Gilmore Girls

Season 3 Episode 20

Say Goodnight, Gracie

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM May 06, 2003 on The WB
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Fran Weston dies and Lorelei and Sookie try to buy the Dragonfly Inn. Rory and Jess try approaching each other but fail to talk. Dean gives Rory some surprising news. Mrs. Kim agrees to let Lane go to the prom with Dave. Luke is worried than an unexpected visitor to Stars Hollow will cause even more problems for Jess.moreless

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  • Very good.

    VERY GOOOOODDDDDDD! amazing show, amazing episode. a lot happened and I like that. It finally showed that rory never fully got over Dean and finally rory figures out how jess treats dirt. But i love jess. he is amaazing. blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blahmoreless
  • Ding Dong Jess is gone!!!!!!

    This episode is important because of 2 reasons the first being the death of Fran Weston leaving the dragonfly Inn available for Lorelai and Sookie to buy achieving their dream of owing their own Inn.

    The second is Jess showing his true colours to Rory by leaving town (even though he does show up a more few times). Unlike alot of GG fans I never liked Jess he was a rude arrogant jerk who treated Rory like dirt (which Rory acknowledges in a future episode not sure which one I think when Dean tells her he is getting married and Rory doesn't support him) and he never even tried to get along with Lorelai.moreless
  • Jess's father turns up, Lorelai and Sookie continue to try and buy the dragonfly inn and Lane deals with the aftermath of her drunken confession. A lot of big events happened here, brilliant episode.moreless

    Christ, a lot happened in this episode. Fran, the baker who owned the dragonfly inn dies, which means that Lorelai and Sookie can try and buy it. It was very amusing to see them obviously so excited, it was hilarious at the funeral when they went up to talk to the guy, while he was walking the coffin. How they helped him hold it and everything, very funny.

    I really hope they get it, though I doubt it will be that easy. Lane dealing with her mother was enjoyable, it was funny how she was confused why her mother wasn't grounding her or giving out. Both of Dave's speech's to Mrs Kim were great, how puzzled he was by the end of the first one and how tired he was in the second, I loved Mrs Kim's reaction, 'You can go to prom but you can't get married'.

    Now Rory and Jess, things get even more complicated when Jimmy, Jess's father arrives in town. I'm glad Luke told him to leave, it's always entertaining to watch Luke shout. The awkward silence between the father and son when they meet was done well. Luke finally tells Jess to leave because he didn't hold up his end of the deal.

    It must be so frustrating for Rory, as we see when she rants at Lorelai who is completely shocked, at least we know how she feels about him now. Dean's engagement, surprising - very much so, they don't even seem top like each other that much, him and Lindsey. I though Rory's reaction was normal, it won't be the last of him we see.

    I also liked Lorelai's attempt to reconcile with Emily, a funny conversation, it was great how she was jealous of what Rory was doing with them. In the end, Lorelai and Sookie have a bigger chance at getting the dragonfly and Rory sees Jess on the bus, he tells her he can't go to prom which obviously she isn't happy about, he then agrees to call her. When she gets off the bus, it is revealed that he's actually leaving town, I feel sorry for Rory.

    It will be very interesting though, can't wait for the final two episodes.moreless
  • some important events

    The day after a party, the reason of all the broken things is Rory but Lorelai's reaction is the best!! lol "Did you ever know that you're my hero?"

    Everyone is exiting with the prom, Paris looks different lol

    I'm proud of Dave, he took the courage to confront Mrs Kim, say all those things about him and Lane, he is brave lol

    This is an important episode, Jess' father is in Stars Hollow, the protection factor comes out of Luke, he is furious with Jimmy.

    Fran, that sweet lady with the cake store, died, that's a big blow to the town. Dean propose to Lindsey and she said yes.

    Dave's determination convinced Mrs Kim, I never thought she would say yes.

    The Dragonfly is for sale now that Fran died.

    That scene with Jimmy and Jess, he just freaked out!! Comes back after 17 years and then runs again.

    Jess is not graduating, he doesn't want to go back to school so he can't stay.

    How can Jess talk to Rory like that and the minute she gets off the bus we realize that he is leaving for good...moreless
  • Fran Weston dies leaving the Dragonfly Inn available to buy. Jess's father shows up in Stars Hollow. Dean tells Rory he's engaged. Jess leaves without saying goodbye.

    Jess annoys me. He has his moments when he's really nice but most of the time I dont like him. Although I really liked the scene with Rory and Jess trying to talk to each other but not making it and walking back again. It was really cute but Luke standing watching them with that look on his face made it really funny too.

    Favourite scene was the massive blow out between Luke and Jess. Luke is trying his hardest to look after Jess and get him through school and defend him when the rest of the town is ready to grab their pitchforks and light their torches and all Jess does is throw it back in his face. I feel really sorry for Luke. He cant half shout though. Im glad he did, its about time he told Jess what's what. Just because it has to be said, Luke is hot when angry lol.

    Jess's dad showing up seemed a bit pointless though. Ok he's a big loser, we got that before. Why did his appearance need to back that up. Apart from the fact we got to see Luke's reaction to him. Does anyone else think its wierd that Dean and Lindsay got engaged or is it just me? Like Rory pointed out, he's only 18 and they havent been dating very long. I did feel sorry for Dean though, the way he deflated when Rory didnt say anything. However its another classic case of the Dean over reaction syndrome. Considering he was her first boyfriend and they were together for so long, its not surprising she was a bit shocked when he told her. Did he really expect her to jump for joy? Id be shocked too!

    So yet another awesome Gilmore Girls episode. Lots of feelings were exposed and lots of new developments.

    Also woo hoo for Dave taking Lane to the prom!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

Rob Estes

Rob Estes

Jimmy Mariano

Guest Star

Nathan Funk

Nathan Funk


Guest Star

Alan Blumenfeld

Alan Blumenfeld

Rabbi David Barans

Guest Star

Liz Torres

Liz Torres

Miss Patty

Recurring Role

Emily Kuroda

Emily Kuroda

Mrs. Kim

Recurring Role

Michael Winters

Michael Winters

Taylor Doose

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (15)

    • During the scene where Dean tells Rory about his engagement and then rants at her when she's less than supportive, he reminds her about how she dumped him for Jess (who treats her like dirt).  Rory did not dump Dean for Jess.  Dean dumped her during the dance marathon.

    • While Marjorie Rogers (Fran's friend) is talking about Fran during the funeral, she says that Fran opened the bakery in 1955. In a previous episode, though, Fran tells Lorelai that the bakery has been in her family for over 100 years.

    • This marks the first episode that we see Caesar being played by Aris Alvarado, who continues to play him for the rest of the series. In previous episodes, another actor has played Caesar.

    • When Luke is telling Lorelai and Rory about the phone call he got form Kyle's father, he refers to Jess as Tess.

      This is exactly how Lorelai wanted to call Jess earlier on the show when Rory asks her to be nice with him, just like she had given the name Duke to Luke when she first met him and didn't really like him.

    • When Rory and Lane talk in the church, Reverend Skinner has to speed up his service because Rabbi Barans is already waiting. Reverend Skinners starts to talk really fast, but whenever the camera goes back to Rory and Lane, you can hear him talking normally in the background. He only talks fast when the camera is on him.

    • Dave names the Internet as one of the places where he'll research Mrs. Kim's mysterious quote, yet he ends up reading his way through the whole Bible in his search. Unless he foolishly decided to read the whole Bible before even trying the Internet, would he not have found out quickly that it was a quote from Shakespeare, since his works were among the first public-domain works easily available online, and Google was already widely familiar by 2003?

    • Luke says that he was awakened by Kyle's dad's call which means that it probably took him about twenty minutes to get there. He also said that he had ten minutes left of sleep which is odd because in a past episode, he told Lorelai he woke up at 4:45 every morning. He obviously didn't wake up at 4:45 because the sun was out and so were Rory and Lorelai who would never wake up at 4:45.

    • When Rory sees Jess on the bus on a school day, wouldn't she ask him why he was on the bus instead of at school?

    • Luke had to have known Jess' status at school. There were hints such as his overtime at Walmart, Lorelai's speculation that he didn't have enough time for school given his extended hours at work, the purchase of his car, etc. The principal mentioned the multiple warnings given to Jess, you would think that the school would have called Luke who is his legal guardian.

    • The song that Lorelai sings to rory is "Wind Beneath My Wings" by Bette Midler.

    • At the beginning of this episode, Luke says he got a early morning phone call about Jess' fight, and even implies that he was at home. In the last episode though, which was the day before, Luke and Nicole are spending the night at the Inn, ready to leave for their ski trip the next morning. He also doesn't mention Nicole or ski trip in this episode.

    • Ben Falcone, who plays Mr. Brink the executer of Fran Weston's will, is married to Melissa McCarthy who plays Sookie.

    • In this episode, Luke says that Jimmy left Liz right after Jess was born. However, in season 2, episode 5, "Nick & Nora, Sid and Nancy" when Jess had just come to live with Luke, he told Lorelai that Jimmy left Jess and Liz two years earlier.

      Lorelai: Where's his dad?
      Luke: Oh well, the great prize that my sister picked up at a Der Wienerschnitzel left her about two years ago, whereabouts unknown.

    • When Rory sees Jess on the bus, she sits down right next to him. However in the next shot, there is a seat between them.

    • In this episode, we can clearly see the fence around Kyle's yard which Dean and Jess are said to have broken. In the previous episode, however, there's no fence around the house, and Dean and Jess don't go anywhere near one during the fight.

  • QUOTES (24)

    • Lorelai: (the night after the party) My daughter's first drunken raid. I'm just so proud!
      Rory: Mom!

    • (Lorelai yells at the car waiting to get into her parking spot)
      Lorelai: Hey, we're not leaving! We are gonna live in this car! We are gonna die in this car!
      Rory: I don't know anything because he won't talk to me he just sits there and sulks and then shows up at hockey games with Distiller tickets.
      Lorelai: Distiller....what Distiller tickets?
      Rory: Oh, That's right, you don't know about that because I didn't want to tell you that because I dodn't want to be that girl, but after the hockey game, I was that girl.
      Lorelai: What girl? Help me, drag me along honey.
      Rory: The girl that lets her boyfriend treat her like dirt and then lies to her mom about it.
      Lorelai: Ok. We need a breath here.
      Rory: Something's been going on with him and it's been going on for a while.
      Lorelai: Honey?
      Rory: I don't want to talk about it anymore, I'm tired of talking about it. I'm just.....tired.
      Lorelai: Ok. So..
      Rory: Nothing happened!
      Lorelai: Ok!

    • (Rory and Lorelai walk to the car)
      Lorelai: Ok, we left off with the thing in Kyle's bedroom.
      Rory: I don't understand, one minute he's happy and the next he's not. He doesn't even talk to me anymore. Your supposed to tell your girlfriend stuff right? That's the whole point of having a girlfriend isn't it?
      Lorelai: Yes it is. Now, Kyle's bedroom, what happened there?
      Rory: And I'm so tired of fighting or not even fighting, he just gets mad and dissapears and comes back and I don't like how I feel and I don't like what I do.
      Lorelai: Like what you do where? Kyle's bedroom?
      Rory: I don't want to feel like this, I don't want to sit around wondering when we are going to talk. If he's mad, why he's mad. I hate this I really, really.....
      Lorelai: Honey! You have to tell mommy what happened in Kyle's bedroom!
      Rory: Jess was upset and I went to look for him and then we were kissing and it seemed like he wanted to...
      Lorelai: Did you?
      Rory: No. I didn't. And then he got all weird like he was mad at me.
      Lorelai: Whoa, if he's mad at you because you wouldn't have sex with him then he's a jerk!
      Rory: I know that but I don't know if that why he's mad, if he's mad.
      Lorelai: You can't make him talk. He has to want to.
      Rory: But why doesn't he want to?
      Lorelai: Because it's probably hard for him.

    • Rory: I don't know if I'm even going to the prom.
      Lorelai: But I thought Jess agreed.
      Rory: Well, that was before.
      Lorelai: Before what?
      Rory: Before the party, before the fight, before the thing in Kyle's bedroom.
      Lorelai: Ok, come with me.

    • (The day after Mrs. Kim has given Dave a cryptic answer to his request to take Lane to the prom)
      Dave: I stayed up all night. I read the entire Bible cover to cover. I don't know what it means.
      Mrs. Kim: David...
      Dave: You have to tell me what it means. Is it "yes?" Is it "no?" I can't feel my right elbow any more. I don't even know why, but I... I can't.
      Mrs. Kim: David!
      Dave: (pleading) Please. Just tell me. I'm so tired.
      Mrs. Kim: It's not from the Bible.
      Dave: What?
      Mrs. Kim: It's Shakespeare. Henry VI. I like to goof off now and then too, you know.
      Dave: Shakespeare?
      Mrs. Kim: That is a very difficult thing to do, reading the Bible in one night. I myself have only done it three times. You need great determination and excellent light. I'm very impressed.
      (Dave looks at her expectantly)
      Mrs. Kim: All right.
      Dave: All right what?
      Mrs. Kim: You can go to the prom, but you can not get married.

    • Mrs. Kim: Let never day nor night unhallow'd pass, but still remember what the Lord hath done.

    • (At Fran's funeral)
      Miss Patty: You know it's times like these that you realize what is truly important in your life. I'm so glad I had all that sex.
      Lorelai: Hurry back Rory.

    • Luke: (to Jimmy) Let me plant this thought in your head. If you do or say anything to upset Jess and make it harder for me to keep him on the right path, I'm gonna put your head through a wall, any wall. You can pick the wall. But it's going to be a wall. Ok?

    • Luke: You know when the last time I saw you was? Right after Liz gave birth. You were going to go out and buy some diapers.
      Jimmy: Yes.
      Luke: You went out, but you never came back.
      Jimmy: Yes, but a lot of things have changed.

    • Sookie: Oh my God...
      Lorelai: What?
      Sookie: You don't think because we wanted the property so much, we killed Fran?
      Lorelai: What?
      Sookie: Through the power of our minds.
      Lorelai: No, we wished for the property. Not this.
      Sookie: But you never know with Karma.

    • Lorelai: It's my own fault, I poked a slumbering bear with a stick. I reached out and initiated contact with Emily Gilmore. I get what I deserve.
      Sookie: You're a bad girl.
      Lorelai: You know what really stinks? They're having Rory over tonight for a movie night.
      Sookie: Movie night? That's your thing with her.
      Lorelai: Exactly. What's next, a 'Stay at home and dance around in your underwear to the Monkees greatest hits' night?
      Sookie: I wouldn't put it past them to steal that, too.

    • Rory: We have to go over the special graduation edition at the Franklin. And of course we're completely behind 'cause Paris can't let anything go to print unless she's proofed it a million times. Can you say 'Crazy, anal micro-manager?'
      Lorelai: Not five times fast.

    • Luke: Dean is paying them back also.
      Jess: How do you know?
      Luke: Because he was at Kyle's house when I got there.
      Jess: You're kidding me?
      Luke: He had already worked out a financial agreement with the parents and he's helping them put a fence back up.
      Jess: Man, he's going to make some woman a fine doormat someday.

    • Luke: Do you have any idea how much damage you caused?
      Jess: Dean caused it too.
      Luke: Are you trying to kill me?
      Jess: Nope, it'll just be a perk.

    • Luke: You know where I was this morning?
      Jess: No.
      Luke: I was at Kyle's. His parents called me this morning. It seems a party you went to last night got a little Animal House.
      Jess: Dean started it.
      Luke: You're not really gonna use that one are you?
      Jess: Well, he did. He sucker-punched me and I was just defending myself.
      Luke: Well, you apparently defended yourself all through the house and into the front yard. You defended yourself with a chair that's now broken. You defended yourself with a coffee table. You defended yourself with an ottoman.
      Jess: I don't need a recap.

    • Jess: I need ham.
      Caesar: No ham.
      Jess: We just got a shipment in yesterday.
      Caesar: No ham.
      Jess: There's a woman back there who's been asking for ham for the last 20 minutes. If I go back there empty handed, there's a 50/50 chance that she'll eat me.
      Caesar: No ham.
      Jess: Then sew some bacon together because that woman is getting ham.

    • Lorelai: Uh make a note, if the guests are gonna wear robes downstairs we need to buy thicker material. Really, seeing the sunlight hit Dennis gave me a whole new respect for Peg.

    • Lorelai: So let's get back to the party recap. Any little details you want to tell Mommy?
      Rory: Jess and Dean got into a fight.
      Lorelai: Over you?
      Rory: I was a contributing factor.
      Lorelai: Was anyone hurt?
      Rory: No.
      Lorelai: And that's why the cops came and broke up the party?
      Rory: Yes.
      Lorelai: Not only did you go to a cop rated party, but you started the raid?
      Rory: Yes.
      Lorelai: This fence is broken because of you and this crap is on the ground because of you.
      Rory: What's your point?
      Lorelai: (sings) Did you ever know that you're my hero?
      Rory: Oh my God.
      Lorelai: (continues to sing) You're everything I would like to be. And I could fly higher then an Eagle. Because you are the wind beneath my wings.

    • Lorelai: (about Dean and Lindsay) My God, they're a good looking couple. If their kids can sing there's no stopping 'em.

    • Jimmy: I don't need money.
      Luke: So the look is a choice?

    • Lorelai: Let's focus on Fran and how much we loved her. Not think about the inn at all.
      Sookie: Okay.
      Lorelai: You're thinking about it.
      Sookie: Just about where to put the woodburning oven.
      Lorelai: We'll put it in the apartment that we're sharing in hell.
      Sookie: Let's buy flowers.
      Lorelai: Yeah, lots and lots of flowers.

    • Rory: How's it coming?
      Louise: Very frustrating.
      Madeline: We just can't seem to get exactly the right combination.
      Louise: All right. How about blue dress, blonde guy, black limo? Works best for me.
      Madeline: Yes, however, green dress, red-haired guy, white limo works best for me.
      Louise: White limo with blonde guy totally doesn't work. It's too washed up.
      Rory: I'm assuming this conversation veered off of the cover page placement?
      Madeline: How about black-haired guy, green dress and tan limo?
      Louise: Tan limo?
      Madeline: Good neutral backdrop.
      Louise: Well, this opens up a whole new set of options. Bring the golf team back in.
      Rory: Okay, why don't I just get these pesky Franklin articles out of your way. There we go.
      Paris: What are you doing?
      Rory: I am working on the front page placement.
      Paris: What are they doing?
      Rory: Staying true to who they are.

    • Luke: And then the phone rings, and it just rings and rings and rings and rings, so I pick it up.
      Lorelai: And then hopefully got your hearing checked.
      Luke: Can I finish my story?
      Lorelai: I'm just saying, that's a lot of rings.
      Luke: And on the other end of the phone is someone named John who says he's Kyle's father, and Kyle threw a party last night without permission. And two guys got into a fight and tore the place apart, so John wants me to come down and take a look at the damage and discuss some sort of solution to the problem of the damages. Now, I don't know John, and I certainly don't know Kyle, but I do know someone who would get into a fight at a party and leave the place completely trashed. It's a wild guess, but I think his name rhymes with Tess. So here I am, heading in there to talk to John about Kyle and discuss what is to be done about the Hummel.
      Lorelai: The what?
      Luke: Exactly.

    • Dave: (to Mrs. Kim) I don't smoke, I don't drink, I've never gotten a ticket. I'm healthy. I take care of myself. I floss. I never watch more than thirty minutes of television a night, partly because I think it's a waste of time and partly because there's nothing on. I respect my parents. I do well in school. I never play videogames in case they do someday prove that playing them can turn you into a serial killer. I don't drink coffee. I hate soda because the carbonation freaks me out. I'm happy to give up meat if you feel strongly about it. I don't mind wearing a tie. I enjoy playing those hymns on my guitar. And I really, really want to take your daughter to the prom.

  • NOTES (4)

    • German episode title: "Erben gesucht", meaning "Wanted: Heirs".

      French episode title: "Adieu, Mon Amie", meaning "Goodbye My Friend".

    • Edward Herrmann (Richard) and Yanic Truesdale (Michel) do not appear in this episode.

    • This episode marks the last appearance of Adam Brody as Dave. Brody left the show in order to play the part of Seth in The O.C.

    • Music:
      "Wind Beneath My Wings" by Bette Midler (sung by Lorelei)
      "The Candy Man" from Willy Wonka (sung by Taylor)
      "Semper Fidelis" by John Phillip Sousa (by the orchestra)
      "Suffragette City" by David Bowie


    • The scene between Rory and Jess on the bus is very reminiscent to the final scene in the movie, "The Graduate".

    • Lane: It was more Stepford than cold -- very calm, very serene.

      The Stepford Wives is a novel by Ira Levin which also begat two eponymous movies (1975 and 2004). A creepy, borderline SF story about normal women turning overnight into "perfect" wives - docile, pliant, and supplicating, while their friends wonder what is going on. The "Stepford Wives" of the novel are all extremely calm and polite, no matter the chaos around them.

    • Lane: After I finished with my Farrelly Brothers audition in the bushes.

      The Farrelly brothers are known for their outrageous comedies which often sashay into "gross" territory in their efforts at humor. Most notable of their creations are There's Something About Mary and Dumb and Dumber.

    • Lorelai: If we're meant to have the Dragonfly Inn, then we're meant to have it.
      Sookie: Right. Like Doris Day.
      Lorelai: Que sera....
      Sookie: ...sera.

      Doris Day sang the song Que Sera, Sera in the Hitchcock movie The Man Who Knew Too Much. She had a low opinion of the song, and only sang it under pressure from the studios, but it turned out to be her most popular song and became forever associated with her. "Que sera, sera" roughly translates to "whatever will be, will be" in French, and, as such, is an anthem for fate and acceptance of what happens.

    • This episode's title alludes to a classic bit of comedy from George Burns and Gracie Allen. George would end the radio show by telling his partner, "Say good night, Gracie," to which the "only ditzy on the radio" Gracie Allen would reply, "Good night, Gracie."

    • Lorelai: Did they bring the paddy wagon?
      Rory: Yeah, but then we snuck out the back of the speakeasy and headed straight for the Algonquin.
      Lorelai: How was Benchley?
      Rory: Drunk Again.

      The references to Benchley and the Algonquin are allusions to Robert Benchley (grandfather of Jaws creator/writer Peter Benchley) and the Algonquin Hotel in NYC, home to the famed Algonquin Round Table, where an elite group of writers and critics met, ate, and drank during the '20s & '30s. The writers and critics were noted for their barbed, rapier-like wits and ability to provide devastating retorts to any snarky comment directed towards them -- skills they honed by exercising their own repartee between each other. Dorothy Parker is one of the most noted of them. This group is the subject of the 1994 movie Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle. Note also that one of the production companies whose name is attached to The Gilmore Girls is named Dorothy Parker Drank Here.

    • Jess: Where the hell have you been? The place is a freaking zoo. Every table's full and I've got Sammy Davis Jr. here thinking it's the Desert Inn.

      Jess is referring to Taylor Dosey's rendition of The Candy Man more popularly sung by Sammy Davis Jr.
      Sammy Davis Jr. was an expert tapdancer, crooner, impressionist and all-purpose entertainer in the '50s and '60s. He used to spend some time at one of Las Vegas' famous hotel/casino, the Desert Inn, with his long time friend Frank Sinatra.

    • Lorelai: Are you sure she's gonna want that back? It's been left alone all night at a keg party. There's no getting it over that. That backpack is permanently scarred. That backpack is Zelda Fitzgerald.

      Zelda Fitzgerald spent 18 years of her life in various stages of mental distress. In moments of lucidity she composed some of her best work, including her only novel Save Me the Waltz, and numerous abstract paintings.