Gilmore Girls

Season 7 Episode 11

Santa's Secret Stuff

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Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Jan 23, 2007 on The WB
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Lorelai postpones Christmas celebrations until Rory returns from London. Luke asks Lorelai to write a character recommendation for his custody battle over April. Lorelai struggles with the task. Rory decides she will write an apology letter to her friend Lucy.

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  • Lorelai held off Christmas for Rory. Lane is huge and is cranky to everyone who mentions her pregnancy. Lorelai write a character recommendation for Luke, and when she sends it off it starts to snow for the first time all winter.moreless

    8.4
    The episode was just like Lorelai’s head; filled with a big bag of weird. Maybe because it was celebrating Christmas seven weeks after the fact, this episode came off a little strange even for Stars Hallow standards. Big though disappointments were that we never got to see how Lorelai and Chris solved the wedding party issues, or really why Logan blabbed about Rory knowing Marty. We do know that he “apologized a lot” so Rory forgave him. That was annoying. The acting also seemed very forced, at least during the greeting periods. Chris came out to say hello to Rory after she got back from London, which could have been sweet, but seemed fake. Even worse was the greeting the band mates gave each other when they got together to rehearse. Worst yet was that the “perfect” family idea was still being forced down our throats with the Gilmore/Hayden clan celebrating as a family. This included Chris buying awful stocking that seemed like something Diana Ross would call goddy. Somehow the producers marketed Lorelai saving Christmas for Rory as sweet, but forgot to mention that it meant she kept it from Gigi. Not even allowing a five-year old to have a tree or presents just seems cruel and out of character for Lorelai. The highlights included the Lorelai and Luke scene at the Inn. Her face after he shook her hand was priceless. It was a little disturbing that she could only think of “monkey monkey underpants” when trying to write a letter about him, but she was trying to avoid confronting her true feelings.

    Another highlight was Lane and Zack. Lane was so big it looked scary, but Zach was there every second to comfort her as much as her could. Most of her grumpiness was explained as her resent of loosing her only time to rebel. Zack’s reassurance was sweet. The best though was when Lorelai realized how much Luke has always been there for them. Listening to him and Rory name off all the bad gifts Luke got her finally started to get her thinking. Of course then it snows when she sends off the letter. This should be a signal about what is going to happen in future episodes.moreless
  • Did the last episode not happen or something? Still good though.

    8.0
    This was weird...it was another filler. Not a bad episode but after last weeks big episode this one ruined things. Everyone had sorted out their problems or we didn't see any continuation. Lorelai and Christopher seemed to have forgotten their fight from last week...and now more trouble is on the way with this character reference she will be writing for Luke. Now I do like this...it'll get them back together but would he really ask her? Don't think so. Bet Chris will find it next week...anything to break up this annoying marriage.



    As for Rory, don't really remember if she did much...? Yeah she said she was going to write a letter to Lucy and that she (very quickly) made up with Logan but...nothing else really. Luke and April are actually alright to watch...they have a good father/daughter bond going on. Hopefully things will pick up again...hopefully.moreless
  • Another filler-episode...

    7.5
    I can't remember that the other seasons had this many filler episodes as season 7 has so far!! Just get on with it allready. Ok - so Lorelai has to confront her feelings about Luke to write him a recommendation letter. I guess the writers just can't be bothered trying to hide the storyline, it is just SO obvious that she'll get back together with Luke eventually. I really think this episode could have been so much better. The last episode had plenty of run-ins, so why are they brushed off so easily in this epi? What happened to the wedding-party that Emily were planning for Lorelai and Chris? Have they resolved the fight that they had when the last epi ended? And Rory was so angry with Logan, but she just forgave him, and that's the end of it? I liked the storyline with Lane. Zach is so sweet, and he really got her when she said that her rebel-days were over... aww... :-)moreless
  • Good episode when Lorelai have to confront some feelings she has about Luke.

    8.9
    After Rory comes home from London, mom and daughter decide to celebrate christmas together, with christopher and Gg. Cause i don´t like Chris, i tought he gets all annoying during the entire hollydays with his "ideas". Luke aks Lorelai to write a character letter for April´s custody battle. After a cute reunite with Luke and both of their girls she realizes that he have been a big part of Rory´s life so she finally writes the letter, hopefully a good one.moreless
  • Rory returns from London. They celebrate Christmas. Luke asks Lorelai to write a character reference for custody fight. Rory obsesses about Lucy being mad at her.

    7.2
    I hated this episode. It was uneventful, boring, and frustrating all at once. Christopher tries really hard to start new traditions for Christmas, and Rory's life has become so dull that she spends an entire episode obsessing about her annoying friend (who was only her friend for like two months) and how she hasn't accepted her apology. The only upside is that Luke asks Lorelai to write his character reference letter, because then Lorelai has to think about what she's going to write. I liked the scene at the mall when Lorelai realizes how much of a father-figure Luke has been to Rory. He never missed a birthday and always got her presents he thought she would like. This definitely is not Gilmore Girl's finest, but I suppose it was necessary to build up to the next episode.moreless
Jimmy Bennett

Jimmy Bennett

Macon

Guest Star

Christopher L Antie

Christopher L Antie

Townsperson

Guest Star

William Ramos Junior

William Ramos Junior

Townsperson

Guest Star

Sebastian Bach

Sebastian Bach

Gil

Recurring Role

Vanessa Marano

Vanessa Marano

April Nardini

Recurring Role

David Sutcliffe

David Sutcliffe

Christopher Hayden

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (9)

    • When Lorelai is talking to Rory about how she's having trouble writing Luke's character reference, she complains about sounding like a "documentary narrator from the History Channel." Edward Hermann, who plays Richard Gilmore, has narrated many History Channel documentaries.

    • Lane and Zack mention they're expecting twin boys.

    • In this episode it is stated that Lorelai and Chris waited until Rory got home from London to celebrate Christmas.What about Gigi? She is four years old and probably would expect Santa to come to her house at the same time as all the kids!

      Possible explanation: She had Christmas with her Grandma Hayden.

    • While Lorelai and Rory are at the electronics store.. Meerkat Manor can be seen on the TVs inside the store.

    • While explaining what thoughts went through her head while trying to write Luke's letter, Lorelai mentions that one of her thoughts was that she should ride her bike to work. She later does ride her bike to work when her Jeep brakes down in "It's Just Like Riding A Bike".

    • At the end of the episode, when Lorelai is writing the letter for Luke, she puts it in the envelope without signing it. With most typed letters between the closing and typed name, a space is left where the person signs their name. This is standard business and legal practice.

    • Note that Luke does not call April "sweetie" anymore, even though they are arguably closer than they've ever been. If you remember, Luke called her "sweetie" several times throughout the episode "Introducing Lorelai Planetarium," which many viewers would say was at least a little awkward to see. Now, it seems that they have eliminated it.

    • When April unwraps Luke's gift, the wrapping paper is completely down the side facing the camera, and when the shot changes back after a close up, the wrapping paper has climbed back up the package again (mysteriously defying gravity) to cover most of the box and part of the top facing the camera.

    • When Rory and Lorelai are at Weston's, Lorelai's scarf changes position in one shot to the next, it gets wider, than thinner again without being moved.

  • QUOTES (19)

    • Luke: Hey, Michel. Is Lorelai here?
      Michel: (Picks up phone) Hey, can you tell Lorelai that... someone is here to see her. (Michel puts the phone down, he and Luke stand there in silence) Well this is awfully awkward. We should make some sort of conversation. I see your sense of style has not changed.
      Luke: Nope.
      Michel: I've often wondered does someone in your family own a flannel company?
      Luke: Uh, no.
      Michel: Oh. You know what, I cannot do this. Let us just stand here and let the awkwardness wash over us.
      Luke: Fine by me.

    • Rory: Sounds like you're over thinking this. Maybe if you just put pen to paper...
      Lorelai: I tried that. I thought I'd just sit down and write…whatever comes...no judgment...no inner critic…ooh, was that a bad idea.
      Rory: Really why?
      Lorelai: Because my brain is a wild jungle full of scary gibberish…I'm writing a letter…I can't write a letter…why can't I write a letter?…I'm wearing a green dress...I wish I was wearing my blue dress...my blue dress is at the cleaners...the Germans wore grey...you wore blue...Casablanca, Casablanca...such a good movie...Casablanca...the White House...Bush...why don't I drive a hybrid car? I should really drive a hybrid car...I should really take my bicycle to work...bicycle, unicycle, unitard...hockey puck, rattle snake, monkey, monkey, underpants.
      Rory: Hockey puck, rattle snake, monkey, monkey, underpants?
      Lorelai: Exactly! That's what I'm saying. It's a big bag of weird in there. So I think, well I need inspiration, you know. I need a muse. Perhaps I need 'the' muse. Maybe it would help if Sharon Stone would appear to me in an alarming caftan and coo inspirational words in my ear.
      Rory: Just write what you feel...that's all writing is. Hey, do you think there might be some reason why you are having trouble with this? I mean I would imagine that writing about Luke wouldn't be easy.
      Lorelai: I know! You should write it.
      Rory: What? No.
      Lorelai: Yes! You are a wonderful writer. Everything you write is so good...your grocery lists are like shimmering Haikus.
      Rory: Your write a pretty mean grocery list yourself and it doesn't have to shimmer. It just has to be authentic and real...

    • Christopher: Ooh, cool, mistletoe!
      Lorelai: Where are you going with that?
      Christopher: I'm gonna hang it up in the doorway.
      Rory: Oh, it doesn't go there.
      Christopher: Where does it go?
      Rory: We tape it up to one of the blades on the ceiling fan upstairs. That way, the kissing is more like a sport.
      Lorelai: It's a tradition.
      Christopher: That's one of your traditions?
      Rory: Our traditions are very important to us.
      Christopher: What other kinds of traditions am I in for?
      Rory: Well, on Christmas morning, we put red and green M&M's in our cereal.
      Christopher: Down with that!

    • (Luke hands April a bag with a gift he just exchanged)
      Lorelai: So, what did you get?
      April: Well, Dad, got me the greatest gift ever, a rock polishing kit. But, I kind of already got one from my grandmother, who's very into Christmas. So, we exchanged it for, this microscope. (holds out bag) Which is also the greatest present.
      Rory: Wow, that's great!
      April: My dad's always been a great gift giver.
      Luke: I guess I don't know if I've ever been considered so good at picking out presents, right Rory?
      Rory: Oh, no, you've always been great.
      Luke: Towels?
      April: What towels?
      Rory: You meant well.
      April: You gave her towels?
      Rory: For my birthday.
      Luke: I had them monogrammed. I thought it was cool.
      Rory: Yes, you went through quite the monogramming phase.
      Luke: I believe you received monogrammed pencils, a monogrammed mug, monogrammed backpack, and a monogrammed belt.
      Rory: Well, no one ever tried to steal that belt and those are my favorite towels. I still have a washcloth.
      April: That's hilarious.
      Rory: Hey, remember the year you got me the unicorn marionette with the purple horn.
      Luke: You didn't like the unicorn marionette?
      Rory: I've never been that into unicorns.
      Luke: I thought you loved that.
      Rory: I know because I was being polite.
      April: Being polite can be dangerous.
      Rory: Yes, it can. It totally backfired. Because for the next five years I only got unicorn items. Unicorn sweatshirt, unicorn pencil case, bumper sticker, "I Brake For Unicorns". No, but, you were always so nice. You never forgot my birthday and every holiday there was a monogrammed unicorn item.
      April: Dad, for the record, I'm not really into unicorns, either.

    • Luke: So, anyway, um, the court date is coming up, and, uh, I need a character reference. And Liz wrote one but my lawyer read it and, uh, he said it was sweet but filled with all these weird childhood anecdotes that I probably don't want share with anyone much less a court of law. And, I need another one and I just don't know who to go to. And I know it's an awful lot to ask (Lorelai nods her head "yes") and if it's weird or whatever...
      Lorelai: Yes.
      Luke: (continues talking) I mean I totally understand...
      Lorelai: Yes.
      Luke: But, if you could, uh...
      Lorelai: Yes, I'll do it.
      Luke: Yeah? Okay. (pulls a piece of paper out of his coat pocket and hands it to her) All right, well, this is my lawyer's address and you can just mail the letter directly to him.
      Lorelai: Okay.
      Luke: Yeah, and if you don't mind, if you could do it as soon as possible. I mean the court date is right around the corner.
      Lorelai: Definitely.
      Luke: Thanks. (touches her arm) Thank you.
      Lorelai: No, your welcome.
      Luke: Yeah, um, okay, I'll just, thanks.
      Lorelai: Sure, I'll get right on it. I'll send it to here.
      Luke: Okay. All right. (shakes her hand) Thanks. Okay.

    • Gil: Oh, man, you got the Alcmere 3000!
      Lane: The what?
      Gil: The breast pump! I'm psyched you guys picked this one. It's really gentle. I mean my wife's got sensitive nipples, this one didn't bum her out.
      Brian: You use that to pump...
      Gil: Milk, sure. That's if you choose to go the breast feeding route.
      Lane: You guys, I'm sure Brian is not interested in this!
      Brian: Breast feeding, huh?
      Gil: Yeah, I mean, some people go with the formula, which is cool, too. Actually, for baby number two we did use formula.
      Zack: Yeah?
      Gil: I mean, if you use formula, the old lady can smoke, drink, eat as many tacos as she wants, no problemo.
      Zack: Did you hear that, babe?
      Lane: (tensely) Yeah. Tacos. Thrilling.

    • Christopher: If you were to look up tree in a dictionary you would not find one of these fellows.
      Lorelai: Why would you look up tree in the dictionary?
      Rory: So we don't have classically good looking trees?
      Lorelai: Do you not know what a tree is?
      Rory: Oh, come on. Look at that tree.
      Christopher: I'm looking.
      Rory: That tree has character.
      Lorelai: It does.
      Rory: That tree has earned character by persevering through freezing winters and forest fires and floods.
      Lorelai: This tree's a fighter.
      Rory: Woodpeckers, I mean maniacal woodpeckers just pecking at its trunk.
      Lorelai: Survivor!
      Rory: Peck, peck, peck. Day in and day out.
      Lorelai: That tree's a champion!
      Rory: Smells so good in here with all our trees.
      Lorelai: It's like a dozen car air fresheners.

    • Rory: Oh...
      Lorelai: What?
      Rory: You took the Christmas lights down
      Lorelai: I didn't take them down. I haven't put them up yet. I saved Christmas for you.
      Rory: You-
      Lorelai: Before you left, we said we were going to wait and do Christmas together.
      Rory: Well. Ok. Yeah. But.

      Lorelai: (Looks at Rory's ear) What are those?
      Rory: What are what?
      Lorelai: Are those a Christmas Present from Logan?
      Rory: Uh- no. Well, yeah. But it's more like a late birthday, New Years present. (Lorelai sniffs her) What? Stop sniffing me.
      Lorelai: I smell Christmas cookies
      Rory: What? There's no way you could smell Christmas cookies from six days ago.
      Lorelai: So there were Christmas cookies?
      Rory: There may have been a little Christmas.
      Lorelai: Unbelievable.

    • (about their agreement to celebrate Christmas upon Rory's return from London)
      Lorelai: I didn't let any Christmas happen. I Grinched it up so hard I didn't even let it snow!
      Rory: What, it hasn't snowed yet?
      Lorelai: Thanks to me, thinking of you and our agreement, our pledge, our oath!
      Rory: You stopped the snow?
      Lorelai: Yes, by sheer force of will. We said we would have no Christmas, so, I had no Christmas.
      Rory: You must have had a little Christmas.
      Lorelai: None.
      Rory: No presents?
      Lorelai: No presents.
      Rory: No tree?
      Lorelai: No tree.
      Rory: No eggnog?
      Lorelai: No egg, no nog. I sat in the dark with the lights off and ate gruel.
      Rory: Okay, Mom, I hereby apologize for any accidental Christmas celebrating I may have done. I'm now ready to celebrate Christmas for real.
      Lorelai: Yeah?
      Rory: Yeah.
      Lorelai: Okay!
      Rory: So, you stopped the snow?
      Lorelai: Yeah, I did an anti-snow dance. It was humiliating and arduous. But I made a promise to my daughter.
      Rory: Humiliating?
      Lorelai: Two words: coconut bra.

    • (Rory pulls up in the drive from her trip to London)
      Lorelai: (skips out) Hi!
      Rory: Hi!
      Lorelai: (cheerily) I'm so mad at you.
      Rory: What kind of greeting is that?
      Lorelai: What kind of daughter doesn't let her mother pick her up at the airport?
      Rory: The kind of daughter that parks her car at the airport car park.
      Lorelai: Yeah, but, I'm the kind of mother that picks up her daughter from the airport. You know, with flowers, coffee, and a fake chauffeur's sign. Why would you mess with my sense of self?
      Rory: But, my car was parked at the airport car park.
      Lorelai: So what? I could have driven to the airport, picked you up, brought you back, then we both could have driven to pick up your car and then come back here.
      Rory: Yeah, because that wouldn't have been a waste of gas or anything.
      Lorelai: (tugs a bag out of the trunk) God, did you pack Big Ben? I still think it's kinda risky.
      Rory: What's risky?
      Lorelai: Well, you spent a lot of time across the pond. You might get confused and forget which side of the road to drive on.
      Rory: Yes, it was a near escape.
      (Chris and Gigi join them outside)
      Chris: Hey, welcome home!
      Gigi: The Red Coat is here!
      Rory: Hey dad!
      Chris: How you doing?
      Rory: Good! (kisses him) Hi, little sister. (hugs her; Gigi clings to her legs) Okay. Oh, alright. (moves to side of car)
      Chris: Hey, so you made it here okay?
      Rory: Yeah.
      Chris: You know, with all that time in England, I thought you might forget which side of the road to drive on.
      Lorelai: Hey, don't steal my material.
      Chris: What do you mean, material?
      Lorelai: I just made that joke.
      Chris: The driving on the other side of the road thing? That's my joke. If you just made it, you ripped me off.
      Lorelai: I ripped you off?!
      Rory: Guys!
      Lorelai: That's like saying Lenny Bruce rips off Carrot Top. Or Woody Allen gets his material from, what's his name, the guy that smashes watermelons?
      Chris: I did not rip you off. No way, no how, sister. I made that joke this morning at breakfast. Remember, we were sitting there, drinking coffee...
      Rory: Guys, guys, not that that's not a hilarious joke, but the guy at the car park made the same one. Gigi, would you want to take this inside for me? (hands her a bag of gifts)
      Gigi: Okay.
      Chris: Come on, Gigi.
      (Chris and Gigi go inside)

    • Lorelai: Oooh, look, Gigi! Do you know who made this star? Rory made it when she was just about your age.
      Gigi: That's nice. (goes back to what she was doing)
      Rory: Somebody's not impressed.

    • Lorelai: (going through her boxes of Christmas decorations) Oh, look, Santa's suit. Wow, this has seen better days.
      Gigi: Why do you have Santa's clothes?
      Lorelai: Because ... I ...used to do Santa's dry cleaning.
      Gigi: You did?
      Lorelai: Yeah.
      Gigi: Wow.

    • Lane: Hey, what's up with this tip?
      Customer: I'm sorry, I --
      Lane: This is 50 percent! I don't need your pity tips, okay? I'm pregnant, not homeless!

    • April: You went to London by yourself over Christmas?
      Rory: Oh, well, I wasn't exactly by myself. I met my boyfriend there.
      April: Wow. Meeting a lover in a foreign city. How glamorous. I can't wait until I'm grown up and glamorous and can make my own decisions about where I go and when. Being a kid is the pits sometimes.
      Lorelai: It sure is.

    • April: Oh my God, Lane is gigantic!
      Luke: Yeah, I wouldn't mention that to Lane.
      April: Hey, did you know that the gestation period for an elephant is 22 months?
      Luke: Yeah, I wouldn't mention that to Lane either.

    • Rory: And what do we say if anybody asks?
      Gigi: We made ... we made cookies by scratching.
      Christopher: (laughing) From scratch.
      Gigi: From scratching.
      Christopher: Well, let's hope nobody asks.

    • Rory: So, April, how was your Christmas?
      April: Well, I'm 60% atheist and 40% agnostic, so Christmas isn't really a big deal for me.
      Rory: Oh, really? 60/40, huh?
      Lorelai: More of a winter solstice gal?
      April: Exactly.

    • Christopher: I'm in a forest of crazy!

    • (Luke walks into The Dragonfly)
      Michel: Oh, it's you. I thought we were done with you.

  • NOTES (8)

  • ALLUSIONS (7)

    • Rory: It's a post Pluto sale.

      Pluto used to be the 9th planet, but in 2006 it was decided that Pluto shouldn't be called a planet anymore. Now it's called a dwarf planet.

    • Luke: Yeah, April just showed up, out of the blue
      April: Geez, you make me sound like Pearl Harbor or something.

      The Attack on Pearl Harbor or Bombing of Pearl Harbor was a surprise attack the United States naval base on Pearl Harbor, Oahu, Hawaii. It was launched on the morning of Sunday, December 7, 1941 by Empire of Japan's 1st Air Fleet.

    • Rory: You know Mom, I've been around for a while too. I still remember Tom Hanks from the Joe Versus the Volcano days.

      Joe Versus the Volcano is a 1990 comedy film starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan.

    • Lorelai: Honey, look, I've been around a long time. I wore leggings the last time they were trendy. I knew Tom Hanks when he was a Bosom Buddy, I have lived and I have learned.

      Bosom Buddies was an American sitcom starring Tom Hanks and Peter Scolari.

    • Lorelai: Maybe I need THE muse. Maybe it would help if Sharon Stone would appear to me in an alarming caftan and coo inspirational words to me.

      Sharon Stone is an Academy Award nominated, Golden Globe and Emmy winning American actress, producer, and former fashion model. She came to international attention for her performance in the 1992 Hollywood blockbuster film Basic Instinct. The character referred to here is Stone's character in the 1999 film The Muse, in which she plays "Zeus's Daughter" and attempts to help a screenwriter who has lost his edge.

    • Lorelai: Because my brain is a wild jungle full of scary gibberish.

      Gibberish is a generic term in English for talking that sounds like speech, but has no actual meaning (such as "the mave's rint ist slanpehed up uthep yongrish").

    • Lorelai: That's like saying Woody Allen gets his material from, what's his name, that guy with the melons!!

      This is an allusion to the comedian Gallagher that is famous for smashing watermelons (among other items) on stage during his shows. He is more of a "shock comic" than a truly talented comedian like Woody Allen.

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