Gilmore Girls

Season 1 Episode 1


Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Oct 05, 2000 on The WB
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After Rory is accepted to the prestigious Chilton Preparatory School, Lorelai is forced to go to her wealthy parents for financial assistance. Her parents happily loan their daughter the money in exchange for an end to the estrangement and a family dinner every Friday night. Unfortunately, things hit a snag when a cute new transfer student flirts with Rory, leading the younger Gilmore to wonder whether leaving Stars Hollow High is really what she wants.moreless

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  • A nice start to a compelling series!

    The first episode of Gilmore Girls pictures what the show will be in the next seven seasons - funny, witty, heartwarming and in one word interesting. What makes an impression the most is how well build are not just the two main characters but also the supporting roles. I really loved how great is the relationship between a mother and daughter. A new look on that topic, pretty different from what we have seen and see nowadays in the tv shows with teenage characters and storylines. The episode was very well build and the story was light and engaging. It left me with the feeling that I have known these people for ages. I will never forget the first scene of the series when Lorelai enters the cafe and the talk between her and Rory. Simply - a remarkable start.moreless
  • A hint of Good girlness with funny sexual innuedos. Rory and Lorelait are an awesome mother-daugther team.

    I loved this episode. Lorelai walks into the diner and is so cute with Luke. Her coffee addiction is my chocolate and chai addiction (and mycarb addiction). I love the friends, Sookie and Lane. They are so funny. I also like the expression on Dean's face every time he sees and talks to Rory. Combination of confusion and falling in love.
  • This episode explain why Lorelai have move from the gilmore house and why she doesn't have contact with her parent.

    You can really see in the first episode that the show have a lot of potential. The interaction of Lorelai and Rory was right on in the first episode. That was very unique!The relation ship between Lorelai and Emily could you all sense that it was not a really warm relation ship and you could see that a lot trouble will come because of that . Lorelai have banished them form her live completly and doesn't need them at all. Until she need money for her child and she is a great mother who just went to her parent and ask them for the money.moreless
  • A very good first episode

    Its always good to see the first episode of a to watch how Lorelai asks her mother for money and her father is happy to pay but her mother does it only under a condition. It slightly hints at the fact that they haven't talked in a while, and that this is a new step in healing the parent - child relationship that was damaged when Rory was born when Lorelai was 16. But Rory's excitement with the boring clothes of private school is unusual, its understandable. Shame though, that she meets a new guy at school the day that she is going to leave...who knows what will happen next, I don't cause I havent seen the next episode, but I figure I'll know sooner or later.moreless
  • The best pilot ever!

    Ok, you have to admit, the pilot episode for the gilmore girls was extreamly good.

    In the first scene, the show establishes the relationship that Rory and Loreli have with one another. Right away, their personalities show through and we see the way that they work. In the opening scene, we see Lorelai beg Luke for coffee and come to terms with her love for coffee.

    This episode also estabilshes the relationship between loreali and her parents along with showing us rorys ambitions for her schoool life.

    Rory is also introduced to Dean during her last few days of school and you can see how she is going to have a relationship with him

    overall, an awesome episode that defently starts the show of very well!moreless
Jill Brennan

Jill Brennan

Mrs. Traister

Guest Star

Cesar Lopapa

Cesar Lopapa


Guest Star

Marcy Goldman

Marcy Goldman


Guest Star

Liz Torres

Liz Torres

Miss Patty

Recurring Role

Alex Borstein

Alex Borstein


Recurring Role

Emily Kuroda

Emily Kuroda

Mrs. Kim

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (24)

    • This is the only episode where we see outside of the Gilmore's gated driveway. Lorelai parks in front of the gate and finishes her cup of coffee before asking the Gilmore's for money for Chilton but in all future episodes they pull in completely.

    • In this episode, the house has steps leading into the kitchen but in the rest of the series there are no steps.

    • According to the sign Lorelai walks by on her way to Luke's in the beginning, Stars Hollow was founded in 1779.

    • When Lorelai informs Rory that they are having dinner with Richard and Emily, Rory's response is "What holiday is in September?" It is highly unlikely that someone as brilliantly intelligent as Rory would overlook Labor Day, which is always celebrated on the first Monday in September.

    • Beginning with the pilot and lasting through the first season, Emily and Richard's house looks different, specifically the room where Lorelai and Rory come in for pre-dinner drinks.
      In later seasons, this room will be open with direct access to the front door, but in this season, the room is enclosed.

    • In this pilot episode, the counter at Luke's Diner is on the left side when you walk in. However, in future episodes, the counter was always straight ahead when you walked in.

    • When Lorelai and Emily are fighting at the end of the episode, Emily says at one point, "When you get pregnant, you get married. A child needs a mother and a father." These are the exact same words that Emily also uses in Season 6's Friday Night's Alright for Fighting, when she and Lorelai have one of their most famous blow-ups.

    • In the beginning when Joey hits on Lorelai and Rory, Lorelai says Rory is only sixteen. Actually she is fifteen, not turning sixteen for a couple more months. While it is common for people to round up when discussing age, when a twenty something year old man is making a pass at Rory, you would think Lorelai would make a point of saying exactly how young she really is.

    • In this episode Lane talks about her "parents" setting her up with a Korean future doctor, and yet we never see her father, and never really hear him mentioned. There are allusions made to events which involved him, but that's it. We know at least in future episodes that Mrs. Kim sleeps alone, and that no Mr. Kim appears even at Lane's wedding, which would strongly imply that there no longer exists a Mr. Kim.

    • Rory turns on the Macy Gray CD that her mother returned to her, and immediately the fourth song comes on. Moments later, Lorelai turns on the same CD (even though she no longer has it) and it's miraculously on the fourth song as well. We know that they weren't listening to the radio (due to the fact that the song restarted from the beginning when Lorelai turned it on).

    • If you look at Rory's teacher in this episode you will realize she is also the same actress who plays Crazy Carrie (Jill Brennan) starting in the 4 season.

    • Almost all the set is different in the pilot episode. For example, the school is in front of the diner, not a road and buildings. The diner used in the pilot is also different than the diner used in the rest of the series.

    • When Rory tells Lorelai that she cannot believe that the next day is her last day at Stars Hollow High, it is dark outside meaning that it must be Thursday night. However, when Lorelai goes to visit her parents after her business class, it is still, somehow, Thursday because Emily says that she will see Rory and Lorelai for dinner the following night. Then the scene moves to Lorelai and Rory eating dinner at Lukes. The only possible conclusion would be that Lorelai had gone to Emily and Richard that afternoon, and the scene was a flashback. However, that cannot be the case since Sookie and Lorelai had just been discussing ways for Lorelai to get the money for Chilton.

    • In the beginning of the episode, Sookie and Lorelai both taste the sauce off the spoon, and then Sookie sticks the spoon back in the sauce and intends to serve it the next morning. Since Sookie is a chef, she should know that would violate healthy cooking procedures.

      I think Sookie meant that she would make the sauce in the morning, not reuse sauce she had made the night before.

    • Interestingly enough, when we see Rory and Lane enter Kim's Antiques (owned by Lane's mother), there is a label on the door that says that Mrs. Kim accepts Interac, the Canadian debit system. Of course, this is Stars Hollow, Connecticut, so this would sound unusual seeing that the Interac system is non-existent except in Canada. It's likely a continuity error that comes from the pilot being shot in the Metro Toronto area.

    • When Lorelai and Rory are at Luke's, and Rory talks about the timing not being right, the food on Lorelai's plate changes between shots. Sometimes there's a slice of tomato on her hamburger and sometimes there's not.

    • The portrait of the Gilmores and a young Lorelai above the fireplace shows Emily with short hair, similar to the hairstyle she has at the time of this episode. However in future episodes, Emily's hair in the portrait seems to have grown to the 'long below the shoulders' style as seen in the flashback in the episode "Dear Emily and Richard". Furthermore, given that this picture was taken when Lorelai was a kid--probably more than 20 years ago--it's strange that Richard and Emily don't look at all younger.

    • When Lorelai is standing in front of the fireplace, she turns to look at some family photos on the mantel. You can clearly see that there is a picture of Rory in a pumpkin suit at the left side of the mantel. However in a close-up of the photos, the pumpkin picture is standing at the right side of the mantel.

    • Lane calls her mother 'Mom', yet in all other episodes she always call her 'Momma'.

    • In this first episode, Luke's diner doesn't have a 'no cell phones' sign. On the side of the diner where the big windows are going to be, there is now a closet. A part of this closet will hang above the coffeemaker in following episodes, but isn't there yet in this one. Also, the entrance is here on the left side of the diner and will be on the left front corner in later episodes.

    • When Rory and Lorelai are eating dinner in the diner, before Luke warns them that red meat can kill them, there's a shot from outside the diner. That shot is from the last scene of the episode - you can see Lorelai's face and Rory's back in the window, clearly in different outfits.

    • In the first couple episodes, Lorelai drives a different Jeep than in the rest of the series.

      The Jeep she drives in this episode will reappear in season 7 ("It's Just Like Riding a Bike"). At the car shop, she goes to with Luke, Lorelai tries different cars, among which the Jeep she was driving in the pilot.

    • When Rory and Lorelai are eating dinner in the diner, after Luke warns them that red meat can kill them, Lorelai's right hand appears 'touching' and 'not touching' the coffee cup between shots.

    • In this episode they speak of Richard's mother as if she is dead. However in the later season one episode "The Third Lorelai", Richard's mother comes for a visit.Also whether or not she was living or not you would think that Rory who is almost sixteen would know that her mom was named for her grandmother making Rory Lorelai the third! No matter how close Lorelai was or was not to her family it seems odd that she never told her daughter where her name comes from?

      Possible Explanation: Obviously, Rory assumed her mom named her after herself. Multiple times in the first season they reiterate the story of Lorelai's feminism in naming Rory. She probably just asssumed that was all there was to the story. And because of Lorelai's estrangement from the family, she probably would not have brought up her family or life if she could help it. Also, because of Rory and Lorelai having different middle names (Victoria, Leigh), Rory is not technically a "third."

  • QUOTES (64)

    • Lorelai: (speaking to Luke) Wow, you look nice. Really nice.
      Luke: I had a meeting earlier at the bank. They like collars. You look nice, too.
      Lorelai: I had a flagellation to go to.
      Luke: So, what'll you have?
      Lorelai: Coffee, in a vat.
      Rory: I'll have coffee also. And chili fries.
      Luke: That's quite a refined palate you got there.
      (Luke walks to the counter)
      Lorelai: (to Rory) Behold the healing powers of a bath.

    • Lorelai: Hi, Mom.
      Emily: Lorelai, my goodness, this is a surprise. Is it Easter already?
      Lorelai: (sounding uncomfortable) No, I just, uh, finished up my business class and I thought I would stop by.
      Emily: To see me?
      Lorelai: Yes.
      Emily: Well, isn't that nice. Come in.
      Lorelai: Thanks.
      (They walk to the living room.)
      Lorelai: The place looks great.
      Emily: It hasn't changed.
      Lorelai: Well, there you go. How are the girls at the bridge club?
      Emily: Old.
      Lorelai: Well... good.
      (Lorelai and Emily sit, opposite to each other)
      Emily: You said you were taking a business class?
      Lorelai: Yeah, mmhmm, yeah. I'm taking a business class at the college twice a week. I'm sure I told you.
      Emily: Well, if you're sure then you must have. (she pauses) Would you like some tea?
      Lorelai: I would love some coffee.
      Richard: (calling from another room) Emily? I'm home.
      Emily: We're in here.
      (Richard walks into the living room)
      Lorelai: Hi, Dad.
      Richard: What is it, Christmas already?

    • Emily: (about the man that Lorelai got pregnant with at sixteen) Your father would have gotten him a job with his insurance business, and you two would be living a lovely life right now.
      Lorelai: Christopher didn't want to be in the insurance business, and I am living a lovely life right now.
      Emily: Oh yeah, far away from us.
      Lorelai: Oh, here we go again.
      Emily: You took that girl and completely shut us out of your life!
      Lorelai: You wanted to control me.
      Emily: You were still a child!
      Lorelai: I stopped being a child the minute the strip turned pink, okay? I had to figure out a way to live. I found a good job.
      Emily: As a maid! With all your brains and talent!
      Lorelai: I worked my way up. I run the place now!

    • Richard: And how are things at the motel? Lorelai: The inn? They're great. Emily: Lorelai's the executive manager now. Isn't that wonderful? Richard: (about Rory's father, who is not in her life) Speaking of which, Christopher called yesterday. Lorelai: Speaking of which? How is that a speaking of which?

    • Joey: (To Lorelai) You do not look like a mother. (To Rory) And you do not look like a daughter. Lorelai: That's possibly very sweet of you. Joey: So ... Daughter. (points to counter) You know I am travelling with a friend... Lorelai: She's sixteen. Joey: Bye. Lorelai: Drive safe. (Joey leaves quickly)

    • Luke: Coffee, and fries (looks at Rory as she's sipping her coffee). I can't stand it. This is so unhealthy. Rory, please. Put down that cup of coffee. You do not want to grow up to be like your mom.
      Rory: Sorry, too late.

    • Lorelai: What do I do? What do I do? What do I do?
      Sookie: You can have anything I own. My car! Sell my car!
      Lorelai: Oh, sweetie, no one wants your car.
      Sookie: Yeah.

    • Rory: I don't want to talk about this. Could you please, please just leave me alone?
      Lorelai: Okay, fine. We always had a democracy in this house. We never did anything unless we both agreed. But now I guess I'm going to have to play the mom card. You are going to Chilton whether you want to or not. Monday morning, you will be there, end of story.
      Rory: We'll see.
      Lorelai: Yeah, we will!

    • Lorelai: Oh. Oh, I forgot to tell you, we're having dinner with your grandparents tomorrow night.
      Rory: We are?
      Lorelai: Mmhmm.
      Rory: But it's September.
      Lorelai: So?
      Rory: So what holiday's in September?
      Lorelai: Look, it's not a holiday thing. It's just dinner, okay?
      Rory: Fine, sorry.

    • Rory: Sookie, I'm going to Chilton!
      (Rory and Sookie hug.)
      Sookie: I'll make cookies. Protestants love oatmeal.
      Rory: I have to call Lane.
      (Rory starts to leave but turns to hug Lorelai again.)
      Rory: I love you.
      Lorelai: I love you.
      (Rory rushes out.)
      Lorelai: My girl's going to Chilton.

    • Emily: Mmm. Well, let's sit everyone. This is just wonderful. An education is the most important thing in the world, next to family.
      Lorelai: And pie. (her parents stare at her) Joke...Joke.
      Emily: Ah.

    • Rory: How many meals is it gonna take 'til we're off the hook?
      Lorelai: I think the deli spread at my funeral will be the last one.

    • Emily: (Seeing Lorelai's coffee cup) Is that a collector's cup, or can I throw it away for you?

    • Lorelai: (to Rory) Oh, you're not gonna give me the 'Mommie Dearest' treatment forever, are you?

    • Lorelai: Rory. You've always been the sensible one in this house, huh? I need you to remember that feeling now. You will kick your own butt later if you blow this.
      Rory: Well, it's my butt.
      Lorelai: Good comeback.
      Rory: Thank you.

    • Lorelai: (to Rory, who doesn't want to go to Chilton because of a boy at her current school) You tell me all about the guy, and I promise not to let my head explode. Huh? Rory? Okay, I'll talk. Don't get me wrong. Guys are great. You don't get knocked up at 16 by being indifferent to guys. But babe, guys are always going to be there, okay? This school isn't. It's more important. It has to be more important.

    • Lorelai: Does he have a motorcycle? If you're gonna throw your life away, he'd better have a motorcycle!

    • Lorelai: Oh, you'll have to walk faster than that. You're gonna have to turn into friggin' Flo Jo to get away from me.

    • Luke: Red meat can kill you. Enjoy.

    • Rory: God! You're like Ruth Gordon just standing there with the tannis root. Make a noise.
      Dean: Rosemary's Baby.
      Rory: Yeah.
      Dean: Well, that's a great movie. You've got good taste. Are you moving?
      Rory: No, just my books are.

    • Lane: The party's on Friday. I gotta go. I have to have a pre-hayride cup of tea with a future doctor. How do I look? Korean?
      Rory: Spitting image.
      Lane: Good. Bye.

    • Lane: So I told my mom you're changing schools.
      Rory: Was she thrilled?
      Lane: The party's on Friday.

    • Rory: And we get to wear uniforms. No more having people check you out to see what jeans you're wearing 'cause everyone's dressed alike in boring clothes and just there to learn.
      Lane: Okay, there's academic-minded and then there's Amish.

    • Rory: (wearing her Chilton skirt) Mom, so what do you think?
      Sookie: Wow, it makes you look smart.
      Rory: Okay, no more wine for you. (to Lorelai) Mom?
      Lorelai: You look like you were swallowed by a kilt.
      Rory: Fine, you could hem it. A little, only a little.
      Lorelai: Okay. Or I could hem it a lot.
      Rory: No, you're not. I don't want it to be too short.

    • Sookie: Okay, can I say one more thing? I think it's your only option.
      Lorelai: Sookie, there are several chapters from a Stephen King novel I'd reenact before I'd resort to that option.

    • Lorelai: (on the phone) But she's supposed to start Monday. It just doesn't give me a lot of time to pull a bank job. (pause) Well, never mind. I was just kidding. (pause) No, a bank job is robbing a bank.

    • Rory: (when she sees the Chilton skirt) I'm gonna be in a Britney Spears video?
      Sookie: You're going to Chilton! (Lorelai smacks her arm) Sorry.
      Lorelai: You did it babe. You got in.
      Rory: How did this happen? You didn't sleep with the principal did you?
      Lorelai: No honey, that was a joke.

    • Rory: You know, it sucks that after all these years your mom still hates me.
      Lane: She doesn't hate you.
      Rory: She hates my mother.
      Lane: She doesn't trust unmarried women.
      Rory: You're unmarried.
      Lane: I'm hayriding with a future proctologist. I have potential.

    • Lane: Koreans never joke about future doctors. So, I guess you're not going, huh? Rory: No, I'm still fuzzy on what's fun about sitting in the cold for two hours with a bundle of sticks up your butt. Lane: Don't expect me to clear it up for you.

    • Lorelai: What's with the muumuu?
      Rory: Stop.
      Lorelai: No, I'm just saying. You couldn't find one made of metal, in case anyone has x-ray eyes?
      Rory: And now we say goodbye.

    • Michel: (to Lorelai while Rory's looking for stamps) What is your offspring doing?
      Rory: I need stamps, can I have these?
      Michel: No.
      Lorelai: Take them.

    • Lorelai: Has the plumber attended to Room 4 yet?
      Michel: He was here. He did nothing. It's $100.

    • Michel: (on the phone) Madame, you have no idea how desperately I'd like to help, but see, I'd have to build a room for you myself and I'm not a man who works with his hands.

    • (after leaving Emily and Richard's house)
      Lorelai: Do I look shorter? 'Cause I feel shorter.
      Rory: Hey, how about I buy you a cup of coffee.
      Lorelai: Oh yeah. You drive though. Ok? 'Cause I don't think my feet will reach the pedals.

    • Dean: So, how are you liking Moby Dick?
      Rory: Oh, it's really good.
      Dean: Yeah?
      Rory: Yeah, it's my first Melville.
      Dean: Cool.
      Rory: I mean, I know it's kind of cliché to pick Moby Dick as your first Melville but… hey, how did you know I was reading Moby Dick?
      Dean: Uh, well, I've been watching you.
      Rory: Watching me?
      Dean: I mean, not in a creepy, like, "I'm watching you" sort of way. I just - I've noticed you.
      Rory: Me?
      Dean: Yeah.
      Rory: When?
      Dean: Every day. After school you come out and you sit under that tree there and you read. Last week it was Madame Bovary. This week it's Moby Dick.
      Rory: But why would you
      Dean: Because you're nice to look at, and because you've got unbelievable concentration.
      Rory: What?
      Dean: Last Friday these two guys were tossing around a ball and one guy nailed the other right in the face. I mean, it was a mess, blood everywhere, the nurse came out, the place was in chaos, his girlfriend was all freaking out, and you just sat there and read. I mean, you never even looked up. I thought, "I have never seen anyone read so intensely before in my entire life. I have to meet that girl."
      Rory: Maybe I just didn't look up because I'm unbelievably self-centered.
      Dean: Maybe, but I doubt it.
      Rory: So did I ask you if you like cake?
      Dean: Yeah, ya did.
      Rory: Oh, because they have really good cake back there. (Dean laughs)

    • Rory: So, do we go in or do we just stand here re-enacting The Little Match Girl?
      Lorelai: Okay, look. I know you and me are having a thing here, and I know you hate me, but I need you to be civil, at least through dinner and then on the way home you can pull a Menendez. Deal?
      Rory: Fine.

    • Emily: You took that girl and completely shut us out of your life.
      Lorelai: You wanted to control me.
      Emily: You were still a child.
      Lorelai: I stopped being a child the minute the strip turned pink, okay? I had to figure out how to live. I found a good job.
      Emily: As a maid. With all your brains and talent.
      Lorelai: I worked my way up. I run the place now. I built a life on my own with no help from anyone.
      Emily: Yes, and think of where you would have been if you'd accepted a little help, hmm? And where Rory would have been. But no, you were always too proud to accept anything from anyone.
      Lorelai: Well, I wasn't too proud to come here to you two begging for money for my kid's school, was I?
      Emily: No, you certainly weren't. But you're too proud to let her know where you got it from, aren't you? Well, fine, you have your precious pride and I have my weekly dinners. Isn't that nice? We both win.

    • Lorelai: Behold the healing powers of a bath. So, tell me about the guy.
      Rory: You know what's really special about our relationship? The total understanding about the need for one's privacy. I mean, you really understand boundaries.
      Lorelai: So tell me about the guy.
      Rory: Mom!
      Lorelai: Is he dreamy?
      Rory: Oh, that's so Nick at Night.
      Lorelai: Well, I'm gonna find out anyway.
      Rory: Really? How?
      Lorelai: I'll spy.

    • Lorelai: So tell me about the guy.
      Rory: Check, please.
      Lorelai: No, really, are you embarrassed to bring him home?
      Rory: I'm not embarrassed.
      Lorelai: Does he talk at all?
      Rory: No, Mom, he's a mime.

    • Lorelai: Is something burning?
      Sookie: My bangs earlier. Go on, go on, go on.

    • Rory: When are you going to let your parents know that you listen to the evil rock music? You're an American teenager, for God's sake.
      Lane: Rory, if my parents still get upset over the obscene portion size of American food, I seriously doubt I'm gonna make any inroads with Eminem.

    • Lorelai: (to Sookie about Rory) This is it. She can finally go to Harvard like she's always wanted, and get the education that I never got, and get to do all the things that I never got to do. And then I can resent her for it, and we can finally have a normal mother-daughter relationship.

    • Lorelai: It's here. It happened. She did it.
      Sookie: Okay, I'm gonna need a little bit longer sentence.

    • Mrs. Kim: So, how was school? None of the girls get pregnant, drop out?
      Lane: Not that we know of.
      Rory: Though come to think of it, Joanna Posner was glowing a little.
      Mrs. Kim: What?
      Lane: Nothing, Mama. She's just kidding.
      Mrs. Kim: Boys don't like funny girls.
      Rory: Noted.

    • Dean: My family just moved here from Chicago.
      Rory: Chicago? Windy. Oprah.

    • Lorelai: (holding up a coffee cup) What? It's not for me. It's for Rory, I swear.
      Luke: You're shameless.
      Lorelai: Look, Officer Krupke, she's right at that table right over there.

    • (wrestling large, cumbersome harp through crowded lobby)
      Drella: Aw, that's it, lady, tie your shoe NOW... Yeah, d-don't... don't worry, I'll wait!
      Lorelai: Hi, Drella. hi... I was just wondering, ummmm... could you be, ahhh... nicer to the guests?
      Drella: Oh, ah... um, I'm sorry, did you not want a harp player?
      Lorelai: Yes, I did.
      Drella: Did you not want a great harp player?
      Lorelai: (sighs) Yes, I did.
      Drella: OK... I am a great harp player... and this, is my great harp, 'kay?... So, if you're looking for someone to just be nice to the guests, get a harmonica player, maybe some guy who whistles through his nose, okay? Capisce?

    • Sookie: Where's your pate?
      Lorelai: At Zsa-Zsa's Gabor's house?
      Sookie: Right. I'm going to the store because you have nothing. You like duck?
      Lorelai: OOooohhh, if it's made with chicken, absolutely!

    • Miss Patty: Hands in the air, not in the nose.

    • Rory: So do you like cake?
      Dean: What?
      Rory: They make really good cakes here. They're very... round.
      Dean: Okay, I'll remember that.
      Rory: Good. Make a note. You wouldn't want to forget where the round cakes are (gets a did-i-just-say-that look on her face).

    • Rory: (to Dean) It's my mother's name, too. She named me after herself. She was lying in the hospital thinking about how men name boys after themselves all the time, you know, so why couldn't women? She says her feminism just kind of took over. Though personally I think a lot of Demerol also went into that decision. I never talk this much.

    • Rory: I can't believe tomorrow's my last day at Stars Hollow High.
      Lorelai: I know.
      Rory: Today I was so excited I dressed for gym.
      Lorelai: You're kidding!
      Rory: And I played volleyball.
      Lorelai: With other people?
      Rory: And I learned that all this time I've been avoiding group sports...
      Lorelai: Yeah...?
      Rory: was very smart because I suck at them.
      Lorelai: Well, you get that from me.

    • Rory: I love being a private school girl!

    • (Sookie feeds Lorelai a spoonful of sauce)
      Lorelai: Oh, dear God Almighty. That's incredible!
      Sookie: I want to put it on the waffles tomorrow morning for breakfast.
      Lorelai: I want to take a bath in that sauce!
      Sookie: I will make more!
      Lorelai: Someday when we open our own inn, diabetics will be lining up for this sauce.
      Sookie: Won't that be great?
      Lorelai: Yeah, but the key to someday achieving that dream is for you to stay alive long enough so we can actually open an inn, you understand?

    • Lorelai: Hey, I had dibs on being the bitch tonight.
      Rory: Just tonight?
      Lorelai: What the hell's wrong with you?

    • Emily: Champagne, anyone?
      Lorelai: Wow, that's fancy.
      Emily: Well, it's not every day I have my girls here for dinner on a day the banks are open.

    • Rory: I'll tell all the ladies what a stud you are.
      Michel: I believe that memo has already been sent.

    • Rory: So, Grandpa, how's the insurance biz?
      Richard: Oh, people die, we pay. People crash cars, we pay. People lose a foot, we pay.
      Lorelai: Well, at least you have your new slogan.

    • Richard: Rory. You're tall.
      Rory: I guess.
      Richard: Well, what's your height?
      Rory: 5'7".
      Richard: That's tall! She's tall.
      Lorelai: Hi, Dad.
      Richard: Lorelai. Your daughter's tall.
      Lorelai: Oh, I know, it's freakish. We're thinking of having her studied at M.I.T.

    • (after the man in the diner hits on Lorelai, she turns around to find him hitting on Rory)
      Joey: (to Rory) Yeah, I've never been through here before.
      Lorelai: Oh, you have too.
      Joey: Oh, hi.
      Lorelai: Oh, hi. You really like my table, don't you?
      Joey: I was just, uh...
      Lorelai: Getting to know my daughter?
      Joey: Your...
      Rory: Are you my new daddy?

    • Rory: You're happy.
      Lorelai: Yeah.
      Rory: Did you do something slutty?
      Lorelai: I'm not that happy.

    • Lorelai: Michel, the phone.
      Michel: Mm-hmm. It rings.
      Lorelai: Can you answer it?
      Michel: No. People are particularly stupid today. I can't talk to any more of them.
      Lorelai: You know who's really nice to talk to? The people at the unemployment agency.
      Michel: Independence Inn. Michel speaking.

    • Lorelai: Please, Luke. Please, please, please.
      Luke: How many cups have you had this morning?
      Lorelai: None.
      Luke: Plus...
      Lorelai: Five, but yours is better.
      Luke: You have a problem.
      Lorelai: Yes, I do.
      Luke: Junkie.
      Lorelai: Angel. You've got wings, baby.

    • Rory: God! RuPaul doesn't need this much makeup!

  • NOTES (11)

    • Music:

      - "Where You Lead" by Carole King (opening credits for entire show)
      - "There She Goes" by The La's (opening scene of Lorelei walking to Luke's Diner)
      - "Where The Colors Don't Go" by Sam Phillips (Lorelei contemplating childhood photo merging into showing her sitting in front of that home)
      -Wendy" composed by Wesley Yang & Gavin McNett (Rory cleaning out her locker)
      -"Ballet Waltz #3" by Herman Beeftink (Miss Patty's ballet class dances to this piece)
      -"Heartland" by George Strait (Playing when they walk by Lane's hayride)
      - "I Try" by Macy Gray (after argument between Lorelei and Rory over Dean)
      - "My Little Corner Of The World" by Kit Pongetti (closing of the episode)

    • German episode title: "Alles auf Anfang", meaning "All To Beginning".

    • The town of Stars Hollow is based on Washington Depot, Connecticut. Creator Amy Sherman stayed there while on a trip with her husband to look at Mark Twain's wallpaper.

    • The part of Luke (Scott Patterson) was originally supposed to be a girl's part, but they decided there were too many female leads, so they made it a guy and cast Scott. His character wasn't supposed to be a big part, but producers liked the chemistry between Luke and Lorelai, so they decided to keep it.

    • Rory's Book List:

      The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
      Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
      Moby Dick by Herman Melville

    • The "set" used for Stars Hollow in this episode (and some shots in future season 1 episodes) is not actually a set, it's Main Street in Unionville, Ontario, Canada. They moved filming to the Warner Bros set for all following episodes.

    • Alex Borstein was originally cast for the role of Sookie St. James, which Melissa McCarthy plays, but had to drop out due to a schedule conflict providing the voice of Lois on Family Guy. Instead, she plays the harpist Drella for the first four episodes.

    • Most scripts for hour-long shows are about 45-50 pages, but because of the fast-paced conversations that Lorelai and Rory usually have, Gilmore Girls' scripts usually end up having 75-80 pages.

    • Actor Nathan Wetherington was originally cast to play the part of Dean. However, Amy Sherman-Pallidino thought he had a gangster look to him, so she picked Jared Padelecki.

    • The town of Stars Hollow, where Lorelai and Rory live, is actually a set at Warner Bros. Studios called Midwest Street. It was originally built in 1946 for a movie called Saratoga Trunk.

    • When ABC Family airs this episode, they delete Lorelai's line "Oh, you're gonna have to walk faster than that. You're gonna have to turn into friggin' Flo Jo to get away from me." Many don't realize it, but frigging is a euphemism for masturbation, particularly in females.

  • ALLUSIONS (11)

    • (Lorelai and Rory are standing in front of Emily & Richard's house)
      Rory: So, do we go in, or do we just stand here re-enacting The Little Match Girl?

      Reference to Hans Christian Andersen's story about an impoverished orphan.

    • Mrs. Traister: For those of you who have not finished the final chapters of Huckleberry Finn you may use this time to do so.

      Huckleberry Finn is the famous sequel to Mark Twain's Tom Sawyer, and has been a part of the curriculum of many high schools, despite parent protest of its racial slurs and foul language.

    • Rory: I'm gonna be in a Britney Spears video?

      Britney Spears is a popular female singer who scored a world hit with the number "Hit Me (Baby One More Time)" in which she plays a school girl in a uniform very similar to that of Rory.

    • Lorelai: Sookie, there are several chapters from a Stephen King novel I'd reenact before I'd resort to that option.

      Stephen King is a writer of gruesome mystery novels.

    • Lorelai: Look, Officer Krupke, she's right at that table, right over there.

      Officer Krupke was the beat cop in both the play and the movie versions of West Side Story.

    • Lorelai: You're a regular Jack Kerouac.

      Jack Kerouac, a famous writer known for going on long cross-country road trips, immortalized his travels in On the Road.

    • Rory: God, RuPaul doesn't need this much makeup.

      RuPaul is a famous drag queen diva and former talk show host.

    • Lorelai: Oh, you're gonna have to walk faster than that. You're gonna have to turn into friggin' Flo Jo to get away from me.

      Flo Jo, Florence Griffith Joyner, a world record setting track star, won a silver medal in the 200 meter dash at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, and three gold medals and one silver medal at the 1988 Seoul Olympics.

    • Rory: God! You're like Ruth Gordon just standing there with a tannis root.

      Dean was looming over Rory like the character in Rosemary's Baby.

    • Lorelai: Aw, you're not gonna give me the 'Mommie Dearest' treatment forever, are ya?

      Mommie Dearest is the title of the book and the movie written by Christina Crawford, Joan Crawford's adopted daughter, about the horrific abuse the movie star inflicted on her children.

    • Lorelai: On the way home you can pull a Menendez.

      Eric and Lyle Menendez were convicted of murdering their parents in a sensational trial.