Gilmore Girls

Season 4 Episode 15

Scene in a Mall

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Feb 24, 2004 on The WB
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Kirk branches out from dog sitting for Lulu into a new canine-centered career; Paris goes into germ-phobic overdrive when Rory gets a cold; Lane gets an apartment with Zach and Brian and faces a frigid reception from her aunt and mother.In order to spend some time together, Lorelai and Rory decide to play hooky and go window shopping in the mall, where they run into Emily in the middle of a shopping binge meltdown; As always, Luke is there to help Lorelai when she needs it. Emily has difficulty connecting with Richard.moreless

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  • Emily causes a scene at a mall, Luke notices something about Dean. Exciting episode.

    This was a great episode, Emily and Richard's marriage is perhaps in trouble. In fact it is, judging by the final scene anyway. I liked how Lane got a new apartment, it was funny when that girl changed upstairs, she wouldn't shut up. Plus Zach and the other band mate arguing was funny too. I hope she and Mrs Kim make up soon.

    Dean is obviously overwhelmed with married life and it shows. We see wife for the first tome this season and she seems to love him. But we end up knowing that Dean still loves Rory when he stares at her while talking to Luke. Plus the fact that he's at an arcade all the time isn't good.

    Lorelai and Emily connecting was a nice scene, shame what Lorelai said didn't work. It was very amusing to see Emily just buy everything she could, well order it to be bought. I'm glad Luke paid Lorelai the money, still can't wait for them to get together.moreless
  • I just love this show lol

    To find a way around the problem of last episode, the missed calls and all, they started writing emails to each other lol

    I prefer calls but emails are cheaper...

    Lane moved to her new house, she is sharing it with the band guys. And Luke is so sweet, Lorelai didn't ask for the money officially but he knew she needed it, he gave her the money. That's how much he cares about her. The last message was the best "thank you".

    The Lorelais finally are face to face and I'm glad. The windows shopping thing was a really bad idea, all the mental notes lol

    That Korean girl was annoying!!! Really!!

    But the guys are sweet, they save a whole shelf for Lane, they will share the other left...

    And then Emily shows up at the mall, she was the prototype of a rich woman, buying everything, bossing around. And the explosion lol

    I was so funny seeing Emily Gilmore eating junk food! That was a way good way to keep her mind off Richard.

    Richard doesn't appreciate her, that's what I think.moreless
  • Another great episode.

    This episode is fantastic like most all are. I love the scene with Loreali and Luke at the diner.

    The rose was a classic Gilmore moment. The idea of window shopping like ladies in old movies was hilarious to watch them suffer. THen trying to hide behind thier hands from Emily.

    I love Emily's crazy shopping and Loreali's reactions like the "taillights" and the shoes. Then when in the food court where Emily didnt know existed, I'm glad she enjoyed the food that the girls eat soo often.

    Its really sweet when Emily says "I was just admiring your mothers life" then Rory responds all casually "Oh I do that daily."

    Very good episode for Season 4. & no Jason thats a plus!moreless
  • rory and lorelai go to the mall

    i thought that this episode was really good. i thought that the conversation that lorelai and rory had about going to the mall was amazing and really funny. i thought that it was really funny that emily acted like a little child in the middle of the mall and that she never knew that there was a food court in it. it was great that lane moved in with zack and brian. i really did not like the way that lane mother acted when lane was there to get her things. i did not understand why she was like that with her only child.moreless
  • Its never fun when you are broke - so the scene in the mall makes one realize how life truly sucks when you just don't have the money to blow, and you gotta skint.moreless

    Luke loans Lorelai the money, gosh that was so sweet of him and the writing and sliding the napkin moment was a little silly but really fun and nice.

    The scene in the mall, was so much fun between mother and daughter who finally get to spend time together and then Emily shows up and causes a scene all over the mall, big embarrassing moment for all but Lorelai finds a way to save the day.

    Luke discovers all along that he was right about Dean who is not coping with his new marriage life and this is the beginning of Dean's marriage spiraling out of control.

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

Todd Rhys-Roosevelt

Todd Rhys-Roosevelt

Salesman #2

Guest Star

John David Heffron

John David Heffron

Salesman #1

Guest Star

Ernesta Mensah

Ernesta Mensah


Guest Star

Brian Berke

Brian Berke


Recurring Role

John Cabrera

John Cabrera


Recurring Role

Emily Kuroda

Emily Kuroda

Mrs. Kim

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (10)

    • When Rory and Lorelai are window-shopping, Rory's wearing red nail polish, but later that day when they're taking inventory at Luke's, the nail polish is gone.

    • The mall scene in this episode takes place at the Burbank Town Center in Los Angeles, CA. The store they first enter "to get rid of the bored feeling from window shopping" is Forever 21, and the store where Emily goes nuts is Macy's.

    • On the table at Luke's when Lorelai and Rory are sorting through what Emily bought them towards the end of the episode, several items, including the blue and pink little clutch purses, change spots and positions throughout the scene.

    • At the end of the episode, when Lorelai and Rory are taking inventory in Luke's Diner, they argue over the free tote bag that came with their purchase. Previously, in episode 4.1 "Ballrooms and Biscotti," they mention not having any tote bags, stating how unbelievable it is that they never received one for spending over $50 of Clinique products.

    • When Emily tries to buy Lorelai a watch, Lorelai says that she doesn't wear a watch. In episodes prior, specifically season two "Red Light on Wedding Night" and "Sadie Sadie" Lorelai is wearing a watch.

      Possible Explanation: Lorelai might have been lying to Emily. Before this scene took place, Lorelai had made it pretty clear that she didn't want to shop with Emily and she didn't want Emily to buy her anything. She could have simply been trying to stop Emily from buying her the watch by lying to her.

    • Rory and Lorelai keep saying that they are too broke to buy anything from the mall, yet they manage to scrounge up enough money to treat Emily to lunch and buy something from practically every restaurant in the food court. For that matter, Rory and Lorelai always seem to be "short on money," but they eat out or order in food almost every day.

    • At Friday night dinner when Richard comes out of his office, you can see that he doesn't close the door behind him. When the camera shoots to Lorelai you can hear a door close and when there is a faraway shot you can see that the door to Richard's office is still open.

    • Paris goes crazy about Rory spreading cold germs by opening the door to leave their room, she starts spraying and applying flame to the door knob -- the outer doorknob. If Rory were leaving the room, she only would have touched the inside doorknob, which Paris ignored.

    • In Lane's apartment scene, her first mail lying on the floor in the middle of her apartment. If the apartment has a door slot for the mail, the mail would not have flown that far into the apartment.

    • Lorelai and Rory mention that they have never seen anyone window-shop in a movie. As they are quite the film geeks, it seems highly unlikely that they haven't watched Breakfast at Tiffany's which begins with Holly Golightly (Audrey Hepburn) window shopping at Tiffany's New York.

  • QUOTES (27)

    • Kirk: Does anyone know who this is?
      Lorelai: No.
      Luke: Yeah. It's Snuggles.
      Lorelai: You know Snuggles?
      Kirk: It's not Snuggles. It's the dog that looks like Snuggles. Snuggles owner picked him up. No-one picked this guy up and he has no tag.
      Luke: You have a dog left over?
      Lorelai: You know Snuggles by name?
      Kirk: I don't have time for chit-chat people!
      Luke: I have no idea whose dog it is.
      Lorelai: Me either.
      Rory: Sorry.
      Kirk: I don't even know his name. I was using random sounds, trying to see if he'd respond. Poku. Noki. Nini. BliBlo... Nothing.

    • Lorelai: Is it okay if I work on my laptop?
      Luke: Does it make noise?
      Lorelai: No, but I do sometimes.
      Luke: You always do.

    • Tom: What's with the flower?
      Rory: It's so my mom and I will recognize each other.
      Tom: Girl thing?
      Rory: Yeah.
      Tom: I'm not into girl things.
      Rory: You're a contractor.

    • Emily: Why do I need to slow down? This is what I do, according to Richard and he's not slowing down. He's got a whole new life! He's got Pennilyn Lott, he's got Digger, he's got a mustache! He's got all that and what do I have? Maybe I should get a job so I can have my own life. I could sell shoes here just as well Eduardo. I should get an application. (yells at no-one in particular) Get me an application! Go! Go!

    • Emily: Crazy? You think this is crazy?
      Lorelai: Okay, Mom --
      Emily: This isn't crazy!
      Lorelai: I didn't mean to --
      Emily: That stupid mustache is crazy! That's what's crazy! Your father's job is crazy! That's what's crazy!

    • Emily: You need a watch.
      Lorelai: I don't wear a watch.
      Emily: Do you have a watch?
      Lorelai: No.
      Emily: Then you need a watch. (to saleswoman) These don't have diamonds. Which ones have diamonds?
      Saleswoman: Next display.
      Lorelai: Mom, I'm not buying a diamond watch.
      Emily:You just have to take it.
      Lorelai: I'm not taking it.
      Emily: I'm buying you a damn watch! (points to a watch in the display case) That one. Wrap it up.
      Lorelai: (to saleswoman) Can I return the damn watch if I don't want it?
      Saleswoman: Yes, ma'am.
      Lorelai: Thank you.

    • Lorelai: Hey, see those marbles rolling on the floor? They're Mom's. They spilled out of her head.

    • Luke: Can I get twenty singles off you?
      Joe: Sure. It's gonna cost you $25. (Waits for a laugh but there is silence.) It's change humor.
      Luke: I know. You do it every time.

    • Lane: We have three stereos and no forks!

    • (Emily stops suddenly and Lorelai runs into her)
      Emily: (annoyed) Lorelai!
      Lorelai: Your brake lights were out.

    • Emily: I had no idea so many foods came on sticks.

    • Rory: What'd I miss?
      Emily: I was just admiring your mother's life.
      Rory: Oh, I do that daily.

    • Rory: It's lunch.
      Lorelai: I got a little something from everywhere.
      Emily: I wouldn't know where to begin.
      Lorelai: Well, start at the top and stop when you hit table.

    • Lorelai: She bought me four cocktail dresses, two evening gowns, and if I'm not mistaken, eight maids a-milking.

    • Emily: Lettie burned the entrée.
      Lorelai: Beyond edibility? 'Cause I'm not picky.
      Emily: No, I could not expose you to such a loin.
      Lorelai: Oh, if I had a nickel.

    • Lorelai: Well I did not foresee your burning loin.

    • Lorelai: You're not even using verbs. That's not a relationship. Relationships need verbs.

    • Paris: Fire kills germs. And I'm sleeping with one of the other girls tonight.
      Rory: How very The L Word.

    • Luke: What's with the -
      Kirk: It's not a purse!
      Luke: I wasn't gonna say purse.
      Kirk: Oh… Sorry.
      Luke: What's with the gay bag?

    • Lorelai: Why aren't we having fun?
      Rory: Maybe it's because we're window shopping. Maybe we should go inside. Maybe that'll help.
      (They go in and come out almost a second later)
      Rory: No, it made it worse!

    • Lorelai: They always bring something for the group. Yesterday, it was peanut brittle Lindsay made. It broke a crown, three teeth, and then a haz-mat team came and took it away.

    • Paris: When you came out of our room, did you use the doorknob?
      Rory: As opposed to dematerializing, passing vapor-like through the door, and then rematerializing? No, I used the doorknob.

    • Lane: I'm standing in the living room of my very own apartment!
      Rory: No kidding!
      Lane: I'm waiting for the gas man to come! The gas man! I've got gas! Ignore the words, and focus on the enthusiasm!

    • Rory: What? In all those emails I didn't mention it?
      Lorelai: All those emails? Excuse me, but you write less often than people offering to enlarge a piece of anatomy I do not possess!

    • Lorelai: I ended up going to dinner alone with Mom and Dad, who spent the whole time bickering about which Beatle is still alive.
      Rory: Where'd they land?
      Lorelai: John and Keith are dead. Paul and Bingo are still kicking.

    • Lorelai: What about you, do you look the same?
      Rory: Hold on a second, my nose ring is itching.

    • Lorelai: What's this?
      Luke: It's what it is.
      Lorelai: 'A monk, a trunk, and a skunk'.
      Luke: What are you doing?
      Lorelai: Carnac. Although I don't have a punchline. Never stopped Johnny.

  • NOTES (2)

  • ALLUSIONS (10)

    • Rory: So this whole outing is a house of sand built on a foundation of straw.

      Rory is mixing her metaphors, conflating allusions to the foundation of sand from Matthew 7:26, and the house of straw from The Three Little Pigs.


    • Lorelei: This is the least amount of fun I've ever had, barring the time we went to Mummenschanz.

      Mummenschanz is a Swiss dance troupe, known for their abstract, avant-garde performances.


    • Lorelai: What's this?
      Luke: It's what it is.
      Lorelai: 'A monk, a trunk, and a skunk'.
      Luke: What are you doing?
      Lorelai: Carnac. Although I don't have a punchline. Never stopped Johnny.

      Carnac the Magnificent was a regular bit on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. Johnny would hold envelopes with questions inside up to his head, and attempt to divine the answers.


    • Lorelei: Cheerio old bean, have a cup of tea, how's Big Ben? How's Tower of London? Sister Suffragette, tuppence a bag.

      Sister Suffragette and tuppence a bag are both allusions to Mary Poppins.

    • Rory: (To Dean in his construction worker outfit) Can I have your autograph? Oh, I'm sorry, I thought you were one of the Village People.

      The Village People was a band from the 70's where the members all dressed like a construction worker, a cop, an Indian chief, a soldier, a biker and a cowboy.

    • Lorelai: (Holding a Manolo Blahnik) Me wants them! My precious!!

      Lorelai is imitating the character, Gollum, from the novels, The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien. In the story, Gollum is consumed by his want of the ring and frequently calls it "his precious." The voice that Lorelai uses imitates the voice of Andy Serkis's Gollum in the movie adaptations by Peter Jackson.

    • Lorelai: It's just when I picture letter writing, I picture Charles Dickens.
      Luke: Charles Dickens wrote more letters than other people?

      Charles Dickens was a famous English Author of the 19th century. He did actually write more letters than other people of his day, thousands upon thousands of letters in fact.

    • Christine: I love the floorboard thing! It's so Hogan's Heroes.

      Hogan's Heroes was a TV series that lasted for 6 seasons from 1965 to 1971. The main story was about a group of prisoners during World War II lead by Col. Hogan who try to sabotage the German war effort.

    • Rory: How very The L-Word.

      The L Word is a drama on Showtime about the lives and loves of a group of women in same-sex relationships.

    • Title: Scene in a Mall

      The title of this episode references Paul Mazursky's 1991 film Scenes From a Mall, which portrays a couple discussing their marital problems as they shop at a mall.