Gilmore Girls

Season 7 Episode 19

It's Just Like Riding a Bike

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Apr 24, 2007 on The WB



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • (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: 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

  • Allusions

    • 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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