Gilmore Girls

Season 5 Episode 17

Pulp Friction

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Mar 08, 2005 on The WB
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Episode Summary

Now that Luke and Lorelai are back together, Lorelai can come into the diner. They make a date to celebrate getting back together. Rory and Logan are still dating, however not exclusively. Rory and Lorelai see him with another girl while they are shopping in downtown New Haven, but when Rory goes to Finn's birthday party with Robert, Logan gets jealous. Emily and Richard assume that since Emily gave instructions to Luke to get back together with Lorelai everything must be all set now. However, they are surprised to see only Rory show up for Friday dinner.moreless

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  • Luke and Lorelai are back together, Rory and Logan are dating but only casually. Great episode, not as strong as the last few though.

    I'm obviously glad that Luke and Lorelai are back together and there scenes were very enjoyable as always. I liked when Lorelai was mocking his CD choice and then it turned into them saying how happy they were about being back together again. Also there was a great talk between when Lorelai shares her concerns about Rory, who is dating a lot and is acting out of character.

    Another thing that was highly entertaining was Emily's disbelief that Lorelai didn't come to Friday night dinner. When she confronted Luke I really thought she was out of line, it's not her life. Luckily Lorelai arrives and puts her in her place, and in a powerful line tells her to 'Shut up!'.

    In other news, Rory and Logan are dating but not really, its only casual. Both get jealous when they see each other with someone else. I liked the Pulp Fiction like party. And Logan shows his true fondness for Rory when he asks her to leave the party and her date for him. She refuses but things look like there going to get serious.

    I agree with Lorelai, Rory isn't acting like herself but things don't seem that bad as of yet. Great episode. Only 5 more......moreless
  • Luke and Lorelei are back together, and Rory goes to a party with someone beside Logan

    I'm so glad Luke and Lorelei are back together. They are really made for one another! Now Lorelei can come back to the diner. She tells Luke she left a message for him about saving her a piece of boysenberry pie, but Luke doesn't know how to read text messages. He says the only thing he knows how to do on his cell phone is make or receive a call. Lorelei puts her number on his speed dial as "number one." This will be important later in the episode.

    A friend of Logan, a guy named Robert invites Rory to a Quentin Tarentino theme party. Earlier, Rory had seen Logan at a cafe kissing another girl. She accepts the invitation, knowing that Logan will be there. He is there and gets very jealous. Later, Rory tells Lorelei that Logan has been very attentive since then. Her plan worked!

    At the end of the episode, Emily comes into the diner and starts criticizing Luke for not carrying out her instructions to get back together with Lorelei (not realizing that they are back together). Luke can't get a word in edgewise and speed dials Lorelie on his cell phone. Lorelei hears her mother ranting at Luke and rushes to the diner to tell her to butt out. She finally tells her mother to "shut up" and Emily leaves. It serves Emily right for being such an interfering busybody.moreless
  • Lorelai and Luke are back together!!!

    Luke and Lorelai are together again, I'm happy.

    Kirk is collecting the ribbons and he even chases people to get the ribbons back, first Lulu (he takes her coat and then he follows a woman to the bathroom.

    Logan and Rory are getting closer, they even break into the cafeteria at Yale.

    Emily was sad but she must not have a notion on reality, of course Lorelai wasn't going to dinner. She must think she is very important...They even considered that Luke didn't went to Lorelai after Emily's visit...

    And Rory seeing Logan with another girl, she was upset but she tried not to make a big deal of that because of Lorelai being there.

    And Michel being at Price is Right! He won a trailer and that caused a problem at the Inn because of the photographer for Travel Magazine. Michel got sad, Lorelai's opinion is very important for him and everything the says back at him cause a big impression.

    The whole "no strings attached" relationship of Rory and Logan goes both ways, the problem is that on can be more jelouze then the other. Robert asked her to Finn's party and they found Logan there with a date. Lorelai and Luke have their first date since they broke up. It is great and by the time they get to Lorelai's house, Kirk is in the boat in the garage. Naked!! lol

    Lorelai offers him Rory's room for the night.

    The Kill Bill party is fun, theme party can be great. Logan is jelouze, he wants to take Rory way from Robert but she says no.Good Rory! If this is a no strings attached relationship, they can date other people and looks like Logan doesn't want to share Rory...

    I loved the scene where Emily goes to the diner and Luke speed dials Lorelai. I know it must had been hard for Lorelai to say those things to her mother but it was time, they had to be said. She was upset after but it had to be done, Emily was doing to much, she acted like the fact that they were together was due to her. This was intense, Lorelai telling her to shut up like that...moreless
  • Luke and Lorelai are back together. Rory sees Logan on a date with someone else. Rory goes on a date with Robert. Emily take out her frustration on Luke for Lorelai not coming back into the fold.moreless

    I am so glad Luke and Lorelai are back together. There was this sweet moment when he picks her up on their date and they are sitting in Luke's truck when they tell each other that they hated being apart. That was the best part of the episode for me. I wish there was more of those moments in this episode.

    The rest of the episode was fine but nothing spectacular. I am glad that Rory is dating Logan. I think they will be good for each other, but I cannot say I was a fan of the Pulp Fiction party. It was weird and pointless to me. I think it is unnecessary. Kirk is always there spoiling L&L's moments together.moreless
  • love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    rory and lorelai see logan with another girl when there shopping. So when another guy asks rory to go to finn's birthday party she says yes. Lorelai and luke are back together and there surprised when only rory shows up for friday night dinner since emily brought them back together. At the party LOgan gets jealous when he sees rory with robert he wants her to leave the party with him. she says no. Emily makes a visit to luke and yells at him because she thinks that he never went back to lorelai since lorelai wasn't at dinner lorelai comes in and tells her that because they fixed it. It doesn't erase what she did to brake them up. logan makes plans with rory after the party.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

Nick Holmes

Nick Holmes


Guest Star

Rachel Specter

Rachel Specter


Guest Star

Alan Loayza

Alan Loayza


Recurring Role

Rini Bell

Rini Bell


Recurring Role

Tanc Sade

Tanc Sade


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (17)

    • Rory wears her Chilton uniform to Finn's party

    • Luke breaks his own "No Cell Phones" rule.

    • The dress Lorelai is wearing when she tells Michel to sell the trailer home is the same dress she wore in "A Messenger, Nothing More" in the scene where Sookie tells Lorelai she's gone nutty.

    • Emily goes back on her promise to Luke that she would stay out of his relationship with Lorelai. (It only took one episode for her to go back on her word, a record even for Emily).

    • Kirk is drinking milk and cookies when he talks to Luke about moving out of his mother's house.

    • For their first date after the breakup Luke takes Lorelai to Silvano's. This is the place she wanted to take him to ask him about the loan in The Incredible Shrinking Lorelais (season 4).

    • After Rory leaves and Emily is upset, she puts ice in a glass to make a drink. But she sticks her hand in the ice bucket, grabs a handful of ice and tosses it in the glass. This seems a little improper for her.

    • Lorelai mentions playing the "mom card" in this episode. This was first referenced in the pilot episode when Lorelai forces Rory to go to Chilton.

    • When Luke is getting plastic spoons for ice cream, as he is about to sit down the top of the tub of ice cream is still on however when the shot changes angle a second later the top has disappeared.

    • When Lorelai brings in the Weston's cup and Luke asks her if she wants coffee, he looks right at the cup before he grabs the coffee pot, then looks at it again like he didn't see it yet.

    • In the opening scene when, Kirk is collecting ribbons, a couple walks in. The man has a blue ribbon, but the woman has a white ribbon. Where did she get the white ribbon when the colors were blue and pink?

    • When Rory and Robert are talking at a table Logan is staring at them from across the room but they're in front of them. A minute later Logan comes up from behind him when he was in front before.

    • When Lorelai is at the Dragonfly (just after Michel returned from California) she says that she is just going to run over to Luke's and that she will be back to finish the setup. You can clearly see that it is light out. However, when she arrives at Luke's, it's dark outside.

    • In the first scene when Luke is talking to Kirk about the ribbon collection, there is a wide-brimmed straw hat and a bag (with a red hat on it) on the hat stand. However, when Lorelai enters and sits down, there is no straw hat and no bag there, but rather a brown grandpa's hat.

    • On the first scene you can see the box with the ribbons which is almost full. When you see the scene with Kirk and Luke in the diner, the box isn't as full anymore - the blue ribbon bin is almost empty.

    • When Luke gets the spoons from the drawer for the ice cream, he leaves the drawer open. A few moments later, the drawer is closed. Who closed it?

    • When Lorelai is eating the fries, a portion of the fries on the plate is gone, next the plate is full again, then its not.

  • QUOTES (22)

    • Luke: We got back together because "we" wanted to get back together.

    • (Luke is being attacked by Emily at the diner and speed dials Lorelai for help.)
      Lorelai: Mom!!!
      Emily: Lorelai!
      Lorelai: Please hear me. If I want your input in my life in any way, shape or form I will ask for it. Until then, do us all a favor and SHUT UP!!!
      (Emily leaves the diner)

    • Lorelai: Want me to put in on vibrate for you?

    • Luke: What are you doing?
      Lorelai: I'm putting my number on speed dial so all you have to do is hit 1 'cus I'm number one! And then (Her phone starts to ring) I wonder who that could be..Hello?
      Luke: Give me...No cell phones in the diner!
      Lorelai: See? Wasn't that fun?
      Luke: Totally

    • Lorelai: Reggae Fever?
      Luke: So?
      Lorelai: When did you buy this? Where did you buy this? Why did you buy
      Luke: I was at the gas station last week. It was at the register. What's the big deal?
      Lorelai: The big deal is it's Reggae Fever.
      Luke: I know!
      Lorelai: When you look in the mirror, do you see Reggae Fever?
      Luke: It was cheap.
      Lorelai: 'Ja Glory' by Toots Bambada. 'Lively up Yourself' by the Family Zigzag, 'Let your Ya be Ya' by Ranking Roy. What else am I going to find in here? Ganja and a yellow, green and red knit cap?
      Luke: I bought a CD. I didn't adopt the entire Rastafarian culture.
      Lorelai: This is so weird. I mean, to think that there was this whole chunk of time when we weren't together. We were living totally separate lives. I was just working like crazy and you were running around, buying reggae CDs.
      Luke: One CD. One.
      Lorelai: I just hate that we were apart.
      Luke: Yeah, wasn't too fond of it myself.
      Lorelai: Well, all I can say is, you're lucky I'm back in your life, because clearly you were lost without me. I mean, it's a miracle you're even still alive. Right?
      Luke: You bet.
      (They smile. Luke starts the truck)

    • (Lorelai and Rory are on the phone, Lorelai getting ready for her back together date with Luke)
      Lorelai: Oh, this dress is too slutty.
      Rory: The dress is fine. The person it it however...
      Lorelai: (gasps) Your're breaking up. The house is going through a tunnel. You're breaking up, I- (makes staticy sounds into the phone then hangs up.)

    • (Kirk is collecting the pink and blue ribbons)
      Luke: Kirk, stop that!
      Kirk: Can't stop yet Luke, haven't got them all yet.
      Luke: I mean it. Put the box away.
      Kirk: Luke, you and Lorelai have reconciled.
      Luke: I know Kirk! I was there!
      Kirk: And since you too have reconciled it's only fair that the citizens of Stars Hollow, take off their pins and start to heal. ... In my case literally, I caught about an inch of man flesh with this sharp little sucker
      Luke: Kirk -
      (Lulu walks past the diner)
      Kirk: Lulu! HEY!
      Lulu: No Kirk! I like my ribbon, It's pink. I like pink.
      Kirk: This is bigger than your love of pink!
      Lulu: (screaming, she starts to run down the street) Nooooooo!
      Kirk: Lulu, get back here! Lulu!

    • Rory: What shoes are you wearing?
      Lorelai: The pink pumps.
      Rory: I like those.
      Lorelai: Are they a little too 'Come and get it'?
      Rory: Don't you want him to come and get it?
      Lorelai: Uh, yes, but I want it to be his idea to come and get it. It's not the same if the shoes tell him to 'Come and get it'.

    • Lorelai: Hey, how would you feel about doing a little shopping tomorrow?
      Rory: Hurt. Confused. A little dirty.

    • Luke: You're gonna make yourself sick.
      Lorelai: Yes, but my sickness will remind me of you, so it'll be romantic.
      Luke: Romantic nausea.
      Kirk: I get that all the time.

    • Michel: (on the phone) I insist you do something about this before I go out and find a stick and make it pointy and come and find your cubicle and poke you very hard.

    • Finn: Who's as drunk as I am?
      Colin: No one, since Spencer Tracy died.

    • Luke: There's nothing in here but ice cream, candy bars, cookie dough, canned frosting. Why are you not 450 pounds?
      Lorelai: I know. Scientists call it the Lorelai Paradox.

    • Michel: Who missed Michel?
      Lorelai: Huh. Trick question?

    • Luke: Want some coffee?
      Lorelai: Say that again slower and with your pants off.
      Luke: What's that?
      Lorelai: My pretty, pretty face.
      Luke: It's a Weston's coffee cup.
      Lorelai: Is it?
      Luke: You bring an enemy coffee cup in here on the day of our reconciliation.
      Lorelai: Well, at least I didn't ask you for a favor on this, the day of your daughter's wedding.
      Luke: Get that coffee outta here.
      Lorelai: This is not coffee. This is a mocha, chocolate, caramel, swirl-a-chino with extra whipped cream.
      Luke: That sounds disgusting.
      Lorelai: It is. And if it were physically possible to make love to a hot beverage this would be the one.
      Luke: So apparently I've got competition.
      Lorelai: No, no, no. It's just a fling. I'll finally spend the night with it, but then when I see it in the morning with the caramel unswirled and the whipped cream unwhipped - Huh! Buh-bye.

    • Luke: You know, if someone opened a store in this town selling giant butterfly nets they'd make a fortune.
      Lorelai: I don't know. The crazy need love too.

    • Rory: Logan! Where are we going? Slow down.
      Logan: You slow down, you die.
      Rory: Yeah, you go too fast in heels and you kind of die also.

    • Finn: Drink and be merry, for tomorrow we will be in a great deal of pain.

    • Lorelai: Hey, Kirk, how's the ribbon collecting coming?
      Luke: Oh, why do you get him started?
      Kirk: I think we're near the finish line.
      Lorelai: Who's winning?
      Luke: Hey, this isn't a contest.
      Lorelai: I just want to know.
      Luke: I don't care who's winning.
      Lorelai: Well, then you won't care if it's me.
      Luke: Well, of course it's you. You're the one who makes the costumes for the Christmas pageant. You make the ornaments for the Firelight Festival. You go to the town meetings. You say hello to people. You have a daughter that looks like she belongs on top of a Christmas tree. Everybody knows that gets you tons of points.
      Lorelai: Yeah.
      Luke: There's no way to compete with that.
      Lorelai: Kirk?
      Kirk: You're kicking his ass.
      Lorelai: Yes!

    • Kirk: I had an imaginary girlfriend, but she left me.

    • Lorelai: Cluelessness is the mother of invention.

    • Rory: Oh hey Colin, where's your date?
      Colin: I went to pick her up, the door opens, and she was dressed like Mira Sorvino.
      Robert: How do you dress like Mira Sorvino?
      Colin: You have blonde hair and a nametag that says Mira Sorvino. I just turned around and left.

  • NOTES (5)

  • ALLUSIONS (12)

    • Finn's party is Quentin Tarantino themed. All attendees were dressed in costumes from various Tarantino films. Two of the costumes shown were Vincent Vega (John Travolta) and Mia Wallace (Uma Thurman) from Pulp Fiction, and the two people wearing these costumes also danced together as the characters do in the movie.

    • Sookie: (talking to Michel about being a contestant on "The Price is Right") And they had to wear t-shirts that said things like, "Pick me, Bob, I neutered my dog!"

      This is a reference to the long-time host of "The Price is Right," a game show where contestants win cash and prizes by estimating prices of various items through games. Bob Barker, the host, is an animal rights activist and would always say to "spay and neuter your pets."

    • Rory: ...I'm going as Gogo.
      Lorelai: 'Cause you have the skirt.

      Gogo was a character in the movies Kill Bill: Vol. 1 and Kill Bill: Vol.2 who wore a school uniform with a plaid skirt.

    • Logan: So where to next?
      Rory: I don't know. Mahjong with Mamet?

      Having just learned that Logan's mother plays canasta with playwright Tony Kushner, Rory refers to David Mamet, another critically-acclaimed contemporary playwright.

    • Michel: Block it with your body. Tiananmen Square, be a hero.

      A series of student-led demonstrations held in Tiananmen Square in Beijing, the People's Republic of China, in 1989, included an incident where one student stood in front of a line of tanks to stop them from advancing.

    • Robert: (reading title of Rory's book) "Social Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy: Lord and Peasant in the Making of the Modern World."
      Rory: Have you read it?
      Robert: I'm waiting for the film to come out.
      Rory: Yeah, I know. I heard Renée Zellweger's gaining a ton of weight to play the peasant.

      Actress Zellweger gained 25 pounds to play the zaftig title character of Bridget Jones's Diary (2001).

    • Colin: No one since Spencer Tracy.

      Spencer Tracy was a 1930 and 1940s era film star.

    • Colin: You have blonde hair and a tag that says Mira Sorvino. I just turned around and left.

      While Tarantino and Sorvino never worked together, it is still sort of within the party's Tarantino theme, as they dated for a couple of years in the late 1990s.

    • Whitney: She's over there with the guy who is dressed like Harvey Weinstein.

      Harvey Weinstein is a co-founder of Miramax Films and produced many of Quentin Tarantino's films.

    • Lorelai: ...familiar with ways to hook into local sewer lines.

      The line refers to Cousin Eddie Johnson (Randy Quaid) dumping his RV toilet contents into the local sewer drain in the cult film National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation.

    • Episode Title: Pulp Friction

      Reference to Quentin Tarantino's movie Pulp Fiction starring John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, and Uma Thurman.

    • Lorelai: At least I didn't ask you this favor on this the day of your daughter's wedding.

      Lorelai is quoting a line from the opening scene of the movie The Godfather.