Kirk Gleason (Episodes 44 - , recurring previously)
When Liz is sitting at the table talking to Luke and T.J. before Jess comes into Luke's apartment, there are no beer bottles on the table. However, when Jess comes into the room and Liz gets up to greet him, a beer flashes on screen. Seconds later, as the camera goes back to T.J., he places the three beer bottles on the table.
Jess tells Rory that he loves her in this episode.
When Rory is telling Babbette and Lorelai about running into Jess at Weston's, captions has someone (most likely Babbette) saying "that little bastard", but it is not audible on ABC Family.
In this episode, Rory states that she hasn't seen or heard from Jess in a year, but the last time she heard from Jess was on her graduation day (even though he didn't say anything on the phone) and this episode takes place while she is stil in her first semester at Yale. That doesn't add up to one year, even if you count the very last time she saw Jess which was two episodes before her graduation in Say Goodnight, Gracie.
In the scene between Luke and Liz at the festival, we find out that T.J.'s actual name is Gary.
While Jess and Rory are running Jess says "stop running so fast" but Rory isn't running fast at all.
Throughout this episode, Liz was wearing only one earring.
Rory: So who else is joining us?
Emily: No one. We brought one of Richard's coats to hang over the chair.
Richard: We're saying it's Majorie's husband's.
Emily: He's making the rounds, and at eight he'll get sick and have to leave.
Richard: Does everybody understand the story?
Lorelai: I think so. But then we'll have to hide his jacket. So I suggest I put it under my dress and pretend to be pregnant, and Jason can pretend to be the doctor. Then Rory can dig a tunnel, and...
Emily: I should've known you'd turn this into something ridiculous, Lorelai.
Rory: Yeah. I wanna be the doctor.
Luke: You left some guy named T.J. alone in my apartment?! Aw Liz!
Liz: I've been gone twenty seconds!
Luke: That's all it takes!
Liz: To do what? Steal the singing Be Happy bass?
Luke: Hey That is MY singing Be Happy bass and it better still be up there, including the batteries.
Richard: Jason, I just heard your father was here.
Lorelai: How could you have possibly found that out so quickly?
Richard: News travels fast.
Emily: Richard, Floyd is here.
Richard: He must want something.
Jason: Richard, I don't think he had an agenda.
Richard: Trust me, my boy. I know about these things.
Emily: What was his body language like?
Lorelai: Well, he was standing. And breathing. I think all signs point to alive!
Floyd: Hello, Jason.
Jason: Oh, I didn't know you'd be here.
Floyd: Bit surprised myself. So how's your golf game?
Jason: Getting better. Not as good as yours, though, but I'm catching up.
Floyd: Well, I'll see you later. (Walks away)
Lorelai: Who was that?
Jason: My father.
Rory: Your father?
Lorelai: Have you two met before?
Jason: Once, briefly at an Aquaman party.
Liz: T.J., this is my kid. This is Jess. Jess, this is T.J.
T.J.: Guess what it stands for!
Lorelai: Just wondering what you're thinking about.
Rory: I'm thinking about nothing.
Lorelai: Nothing wouldn't happen to wear a leather jacket and be able to pull off an extremely convincing "Adrian!" would it?
T.J.: Thanks. You're a dick.
Lorelai: So I just hear the tailend of that conversation and I'm assuming you didn't change your name to Richard
Luke: Long long story, I'll tell you later, but here's a teaser the word "Etch-a-Sketch" comes up.
Lorelai: I'm hooked!
Lorelai: We're going to be late though because we have to make a pit stop at one of my mother's charity events.
Babette: Ooh, sounds ritzy.
Lorelai: Like the cracker.
Lorelai: (next to the oven) Hey, did anyone ever think that maybe Sylvia Plath wasn't crazy, she was just cold?
Luke: ...it is, my big problem. Got a hand full of Barbie!
Jess: Could we sit down?
Rory: No. You wanted to talk, so talk. What do you have to say to me?
Jess: I love you.
Kirk: I'll pitch in $10.
Jess: How 'bout more walkie and less talkie.
Lorelai: I'm going to go make out in the coatroom. Don't eat my chicken.
Rory: That's going on your tombstone.
Luke: He's a grown man with an 'Etch-a-Sketch'!
Jess: Well, then, shake him real hard and maybe he'll disappear!
Lorelai: Here is the question for today, kids: What are the Eskimos thinking? I mean, sure, the hoods are cute, but it's always cold, always! Plus, you have to eat fish for breakfast, and whales. And then there's penguins, and polar bears, and Santa Claus.
Lorelai: If you're here, then who's this?
Rory: I don't know.
Lorelai: We have a stranger in our house!
Rory: Robert Downey Jr.?
Lorelai: Or a murderer!
Rory: Who needed a nap before committing his crime?
Rory: She must have followed me from Yale. I told her she could hang out there.
Lorelai: Yes, but why do that when you can sleep where penguins need a coat?
Lorelai: Cold! Cold! Icy feet, stupid frozen tundra house!
Liz: Sorry I'm so boring tonight! I only had one cup of punch. Gary switched us over to club soda after that.
Luke: You're not boring. Who's Gary?
Liz: That's T.J.'s real name.
Luke: T.J.'s real name is Gary?
Luke: Where'd he get... never mind.
Luke: If I could pick anyone for my sister to be with, that guy would definitely be his cab driver!
Lorelai: I'm sorry, are you drunk?
Luke: I am not drunk. I do not get drunk. I had some beer. Beers. More than one. A few. And then I came here and I climbed your tree.
Lorelai: Well, good thinking.
Luke: And then I fell out of your tree.
Lorelai: Hmm. Sit down.
Luke: I landed flat on my back. I felt like Kirk.
Lorelai: I'll go get you a real bandage.
Luke: I like the Barbie ones.
Lorelai: Yes, honey, but the other kids will beat you up if they see you wearing one of those!
Luke: You talked to Liz?
Lorelai: I thought she was you.
Luke: I'm a man.
Lorelai: Yeah, but she was driving your truck.
Luke: When I am in my truck, I am still a man.
Lorelai: Luke! Wait! I know you owe us nothing, but our dead, frozen carcasses may someday haunt you in your sleep, or not, because you have no idea who I am. I'm sorry, I thought you were Luke.
Liz: I knew I should have put on some lipstick!
Luke: (about TJ) We need a solution.
Jess: To what?
Luke: Are we having the same conversation? A solution to him!
Jess: A solution would have been birth control. Too late, move on!
The song playing at the Firelight Festival is "Mona Lisa" by Grant Lee Phillips
German episode title: "In Sachen Liebe", meaning "Concerning Love".
French episode title: "On Ne Choisit Pas Sa Famille", meaning "You Don't Choose Your Family".
In the teaser of this episode, as Lorelai and Rory are talking while sitting in front of the oven to keep warm, Lorelei asks Rory if she is thinking of someone who could pull off a convincing "Adrian" (she was talking about Jess),like Rocky Balboa in the Rocky movies. Milo Ventimiglia (Jess) played Rocky Balboa's son in Rocky Balboa (2006).
Yanic Truesdale (Michel), Melissa McCarthy (Sookie), and Liza Weil (Paris) do not appear in this episode.
This is the first appearance of T.J. (Michael DeLuise), Liz's beau. He then goes on to appear frequently.
- "Mona Lisa" by Grant Lee Phillips
Lorelai: Well if you're there, then who's this?
Rory: I don't know.
Lorelai: We've got a stranger in our house!
Rory: Robert Downey Jr.?
Rory is referring to an incident in 1996 when actor Robert Downey Jr., under the influence of crack, broke into his neighbor's house and fell asleep in one of the beds, thinking it was his own.
Lorelai: So on a wigged-out level of one to ten, Mom is at -
Rory: Frances Farmer?
Frances Farmer was an actress in Hollywood and Broadway in the 1930s and 1940s. Farmer was involuntarily committed to an institution in 1943. For seven years, she was subjected to 90 insulin shocks and electroshocks. Her last "treatment" was a lobotomy after which she never regained her abilities and died.
Rory: Before or after our reenactment of Alive?
Alive is a film from 1993 where a plane crashes in the Andes and the passengers are forced to eat their dead co-passengers in order to survive.
Episode Title: Nag Hammadi Is Where They Found the Gnostic Gospels
Nag Hammadi is a town in Egypt where 52 texts (the Gnostic Gospels) were discovered in 1945. The texts contain poems and myths attributed to Jesus that differ quite a bit from the New Testament.
Lorelai: Did anyone ever think that Sylvia Plath wasn't crazy, she was just cold?
Plagued with major depression, The Bell Jar author Sylvia Plath committed suicide in February of 1963 by turning on her gas oven and placing her head inside.
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