Gilmore Girls

Season 7 Episode 9

Knit, People, Knit!

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Nov 28, 2006 on The WB
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Episode Summary

When Christopher questions Lorelai about why she has avoided involving him in the daily life of Stars Hollow, she admits her concern that her old friends may not accept him. Christopher makes an effort to bond with the townspeople, and Lorelai brings him to the town knit-a-thon, where his well-intentioned gesture brings the event to an early end. When Olivia throws a 2002-themed birthday party for Lucy, Rory gets her chance to confront Marty about his coldness toward her. Finally, Luke is touched by the birth of Liz and T.J.’s baby, and when he learns that Anna is planning to move to New Mexico with April, he demands equal rights as a parent.moreless

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    I hate how much Lorelai says I love you to Christopher. She was never the person who threw that phrase around. she only said that to Luke once! and now she says it to Chris like a hundred times a day, when it's obvious she doesnt completely love him. I just want the old Gilmore Girls back with Lorelai and Luke together
  • Liked the 2002 party, people not warming to Christopher was just another sign that the marriage is doomed. Still not much going on.

    The highlight was the 2002 party held for Rory's friend Lucy. It was a chance to get Marty back in the picture and I did like how he was cold to added some much needed drama. Would everyone find out? It was kind of unfair because he pit Rory in a strange position...come on if someone pretended not to know you...what would you do?

    It was hilarious to see Paris and Doyle trying to be the best dancers...but Marty calling Rory beautiful is cause for more trouble.

    As for Stars Hollow...the town aren't warming to Christopher and his efforts are nice but don't seem to be enough. I'm sorry but this is just stupid...the marriage will end, there is no doubt.

    Anna was stupid to think that Luke would just accept to never see April again...I'm glad he came to his sense and told her he would fight. That was intense.

    I liked the message Emily kept playing from Lorelai...about the marriage. Another really funny moment.

    Good but still not at a high enough standard.moreless
  • Very blah episode...

    This episode was definetely not one of the best of the season! Nothing really happened. Did we really need an entire episode to see Rory talk it out with Marty, and Chris trying to get accepted by Stars Hallow, only to ruin it!?? Don't get me wrong - I loved that we finally got some Stars Hallow-craziness back, the Knit-a-thon was a great detail. But it just felt like nothing really happened...

    The only real thing that happened this episode is that Luke realised that he isn't going to let April go. And now he is willing to fight Anna for her... :-) The fight was very powerfull, way to go Luke!moreless
  • Christopher tries to integrate into Stars Hollow, Liz has a baby, and Luke stakes his claim.

    I have not been impressed by Gilmore Girls this season, and I was not impressed by the first 30 minutes of this episode, but then something happened. Sure, a lot of things have happened this season but not much has been logical. Probably the best thing about this episode is that we got back to Stars Hollow- no Michel but everybody else was involved. Despite what Chrisopher said about being a likable guy, he really isn't, and by donating all the money for the bridge (and prematurely ending the knit-a-thon) he just proved how crass and money oriented he is- it's easy to see why Lorelai's parents are glad they got married and why they were excited they were planning on getting married three seasons ago- he's one of them. I was also impressed with Luke, both in holding Liz and TJ's baby, and refusal to lose his daughter April. Rory's episodes with Marty were also interesting. Despite their avowal of love, you just get the feeling that Lorelai and Chris will not be together when the series ends next spring. Whether or not Lorelai and Luke will be together is another story- Luke is everything that Lorelai likes, Chris is everything she doesn't- i.e. her parents. The show is called the Gilmore Girls and it seems to be all Lorelai this season- Rory has a couple of new unlikeable freinds, and Emily is a bit player now. This is probably the last season so let's hope the promise shown in the second half of this episode plays out and the last 12 episodes make us treasure this series forever rather than be anticlimactic- I want a final episode that says The End, not one that just continues the trend of the last year and a half.moreless
  • finally! a decent episode

    yes, this is what i´m talking about, this is the first decent episode this season, i mean this has been a really bad season so far and this episode was good! i can´t believe it took 8 entire weeks to have a decent episode, i hope we get more episodes like this one and no so mucho of the others because they make me sick

    the storyline was good, how they combined the 2002 party and the grandparents finding out about lorelai´s marriage and the knit-a-thon, i have to say it was a really goos episode, it takes me back to the palladino´s episodes we all remember as classicmoreless
Alexis Bledel

Alexis Bledel

Rory Gilmore

Lauren Graham

Lauren Graham

Lorelai Gilmore

Melissa McCarthy

Melissa McCarthy

Sookie St. James

Scott Patterson

Scott Patterson

Luke Danes

Sean Gunn

Sean Gunn

Kirk Gleason (Episodes 44 - , recurring previously)

Liza Weil

Liza Weil

Paris Geller (Episodes 22 - , recurring previously)

Jackson Douglas

Jackson Douglas

Jackson Belleville

Recurring Role

Kathleen Wilhoite

Kathleen Wilhoite

Liz Danes

Recurring Role

Michael DeLuise

Michael DeLuise


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • When Doyle is helping carry Rory's boxes into the apartment, he says that thinks he "reactivated his scoliosis". Scoliosis is a common condition in which the spine grows on an angle. Because of this, the muscles become uneven and it becomes more difficult to do activities such as heavy lifting. In severe cases, the spine is surgically and permanently straightened. However, most cases are mild and the person affected simply lives out life with a slightly crooked spine. Because it is a continuous condition, it cannot be "reactivated" as Doyle said.

    • The restaurant that Luke invites Anna to to talk about April, is the same restaurant that Chris, Lorelai and Rory went to for Thanksgiving in the season 6 episode "He's Slippin' 'Em Bread...Dig".

    • When Lorelai is talking to Christopher about what he should wear to go out with Jackson, she is wearing a t-shirt that says: "Knit or Go Home". This defines the context of the episode. It also shows how important this Knit-a-thon was for Lorelai. Chris was clearly oblivious to the small town culture as evidenced by his large donation which abruptly ended the event.

    • In the season 2 episode "Road Trip to Harvard", Emily wouldn't tell Lorelai what she got for Lorelai and Max for a wedding present. She told Lorelai that when Lorelai did get married one day, she would give Lorelai the gift then. In this episode, not only does Emily not give Lorelai the present she bought the first time Lorelai was engaged, Emily also tells Lorelai she and Richard had a hard time buying Lorelai and Chris a wedding present without a registry. Why didn't she just give them the original wedding present? And why didn't she complain about a lack of gift registry when Lorelai was engaged to Max?

    • When Lorelai and Rory are talking on the phone, haggling about Rory donating for the bridge Lorelai's ball of yard she is winding goes from small to big, from long and narrow to fat and round back to small and then completely unraveling without any time elapsing.

    • Liz gives birth to a baby girl and names her Doula, after her home birth coach.

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Chris: You know when you're a farmer, you gotta be there for your crops. It's not about the seeds or the soil. It's about being there. Being committed all day everyday. Forever.
      Lorelai: Farmer huh?
      Chris: Why not?
      Lorelai: You know what, Mr. doesn't seem like he knows what he's talking about but is actually pretty wise?
      Chris: What's that Mrs. goes through 500 emotions every hour of the day?
      Lorelai: I love you alot
      (They kiss)
      Chris: Yeah, you're ok too.

    • (Chris comes downstairs, Lorelai is knitting on the couch)
      Lorelai: Morning
      Chris: Well good morning Madame DeFarge.
      Lorelai: Good morning Mr. I remember stuff from English class in high school.
      Chris: Can I ask how long this Mr. long sentence of words strung together thing is gonna last?
      Lorelai: I'm not sure Mr. doesn't understand the more annoying you tell me a bit is the more I want to do it.

    • Taylor: Be careful, just because it's decorative doesn't mean it's not sharp.

    • Chris: So going out with Jackson is important because...
      Lorelai: Jackson is loved, Jackson is respected. (pause) If you are in with Jackson, you are in with Stars Hollow.

    • Rory: (to Lorelai about Chris and Jackson's date) Ahh cute, a mandated man-date!

    • (carrying Rory's boxes)
      Logan: My God, woman! Is there a book you don't own?

    • Chris: You left a message in the machine?
      Richard: She certainly did.
      Emily: I come home and I push 'play' on the machine, and what do I hear? Between a message from Lily Margalis about her fund raising money for children and one from my tennis Pro, but my very own daughter telling me guess what? She's married!
      Lorelai: Mom I'm sorry, I just..
      Emily: Why just talk about it, why not share it?
      Lorelai: No, no, hey hey!...
      (pushes 'play' on the machine)
      Lorelai via answering machine: Hey! Just wanted you guys to know, Chistopher and I are back, from Paris. Gigi's all set and, uh, we just ended up, uhhhh, getting married — so anyway, see you Friday. Bye!
      Emily: Isn't that lovely?

    • Marty: (to Rory) And you are more beautiful than ever.
      (an awkward pause)
      Rory: Um, you should be out there with Lucy.
      (Marty walks up to Lucy and kisses her)

    • Jackson: Yep, if you need eggplants I'm your man.
      Chris: Well, I guess I have to fire my other guy then.

    • Anna: Why are you here, Luke?
      Luke: You know, you're always telling me I can't do this with your daughter, and I can't do that with your daughter. Well, she's not just your daughter, Anna. She's my daughter, too!
      Anna: Luke--
      Luke: No! I know I wasn't around for all those years, but you know, that was your decision. That was your choice, Anna, and frankly it was a damn lousy one, okay? I didn't get to see her born, or take her first steps, or take her to her first day of school. None of it! And I can never get any of that back--it's gone! But that's not going to happen anymore, that I can guarantee you.
      Anna: What are you saying?
      Luke: That she's my kid, all right? She's our kid, she's not just yours--and I am not going to let you treat me this way! I am her father. God, why do I even have to say that? I mean, April and I....we have this relationship, okay? And you can't just decide things--that's not how this works! I mean, we have to make decisions together, decisions about April, and I will fight you. I will fight you for that, Anna, if I have to. I have rights. I'm her father, and I have rights!

  • NOTES (5)

  • ALLUSIONS (13)

    • Marty: Can't you tell? I'm huge. I'm massive. I'm Marty Schwarzenegger.

      Marty is referring to Arnold Schwarzenegger. A former bodybuilder, and as of lately he is serving as the 38th Governor of California.

    • Lorelai: It's very Joaquin Phoenix at the Oscars.

      Joaquin Phoenix is an Academy Award nominated and Golden Globe Award winning, American actor. As a child he was known as Leaf Phoenix. He is from a family of performers, most notably his brother, the late actor River Phoenix.

    • Paris: "Space Odyssey" -- that's a theme. People dress up like astronauts or apes.

      Space Odyssey is an influential 1968 science fiction film directed by Stanley Kubrick. The screenplay, written by Kubrick and Arthur C. Clarke, deals with themes of human evolution and technology, artificial intelligence, and extraterrestrial life. The film is notable for its scientific realism, pioneering use of special effects, and reliance upon ambiguous yet provocative imagery and sound in place of traditional techniques of narrative cinema. The film received a wide spectrum of positive and negative reviews upon release, although it is widely recognized today among critics as one of history's greatest films.

    • Luke: So, what are you up for tonight? I was thinking we could rent A Brief History of Time again. Maybe I'll understand something more than the credits.

      A Brief History of Time is a popular science book written by Professor Stephen Hawking and first published in 1988. It rapidly became a best-seller, and had sold 9 million copies by 2002. It was also on the London Sunday Times best-seller list for a record breaking 237 weeks. In 1991, a film was made, that was an anecdotal biography of Stephen Hawking. Clips of his lectures, interviews with friends and family and a little physics are thrown together.

    • Lucy: What do you think, boyfriend?
      Marty: Very Clydesdale.

      The Clydesdale is a breed of draft horse derived from the very hard-working farm horses of Clydesdale (now Lanarkshire), Scotland and named for that region. At one time there were at least 140,000 Clydesdales known in Scotland; by 1949 just 80 animals were licensed in England and by 1975 the Rare Breed Survival Trust had listed the breed as "vulnerable".

    • Babette: Plus the dress. I mean, why would anyone want to buy a big, expensive wedding dress you could only wear once? Except for me. I got to wear mine twice. But once was for Halloween. I was the bride of chucky.

      Bride of Chucky is the fourth movie in the Child's Play series. This movie is the point where the series takes a decidedly more humorous turn, even venturing into self-referential parody. As opposed to the previous three films--controversial for their gruesome displays of violence--all of the violence in this film is punctuated by laughs to deflate the macabre visuals.

    • Christopher: So what's for breakfast, Martha Stewart?

      Martha Stewart is a business magnate, author, editor, former stock broker, convicted criminal, model, and homemaking advocate. Since her release from prison in March 2005, Stewart rapidly regained her former prominence as a homemaking expert.

    • Christopher: Well, good morning, Madame Defarge.

      Madame Thérèse Defarge is the wife of Ernest Defarge and a tireless worker for the French Revolution in the book A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens. She is arguably the main villain of the book, and ruthlessly seeks revenge against the Evrèmondes. She is constantly knitting, and uses patterns in the knitting to register names and descriptions of the enemies of the Revolution.

    • Paris: Attaboy, Rockefeller.

      John Rockefeller was an American industrialist and philanthropist who played a pivotal role in the establishment of the oil industry, and defined the structure of modern philanthropy. Rockefeller strongly believed that his purpose in life was to make as much money as possible, and then use it wisely to improve the lot of mankind.

    • Logan: Two copies of "The Norton Anthology"?

      W. W. Norton & Company is an American book publishing company that has remained independent since its founding. It is the oldest and largest employee-owned publisher in the United States and is well known for its "Norton Anthologies," texts which are frequently assigned in university literature courses.

    • Emily: It's an etching by Kiki Smith.

      Kiki Smith is an American artist classified as a feminist artist, a movement with beginnings in the twentieth century. Her Body Art is imbued with political significance, undermining the traditional erotic representations of women by male artists, and often exposes the inner biological systems of females as a metaphor for hidden social issues.

    • Richard: Lorelai couldn't have been more than, what, 8 or 10years old? But she was very definite about the whole thing. She looked me directly in the eye, and she said, "when I grow up, I'm going to marry Tip O'Neill."

      Tip O'Neill was an American politician. O'Neill was an outspoken liberal Democrat and influential member of the U.S. Congress, serving in the House of Representatives for 34 years and representing two congressional districts of Massachusetts. He was the Speaker of the House from 1977 until his retirement in 1987, making him the second longest-serving Speaker in U.S. history after Sam Rayburn.

    • Liz and TJ's new baby is named "Doula".

      A Doula is a midwife trained in delivering babies at home.