Gilmore Girls

Season 6 Episode 22


Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM May 09, 2006 on The WB

Episode Recap

At the start of the episode, Lorelai wakes up on the couch at Sookie's, while the family runs around behind her, trying and failing to be quiet so they do not disturb Lorelai. The camera focuses on Lorelai's face which goes through several phases of realization. Sookie and Jackson stage whisper in the background to Davey telling him to be quiet. It is ironic because Sookie and Jackson are being the loudest through out the whole scene. Sookie tells Jackson that she's worried about Lorelai, and even though Lorelai did not tell Sookie what was bothering her, Sookie knows that it's about Luke. In town, Taylor is confronted with something of an invasion. He comes out of the pastry shop and, to his surprise, sees a strange troubadour. The troubadour is played by Joe Pernice of the Pernice Brothers. The troubadour starts to play and sing but Taylor is unmoved by the lyrics and stomps away.

In their apartment, Rory and Logan are preparing to head out to his graduation ceremony. Rory takes photographs of Logan as he puts on his tie. He turns to her and says, "Yo, Alfred Stieglitz, stop with the pictures." Rory tells him that she prefers to be compared to Cartier-Bresson, and takes his photo. She tells him he only graduates from college once, and that she will document it to her heart's content."At least I'm clothed in these," Logan says and tells Rory that he doesn't even know why he's doing this. He says that there will be a manner of Huntzbergers at the graduation. Rory tells him that she will have no problem at the ceremony, since she is a master at avoiding people. "I didn't say 'people'," Logan says. "I said Huntzbergers." Rory goes back to her photos and tells Logan, "Every one of these is a keeper," while showing him the digital pictures. "Okay," Logans sighs, "that's a close up of my naked butt. That's not a keeper." Rory agrees with him. "You're right." She tells him. "That's a screensaver."

Back in Stars Hollow, The Sparks start up their own troubadour act on another corner. Their song is about women and perfume. This leads Taylor to burst forth and throw up his hands at them. Another troubadour, played by Dave "Gruber" Allen, sings about crying clowns.

Taylor can not figure out where all of these people are coming from, and rages into Luke's diner. Taylor ask Luke whether he's "eyeballed the chicanery" that is going on in town. Luke does not bother explaining, however, Kirk steps in to offer an explanation. He tells Taylor about the original Troubadour getting his gig with Neil Young. Taylor asks who this Neil Young is. "One of The Monkees," Kirk explains.Kirk says that he thinks word got out among the east coast network of troubadours and they've all rushed to Stars Hollow for their shot at taking over the vacant position. Taylor gets more and more upset, and turns to see yet another singer in front of the diner.

This troubadour is Mary Lynn Rajskub,who plays Chloe on 24. Her song, is about losing her '89 Volvo and having to retrace her steps to the bar where she left it. She is interrupted by Taylor, who gives a lecture. He tells all the would-be troubadours that they have to leave. He says that he is a music lover, like anyone else, but they have got to leave and if they don't they will be removed "with water hoses and canine units if necessary."

When Lorelai gets back to her house, she notices that she has a missed call from Rory, and she calls her back. "You're grounded," Rory says. "Sorry, mom! Kimmie saw this cute guy at the mall who was a total Chachi, and he bought us a Slurpie, and we totally lost track of time." Lorelai jokes and apologizes to Rory, saying that she had fallen asleep at Sookie's during a girl's night. "I won't be ignored, Dan," Rory jokes back, and Lorelai tells Rory that everything is fine. Rory tells her about the graduation and that she may have to leave the Friday Night Dinner after drinks tonight because she has plans Logan. She tells Lorelai,"I made reservations at this really crappy Italian restaurant with chianti bottles hanging from the ceiling. The husband and wife who own the place always wind up screaming at each other after eight o'clock. We love it." Lorelai tells Rory it sounds like fun, clearly disappointed that she will not have any time with Rory.

Inside her house, Lorelai finds Patty, who has come over to take care of Paul Anka. Lorelai thanks her for taking the morning shift, and again tells the girls' night story about staying over at Sookie's. Luke comes in the front door, calling for Lorelai. Lorelai begs Patty to lie for her and say that she's not there. Patty resists, but goes out to give it her best shot. Patty tries to distract Luke and talks about Baryshnikov and how he was "pure sex, walking." Patty asks Luke whether he's ever taken any dance classes and she says that there is "Nothing sexier than a man in tights." Luke cringes at this, and asks whether she'll just tell Lorelai he came by. "Stop imagining me in tights," he tells her, as he leaves. Patty tells him, "It's a free country, honey."

When Luke leaves, Patty ask Lorelai what happend. "We had a little fight. Nothing big." Lorelai tells her. Patty nods, and says that she knows how it is and tells Lorelai not to freeze him out too long. "Luke is a much better man than my first husband," Patty tells Lorelai. "Or second husband. But he's neck and neck with my third husband, though."

Rory waits for Logan back at her apartment looking very frustrated. She hears Logan in the hall, opens the door, and sees him talking to his father. They say goodbye, and Logan comes in, and tells her that his family thing took longer than he thought. He explains to Rory that "dad's stupid colleagues came by to talk shop". He pours a drink as he remembers their discussion of "new media" and "synergy."Rory says that she's got to go to her grandparents' right now to be on time. She is angry becuase she thinks Mitchum is trying to ruin their last night together, but Logan tells her not to worry about it. She steps out of the apartment and sees that Mitchum is just now getting onto the elevator.

She gets into the elevator and starts to talk to Mitchum after a few moments She starts off asking him if he knew that he and Logan had plans. He says no, but that does not make her happy. "Yeah, 'cause why would your son want to go out with his girlfriend the last day before he leaves, right?" Rory tells him and goes on complaining that Logan had to be bothered with his business cronies. "Why are you taking him away from me?" she finally Mitchum. "Do you hate me that much?" Mitchum tells her that Logan's love life is his own business and that she flatters herself if she thinks he'd send Logan away just to get him away from her. Mitchum explains,"It's time for him to stop being a child, and start being a man. And the only way to do that is to get him out of his environment, and away from those dopes Colin and Finn and the Life and Death Brigade and get him on a path. Anything here, you're not agreeing with?." Rory does not say anything.

In Stars Hollow, Yo La Tengo sings a song about a couple who stared at the sun and tried so hard. Taylor walks with the mailman, and tells the mailman he made the troubadours go away. When he turns the corner and looks at the town square, he sees that he is very wrong. For the town is full of troubadours.

Emily hears the doorbell ring, answers it and yells at the maid: "Gertie, you're half my age. Why do I always beat you to the door?" It's Lorelai. Emily lowers her voice and asks how things are with Luke. Lorelai lies, saying things are fine and says she could use a drink. They overhear Rory in the drawing room, talking to Finn on her cell phone: "Get him out of there about 9:30. I trust you, Finn." She pauses, and then tells him that no, she's not surprised he hasn't heard many people say they trust him. "Just get Colin and get him out of there," she says, and hangs up as her mom and grandmother come in.

Lorelai sees a covered display on the coffee table and asks what it is. "They slapped my hand earlier," Rory says and Richard and Emily tell them it's a secret. "Oh, my God! It's the weapons of mass destruction! Get the President on the phone!" Lorelai jokes and Richard rolls his eyes while Lorelai continues. "If he's not in the Oval Office, try the Ice Cream Room!" It turns out the covered display is an architectural model of the building the elder Gilmores want to have dedicated to Rory. Richard uncovers it. The letters on the building read, "The Rory Gilmore Astronomy Building". Rory ask, "Is this actual lettering? I mean, is this to scale? Because the lettering would be thirty feet high." Lorelai laughs: "Well, honey, it's the astronomy building. You have to be able to see it from space."

The Gilmores are interrupted by Christopher, who has arrived for dinner at The Grandparents' invitation. Lorelai and Rory are surprised to see him. Emily says that they had promised Christopher a home-cooked meal before they left for Europe. "You can call a Gilmore many things, but you can't call him a welsher." Richard says. "What other things can you call him? Just for future reference?" Lorelai asks.

Christopher asks what's up with the building model and pokes fun at Rory about it. "Dad, you can take my seat, because I have to go...legally change my name and transfer to Brown." Rory tells him. Lorelai laugh and says they have teased Rory way worse than this before. "Remember when you were ten and you thought you discovered U2?" Lorelai asks. Rory says that she really needs to leave because of Logan, and Emily walks her out.

Emily returns with another guest, who just happened to be at the door. Lynnie, is introduced to everyone, and Emily begins an absolute campaign about her, as Lorelai and Christopher look on, confused. Emily makes Lorelai move and sit by her, so Lynnie who is a professional psychiologist can sit by Chris. It is now aware that this is a setup for Christopher. "Christopher, you should meet Lynnie's mother. She's a stitch," Emily tells him. "Isn't she a stitch, Richard?" Richard says, "She's an entire seam, Emily!"

In the town square, Grant Lee Phillps, the true Stars Hollow troubadour, returns and tells Taylor he's mad that he has let this happen while he was away at his gig. "I got 700 dollars and got booed. I never even met Neil Young," he says. The camera pans over to a trio singing "A Beaver Ate My Thumb." The one singing is Daniel Palladino, Amy Sherman-Pallidino's husband.

At the Gilmores, the subject has turned to Gigi, who Emily says is "a living doll." Lynnie says something about Christopher enjoying Gigi while she's young and no one mentions Rory. Loreali excuses herself to the restroom. Christopher has followed her. "What are you doing?" Lorelai asks him. "What do you mean? I thought 'restroom' was code for 'follow me and we'll talk about how to get you out of this'?" Chris tells her and Lorelai looks at him. "What the hell kind of spy school did you go to?" Chris says that he thought he was having dinner with her and Rory, not going on a date. "Well, luckily you didn't get ugly over night." Lorelai says. Loralei tells she'll be glad to help him get out of Emily's setup.

At the dinner table, Lorelai asks Lynnie stupid questions about psychology. Emily and Richard try to get Lorelai to stop. "Voices in your head? Totally normal, right? There's only two...that speak English." Lorelai tells Lynnie. "Lorelai, are you having some kind of breakdown?" A very annoyed Emily asks. Christopher tries hard not to laugh while Lorelai keeps up with her game.

At Logan and Rory's apartment, Colin and Finn are escorting Logan back. Logan tells them, "I appreciate the drinks and the diversion. "Your friendship over the years will be worth at least a couple of pages in my memoir, but as of now, it's goodbye. I'm spending the rest of the night alone, with my girl."Logan opens the door to find a party going on in his honor. Rory has made the apartment, and herself, look like London in the 1960s. "I'm sorry mate, no girlfriends here. Just us birds and blokes taking the piss out of each other." Rory says in a very funny and bad British accent. Logan says her accent is horrible. "Just go with it, ya geezer," Rory says, and leads him into the party talking about everything that is British. As the rest of the party toast the Queen, Logan turns to Rory. "Kiss me, Mary Poppins," and Rory does.

As Lorelai is leaving her parents' house, Emily goes on and on that she thought Christopher and Lynnie would have at least go out for coffee together. "You served them coffee. You can't be shocked when you serve people three cups of coffee and they don't feel like going out for coffee. Not everyone is me." Lorelai tells her. Emily realizes that she has not fired her maid. "Everything's off tonight." A confused Emily says after closing the door when Lorelai leaves.

In the driveway, Lorelai sees Lynnie. Lynnie is talking on her cell phone in her car. "So you do sessions over the phone?" Lorelai asks, and Lynnie tells her she does. Lorelai's face makes it clear she needs to talk. Lynnie asks Lorelai directly whether she has something on her mind. Lorelai tells her no, However, two seconds later, Lorelai is sitting is the back of Lynnie's car while Lynnie sits in the front taking notes. "My parents have been married for forty years. And that is like, mind blowing for me, because there is no one worse at communication than my mother, except my father!"

Lorelai talks up how growing in her house. "Don't talk about it; shove it aside, and of course, I talked about it, and shoved it right in your face, but still, I never saw myself getting married." Lorelai says that until Max asked her, she guesses she imagined herself marrying Christopher when she was pregnant, "but I never thought about in a longingly-good way." She confesses Lynnie says she's always seen marriage as a solution to her problems, and not something having to do with love. Lynnie asks whether Lorelai really loved Max. "No, I didn't. I wanted to, but I didn't. I don't think I ever really loved anyone until Luke." He was solid and he was strong. At that moment, when I realized how much he cared for Rory, that was it. Suddenly I knew I was ready." Lynnie asks if Luke accepted the proposal right away. "Pretty much," Lorelai tells her. Lorelai asks Lynnie about the weirdest place she's every done a session. Lynnie says it was Skull Mountain at Six Flags. "Oh, not here, then." Lorelai says, seeming disappointed and Lynnie laughs saying no.

"The crazy thing is, I am ready to get married. I'm ready to start the next phase of my life. I want another kid, and I don't want to wait anymore. I don't want to be patient. I just think, I've had it." Lorelai says. Lynnie looks her straight in the face and tells her it's up to her to say what she wants, or keep on waiting. "I could lose him if I push too hard," Lorelai says, but Lynnie wisely shakes her head. "You don't really seem to have him, now." Lynnie tells Lorelai. Lynnie continues to tell Lorelai that she won't get anything if she doesn't ask for it, and that if she asks for it and doesn't get it, maybe it wasn't meant to be. "I can only imagine what you could do if you had a couch." Lorelai weakly jokes.

At the British party, Rory and Logan are sitting on the sofa. "Tell me not to go. Tell me not to get on that plane. Tell me to blow off my father, the paper, the whole Huntzberger destiny." Logan says drunk. The look on Rory's face says she would love to say that but she ends up saying, "I can't do that." Logan kisses her.

At Luke's, he is arguing with one of the troubadours. Lorelai shows up and he asks her where she's been. He's clearly worried. "Let's elope. C'mon, Luke. Grab your keys; let's go." Lorelai says out of the blue. "Elope? We don't have to figure out all this now, do we?" Luke asks, shocked by this. "Now is the right time," Lorelai tells him. "It's the best time, because it's NOW."

Luke takes Lorelai outside into the street so they can talk. She says she doesn't want to talk. "I want to DO! I want to GO!" She cries. "Don't you love me? I love you, Luke. I LOVE YOU and I have waited and I have stayed away and I have let you run this thing. No more! I asked you to marry me, and you said YES." Luke tries to calm her down, but has no luck. She's listing the sacrifices she has made, including agreeing not to use the purple wallpaper she wanted in the house. "If it's between you and the purple wallpaper, I pick you. I pick you!"

"I don't care about wallpaper!" Luke yells. "Well, do you care about ME?" Lorelai asks, hysterical. Luke tries to say yes but she doesn't let him. "I'm going CRAZY here. I made a commitment to you and I need to make it happen." Luke says that it will, but he has April to consider. Lorelai says that once they're married the April thing will be fine. "Anna said so," She tells him. Luke gets the concerned look, and says that Lorelai wasn't supposed to talk to Anna. She starts to apologize but says. "God, no! I'm not going to defend myself. I've been been skulking around for months not saying anything and not having an opinion on anything, like I'm Clarence Thomas, or something!" She cries, throwing her hands up in the air.

She sputters that she's done with all of that and does not want to wait anymore. "You're going to have to figure out how April fits into OUR lives and not the other way around!" Luke says that he's trying. "Well, try MARRIED." He gets snappy now, saying that she needs to just wait. "No! I'm not waiting! It's now, or never!" "I don't like ultimatums." Luke tells her. "I don't like Mondays, but unfortunately they come around eventually." Lorelai retorts. "I can't just jump like this." Luke tells her. "Well, I'm sorry to hear that. And, I have to go." She replies walking away crying. As She walks, another troubadour, Sam Phillips sings "the places I go are never there" in the background.

Seconds later, Christopher opens his door to a crying Lorelai. "Are you okay?" Christopher asks. "I'm having a really bad night and I just don't want to be alone." She chokes out. Christopher invites her in and closes the door.

At Logan and Rory's place, he wakes her up to tell her goodbye. "I have to go. I have to wave to you at the gate!" She tells him. He reminds her that they won't let her go to the gate. "Well, I'll wave to you at the metal detectors." She tells him, crying. Logan refuses, telling her that they'll see each other on all the holidays, just like they planned. "That's so far away." Rory cries. "Rory if you go with me, I won't get on the plane." Logan finally says. While she keeps crying he tells her that the apartment is paid for through the next year, so she won't have to worry about it. She cries and says, "Say hi to William and Harry for me." Logan smiles and tells her that he loves her. "That's so much better than what she thought of." She sobs and they kiss again. "I have to go," Logan says, and she cries harder as he walks out the door.

At Christopher's place, there is a close up of Lorelai waking up. Lorelai is in Christopher's bed hears him helping the nanny find Gigi's coat. Gigi runs in the bedroom. "Who's that?" She asks, pointing at Lorelai's back. "That's your Aunt Lorelai," he says. "Is she sick?" She asks. "Oh no, no, Gigi, she's fine." He tells her. "I don't like to wear my nightgown to bed when I'm sick, either!" Gigi says. Christopher sends her off to school. In his bedroom he takes his robe off, gets in his bed, and put his arm around Lorelai, who looks like she could cry forever.