Gilmore Girls

Season 2 Episode 7

Like Mother, Like Daughter

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Nov 13, 2001 on The WB
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Headmaster Charleston decrees that both Gilmore girls need to improve their socialization skills at Chilton if they want him to write a glowing recommendation for Rory's Harvard application. Rory's first attempt to socialize leads her to ask a group of girls at lunch if she could join them. Little does she know that they are Chilton's most powerful secret sorority. After being chided by Emily for her lack of participation, Lorelai joins the Booster Club and offers to host a fundraising fashion show at the Inn. To her dismay, she discovers that the Booster Club mothers are the models; not wanting to be mortified by herself, and to exact a little payback for being chided, she signs Emily up to model as well.moreless

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  • Both Lorelai and Rory are asked to be more social for Chilton. Brilliant and fun episode!

    I loved this episode, it was really fun, exactly why I watch the show. I really enjoyed both storylines, it did show how the Gilmore Girls are very alike, in different ways. It was funny to see them both analyse Luke in the opening scene, what they said was true, you don't see him acting that friendly very often.

    The guidance counsellor approaching Rory made me curious, when she said about the social skills, my first thought was of Lane and Dean back in Stars Hollow. Anyway, liked how Lorelai acted like the parent she is and went to see the principal, it was very amusing when the conversation was turned around on her, brilliant when she asked if she could leave.

    Emily's disgust that Lorelai wasn't getting involved was funny, then the boosters are mentioned, quite humourlessly by Lorelai. Enjoyed the comments made to each other by Rory and her mother. I really enjoyed seeing Rory go for it and sit at another table, was just very interesting. It was amusing to see them so fascinated by her. The comment about the nickname 'Lem' for Lemon' was also funny.

    Paris really needed to get over herself, I mean she has her own group of friends, she overreacted, big style. Anyway, Rory being Rory decides to try and get Paris into the group, I couldn't help but enjoy Paris being grateful to Rory, not that it lasted very long. I found the whole kidnapping scenario extremely funny. 'Mom, my kidnappers are here' hilarious.

    I couldn't stop smiling when she was pretending to have just woken up. Then the whole going to Chilton was like a scene from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Paris annoyed me when she lectured Rory about 'The Puffs' but it was fairly amusing. They end up getting caught, I loved Rory standing up for herself, it got through to the principal too.

    Liked how Lorelai didn't care because she knows Rory is a good kid. So the fashion show, I liked how Lorelai was liked by the boosters group. Mary Alice from Desperate Housewives was interesting to see, funny when that woman forgot her step something's name. Funny that Lorelai told Emily that she had to model to, go Lorelai.

    Michel and Lorelai's panic was funny. We again see how much Lorelai likes Luke when she is put out by another boosters member liking him. How funny was it to see Emily acting so .... happy go lucky on the runway. Lorelai and Luke's little tiff at the end was yet another hint at them getting together.

    I wonder if Lorelai will remain with the boosters? I also liked how that girl sat with Rory at the end, very satisfying. Brilliant episode! Can't wait for more!moreless
  • It's a Gimore Girls's classic episode which gave the viewers the typical Gilmore Girls emotions that makes the show one of the best ones in TV's history.

    The episode was cleverly written and exciting.The storylines were great and the whole tone was fun and hilarious too.We saw a perfect Rory episode related to her classmates and life at Chilton.She is said that she is not so social with her classmates.Rory tries becoming more social and sits at the Puffs'table which is a great honour for every student at Chilton.The group immediately accepts Rory and Paris is pretty surprised as she has been trying for years to join in the group.Rory helps Paris become a member of the Puffs.Meanwhile Paris was great episode.She was the typical Paris she used to in season 1.But there is a plan for Rory and paris to become members.They are awaken at midnight and go to the school with The Puffs to ring to school bell and that is a tradition for everyone who wants to join The Puffs.They are actually caught by the principal.The whole story was compelling and so real.Lorelai is also told that she has also some problems with socializing at Chilton.A perfect Lorelai moments this episode.moreless
  • Great!

    After being told that she has no social life, Rory tries to make friends at school in order to get into Harvard. Lorelai gets involved with Chilton by joining the Booster Club. She organizes a fashion show at her inn and it is a big hit! Emily is happy about it! Eva, a booster mom, is interested in Luke, which makes Lorelai jealous. Rory's choice in friends turns out to be a secret soroity that Paris really wants to join. After getting busted at school during midnight hours, the soroity girls, including Rory may get suspended.

    This episode was great! I like Paris now. I also liked the girl at the very end who sat down next to Rory. She was cool for some reason. This episode gets a 10!moreless
  • Secret Sisterhoods and Buster Clubs at Chilton

    Problems in Chilton, apparently Rory isn't socializing must so the orientation teacher talk with her.

    She sits at a table of an secret sisterhood, the Puffs, she didn't known about and Paris doesn't get how she could do that, she has been trying to seat there since ever.

    Well they like Rory and Rory says good things about Paris and she is asked to seat.

    Meanwhile, Lorelai goes to see the director and is forced to join a club to help Rory in the socialization thing.

    She joins the Buster Club. They are trying to organize an event and at the end Lorelai is the responsable for everything and it is a sucess.

    She really knows how to organize something. And seeing Emily at the runway was cute, the dancing part...

    Never thought I would see that.

    And the hole sisterhood thing back fires when the girls are caught in the director's office for the initiation.

    Oh and Lorelai gets jealous because one of the member of the club showed interest in Luke.moreless
  • A Good Episode with only a few Hitches.

    Another episode this season that had some very good stories but were dragged down by some moments of silly and stupid writing. The first and I believe the most stupid this episode, was the fact that the school actually called out on one of the students inability to find friends. If this wasn't bad enough, I found that the schools counsellor either didn't act like a counsellor or wasn't written as one. She seemed more threatning to the students including Rory than she was there to actually help her. I have never seen in my entire life a counsellor forced to actually blackmail a student. This whole part was totally over the top and im sure there must have been another way to get Rory to the whole 'Puff' storyline which I felt was an excellent use of the episodes time.

    The Puff sorority idea was a good one and showed that the show has a great creative thinking. The actor who played Francie in my opinion stood out and even though they didn't have much of a part, her cohorts also played into their role quite well. However the one actor that really stood out to me this episode, was Liza Weil who did a terrific job as a desperate and hopeless Paris who for her whole life wanted to be a puff. In some parts I found that Alexis Bledel was a bit behind the standards of the excellent Weil especially in her speech to Headmaster Charlton when the Puffs had been caught in his office which was completely outclassed by Weil's short but triumphant chat to Rory about what her life was meant to be and what Rory stood in the way of.

    The whole Lorelai storyline was also a goodie. It was nice to see this new aspect of Lorelai from the one that always stood up against the life she had before with her parents. The booster club brought in the opportunity to not only show off both Emily and Lorelai's growing relatiosnhip which I have to admit is one of the high points for me this season, but also both Emily and Lorelai's love for Rory. The scene when they both walked down the catwalk was not only hillarious but also symbolic as Lorelai finally learnt how to follow her Mothers lead.

    Overall minusing the fact that Chilton went into illegal activities and the episode (and Lukes storyline) was horribly unequal without Jess or even a mention of him, the episode still had a great deal of fantastic moments mainly included in the wonderful acting skills of Liza Weil.moreless
Nicole Eggert

Nicole Eggert


Guest Star

Brenda Strong

Brenda Strong


Guest Star

Agatha Nishida Drake

Agatha Nishida Drake


Guest Star

Dakin Matthews

Dakin Matthews

Hanlin Charleston

Recurring Role

Sean Gunn

Sean Gunn

Kirk Gleason

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (13)

    • When Luke and Lorelai are talking about his giving directions to Eva, he says that he recommended she take the I-5 back to Hartford. However, the I-5 is on the West Coast and runs from California to Washington State. It does not go anywhere near Connecticut so would be useless for getting back to Hartford. Although it does go through Los Angeles where the show was filmed, so perhaps the writers were making an inside joke.

      After the I-5 reference, Lorelai says that Luke should have recommended the I-11, but it does not exist yet (and certainly didn't in 2001, when this episode aired). It is proposed to go from Arizona to Nevada, which, even if it was completed, would also not get Eva back to Hartford.

    • In the scene where Lorelai comes home from the Chilton benefit, watch very closely when Rory is sitting on the couch. In the shot where she says, "You have pictures in there!" the blue blanket behind her, and the pillow in front of her, are arranged very differently than in the shot taken of her a few seconds later, when she says "Yes I am!"

    • When Emily gets up and leaves after saying to Lorelai, "It's funny how nicely you seem to be fitting into the world you ran away from," notice that Lorelai kind of just smiles to herself and completely shrugs it off. This is certainly not the first or only time that Emily makes such a comment to her daughter, but it's one of the very rare moments where Lorelai reacts so nonchalantly, like she's not the least bit angry or affected by it.

    • When the maid answers the door, she tells Rory and Lorelai to meet Emily and Richard outside, but when they get there, Emily is scolding them for being outside.

    • Emily Bergl makes her first appearance in this episode as Chilton tough girl Francine Jarvis. Emily is good friends with Liza Weil (Paris Gellar) in real life.

    • In this episode Rory comes into the lunch room with her lunch and instead of going to her usually table she goes over to the Puff table and she is only there for about no more then 5 minutes when the bell rings. Why would lunch be that short?

    • When Rory comes home after school and sees Lorelai at the table, Lorelai asks Rory to get her a soda. Rory gets a soda and sets it down in front of her. You can see it at the beginning of their conversation, but it disappears throughout the middle and then reappears at the end.

    • Rory said the deer was a he or she, but in the episode where she hit the deer, she said there were antler prints on her mother's car. If Rory is supposed to be so smart, she would know that female deer don't have antlers.

    • Lorelai teases Rory for being busted by the headmaster for ringing a bell, and Rory said that's all she was doing. However, they don't seem to consider that maybe they got in trouble mostly because they broke into the school and then into the headmaster's office.

    • When Luke fills the Gilmores' cups at the beginning of the episode, he picks up Rory's cup to fill it. When the camera changes angles to focus on Rory, her cup is back in front of her without any indication of Luke putting it back.

    • When Rory takes her backpack off right before she sits to eat lunch, you can tell that it doesn't weigh very much, when a few minutes earlier she was trying to stuff it with all of her books.

    • When the Puffs bring Rory to Headmaster Charleston's office, it's in the middle of a hallway, when it previously had always been at the end of a hallway.

    • When Paris sits down at the table with Rory and the Puffs, the color of Rory's soda can changes from purple to green in between camera shots.

  • QUOTES (13)

    • (Luke's diner. Lorelai is sitting at the counter)
      Lorelai: Hey Luke, ah, I feel a little weird even mentioning this to you.
      Luke: What?
      Lorelai: Well, yesterday I saw you talking to Eva, you know, she's in my Booster Club?
      Luke: Yeah, I know who she is.
      Lorelai: (slightly annoyed) Oh, good, well, good. So, anyhow, I saw you guys talking alone, and it seemed kind of private and she mentioned earlier that you didn't make her, you know, gag. So, I just figured you guys were making some sort of plans to hang out and, see, the thing is, I just think it would be a little weird if you started dating a Chilton mom. Look, I know I have no right to say anything to you, but it's just, ahm, if you did date her, I'm in the Booster Club with her, which means that I'll hear things and, I don't know, it's just I'd like to keep that Chilton life seperate from my Stars Hollow life. So, if there's any way that you could not date her, that would be really great.
      Luke: Boy, I tell you you've got nerve!
      Lorelai: Okay, well, I know this is your private business.
      Luke: It is my private business.
      Lorelai: You don't see any validity to my side at all?
      Luke: I am a grown man. You cannot tell me who to date.
      Lorelai: I'm not telling you who to date, I'm telling you who not to date.
      Luke: You can't tell me that either.
      Lorelai: Look-
      Luke: I will date who I like and if that screws with your plans then sorry! And if you don't wanna hear things, don't listen!
      Lorelai: But-
      Luke: If you don't like it you can just deal with it.
      Lorelai: Okay, I'll just deal with it.
      Luke: Good!
      Lorelai: I just thought that if something was going to affect our friendship in some way that you might care about that, because if the situation was reversed then I would care, but hey! That's me. So, go ahead! Date her. Marry her. Make her Mrs. Backwards Baseball Cap. Live happily ever after! See if I care! (upset, she turns around to leave)
      Luke: And by the way, I wasn't asking her out. I was giving her directions for the quickest way back to Hartford. It was very romantic. I said you take a right at Deerfield, and you catch the I-5 and you take it south. Oh man, hot stuff.
      Lorelai: (very embarrassed but stubbornly trying to hide it) That is so typical of you!
      Luke: What?
      Lorelai: That is not the quickest way back to Hartford. Everybody knows that you take Maine to Cherry to Lynwood and then grab the I-11. Everybody knows that Luke. Everybody, apparently, but you!
      (She exits and leaves a smiling Luke behind)

    • (Luke walks into the inn with his toolbox)
      Lorelai: Oh, thank god. You brought Bert.
      Luke: Right here.
      Lorelai: My men! Follow me.
      Luke: By the way, you do tell people that you're the one who named my toolbox, right?
      Lorelai: (chuckles) Toolbox. Dirty.
      Luke: Jeez!

    • (Paris looks terrible while Rory looks perfect)
      Paris: That really how you look when you first get up?
      Rory: Yes.
      Paris: Nothing in my life is fair.

    • Lorelai: That's what you got busted for, ringing a bell?
      Rory: Yeah, mhm.
      Lorelai: That's it, bell ringing?
      Rory: Yes.
      Lorelai: Were you at least smoking a Cuban cigar while you were doing it?
      Rory: Mom!
      Lorelai: No. I mean bad girl. How many times have I told you not to ring bells.
      Rory: Let's go.
      Lorelai: They can dent or scratch. And they make dogs crazy. Who do you think you are, the Hunchback of Notre Dame? Are you French, are you circular? I don't think so.

    • Lorelai: Wow, busy today. Has Luke been advertising or something?
      Rory: He gets good word-of-mouth.
      Lorelai: Well, we have to start spreading bad word-of-mouth so we can always have a table.
      Rory: Well, that would be wrong, but sure. Vermin?
      Lorelai: Or no potable water.
      Rory: Or no potable vermin.
      Lorelai: That would scare them away.
      Rory: Or confuse them away.

    • Rory: It's just so weird that the one table I sit down at is home to the secret society.
      Lorelai: I know. It's like waking up one day and realizing that everyone else in your family can pull their face off.
      Rory: Yes, it's exactly like that.

    • Lorelai: Who the hell names their kid Lemon?
      Rory: Someone really into citrus.

    • Ivy: I hate nepotism.
      Lem: But unfortunately it does make the world go round.

    • Francie: Don't you have a nickname?
      Rory: Well. Rory is a nickname. My real name is Lorelai.
      Lem: Lorelai? That's a weird name!
      Rory: Well Lem.. what can I say!

    • Rory: (chuckling to herself) Barry Manilow.
      Lorelai: Stop!
      Rory: (singing) Looks like we made it.
      Lorelai: Oh yeah? Spice Girls!
      Rory: Duran Duran!
      Lorelai: Dido!
      Rory: Olivia Newton-John!
      Lorelai: The Macarena! You and Lane for hours and hours for weeks on end!
      Rory: Hey! We were mocking, you can't mock the mocking!
      Lorelai: All right, it's getting ugly. Let's stop.
      Rory: Let's be friends again.
      Lorelai: All right.

    • Rory: Maybe I am a loner. I mean, you were mocking my backpack today. I might just be one step away from carrying a mysterious duffel bag.
      Lorelai: Oh no, no you don't. Don't you go doubting who you are or how you should be. How dare that woman do this to you!
      Kirk: It's all fixed. I found a loose terminal. I reconnected the battery and jumped it, so it's set to go.
      Lorelai: Oh, thanks Kirk.
      Kirk: And I'm not gonna charge you for the time I spent stuck underneath the car.
      Lorelai: That's great Kirk.
      Kirk: And I just want you to know that I overheard, and you're absolutely right. I carried a duffel bag and ate lunch by myself my entire school career, and I turned out just fine.

    • Francie: Are you a belle?
      (bell rings)
      Rory: Oh, no, but apparently I command them.

    • Rory: (startled by Paris) God, you're like a pop-up book from hell!

  • NOTES (4)

    • Brenda Strong (Eva) and Emily Bergl (Francie), are both actresses on Desperate Housewives. Strong plays Paul Young's deceased first wife, Mary Alice, and Bergl plays his current wife, Beth.

      Both Desperate Housewives characters ultimately commit suicide by shooting themselves.

    • German episode title: "Mutprobe", meaning "Test Of Courage".

      French episode title: "Mère indigne, indignée", meaning "An Indignant Bad Mother".

    • Keiko Agena (Lane), Edward Herrmann (Richard), Jared Padalecki (Dean), and Milo Ventimiglia (Jess) do not appear in this episode.

    • Music:

      -"Know Your Onion" by The Shins, On Rory's Discman in Cafeteria at beginning of the show.
      -"Girls Just Want To Have Fun" by Cyndi Lauper played at the fashion show
      -"It's Alright, Baby" by Komeda, On Rory's discman at the end of the show.
      -"Looks Like We Made It" by Barry Manilow Rory sings this at Luke's to tease Lorelai

  • ALLUSIONS (13)

    • Lorelai: I walked right in there and told him Rory is not a loner, she has plenty of friends and she doesn't even own a black Matrix coat!

      The boys responsible for the Columbine shootings, were loners at their high school and at the start of the shootings whipped off their black Matrix coats to reveal their guns.

    • Lorelai: Hey, I told you not to become a soc, but you didn't listen.

      The term "soc" (short for social) is prominent in S.E. Hinton's novel (and the film of) The Outsiders. It refers to a wealthy, influential group of people.

    • Lorelai: (referring to Luke's unknown romantic liasons) Maybe he has a secret life -- Maybe he's got a little chippie stowed away in Mount Pilot!

      Mount Pilot was the nearest town "just over the mountain" from Mayberry on the Andy Griffith Show

    • Rory: Suddenly I'm living with Zsa Zsa Gabor.

      Zsa Zsa Gabor is an actress known for her lavish lifestyle.

    • Rory: (to the Puffs) It's not exactly "Toto, we're not in Kansas anymore", but it's still pretty darn uncomfortable.

      "Toto, we're not in Kansas anymore" is a famous line from the movie The Wizard of Oz. Rory is talking about a draft she felt at her lunch table, meaning it wasn't as bad as the tornado in that movie.

    • Rory: (to Francie about Paris) I tell ya, she's a regular Gary Mule Deer.

      Gary Mule Deer is a comedian with off-beat humor.

    • Rory: (about the Puffs' oath) Anne Sexton, right?

      Anne Sexton is a Pulitzer Prize winning poet who committed suicide in 1974.

    • Rory: Great movie. Oh wait, that was Coming Home. Sorry.

      Coming Home is a movie about a soldier returning back from Vietnam with emotional and physical wounds.

    • Rory: Paris, it's not the Cosa Nostra.

      Cosa Nostra is another way of saying Mafia.

    • Rory: I end up here with the Ya-Ya Sisterhood.

      Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood was a novel by Rebecca Wells that was adapted for the big screen in 2002.

    • Paris: Maybe someday I'll stumble into a Disney movie and suddenly be transported into your body, and after living there awhile, I'll finally realize the beauty of myself.

      Describing the plot of Freaky Friday except it's a mother and daughter who switch bodies.

    • Francine: So I drop a box of matches on the floor, she can tell me how many there are?

      In Rainman, Dustin Hoffman's character could instantly tell at a glance the number of any objects laid out in front of him.

    • Lorelai: Yeah, look Fat Albert. Get me a soda.

      Fat Albert was a cartoon character created by Bill Cosby, known for his catchphrase "Hey, hey, hey".