Gilmore Girls

Season 1 Episode 16

Star-Crossed Lovers and Other Strangers

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Mar 08, 2001 on The WB
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Episode Summary

Luke's ex-girlfriend Rachel arrives in Stars Hollow unexpectedly, and immediately picks up on the attraction between Luke and Lorelai, which they deny. Rachel decides to stay for awhile, which leaves Luke and Lorelai with mixed feelings. Lorelai and Rory are amazed when Emily agrees to excuse Rory from Friday night dinner so that Rory and Dean can celebrate their three month anniversary. When Lorelai arrives for dinner, she discovers the source of Emily's largesse -- her mother has invited another guest -- a man with whom she secretly hopes to fix Lorelai up. Back in Stars Hollow, Dean treats Rory to a wonderfully romantic dinner, and then gives her a present: a car that he's restoring for her, but he has an even bigger surprise planned for her that leaves her unable to respond.moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Dean says I love you

    Dean says I love you to Rory but she cannot say it back to him for whatever reason. Because of this he breaks up with her; I think that's really ridiculous; some people don't find it easy to say that so he shouldn't have broken up with her based just on that. You can tell she really cared about him other than that. Lorelai sneaks out of her parents house on Friday night dinner when they try to set her up and Rachel is now back in Luke's life...I don't like the looks of it.moreless
  • It's Rory and Deans three month anniversary. Great episode again.

    Another great episode. The one thing I didn't like was the opening scene with Ms Patty talking about the history, was a bit boring. Dean and Rory are a good couple, when they talk its always really entertaining, like about Rory's book etc. The whole three month anniversary thing was good, liked Lorelai ringing Emily and telling her about it, Lorelai's shock at her saying yes was funny, 'The words coming to an end!'

    Luke and Lorelai continue to be friends but seem more interested, then Luke's ex Rachel (The one mentioned in Concert Interruptus) turns up. We didn't see much of this, but we know Luke really likes her, I wonder if she'll be staying. Lane being setup AGAIN was funny, loved the scene at the festival when she walked passed Luke and her dates big family were behind her.

    Lorelai at dinner was funny, it was good to see both her and Richard bored by the man that Emily brought, to set up with Lorelai. He was really annoying actually. I love Emily and Lorelai's rants to each other, really enjoyable. Another highlight was when Lorelai went out the window and Richard let her after she gave him a rather amusing speech.

    Now there's Rory and Dean, they seemed to grow as a couple but I could kind of tell that Dean was really falling for her, the whole 'You look cute' thing. The car thing was nice but then comes on to the 'I love you' Rory's reaction was interesting, while I felt sorry for Dean, I thought

    his comments about Rory talking it over with Lorelai were harsh.

    I mean, come on! Only three months, give her some time. Then Dean asks that they leave and walks off. Rory tells Lorelai at the end, that they have broken up, feel sorry for Rory. Look forward to see how she handles this.moreless
  • Love...

    It's Rory and Dean's three-month anniversary. Emily lets Rory miss Friday dinner, which surprises Lorelai. Lorelai learns why when she goes and there is a blind date waiting for her. Emily thought they would make a good match, but she was wrong as Lorelai sneaks out. There is a celebration going on about who knows what. Luke's ex, Rachel, visits. Rory and Dean break up after Dean says, "I love you." Rory has to think about it.

    This episode was good. I didn't really like it that much. It was interesting seeing Rachel and that Dean and Rory broke up. I never really liked Dean anyway. This episode gets a 9.0 out of 10!moreless
  • Anniversary end up bad

    Two young lovers follow the stars and found each other, that is the origin of Stars Hollow.

    Love is on the air and Lorelai is going crazy, she misses Max. There's a whole celebration going on Friday.

    Rachel comes to town and Luke doesn't believe.

    Friday is also Rory and Dean's 3 months anniversary and he is planning a surprise. So Lorelai asks Emily if Rory can miss the dinner and believe it or not Emily says yes. She arranged a date between Lorelai and some guy, Chase. The whole evening is boring and Lorelai sneaks out the window.

    Rory and Dean have dinner, then he shows her his surprise, he is building her a car. She loves it. But all good must end at some time, he says "I love you" and she freezes. We found later that they broke up.

    Not good I may add. Lets see what comes up next.moreless
  • the town had the annual firelight festival.

    oh man this episode was so good. i was really happy that we got to meet racheal i was hoping that we would be able to meet the person who had luke all tore up when he seen lorelai wearing racheals cloths. to me racheal seemes a lot like lorelai they had similar personalities. i thought the concept of the firelight festival. i was really disappointed in rory that she could not tell dean she loved him. i was sad that he choose to break up with her because she did not say i love you but i could understand why he did it.moreless
Paul Cassell

Paul Cassell

Chase Bradford

Guest Star

Chris LoPrete

Chris LoPrete


Guest Star

Jacqui Maxwell

Jacqui Maxwell


Guest Star

Teal Redmann

Teal Redmann

Louise Grant

Recurring Role

Liz Torres

Liz Torres

Miss Patty

Recurring Role

Michael Winters

Michael Winters

Taylor Doose

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (9)

    • In the beginning of this episode, Miss Patty tells the story of how Stars Hollow came to be. This version is very different than the version told inside the Stars Hollow Museum in "To Live and Let Diorama" in Season 5.

    • When Lorelai is at Luke's and she turns to see Taylor, the handle on her mug and her purse change position.

    • When Lorelai is introduced to Chase there's some talk about Leopold and Loeb. Coincidentally, these are the two names Lorelai chooses for the baby twins she is pregnant with Luke in her dream ("Those lazy-hazy-crazy- days - season 3).

    • Dean tells Rory that their 3 month anniversary falls on Saturday because her birthday was on Saturday and that's when they started dating. However, it is very rare for a date to fall on the same day month to month. That only happens week to week. So in actuality, it was their 12 week anniversary, not their 3 month anniversary.

    • Dean and Rory's first of three break-ups throughout the series.

    • When Dean and Rory are at the restaurant, the waiter hands Rory a paper bag which contains the meatballs for her mother. As Dean and Rory walk hand in hand through the town, Rory is carrying her red purse but no meatballs. They decide to leave the celebration for a while to go to see the second part of the surprise. At this point Rory is still carrying her red purse. As they enter the junkyard, however, Rory is not carrying her red purse. When Rory and Dean leave the junkyard, Rory still does not have her red purse but when she arrives home after the date she has the purse again. In the next episode when she tells her mother about the break up, she is upset because she left the meatballs in the junkyard car but she never actually had the meatballs in the car.

    • At Friday night dinner, Lorelai had just poured herself a full glass of wine. When her and Emily walk away she takes her glass with her and sets it down in the kitchen. She walks back into the room without it and when Chase asks to get her a drink she says Gin. When her dad wants another drink she asks him about his"one drink before dinner rule", so why didn't she bring her drink back with her.

    • The book that Dean is reading at the beginning of the episode, while at the bus stop waiting for Rory, is Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy.

    • At the end when Lorelai and Luke are sitting on the bench, each time the camera angle changes, Lorelai's scarf moves to her knee, and then off her knee, and then back.

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Richard: Emily, I didn't know we were having company for dinner.
      Emily: Oh well, it was just sort of a spur of the moment thing. Chase's mother and I are in the DAR together and he just moved back to Hartford, and it just seemed like a nice idea.
      Lorelai: Yes, very nice.
      Richard: Uh Chase, can I get you a drink?
      Chase: Scotch neat.
      Richard: Uh, Glenfiddich?
      Chase: Fine. So Lorelai, your mother's told me all about you.
      Lorelai: Really?
      Chase: Oh yes. I'm just sorry your daughter couldn't join us for dinner. I adore children.
      Lorelai: Mom, can I talk to you for a minute?
      Emily: Lorelai, we have company.
      Lorelai: It'll just take a second, really.
      Emily: But…
      Lorelai: Come on, it'll be fun. Excuse us. We're just gonna have a spur of the moment conversation. (Lorelai guides Emily to the kitchen)

    • (Lorelai is brushing Rory's hair and tells her about her encounter with Rachel at Luke's)
      Lorelai: "Oh, we got new coffee makers." Ugh! What was I thinking?
      Rory: Well, you spent a lot of time picking out those coffee makers.
      Lorelai: Oh yeah, I'm Mrs. Coffee.
      Rory: Ow! Okay, I'm still attached to the head.
      Lorelai: Okay, sorry. I'm a little worked up.
      Rory: Mom, it just Luke's ex-girlfriend.
      Lorelai: I know. I just hate that I made myself look so stupid in front of…
      Rory: Luke?
      Lorelai: No, Rachel. She was standing there, fresh off a plane, and she had no plane hair at all might I add.
      Lorelai: And what exactly is plane hair?
      Lorelai: You know, it's all big and all…bah.
      Rory: Got it.
      Lorelai: And he's staring at her like she's Miss September and she's looking at him like he's Johnny Depp, and I was just babbling like a moron, what is wrong with me?!
      Rory: Ow! Ow! Okay, you are now officially off hair duty.
      Lorelai: Aw, I'm sorry. I just…
      Rory: No, it's okay. I just think it's a little early for Dean to see me completely bald.
      Lorelai: Right, that's more a six-month thing.

    • (Rory asks Lorelai to call Emily and tell her that she can't make it for Friday night dinner. Lorelai teases Rory while dialing)
      Rory: What?
      Lorelai: Nothing. It's just, "Oh, hey Mom, uh, Rory and Dean are having their three month anniversary on Friday." (She imitates Emily's tone) "Really Lorelai? Why that's wonderful. I'm thrilled."
      Rory: Stop.
      Lorelai: "Three months. Well, woohoo. Hold on, I'm going to cartwheel."
      Rory: Forget it.
      Lorelai: Oh, no wait. She's telling my dad now. Why, I think they're cabbage patching.
      Rory: That's it. Find your own pan.
      Emily: Hello?
      Lorelai: Mom?
      Emily: Lorelai?
      Lorelai: Uh, yes, hi.
      Emily: Hello.
      Lorelai: Hi. How are you doing?
      Emily: I'm doing fine.
      Lorelai: That's good.
      Emily: I'm pleased.
      Lorelai: How's Dad?
      Emily: What do you want Lorelai?
      Lorelai: Um, I was just calling to say hello.
      Emily: And now you have.
      Lorelai: Okay, good.
      Emily: Was there anything else that you wanted to add to that hello?
      Lorelai: Well, as a matter of fact, there is.
      Emily: Ah ha.
      Lorelai: Um, you know Rory.
      Emily: Yes, I believe I do.
      Lorelai: She wanted to say hello too.
      Emily: Lorelai, I'm late for a meeting. I'd love to know why.
      Lorelai: Mom, just hear me out, okay, and don't say anything. Um, see Friday night is Rory and Dean's three-month anniversary, and while that might not seem like a very big deal to you, it is to them. And I'm gonna ask you to do something you are so not gonna wanna do. But I am begging you to look at it from her point of view and maybe, just maybe let her, just this once, not come to dinner on Friday.
      Emily: All right.
      Lorelai: What?
      Emily: Since this is a special occasion, I suppose it would be fine if Rory missed dinner on Friday.
      Lorelai: It would?
      Emily: Yes
      Rory: Mom?
      Lorelai: Are you sure?
      Emily: I believe I am.
      Lorelai: No arguments?
      Emily: No.
      Lorelai: Well, she wont be there.
      Emily: I understand.
      Lorelai: At all.
      Emily: I heard.
      Lorelai: All night long.
      Emily: I assumed as much.
      Lorelai: Okay.
      Emily: Okay.
      Lorelai: All right.
      Emily: Anything else?
      Lorelai: Uh, you know, she's gonna need some help getting ready for the big night Mom, so I should probably.…
      Emily: We'll see you at seven.
      Lorelai: Okay. Right. Bye.

    • Lorelai: I don't know what is wrong with me. This is a beautiful festival. People should be enjoying it.
      Luke: It's a crazy festival based on a nutty myth about two lunatics who in all probability did not even exist and even if they did probably dropped dead of diphtheria before age 24. The town of Stars Hollow probably got its name from a local dance hall prostitute or two rich drunk guys who made up the story to make it look good on a poster.
      Lorelai:: You are full of hate and loathing and I got tell you, I love it!
      Luke: It's so good to have someone to share this hate with.
      Lorelai: My pleasure.
      Luke: More coffee?
      Lorelai: Yeah, please. Hey, tomorrow, if you have time, I'm planning on despising everyone who says, "Hey, how's it going?"
      Luke: You're on.
      (A young woman walks in and greets Luke)
      Woman: Hey, how's it going?
      Lorelai: Oh, now, that's just too easy.
      (Luke turns and sees that it's Rachel standing there)
      Luke: Rachel?
      Lorelai: (to Luke) Rachel? Your Rachel?
      (Lorelai turns around to face her)
      Lorelai: You're Rachel?
      Rachel: Yep, I'm Rachel.

    • (About Dean's and Rory's three month anniversary)
      Rory: Yes it is. But for me to actually partake of the foresaid fancy evening, I have to get out of Friday night dinner.
      Lorelai: Ah.
      Rory: Yeah.
      Lorelai: Good luck with that.
      Rory: Mom!
      Lorelai: Do you know how much Emily Gilmore will not care about your three-month anniversary?
      Rory: I was thinking you could talk to her.
      Lorelai: If there was a runoff between what Emily Gilmore would care about less, a two-for-one toilet paper sale at Costco or your three month anniversary, your anniversary would win, hands down.

    • Rachel: So since we're both being blunt, what's the deal with Lorelai?
      Luke: What are you talking about?
      Rachel: I'm talking about Lorelai, the lady who runs the inn, the one you've told me absolutely nothing about, and been very careful to leave out of every story, anecdote, or gossip about the town.
      Luke: There is no deal with Lorelai. We're friends.
      Rachel: For now?
      Luke: Yes.
      Rachel: And in the future?
      Luke: Well, Lorelai is, she's just uh…I don't know. I mean, at times it seems like, I don't know.

    • Lorelai: So, where's Rachel?
      Luke: She's a founder's party punch junkie.
      Lorelai: God, even the nice girls aren't safe.

    • Lorelai: I miss Max.
      Rory: I know.
      Lorelai: I had a dream about him the other night.
      Rory: Really? Dirty?
      Lorelai: (embarrassed) No, absolutely not. And when you're 21, I'll tell you the real answer.

  • NOTES (5)

  • ALLUSIONS (11)

    • Miss Patty: Who wants to hear about the time I danced in a cage for Tito Puente?

      Tito Puente is a famous and influential jazz and mambo musician.

    • Lorelai: I wanna arrange things on a plate so they look like a pretty little hat. I wanna be the Iron Chef!

      Iron Chef is a television program where two gourmet chefs compete to make the best dishes using the chosen ingredient.

    • Paris: What a shame Elizabeth Barrett Browning wasn't here to witness this. She'd put her head through a wall.

      Elizabeth Barrett Browning is a poetess and writer of one of the most famous opening lines to a poem: "How do I love thee? Let me count the ways."

    • Dean: Uh, did you ever see Christine?

      Chistine is a horror novel by Stephen King about an antique car that is possessed by supernatural forces. It was adapted as a film by John Carpenter in 1983.

    • Lorelai: And he's looking at her like she's Miss September and she's looking at him like he's Johnny Depp.

      Johnny Depp is an actor who is considered one of the sexiest men alive.

    • Rory: Well, that special occasion better include my being relocated to a plastic bubble if my grandmother's going to let me out of dinner.

      The Boy in the Plastic Bubble was a 1976 movie about a boy whose malfunctioning immune system forced him to live in a protective environment which looked like a large plastic bubble.

    • Paris: Right behind Belle Watley.

      Belle Watley was the madam who befriended Rhett Butler in Gone with the Wind.

    • Lorelai: We're having a great conversation, me and Morrie.

      This reference's Mitch Albom's best seller Tuesdays with Morrie which detailed his weekly conversations with his former college professor and mentor Morrie Schwartz.

    • Chase Bradford: I'm no Kreskin.

      The Amazing Kreskin was a famous mentalist who was an entertainment fixture in the 1970s, and who probably served as the inspiration for Johnny Carson's hilarious "Karnak the Magnificent" sketches.

    • Chase Bradford: That's right, Leopold and Loeb.

      Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb were infamous thrill killers who were convicted of the 1924 kidnap and murder of a young boy in Chicago.

    • Episode Title: Star-Crossed Lovers and Other Strangers

      The first part of the title is a reference to William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. In the play's prologue, Shakespeare describes the couple as 'a pair of star-cross'd lovers'. The second part is a reference to the 1969 play Lovers and Other Strangers, adapted into film in 1970.