Gilmore Girls

Season 7 Episode 4

'S Wonderful, 'S Marvelous

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Oct 17, 2006 on The WB
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Lorelai and Christopher have begun to date, and although Lorelai is finding it difficult to fully commit to the relationship, Christopher keeps coming up with romantic dates to win her over. Back at Yale, Rory meets some eccentric new girlfriends at an art exhibit, and Richard becomes a guest lecturer. April comes to stay with Luke for a few weeks while Anna is out of town. Finally, Emily gets arrested and Lorelai has to bail her out of jail.moreless

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  • Lorelai and Chris are finally dating!

    This episode was great. It felt like a classic GG-episode... :-) The dialogue was awesome...!

    Allthough Lorelai hasn't convinced everybody that she is over Luke and that she is ready for a new serious relationship with Chris, she is trying it out. She still tries to watch out for herself, but finally gives in to Chris when she understands that they are really good for eachother. Chris is just being really romantic and patient, exactly what Lorelai needs.

    I loved the scene where Chris and Lorelai pick up Emily from jail, and Lorelai can't stop taking pictures of the policeofficers, and they actually pose for her... :-D All in all, a really great epi!moreless
  • a fun episode where lorelai and chris start dating. he takes her to a deserted barn and they watch fIN FUNNY FACE...this episode was quite "s'wonderful" because right as the dates ending lor gets a call and has to go pick up her mom from jail!! so funny.moreless

    a very good episode because the hilarious moment when lorelai gets a call and has to pick her mom up from jail!! very funny!! christophers date idea was quite orginal! and very romantic..even though i dont like him. the writers a good one here by keeping us entertained hahahahahahahaha anyways//once we think wow nothing more excitng can happen can!! they hit us with yet another funny and interesting episode..luke has to take care of april full time and emilys in jail and rory meets some eccentric new friends_and luke starts wearing a different quite odd hat that silently hints to you that he feels akward and weird without lorelai in his life!! and its very cute!moreless
  • Very funny moments that see Lorelai having to pick Emily up from jail!

    Fun episode that shows a nice turn in Lorelai's and Christopher's relationship. I totally love the part where they're in the car after the movie when Lor gets the phone call - Lauren's interpretation is awesome !

    Lorelai "We have to go!...we have to pick up my mother!...from jail!"

    Chris (laughing)"Your mother's in jail?" Lorelai "Woh this night keeps getting better and better! Let's go"
  • Loved it!!! Wonderful show!!!

    I thought this was a fantastic episode. I love the relationship between Loreli and Christopher. He's such a romantic guy. I also loved how much Loreli loved teasing Emily about the jail thing. I'm sure she'll get a lot of mileage out of that one for a long time to come! All in all I think this show rocks!!!
  • The Day My Maw Got Out of Prison

    Lorelai and Christopher have been happily dating for the last six weeks. Lorelai. And CHRISTOPHER. And, for Rory, it's awk...ward. Not as awkward (read: hated) as it is for me! The only one who seems to be on my side is Sookie, who reminds Lorelai that she just broke up with Luke and that this whole Chris thing is dangerous. And that Chris is a dick. Seriously, if David Sutcliffe and Lauren Graham could stop making out for FIVE SECONDS, I would appreciate that. Chris takes Lorelai on a fantastic date in a convertible to watch Funny Face on the side of a barn and yada yada yada, I'm mad. She finally admits that she maybe doesn't trust the new relationship yet and needs to wait before taking a big leap of commitment. Luke, also annoying the crap out of me, seems perfectly happy in his new life as well, especially because April is coming to live with him for a while. He's thrilled, you know, because it gives him a chance to be twice as curmudgeonly as he panics nonstop over the various dangers of caring for a young person. April is still cute, but I still wish she didn't exist, especially because she is trying to set Luke up with all her teachers. Summer is over, and Rory has gone back to school. She's all sad in the swanky apartment by herself, but gets right back in the swing of things at the paper. She meets some wacky new friends on an assignment at an art show. They are super-annoying. On the G-Unit front, Richard is asked to be a guest lecturer at Yale, and Emily is pulled over and arrested! To her extreme delight, Lorelai gets to be the one to pick Emily up from the hoosegow. She's so happy about that, she decides to throw caution to the wind and spend the night with mister s'wonderful. Boo.moreless
Alexis Bledel

Alexis Bledel

Rory Gilmore

Lauren Graham

Lauren Graham

Lorelai Gilmore

Kelly Bishop

Kelly Bishop

Emily Gilmore

Edward Herrmann

Edward Herrmann

Richard Gilmore

Liza Weil

Liza Weil

Paris Geller (Episodes 22 - , recurring previously)

Matt Czuchry

Matt Czuchry

Logan Huntzberger

Amy Sloan

Amy Sloan


Guest Star

David Sutcliffe

David Sutcliffe

Christopher Hayden

Recurring Role

Rona Benson

Rona Benson


Recurring Role

Krysten Ritter

Krysten Ritter


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • They imply that Emily was taken to the same police station that Rory was. When Lorelai was on the phone, she said that she knew how to get there because she had been there before.

    • In this episode, Lorelai picks someone up from jail for the third time (first Luke, then Rory, and now Emily).

    • Anna told Luke that April would tell him that she had to be at school early but she really didn't have to go so early. Rory played that trick on Lorelai when she was little.

  • QUOTES (20)

    • Sookie: Ok its you know, after breaking up out of a big relationship it's normal to have a rebound thing. A big bouncy rubber ball of a rebound thing. It's good.
      Lorelai: But?
      Sookie: But. A rubber ball is a 28 yr old surfer, or a jazz saxophonist who drives a VW bus, or a really cute guy that can't even spell his last name. It's not the father of your only child. Christopher is not your rubber ball. He's a big heavy bowling ball!

    • April: Wow. I don't think I've ever met a person who hasn't been to Target.
      Luke: Well, now you have. But if you say that's the place to go, then we'll go.
      April: It's the place to go.

    • April: Hey, is it all right if I read a while longer before turning out the light?
      Luke: A real page-turner, huh?
      April: Oh yeah, Mitosis is insane.
      Luke: Knock yourself out.

    • Lorelai: You're being a gentleman. Is that the special thing?
      Christopher: I always open your door.
      Lorelai: Bucket seats? Is that the special thing? No? Take a good long look at my hair now cause it's not going to look like this for the rest of the night. (Christopher starts the car) Rumbly engine, is that the special thing?
      Christopher: Buckle your seatbelt!
      Lorelai: Buckling my seatbelt, is that the special thing?
      Christopher: Yup that's it. You're all buckled in, dates over!
      Lorelai: Ooh.

    • Lorelai: I'm just so glad you were with me tonight, I mean, anybody else who would have seen me laughing as I bailed my mother out of jail, just would have thought I was completely deranged.
      Christopher: Well, I know you're deranged. But for completely different reasons.

    • Lorelai: I'll never forget the movie I saw the night I picked my mother up from jail!

    • Lorelai: Now come on, what was it like on the inside? Huh? Did you try to tunnel your way out with a spoon? You know, did they try to make you join a gang, and Mom, now that you're on the outside and they're still on the inside are they going to try to use you as some kind of prison mule? I just, so much I need to know. (sigh)

    • Lorelai: I just have one question for you Mom. Why on earth did you call me? I mean, thank you very much, from the bottom of my heart for that incredible gift, you don't need to get me anything for the next 5 Christmases. But why did you call me, not Dad?
      Emily: It was his first night teaching at Yale. He was having dinner with the Dean. I'm not about to call him so he can excuse himself to come bail his wife out of jail!

    • Emily: Yes, it's all quite amusing isn't it? My being arrested, held behind bars, manhandled and patted down. Hardy har!

    • Lorelai: Do you mind if I turn on the music Mom?
      Emily: That's fine.
      Lorelai: What're you in the mood for? "Jail House Rock?" "Folsom Prison Blues?"
      Emily: You're very funny Lorelai.
      Lorelai: No, no, no, I know, I know - "Working on the Chain Gang!"

    • (Emily is released from jail) Emily: Oh, thank you for giving me things that already belong to me! Well you can all be very proud of yourselves, you're doing a crack job, you finally got menace to society, Emily Gilmore off the streets. You'll be hearing from my lawyer.

    • Christopher: This was our 5th bad movie in a row, it's gotta be some kind of record.
      Lorelai: We've gotta face facts - movies have gotten bad!
      Christopher: Unless it's our fault.
      Lorelai: What? No. We didn't make the bad movies.
      Christopher: No, we made the movies bad. Think about it, we are the common factor.
      Lorelai: Ahh!
      Christopher: All the movies, very different, different genres, different languages even. We saw them in different theaters, at different times. What do they all have in common?
      Lorelai: They were all seen by us. WOW!
      Christopher: (nodding) Uh huh.
      Lorelai: We can never see Casablanca together. I mean I'm very sorry. I don't care how much I love it, but I will not be responsible for ruining Casablanca.

    • Lorelai: Snakes are gross. Snakes are scary and slithery and do you know where snakes do not belong?
      Christopher: On a plane?
      Lorelai: They do not belong on a plane.
      Christopher: It's not an ideal situation.
      Lorelai: They do not belong anywhere except in cages, stuck in safes burried deep, deep underground. I hate snakes.
      Christopher: So I'm gathering.
      Lorelai: With their gross no legged bodies and their scaly, scaly skin, and their wiggling and their hissing.
      Christopher: Okay, Lore, I respect your very valid feelings about snakes. But I have to say, we were fairly warned.
      Lorelai: No. No. A movie should not just be its title. Driving Miss Daisy didn't all take place in a car, Dances With Wolves wasn't one long wolf dance. But this was nothing but snakes. snakes, relentless snakes, snakes, on a plane, snakes, snakes, snakes on a plane!

    • Sheila: (about Rory's apartment) Holy crap, your boyfriend is rich!

    • Rory: But, Mom...
      Lorelai: Yeah?
      Rory: I'm really glad things are good between you.
      Lorelai: Me too.
      Rory: I'm just-
      Lorelai: Yeah?
      Rory: I just want you to be careful
      Lorelai: Is this the safe sex talk? Because even if the ghost of Emily Post says it's okay, it is just plain weird.

    • Christopher: I have a surprise for you.
      Lorelai: Snakes on a Boat?!

    • Cop: License and registration, please.
      Emily: Why do you need to see my license and registration? I wasn't speeding.
      Cop: You were talking on a cell phone, ma'am.
      Emily: I don't see how that's any of your concern. Do my bills go to your office?
      Cop: It is illegal in the state of Connecticut to talk on a cell phone while operating a vehicle.
      Emily: Well, that's absurd! I can't talk on my own cell phone in my own car?
      Cop: License and registration, ma'am.
      Emily: If I can manage to drink a cup of hot coffee while driving, I can certainly manage to talk on a cell phone—or is drinking coffee illegal, too? Can I listen to the radio? Can I open the glove compartment? Perhaps you should outlaw scratching your nose—that would cut down on accidents.
      Cop: Ma'am, have you been drinking?

    • Cop: I'm gonna need you to blow into this breathalyser for me.
      Emily: Young man, I don't know where that's been, but I can tell you with absolute certainty that it won't be going anywhere near my mouth!

    • Miss Patty: Nothing ever happens. Oh, except for that one time.
      Luke: What one time?
      Miss Patty: Well I took my senior ballerinas to try out for "The Nutcracker", and one of the girls pulled a Tonya Harding and knocked the front runner for Clara out of the competition. Broke her leg in three places.
      Luke: That's not nothing. That is the opposite of nothing.
      Miss Patty: It's totally different. It's a much rougher crowd.
      Luke: Rougher crowd? They're ballerinas.
      Miss Patty: Oh yeah, I know. Everyone thinks "Ballerinas-so sweet, so fragile." Trust me they're dancing on stress fractures and ingrown toenails, and they haven't eaten in weeks.

    • Lorelai: Ohhh, we gotta go.
      Christopher: What's wrong?
      Lorelai: My mother's in jail. This night keeps on getting better and better.

  • NOTES (7)

  • ALLUSIONS (12)

    • Lucy: So the next semester, he keeps hounding me about how I'd be perfect for his production of California Suite because I have such a gift for physical comedy.

      California Suite is a 1976 play by Neil Simon about five couples, all set in one hotel suite in California. It is a bittersweet comedy. The first couple hail from New York City and are engaged in a custody battle. The second are from Philadelphia; the husband has had sex with another woman and is trying to prevent his wife from seeing the girl in the bed. The third are from London; she is nominated for an Academy Award, he is gay. The fourth and fifth are two couples from Chicago, who fight constantly while they are on vacation together.

    • Lorelai: Here, where? Are we at Woodstock? I think we're late.

      The Woodstock Music and Art Festival was a rock festival held at Max Yasgur's dairy farm in the rural town of Bethel, New York from August 15 to August 18, 1969. For many, it exemplified the counterculture of the 1960s and the "hippie era". Many of the best-known musicians of the time appeared during the rainy weekend, captured in a successful 1970 movie, Woodstock.

    • Paris: We're like the Ephron and Bernstein of the group.

      Nora Ephron, an acclaimed essayist, novelist and playwright, was married from 1976 to 1980 to Carl Bernstein, an American journalist who wrote for The Washington Post. They divorced when Bernstein had and affair with Margaret Jay, the wife of a British politician. The account of her marriage and divorce was chronicled in her book Heartburn

    • Miss Patty: Well, I took my senior ballerinas to try out for a performance of "The Nutcracker," and one of the girls pulled a Tonya Harding and knocked the front-runner for Clara out of the competition. Broke her leg in three places.

      Tonya Harding is a former figure skater from Portland, Oregon. She became notorious for her part in the conspiracy to harm competitor Nancy Kerrigan at a practice session during the 1994 U.S. Figure Skating Championships.

    • Lorelai: Yeah, me too. We'll have to consult Emily Post again.

      The Emily Post Institute, created by Emily in 1946 and run today by third generation family members, serves as a "civility barometer" for American society and continues Emily's work. That work has grown to address the societal concerns of the 21st century including business etiquette, raising polite children and civility in America.

    • Lorelai: Hello Bullitt. What, are you going to take me on a car ride through the streets of San Francisco?

      This references the movie Bullitt staring Steve McQueen as Frank Bullitt a San Francisco cop. In the movie, there are some spectacular car chase scenes in the streets of San Francisco.

    • Paris says that Doyle works at The Current.

      The Current was the same paper that was going to take the Yale Daily News printing time in Friday Night's Alright for Fighting from Season 6.

    • Lorelai: No, no, no, I know, I know - Working on the Chain Gang!

      Lorelai plays the same song for Rory when they are in the kitchen after she picks Rory up from jail.

    • The film Lorelei and Christopher discuss at the start of the episode is Snakes on a Plane (2006) starring Samuel L. Jackson, where an assassin attempts to kill a witness by releasing deadly snakes onto the flight they are being transported on.

    • Miss Patty: And hips like Anna Pavlova.

      Miss Patty is referring to Anna Pavlova the Russian ballerina. Anna Pavlova was a famous Russian ballerina who danced with the Imperial Ballet in Saint Petersburg, Russia, and with the Ballet Russes. She was known for her gracefulness and dramatic intensity. Many feel that she was the greatest ballet dancer of all time. Pavlova forever changed the ideal for ballerinas.

    • Lorelai: my youth or childhood.
      Christopher: You must have done something good.

      This is a line from the song "Something Good" from the movie The Sound of Music.

    • Episode Title: 'S Wonderful, 'S Marvelous

      Refers to the two classic albums from Ray Conniff. Both albums were also released in a double edition called 'S Wonderful, 'S Marvelous
      The song can also be heard in Funny Face, starring Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire, which Christopher and Lorelai watch.