be Michel, it was so hilarious and a great scene.

  • Christopher's girlfriend, Sherry, has interactions with Lorelai and Rory

    Rory has a debate on assisted suicide. She is on a two-person team with Paris. Christopher calls Lorelai and she invites him to the debate. But he neglects to mention that he is bringing Sherry, his live-in girlfriend. Loralai and Rory feel obligated to bring Christopher and Sherry to their house for a little after-debate social. While at the house, Sherry takes Lorelai aside and asks her to let her and Rory have an evening together. However, it is Friday night, and they are due at Friday night dinner with Emily and Richard. Sherry asks Lorelai to let Rory be excused from it, and Lorelai does, after a funny moment where she calls Rory inside the house to ask her if it is alright with her. Rory agrees, and Lorelai invites Christopher to join her at Friday night dinner. The evening does not go very well, as Emily gets upset that Lorelai and Christopher aren't together, and Christopher is with "that woman", Sherry. She accuses Lorelai that she keeps everyone at arm's length, including Christopher. Later, Lorelai confesses to Christopher that the reason her relationships haven't worked out, including the one with Max, was that she was always thinking she'd get back with Christopher. He gets angry at this, although Lorelai didn't mean it in a judging way.moreless
  • Christopher and his girlfriend Sherry come to town. A really interesting episode.

    This was a brilliant episode. As I said, I thought it was very interesting to see how Rory and Lorelai reacted to Sherry. Who I think, was completely weird, she was acted so ... obsessed about bonding with Rory. I didn't like her, I found myself agreeing with Emily. It didn't seem right that she was off with Rory.

    The Lane storyline throughout was very enjoyable. Rory's stalker comment was amusing. Plus the whole thing about getting the CD to Lane was done well, Michel was hilarious when he called Rory an evil girl. Mrs Kim's speech about the opening times was also very funny.

    Paris's thing with the debate, she can get a bit heavy that girl. Brad and the other opponent being so overwhelmed and scared was funny, as was Paris's outrage when Rory said she couldn't celebrate. Sookie was great here, trying to sneak a look at Sherry and then being offended by the word 'after'.

    Sherry was just so strange, how excited she was to see Rory, fair enough, but I think it was a little overboard. When Lorelai suggested going to there home, good idea for entertainment. Lorelai and Rory rushing to clean up was good, funny how Christopher knew that's what they were up to.

    Lorelai and Sherry's conversation in the kitchen was interesting but again, weird on Sherry's part. The whole thing about not having to get to know each other etc but she really wants to get to know Rory. How set she was on having an outing that night. Lorelai then ringing Rory, hilarious. Again, Christopher knew it was her and not 'Leonard'.

    Emily's horror at the Friday night dinner was very entertaining, it was actually funny to see how differently she and Richard reacted. Emily's following rant to Lorelai about how it should've been here was a little harsh on Lorelai. I was surprised to not see Rory and Sherry's dinner, could have been good.

    The next morning, Sherry and Christopher come to say goodbye, which I think Sherry did very strangely. She runs off to find Rory. Lorelai then tells Christopher that she thinks the reason she hasn't been able to keep a good relationship is because in the back of her mind, she always thought they'd get back together.

    Christopher is then furious and shouts at Lorelai in front of everyone in the diner, including Luke. As he refuses to take responsibility for her bad love life. She apologises but he leaves anyway on a bad note. I didn't like Sherry but I don't think you were meant to. Brilliant episode.moreless
  • Good!

    Christopher and his girlfriend, Sherry, come to visit. Rory has a debate with Paris, so they visit them then. Sherry wants to get to know Rory, but not so much Lorelai. Sherry takes Rory out for an evening, while Christopher and Lorelai go to Richard and Emily's. When visiting them, Emily explodes and says that it was Lorelai's destiny to be with Christopher. Lorelai tells Christopher her feelings and he gets upset. Rory seems to like Sherry. Lane is on lockdown mode by Mrs. Kim, so Rory devises a plan to get Lane the CDs she wants.

    This episode was pretty good! Sherry seemed okay. I give this episode a 9.0 out of 10!moreless
  • Chris bring the girlfriend

    Lane is grounded and guess how she talks to Rory?

    Using an telescope and calling the nearest phone, mostly because of a CD.

    Rory has a big debate with Paris so they are practicing and counting the WPM, word per minute, Paris idea.

    Chris calls and Lorelai invites him to the debate and he says yes. He doesn't come alone, he brings his girlfriend Sherrie.

    I didn't like Sherrie that must, all the "we don't have to be friends" attitude...

    She was forcing it.

    And Emily's reaction was more surprising, I guess she always dream that Chris would end with Lorelai and them with Rory would be a family. Now the dream is gone.

    Chris reaction was a bit excessive, I don't know... I understand his side but also hers...moreless
Elisa Bocanegra

Elisa Bocanegra

Nancy Waterford

Guest Star

Beth Kennedy

Beth Kennedy

Mrs. O'Malley

Guest Star

Mädchen Amick

Mädchen Amick

Sherry Tinsdale

Guest Star

Adam Wylie

Adam Wylie

Brad Langford

Recurring Role

Sean Gunn

Sean Gunn

Kirk Gleason

Recurring Role

Emily Kuroda

Emily Kuroda

Mrs. Kim

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • When Lorelai and Christopher are sitting at the table in Luke's diner, there is a bowl of fruit in front of Lorelai. As the scene progresses and the camera angles change, the bowl constantly moves positions. Also, in some frames a coffee cup is next to the fruit but is missing in others.

    • When Lane asks Rory to pick up the new single for her she says she tried Amazon but they wouldn't send it in a plain package. So why didn't she just have it sent to Rory's?

    • In this episode, Mrs. Kim tells Kirk she's known him since he was two. In "Last Week Fights, This Week Tights", Mrs. Kim tells Lorelai that she's been in this country for twenty years. This would mean that Kirk is either a lot younger than he appears or that Mrs. Kim met Kirk when he was two and then returned to Korea and stayed another ten years before coming to the States again.

    • Lorelai told Rory to clean her room because Sherry wanted to see it. However, Lorelai takes off her coat and tosses it into Rory's room which would mess it up.

    • When Lorelai and Rory talk about retiring their bagel hockey goalie, Schmitty, they say he's ready for Cooperstown. Cooperstown is where the Baseball Hall of Fame is. The Hockey Hall of fame is in Toronto.

      Possible Explantaion: Educated as the Gilmores are when it comes to music and movies, it is VERY possible that they do not know where the Hockey Hall of Fame is. After all, in season 3's The Faceoff, Rory clearly feels that eating excessive amounts of junk food is the highlight of any sports game, particularly hockey.

    • If, as Brad says in 'Run Away Little Boy', he tends to throw up when he speaks in public, why would he join the debate team? or for that matter appear on Broadway as in season three it is sated he is returning from starring in into the woods on Broadway.

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Debate moderator: Chilton has won the coin toss so they will pick pro or con on assisted suicide.
      Paris: Pro
      Brad: What a shock!

    • Luke: You okay?
      Lorelai: Yeah.
      Luke: You don't seem your chipper self.
      Lorelai: I brought some sparklers. I'll light them later and do some kicks.
      Luke: You know, if you want I can clear the counter and you can play some bagel hockey.
      Lorelai: You can't play bagel hockey by yourself.
      Luke: I'll play with you. You'll have to explain the rules.
      Lorelai: It's okay. I'm just trying to recover from last night. It was one of those nights where you start off stepping in quicksand and end up with a sixteen-ton anvil landing on your head.
      Luke: I've had plenty of those. I'll bring some coffee.

    • Rory:(about Sherry) She's a very safe driver. Stops at yellow lights, uses her turn signals...
      Lorelai: So she will not be driving our getaway car.
      Rory: What are we robbing?
      Lorelai: A Sephora. We talked about this.
      Rory: Right. Sorry.

    • Paris: According to the rules, we're not supposed to have dairy forty-eight hours before the debate. Did you eat any dairy today?
      Rory: The milk in my cereal?
      Paris: WHAT?!
      Lorelai: Rory, your dad's on the phone.
      Rory: Okay! (Takes phone)
      Paris: (To Lorelai) Did you give her the milk?
      Lorelai: Uh, I'd rather not say.

    • Lorelai: Hello, Paris. Were we expecting you?
      Paris: You should have been!

    • (Sookie and Lorelai are discussing Sherry before they meet her)
      Sookie: She's pretty.
      Lorelai: Yeah she's got good hair.
      Sookie: And look at her dress; she's been sitting for hours and not one wrinkle.
      Lorelai: Must be a witch.
      Sookie: And she's doing that no-hose thing.
      Lorelai: Yeah she's a chic, good-haired, wrinkle-free, no-hose-wearing witch.

    • Rory: Think fast!
      (Rory tosses phone to Luke who catches it in mid-stride with no trouble)
      Lorelai: (to Rory) Whoa, impressive! Are you thinking what I'm thinking?
      Rory: What?
      Lorelai: Goalie for the bagel-hockey team.
      Rory: And bump Schmitty?
      Lorelai: Schmitty's over the hill, he's washed up, put him in Cooperstown. (to Luke) Suit up, kid!
      Luke: Call me if anyone sane walks in.

    • Lorelai: This whole morning has been a little Twilight Zone-y.
      Luke: Or Outer Limits-y.
      Lorelai: What?
      Luke: Great show. Just as eerie, same era but no one ever references it.
      Lorelai: Oh, I'm sorry, I don't speak geek.
      Luke: (shakes head, self-deprecatingly) Yep, stepped right in it.

  • NOTES (2)

  • ALLUSIONS (24)

    • Lorelai: Yeah, she's a chic, good-haired, wrinkle-free, no-hose-wearing witch

      This is a reference to TV show Bewitched. Sookie and Lorelai were commenting that Sheri may be a witch and therefore Lorelai paraphrases Samantha from Bewitched's confession to husband Darrin that she is "a real house-haunting broom-riding cauldron-stirring witch" in the pilot episode, and also her similar admission to Darrin's boss Larry in the episode entitled "I confess" where she states that she is "a full-fledged card-carrying cauldron-stirring witch".

    • Luke: Or Outer Limits-y.

      Luke is refering to the show The Outer Limits which aired from 1963-1965. It was a science fiction program that was about subjects like hard science, space travel, time travel, and human evolution. It was also always questioning the nature of man.

    • Lorelei: She kept calling her [Sherry] "that woman"!

      This is an allusion on Elisabeth II, the queen of England, who used the same expression about her son prince Charles long time mistress (now wife) Camilla Parker-Bowles.

    • Rory (about Christopher and Sherry): Should we invite them to Luke's?
      Lorelai: Does she seem like a diner chick to you?

      Mädchen Amick (Sherry) starred in TV series Twin Peaks (directed by Mark Frost and David Lynch) as diner waitress Shelly Johnson.

    • Lorelai: Schmitty's over the hill. He's washed up. Put him in Cooperstown.

      Cooperstown is the location of the Baseball Hall of Fame.

    • Rory: What did she think? That you were gonna come home and find a rabbit boiling on the stove?

      In the climactic scene of the movie Fatal Attraction, Michael Douglas' character comes home to find that his stalker (played by Glenn Close) has killed his children's pet rabbit and left it in a pot of boiling water on the kitchen stove.

    • Lorelai: You, me, Martin Sheen all chained to the same tree.

      Actor Martin Sheen has been arrested 63 times for protesting and is a known pacifist.

    • Lorelai: This whole morning has been a little Twilight Zone-y.

      The Twilight Zone was a TV series about stories that ranged from comic to tragic.

    • Rory: I feel like I'm on The Ricki Lake Show.

      The Ricki Lake Show was a daytime talk show hosted by Ricki Lake that specialized in sensationalistic topics involving invited guests and incorporated questions and comments from a studio audience.

    • Rory: Oh, and later I pictured you marrying Matthew Broderick, and we lived in New York in this great apartment in the village and we would talk about his Ferris Bueller days.

      Matthew Broderick is a stage actor who starred in Ferris Bueller's Day Off and The Producers.

    • Lorelai: Ah yes, the Gilmore family players rival the Barrymores for their sophisticated, dramatic productions.

      The Barrymores are a family of actors including Drew, John, Lionel, and Ethel Barrymore.

    • Christopher: I hear you're the greatest chef after Alan Ducass.

      Alan Ducass is one of the most famous chefs in France.

    • Rory: But I also pictured you with Pee Wee Herman. We lived in his playhouse and we'd be talking to Chairy and Captain Carl would be walking by.

      Paul Reuben played Pee Wee Herman in the 80s. His kids TV show Pee Wee's Playhouse was very popular and had characters like Chairy (a great plush, talking chair) and Captain Carl (played by Phil Hartman).

    • Lorelai: Sephora. We had it all planned out.

      National chain of all encompassing make-up stores.

    • Christopher: I'll have one of my patented White Castle bachelor dinners.

      White Castle is the oldest American chain of coffeehouse/burger diners in the U.S., recently made famous in the movie Harold and Kumar go to White Castle. Very similar to the "Krystal" burger joints in some areas, except a bit more diner-esque. The diner Susan Sarandon works in the movie "White Palace" is a stylistic riff, too. White Castle works mainly by being cheap, remotely-decent, and open 24/7. There's a good Wikipedia article on them, if you're interested.

    • Rory: Well, having company is about making sacrifices.
      Lorelai: Martha Stewart?
      Rory: I paraphrased Proust.

      Martha Stewart is the domestic guru whose empire includes a magazine, a television series and a line of housewares.
      Marcel Proust was a French author and essayist.

    • Lane: There's a new Belle and Sebastian single coming out today.

      Belle and Sebastian are a Glasgow music duo.

    • Paris: Let's not harbor any Pinteresque fantasies.

      A famous English playwright who is famous for his use of silence moments in his plays.

    • Paris: For the average Willie Nelson roadie.

      Willie Nelson is a country singer and occasional actor who has been involved in the various Farm Aids.

    • Rory: Not the Two Fat Ladies again.

      An English cooking show, starring Clarissa Dickson-Wright and Jennifer Paterson, in which they travel the country in a motorbike and sidecar and cook local dishes. Unfortunately, the popular series was cut short due to Jennifer Paterson's illness and death from lung cancer.

    • Lane: My mom's done everything but slap a Dr. Dre ankle bracelet on me.

      Founding member of the rap group NWA and a producer of Enimem. He was sentenced to house arrest and slapped with an ankle bracelet in 1996.

    • Lorelai: Yeah, duck Harvey.

      Refers to the play that was later made into a movie starring Jimmy Stewart about a man who believes he has an invisible companion, Harvey, a six foot rabbit.

    • Lorelai: Or we could sit in the corner, you know the mafia table, so that no one can come up behind you and whack you with a cannoli.
      Rory: Whack you with a cannoli? Oh, because he left the gun and took the cannoli.

      Reference to Pete Clemenza's line of dialogue in The Godfather: "Leave the gun. Take the cannoli", made just after the murder of one of his associates.

    • Rory: No two people know more about assisted suicide than the two of us. Kevorkian called today for a couple of tips.

      Jack Kevorkian is the nation's most visible proponent of physician assisted suicide.