Gilmore Girls

Season 7 Episode 19

It's Just Like Riding a Bike

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Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Apr 24, 2007 on The WB
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Lorelai stops into Luke's diner for breakfast for the first time since their break-up, but finds they are awkward and uncomfortable together. Later, Lorelai's Jeep breaks down and she asks Luke to help her shop for a new car. While they look at cars, Lorelai and Luke's irritation with one another finally explodes into a fight, which Lorelai secretly takes as a good sign. Meanwhile, Paris gets accepted to numerous law schools and medical schools, and decides she must break up with Doyle so their relationship won't influence her choice of a graduate school. Finally, Rory gets a surprising letter that will have an impact on her future plans.moreless

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  • Paris' acceptance letters overwhelm her and she has trouble making a decision. Rory is frustrated by the uncertainty of her future. Luke helps Lorelai shop for a new car. Lorelai is delighted when they start fighting in the car lot.moreless

    10
    Lauren Graham continues to impress with an amazing performance. Lorelai finally gets up the nerve to go into the diner. Kirk as always is oblivious to the drama going on around him but Patty and Babette are not. After the first scene you wonder if our favourite couple will ever find their way back to each other but by the end of the car lot scene you just know that things are eventually going to be okay. Hopefully the eighth season will happen and we will be able to say good-bye to these characters knowing that they will be okay and live happily ever after. Happily ever after may not be realistic but we don't watch Gilmore Girls for realism, we watch it for the incredible writing, colorful characters and the lovely romance between Luke and Lorelai. It was a bit sad to see Rory lose out on the Reston Fellowship. It's really the first time her hard work hasn't produced the results she wanted. (Her first D at Chilton doesn't count) For the first time, she is competing against a huge field of extremely competent candidates including Post Graduate Students. Maybe this will make her realize that she should be going to Grad school, perhaps Harvard, to get her Masters Degree and reapply next year for the Fellowship.



    Paris as a doctor...quite a concept. I believe she has the good sense to stay in research as she indicated in earlier shows. She will certainly be a tenacious researcher and maybe she will be responsible for curing cancer. The faked vasectomy story arc defies credulity. I believe I said this in an earlier review but I think it would have been smarter and more believable to have the vasectomy fail as opposed to Jackson lying about getting it. Come on writers, you dropped the ball on that one or maybe I should say balls.



    All in all this was a great show. The writing was amazing as always. I'm sure all fans agree, however, the reconciliation is happening slower than we would like.moreless
  • Luke and Lorelai takes an important step to getting back together... :)

    9.6
    I really liked this episode. It seems that the season is really picking up now towards the end... Lorelai is trying to get her friendship with Luke back, and tries to make a come-back at the diner. In the beginning it is all very akward, but after a fall-out at a car dealership it almost goes back to normal. I love that "normal" for them is not just being all friendly to eachother... ;) Paris has been accepted to every school she has applied for, which throws her relationship with Doyle into turmoil. In the meantime Rory finds out that she didn't get the Reston-fellowship at the New York Times. What is she going to do now...?

    I loved the hole jackson moving in with lorelai for the week-thing. Jackson is adorable, and I'm glad he and Sookie finally worked things out... Great epi..!moreless
  • it´s so good to see lorelai and luke getting back together, the episodes keep getting better

    9.3
    i have to say that the episodes keep getting better and better, this really was a nice episode, i mean to see how lorelai and luke connect and talk like they used to it´s wonderful

    i love the scene where luke goes to lorelai´s house and tells her she can keep her old car and how they fight and yell like in the old days it´s wonderful

    gilmore girls reaches it´s 150th episode with a really nice episode, i think the epidoes will continue to improve until the series finale and then it will all be over, we will miss you very much!moreless
  • Paris gets accepted to all the schools she applied to, while Rori gets rejected to the only job she tried to get.

    9.6
    Man, the scene where Paris opens all her acceptance letters... priceless, absolutely hilarious.. I just couldn't stop laughing. really, well writen and well acted.

    I think it's Liza Weils best acted episode.



    Jackson braking Lorelai's dollhouse... just heartbreaking.. it was pretty.



    all in all I really liked this episode. but I must say I missed Logan and Lane and Zack.



    Poor Rori,she really wanted that fellowship. I really didn't see that coming.



    and on a happier note, Lorelai and Luck speaking again!! well, not speaking, fighting. but that's better than being polite and awkward like they use to.



    hope that will lead to them being in good terms again.moreless
  • Lorelai's Jeep breaks down and she asks Luke to help her buy a new car.

    10
    Awww the Jeep is no more kind of. I thought that it was sad that the Jeep broke down and was unfixable. It has been through so much with the girls Rory getting hit by a deer. I thought that it was good that Lorelai called Luke for help i think that it was a way of getting their friendship back on track. It seemed weird to me that Lorelai was in the diner it was the first time she was in their all season. I felt really bad for Rory that she got the letter fro the New York Times saying that she did not get the position.moreless
Alexis Bledel

Alexis Bledel

Rory Gilmore

Lauren Graham

Lauren Graham

Lorelai Gilmore

Scott Patterson

Scott Patterson

Luke Danes

Liza Weil

Liza Weil

Paris Geller (Episodes 22 - , recurring previously)

Sean Gunn

Sean Gunn

Kirk Gleason (Episodes 44 - , recurring previously)

Melissa McCarthy

Melissa McCarthy

Sookie St. James

Michelle Ongkingco

Michelle Ongkingco

Olivia

Guest Star

Griffin Churchill

Griffin Churchill

Davey

Guest Star

Jackson Douglas

Jackson Douglas

Jackson Belleville

Recurring Role

Danny Strong

Danny Strong

Doyle

Recurring Role

Liz Torres

Liz Torres

Miss Patty

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (4)

    • In this episode, Sookie and Jackson state that Jackson wakes up and goes to tend to his crops before 5 in the morning. However, in the Season 2, episode 21, "Lorelai's Graduation Day", Sookie tells the girls that Jackson is not a morning person. He is with them at breakfast, presumably around 7am. It's surprising that he is still half asleep when he was clearly able to sleep-in two or three hours hours later than he usually does.

    • When Rory, Paris, Lucy and Olivia are talking about the apartment that Lucy and Olivia are getting in New York, it is mentioned that it is near the N line, and would allow them to transfer to the W and 7 lines. This would have them living in the Astoria/Long Island City part of Queens. However, the N and the W run on the same exact track in Queens, so if they are near the N line, they are automatically near the W as well. They would also be near the R line.

    • This episode marks the first time Lorelai goes into Luke's since their breakup.

    • Paris gets accepted to every single law or medical school, she applied to, while Rory gets a rejection letter from the New York Times.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • (Luke and Lorelai are car shopping and Lorelai is telling Luke she doesn't like a particular jeep, which is the same make and model as her old one)
      Lorelai: It's not bugging me per se. It's different. I don't get that feeling.
      Luke: Oh, for God's sake.
      Lorelai: What?
      Luke: You're being ridiculous.
      Lorelai: Why?
      Luke: You don't buy a car based on a feeling.
      Lorelai: No, you don't buy a car based on a feeling. (She gets out of the jeep and they walk around the car lot)
      Luke: It's not just me. It's the whole rest of the population.
      Lorelai: Really? You took a poll and you know how everyone else in the world buys their car?
      Luke: I don't have to. I already know what they're going to say.
      Lorelai: Well, I am the person buying the car, so the only opinion that matters is mine.
      Luke: Oh, that is so like you! I mean, this is bathroom tiles all over again!
      Lorelai: I was right about the tile.
      Luke: No, you weren't!
      Lorelai: The tile was too big for the bathroom.
      Luke: The tiles were not too big for a bathroom! You buy the amount of tiles based on their size that fit into the room you are tiling!
      Lorelai: That's so narrow minded.
      Luke: It's not narrow minded, okay! It's sane! Here's a news flash for you, okay. Sports cars don't think they're better than other cars! Okay? Hatchbacks do not have SUV inferiority complexes!
      Lorelai: Heh. Now who's ridiculous?
      Luke: Yeah, and sedans aren't afraid to get dirty!
      Lorelai: You know what I think it is? You're hungry.
      Luke: What?! No!
      Lorelai: Sometimes you get like this when you're hungry.
      Luke: I'm not!
      Lorelai: (digs in her purse) I think I have some cookies in here. Some Oreos.
      Luke: I'm not! And besides I wouldn't eat anything that came out of that bag!
      Lorelai: They're in a wrapper. (holds up a baggie of cookies)
      Luke: I can't believe you still haven't cleaned that thing out!
      Lorelai: Please.
      Luke: How much time do you lose a day looking in that thing? Five, ten minutes? Multiply that by a year I bet you gain a month if you just took an hour and cleaned it out. (she smiles at him) What?!
      Lorelai: Nothing.
      Luke: (in disbelief) You're smiling.
      Lorelai: What? No! You've got low blood sugar.
      Luke: I do not have…okay. Are you going to buy a car or not?
      Lorelai: (She ponders) Not.
      Luke: Okay. Can we get out of here, then?
      Lorelai: (Heads for his truck) Gladly.
      Luke: And we're not listening to any of the crap you put on the radio.
      Lorelai: It's not crap.
      Luke: Yeah, it's crap.
      Lorelai: It's Air Supply. You know what you need? A milkshake.
      Luke: Yeah, we're not stopping for a milkshake.
      Lorelai: All right, let's Rock-Paper-Scissors.
      Luke: No, no, no.
      Lorelai: So you forfeit?
      Luke: No, I...(Opens the door for her and pushes her in)
      Lorelai: If you don't play the game, you forfeit and that means a giant milkshake for you my friend.
      Luke: (Talking at the same time) No, we're not stopping. We're not stopping. We're not stopping. (gets in his side of the truck)

    • (Rory arrives at her apartment building when Doyle storms out to the hall clearly upset and carrying a duffel bag)
      Doyle: (Shouts) Have a nice life!
      Rory: Doyle, is everything okay?
      Doyle: Oh, yeah, everything's great. My girlfriend of two and a half years just broke with me but other than that...
      Rory: She did? Why?
      Doyle: Who knows? Maybe because (raises his voice) she's psycho!
      Paris: (shouts from inside the apartment) I am not psycho!
      Doyle: (still yelling) Oh, yes you are!
      Rory: What happened?
      Paris: Take that back!
      Doyle: (to Rory) Ask Paris. (yells at Paris) I will not take it back because you are a certifiable nut job! (to Rory) Hey, if you find out why we broke up, let me know.

    • Lorelai: Jack Bauer should torture his suspects by making them go car shopping with their exes.

    • Lorelai: Hey.
      Luke: Hey. (pause) Coffee?
      Lorelai: Yes, please.
      Luke: To stay or to go?
      Lorelai: Uh...to stay!
      Luke: Good! Okay. (reaches around to pour her a cup of coffee)
      Miss Patty: Lorelai!
      Babette: Hi, doll!
      Miss Patty: It's so nice seeing you back in here.
      Lorelai: Thanks.
      Babette: It's been a long time. What, nine, ten months?
      Lorelai: Yeah something like that.
      Kirk: Actually, I can tell you the exactly when Lorelai was in here last (pulls out a notebook) cause I marked it in my calendar. May 22, 2006. Stool available. Question mark. It's important to..
      Luke: Enough Kirk. (hands Lorelai her coffee) Here you go.
      Lorelai: Thank you.
      Luke: So, how's it going?
      Lorelai: Oh, really well. The inn is really busy.
      Luke: Yeah, I'll bet.
      Lorelai: So, how are you doing?
      Luke: Me? Good. Really good.
      Lorelai: (after a pause) Good.
      Luke: Yeah.
      Lorelai: It sure is warm outside.
      Luke: Yeah, when I opened the diner this morning, I remember thinking how warm it was.
      Lorelai: Really?
      Luke: Yeah.
      Lorelai: (about her coffee) You know, maybe I should take this to go so I can get back to work.
      Luke: Yeah, okay, let me get you a cup. (reaches for a disposable cup)
      Lorelai: It's real busy at the inn.
      Luke: Yeah. (hands her the cup and she pours her coffee in it)
      Lorelai: (digs through her purse for money)
      Luke: Oh, no, I got it. I'll see you around.
      Lorelai: Oh, yeah, definitely. See you around. (she leaves the diner)

    • (Lorelai walks into Luke's diner and people stop and stare at her. She sits down at the counter beside Kirk)
      Lorelai: Hey.
      Kirk: Well, well, well. I always suspected this day would come.
      Lorelai: Hi, Kirk.
      Kirk: You're not getting this seat back.
      Lorelai: Huh?
      Kirk: You can't. It's mine now. And frankly, I can see why you hogged it for so long.
      Lorelai: What?
      Kirk: It's clearly the best stool in the joint. It's close to the cash register and the kitchen, which guarantees plenty of face time with the boss. Climate wise, it's positioned between two air conditioning vents, which creates a nice cross ventilation, never...
      Lorelai: Kirk, you can have the seat.

    • Sookie: Close your eyes.
      Lorelai: Oh fun!
      Sookie: Now, I want you to imagine your dream car. It can be anything you want. You're backing out of the driveway. You're driving through Stars Hollow. "Good morning, Townspeople! Top of the morning to you."
      Lorelai: Why am I saying "Top of the morning?"
      Sookie: It doesn't matter what you say. It matters what you're in. Can you see what you're in?
      Lorelai: I think I can see it!
      Sookie: Okay, what kind of car is it?
      Lorelai: It's not really a car, it's more of a float.
      Sookie: A float?
      Lorelai: In a shape of a swan. And I'm dressed all in white.

  • NOTES (7)

  • ALLUSIONS (4)

    • Paris: Yeah, I'm fine. Trust me, it's not like I've been dying to see Blades of Glory anyway.

      Blades of Glory is a 2007 figure skating comedy film directed by Josh Gordon and Will Speck and starring Will Ferrell, Jon Heder, Will Arnett, Amy Poehler, and Jenna Fischer.

    • Sookie: Oh, history, schmistory. Couples have been breaking up and becoming friends. I mean look at Ryan O'neal and Farrah Fawcett, huh?

      Farah Fawcett and Ryan O'Neal are known for their off and on going relationship. In between they always managed to contain a friendship and show each other support.

    • Lorelai: Jack Bauer should torture his suspects by making them go car shopping with their exes.

      Jack Bauer is a counterterrorist agent in LA in the FOX seriers 24. Played by Kiefer Sutherland, Jack is known for doing whatever it takes to get information out of terror suspects (including torture), and for always saving the day in the end.

    • Episode Title: It's Just Like Riding a Bike.

      This title refers to the Murphy Brown episode "It's Just Like Riding a Bike". In this episode Peter returns to town and he and Murphy pick up right where they left off. This episode was directed by Lee Shallat Chemel, who is currently an exec producer on this show.

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