Gilmore Girls

Season 7 Episode 20

Lorelai? Lorelai?

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM May 01, 2007 on The WB
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Episode Summary

With graduation looming, Rory is anxiety-ridden over her future, so Lorelai tries to cheer her up with a day of eating and shopping. Lorelai notices happily that Luke is once again wearing the baseball cap she gave him, and invites him to join her and Rory for karaoke night at a local bar. After a few drinks, Lorelai takes the stage to sing a heartfelt number which is obviously directed at Luke. Logan returns from a business trip to California and comes to see Lorelai to discuss his future with Rory.moreless

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  • Back on track for the end

    This show was great. I like that Rory hasn't gotten everything this season, but I slightly think that it is ridiculous that she seems to have only applied at major newspapers. I am not saying that she isn't good enough, but going to Yale and being the editor of the paper isn't enough to make you a big famous writer just out of college. That being said, the fact that Luke was wearing his hat, and Lorelai sang that song first, so silly, then so sweet, it was nice. And I don't know if Logan and Rory should get married, but it is so nice that he shows how much he loves her by proposing (well, to her mom this episode) It was a very solid show, and was fantastic.moreless
  • Actual rating: 200!

    What a great episode! I loved it. It was truely moving the whole situation with Rory. I've been where she is (not applying for jobs in New York or Chicago) & know what she was going through.

    Lorelai's song was really touching too. Lauren Graham is a really good singer. Even drunk.

    And the ending? Man, what an aweful way to end! Of course, sets up for next week. What will Lorelai decide? Give her blessing & she'll lose Rory in the sense of she'll be nowhere near her? Or say no & loose her anyway for not giving her blessing? Either way is tough. But if this is the last season (which I'm really hoping it isn't) then it would be fitting for Rory to move away from her mother & everyone (sniff). It'll be rough, but if the show is to end then it should go out with emotion. And hey, why not have a double wedding? Rory & Logan & Lorelai & Kirk? I'm kidding. Lorelai & Luke, of course. That'll be the way to end a show like this.

    Seven days is way to long to wait to find out. Great episode anywaymoreless
  • I LOVE this episode, especially when Lorelai sings, she is so GOOD!! It is just so beautiful, and sad, and sweet. You can tell that there is something there.

    This episode is so cool. I like Rory's dream, Paris and Doyle's kids are so cute! I love that Logan asked for Lorelai's permission, it was so nice, and Lorelai was speechless for the first time in a long time. And i LOVED the Kareoke night. Patty and Babette are really good singers, but Kirk could use a LOT of work! I think Lulu was the only one who enjoyed it, and that's proberly only because she's his girlfriend, or she's tone deaf. But i LOVE Lorelai!! She's a really good singer! I love the song that she choose, the Lyrics just described the situation and what she was really feeling so well. At first she was being a bit silly, but when Luke walked in, she acted unnerved, but then she just locked eyes with him, and her voice was really emotional, and sort of tremerd, and you could tell that she was really putting all of her feelings into it, especially when she sang "but abouve all i wish you love." It was just so sad and sweet and emotional and romantic, i felt like crying. And the next morning, when Rory said "sometimes you just gotta let your feelings out", and you could see that Lorelai agreed, and i think that that described the situation perfectly.moreless
  • A fantastic episode..!! :)

    Wow, it's now official, season 7 just keeps getting better and better towards the end. I really liked this episode, it had all the fun of a normal GG-epi, but also a lot of emotional stuff. First of all, I really liked that Lane is so grown up now, and even though you could tell that she really wanted to go on tour with Zack, she realised it wasn't possible with the babies, and still let him go... Awww, they are just so perfect together... :)

    Rory is really bummed that she doesn't know what she is going to do after graduation, and I kinda like that she didn't get that fellowship. She is much to used to getting precicely what she wants. And I thought it was really good to see Rory matter again. I've said this over and over, but I think Rory has been so blah this season, so I really liked her in this episode... :)

    The song Lorelai sang was just perfect, I loved how she changed the way she sang it when Luke entered, and you could tell that he realised it too... They just have to get back together soon!! :) And off course the end where Logan asks Lorelai for her blessing of him marrying Rory... Aww... He's just so nice... :)moreless
  • join stars hollow for karyoke night..lorelais singing to luke_kriks doing weird and disturbing AGAIN_patty and babette entertain us_ and logan continues to surprise us!!

    lorelai takes the stage_completly drunk_in order to cheer rory up about losing the job shes been wanting. enter luke; lorelai sees him and intantly locks eyes with him and continues to sing as the words "i will always love you" flow out in a way that will make you cry. :D luke watches her as she sings and they share a moment together. and "evryone" sees it too! the next day she is grilled about insisting that it meant nothing. logan comes to lorelai and asks a very "special" question...he wants to marry rory. lorelai takes a walk to calm down and relax after that and goes to watch "kirk in a box"..and runs into luke where they share a nice moment.moreless
Liz Torres

Liz Torres

Miss Patty

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Sally Struthers

Sally Struthers

Babette Dell

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Vanessa Marano

Vanessa Marano

April Nardini

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (17)

    • In the scene where Zach tells Lane he's going to be playing guitar for 'Vapor Rub' you can see Lane take the bananas out of the shopping bag twice.

    • When Lorelai is on stage at KC's there is a sign behind her and to her right that says "BooZoo Barns". In "A Vineyard Valentine" BooZoo Barns and the Cajun Stompers were the zydeco band Lorelai had scheduled to audition to play at her and Luke's June 3rd wedding. Lorelai referred to them as "the last nail in the coffin of June 3rd".

    • Paris chooses to go to Harvard Medical School.

    • Zach gets an offer to go on a two month tour with a band called "Vapor Rub" as their lead guitarist.

    • In this episode, Richard and Emily announce they purchased an apartment in Manhattan, in which Rory can live when she is working for The New York Times. However, even if Rory got the fellowship she applied for at The New York Times, we learned in "Hay Bale Maze" that it was only a six week fellowship program. Why would Richard and Emily purchase an entire apartment for Rory to live in for only six weeks?

    • When Lorelai and Rory are at Luke's discussing famous examples of people who have had setbacks, Rory comes up with Mark Twain. They then reminisce about Rory's 12th birthday party which was held at the Mark Twain House. However, in "I'm a Kayak, Hear Me Roar," Rory told Logan that her 12th birthday party celebration was ice skating in Central Park. Since the Mark Twain House is in Hartford, CT and Central Park is in New York City, it is highly unlikely they did both for her 12th birthday (Hartford is 3 - 4 hours away from Manhattan). This is an inconsistency about Rory's 12th birthday party activity.

    • The movie that Lorelai is watching at the end of the episode is the 1959 movie, House on Haunted Hill.

    • When Lorelai and Rory are sitting in Rory's bedroom talking about her future, Rory's ponytail changes from being on her back to pushed forward.

    • In the opening dream sequence, when Lorelai walks out the door to go to Hawaii, Rory's bangs are all pushed to the side. However, in the very next shot, when she goes into the kitchen, they are positioned impeccably in front of her face.

    • In this episode, we learn that after her breakup with Luke, Lorelai got rid of absolutely everything that reminded her of him. This is very different from her attitude in the early seasons, particularly Season 1, when she urged Rory to never throw away her "Dean items" after she broke up with him for the first time.

    • This is actually the fourth time we have heard Lorelai sing but first time she's sung a whole song. The first time was in the season 3 episode, "Dear Emily and Richard". She sang the first line to "In Your Easter Bonnet". The second time was in the season 3 episode, "Say Goodnight, Gracie", when she sang the the first line to "Wind Beneath My Wings". In the season 5 episode, "We got us a Pippi Virgin", she sings along to the beginning of Pippi Longstocking.

      She also performs "the painting song" in season 1, "Mama mia" in "I can't get started" (season 2), the first line to "Space oddity" in "Eight o'clock at the oasis" (season 3), the theme of the "Love boat" when she teases Luke about his cruise plans with Nicole (season 3).

    • This is the first time we see Steve and Kwan, Lane and Zach's baby twins.

    • In the final scene with Lorelai and Logan there are two take out boxes on the coffee table. When they sit at the couch one box is open full of fries, the next it's closed. When they show the boxes again they are both closed.

    • During karaoke night, Babette and Miss Patty sing "You'll Never Know" originally sung by Dick Haymes and "Fever" originally sung by Peggy Lee, which Babette dedicates to Morey. Kirk sings "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me" originally sung by Culture Club. Lorelai sings "I Will Always Love You, the version originally sung by Dolly Parton and ends up singing it at Luke when he comes into the bar.

    • Logan asks for Lorelai's permission to ask Rory to marry him, which for the first time ever, leaves Lorelai speechless.

    • Lorelai is driving a blue minivan, a temporary replacement until her Jeep is fixed.

    • Luke has now gone back to wearing the hat that Lorelai gave him at Christmas in the Season 1 episode "Forgiveness and Stuff". This is the first time he wears the hat after their break-up.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Lorelai: Oh, you're preparing for the big boat trip, huh?
      Luke: Yep.
      Lorelai: Wow. Do you want me to just talk in nautical terms till you go?
      Luke: No.
      Lorelai: Aye, aye, captain.
      Luke: Please don't.
      Lorelai: Shiver me timbers.
      Luke: Are you done?
      Lorelai: All hands on deck. Now I'm done.
      Luke: Good.
      Lorelai: So, where you going?
      Luke: Oh we were thinking of heading up the coast.
      Lorelai: Oh, well, up is good.
      Luke: It should be fun.
      Lorelai: You're really going on a boat trip, huh? You sure it's a good idea?
      Luke: What's wrong with a boat trip?
      Lorelai: Well I mean for starters, you're on a boat.
      Luke: So?
      Lorelai: So! Anything could go wrong. You're on a boat in the water in the middle of nowhere. Haven't you seen "Dead Calm," "Open Water," "Das Boot"?
      Luke: Okay, first of all, I did not purchase a u-boat.
      Lorelai: "Titanic", surely you've seen "Titanic."
      Luke: April's very excited about this.
      Lorelai: Sure she is.
      Luke: Here's your coffee.
      Lorelai: Look instead of paying for this, can I just give you some of my sage advice?
      Luke: I'd rather have the dollar.
      Lorelai: April says she's very excited?
      Luke: Very excited.
      Lorelai: Yeah, she said she's very excited, but if I were you, I would plan a couple nights at a hotel so she can wash her hair and order room service. That's what I would do.
      Luke: Okay.
      Lorelai: Okay and if you're heading up the coast, you have to spend as much time as possible on the southern coast of Maine.
      Luke: Yeah?
      Lorelai: And you have to go to Barnacle Billy's.
      Luke: Barnacle Billy's?
      Lorelai: They have the best lobster you've ever had and you sit on the deck, look at the view -- you never want to leave.
      Luke: I'll check it out.
      Lorelai: For all that extra advice, don't I get a doughnut?
      (Luke opens the donut box))
      Lorelai: Thank you very much.(she leaves)

    • Lorelai: (just before she begins to sing on stage) Here's another embarrassing moment for your diary, kid. Happy Graduation!

    • Lorelai: (about the news of Logan getting a great job) You're a serious guy. Look, you don't have to convince me. I voiced my concerns and you told me your plans, we had pie-- I'm cool
      Logan: Thank you! I appreciate that. That means a lot to me
      Lorelai: Oh, you're welcome
      Logan: So the thing is-- as you can imagine, I'm pretty exited about all this
      Lorelai: Yeah!
      Logan: But it does mean I'll move to San Francisco
      Lorelai: Oh wow! That's big. That's funny, Rory didn't mention it
      Logan: Well, actually I haven't told her yet
      Lorelai: And you are here 'cause you want me to tell her for you?
      Logan: No, no. I'm gonna tell her. I just-- I wanted to talk to you first about it
      Lorelai: Ok. That's... thoughtful
      Logan: Look, I love Rory. She means the world to me, and I want her to come with me to California
      Lorelai: Oh...
      Logan: But not just as my girlfriend-- which is why I'm here. I'm here to ask your permission, your permission to ask Rory to marry me
      Lorelai: (looking at him so overwhelmed)
      Logan: Lorelai? Lorelai?

    • Luke: (about Rory after she doesn't get her job) How's she holding up?
      Lorelai: Oh, well...she's doing okay. Rory's used to getting what Rory wants.

    • Rory: Wow, when did you get so mature?
      Lane: Well, I think the maturity gene sets in when you become a mother.

  • NOTES (8)

    • Music:

      -"Boys Don't Cry", The Cure , Played when Lane puts the babies to bed.
      "So Long, Farewell", The Sound of Music Babette and Miss Patty sing in the diner.
      "Friendship" from Anything Goes Miss Patty and Babette
      -"Fever", Peggy Lee, Babbette and Miss Patty at KC's.
      - "Tell Her What She Wants to Know", Sam Phillips, Instrumental version played as Lane and Zach walk to KC's
      - "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?", Culture Club, Kirk singing at KC's
      -"I Will Always Love You", Dolly Parton. Lorelai's song to Rory/Luke at KC's.

    • French episode title: "Un Chant d'Amour", meaning "A Love Song".

    • Liz Torres (Miss Patty) and Sally Struthers (Babette) were both on All in the Family together. Sally played Archie Bunkers daughter for the whole run of the show. Liz Torres had a recurring role in the final years of the show.

    • International Airdates:
      Spain - October 12, 2007 on FOX TV Spain
      Germany - February 29, 2008 von VOX

    • This is the 14th episode of Gilmore Girls with the name Lorelai in the title.

    • This episode marks the final appearance of Vanessa Marano, who plays Luke's daughter April.

    • This episode scored 4.04 million viewers on its original airdate.

    • Yanic Truesdale (Michel) does not appear in this episode.

  • ALLUSIONS (10)

    • Tokyo Police Club, the band Zach will open for, is an indie/pop/garage band from Canada. They have one EP. Their videos "Nature of the Experiment" and "Cheer it On" have been popular on MTVU.

    • Lorelai: Jackson Pollock.
      Rory: Mom.
      Lorelai: He struggled before he succeeded, and I bet if you asked him now, he would tell you he was glad for that.

      Jackson Pollock was an influential American painter and a major force in the abstract expressionist movement.

    • Lorelai: Alanis Morissette.
      Rory: What? No.

      Alanis Nadine Morissette is a Canadian and naturalized American singer-songwriter, record producer, and occasional actress, who ranks among the top selling recording artists in history, thanks to her multi-million selling third album and despite the poorly selling rest of her discography (with sales decrease after each new release).

    • Babette: It's for my throat. Gives it a rougher quality, a husky sound sort of like Debbie Harry meets Ethel Merman!

      Debbie Harry is a Grammy Award-winning, and Golden Globe-nominated American rock and roll musician, pop icon, sex symbol, and a Diva from New Jersey. She originally gained fame as the frontwoman for the new wave band Blondie. Ethel Merman was a Tony Award and Grammy Award-winning star of stage and film musicals, well known for her powerful voice and vocal range.

    • Babette: "My Funny Valentine" -- it doesn't work. It's April already. What about "Down with Love"?

      "My Funny Valentine" is a jazz standard, appearing on over 1300 albums performed by over 600 artists. The song was composed by Richard Rodgers to lyrics by Lorenz Hart and first appeared in the musical comedy Babes in Arms.
      'Down with love' is a song by Micheal Buble and Holly Palmer.

    • Emily: I'm sure it's nepotism. If your name isn't Keller or Sulzberger, you may as well not even apply.

      The Sulzberger and Keller families both have influential powers at the New York Times, as the Sulzbergers are the publishers and the chairman of the company, as a Keller family member is the executive editor of the paper.

    • Lorelai: Well you do look great, Dad. Very Lance Armstrong.

      Lance Armstrong is a retired American professional road racing cyclist. He won the Tour de France—cycling's most prestigious race—seven consecutive times, from 1999 to 2005.

    • Paris: Cookbooks, Doyle. Her husband wrote "The Satanic Verses," and all you'd want to talk about is cookbooks.

      The Satanic Verses is Salman Rushdie's fourth novel, first published in 1988 and inspired in part by the life of Muhammad. The title refers to the Satanic Verses, an attempted interpolation in the Qur'an described by Ibn Ishaq in his biography of Muhammad.

    • Zack: (Watching Kirk sing onstage) That is just sinful.
      Lane: Be nice.
      Zack: I'm just saying if you're going to do Boy George at least commit to high heels and make up.

      Zach is referring to Boy George, former lead singer of the 80's pop group "Culture Club", famous for his flamboyant looks, which including wearing a lot of make up and high heels.

    • Lane: She's a Whitney fan?
      Rory: Oh I think it's Dolly inspired.

      They're talking about Lorelai's song "I Will Always Love You" which originally sung by Dolly Parton and then again sung by Whitney Houston as part of the soundtrack for her movie The Bodyguard.