Gilmore Girls

Season 6 Episode 20

Super Cool Party People

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Apr 25, 2006 on The WB
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Episode Summary

Luke decides to give April a birthday party at the diner. Lorelai volunteers to help, and is hurt when Luke explains that he still thinks it’s too soon for April and Lorelai to meet. However, Luke changes his mind when the party is a disaster, giving Lorelai a chance to bond with April while turning the party into a huge success. Meanwhile, Rory rushes to be with Logan at the hospital after he is seriously injured during a stunt with the Life and Death Brigade.moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • They went about it all wrong!!!

    I feel that when Anna goes off on Luke about the Birthday Party when April called her and told her about the sleepover and Anna was fine with it, at least that is how it comes off in the show. Also all the other girls called their parents and told them and they all seemed fine with it. So I do not understand why Anna went off on Luke, it doesn't make sense to me. If it was me, I wouldn't of had a problem with it. My mom was very protective but at the same time she was laid back and if one of my friends had been in the same situation my mom would of been fine with it. This eposide didn't make since.moreless
  • Good episode, but...

    This was a fun episode, with a good balance of lightheartedness and drama. A couple of things that really bug me, however. Firstly, Lorelai taking a dozen or so girls to the local beauty parlour, giving them each a substantial basket and telling them to fill it with as much stuff as they like. It would cost hundreds, possibly thousands. Who paid? Lorelai? Secondly, the mother of Luke's long-lost child allowing him to host an all-girl sleepover, alone, at his diner. The parents seem to be okay with leaving their daughters with a single man who has only re-entered her life very recently. It's very unlikely.moreless
  • Luke throws April a birthday party and Lorelai helps out, plus Rory goes to see Logan at the hospital after his accident. Another great one but I didn't like Anna's reaction to Lorelai etc.moreless

    I liked both aspects to the episode. I'll start with Rory's as it was more the minor one through the hour. Logan is in the hospital and the ever so caring Rory rushes to his aid. Here we get Rory standing up to Mitchum, a funny scene thanks to Paris and Logan and Rory actually making up. I loved Rory's speech to Mitchum on his voice machine, powerful stuff as he needs to be stood up to, ass.

    Paris finally getting the information was nearly hilarious, so Paris - she's scary but so funny. Hopefully Logan will grow up a bit now. Now onto the main events, April's party. Luke disappointed me when he said no to Lorelai's help and it showed how wrong he is being with her. He was amusing trying to get the party going and it was funny to see him scare all the girls.

    The bathroom part being a highlight. He finally gets Lorelai to help and she's a hit. She clearly knows how to handle these girls and gives them a fun-filled party. I was so happy for Lorelai, she felt involved in April and Luke's life. But then that damn Anna stormed the diner and roared at Luke for letting a 'woman she doesn't even know' spend to with her daughter and friends.

    Get over it Anna, if she knew Lorelai she would never react that way, plus Luke seemed to just resign to the fact that it was 'wrong'. Lorelai does her best and even goes to see Anna who to b fair was understanding but it was painful to see Lorelai so down about the situation.

    So only two episodes to go and still no wedding in sight, will Luke ever get his long overdue wake-up call!?moreless
  • This is one of the episodes that left me aking "Why?". The lack of emotion was a little anti-climactic for me. Was I expecting way too much out of Rory and Logan? Colin and Finn could have shown just a bit more than that.moreless

    When I read the episode summaries of season six and came across the part that Logan gets hurt and Rory rushes to his side before actually seeing the episode I felt anticipation. When I finally acquired season six, all I could think of was this episode. Logan and Rory separating because she is still punishing him over his infidelity and then he lands himself in a hospital; Rory then realizes that she really loves Logan and would not know what to do if he died. Sounds like a total heart wrenching episode, wouldn’t you think? Well I did feel a twinge here and there but where did all the emotion go? I half expected Rory to be in the room with him while he was unconscious, holding his hand and crying. Remember, they parted in not so good terms. One should feel just a little more remorse. Am I being too dramatic here? It’s just that I have seen other episode where Rory shows more emotion. What about when she went to her grandfather and cried because she could not take it anymore? What about her screaming match with Logan at the pub? And then Logan in a hospital does not elicit as much as a tear from her. Yes scolding Colin and Finn was the right thing to do but if I were her, knowing already the kind of guys they are I would expect as much. The indifference that they showed in the episode was expected, I just wasn’t prepared for the hurt puppy look they had on their faces. Yet again, a lack of emotion where there should have been.

    I can’t really say if the episode was well written. There were so many things that could have happened in a better light. A little more drama wouldn’t have hurt; maybe even humanizing it a bit more. Where did the love go? The worry? The caring? I know Rory’s character made it up towards the end of the season but still. I guess I’m just too much of a Logan/Rory fan that my expectations for the characters were just too high.moreless
  • rory is at the hostpital having a tuff time but shes got paris! lorililie (lor) is helping luke prepare for his daughters party wich she ends up taking over

    good, but not very good climax but the hostpital scenes were interesting while the party was right under ( one step below) my favorite part was were rory learns that logans dad is to stuborn to come to the hostpital to see logan and she does a \"paris episode\" but also when ana gets mad becuase she learns a woman shes never met (lor) was what she thought as running the party without luke-a stranger running the party- she is mad. logan looked horrible but im glad he didnt die and is going to make a full recovery and thats about it!!moreless
Alexis Bledel

Alexis Bledel

Rory Gilmore

Lauren Graham

Lauren Graham

Lorelai Gilmore

Matt Czuchry

Matt Czuchry

Logan Huntzberger

Scott Patterson

Scott Patterson

Luke Danes

Liza Weil

Liza Weil

Paris Geller (Episodes 22 - , recurring previously)

Melissa McCarthy

Melissa McCarthy

Sookie St. James

Morgan Matzke

Morgan Matzke


Guest Star

Peter MacKenzie

Peter MacKenzie

Dr. Schultz

Guest Star

Jan Hoag

Jan Hoag


Guest Star

Vanessa Marano

Vanessa Marano

April Nardini

Recurring Role

Alan Loayza

Alan Loayza


Recurring Role

Aris Alvarado

Aris Alvarado


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (9)

    • At the end of the episode, the movie Pretty in Pink is played for the girls.

    • Lorelai finally gets to know April and meets Anna, April's mother, for the first time.

    • SPOILER: This is the last episode we see Luke and Lorelai kissing until the series finale.

    • If you look closely at the props in Anna's shop, you'll spot the same bags that Luke was given to take on the trip to Washington. Since she only sells "one of a kinds" his bag is black, and the remaining bags are all different colors.

    • Anna: So basically, until I'm ready to get married again, she doesn't meet any of the men I date.

      This can only mean that she, like Luke, has already been married before. So apparently April had a stepfather, although this has not been mentioned before on the show.

      This would also clear up the issue of April's uncle, since Anna mentioned that she is an only child.

    • There is a scene with Honor (Logan's sister) at the airport talking to Rory over the phone. As the scene moves back and forth between the two, the motor scooters behind Honor shift around. Specifically, the red Vespa on the left becomes the red Vespa on the right.

    • When Lorelai and Sookie are talking in the kitchen, Sookie said Lorelai had ten shots of vodka at the wedding last night. However, in her drunken and rambling toast, Lorelai claimed she'd had eight.

      It's not impossible to assume that Lorelai had the shots during the parts of the wedding that the audience was not shown. It's not necessary to take shots all in a row, she could have taken two more later.

    • When Lorelai and Sookie are talking in the kitchen, a white bowl of tomatoes (next to the strawberries) keeps appearing and disappearing behind Sookie.

    • After endearing himself as a cool chaperone to April and her friends, Luke is given the nickname "Hagrid," as in the character from the Harry Potter book and movie series. Hagrid, considered Harry's best adult friend, is burly, protective, and a loyal confidant.

  • QUOTES (31)

    • Luke: Never in a million years would I have thought of somethin' like this.
      Lorelai: That's why I'm a yin to your yang.

    • Paris: It means he's out of immediate danger. He's young and healthy and they expect him to make a full recovery.
      Rory: Really? Like, a full recovery, like, he's going to recover? Fully?
      Paris: That's what the doctor told me.

    • Lorelai: (about April's party) Let me be part of it.
      Luke: No.
      Lorelai: Why?
      Luke: Because it's too soon.
      Lorelai: Why is it too soon?
      Luke: Because the minute you get involved in her life, it will be all over for me.
      Lorelai: What? That's ridiculous.
      Luke: No, it's not ridiculous! You're colorful, you're funny. You're practically a cartoon character. Kids love you. I wouldn't want to hang out with me either after meeting someone like you.
      Lorelai: Luke!
      Luke: She'll like you better. That's just a fact.
      Lorelai: But you're her dad.
      Luke: Yes. I am her dad, and this is the way I want it to be.

    • Lorelai: April, you look great!
      April: Lisa says I have excellent bone structure.
      Lorelai: Oh, well, I agree.
      April: So it's not weird when someone compliments your skull?
      Lorelai: No, a woman takes any compliment that comes her way.
      April: Got it.

    • Girl: Hey, Lorelai, check this out. (closes her eyes and reveals a set of painted-on eyes on the inside of her eyelids)
      Lorelai: Ew. Cool, your eyes have eyes!
      Girl: Freaky, right?
      Lorelai: Yeah. You could fall asleep in class, and nobody would ever know!

    • April: (telling Lorelai what color she wants for her cheek drawing) Purple. I'm obsessed with purple. Probably because I'm obsessed with "Harold and the Purple Crayon." I know I'm too old, but it's still, like, one of my all-time favorite books.
      Lorelai: That's okay. I'm too old for US Weekly, but that never stopped me.

    • Lorelai: You look older, wiser.
      Luke: Well I did spend a lot of time squinting at historical documents.
      Lorelai: That's what it is, Constitution-face.
      Luke: Well, I brought you something.
      Lorelai: Aw, did you steal me the Constitution? Cause that could be the start of a really dumb movie.

    • Rory: Hey.
      Logan: So my dad just left.
      Rory: I saw.
      Logan: I can't believe he actually visited. And he was only moderately hostile, slightly condescending and no more self-centered than usual.
      Rory: Well, its good that he came. Good for him. You feeling any better?
      Logan: I am. Of course, that could have something to do with the 27 different medications they have me jacked up on.
      Rory: I checked with the doctor. It's mostly cough syrup and baby aspirin.
      Logan: What's wrong? I'm feeling better. (Rory looks away upset) What?
      Rory: I'm sorry
      Logan: About what?
      Rory: About letting you go on this trip. I should have stopped you. I was just so busy being mad at you, I didn't think I was trying to punish you, but I was trying to punish you.
      Logan: No, Rory
      Rory: I should have stopped you.
      Logan: Hey, you couldn't have stopped me. A team of psychiatrists with tranquilizer guns couldn't have stopped me. I was going no matter what. It's my fault. Do not feel guilty about this.
      Rory: I just you out the door. I didn't even care. I was so cold. I just....I could have lost you.
      Logan: You didn't lose me.
      Rory: But I could have, though.
      Logan: Look, I'm the one screwing things up with us here, not you. I'm sorry you're in the hospital right now. I'm sorry about all of this. I don't know what is going on with me, but I'll get better. OK? Things will calm down, I just need you to bear with me, OK? OK?
      Rory: OK (Rory holds Logan's hand and runs her other hand through his hair. Logan smiles back at her)

    • Anna: I can't believe you did this, Luke. You said you wanted to throw her a party. YOU.
      Luke: Yeah, I did. I threw her a party.
      Anna: No. You had your girlfriend throw her a party. A girlfriend I don't know, a girlfriend I've never even met!

    • Anna: April told me you spent the night downstairs.
      Luke: Well, yeah, I slept in the storage closet, I thought it would be a little weird--
      Anna: So while you were sleeping downstairs, your girlfriend was upstairs with the girls?
      Luke: Well, yeah.
      Anna: How am I supposed to explain that to the girls' parents? How do I tell them that I left their kids all alone with a woman I've never even met? Who does that?

    • Anna: (about April) I need her to have stability.
      Lorelai: Right. But Luke and I, we're engaged. We are stable.
      Anna: Engaged isn't married. People get engaged all the time.
      Lorelai: Look, this isn't something casual, me and Luke. It's not anything we're rushing into, by any means. This has been a long time coming, a long time. This is real.
      Anna: Well, that's wonderful. I'm really happy for you, but that doesn't change anything.

    • Anna: Look, I'm sure you're a great person.
      Lorelai: I am. I have references.
      Anna: But I'm a single mom here. I can't play fast-and-slow with the people in my kid's life.
      Lorelai: I completely understand. I'm a single mom myself.
      Anna: Okay, then you get it. I mean, what if April decided she likes you? What if she becomes attached to you? What if you become her best friend in the entire world, and then one day you just disappear?
      Lorelai: Well, that's not gonna happen.
      Anna: You don't know that. You can't guarantee it, and I can't take that chance.

    • Anna: You said you're a single parent, too.
      Lorelai: I have a daughter, just like you.
      Anna: Do you get at all where I'm coming from?
      Lorelai: (long pause) I do.

    • Lorelai: I just wanted you to meet me so could see that you don't have anything to worry about with April.
      Anna: She's a 13-year-old girl; I always have something to worry about.

    • Anna: (to Lorelai) Luke just came into April's life. I'm still nervous about that. Luke's not a kid guy, never has been, and she's getting very attached. I need to make sure he's sticking around first. And then, when you two are married, we'll deal with that then. I'm not trying to be a hard-ass here; April is my world. I don't know if my way is the right way, but I have to go with my gut. This is how I want to do it.

    • Anna: If I can't trust you, Luke, then this arrangement is not gonna work. April is not a sweater that you're borrowing--she's my kid! And I need to know where she is and who she's with ALWAYS.
      Luke: I know. I'm sorry. You can trust me, I swear.
      Anna: You know what? I am too mad, I can't even look at you. (turns and leaves)

    • Lorelai: You know, I met you briefly earlier. You were filling salt and pepper shakers.
      April: I remember. You were dressed in all black and had really blue eyes, not quite as blue today, but I think that's just the light.
      Lorelai: These irises are all natural, baby!

    • April: So, you have a daughter, right?
      Lorelai: Yes. Rory.
      April: That's good. You'd be wasted on a son.
      Lorelai: I'll take that as a compliment.
      April: It is. You know, you remind me of my mom.

    • Sookie: What is Stars Hollow if not a haven for colorful characters?

    • (Over the phone)
      Paris: Larry Summers is right, Rory. The university system is crumbling. Did you know that?
      Rory: Paris -
      Paris: I just found out that my microbiology final is an open-book exam. Can you believe that? I mean, why take the test at all? Why not just have our professors take it for us? Or better yet, they could just hand us our diplomas the moment we step on campus freshman year, along with some government cheese, a bong, and a T-shirt that says "Hard work is for suckers".

    • Lorelai: So now, what did I do in front of the camera?
      Sookie: Well, when you spotted the videographer you got suddenly very excited to film your audition tape for America's Next Top Model.
      Lorelai: Oh my God!
      Sookie: Yeah.
      Lorelai: I thought that was a dream!
      Sookie: It wasn't.
      Lorelai: The posing, the strutting, the inappropriate gyrating?
      Sookie: All caught on video and several of Zach's buddies' camera phones.
      Lorelai: Why didn't you stop me?
      Sookie: I tried, we all tried, but you were on a mission. You kept saying, "I'm not here to make friends! I want to win!" And then after that...
      Lorelai: There's an "after that"?
      Sookie: You tried to start a limbo contest, a poker game, and a secret club for super cool party people only. None of those things really, you know, took off, especially the limbo considering your choice of limbo stick was
      Together: Zach's great-uncle's cane.

    • Sookie: I'm kinda sad I wasn't at the party. I feel like I missed out.
      Lorelai: I thought you might feel that way, so I brought you some leftovers.
      (Lorelai reveals a plastic bag of goodies and gives it to Sookie)
      Lorelai: Bonne Bell Lip Smackers, anyone?
      Sookie: No!
      Lorelai: Yes. We got Original, Glitter Gloss, Grape Crush, and Dr. Pepper.
      (Sookie takes a lip gloss out and starts using it)
      Sookie: Mmm, I feel like I'm 15 again. Jackson's so getting under my bra tonight!
      (Lorelai brings her hands to her mouth and giggles)
      Lorelai: Oh, my God!
      (Sookie starts giggling with Lorelai in fake teen-like hysterics)

    • Lorelai: I forgot how much fun it could be just to put makeup on, y'know? It's become so pragmatic, such drudgery. It's like, all we use it for now is to look better.
      Sookie: And why would the two of us need to look better?
      Lorelai: Exactly. I mean, whatever happened to the questionably attractive glories of Wet 'N Wild blue eye shadow or crimping irons?
      Sookie: Remember Sun-In and Aqua Net and Bonne Bell Lip Smackers? Oh, I used to love Bonne Bell Lip Smackers!
      Lorelai: Well, who doesn't love lip gloss that doubles as a necklace? And they smelled so great.
      Sookie: Ooh, except once, I had the chocolate fudge-flavored one and in Study Hall, Trevor Fink ate the whole thing.
      Lorelai: No.
      Sookie: And then he threw it up all over my copy of The Red Badge of Courage
      Lorelai: Well, we all had a Trevor Fink in our lives.

    • Lorelai: All right, girls. Um, you're about to meet someone very special to me. Her name is Molly Ringwald. Now, I know you don't know who that is, but suffice it to say, she is my generation's Audrey Hepburn. And I know you don't know who that is either, but trust me, you're gonna love her. And yes, that is the guy from Two and a Half Men. All right, enjoy.
      (Kirk starts the projection of the movie, "Pretty in Pink")

    • Lorelai: All right, everybody! Line up single-file behind us.
      April: Oh, we already went to the bathroom.
      Lorelai: Oh, I know. This is going to be so much better.

    • Luke: What can I get you, Kirk?
      Kirk: How about a steaming cup of Chicory coffee?
      Luke: It's not on the menu, Kirk.
      Kirk: I know. It's on the sign.
      (Kirk points to a sign reading "How about a steaming cup of Chicory coffee?" behind Luke's head. Luke turns and sees it)
      Luke: That's a mistake.
      (Luke quickly takes the sign down)
      Kirk: Well, now all I can think about is Chicory coffee. I'm very susceptible to signage.
      Luke: Well, come back when you're susceptible to ordering off the menu.
      (Luke walks back over towards Lorelai)
      Luke: You want anything?
      (Looking behind Luke's head at another informative sign)
      Lorelai: How about a nice plate of chicken fingers?

    • (Rory's phone call to Mitchum Hunztburger after she discovers he has no intention of visiting Logan in hospital)
      Rory: Mitchum Hunztburger? Yes, it's Rory Gilmore. I just thought I'd call and remind you that Logan is lying in a hospital bed with a partially collapsed lung and a whole host of other potentially life-threatening injuries. And I'm figuring a guy like you, surrounded by nothing but a bunch of terrified sycophants, might not have someone in his life with the guts to tell him what an incredibly selfish, narcissistic ass he's been. So I thought I'd jump on in: swallow your pride, get in your car and come down here and see your son! Now!!

    • (Lorelai walks into the diner)
      Luke: Thank God! Someone sane.

    • Luke: Where's the stuff?
      Lorelai: What stuff?
      Luke: The party stuff.
      Lorelai: Oh my God I left the circus elephants in my car and I didn't crack a window.

    • Sookie: Super Cool Party People bid you Super Cool Adieu!
      (Lorelai looks confused)
      Sookie: That's how you said goodbye to everyone at the party.
      Lorelai: Super.

    • Lorelai: You didn't plan any activities?
      Luke: It's a birthday party, I thought that was the activity!
      Lorelai: Oh, Luke.

  • NOTES (4)

    • Music:

      House of Freak's "40 Years" sung by Grant Lee Phillips. Town square as people walk past
      -"Our Lips Are Sealed" by The Go-Go's Music playing when the girls enter the beauty shop.
      -"I Won't Grow Up" by Rickie Lee Jones
      -"Tropical Ice-Land" by The Fiery Furnaces
      -"Pretty In Pink" by The Psychedelic Furs Music playing at the birthday party.
      -"Castle Of Spirits" Song sung by the girls at the slumber family
      -"Slung-Lo" by Erin McKeown Music playing in Anna's Store.

    • French episode title: "Joyeux Anniversaire April", meaning "Happy Birthday April".

    • This episode drew 4,98 million viewers.

    • Keiko Agena (Lane), Edward Herrmann (Richard) and Kelly Bishop (Emily) do not appear in this episode.


    • Lorelai chooses to introduce April and her friends to the film Pretty in Pink for the very first time at the birthday party. This movie, which was made in 1986 and stars Molly Ringwald and Jon Cryer, is about a high school good girl who falls for a preppy guy.

    • April expresses her obsession with Harold and the Purple Crayon
      . This is an children's book written by Crockett Johnson and is considered a feast for the imagination. It is about a little boy who takes a purple crayon with him on an adventure where he draws everything he sees.

    • Lorelai: That's okay, I'm way too old for US Weekly, but that never stopped me.

      US Weekly is a popular magazine that chronicles the weekly goings-on of various celebrities.

    • Anna: (to Luke) They're beginning to call you Hagrid.

      Hagrid is the friendly half-giant Harry befriends in the Harry Potter series.

    • Sookie: Well, when you spotted the videographer you got suddenly very excited to film your audition tape for America's Next Top Model.

      America's Next Top Model is a reality show that currently comes on UPN (and will be on The CW as well). The contestants compete, usually by displaying various forms of fashion, to be crowned top model by Tyra Banks.

    • Lorelai: And yes, that is the guy from Two and a Half Men. All right, enjoy.
      (Kirk starts the projection of the movie, "Pretty In Pink.")

      This is in reference to actor Jon Cryer, who played Ducky in "Pretty in Pink," and also starred as Alan Harper on the TV sitcom, Two and a Half Men.

    • Lorelai: It's like betting on Secretariat.

      Secretariat was a legendary race horse who won the Triple Crown in 1973.