Gilmore Girls

Season 2 Episode 9

Run Away, Little Boy

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Nov 27, 2001 on The WB
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Episode Summary

Lorelai receives a late wedding present without a card attached, and insists that it be returned. Sookie sees to what great lengths Lorelai is going to find out who sent it, and tells Lorelai to move forward in life to get some closure on her relationship with Max. Lorelai takes her advice and accepts a dinner date with Paul, one of the other students in her business class. When Paul stops by the diner, both the town and Luke react to Lorelai's dating decision.
Rory, Paris, Madeline and Louise are assigned to present the death scene from "Romeo and Juliet" as part of their class participation in the Chilton Shakespearean Festival. Paris takes over as director and assigns Rory the role of Juliet. Tristan returns to school with Duncan and Bowman after their suspension, and is cast as Romeo against Rory's wishes.moreless

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  • Lorelai dates a younger guy from her business class. Great episode.

    This was great, I was glad to see Tristan go, as I think he is just too much of an ass to stay (I think he left to do One Tree Hill anyway) Lorelai dating the younger guy thing was enjoyable. He did seem older when she spoke to him at her class, but when he came to the diner, he was acting like he was 18. It was amusing to see Sookie, Luke and most of Stars Hollow so amused about this.

    The ice-cream maker thing at the start was good, funny with Sookie and Rory saying that Max would let them keep it. It was then entertaining to watch Lorelai calling people to see who sent it, the woman who said that Lorelai was acting against the bible was funny, though we didn't hear it. Another funny thing was when she named the machine, and then named other things.

    Michel and Sookie's thing over the blueberry pancakes was amusing, Michel can be a great character. The whole Romeo and Juliet thing was interesting and entertaining. It was good to see Dean so jealous of Tristan, Rory's panic over him finding out about the kiss was done well. As was Paris's need to get the play done well.

    The other guy, Brad I think it was, I liked seeing him being so nervous, amusing once again. Tristan was shown to be a jerk, especially when he went into the shop, just to taunt Dean. I was glad that he didn't get mad at Rory. Then Tristan spoke about the kiss in front of Dean, who think that he's just playing games with Rory.

    These are some of the reasons why I didn't get why he and Rory were friendly at the end. I couldn't care less that he was being sent away, I know Rory is a nice person, but he did cause her a lot of grief. When he called her Mary at the end and she smiled, I get why this was done but .... didn't seem right.

    Lane and Henry were enjoyable, the phone conversations etc. Sookie telling Lorelai that Luke likes her was a nice scene, wish Lorelai would just get that. The end scene between herself and Luke was ... sweet and one of the many hints that they should be together.

    No Jess ... I am interested to see how he and Rory's relationship goes. Look forward to more.moreless
  • Great!

    Rory and her classmates are assigned to do a Romeo and Juliet bit in a different style. She gets grouped with Paris, Louise, Madeline, Brad and Tristin. When Paris announces that they will rehearse in Stars Hollow, Rory panics that Tristin will tell Dean about their kiss. Lane has secret phone conversations with Henry. Lorelai goes on a date with a younger man, but she doesn't think it will work out. He shows up in Stars Hollow and everyone makes fun of her, including Luke. Sookie tells Lorelai that Luke has a thing for her. Dean watches Rory's rehearsals because he is jealous of Tristin. Tristin is being sent to military school by his parents.

    This episode was great! I love the part with Michel and Sookie with the pancakes! It was so funny! I missed Jess though. This episode gets a 9.5 out of 10!moreless
  • Romeo and Juliet, what a play.

    A delay present come to the Gilmore Girls house...

    Rory gets to play Juliet and Tristin Romeo at a school play in Chilton, so Dean doesn't like it.

    And Lorelai goes out with a younger guy from her classes. When he appears at Stars Hallow with his parents and runs into Lorelai at Luke's, the word is out and everybody knows about the casual date.

    We get to see the look on Luke's face.

    The show is on Sunday and Tristin shows up to say he can't be Romeo because his dad took him from Chilton, he was cought robbing a friend father's safe.

    So Paris has to play Romeo and the play is great.

    At the end, Lorelai says she doesn't understand Luke, he can be so sweet sometimes and the oposite others and Sookie tells her that that's because he likes her and he must think that Lorelai would date everyone, even a younger guy, but not him.

    They go to the diner and she talks with himmoreless
  • Rory plays Juliet and Tristan plays Romeo in a school play. This cause some friction between Rory, Tristan and Dean. Lorelai goes out with a younger guy. Luke gets jealous and hurt. Sookie clues Lorelai in to Luke's feelings.moreless

    I really enjoyed this episode. It was a bit annoying seeing Tristan try to be the bad boy. At the end, you saw that he was just a troubled kid who really liked Rory. Rory and Tristan have a sweet moment with Dean watching before Tristan leaves the show for good. Throughout the episode, Tristan was trying to provoke Dean. He was loving every moment of being Romeo to Rory's Juliet. It was so funny that in the end, Paris had to play Romeo! That was killer!

    It was so funny that this guy from Lorelai's business class that Lorelai goes out with shows up in Stars Hollow at Luke's Diner looking like a young school boy with his parents. That scene was so bizarre when he was at Luke's! As always, I love love love seeing Luke's vulnerability and his obvious infatuation with Lorelai. When he overhears Rory tell Dean that Lorelai went on a date, he was clearly distraught. I felt so bad for him. I love the very end, after the play, they all go back to Luke's and Lorelai tries to make Luke understand that she really counts on his friendship and that she hopes that they can always be there for each other. That was the best part of the episode for me! All of a sudden, you see Luke light up - at least he knows that Lorelai considers him an important person in her life.moreless
  • Obe of my favorite and personal the funniest episode.

    I love this episode in amny ways mostly because it is definetly one of the funniest.

    A great example is the blueberry pancakes part with Michel and Sookie. "are there 12 blueberries?" it is just a hilarious part which is a classic Michel moment.

    Another one of my favorite parts is when Rory and Loreali are role playing for Rory to talk to Dean. Lorealis Dean voice is great. I love when she does the part about the cool hair.

    Another great moment is after Lorealis date comes to the diner and everyone make sfun of her. Especially Rory who says "I always wanted a littel brother" & with Lukes reaction i just love it.

    And to finish off this hilarious episode Paris plays Romeo!!!moreless
Keiko Agena

Keiko Agena

Lane Kim

Alexis Bledel

Alexis Bledel

Rory Gilmore

Lauren Graham

Lauren Graham

Lorelai Gilmore

Melissa McCarthy

Melissa McCarthy

Sookie St. James

Scott Patterson

Scott Patterson

Luke Danes

Jared Padalecki

Jared Padalecki

Dean Forester (Episodes 22-65, recurring otherwise)

Eddie Shin

Eddie Shin

Henry Cho

Guest Star

Jim Jenkins

Jim Jenkins

Mr. DuGray

Guest Star

Bryce Johnson (I)

Bryce Johnson (I)


Guest Star

Teal Redmann

Teal Redmann

Louise Grant

Recurring Role

Shelly Cole

Shelly Cole

Madeline Lynn

Recurring Role

Chad Michael Murray

Chad Michael Murray

Tristan DuGray

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • When the group goes to Luke's after the play, Dean asks if Rory and Paris actually kissed or if it was a stage thing. It was obvious though that Paris didn't kiss Rory, just collapsed on her "dead" body.

    • While Miss Patty is cooling down her yoga class, Paris can be seen in the background awaiting her cue to enter.

    • Tristan says that he is joining Paris and Rory's scene group because it is "the only one free of ex-girlfriends". However, he has gone on a date with Paris and kissed Rory, so wouldn't that make this scene just as bad?

    • When Sookie is giving Michel the pancakes, she is holding them up with her left hand. When Michel tells her to hand him the pancakes, she picks them up off the table. Also, the pancakes keep moving in different positions on the plate.

    • Sookie insinuates that Lorelai never names things, which is not true. She named :
      - Luke's toolbox (Bert) - a goat on her chuppah (Gilbert)
      - new camera (Digital Dan)
      - the trout that Luke brought her in "Keg! Max!"...i.e. Gomer, Pinky Dowdy, Pete and Cheryl
      - the big rooster you pass to get to the Gilmore house (Monty)
      - Rory's chicken (Stella)
      - the Gilmore house (The crap shack)

  • QUOTES (14)

    • Rory: So how'd it go?
      Lorelai: Well…
      Rory: Aww.
      Lorelai: You know, we talked about all the things we had in common and then the salad came.
      Rory: Not a soul mate?
      Lorelai: He's never seen Ab Fab.
      Rory: Definitely not a soul mate.
      Lorelai: Plus, he's outdoorsy. Remember that Meryl Streep movie where she and her family take a rafting trip and then psycho Kevin Bacon forces them to take 'em down the river?
      Rory: Yeah.
      Lorelai: Okay, that's his dream vacation, minus Kevin Bacon.
      Rory: Wow.
      Lorelai: Whereas mine is Kevin Bacon, minus the river, so...

    • Lorelai: Why are you being so mean to me?
      Luke: I'm not being mean.
      Lorelai: Yes you are. You're being mean.
      Luke: Sookie, am I being mean?
      Sookie: Well, I wouldn't pay you to put on a red nose and work a birthday party right now.
      Luke: Thank God for that.
      Lorelai: Why are you so mad at me?
      Luke: I just think it's embarrassing.
      Lorelai: What is so embarrassing?
      Luke: You running around with that kid.
      Lorelai: I wasn't running, he's not a kid. We had dinner. You say Chuck E. Cheese, I'll break your nose.
      Luke: Hey, I'm not gonna say anything. You go live your life as you please. I got work to do.
      (He walks away leaving a confused Lorelai behind)

    • Sookie: Are you sure this is Shakespeare?
      Dean: What's with all the grunting?
      Lorelai: I wish Luke was here, he could translate for us.

    • Lorelai: What?
      Rory: Nothing.
      Lorelai: Say it!
      Rory: I've always wanted a little brother.
      Lorelai: He looked older the other night!
      Rory: How much older could he possibly look?
      Lorelai: A lot! He's usually a little scruffy, and then the baseball cap hides the funky hair thing.
      Rory: He should've been holding a yo-yo and a lollipop and wearing a beanie with a propeller on it.
      Lorelai: He's in his twenties.
      Rory: He must have been a very good boy to deserve such a happy day. I bet they let him ride a pony.

    • (at Doose's)
      Tristin: (to Dean) Excuse me stockboy, could you tell me where I can find the shortening? Now, that is a fine looking apron. I mean it, I mean, really sensational.
      Dean: What are you doing here?
      Tristin: Well, to be honest, there's something I wanted to ask you. (holds up two bags of flour) In your professional opinion, which one of these would make my cakes fluffier?

    • Paris: (confronting Tristan about the fact that he showed up at the group meeting) What do you think you're doing?
      Tristan: Uh, Professor Anderson forgot to include me when she made up the groups, so she told me to pick one.
      Paris: Fine, you have four other acts to choose from. Take your pick.
      Tristan: Yeah, well Summer's in Act 1, Beth and Jessica are in Act 2, Kate's in Act 3, and uh, Claire, Kathy, and Mary are in Act 4. So, this is the only one free of ex-girlfriends.
      Paris: So we're being punished for our good taste?

    • Paris: (to Rory) You're Juliet. You're the best public speaker here, you've definitely got the waif thing down, and you'll look great dead.

    • Lorelai: (on the phone) Aunt Bobby, hi. It's Lorelai, Richard and Emily's girl. Um, I'm the one with. . . yeah, that's right. Wow, you don't hear the word wedlock much anymore. Uh huh, uh huh, really? The Bible said all that, huh? Did it, did it mention me by name? I'm just. . .okay, I'm just kidding. So, um, judging by your Billy Graham impression, I am guessing that you didn't send me an ice cream maker, so maybe you could just give me Aunt Clarissa's phone number?

    • Lorelai: (about Chilton's Romeo and Juliet) How often do you get to see teenagers speak iambic pentameter and kill themselves?

    • Lorelai: Hey Dean. Do you want some fries?
      Dean: No, I'm actually going home for dinner. My mom made fried chicken tonight and she saved me some.
      Lorelai: Oh, you have a cooking mom.
      Rory: That's so nice.
      Lorelai: Well, she may make chicken, but is she a casual dater?
      Rory: I hope not. She's married.

    • Lorelai: This is incredible! I go on one stupid date, and suddenly I'm the female Jerry Lee Lewis!
      Sookie: Oh forget it honey, the town likes to tease. Plus, he did look really young.
      Lorelai: You didn't even see him.
      Sookie: Kirk snapped pictures!

    • Lorelai: I promised Rory we'd go to Luke's afterwards.
      Sookie: Even better.
      Lorelai: Although I gotta tell ya, I am still pretty peeved by how he acted earlier. I swear that guy runs so hot and cold on me.
      Sookie: What?
      Lorelai: Well, one minute he's all sweet and building me a chuppah, the next he's being a total jerk for God knows what reason.
      Sookie: For God knows what reason? Oh come on Lorelai.
      Lorelai: What?
      Sookie: Don't you understand that Luke is so into you?
      Lorelai: Okay, stop.
      Sookie: He has had to watch you go from one guy to another, and then the engagement, and then the engagement was off, and patiently he's waited, and now in walks this kid and he says "My God, will she date anyone else in the world before she'll date me?"
      Lorelai: Sookie that's...
      Sookie: Hey, maybe it's crazy, maybe it's irrational, but it's there. Just look the guy in the eye. It's right there.

    • Paris: Well anyone who hangs out with Butch Cassidy and the Sun-dunce kid deserve whatever they get.

    • Lorelai: Hey, are you good at dating?
      Luke: What?
      LORELAI: Dating, do you have that down?
      Luke: Okay, if this is about that kid, then…
      Lorelai: No, it's not about anything, it's just a question.
      Luke: Well, I don't know if I have it down. Considering I live with my nephew, I'd say probably not.
      Lorelai:: I don't have it down either. I've never been very good at it really. I've never even really liked it. Too much 'what if'. I like things I can count on. I mean, uh, actually, with Max, it was the first time I was finally like 'Hey, here it is, that one person who will always be there for me.' And then, I turned around, and it's suddenly 'Oops, wrong, keep moving.'
      Luke: Why are you telling me this?
      Lorelai: I don't have many people in my life who are in my life permanently, forever. They will always be there for me, I will always be there for them. There's Rory and Sookie, this town and you. I mean at least I think I've got...
      Luke: You do.

  • NOTES (3)

    • German episode title: "Romeo und Julia", meaning "Romeo And Juliet".

      French episode title: "Roméo contre Juliette", meaning "Romeo vs. Juliet".

    • Kelly Bishop (Emily), Edward Herrmann (Richard), and Milo Ventimiglia (Jess) do not appear in this episode.

    • Tristan says that he is probably going to go to a military school in North Carolina. Chad Michael Murray left Gilmore Girls to be on Dawson's Creek, which is filmed in North Carolina. Chad also films his hit show One Tree Hill in North Carolina.

  • ALLUSIONS (26)

    • Louise: Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.

      Although it sounds like a Shakespeare line, this actually comes from a 1697 play called the The Mourning Bride by William Congreve.

    • Lorelai: The Actor's Studio will go nuts. You'll have James Lipton asking you what your favorite swear word is.

      The Actor's Studio is a show that provides in-depth interviews with actors, directors, writers, and other artists that is hosted by James Lipton.

    • Lorelai: Okay, he was not that much younger than I am. I met him a business school, not his Bar Mitzvah. Business school has to indicate some kind of maturity, right?

      A Bar Mitzvah is a Jewish religious ceremony for men when they reach the age of 13. It signifies that they have reached manhood. The female equivalent is a Bat Mitzvah.

    • Lorelai: Okay, you know what Vanna? I'm gonna need a few more vowels here.

      Vanna White lights up the letters on the gameshow Wheel of Fortune.

    • Sookie: Swear. Raise your right hand and say "May Destiny's Child break up if I count these blueberries".

      Female R&B group that was very popular in the 90s. The members include: Beyonce Knowles, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams. The trio took a break in 2001 and tried solo careers, Beyonce having the most success of the three. They reunited in 2004 to release a new album and tour. In June 2005 they announced that they were going to split after their 2005 tour.

    • Lorelai: So, um, judging by your Billy Graham impression, I am guessing that you didn't send me an ice cream maker.

      Billy Graham is a popular evangelist from the southern United States.

    • Madeline: It's very On the Town.

      Musical starring Frank Sinatra, Gene Kelly, and Jules Mushin about three sailors on a 24 hour leave in New York.

    • Paris: Hey, anyone stupid enough to hang out with Butch Cassidy and the Sun-dunce Kid deserves whatever they get.

      Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid were an outlaw bank robbing team in the late 19th and early 20th century. Their antics were made into the movie Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid in 1969 staring Robert Redford and Paul Newman.

    • Paris: Why don't they just sew our sides together and rename us Chang and Eng?

      Chang and Eng were the original Siamese twins joined at the sternum.

    • Sookie: A Musso Lussino 480!
      Lorelai: Somebody sent me a fascist ice cream maker?

      The ice cream maker sounds a lot like Mussolini, the fascist dictator of Italy from 1922-1943. Lorelai later calls the ice cream maker Il Duce which was Mussolini's nickname.

    • Lorelai: Okay, once again, I bring up the fact that this is a wedding present, and as I am not getting married, neither God's law nor Emily Post allows me to keep this.

      Emily Post came out with the definitive book on etiquette in 1922.

    • Sookie: It's true. I saw it on Martha Stewart.

      Martha Stewart is the guru on homemaking.

    • Lorelai: Okay, clearly this is shaping up to be one of those moments that St. Peter's gonna show on the big video screen when I die.

      St. Peter is believed by some to guard the gates to Heaven and won't let the undeserving in.

    • Paul: The Twilight Zone marathon was on all week.

      The Twilight Zone was a TV series about stories that ranged from comic to tragic but often had an unexpected twist at the end. The first series was hosted and created by Rod Serling and since then there have been at least two subsequent series and a movie.

    • Rory: Hey.
      Madeline: Hey.
      Louise: We're the Monkees.

      The Monkees was a 70s television show about a group of struggling musicians. The opening theme song included the line "Hey, hey, we're the Monkees."

    • Paris: Okay. Now I want everyone to read the chapters on acting. I photocopied out of Houseman's memoirs tonight. Everyone will be off book by Friday,and if you plan on missing rehearsal, you better bring a coroner's note.

      John Houseman was an actor who worked in theatre, films and television and was a co-founder with Orson Welles of the Famous Mercury Theatre. Possibly best known for his role in the movie The Paperchase and subsequent television series.

    • Louise: What's with the cast from Cocoon?

      Cocoon was a movie about senior citizens who find themselves with renewed vigour after trespassing and swimming in a pool containing alien cocoons.

    • Lorelai: Have you seen my bag with the beads and the fur, kind of looks like Stalin's head?

      Joseph Stalin was a Bolshevik revolutionary and became General Secretary of the Soviet Communist Party in 1922 after Lenin's death. He had won a power struggle with Leon Trotsky and afterwards he began The Great Purge in which he consolidated his power. He introduced an economic and political system based on Marxist-Leninist ideology, which became known as Stalinism. He remained the Soviet leader until his death in 1953.

    • Paris: Look, I understand the whole Mystic Pizza, small town, 'we don't let a clock run our lives' thing, but I come from the big city where money talks and I'm paying good money for this place and I have a schedule to keep.

      Mystic Pizza was a movie about three young women who work at a pizza parlor in Mystic, Connecticut.

    • Lorelai: He's never seen Ab Fab.

      Ab Fab is short for Absolutely Fabulous, a scathing British comedy series about a daughter and her immature mother and the mother's equally immature friend.

    • Lorelai: Plus, he's outdoorsy. Remember that Meryl Streep movie where she and her family take a rafting trip and then psycho Kevin Bacon forces them to take 'em down the river?

      This is a reference to the movie The River Wild.

    • Tristan: Yeah, I think somehow I'll recover from the great romance between you and the Beave.

      Theodore "Beaver" Cleaver was the main character on the 50s show Leave it to Beaver. The Beave was a goody goody kid who always tried to do the right thing.

    • Lorelai: I mean it. Today is the day we finally spring for The Powerpuff Girls shotglasses.

      The Powerpuff Girls is a cartoon show where three super-powered little girls constantly save the world.

    • Lorelai: This is incredible. I go on one stupid date and suddenly I'm the female Jerry Lee Lewis.

      Jerry Lee Lewis is a singer who was popular in the 50s. He married his 14 year old second cousin in 1957.

    • Lorelai: I wasn't running, he's not a kid. We had dinner. You say Chuck E. Cheese, I'll break your nose.

      Chain of North American restaurants with entertainment designed for kids.

    • Luke: Doogie Howser was a doctor at sixteen.
      Lorelai: Doogie Howser was not real.

      Doogie Howser was a TV character, played by Neil Patrick Harris, who was a child genius and became a doctor as a teenager.