Gilmore Girls

Season 2 Episode 5

Nick & Nora/Sid & Nancy

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Oct 30, 2001 on The WB
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Episode Summary

Luke's sister Liz, afraid that her 17 year old son Jess is headed for trouble, puts him on a bus to Stars Hollow to live with Luke. Lorelai finds out and offers Luke some guidance on the care and feeding of a teenager, but is rebuffed. Undaunted, she hosts a dinner party for Jess, who is sullen and angry with everyone except Rory. Luke realizes that he needs Lorelai's help after pushing Jess into the lake.

Paris is intent on making Rory's life miserable, so she sabotages her participation on "The Franklin". Her plan is frustrated when the faculty advisor singles out Rory's article for praise.moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Luke's nephew Jess moves in with him.

    This is one of my favorite episodes of the series. I love how Jess is more than what he looks like in that yeah he smokes and can act like a jerk but he likes to read which you dont really expect from him, and that the books that he likes to read Rory likes to read too. I also like that even though him and Luke do not get along there are moments where you see that Luke does care for Jess, like when he bought all the stuff to make Jess stop smoking. This episode shows just the begining stages of his relationships with Luke and Rory.moreless
  • I love this episode.

    1 word: Jess. That pretty much describes why this episode is good.

    I absolutly love Jess, he is my favourite character on the show (of course..that is after lorelai and rory). He is played by Milo Ventimiglia, who I knew as an actor from Heroes before I started watching Gilmore girls. In the beginning of the episode you're positioned to dislike him because he's rude to lorelai and everybody, but you soon find that he is not what he seems. I loved the last scene at the end where he took Rorys book and wrote notes in it :) Oh yeah, and the scene where Jess gets pushed into the lake is hilarious! Anyway, besides Jess, this is the first episode where you see Rory in a journalistic situation and its the beginning of her 'career' in a way.moreless
  • I love this episode.

    1 word: Jess. That pretty much describes why this episode is good.

    I absolutly love Jess, he is my favourite character on the show (of course..that is after lorelai and rory). He is played by Milo Ventimiglia, who I knew as an actor from Heroes before I started watching Gilmore girls. In the beginning of the episode you're positioned to dislike him because he's rude to lorelai and everybody, but you soon find that he is not what he seems. I loved the last scene at the end where he took Rorys book and wrote notes in it :) Oh yeah, and the scene where Jess gets pushed into the lake is hilarious! Anyway, besides Jess, this is the first episode where you see Rory in a journalistic situation and its the beginning of her 'career' in a way.moreless
  • Luke's nephew Jess comes to stay in Stars Hollow. Brilliant episode.

    This was really good, though he seems mysterious and doesn't say much, I like the new character Jess.

    I'm glad that Luke is in the show more now, I'm really starting to like his character. Loved how he reacts with things, like little meltdowns all the time. The start was funny when Lorelai and those kids were waiting to be served, very funny how Lorelai spoke to them. Wonder if we'll ever see Luke's sister Liz, if so it will be interesting. How hilarious was it when Lorelai tried to get the little boy to buy her coffee!

    Lorelai giving Luke advice was great, so obvious that there meant for each other. Loved how they talk to each other, Lorelai's comments are amusing, the bed thing was funny and the sheets. Then Jess turns and we are introduced to a very distant, not overly friendly teenage boy. Liked how he only answer with yes or no, but when he did talk, it was usually some strange or smart ass comment. The scene when he meets Lorelai is great, you can just tell he doesn't care.

    Paris is back to her old mean self. Even Louise isn't making an effort anymore, at least Rory handles it well. Paris tells Rory the wrong time for the school paper meeting, but luckily this doesn't phase Rory, who just does what she is asked and very well at that. Really like this about Rory, Paris's face was classic when the teacher complimented Rory's piece. I wonder if they'll ever be friends.

    The dinner party was entertaining, watching Jess just brood everywhere. It was interesting that he actually interacted with Rory, do I sense a romance. Luckily Rory sticks to her guns and doesn't leave, like Jess does, when he sneaks out to have a beer. It was great to watch Lorelai give him a piece of her mind, he was still an ass though. Then Luke and Lorelai have a fight, all very engrossing.

    Really funny when Luke pushed the rebellious Jess into the river, just hilarious. Then he goes to Lorelai and she tells him it'll be okay, more hints. Loved Luke setting the record straight with Jess, should be interesting. Then we see Jess talk to Rory again, I think he likes her. What does this mean for Dean …. I'm sure this won't go down well. Sookie and Jackson were amusing in there scenes as well.

    Really a great episode, look forward to see how Jess gets on with everyone.moreless
  • jess comes to stars hollow :)

    This episode is hilarious. I am a huge Jess fan, so this episode is exciting for me. Jess is forced to go, so he is not very happy to be there. All of the Jess and Luke interaction is hilarious! i love when Luke pushes Jess into a lake :P Luke and Lorelai have a small arguement ( :( ), but luke quickly comes back to ask lorelai for help. He even saved her a danish even though it isn't danish day anymore :). The chemistry between Rory and Jess is instant. You can really see it in the last scene where he gives her back her book and she calls him Dodger. It really sets uo the tension between them very nicely :)moreless
Keiko Agena

Keiko Agena

Lane Kim

Alexis Bledel

Alexis Bledel

Rory Gilmore

Lauren Graham

Lauren Graham

Lorelai Gilmore

Melissa McCarthy

Melissa McCarthy

Sookie St. James

Scott Patterson

Scott Patterson

Luke Danes

Liza Weil

Liza Weil

Paris Geller (Episodes 22 - , recurring previously)

Beth Kennedy

Beth Kennedy

Mrs. O'Malley

Guest Star

Kendall Schmidt

Kendall Schmidt

Kid #1

Guest Star

Brennan Louie

Brennan Louie

Kid #2

Guest Star

Michael Winters

Michael Winters

Taylor Doose

Recurring Role

Sally Struthers

Sally Struthers

Babette Dell

Recurring Role

Shelly Cole

Shelly Cole

Madeline Lynn

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (9)

    • When Luke blows up the inflatable raft, he does not flip the lever on the bike pump to a right angle, which would make it very difficult to pressurize the raft.

    • In this episode we can see that Luke gets pretty upset when Lorelai tries to help him with Jess. It foreshadows how he will shut her out when April enters his life.

    • In the beginning of the episode where Lorelai and the boy scouts are waiting on line, the cash register is on the opposite side of the counter. In other episodes its on the other side.

    • When Rory attempts to buy the two coffees and two danishes, Luke refuses to sell her more than one, which is what she says to Lorelai. However, Rory never gave any money to Luke so he actually gave her the coffee and danish for free.

    • In the very beginning of this episode, while at Luke's, Rory is in a hurry to get to school since it is her first day. Lane also stops in on her way to school. Taylor then brings in a group of scouts for breakfast. Why would Taylor be running a scout meeting on what was obviously a school day? While it is possible that the high school started earlier than the elementary school, wouldn't the kids at least order breakfst rather than the burgers and fries that they asked for?

    • When Rory left the house, it was daylight, when she met Jess it was night time. Although in a large city this time inconsistency is feasible, in a small town like Stars Hollow it seems improbable.

    • At the beginning of this episode, when Lorelai helps Luke carry the food upstairs, Luke tells her that Jess's father left Liz two years ago. How can that be true when Jess doesn't recognize his dad when he shows up in a later episode? Also in the third season Luke says explicitly that Jess's dad left when Jess was a baby (he went out for diapers and never came back)

    • When Rory walks into the Franklin meeting room she puts her book on the table and starts to sit down. However, when they switch shots, she is only just taking her book out of her backpack and setting it down on the table.

    • When Rory comes back out of the diner with only one cup of coffee and one danish, Lorelai is wearing different jeans than she was a few minutes ago.

  • QUOTES (26)

    • Rory: Hey Luke.
      Luke: Rory.
      Rory: Um, I'll have two coffees and two cherry Danishes to go, please.
      Luke: Two coffees and two cherry Danishes.
      Rory: Oh, and some napkins.
      Luke: One of these is for her isn't it?
      Rory: Who? Oh, no no no. They're all for me. I am super hungry today. I was debating ordering three, but I'll tell you how I feel after two.
      Luke:: Tell you what, I'll give you one Danish and one cup of coffee, you can sit over there and eat, and when you're finished them right over there where I can see you, then I'll bring you a second one.
      Rory: You're really just gonna stand there and watch me eat a Danish?
      Luke: Cable's out. I'm starved for entertainment.

    • Lorelai: Rory, this was a bad one, okay? This was not Nick and Nora, this was Sid and Nancy, and I'm not going in there.
      Rory: But the coffee is in there. And it's Danish Day. Are you seriously telling me that you're gonna let a stupid fight get in the way of Danish Day?
      Lorelai: No, I'm not.
      Rory: Good.
      Lorelai: So go in there and order two coffees and two Danishes to go.
      Rory: You're kidding, right?
      Lorelai: And don't forget the napkins.
      Rory: Mom, he's gonna know what's going on. He's not stupid.
      Lorelai: He cannot prove that you're not ordering all that for yourself, can he? No, so go on. Scoot, scoot. Mommy's right here.

    • Jess: Wanna play some poker? Five bucks a hand.
      Luke: No.
      Jess: Ten? I can't go any higher than ten.
      Luke: Jess-
      Jess: Okay, fifteen.
      Luke: I don't want to play poker.
      Jess: You sure?
      Luke: Yeah.
      Jess: Okie dokie.

    • Taylor: You're a very jaded man, Luke. What happened to you as a child?
      Luke: Some creepy guy in shorts and knee socks tried to sit me down under a tree and glue rocks together for two hours. Put that down!

    • Lorelai tries to get Jess to understand that Luke is trying to help him
      Jess: What are you sleeping with him or something?
      Lorelai: Excuse me?
      Jess: I don't know. The whole starry eyed 'you're so much better off, just give it a chance' speech. You're either really naïve, or you're getting some.

    • Luke: (On the phone) Hi, Liz. Yeah, he got here fine.
      Jess: Got here at ten this morning.
      Luke: Okay, hang on a sec. Jess?
      Jess: Pass.
      Luke: Jess, come on.
      Jess: Nope.
      Luke: What am I supposed to tell her?
      Jess: Tell her I gotta take another crack at that closet. I think I hung my Tool T-shirt next to my Metallica T-shirt, and they don't really get along.
      Luke: You really want me to tell her that?
      Jess: You think a different band combo would sell it more?

    • Luke: Wait, you need keys.
      Jess: No, I don't. (Leaves)
      Luke: I so don't wanna know why.

    • Luke: You won't bring up the bed?
      Lorelai: Oh no, I'll definitely bring up the bed.

    • Luke: Sorry we're a little late. We had a little misunderstanding about what time we're actually supposed to leave to come here.
      Lorelai: It's okay. How's it going?
      Luke: Oh, well, not bad. Oh, the bed popped.
      Lorelai: Yikes. Was anyone in it?
      Luke: Me.
      Lorelai: You?
      Luke: Yeah, I let him take the real one.

    • Jackson: Oh my god. This is a great lemon! Seriously, this is the best lemon I've ever tasted. Sookie, you have to try this lemon.
      Sookie: Oh my god. This is a great lemon!
      Lorelai:(to Jess) Jackson grows fruit... and then he scares people with it!

    • Lorelai: Sookie, Jackson, I want you to meet Luke's nephew. This is Jess.
      Sookie: Do you eat cheese?
      Jess: What?

    • Luke: Me? Raising a kid? I don't even like kids. They're always sticky like they've got jam on their hands. Even if there's no jam in the house, somehow, they've always got jam on their hands! I'm not the right guy to deal with that. I have no patience for jam hands!
      Lorelai: First of all, Jess is 17 so I think he's probably pass the jam hands stage by now. Second of all, you can do this. If you want to you are totally capable.

    • Rory: I just want you to know...I really wanted you to be my stepfather.
      Mr. Medina: I just want you to know...I really wanted to be your stepfather.

    • Luke: So just because you have a kid, you know everything, right?
      Lorelai: Um, I have a kid, so yeah, I think I know a little bit more than you do.
      Luke: You know, don't you ever think that maybe you just got lucky with Rory? I mean, you did get pregnant at 16, and that doesn't show the greatest decision-making skills, now does it?

    • Lorelai: You know, there have been very few times in my life where I wished I had one of those enormous cream pies that you can just smash in someone's face, but this is definitely one of them.
      Jess: Well, now, that's not very neighborly of you.
      Lorelai: Hey, you know what? This is my house, and I choose how I get talked to in it, so ha ha!

    • Taylor: That's right. She's breaking the rules, and people who break the rules end up very lonely with no friends because they have become society's outcasts.
      Lorelai: Planning on burning a little Huck Finn after lunch, Taylor?

    • Lorelai: Luke, um, that's not a bed, that's a raft, which is fine if you're gonna build a moat around the diner but...
      Luke: It's fine.
      Lorelai: Luke, the kid needs a bed. If you want to get him something inflatable, make it a blonde.

    • Luke: I had any interesting call today, want to know who it was from?
      Jess: Not really.
      Luke: It was from Taylor Doose, you know, he owns the market.
      Jess: If you say so.
      Luke: He said you came in today.
      Jess: He did?
      Luke: And he said you took some money out of a little donation cup to help repair the bridge. I told him he was crazy, you wouldn't do that, you weren't a thief, that he was just trying to start trouble. Then I hung up on him. Now don't get me wrong, I enjoy hanging up on Taylor and he is crazy. But I was just wondering if maybe any of the other things he said were true.
      Jess: What do you think?
      Luke: I think that if you tell me that what he's saying is not true, I'm gonna believe it.
      Jess: Okay, it's not true.
      Luke: That doesn't sound very convincing.
      Jess: What exactly do you want from me? You bring me here to this place, you put me in a school that says the Pledge of Allegiance in six different languages, two of which I've never heard of before. You take me away from my home, my friends, and now you want what from me?
      Luke: I'm trying to help you!
      Jess: Well stop trying! Stop following me, stop talking to me, stop asking me questions! Just stop!
      Luke: That's what you want?
      Jess: Yes.
      Luke: That's really what you want?
      Jess: Yes!
      Luke: You got it.
      Jess: Thank you!
      Luke: You're welcome!
      (As they cross over a bridge, Luke pushes Jess into the water)

    • Luke: I am in so far over my head that I can't see my own hat.
      Lorelai: Try turning it around.

    • Jess: Want to bail?
      Jess: How come?
      Rory: Because it's Tuesday night in Stars Hollow. There's nowhere to bail to. The 24-hour mini mart just closed 20 minutes ago.

    • Lorelai: Is everything okay?
      Luke: Do you have a sister?
      Lorelai: Um, no.
      Boy Scout: I do!
      Luke: You have my sympathies.
      Boy Scout: Thanks. I appreciate that.

    • Boy Scout: (to Lorelai) Hey, I was here first!
      Lorelai: On the planet?

    • Boy 2: And I want fries, and make them really really crispy.
      Boy 1: I want mine crispy too.
      Boy 2: You didn't order fries.
      Boy 1: So?
      Luke: So you can't order crispy fries without first ordering fries.
      Boy 1: Why not?
      Luke: Because you can't make something crispy that doesn't exist.
      Boy 1: Why not?
      Luke: Get him away from me Taylor.

    • Luke: Her daughter Rory, who you didn't meet but you'll like 'cause she's a lot like Lorelai, but she's got a slightly tighter grasp on reality.

    • Rory: Good night, Dodger.
      Jess: What?
      Rory: Figure it out.
      Jess: Oliver Twist.

    • Jess: Wow, aren't we hooked on Phonics!

  • NOTES (6)

  • ALLUSIONS (12)

    • Lorelai: You need to ask some subtle questions, like had he seen The Shawshank Redemption, did the settings seem homey to him.

      The Shawshank Redemption was a 1994 film about an innocent man who goes to prison for life in 1947 Maine.

    • Luke: I got Frosted Flakes.
      Jess: Wow, that's grr-eat!

      This comes from the Frosted Flakes slogan, "They're more than good, they're grr-eat!"

    • Lorelai: Grups, huh?

      This is a reference to Star Trek:The Original Series, episode "Miri". The children in that episode referred to adults as "grups" (short for "grown-ups").

    • Lane: Well, Mojo says.

      Mojo is a British music lover's guide to essential rock recordings.

    • Luke: Where's Jess?
      Lorelai: Working on his Breakfast Club audition.
      Breakfast Club is a quintessential 1980s film about a group of teenagers who spend Saturday morning detentions together. The implication is that he is trying out for the role of John Bender played by Judd Nelson. Bender was the school bad boy.

    • Jess: You don't know anything about me, or my life, or my mom, or Luke, so why don't you Doctor Laura someone else?

      Doctor Laura is a controversial radio talk show host who gives people frank advice.

    • Jess: Wow, aren't we hooked on Phonics!

      'Hooked on Phonics' is a program to help challenged children learn to read.

    • Rory: Goodnight, Dodger.

      The artful Dodger is a street urchin in Oliver Twist who befriends Oliver and helps him survive.

    • Luke: The weekends are for chores and selected pre-approved outings, i.e. Kabbalah studies, freeway beautification projects, Color Me Mine pottery painting, all discussible options.

      Kabbalah is a system of Jewish mysticism.

    • Lorelai: Rory, this was a bad one, okay? This was not Nick and Nora, this was Sid and Nancy, and I'm not going in there.

      Nick and Nora were the main characters in The Thin Man series. While they would often bicker, they were essentially a happily married couple.
      Sid was the heroin-addicted bassist for The Sex Pistols, and Nancy was his girlfriend. He ended up killing her, then later died from an overdose.

    • Rory: Yeah, Riff, everything's fine.

      Riff was the leader of the Jets in West Side Story.

    • Lorelai: Yes, I respect that, but what if he turns out to be Fredo?

      - Ne'er do well son of Don Corleone in the The Godfather. Fredo who felt both envious and denied the power and respect that his younger brother instead was given, eventually betrayed his family and was murdered for it once his mother had passed.