Gilmore Girls

Season 2 Episode 12

Richard in Stars Hollow

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Jan 29, 2002 on The WB
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Episode Summary

Richard visits Stars Hollow, and drives Lorelai and Rory crazy by passing judgment on every aspect of their lives. Paris visits Stars Hallow searching for a "seedy underbelly" for the front story of the Franklin. Rory gains unexpected praise when she accidentally encourages censorship in the Stars Hollow Video store.moreless

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  • Haha. Aww, that poor family. :P

    Haha. Aww, that poor family. :P Richard's feeling old and out of place now that he's retired. Emily's being driven crazy by Richard. Lorelai is stressing out over having to spend a day with her very critical father because he's driving her mother nuts so she's dumping Richard on Lorelai. Rory is having to deal with Paris's usual craziness as Paris runs around in Stars Hollow trying to dig up dirt so she can write some great article for the school's newspaper and when some award. And Rory is being "honored" for wanting to put movies containing adult material on higher shelves so little kids can't reach them, but instead her casual remark about that is blow into a huge censorship ordeal...involving a curtain... Haha. But Jess did something to help take the unwanted spotlight off of her... Idk. Haha. It was a pretty good episode. I really enjoyed it.moreless
  • Richard spends the day in Stars Hollow. Revealing episode, we see more of Richard.

    This was a brilliant episode, very interesting to see how Richard's retirement was effecting everyone else, especially Emily. The first scene was hilarious, with Emily talking about the graves for the family, great how everyone was talking badly about Cecile except Rory, who was disgusted and creeped out by the strange discussion.

    Emily's annoyance at Richard was really amusing, when she was whining to Lorelai was great, funny how she ended up persuading Emily that it would be okay. The phone conversation the next day was even better, how desperate Emily was to rid of Richard for the day, completely hilarious.

    Then Lorelai tries to make Rory stay, but she can't because of the paper, makes it more entertaining. as soon as Richard arivves the awkwardness and discomfort is done very well, very, very entertaining. The whole paper thing, how happy Lorelai was at how easy it was. Then he goes to the diner, the whole grapefruit thing was weird.

    He really was irritating, it seemed to get worse as the day went on. The comments about coffe and the sites. You kind of feel for Lorelai when he starts lecturing her about work, much to the amusement of Michel. Luckily Rory gets home and its less like it was, except he makes more comments about harfvord.

    Richard was out of order with Dean about the car, however the scene between them was very amusing, glad Dean stood up for himself. Then Lorelai and Richard have it out, where he basically says he feels unwante and Lorelai is sad. Emily had a great day without him, not masking the situation better.

    The Paris story was funny and entertaining. To see her so stressed, kind of liked it, but she is getting better. her comment about the bus and the town was harsh but humourus. The Jess thing was hilarious, about Luke not letting him have a life. Plus the end was good to when he bonded with Rory, by telling her the annoying picture would be gone. Hope they get together.

    Brilliant and revealing episode.moreless
  • I liked it!

    Emily seems to be getting annoyed by Richard. She asks Lorelai to take him to Stars Hollow. Paris is very serious about having their school paper be on top. Rory helps out the video store by encouragin censorship and they give her her very own curtain and put her picture up. She hates it! Jess assures her that it'll all be over soon. Richard spends the day giving Lorelai advice, which she does not want to hear. Dean gives Rory the car he was working on, but Richard doesn't think it's safe. He makes a mechanic check it multiple times. Lorelai finally spills out her feelings about her dad. He arrives home and Emily is in a great mood!

    This episode was pretty good! I can understand why Lorelai would be so upset. Paris was absolutely crazy! This episode gets an 8.5 out of 10!moreless
  • Richard is visiting

    Really great episode...

    Emily is driving crazy because of Richard. Now that he doesn't work, he has a lot of time and notices everything she does and, of course, makes those little comments about what he sees.

    So desperately Emily calls Lorelai and asks her to take her father for a day.

    So Richard gets to send the day in Stars Hallow, he meets Lorelai at home, they go to Luke's and he visits town.

    At the end he ends up at the Inn to see Lorelai at work and of course, to make some notes about it.

    Later Dean shows up and gives Rory the car he has been making for months. Richard says she can't take it and him and Dean go to a mechanic to check if the car is safe.

    She gets to keep the car.

    Oh and Paris has her new story for The Franklin...

    To end, he see Richard at his office after a argument with Lorelai...

    I fell sad for him...moreless
  • lorelai and rory has to entertain richard in stars hallow for the day and dean gives rory a present.

    i thought that this episode was great the fact that emily could not deal with her husband after he had retaired from his job. the fact that he was always around the house and wanted to spend every moment with his wife seemed to annoy her. i really really liked the part when dean gave rory her car and richard bascially said she would not be able to accept the car that her boyfriend made her evan though lorelai said it was ok. i thought that it was really funny when lorelai was yelling at her father over the car.moreless
Joshua Miller

Joshua Miller

Kid #1

Guest Star

Dylan Smith

Dylan Smith

Kid #2

Guest Star

Michael Winters

Michael Winters

Taylor Doose

Recurring Role

Sean Gunn

Sean Gunn

Kirk Gleason

Recurring Role

Shelly Cole

Shelly Cole

Madeline Lynn

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (9)

    • It's pretty odd how the video store censor almost every movie, yet they have a big poster in the window for Grand Theft Auto, a video game infamous for it's violence.

    • At Friday night dinner, the Gilmores have a lengthy discussion about which dead relative will get moved to the annex if Lorelai gets married. Emily mentions that there are spots only for Lorelai, Rory, Richard, and herself. This presents two problems: (1) What about other family members that may die before Rory (i.e. Marylin and Totsy)? and (2) Did Emily not consider that Rory will probably marry someday? It's obvious she has low hopes when it comes to Lorelai, but she must assume Rory will be married eventually. Doesn't another obsure relative need to be removed to make way for Rory's future husband?

    • Lorelai read the paper (Arts and Leisure, and Lifestyles) at her house with Richard. This is weird because in season two, episode one, 'Sadie, Sadie' the tone in Lorelai's voice when she said, "Ugh. They make my hands black," made it pretty clear that she doesn't like to read the paper. So, why is she reading it?

      Possible explanation: Lorelai was just being glib. She likes to make jokes and her remark is in no way an indication that she doesn't read the newspaper.

    • Richard: You have never once invited me to your house Lorelai, never.

      This isn't true. In the season one episode, 'Rory's Birthday Parties,' both Richard and Emily were invited to Lorelai's (and Rory's) house for the party (and they came). Therefore, Richard has in fact been invited over before.

    • Lorelai asked Richard if he had any trouble getting to her house. He said the directions were fine. They acted like he had never been there before, but both her parents were there for Rory's birthday party.

    • In Richard in Stars Hollow near the end where Dean brings Rory the car her hair is up in a pony tail. Then after Dean and Richard go to get the car checked out and Rory and Lorelai are on the couch Rory's hair is down. When we see Rory again when she is getting the food her hair is back up in a pony tail.

    • After Richard comes back from his morning walk on Wednesday he tries to accompany Emily to the dry cleaner's, her DAR meeting, the symphony luncheon and the hair dresser's. She doesn't want him to come and sends him of to the club instead. He says: "Go to the club on a Wednesday afternoon?" Obviously it is still morning though since hardly any time has passed between his coming back from the walk and commenting on Emily's intake of coffee in the morning and that conversation.

    • When Richard and Lorelai are having the argument in the lounge at the end of the episode, you can clearly see a boom being lowered above Lorelai's head.

    • When Lorelai is looking in her living room for the phone, and her father is arguing with her about Rory going to Harvard, Lorelai is carrying the pad with the order for dinner on it. When she finds the phone, under the magazine, and the shot goes to Richard, then back to her very fast, the pad has disappeared.

  • QUOTES (20)

    • (Lorelai rushes through the front door followed by Richard)
      Lorelai: Rory, we're home!
      Richard: Next time, stop the car completely before you get out.
      Lorelai: Rory, for the love of God, be home!
      Rory: I'm here, sorry! I was on the phone. How was your... (Lorelai wraps Rory in her arms and hugs her very tightly) Ooh, okay.
      Lorelai: I don't think I've ever loved you quite as much as I love you right now.
      Rory: Ah, ribs cracking, organs crushing.
      Lorelai: Yeah, well, love hurts.

    • Lorelai: Hey, I need a grapefruit.
      Luke: What?
      Lorelai: Yeah. Before my pancakes this morning I need half a grapefruit, uh, preferably one that tastes like a donut.
      Luke: I don't have grapefruit.
      Lorelai: How can you not have grapefruit?
      Luke: I've never had grapefruit.
      Lorelai: I need a grapefr... Listen, I have my father with me all day, and so far there's been no major drama or yelling or ugliness but there will be if I don't somehow find a way to get half a grapefruit for breakfast this morning.
      Luke: I could go next door to Doose's and buy a grapefruit.
      Lorelai: I would be eternally grateful.
      Luke: I'll be right back.
      Lorelai: Thank you.

    • Louise: It's just a contest, Paris. It's not like you can win a car or a lifetime supply of rice-a-roni.
      Madeline: God, I love that stuff.

    • Jess: Nice picture.
      Rory: (sarcastically) Gee, thanks.
      Jess: You're very popular right now. I bet if you burn a few books, they'll probably make you mayor.
      Rory: This is ridiculous.
      Jess: I don't know, bet you have a lot of supporters on this. Pat Buchanon, Jerry Falwell, Kathie Lee Gifford.
      Rory: (annoyed) Bye.
      Jess: Aw, come on, it's a little funny.
      Rory: No, being the poster girl for censorship is not a little funny. The only videos not behind that curtain are Bambi and Dumbo. I mean, they actually had a meeting earlier about whether or not Babe should be behind the curtain so as not to offend people who keep kosher!
      Jess: It's a crazy world we live in.

    • Richard: I am an annoyance to my wife and a burden to my daughter. I suddenly know what it's like to be obsolete.

    • Lorelai: So, Dad, how's retired life treating you?
      Richard: Well, fascinating actually! I find myself noticing things, everyday things that I must've witnessed a hundred times before and just walked right pass. Like yesterday your mother moved a vase, the one in the hall, and see didn't do it in front of me…
      Lorelai: No, no! 'Cause nice girls never move vases in front of men.
      Richard: (ignoring Lorelai's comment) …and she only moved it a little, but as I passed it by I noticed it had been moved!
      Rory: Impressive!
      Richard: And everyday is a new discovery! Your mother changed her hair, or she wore shoes that didn't match her purse!
      Emily: Richard!
      Richard: Last Thursday!
      Emily: Oh, for heaven's sake!

    • Rory: Poor Dean.
      Lorelai: Poor Dean, he has to spend one evening with him. I share chromosomes with the guy.

    • Richard: Lorelai?
      Lorelai: Yes, Dad?
      Richard: May I speak to you for a moment?
      Michel: (under his breath; in a sing-song voice) Someone is in trouble.

    • Paris: Well, the worst that can happen is that I spend some time in your town and suddenly have an urge to enter a pie in the county fair.

    • Michel: (on the phone at the inn) As soon as I can, I will send someone up ... Yes, I will ... I understand ... I understand ... I understand ... I understand ... I understand ... Okay ... I understand. Goodbye. (hangs up)
      Lorelai: What do you understand?
      Michel: I have no idea. I tuned him out at the first screech.

    • Paris: The Oppenheimer Award for Excellence in school journalism is not a contest. It's a statement. It says you're the best. The best writers, the best reporters, the best editors. It says that you have crushed all others who have dared to take you on. It says that every other single school in the United States of America is feeling nothing but shame and defeat and pain because of the people who won the Oppenheimer plaque. I wanna be those people, I wanna cause that pain.

    • Paris: Hey, where'd he come from? What's up there? Is that where you keep the girls? You got yourself a little cat house up there?
      Jess: Wow, I think she got you Uncle Luke. You better give up now.
      Luke: Do not add to this insanity.
      Jess: An innocent boy like me should not be raised in an atmosphere like this.
      Luke: Jess!
      Jess: I wanna be good, life's just not letting me.

    • Luke: (about Paris, who is annoying him) Rory, how much do you like this girl?
      Rory: Do what you gotta do, Luke.

    • Richard: How tall are you, anyway?
      Dean: Why, you want to dance?
      Richard: No, thank you. (thinks about it) But I appreciate the offer though.

    • Richard: I paid Yale a great deal of money. Getting Rory in would be a breeze.
      Lorelai: We don't like breezes, they mess up our hair.

    • Paris: We're going to reveal the seedy underbelly of small towns -- starting with yours.
      Rory: Stars Hollow does not have a 'seedy underbelly'. We don't even have a meter maid.

    • Richard: I always wake up at 5:30 in the morning.
      Lorelai: Wow. Why?
      Richard: Well, I've been doing it for as long as I remember.
      Lorelai: Be bold, Dad. Wake up at quarter to six one day.

    • Emily: Do you think you'll be single your entire life?
      Lorelai: Excuse me?
      Emily: I mean in terms of you finding someone, what do you think the odds are?
      Lorelai: Ok, what is going on?
      Emily: Well, I visited the family mausoleum today...
      Lorelai: (to Rory) Never what you think it's going to be!

    • Rory: Hey Kirk, there are a couple of little kids over there and they're, uh, looking at this tape cover that's kind of mature. You might wanna put that stuff on a higher shelf or something.
      Kirk: Mature? How mature?
      Rory: Uh, it's a half-naked woman just standing there.
      Kirk: Is she a blonde?
      Rory: What?
      Kirk: I'll check it out right now. (walks away)

    • Richard: Who's going to help Rory get into Harvard?
      Lorelai: Reese Witherspoon.

  • NOTES (3)

  • ALLUSIONS (15)

    • Lorelai: You were twitching. I saw you.
      Emily:You did not see me twitching.
      Lorelai: Mom, when Dad was talking about the vase, you were pulling a full-on Tabitha.

      In Bewitched, Samantha constantly had to remind her daughter Tabitha "mustn't twitch."

    • Lorelai (when Dean and Richard are driving away): Don't you feel like one of us should have been standing between them, waving a flag or something?

      Lorelai is referring to the movie Grease, where they have a car race. In the movie, one of the girls are standing between the cars at the beginning of the race, waving her scarf to set them off.

    • Lorelai: Dean, now that you're done with that, will you build me a plane? One that looks like Shamu?

      Shamu is a killer whale that performs at Sea World. In 2002 Southwest commemorated this by created a plane painted to look like the famous whale.

    • Lorelai: Rory's my kid and I make the rules, so if she comes home one day and says, 'Hey, uh, I'm gonna spend the weekend with Patricia Krenwinkle' I say, 'Okay, grab a sweater,' you just have to deal.

      Patricia Krenwinkle is a woman that was associated with the Charles Manson family and was found guilty of murder and conspiracy to commit murder in the Tate slayings. She received the death penalty and has been denied parole 12 times.

    • Paris: Reverend Nichols, huh? What is that, like Dr. Feelgood?

      Dr. Feelgood is a nickname given to physicians who overprescribe psychoactive medications.

    • Lorelai: Hmm, do the Florida people know about you? Because Anita Bryant left this huge gap that's yet to be filled.

      Anita Bryant is a singer who made a series of TV commercials for Florida orange juice. The fallout from her political activism against gay rights devastated her career and the negative press caused her to loose her deal with Florida orange juice.

    • Luke: (referring to Paris) Who's your friend?
      Rory: Angela Lansbury.

      Angela Lansbury is an actress who played Jessica Fletcher on Murder, She Wrote.

    • Lorelai: Nothing that came out of your mouth today might, in any universe visited by Kirk or Spock, be construed as constructive.

      Captain Jame T. Kirk and his first officer Mr. Spock were part of the Enterprise crew whose five year mission was to explore the universe in the TV series Star Trek.

    • Paris: Nothing, not even a cigarette butt on the ground, I can't believe it. This town would make Frank Capra wanna throw up.

      Film director known for his sentimental and sappy movies. Probably his best known work is the movie It's a Wonderful Life.

    • Lorelai: Got it, plus four boxes of Red Vines.

      Red vines are a brand of licorice.

    • Lorelai: Mom, when Dad was talking about the vase, you were pulling a full-on Tabitha.

      Tabitha was the daughter on the TV show Bewitched about a witch married to a mortal. Eventually Tabitha's character got her own show as a grown-up. To perform her magic she needed to twitch her nose, and earlier Lorelai claimed her mother was twitching.

    • Richard: A first edition Flaubert, mint condition, shoved behind several of my Churchill biographies.

      Gustave Flaubert was a 19th century French writer probably best know for Madame Bovary.
      Winston Churchill was the British Prime Minister during World War II.

    • Lorelai: Oh, look at that. All three of us fine, just like the Judds.

      Naomi and Wynona Judd were a mother and daughter singing duo known as the Judds. Ashley Judd, is the daughter of Naomi and sister of Wynona. While Ashley is not a singer she has had a fairly successful career as an actress.

    • Richard: Who's going to help Rory get into Harvard?
      Lorelai: Reese Witherspoon.

      In Legally Blonde, Reese Witherspoon's character is an aspiring model who applies to Harvard to get back at her ex. She gets accepted and ends up graduating at the top of her class.

    • Lorelai: It's going to be a bad, depressing Lifetime movie, and Nancy McKeon will be playing me. I am Jo.

      Nancy McKeon is best known for playing Jo Polniaczek in The Facts of Life, a 1980s television show about a group of girls attending a boarding school.