Gilmore Girls

Season 1 Episode 8

Love and War and Snow

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Dec 14, 2000 on The WB
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Episode Summary

It's snowing, and Lorelai is giddy. She runs into Max in Stars Hollow, and invites him back to her place. But they run into someone unexpected when they get there. Lane feels left-out of Rory's life.

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  • It snows. Snow is pretty, let's write a whole episode about it.

    This episode actually was about the magical effects of snow. Despite my appreciation for the little things that make Gilmore Girls episodes (so great!), this episode was rather silly. I thought nothing happened, except for the Lorelai-Max coupling, but did they really need a complete, entire, whole episode devoted to them? I mean, I thought this show was called 'Gilmore GirlS'! Anyhow, the mise-en-scène was off course beautiful -who can resist a gorgeous snow landscape?- and Lorelai's happiness & silliness was very contagious. So heads up for Lauren Graham, she did an amazing job. The whole 'Lane-feels-neglected-by-Rory'- thing didn't look very convincing though. It was only a way to get more Rory in the story. I was glad I saw Keiko Agena again though, I love her! Dean is a loser.moreless
  • As always, I really enjoyed this episode but I'm not a huge Max fan, so Lorelai's story was less enjoyable.

    A good episode, for once, I think I preferred the Rory story to the Lorelai one. Max doesn't do much for me, if anything I find him a little dull. Lorelai was good at most times, but seemed to lose a bit of her humour. Her happiness about the snow was good though.

    Luke getting annoyed with the towns people was entertaining, cool how he brought them drinks later, the way he looked at Lorelai and that, proves that he likes her. The start, when Lorelai was teasing Rory about Dean, that was funny and entertaining.

    Rory and Dean's relationship seems to be going well, we didn't see much but it seemed fine. Lane is a cool character and I did feel a bit sorry for her, feeling left out of Rory's life. Was good to see Lorelai comfort her later, and for Lane and Rory to make up.

    Rory at her grandparents house was an enjoyable storyline. It was funny to see how they reacted to see oven bought pizza 'We have to eat this more often' Interesting to see Rory finding a picture of her father Christopher, look forward to more information on this. I thought it was hilarious when Emily needed Rory to turn off the time, because she didn't know where it was on the oven.

    A bit more Sookie would have been good but what she had, I enjoyed. So basically it was still good, but Max bores me a little and I prefer Lorelai without him. Good episode.moreless
  • Lorelai and her love affair with snow, and Rory stuck at her grandparents

    Lorelai can smell the snow in the air, it's a gift. She doesn't make it to Friday night dinner because of it. But Rory is there. Rory finds a scrapbook with photos of her mother as a baby and as the same age she is now. Something nobody has mentioned: She finds a set of serial photos of her mom and dad, Christopher, which she keeps. Emily and Richard's cook can't make it because of the snow, so Rory suggests that she go in the kitchen and see if there's anything she can make. She finds frozen pizza, which she and her grandparents enjoy. Meanwhile, Lorelai runs into Max, whose car has broken down in Stars Hollow. They spend the day together then, at Lorelai's house, Lorelai is reluctant to invite him in. It seems she has always kept her social life with men separate from her personal life with Rory. But Max convinces her to let him in and they start kissing passionately. Then Max sees Lane, who is in the house waiting for Rory. She has created a social blunder, touching a boy's hair who she has a crush on without his permission. But Lorelai convinces her it will be okay. Finally, Max falls asleep on the couch. Rory is feeling conflicted about it when she discovers him the next morning.moreless
  • Loralei is ecstatic about the snow. When Rory gets stuck in Hartford Loralei wanders the town and runs into Max. Meanwhile Lane is having a bad "teenday" and crashes at Loralei's inturrupting her date with Max,who ends up spending the night on the couch.moreless

    This is my favorite episode ever!!!! Loralei is so excited about the snow, and her excitment just compleatly radiates out of the show, making it so exciting. Her date with Max is amazing and the start of something wonderful for both of them, although you can tell Luke is dying to be the one with Loralei instead of Max. When Lane touches Rich Bloomenfeld's hair and has to crash at Loralei's, her talk with Loralei is a good kind of life lesson, that it's not the screw ups that you should judge your self by, but the way you handle them.moreless
  • Snow makes all the difference.

    It's snowing! Lorelai meets Max and they finally go on their first date. Rory is stuck at Richard and Emily's. They look at a photo album. Lane is desperate for Rory when she accidentally puts her hand in her crush's hair. Lorelai invites Max in, but Lane is also there, which puts a stop to the making out part of the date. The town is having their traditional stand out in the snow thing. They dress up like the war people and stand in the snow. Luke hates it.

    This was a great episode! I don't think Lorelai and Max should have attempted sex, since they aren't married. This episode gets a 9.5!moreless
Scot Zeller

Scot Zeller

Mr. Radis

Guest Star

Vic Chao

Vic Chao


Guest Star

Chase Penny

Chase Penny

Rich Bloomenfeld

Guest Star

Liz Torres

Liz Torres

Miss Patty

Recurring Role

Michael Winters

Michael Winters

Taylor Doose

Recurring Role

Scott Cohen

Scott Cohen

Max Medina

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (13)

    • Seems highly unlikely that two adults like Richard and Emily were left without anything at all for dinner. It couldn't have been their first snowstorm or some such emergency to leave them so helpless and unprepaired...

      Lorelai mentions that snow is special for her also because Rory made her first steps when it snowed. Considering Rory was born October the 8th, she must have walked for the first time after she turned 1, which is rather late, especially for a girl.

    • In the beginning of the episode, Lane is wearing her marching uniform. Why would Lane need to wear her uniform before school and throughout the whole day?

    • When Max and Lorelai arrive at Lorelai's house, Max acts as though he had never seen or been to her house before. But in the "Cinnamon's Wake" episode, he had gone there to pick her up for a date.

    • Lorelai tells Luke about having ear infections as a small child and how she thought the snow was her present. We hear about this again in the episode "Wedding Bell Blues". We learn that the song Wedding Bell Blues soothed her when she had these infections.

    • Harry, the town mayor, chairs the town meeting in this episode and also appears in "A Tisket-A Tasket". However, for the rest of the series he does not chair the meetings, Taylor does. Also, when Jackson runs against Taylor to get control in season four, their election is for town selectman. There is no mayor.

    • In this episode, Rory was looking through a photo album and saw a pic of baby Lorelai drowning in a sea of petticoats. Later on in "Emily in Wonderland", Rory asks for a baby picture of her mom and Lorelai and Emily both tell her that there are none. Wouldn't Rory know that there is at least one because she saw it in this episode?

    • When Rory pulls out her mother's photo album, we see the coming out gown that Lorelai was supposed to wear. In "Presenting Lorelai Gilmore", Emily supposedly gives Rory this same dress to wear, but the dresses look nothing alike. Also, in the album it is Lauren Graham in the photo (as well as some photos of Lorelai and Christopher), however in the flashbacks in "Dear Richard and Emily", it is Chelsea Brummet playing young Lorelai. Shouldn't she be in the photos?

    • In the scene when Rory returns home from Emily's house, Lorelai bursts through the front door to greet her. The next shot is of Rory. Right behind her right shoulder, there is man that goes into the woods.

    • After Rory puts parmesan on Emily's pizza, she puts down the cheese and then right after that you see it in her hand again, but you still hear the click of when it touched the plate.

    • When Rory takes off her backpack to put her chemistry book inside, you can see her holding her backpack in front of herself. When the shot changes, however, her backpack is on her back.

    • When Lorelai and Max are talking on Lorelai's porch, there is a specific snowflake that appears and disappears in between shots.

    • When Lane stays at Rory's house, wouldn't her mom freak out about where she was?

    • When Max and Lorelai arrive at her house, their clothes are completely dry, even though they just walked through a heavy snowfall and were covered with snowflakes in the prior scene.

  • QUOTES (22)

    • Rory: You know what? It's really good if you add some extra parmesan. This is mom's special trick. Frozen pizza is a staple at our house. Mom has become a major doctoring genius. She'll put anything on it. One time, Sookie came and brought us some foie gras and mom stuck it on a pizza.
      Emily: How was it?
      Rory: Pretty good once we took the foie gras off.

    • (Lorelai's message machine)
      Max: Lorelai, it's Max. Medina, Max Medina. And once again we miss each other. It's now 2:00 in the afternoon on Thursday, and I'm in my office grading a paper entitled: Emily Dickinson, Get a Life. Anyhow, as I sit here, losing my faith in mankind, I wonder if we're ever gonna actually go on that date we talked about many moons ago. I teach a night class in Stamford twice a week, and when I pass that Stars Hollow sign on the turnpike, I think: "Out there is a beautiful woman that I someday hope to spend time with." Anyhow, I'm just thinking about you. I don't know, maybe next week we can find some time. Bye, Lorelai...Gilmore. You knew that. Okay, bye.

    • (about Max's message)
      Rory: So how many times are you gonna listen to that?
      Lorelai: Till it stops being sexy.
      Rory: Stop. That's my teacher you're taling about. I have to respect him.
      Lorelai: Okay, well if it makes you feel any better, while he's being sexy, he's also being grammatically correct.
      Rory: Better. Thank you.

    • Lorelai: I feel good. Tingly.
      Rory: That's called frostbite

    • (to Rory)
      Lorelai: Hey Sweets! I have a locksmith coming to the house today like 5ish, and I don't know how long it will take, so will you tell Grandma and Grandpa that I'm gonna be late? And that I'm having Satan's baby? You pick the order.
      Rory: I'll relay the time message, but I'm leaving the rest up to you

    • Lorelai: Sorry I woke you up.
      Rory: That's okay, it's all fodder for the tell all.

    • Lorelai: Hey do you wanna talk? I'm not Rory, but we do use the same blow dryer.
      Lane: I did something really stupid tonight.
      Lorelai: Okay, what'd you pierce?
      Lane: Nothing. I touched a boy's hair.
      Lorelai: Okay.
      Lane: A boy I really like.
      Lorelai: So far I'm missing the stupid part.
      Lane: I kind of did it without his permission.
      Lorelai: Now we're getting somewhere.
      Lane: I don't know what happened. I mean I was just standing there and then he bends over and his hair falls forward and suddenly it's like my hand has a life of its own.
      Lorelai: Sounds like your hand had a little help from your hormones.
      Lane: God I was so humiliated! I can't ever go back to school. I'll have to be home schooled, my mother finally gets her way.
      Lorelai: Look at it from a different perspective. You have so many years of screw ups ahead of you, view this as a trial run for really grown-up humiliation.
      Lane: So not helping.
      Lorelai: Maybe you should be a hair-dresser.
      Lane: Lorelai!
      Lorelai: Yes, it's perfect. Then you can run your hands through anybody's hair you want and they'll pay you for it.
      Lane: What am I going to do? Everyone at school is going to be talking about it. I can't show my face.
      Lorelai: Everybody does stupid things in high school. It's like a requirement.
      Lane: Not like this!
      Lorelai: No, some people get pregnant! Talk about something really juicy for the gossip mill.

    • Emily: There you are!
      Rory: I think the phones went dead.
      Emily: It's probably just this horrible storm. You must come downstairs immediately.
      Rory: What's wrong?
      Emily: (Says in a serious, panicked tone) The stove is buzzing!
      Rory: It's just the timer, Grandma.
      Emily: I know it's the timer, Rory. What I don't know is where it's located or how to turn it off!
      Rory: But I really need to call Lane back.
      Emily: There's nothing you can do now, the phones will come back on eventually, now please come downstairs and help me stop the buzzing!
      Rory: But-
      Richard: (calls from downstairs) Emily, for Heaven's sake, get down here!
      Rory: Okay.

    • Emily: Well I just don't understand why you waited so late to call! Are you sure? Fine! Alright, yes! Goodbye (hangs up the phone).
      Richard: What's the problem, Emily?
      Emily: The problem is, that apparently Florence could not get here because of the storm.
      Richard: Florence?
      Emily: Our cook.
      Richard: Ah. Well, we'll just have to go out then.
      Emily: Please, Richard pay attention. We can't go out, it's miserable out there.
      Richard: Well we'll figure something out dear.
      Emily: What?! What will we figure out? I hate the damn snow!
      Richard: Emily, calm down.
      Emily: This is a serious problem. These Friday night dinners are the only proper food that child eats all week.
      Richard: (Calls out to Rory who's sitting in the dining room) Rory? Are you in any way malnurished or in need of some international relief organization to recrute a celebrity to raise money on your account?
      Rory: I'm good.
      Richard: She's good, Emily.
      Emily: Your sense of humor raises its ugly head at the oddest of times, Richard.
      Richard: I'm not the mastermind behind some great scheme to spoil your dinner plans and I don't care to be treated as such.
      Emily: So you're fine with having no dinner tonight, is that it?
      Richard: I certainly am not.
      Rory: (enters from the dining room) How 'bout I check the fridge? I'm sure there's something in there we could whip up.
      Emily: Whip up? (says it like it's a new concept)
      Rory: Yeah, come on. It'll be fun, I promise.
      Emily: Well come on Mr.-We'll-Figure-It-Out! (they're all standing in front of the refridgerator) Nothing!
      Richard: Not a blessed thing.
      Rory: There's frozen pizza!
      Emily: How in the world did that get there?
      Rory: Maybe you bought it and forgot about it.
      Emily: I have never bought frozen pizza, it must belong to Anna.
      Richard: The maid?
      Emily: Yes.
      Richard: Ah, got one!
      Emily: (Rory pulls the pizza out) What are you doing?
      Rory: I'm gonna make it.
      Emily: Oh Rory, you're not serious.
      Richard: That hardly looks like dinner.
      Emily: I agree. Rory, that's food you eat a carnival, or in a Turkish prison.
      Rory: I promise you're gonna love it.
      Emily: But-
      Rory: Listen. Just leave it up to me. You guys go back into the living room and I'll call you when it's ready. (Emily and Richard both give in and get ready to leave) Hey Grandma.
      Emily: (she and Richard both turn around) Yes?
      Rory: What are the odds of you knowing where a cookie sheet would be?
      Richard: I'd say very slim (Emily gives him a death glare).
      Rory: Okay, never mind. I'll find it.
      Emily: (looks at Richard before they leave) Very slim? Thank you for that.

    • Mayor: I have been mayor of this fine town for a long time. I tend to think of all of you as my children. Unfortunately, sometimes children have to be disciplined. Now I'm going to say something and I'm only gonna say it once. . .we have leash laws, people.
      Lorelai: Daddy's getting angry.

    • Lorelai: Wait, close your eyes and breathe. I smell snow.
      Rory: Ah, it's that time of year.
      Lorelai: Can't you smell it?
      Rory: You know, it's like dogs and high-pitched noises. I think it's something only you can smell.
      (Rory sits down next to Lorelai and pulls a blanket over the both of them)
      Lorelai: I love snow.
      Rory: Really, I had no idea.
      Lorelai: Everything's magical when it snows, everything looks pretty. The clothes are great. Coats, scarves, gloves, hats.
      Rory: Thermal underwear, wool socks, ear flaps.

    • Lorelai: (asking about the weather) Hey, how is it out there?
      Michel: It is cold and gray, like a fat, dead pigeon.

    • Michel: You do know that not everyone finds the idea of being pelted with frozen water appealing.
      Lorelai: I know, and how sad for them.
      Michel: The thrilling sensation of getting lost in a blizzard, of freezing to death in the woods and having to eat your friend's buttocks to stay alive: that is lost on many people.

    • Lorelai: (to Michel) I am telling you five minutes in a snowball fight we could knock that stick right out of your butt.

    • Emily: (talking to Lorelai over the phone) Have you seen the news?
      Lorelai: Ever?
      Emily: A bad storm is heading your way. It's already hitting us here.
      Lorelai: Well, don't panic. I'll get the ark, you get the animals.

    • Lorelai: Michel, it's the first snowfall of the season. It's very lucky! Make a wish!
      Michel: Get away from me.
      Lorelai: Oh, you're not supposed to say it out loud.
      (Michel answers the phone.)
      Lorelai: (to herself) The world changes when it snows. It's quiet. Everything softens.
      Michel: It's your mother.
      Lorelai: And then the rain comes.

    • Lorelai: (about Max) Okay, well, if it makes you feel any better, while he's being sexy, he's also being grammatically correct.

    • Luke: Twelve guys stood in a row all night waiting for an enemy that never showed. They got stood up. They should've been wearing prom dresses.

    • Luke: It's me Harry, Luke. You've known me since I was 5 years old.
      Mayor: Oh, Luke, yes. Sit down.

    • Luke: Tradition is a trap. It allows people to stick their head in the sand. Everything in the past was so quaint, so charming. Times were simpler. Kids didn't have sex. Neighbors knew each other. It's a freaking fairy tale. Things sucked then too. It just sucked without indoor plumbing.

    • Rory: It's Mr. Medina.
      Lorelai: I know.
      Rory: My English teacher is on my couch.
      Lorelai: It was the snow. You know how I get, it's like catnip. I was walking, he was there, his car was broken, we had fiesta burgers... it was the snow.

    • Taylor: Well, excuse me, Andrew, but some of us have businesses to run that don't involve peddling drug paraphernalia to kids.
      Andrew: It was a lava lamp, Taylor.
      Taylor: There is no use for a lava lamp unless you're on drugs.

  • NOTES (5)


    • Max: You're crazy...
      Lorelai: Very possible...
      Max: ...And I'm following you...
      Lorelai: Yes, you are...
      Max: So possibly I'm crazier than you are...
      Lorelai: Again, very possible...
      Max: A match made in Heaven.
      Lorelai: ...Or in Bellevue

      Bellevue Hospital, in NYC, is the oldest public hospital in the USA, and has long been known for its psychiatric facilities. If you went crazy in New York, that's where you wound up.

    • Dean: Well, I could tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.

      This joke has been used numerous times in movies and TV shows. The earliest IMDB reference to it occurs in Top Gun (1986), and is uttered by Tom Cruise's character, Maverick, but it probably predates that.

    • Richard: You also knew that you wanted to marry Errol Flynn.

      Errol Flynn is an actor famous for his romantic, swashbuckling roles and very suave manner. Well-known movies include Captain Blood (1935) and The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938). Other roles include Fletcher Christian, Genneral Custer, Gentleman Jim Corbett, Don Juan, and William Tell. He is also one of the likely progenitors of the phrase, "In Like Flynn", a reference to something so smooth and easy as to be no effort at all (in Errol's case, seduction).

    • Lorelai: All right, honey, tell Grandma you arrived there not a member of the Junior League, I'd like you to leave there the same way.

      The Junior League is an educational and charitable woman's organization aimed at helping communities through volunteering. It is also an exceedingly common extra-curricular activity for the young of the well-to-do.

    • Lorelai: I swear to God, if this wasn't a major Judy Blume moment, I would kick her cute little butt right out of here.

      Judy Blume is a writer who mainly writes books for children and young adults that tackle controversial and moral issues. In season six we learn that April was obsessed with Blume's 1973 novel Deenie.

    • Lorelai: I guess I'll just put on my red, white and blue leotard, grab my golden lasso and fly the invisible plane on over.

      Reference to Wonder Woman, the first female superhero, who wore a leotard, carried a lasso and flew in an invisible plane.

    • Lorelai: (to Rory) Hey babe, (to Lane, nods) Sergeant Pepper.

      Lane is in her marching band uniform, making her appear as though one of the Beatles on the cover of their seminal 1967 album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band where the Beatles used french horns along with their usual instrumentation and added crowd and warm-up noises to make it seem that there was a full-sized band and an audience. This album triggered a great deal of development in the rock world, as it inspired many bands to do more than "standard" rock 'n' roll. The Beach Boys' album Pet Sounds was directly inspired by it, for example.

    • Lorelai: Well, don't panic. I'll get the ark, you get the animals.

      Lorelai is referencing the story from Genesis 6-8 in the Bible, in which Noah, in order to avoid an impending catastrophic flood, was commanded by God to build an ark and collect two of each animal in the world.