Gilmore Girls

Season 3 Episode 8

Let the Games Begin

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Nov 19, 2002 on The WB
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In the aftermath of the Dance Marathon, Kirk parades around Stars Hollow with the trophy until someone steals it, while Lorelai and Rory painfully inch their way towards Luke's; after Lorelai tells Luke about Rory and Jess, he breaks up their first kiss as a couple and then lays down some ground rules with Jess about dating Rory; Lorelai and Rory reluctantly agree to accept Richard's invitation to accompany him and Emily to his Whiffenpoof reunion at Yale, where he springs quite an unwelcome surprise on all three women; back from New Haven, Lorelai and Rory head for Luke's, and Jess and Rory finally get to have those first kisses; Rory visits Dean to apologize and tell him that she misses his friendship; late at night, Lorelai and Rory each curl up with some bedtime reading -- the Yale brochure.moreless

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  • Richard takes Rory and Lorelai to Yale. Brilliant episode, Jess and Rory are together.

    This was a brilliant episode, we had Rory and Jess finally getting together and the trip to Yale was very entertaining.

    The awkwardness between Rory and Jess was done very well and was enjoyable. The way the kept saying hi all the time. I thought Luke's reaction to it was great, he liked the idea but gave Jess ground rules anyway, that was a great, funny scene. Amusing how he interrupted them before they kissed.

    The end when they did finally kiss, your satisfied because it finally happened. Good how they both liked it but Rory had to see Dean, who was very bitter, wonder if we'll see much of him anymore. Jess's comments throughout were funny, as always. I actually thought Emily was amusing in this episode, with the whole salad thing and when she talked about early Richard.

    It was interesting to hear stories of Emily and Richard when they were young, Lorelai reacted with some great one liners. You felt sorry for Rory who was made to do an interview. He was out of line when Lorelai said she didn't have to but he insisted. Lorelai and his fight was right and I think he should have backed down, Emily not knowing was a good addition to it.

    I was glad that when Rory left the meeting she gave out to Richard, then Emily went at him 'Don't even look at me' funny. Even more interesting is that at the end both Lorelai and Rory are looking at the Yale booklet, does this mean there interested? Who knows!moreless
  • The beginning of Jess and Rory and a trip to Yale

    This episode takes place right after the dancemarathon when Dean and Rory broke up. So Rory and Jess have admitted that they like each other but they aren't together yet. The episode began with Lorelai and Rory barely being able to walk. I guess that's what you get when you enter a 24 hour dancemarathon. Anyway they go to Luke's as always and run into Jess. The 'hi' moment was very funny and uncomfortable. Luke learns that Jess and Rory are an item now and is very happy about it because he hopes that Rory will have a good influence on Rory. Lorelai on the other hand is just going with the flow.

    They go to fridaynight dinner wich has a great moment with Emily complaining about the maid. ("I'm going to fire someone over putting walnuts in the salad after she was told not to put walnuts in the salad.")

    Rory goes to the kitchen and Richard follows and wonders if she wants go to Yale on a trip. Rory says yes. Later she tells Lorelai and she has a feeling that Richard is manipulating Rory but she still agrees to go.

    The next day Rory goes to Luke's and she runs into Jess. After a couple of uncomfortable moments they go upstairs and as they are about to kiss Luke enters (very loudly) and Rory goes. Luke makes it clear to Jess how he has to treat Rory. Which I think was one of the funniest conversations in Gilmore Girls.

    A week later they go to Yale and Richard is giving them a tour. He even shows the place where he proposed to Emily (next to the trash can, how romantic). Everything seems to go well and every Gilmore has a good time untill they enter the administration building and it turns out that Richard arranged an interview for Rory. Turns out Lorelai was right. Rory goes on the interview but is not very happy about this because he didn't tell her and she likes to be prepared. After an argument Rory and Lorelai leave and go back to Stars Hollow.

    They go to Luke's and after using the kids code Rory and Jess go outside and have their first kiss as boyfriend and girlfriend.

    Before Rory goes home she drops by Dean's house and apologizes for the way she treated him. He however is very bitter and doesn't forgive her. Back home Rory and Lorelai go to bed after a very long day and they read a Yale brochure. It looks like they are reconsidering Yale after all.moreless
  • a special one

    OK this one starts after the marathon, the girls can't stay up...

    There are some new developments. Kirk is showing around his trophy (someone steals it later, like every year), Jess and Rory are together and is weird at first and Richard is going to have a dinner at Yale and invites Rory to go a see the campus.

    I was liking the visit, they went to some places where Ricard and Emily had been when they where young, the place where he proposed, Lorelai and Rory even heard the story about Emily stealing Richard from some other girl. Everything went just fine until they got into the administration building. Richard made an appointment with a n old friend, the Den of Admissions.

    They are all caught with surprise, Richard lied to all and Rory goes in. Lorelai and Richard have a discussion and she calls a cab, when Rory comes out she is angry with Richard and her and Lorelai leave.

    Passing to another subject, Jess and Rory have their first kiss as a couple, I think it felt weird for her, she left and went to see Dean...

    Despite the discussions, both Gilmore girls go to bed and both read the Yale's pamphlet.

    Lets wait for the next one.moreless
  • This takes place after the dance marathon. Jess & Rory and now together and for a while its very awkward between them. Kirk's statue is stolen (just like every year). Luke talks to Jess about him dating Rory. Rory & Jess have their first kiss as a couple.moreless

    Hands down, my favorite episode. It is very well written and there is alot of funny and sarcastic comments that are made in this episode. The fact that Rory and Jess are finally together makes it even more exciting. Seeing them have their awkward moment in Luke’s apartment, having Luke interrupt them and then Rory dashing out makes it very exciting and makes you wonder what will happen next. But my favorite part in this episode was Rory and Jess's first kiss as a couple, very romantic and sweet.

    This in my opinion is one of the best episodes and when this episode airs next I suggest that you watch.moreless
  • Great season 3 episode!!

    In the aftermath of the Dance Marathon, Kirk parades around Stars Hollow with the trophy until someone steals it, while Lorelai and Rory painfully inch their way towards Luke's; after Lorelai tells Luke about Rory and Jess, he breaks up their first kiss as a couple and then lays down some ground rules with Jess about dating Rory; Lorelai and Rory reluctantly agree to accept Richard's invitation to accompany him and Emily to his Whiffenpoof reunion at Yale, where he springs quite an unwelcome surprise on all three women; back from New Haven, Lorelai and Rory head for Luke's, and Jess and Rory finally get to have those first kisses; Rory visits Dean to apologize and tell him that she misses his friendship; late at night, Lorelai and Rory each curl up with some bedtime reading -- the Yale brochure.moreless
Sean Gunn

Sean Gunn

Kirk Gleason (Episodes 44 - , recurring previously)

Keiko Agena

Keiko Agena

Lane Kim

Kelly Bishop

Kelly Bishop

Emily Gilmore

Alexis Bledel

Alexis Bledel

Rory Gilmore

Lauren Graham

Lauren Graham

Lorelai Gilmore

Edward Herrmann

Edward Herrmann

Richard Gilmore

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (13)

    • This is the first time Rory and Jess kiss as girlfriend and boyfriend.

    • This is the first time Rory visits the Yale campus.

    • At the end of the episode when Rory and Jess meet up by the gas station, they have a debate about whether he is going to smoke his cigarette or not. However, surely this would be really unsafe considering Jess is leaning up against a gas pump!

    • Richard says that the building where Rory has her Yale interview is Yale's "main administration building". He says that the Yale administrators and professors all have their offices in that building. However, Yale does not actually have a "main administration building". Professors' offices are located in their respective department buildings which are sprinkled throughout campus. Additionally, the Yale administrators can be found in a variety of different buildings, and the Yale admissions office has its own separate building, which is not nearly as grand as the one shown in this episode.

    • During the Gilmores' walk through the Yale campus, succulent plants can be seen in the background. Not only are these tropical plants not found on the Yale campus, they cannot survive outdoors in New England.

    • While Lorelai and Richard argue about setting up the meeting between Rory and the Dean, Richard says that Lorelai did not even go to college. While it is true that she did not attend a university, Lorelai did in fact attend and graduate community college just a year earlier. Though it is true that there is a difference to the inner workings of a city college from that of a university and most certainly an Ivy league school, Richard's statement was still incorrect. What he should have said was that she had never attended a university, much less an Ivy league school!

    • This is the first episode we hear about Richard's ex-fiancee Pennilyn Lott.However,in this episode and only this episode they refer to her as Lynnie Lott.In all future episodes she is referred to as Pennilyn.

    • When Rory came into the diner the day after Friday night dinner, her backpack was wide open. She is always so crazy about having everything that she needs, then why would she be walking around town with her backpack open?

    • Luke brings Rory's sweater with him when he goes to search for Rory and Jess. In the next scene we see Rory walk up to Jess, wearing a sweater.

      Explanation: The sweater Luke grabs to go and search for Rory and Jess is gray (the one she had been wearing earlier in the day, along with the black one). The sweater that Rory has on when she walks up to Jess is the black one she had on under the gray one (the one that Luke grabbed to bring to her).

    • When Emily is telling the maid to not put walnuts in the salad at dinner in the right bottom corner of the screen as Emily was sitting back down you can clearly see camera equipment in the corner.

    • At Friday night dinner, Richard invites Rory to go with him to Yale the following day. In the next scene, Rory is wearing her Chilton uniform at the diner. However, this would be on a Saturday, so Rory wouldn't be wearing her uniform when she goes to meet Jess.

      Explanation: Richard says "... go with me next week," not "tomorrow," so the next scene is sometime in the week between Friday-night dinner and the following weekend's Yale visit.

    • When Emily says "Apparently we're going to be European tonight," Richard's newspaper is open. However, when the shot goes to just Richard, his paper is closed and he opens it.

    • While packing for their trip to New Haven, Rory mentions that it's 30 degrees out. When they're walking through campus, however, they're dressed as if it's not at all cold outside.

  • QUOTES (33)

    • Richard: I was just a young single man who wanted to experience life.
      Lorelai: Don't ever fall for that line.
      Rory: I promise.

    • (After Luke finishes lecturing Jess about his relationship with Rory)
      Jess: May I speak?
      Luke: Yes.
      Jess: Do you want me to have you committed or would you rather check yourself in?

    • (Lorelai, Luke & Rory are in the diner talking)

      Luke: At least buy some coffee.

      Rory: Coffee and Tacos?

      Lorelai: Sounds just gross enough to work.

      (Jess walks downstairs)

      Jess: (To Rory) Hi.

      Rory: Hi.

      Luke: I'll finish...hi, hi, hi, hi, hi! Im getting the coffee!

    • (Lorelai and Emily are talking about the broken button on Emily's skirt)
      Emily: I don't believe it. This is a brand new skirt.
      Lorelai: Mom, let me see.
      Emily: I have this dinner to go tonight. What am I going to do?
      Lorelai: Drink a lot. It's easier to explain not wearing a skirt if you're falling down drunk.

    • Luke: Uh, listen, I just want you to know that I had a little talk with Jess earlier.
      Lorelai: You did?
      Luke: Yes, I did, and I really laid down the rules concerning him and Rory. Trust me, he now knows that I am going to be watching them every second they are together.
      Lorelai: Oh good.
      Luke: Yup.
      Lorelai: You know, they're together now.
      Luke: What?
      Lorelai: Oh yeah. 'I have to get a part for my car,' 'I'm going to go study' – that's kid code for 'Meet me at the previously agreed upon location far away from my clueless uncle.'
      Luke: You're kidding me, right? You don't really think that...damn, they are! They're together. They used the kid code and now they're together!

    • Emily: What can we do in a bathroom?
      Lorelai: Meet George Michael.
      Emily: What?

    • Luke: (after watching Rory and Jess act completely shy and weird around each other) What was that?
      Lorelai: Well, that was an episode from "Rory and Jess: The Early Years."

    • Luke: Jess, you want something to eat?
      Jess: No, I'm not hungry.
      Rory: Oh, um, yeah...I'm not hungry, either.
      Luke: What about the burger?
      Rory: Oh, right. Well....could you wrap it up? I'm gonna eat it later. I actually like burgers better after they've been sitting around for a let them age.

    • Luke: Hey Jess, look who's here. Rory.
      Jess: Hey.
      Rory: Hey.
      Luke: Okay, time to add another word.

    • Lorelai: Mom, you know, if you're not a little nicer to your help, you might find yourself in a Frank Lloyd Wright situation.
      Richard: Frank Lloyd Wright?
      Emily: What on earth does Frank Lloyd Wright have to do with my salad?
      Richard: And your walnuts.
      Lorelai: Mrs. Wright apparently had this major problem with her help. She was very rough on them and they totally hated her. So this guy who had worked for her forever, he had finally had enough. I believe the incident was over walnuts, wasn't it, honey?
      Rory: The exact cause has not been proven.
      Lorelai: Anyhow, Mrs. Wright invites this whole posse of people over for dinner and they're all sitting around eating, and Mr. Disgruntled Servant Guy goes outside and locks all the doors and windows and douses the whole house in gasoline and sets the place on fire.
      Emily: My goodness.
      Lorelai: So the house is on fire, and people are freaking out, so they run to the doors but the doors are locked, so a few of them try to get out through the windows, but Mr. Angry-Puss is standing outside with an ax hacking them to death and so they all died.
      Emily: Why on earth would you tell me that story?
      Lorelai: All I'm saying is sometimes eating a walnut is preferable to getting hacked to death or set on fire during dinner.

    • Rory: I wanna say that I'm sorry.
      Dean: For what?
      Rory: For treating you the way I did. For doing all the things you said I did. I am so, so sorry. It's all my fault. I don't know what's wrong with me. You were the most amazing boyfriend in the world. You made me so happy. You made me laugh, you made my mother like you, you were nice to my friends, you protected me, you even came with me to that stupid debutante ball.
      Dean: I don't need the list.
      Rory: I really did love you. Please believe that.
      Dean: You with him now?
      Rory: I don't wanna talk about him. I just came to tell you that I'm truly sorry that I hurt you, and that I'm going to miss you so much, and I just hope that someday you won't hate me anymore.
      Dean: I hope so, too.

    • Rory: Can we not say the word "college" for at least forty-eight hours?
      Lorelai: Fine.
      Rory: Thank you.
      Lorelai: How 'bout "collage," can we say "collage"? 'Cause it sounds the same, but it's actually very different.
      Rory: Collage is fine.
      Lorelai: Okay, good, 'cause I don't even know how to get through a conversation without using the word collage.

    • Rory: We go. We look. Hi Yale. Bye Yale. It's over. No harm, no foul.
      Lorelai: How many more two-word sentences can you come up with?

    • (Rory is talking to Lorelai about her new relationship with Jess)
      Rory: Are you going to talk to him?
      Lorelai: I'll at least match him grunt for grunt.
      Rory: Okay. Now, let's say he's in the house and there's a fire and you can either save him or your shoes - which is it?
      Lorelai: That depends, did he start the fire?

    • Kirk: You've got to help me, Luke -- I'm shaking like a spastic colon!

    • Lorelai: You're seriously gonna run all over town looking for Jess and Rory?
      Luke: If I have to, yes! And if you were really a concerned mother you'd go with me.
      Lorelai: No I can't do that. But if you like I'll let you sniff Rory's sweater, maybe her scent will help you track them down.
      Luke: The things you find amusing astound me sometimes.
      (Luke turns to leave then turns back around to grab Rory's sweater)
      Lorelai: You're really gonna sniff it?
      Luke: No, it's cold out. She may need it.

    • (Kirk entering Luke's Diner holding his trophy)
      Kirk: Look I'll be needing one of your larger tables since your smaller tables simply cannot accommodate the sheer size of my massive trophy.
      Luke: Put it on the floor.
      Kirk: It needs its own chair.
      Luke: It's gonna need some glue if you don't sit down.
      Kirk: Everybody hates a winner.

    • Lorelai: Why are you sitting over there?
      Rory: Where?
      Lorelai: At that table.
      Rory: Huh? How did I get here?
      Lorelai: You sat there.
      Rory: This chair's very close to that chair so you understand how I could've made the mistake.
      Lorelai: Move over here with me?
      Rory: Why don't you move over here with me?
      Lorelai: Because I'm not the one who sat in the wrong chair.
      Rory: I think it's a little presumptuous to assume that my chair is the wrong chair when my chair could just as easily be the right chair.
      Lorelai: No.
      Rory: Why?
      Lorelai: Because I'm the leader of the clan. The provider of the household. The Alpha male. And the one whose feet just fell asleep. So there's absolutely no chance of movement.
      Rory: Fine.

    • Rory: You know it doesn't have to be a total loss.
      Lorelai: Look how she's leading me back to the car.
      Rory: I'm sure you and I can figure out a fun thing to do while they're off at dinner. Some cool road-trip thing.
      Lorelai: In New Haven?
      Rory: Well yeah.
      Lorelai: Sweetie have you ever been to New Haven?
      Rory: No.
      Lorelai: Take a look at the coffee pot tomorrow before I clean it. That's New Haven.

    • (Rory and Lorelai get into the car after Friday night dinner; Lorelai starts the car)
      Rory: I have to tell you something.
      Lorelai: Ok.
      Rory: Grandpa talked to me tonight. (Loralai turns off the car) Why'd you turn the car off?
      Lorelai: I'm just getting the sense that I shouldn't be driving a large vehicle when you tell me this.

    • Luke: Rory and Jess, Jess and Rory. I think this is great. Don't you think this is great?
      Lorelai: I think Rory is 17. It's probably time for a Jess.
      Luke: Look, I know Jess is a little tough sometimes, but he likes Rory and Rory's a good kid. Hopefully she'll rub off on him.
      Lorelai: You know what? I spent a lot of time and energy fighting this whole Jess thing. Rory's made her choice. I want her to be happy. I'm just hoping for the best at this point.
      Luke: Very romantic...
      Lorelai: Says the man who yelled "finally" at the end of Love Story.

    • Emily: And what do you intend to do with that paper clip?
      Lorelai: I intend to carve something really dirty into the bathroom door.
      Emily: Lorelai.
      Lorelai: What rhymes with Nantucket?

    • Emily: This is where your father proposed.
      Rory: Really?
      Richard: That's right.
      Lorelai: By the trash can.
      Emily: That's right.
      Lorelai: Well, that's very romantic. . .especially if you need to spit your gum out.
      (long pause)
      Richard: Oh, glad to hear it. Shall we continue?
      Lorelai: Okay, but you're not gonna show me the vending machine where I was conceived, are you? 'Cause I don't think I can take it.

    • Jess: She tried to kiss me.
      Luke: Jess.
      Jess: She did that thing where you stretch and then you put your arm around the other person's shoulder and then you sneeze and then your hand falls and you try to grab –
      Luke: Jess, stop it.

    • Rory: A singing group?
      Richard: A very famous singing group, actually. Like the Beatles, but with better table manners.

    • Luke: They did? I was at the dance, how come I didn't know about this?
      Lorelai: Because you're you.

    • Luke: But why, what happened?
      Lorelai: Jess happened.
      Luke: Wow, wow. So. . .
      Lorelai: Yup.
      Luke: Wow. Well, this is great.
      Lorelai: I'll tell Dean you said that.

    • Kirk: It's almost more a weapon than a trophy.
      Lorelai: Really? Can I hold it, then?

    • Lorelai: Maybe if we concentrate really hard, our combined psychic powers will move it closer.
      (They stare at the diner)
      Rory: I don't think it's working.
      Lorelai: It's my fault, I'm not focusing.
      Rory: Yes, that must be why we can't move a half a city block closer to us.

    • (About his relationship with Rory)
      Jess: What do you think is going to happen?
      Luke: You know what I think is going to happen.
      Jess: No I don't. Tell me. Tell me what I'm going to do to her.
      Luke: You're not going to do anything to her because when you're at her place, there's Lorelai, and when you're here, there's me, and when you're out there, there's Taylor.

    • Jess: Romeo and Juliet had warring families and they still managed to do a little damage, you know?
      Luke: Well, as soon as I catch you in a pair of tights, I'll get worried. Until then, do your homework.

    • Jess: Please let me get you a soda. I gotta do something other than stand here like a moron.
      Rory: Take comfort in the fact that you are not doing it alone.

    • Kirk: Luke, where's your lost and found?
      Luke: Outside, in the dumpster.

  • NOTES (3)

  • ALLUSIONS (10)

    • Lorelai: "I intend to carve something really dirty into the bathroom door...what rhymes with Nantucket?"

      This is reference to the classic opening line of limericks: "There Once Was a Man From Nantucket," many of which tend to be salacious.

    • Lorelai: Mom, you know, if you're not a little nicer to your help, you might find yourself in a Frank Lloyd Wright situation.

      Lorelai tells a true story about the death of Architect Frank Lloyd Wright's family and dinner guests in a fire set by disgruntled household help.

    • Lorelai: (to Luke) Coming from the guy who yelled finally at the end of Love Story.

      Love Story is a 70's movie. Considered one of the most romantic and saddest movies of all time. Famous for the line "Love means never having to say you're sorry."

    • Lorelai: (to Emily) Gosh Mom, you were the Helena Bonham Carter of your day.

      This is a reference to Carter being a homewrecker. Helena Bonham Carter (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Fight Club) is thought to have broken up Emma Thompson's marriage by having an affair with her husband,Kenneth Branagh. She later lived with him for 5 years. She also helped to end Tim Burton's engagement to Lisa Marie (Engaged 10 years). Lisa Marie did not know they were broken up until one day she found out that he and Helena had gotten together and started dating on the set of Planet of the Apes. Tim and Helena soon became engaged that year.

    • Lorelai: We're lucky it wasn't snowing. It would've been the Donner Party all over again, but with slightly better hair.

      The Donner Party was a group of California-bound American settlers who, after becoming snowbound in the Sierra Nevada mountains in the winter of 1846–1847, resorted to cannibalism to survive.

    • Lorelai: Luke we need a couple of doughnuts, and some of those extra legs Heather Mills is sending over to Croatia.

      Amputee and social activist Heather Mills McCartney led a campaign to deliver unused prosthetic limbs to the former Yugoslavia to benefit victims of land mines.

    • Emily: The situation's that dire?
      Lorelai: Four salads ago, no, not dire. Right now it's "Your money for nothing and your chicks for free."

      Lorelai is quoting the song Money for Nothing by Dire Straits.

    • Richard: Well, I'm no Perry Como...

      Perry Como was a popular singer in the 1940's and 50's.

    • Luke: (to Jess, about Rory) Any evidence of alcohol, cigarette smoke, or anything else that Nancy Reagan would find unacceptable, and you will not be allowed near her without an adult present.

      Nancy Reagan, as First Lady of the United States, urged kids to "just say no" to drugs.

    • Emily: What can we do in a bathroom?
      Lorelai: Meet George Michael.

      Singer George Michael was arrested in 1998 for "engaging in a lewd act" in a public restroom in a Beverly Hills city park.