Gilmore Girls

Season 1 Episode 21

Love, Daisies and Troubadours

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM May 10, 2001 on The WB
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Paris wreaks her revenge after Tristan lies about going to a concert with Rory; Rachel leaves Stars Hollow after she becomes convinced that despite his protests, Luke is in love with Lorelai; Rory's defense of the Stars Hollow troubadour during a town meeting brings her back together with Dean, enabling her to finally say, and mean, the words that he's been longing to hear; Luke and Max meet and engage in a little not-so-friendly rivalry as Max begins to suspect, despite her protests, that Lorelai and Luke were once an item; Max proposes to Lorelai with a thousand yellow daisies.moreless

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  • Relationships reach new stages. Good finale.

    I liked this, it was an enjoyable finale. Not the best episode of the first series, but it was great. One thing I would have liked is more Sookie and lane, there great character. But I get that it was about relationships of the Gilmore's. Plus Emily and Richard were absent.

    Liked the whole Rory trying to see and find Dean thing. Her going to the shop was interesting and funny, Lanes excitement about it and then Dean not being there, the guy that replaced Dean, what Rory said was funny 'I'll cross that off the list' Then at the town meeting, her speech was great, loved how people reacted, obviously this meant something and dean got that.

    But before that, the whole Girl scout thing was really funny, how scared Dean's little sister was./ Tristan is an ass again, telling everyone that he and Rory were going to a concert, clearly they weren't. A jealous Paris takes out her annoyance on Rory, wish Paris could see passed this, she can be a good character.

    Good scene when Dean turned up at the school and Rory finally told him she loved him 'I love you, you idiot' good scene, that told Tristan. Glad there back together. So then we have Lorelai and max, an alright couple, loved the scene when Luke and Max had a sort of confrontation, brilliant.

    Rachel left and told Luke to tell Lorelai about his feelings for her, wonder if hell do this, I hope so. I thought the Mr Fix it thing was funny. Max suddenly purposes but Lorelai is shocked and tells him that that's not what a proposal should be, it should be planned, there should be 1000 yellow daisies.

    The next day, Lorelai finds 1000 yellow daisies at the inn, she calls max and he tells her to think about the proposal. Lorelai then arranges a meeting at the diner with Rory. She gets a page and they both meet and exchange each others exciting new. A nice end.

    I look forward to season two. I would say that this has been a good opening series, my favourite episode being 'Concert Interruptus'. Can't wait to dive into the series two box set.moreless
  • Season Finale!

    Rory wants to get back together with Dean. Tristin starts a rumor that he and Rory are going out, which makes Paris, Louise, and Madeline all mad at Rory. Lorelai and Max have an arguement ending with a marriage proposal. Rachel leaves because she thinks that Luke has a thing for Lorelai. Rory and Dean finally get back together! After the abrupt proposal, Max proposes again, which makes Lorelai very excited!

    This was a great episode! I don't think Lorelai should marry Max. Luke and her are a great couple! I'm glad about Rory and Dean, but sad about Rory and Paris. The last thing that Sookie said was hilarious! This episode gets a 10!moreless
  • This is the season finale of Season 1 and it gave mixed feelings. Rachel leaves Luke because she knows that he is in love with Lorelai and she warns him to tell her before its too lare. Max becomes very jealous of luke and luke of max.moreless

    I thought this episode was good and bad. In this episode we get a feel of the very strong feelings that Luke has for Lorelai and thats great! What i dont like is the idea of Lorelai marrying anyone but Luke :( It made me really happy to see that Max was jealous of Luke and sensing that there was something between them (which we all know there is) but it made me mad that the jealousy made him bring forth the proposal. Basically i hate max! He is a good guy and all but we all know who Lorelai really truely belongs with... LUKE! but it makes me really mad that when rachel left and told him to tell Lorelai the truth and he got there to tell her stuipid Max inturupted!moreless
  • great episode, loved it can't wait to see season 2

    Where to start?

    Luke is hidding from Rachel at Lorelai's house fixing things and Rory is trying to get back to Dean, she even went to the grocery store to see him…

    Lorelai and Max's relationship is getting serious.

    Rachel leaves because she realizes that Luke is in love with Lorelai and Luke realizes it a bit more too.

    Tristin tries to go to a concert with Rory but she says no.

    Meanwhile Dean goes to Childton and runs into Rory coming out and Tristin with her books (he toke then and would return). They argue a little and then it comes:

    Rory: Dean!

    Dean: What?

    Rory: Stop!

    Dean: Why?

    Rory: Because I love you, you idiot!!

    The kissing starts and Tristin leaves the books and walks away…

    Oh and Max ask Lorelai to marry him, in an unconventional way but he does, she doesn't know what to say, he shouldn't ask while they were fighting (because Luke and other stuff) and she says that the proposal should be with 1000 yellow daisies and a horse…

    He gets the daisies for her at the Inn, so beautiful and the speech... He loves her.

    The part of Lorelai and Rory running to each other is beautiful, like to kids…

    The really are best friends and this episode is one of my favorites. The season ends well for both and that's good. They are both happy.

    Oh and another thing, I really like the guitar guy, I've noticed him before and I like the songs…moreless
  • Max proposes to Lorelai during an argument. Then he sends 1000 yellow daisies and makes a beautiful speech to propose for real. Dean & Rory get back together. Luke avoids Rachel. Then Rachel realizes Luke is in love with Lorelai and leaves.moreless

    I love this episode! Scott Patterson is such an amazing actor. I love his scene with Rachel when he can barely tell her that he and Lorelai are just friends. It was a nice scene. I am glad they were able to end that relationship amicably.

    I also loved the scene between Luke and Max when they were getting all territorial over their role in Lorelai's life. It was a bit weird they way Max just popped the question in the middle of an argument. I don't blame Lorelai at all for feeling totally thrown with a proposal like that.

    The scene at the town meeting when Rory makes her speech about not being able to say what she means, that was great! One of Alexis' finer moments. The scene where Dean goes to Chilton after Rory was so romantic! He almost ruined it when he gets jealous over Tristan carrying Rory's books.

    Luke and Lorelai's scene, of course, as always were the best!moreless
Scout Taylor-Compton

Scout Taylor-Compton

Clara Forester

Guest Star

Dave 'Gruber' Allen

Dave 'Gruber' Allen

The Second Troubadour

Guest Star

Jon Wellner

Jon Wellner


Guest Star

Teal Redmann

Teal Redmann

Louise Grant

Recurring Role

Liz Torres

Liz Torres

Miss Patty

Recurring Role

Sally Struthers

Sally Struthers

Babette Dell

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • When Lorelai gets locked out of the house, she reacts with frustration to being locked out seconds before she actually turns the door knob.

    • If you look closely as Rachel is leaving for good, you can see that she's carrying the new camera case that Luke got for her birthday. The same one that Lorelai bought on her tremendous shopping spree in the previous episode.

    • There are clearly more than 1000 daisies at the inn (even though Kirk says the order was for "no more, no less"). Each bunch has at least 30 or 40 in it, so there are probably several thousand!

    • As Lorelai, Rory and Max walk to the town meeting, you can see the Warner Brothers Fire Department logo on the fire trucks they pass.

    • When Lorelai and Luke are in Lorelai's kitchen after she found out he broke into her house, she says that she never keeps milk in the house. However in a previous scene, she and Rory both drink out of a glass bottle of milk so they obviously do keep milk in the house.

  • QUOTES (20)

    • Max: I couldn't find a horse.
      Lorelai: You didn't have to-
      Max: Don't say anything, please. You were right last night, I shouldn't have proposed to you like that. It was stupid. It was the wrong place and the wrong time. I kicked myself the entire night for doing it. But you were wrong about something too. I didn't propose to you because we were fighting. I proposed because I love you. We're in a bad pattern Lorelai, and we have to break it. And other than that murder-suicide thing, which would be illegal and messy, I can only think to be impetuous.
      Lorelai: Max.
      Max: No listen, I woke up this morning and I realized that I studied and taught the great literature all my life. And those stories are replete with characters that let opportunities slip by, but what I teach is more than literature, it's lessons in life. If I don't follow these tenets, I'm not the man I thought I was, the man I want to be.

    • (Luke has just left Lorelai's house, after having a rather intense encounter with Max)
      Max: So are we going?
      Lorelai: Uh, yeah. Just wanted to make sure you two were through swinging those things around. Someone's bound to lose an eye.
      Max: What are you talking about?Lorelai: Nothing. I'll get my purse.
      (Max follows Lorelai into the living room)
      Max: So not to be blunt, but is that over?
      Lorelai: Is what over?
      Max: Whatever's going on that I just walked in on.
      Lorelai: Oh Max, come on, that's Luke.
      Max: I kind of picked something up there.
      Lorelai: Okay. Well, drop it back on the ground and kick it under the couch, because there is no there there.
      Max: Hey, it's okay. I mean, we were apart for quite a while. I never assumed you joined a convent.
      Lorelai: Max.
      Max: I mean, it's not like I didn't date while we were apart.
      Lorelai: You dated?
      Max: A little.
      Lorelai: A little person?
      Max: No, I dated a little.
      Lorelai: Okay. Well, I didn't expect you to join a manvent or whatever the male equivalent of that is called. Who did you date?
      Max: A monastery.
      Lorelai: You dated a monastery?
      Max: No, a monastery is the male equivalent of a convent.
      Lorelai: Thank you Mr. Medina. I'll make a note for the quiz on Friday.
      Max: I didn't know if I'd ever see you again.
      Lorelai: No, I get it. Yes. We were apart. And, uh, you know, I didn't exactly remain inactive.
      Max: So you did date Luke?
      Lorelai: No, I did not date Luke.
      Max: You can tell me.
      Lorelai: I did not date Luke.
      Max: There was a vibe.
      Lorelai: There was no vibe. What is with the questioning? You won't tell me who you dated.

    • Rory: I can't date you, Tristan.
      Tristan: Well I give you permission.
      Rory: And on that humble note... (Rory walks off)

    • Lorelai: I had the weirdest dream last night. We were in our house but it wasn't our house, it was a Kentucky Fried Chicken.
      Rory: I'm hooked.
      Lorelai: I had to get dressed but my clothes were in the back and the guy manning the giant oil vat would not let me through.
      Rory: Oh my God that's so weird. When you said oil vat that just reminded me I had this dream last night. We were swimming in a pool, only it wasn't water it was like oil or honey or something.
      Lorelai: Hey.
      Rory: What?
      Lorelai: You totally did the thing.
      Rory: What thing?
      Lorelai: The thing. Where one person is describing their dream and it reminds the other person about their dream and suddenly it's all about their dream and the first person is just standing there like 'Um, hey man what about my dream?'
      Rory: I'm sorry. The oil vat guy was being mean...

    • (Luke broke into Lorelai's house)
      Luke: It's the kind of lock burglars go for.
      Lorelai: How do you know?
      Luke: It's easy to break. I proved that.
      Lorelai: You proved that by...
      Luke: Breaking in through the back door.

    • (Dean's sister told Rory he had pictures of her)
      Rory: Yeah. What's your name?
      Clara: Clara.
      Rory: You're a pretty girl, Clara.
      Clara: Thanks
      Rory: Now, was it has or had?
      Clara: I-I don't know.
      Rory: You do know Clara. Had is past tense. Has is present. Now think.
      Clara: I'm trying!
      Rory: Can you go to his room now?
      Clara: He doesn't like me in his room.
      Rory: Sneak in, he'll never no.
      (Clara starts tearing up) Oh no, don't cry. I didn't mean to make you cry. I'm a nice person, I'm a girl scout.
      Dean(off screen) Clara?
      Rory: (abruptly) Bye! (starts running away, Dean comes up behind Clara)
      Dean: What's the matter?
      Clara: She scared me.
      Dean: Who?
      Clara: The girl scout.

    • Rory: Because sometimes you have something you need to say but you can't because the words won't come out or you get scared or you feel stupid, so if you could write a song and sing it then you could say what you need to say and it would be beautiful and people would listen and you wouldn't make a complete idiot out of yourself, but all of us can't be songwriters so some of us will never be able to say what we're thinking or what we want other people to know that we're thinking so we'll never get the chance to make things right again ever.

    • (At the town meeting)
      Taylor: Lorelai, I hope that's not food in those bags. Food is not allowed at town meetings.
      Lorelai: No Taylor, it is… it's um, diapers for the little ones.
      Taylor: What?
      Lorelai: Dorsal fins and cucamonga.
      Taylor: What did she say?
      Lorelai: (Whispering to Max) I confuse him till he loses his train of thought and then he moves on. Hot dog?
      (Later, when Lorelai has fries in her hand and Taylor looks at her suspiciously)
      Lorelai: These are not fries. They are farfignugen sugen dugen.

    • (Lorelai is awakened from a sound sleep by a hammering noise)
      Lorelai: Dear God Almighty Mr. Mirkle!

    • Max: Thank you for last night.
      Lorelai: It was a good night, wasn't it?
      Max: Several novels will be written about it.
      Lorelai: I say we do it again, and next time I'll be the gypsy queen.

    • Luke: I forgot my toolbox, so I just thought I'd come pick it up.
      Lorelai: Oh, yeah. It's right over here. Rory and I couldn't lift it or we would've brought it to you, and then we got used to having it here, so we named it Bert, and we'd say, "Good night, Bert," and it'd say, "Good night girls," and--we spend too much time home alone.

    • Tristan: I'm all-knowing.
      Rory: How Godlike of you.

    • Max: We can't keep getting this close just to have something completely derail us again. And frankly there's only one thing I can think of that could solve it.
      Lorelai: Break up.
      Max: Ugh.
      Lorelai: Well, I'm not interested in a murder-suicide kind of thing ...
      Max: We should get married.
      (long pause)
      Lorelai: Give me a clue as to whether you're kidding or not.
      Max: I am not kidding.
      Lorelai: Good clue.

    • Max: So did you date Luke?
      Lorelai: No, I did not date Luke.
      Max: You can tell me.
      Lorelai: I did not date Luke.
      Max: There was a vibe.

    • Lorelai: (to Max about his proposal) It should be magical. There should be music playing and romantic lighting and a subtle buildup to the popping of the big question. There should be a thousand yellow daisies and candles and a horse and I don't know what the horse is doing there unless you're riding it, which seems a little over the top, but it should be more than this.

    • Luke: Yeah, I'm gonna get going. I just left my toolbox from when I was here earlier fixing things. I do a lot of little things around here for Lorelai.
      Lorelai: Yeah, you're very handy. So Luke, we'll talk later.
      Luke: Yes we will.
      Max: Although probably not tonight. We won't be back until late.
      Lorelai: No, I meant not tonight.
      Max: Oh, I misunderstood.
      Lorelai: I meant tomorrow. So tomorrow.
      Luke: Absolutely. We see each other most everyday.
      Max: Well sure, you've got the coffee.
      Luke: And she needs the coffee. So I'll see you tomorrow.
      Lorelai: Tomorrow.
      Luke: Same time as always.
      Max: I'd count on a little later.
      Luke: Doesn't matter what time it is. I'll always be around.

    • Dean: My sister recognized you from the pictures in my box.
      Rory: In what box?
      Dean: The box of stuff I have of us. Pictures and letters and everything I got from you.
      Rory: You have a Rory box?

    • Dean: (referring to Tristan) Your boyfriend's waiting.
      Rory: He's not my boyfriend! I hate him!
      Dean: Whatever.
      Rory: Dean!
      Dean: What?
      Rory: Stop!
      Dean: Why?
      Rory: Because I love you, you idiot!

    • Madeline: So I've decided I'm now completely into Judy Garland. Did you see the TV movie? Pretty intense.
      Louise: I think they used my mother's medicine cabinet in that.
      Madeline: She was the Courtney Love of her day.
      Paris: Show me a trend and I'll show you Madeline.
      Madeline: Judy Garland is trendy?
      Paris: Completely.
      Louise: She was neo-addict retro chic.
      Madeline: No one tells me these things

    • Lorelai: What's the opposite of ennui?
      Sookie: Off-ui. Hey, I'm cured!

  • NOTES (3)

    • German episode title: "Alte Liebe, neues Glück", meaning "Old Love, New Happiness".

    • Kelly Bishop (Emily) and Edward Herrmann (Richard) do not appear in this episode.

    • Music:
      "Honey Don't Think" by Grant Lee Buffalo
      "Sadness Soot" by Grant Lee Phillips
      "One Line" by PJ Harvey
      "Everybody Needs A Little Sanctuary" by Grant Lee Phillips
      "How To Dream" by Sam Phillips
      "My Little Corner Of The World" by Yo La Tengo
      "Swan Lake" -- Ballet -- Ste Op. 20a: Sea in the Moonlight by Tchaikovsky


    • Lane: I miss the old Rory.
      Rory: Well, she's staging a comeback.
      Lane: May it be more successful than Peter Frampton's.

      Rock guitarist Frampton was a big hit in the 1970's, but his return in the 1980's (after recovering from a car crash) was never as successful as his earlier career. Undaunted, he tried several times for a comeback, but never quite made it.

    • Lane: I almost went full Matrix on her.

      Reference to the movie The Matrix, which featured lots of violent scenes of kung fu and gunplay.

    • Madeline: (referring to Judy Garland) She was the Courtney Love of her day.

      Courtney Love is the lead singer of Hole and has battled a drug addiction for several years, similar to actress, Judy Garland.

    • Rory: No, my insane mother Margot Kidder Gilmore did!!

      This famous actress had manic depression, hallucinated and was technically 'crazy'. In 1996, when Margot was going to write a biography of herself, she began to get paranoid and her computer contracted a virus. Her manic depression, then took its toll. She panicked, and created problems in her head. This led to her fantasizing that her first husband was going to kill her, so she left her home, and feigned death. She even altered her appearance for dramatic effect.

    • Lorelai: (referring to Luke's hammering) The Frickin' Blue Man Group is outside our house.

      Blue Man Group is best known for its award-winning theatrical productions which feature three enigmatic bald and blue characters who take the audience through a multi-sensory experience that combines theatre, percussive music, art, science and vaudeville into a form of entertainment that is like nothing else. Blue Man Group is also known for its unique style of music which is played on a variety of invented instruments. This part of the show is most likely what Lorelai is referencing, Luke banging on the railing sounds like the Blue Man Group playing their percussive music, and they feign playing it on pipes, or buckets.

    • Kirk: I don't question the orders. I merely follow them.
      Michel: A job well done, Mr. Adolph Eichmann.

      Adolf Eichmann was a Nazi officer who implemented orders resulting in the deaths of thousands in German concentration camps. His defense at his trial for war crimes was that he was just following orders.

    • Rory: Mary? Oh no, not the Virgin Mary thing again.
      Louise: Not virgin, Typhoid.

      Mary Mallon, a cook, was a healthy carrier of the bacteria that caused typhoid fever. She earned the nickname 'Typhoid Mary' after 33 people who came in contact with her became ill, and 3 of them died, from typhoid fever.

    • Lorelai: And that starts with ceasing work on the Winchester Mystery House here.

      The Winchester Mystery House was built by the widow of William Winchester. Told that her family had been cursed because of the deaths caused by the Winchester repeating rifle, she decided to build a house that was like a labyrinth so that any vengeful spirits coming to visit her would get lost in the maze. Rumored to be haunted, the house has been designated a California historical landmark.

    • Luke: That Stretch Cunningham guy?
      Lorelai: No, the Dick Tracy guy.

      Stretch Cunningham was a character on All in the Family.
      Dick Tracy was a detective in comics, radio, movies, and TV.