Gilmore Girls

Season 4 Episode 20

Luke Can See Her Face

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM May 04, 2004 on The WB
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Jackson's devotion to his wife and her famous zucchini soup set the stage for the perfect antidote to the stress surrounding the opening of the Inn; Luke unwittingly comes to the rescue when Sookie tries to set Lorelai up with the poultry supplier; Liz returns to Stars Hollow to announce that she's getting married in the town square in a week; Paris and Asher decide to travel to England together during the summer; T.J. has a tumultuous bachelor party; at Luke's request, Jess changes his mind about attending his mother's wedding and returns to Stars Hollow for the festivities; Rory tries to hide her discomfort when Lorelai tells her about overhearing a fight between Dean and Lindsay; a self-help tape helps Luke clarify his thinking, and a talk with Jess gets him started on the path to having the relationship he's been looking for all along.moreless

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  • With Liz and TJ's wedding coming up, Luke convices Jess to come back down to Stars Hollow. Lorelai freaks out over the inn, and Paris pays a visit to the hospital... to see her very OLD boyfriend.moreless

    This is possibly the best R/J and L/L episode that lacked our two Gilmore Girls. With Jess' return (and might I say that he is looking particularly nice in this ep) you see the beginnings of the changes that we'll eventually see in the sixth season. I love how he can sit "in a strip bar with girls wallowing in slimy dirt" and just read a book. This ep also has Luke FINALLY realizing his true feelings for Lorelai. The cutest scene is when he "see's her face."


    But my favorite things has to be the conversation with Luke and Jess near the end. You can see how similar they actually are, you can see that Jess isn't some cold hearted stone, and you can see Luke confident that someday, their luck will change. And while Luke's luck goes through to the end of the season, Jess' doesn't. I could see how different Jess was, and how willing he was to make it work. But Rory couldn't, and it lead to that really fabulous scene at the end of Raincoats and Recipes. But in my mind, that never really happened. What scene?

    Secondary stories include Lorelai and Paris. Lorelai's is funny, resulting in sleeping with the zuccini. I didn't enjoy Paris' story as much, partly because I was eager to get back to Jess, and partly because it disappointed me. She was just about to go break up with Hugh Hefer, and then he pulled his British charm, and she was once again back in his wrinkly arms.

    Fabulous episode. Best of season 4, 9.8/10.moreless
  • Luke gets a self-help tape and realises something, Paris has second thoughts about her relationship with Asher. All I can say is, finally!

    About time, this episode was great purely because Luke finally realised that Lorelai is who he wants to be with. He didn't say it but you could tell. He even asked her to Liz's wedding which she accepts but doesn't seem to see as a date. Also Jess seems to be on the mend and he and Luke connect when he reveals that he came because of him. It was great to see them both friendly towards each other.

    As for other things, the inn is opening soon and I can't wait, should be brilliant. Emily and Richard are still hiding there separation but we don't see them. Dean and Lindsey's fight was very revealing and entertaining, there's trouble here. Rory was obviously uncomfortable when she heard this.

    Paris stays with Asher, I still think this will end soon but it was enjoyable none the less. Can't wait for the last two episodes.moreless
  • Luke finally sees her face clearly...

    This episode marks a landmark in Gilmore Girls, as Luke finally admits to himself he has feelings for Lorelai. The whole storyline was brilliantly written and Scott Patterson became a whole new actor for me. Everything was perfect: from Luke buying the books and scared that Andrew might see what he's buying, his innability to let himself go (with the scene with him driving and listening to the tape 'Complete: I'm angry because...', which made me laugh out loud) until the moment where the tapes asks if he can "see her face", the woman you want to spend your life with, tell good news too, spend memorable moments with, and you can just tell by his face, and how it changes, that he's thinking of Lorelai. It was just sooo beautiful.

    Plus, first episode I actually liked Jess. He came. And he was quite funny =) I loved Lorelai's reaction when he comes into the diner.

    Not so sorry Dean and Lindsay were fighting. About time. Oh, and the whole 'sleeping with the zucchini' story was the cutest thing. From Sookie telling Lorelai and Michel that Jackson was literally sleeping with the zucchini until they all fall asleep under the stars (and with the zucchini) it was the most adorable thing. Even Michel was cute! Amazing, amazing episode.moreless
  • The revelation lol

    The opening for the Inn is coming and Lorelai can't sleep lol

    Those mental notes lol

    I think I've never seen her at that time in the morning at Luke's. And Sookie setting up Lorelai and Shel lol, she found a way around it quickly, Luke was scared lol

    OK I was stunted, Luke buying learning books about love and tapes, I never thought that would happen.

    There are troubles in paradise, Lindsey and Dean are fighting a lot. And Liz is back and she is getting married!!! A renaissance wedding!!! Luke even when after Jess so he would walk Liz down the church.

    That test freaked Luke out, the one "do you see her face?" I know whose face he saw, Lorelai's.

    And Paris with Asher, she took him to the hospital and I have to say I missed this, her freak out personality! Looks like the romance is still on.

    And the best part was the sleeping over with the sookinis(I think that's how it is spelled) and then in the morning, Luke inviting Lorelai to the wedding. That's prof he was her face lolmoreless
  • Luke apparentley saw her face.

    OK Question we all dang well know he loves Lorelei, i mean thats how the series began right? So why now is he Just realising this. He built her a Chuppah, she bailed him out on jail, they chased baby chicks , and he also took her to a hospital for her father. So why has all this never ending we see it we know they want it vibe, apparentley showing up in a character who already saw her face right? If the tape was like " Hey pal ,you love this woman and your to scared to do anything about it, so hurry up , grow a pair, tell her before she moves on" It would have made more sense maybe if it had Been Lorelei who saw his face it would make a lot more sense. Once again he saw her face already!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

Michael York

Michael York

Asher Fleming

Guest Star

David DeLuise

David DeLuise

T.J.'s Brother

Guest Star

Sonya Joy Sims

Sonya Joy Sims


Guest Star

Milo Ventimiglia

Milo Ventimiglia

Jess Mariano

Recurring Role

Kathleen Wilhoite

Kathleen Wilhoite

Liz Danes

Recurring Role

Michael DeLuise

Michael DeLuise


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (9)

    • In this episode, Luke says that he hasn't been in a fight since sixth grade. However, he gets into a fight with Dean in season 1, the day after he and Rory break up.

    • The scene where Rory arrives at the hospital and is able to find Paris by hearing her yelling through the hospital is very reminiscent of the scene in season one where Lorelai finds Emily yelling at the desk nurse in the hospital after Richard's heart attack.

    • When Lorelai is Luke's at 5:00 am, she says that she's mentally telling the plumbers there is no water pressure in rooms 10, 12 and 15. However, in episode 4x04, "Chicken or Beef", Lorelai says in her proposal at the town meeting that the Dragonfly has 10 guest rooms.

    • This episode is the one and only one with Luke in the title.

    • When Luke invites Lorelai to his sister's wedding he tells her he'll pick her up at her place.
      Yet, in the next episode, on the wedding day, Lorelai meets him at the diner and they head to the square together from there.

    • Michel complains to Lorelai that he does not have his desk yet. But in the previous episode, we see Lorelai standing behind a desk in the same spot where Michel is complaining about.

    • In the scene where Lorelai, Sookie, Jackson, and Michel wake up from sleeping with the zuccini, they show a shot from above and Lorelai doesn't have straw in her hair. Then when they show her closer, the amount of straw in her hair changes throughout the scene.

    • The episode begins with Lorelai looking outside at the cats on her doorstep, and it is light outside. After the opening credits, Lorelai goes to Luke's for breakfast, and it is still dark outside, meaning it would be a new day. However, when she talks to Luke that afternoon, she says, "Cats came to my house today," when it was really the previous day.

      Answer: It was the same day,when Lorelai called Rory it was very early,Rory had told her to go back to bed and then she went to Lukes all in the same morning.The lighting was just a mistake on the shows part

    • When Lorelai says the line about her list being as long as all of the Chinese people in the world, she holds her purse up by the side, but then it magically and mysteriously moves to the middle of the handle.

  • QUOTES (25)

    • Lorelai: Seriously, I want to give you an official investor's tour. You should see the place, it's looking really good!
      Luke: I've heard the water pressure sucks in rooms 10, 12, and 15.
      Lorelai: (Smiles) What do you say?
      Luke: You eat the oatmeal, I take the tour.
      Lorelai: Fine, I'll eat it but I'm making a face the entire time!
      Luke: I'm looking forward to it.

    • Guy in Self-Help Tape: Whose phone calls or visits are never unwanted or too long? Do you see her face? Who would you most like to have in your life to ward off moments of loneliness? Do you see her face? When you travel...who would make your travels more enjoyable? Do you see her face? When you're in pain...who would you most like to comfort you? Do you see her face? When something wonderful happens in your life, a promotion at work, a successful refinancing...who do you want to share the news with? Do you see her face? Whose face appears to you, my friend? Whose face?

      Luke: Whoa.

    • Lorelai: So now I'm caught up on everything, right?
      Luke: I think so. (Jess comes in)
      Jess: I'm not paying for a hotel, so I'm staying with you. (Goes upstairs)
      Lorelai: Liar!
      Luke: I didn't know if he was coming. I went to see him in New York.
      Lorelai: You went to New York? I needed things picked up in New York!

    • Lorelai: I've got a cat on my doorstep!
      Rory: Well, it's better than a bun in your oven!

    • Jess:(To Luke) Aren't you gonna sit down?
      T.J.: He doesn't want to make a lap.
      T.J.'s brother: A lap is an illusion.
      Jess: What?
      Luke: Please don't get him started!

    • Paris:(About Asher) He doesn't have a lot of years left!
      Rory: An anvil could hit you on the head tomorrow, and he could live for another forty years.
      Paris: I'm nineteen! I should be out rollicking, but I'm not!
      Rory: Well, he probably didn't do a lot of rollicking when he was younger, either. He's British.

    • Jess: I'm doing great.
      Luke: Great, great, you're doing great. I'm not doing great, and I have running water.
      Jess: Everything's fine.
      Luke: Fine, not great? What happened to great?
      Jess: All this and no housewarming gift!

    • (Jess and Luke arrive in Luke's after they got in a fight at TJ's bachelor party, Jess takes a chair off a table, sits down and waits for Luke to lecture him)
      Luke: Hmmm. Tonight I got into a fight wih my nephew at a strip club. A fight. I haven't been in a fight since sixth grade. Vince Williams called me a 'doody head', I took it very personally. But you know, tonight was good. It was a real eye-opener. You are who you are. I can't change that, and I'm gonna stop trying. But if you really hate your mother that much, you shouldn't do it. You shouldn't be here, you shouldn't walk her down the aisle, you shouldn't go to her wedding.
      Jess: I don't hate my mother.
      (Luke takes another chair off the table and sits down)
      Luke: You don't? Then I don't get it, why weren't you coming? Was it because of me? Do you hate me that much?
      Jess: I don't hate you. I came here because of you.
      Luke: Well then, I'm stumped. You don't hate me, you don't hate your mother, so why weren't you coming? (sees Jess' face) No? Rory? Still? That's ancient history. You haven't seen her in a year.
      Jess: I saw her three months ago when I was here. And I told her something.
      Luke: What'd you tell her?
      Jess: I told her... I told her I loved her.

    • Liz: (talking about Carrie) She's a good friend.
      Luke: To one and all. So does Jess know?
      Liz: He knows.
      Luke: He take it well?
      Liz: He took it like Jess.
      Luke: Meaning?
      Liz: He's not coming.
      Luke: Why not?
      Liz: He's young. He's busy.
      Luke: Busy doing what?
      Liz: I don't know, it's okay. I just's not biggy. I got you there, right?
      Luke: Yes you do.
      Liz: Gonna dress up?
      Luke: Absolutely.
      Liz: Maybe as a minstrel?
      Luke: Maybe, or who's the guy who dances around with the bells and pointy hat?
      Liz: The court jester.
      Luke: The court jester. I will come as the court jester.
      Liz: You're a good brother. Got any of that terrible peach pie? I'm starving.

    • (Luke is setting up chairs in the diner and sees Lorelai on his stoop)
      Luke: What are you doing?
      Lorelai: I need coffee.
      Luke: It's five in the morning. Make coffee at your own place.
      Lorelai: I did. I drank it all.
      Luke: You drank all the coffee in your house before five in the morning?
      Lorelai: Big gulps, lots of sugar.
      Luke: Alright, get up. Lorelai: And just a little bit of cream, cause it makes it cold.
      Luke: Okay, keep moving.
      Lorelai: I can't sleep. I can't turn my mind off. It keeps running and turning and making lists.
      Luke: Maybe if you drank a little less coffee, you'd make a little less lists.
      Lorelai: I can't stop drinking coffee. I stop drinking coffee and I stop the thinking and walking and words-putting-into-sentence-doing.
      Luke: I'll make you some coffee.
      Lorelai: If I could move, I would hug you. In fact, in my mind I am hugging you. I'm also telling the plumbers there's no water pressure in rooms 10,12, and 15.
      Luke: I'll make you some oatmeal.
      Lorelai: I don't like oatmeal.
      Luke: You need to eat something healthy.

    • (Jess' beeper goes off when Luke visits him in his run-down apartment)
      Luke: What, are you a drug dealer now?

    • Lorelai: Oh my God!
      Rory: What?
      Lorelai: There are two of them! They're not even easing me into this, those bastards!

    • Lorelai: I see Dr. Phil books in our future.
      Luke: Unless they stock them at Home Depot, they're not likely to cross my path.

    • Lorelai: (talking to the cats) Hey, I am a young, desirable woman!

    • Lorelai: Did you know that if the whole population of China walked by, the line would never end because of the rate of population increase? That's how long my list is.

    • Lorelai: Oh, I can't stop drinking the coffee. I stop drinking coffee, I stop doing the standing and walking and the words putting-into-sentence doing.

    • (Lorelai opens the front door and finds a cat sitting on the porch. She dials the phone)
      Rory: Hello?
      Lorelai: They know.
      Rory: Who knows?
      Lorelai: The cats. They know that I've broken up with Jason and that I'm alone and they've decided it's time for me to become a crazy cat lady.

    • Jess: There are girls wallowing around in slimy dirt, and you're looking at me?

    • Lorelai: I guess I need to start collecting newspapers and magazines, find a blue bathrobe, lose my front teeth.
      Rory: Well, obviously, you've got a busy day ahead of you, so I'm gonna let you go.

    • Lorelai: I want you to take a tour of the inn.
      Luke: Why don't I just wait till the place is repossessed? Then I can see it at public auction.
      Lorelai: How can you be so mean to me when I only managed to line one of my eyes?

    • Luke: You drank all the coffee in your house before five in the morning?
      Lorelai: Big gulps, lots of sugar.

    • Lorelai: How late can you stay, Sookie?
      Sookie: As late as you want. Davey's with his grandparents and Jackson's sleeping with the zucchini tonight.
      Lorelai: What's that, farm jargon?
      Sookie: No, he's sleeping with the zucchini.
      Lorelai: But what does that mean, sleeping with the zucchini?
      Sookie: It means he's sleeping with the zucchini.
      Lorelai: Sookie, fill me in here. Where's Jackson?
      Sookie: Well, he checked the forecast today, and there's a potential cold front coming in from Canada, and he knows how important the zucchini is for opening day menu, so...
      Lorelai: Are you saying that "sleeping with the zucchini" means...
      Sookie: He's sleeping with the zucchini.
      Michel: She's said it four times. You're very slow tonight.

    • Jess: Where are you getting this junk?
      Luke: Life. I've lived.
      Jess: What, in a Bette Midler movie?

    • (Luke is buying self-help books but doesn't want Andrew to see them)
      Luke: What are you doing?
      Andrew: I have to ring them up.
      Luke: I ' ll just tell you the prices. This one is... $24.99.
      Andrew: That high?
      Luke: They're your prices!
      Andrew: Can I just see the book?
      Luke: I'm reading you the book. It says right here... Oh, wait - that's the Canadian price. $14.99.
      Andrew: Will you just let me scan the book?
      Luke: When you scan the book, do you see the title?
      Andrew: Yes.
      Luke: Then no.
      Andrew: Luke, come on! What do you got there, porn?
      Luke: You sell porn?
      Andrew: No!
      Luke: You think I brought my own porn in here to buy?
      Andrew: I don't know what you're doing. I just need to scan the books.
      (hands Andrew some money)
      Luke: This should cover it.
      Andrew: A hundred bucks? That's way too much!
      Luke: Take it.
      (he leaves, then comes back in)
      Luke: Bag.
      (Andrew hands him one, he leaves again)

    • Guy on tape: Complete this sentence, 'I feel angry because...'.
      Luke: I am listening to this tape.
      Guy on tape: I feel hopeful because...
      Luke: This tape must end eventually.
      Guy on tape: I feel helpless because...
      Luke: I wonder if anyone's ever kicked an audiotape's ass.

  • NOTES (3)

    • In this episode Lorelai and Rory watch Fatso which stars Dom DeLuise. In reality Dom DeLuise was the father of Michael DeLuise (who plays T.J.)and David DeLuise (who plays T.J.'s brother) .

    • German episode title: "Alles für die Katz", meaning "All for Nothing".

      French episode title: "Luke Passe A L'Action", meaning "Luke Moves Forward".

    • The set that was used for the hospital scene, is the same that is used for the television series E.R.


    • Luke: You left me hanging with the Lords of Flatbush here.

      The Lords of Flatbush is a 1974 movie about teens from the rough side of town.



    • Luke: Isn't Kansas lousy with wheat?
      Lorelai: I do recall Toto running through fields of it.

      Toto is Dorothy's dog in The Wizard of Oz.

    • Paris: Stat! Stat! Do you not know what 'stat' means? They say it on all the hospital shows.

      A subtle allusion to the fact that they're on the set of E.R., which is a hospital show.