Gilmore Girls

Season 2 Episode 19

Teach Me Tonight

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Apr 30, 2002 on The WB
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Episode Summary

Lorelai's complaint about Taylor's choice for "Movie in the Square Night" lands her the responsibility for picking the evening's entertainment, but her enthusiasm for the task is quickly dampened when Taylor informs her that she must make a choice from a list of free movies which doesn't include any masterpieces; against her better judgment, Lorelai agrees to Luke's request that Rory tutor an about-to-flunk-out Jess; Rory and Jess decide to take a break from studying to get some ice cream, and with Jess behind the wheel, get into a car accident which leaves Rory with a broken wrist and a totaled car; a distraught Lorelai blames Luke for the accident, creating a serious rift in their relationship; Christopher arrives in the middle of the night ready to go after Jess, but he's already left Stars Hollow to return home; Kirk's short film premieres at Movie Night.moreless

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  • Movie Night

    It's Movie night in Starts Hollow and trying to prevent for seeing the same movie for the 4th time, Lorelai argues with Taylor and now she is the one who decides the movie.

    Jess is failing school on propose and Luke is called to the Principal's office for a chat. He realizes he must figure something out to help Jess.

    He thinks of Rory, she could be Jess' tutor, she says yes.

    What starts as a study night ends up with a trip to the hospital. Rory and Jess go for ice cream and get into an accident...

    Jess is fine but Rory fractures her wrist, the car is really bad.

    Lorelai calls Chris and he shows up.

    Luke and Lorelai fight and later she finds out that Luke send Jess away.

    I got the impression that Chris is not with Sherrie or that they may been having some problems...moreless
  • Rory is asked to tutor Jess. Another great one ...

    I liked this, it wasn't what I was expecting but it was still great. Rory and Jess continue to connect, this time because Luke asks Rory to tutor Jess as a favour to him. Lorelai confronts Luke about this but agrees that Rory can do even though she is hesitant. The school/pencil thing with Lane and Jess was funny.

    When being tutored Jess continues to show that he likes Rory, but does do anything to do with studying. Rory gets irritated, done well, but gives in to go and get some ice-cream. In the car, there chemistry is very high. There is one moment where they stare at each other for like a minute, you can just tell they have feelings for each other.

    But they get into a crash (Which we don't see) and Lorelai is mortified and rushes to the hospital. Her conversation with the woman behind the desk was great, very her. Rory has only fractured her wrist but Lorelai still storms into Luke's searching for Jess,. who she is obviously furious with.

    Her argument was Luke was really engrossing but also painful to watch because of how much they like each other, the 'go to hell' bit on Lorelai's part being the worst bit. Christopher's return was good I guess, shows he is a good father. His argument with Lorelai (From, It Should've Been Lorelai) is resolved. Lane putting the sticker on her cast was amusing.

    Kirk's film was just plain weird and was awful, but funny. The end was good, we overhear Mrs Patty and Babette talking about Luke sending Jess. The Gilmore Girls hear and sit in silence. Wonder what Dean will think of this ...?moreless
  • This was a really good Rory and Jess episode!!

    Jess is going to flunk out of school if he doesn't start trying in school. So Luke decides to ask Rory to help tutor him. She agrees and when she comes, Jess will do anything but study. He agrees that if they go get ice cream, he will study. When they are driving, they get into an accident and Rory breaks her wrist. Lorelai rushes to the hospital when called and when Rory is in X-rays, she yells at Luke, saying it was his fault for taking Jess in. meanwhile, Lorelai has to decide on the movie for the town movie fest.

    I loved the episode Rory-Jess wise, but i didn't like Lorelai. i know she was just being protective, but since I'm a Rory-Jess fan, i didn't like how she totally blamed Jess and yelled at Luke. I felt bad for Jess because he looked so sad on the bridge!moreless
  • Gilmore Girls again shows us how great life is and how important is to have someone on your side when the life is hard.

    The episode started like nothing much was happening.A typicxal day at Stars Hollow.Teylor decides to picj again the same movie but Lorelai hepls him picking another.I thought that nothing much will happen in this episode but I was excited to see it coming when Luke asked Rory if she can teach Jess.The teaching was great-Rory's desperately trying to teach him and Jess's doing anything but studying.When they go for an ice cream,they crash.Lorelai is so mad at Jess that she goes to Luke and tells him everything-how everybody in Stars Hollow hates him,taht he is a thread and needs to get out of the town.Lorelai and Luke fights.Luke finds Jess alone near the river sitting and smoking.Rory breaks her wrist and needs to rest.It was so warm to see Lorekai and Chris sleeping in Rory's room and looking after her.At the end of the episode when Lorelai,Rory and Chris go to the movies with the whole town's people they hear Paty gossiping about Luke sending Jess back to home.So sad.And the looks on Rory and Lorelai's faces were awesome.moreless
  • A very important continuation of the growing love triangle story arc and the maturation of Rory.

    I have just started watching Gilmore Girls from the beginning on ABC Family and this story arc is very revealing. We are finally seeing Rory act like a "normal" teenage girl. Discovering love and loyality. She is confused and inexperienced. She has begun to lie and be deceitful. But this just shows more of her innocence and purity. While I don't like the treatment of the Dean character, Jess also forces the love trianle between Luke, Lori and Christopher. Yes, Jess is bad influence and misunderstood but he is very much like a young Christopher. And just as Emily wanted to choose a man for Lori, Lori wants Rory to choose Dean. I really love that fact that Dean isn't portrayed as a "bad guy" (even though he was treated just as badly as Jess when he first moved to Stars hollow). While it is the two love triangles and the maturing of Rory that are key to this episode(s), we all know that it is Kirk's short film that steals the show!moreless
Mary Lynn Rajskub

Mary Lynn Rajskub

Girl in Kirk's Film

Guest Star

Lawrence-Hilton Jacobs

Lawrence-Hilton Jacobs

Mr. Merten

Guest Star

Richard Topol

Richard Topol


Guest Star

David Sutcliffe

David Sutcliffe

Christopher Hayden

Recurring Role

Sean Gunn

Sean Gunn

Kirk Gleason

Recurring Role

Liz Torres

Liz Torres

Miss Patty

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (13)

    • In the opening scene where Lorelai and Rory are shopping at Doose's Market, when they get to the checkout the box of 'Kraft Easy Mac n' Cheese' is clearly standing upright, yet a split-second later, when Taylor picks up the basket, it has managed to turn itself on its side. Also, it goes from Rory sliding the basket along the counter to it being in Taylor's hands as the camera angle moves, when there was clearly no time for Taylor to have taken the basket from Rory.

    • When Rory is in the car with Jess after getting ice cream, it's obvious that the images outside the window are on a loop. The same white car passes Jess's side of the car more than once and you can see the same cars passing along Rory's side as well.

    • While Kirk tells Lorelai about his self-made movie, Kirk refers to several of his jobs:
      Kirk: It's true. Don't get me wrong, I love the blue collar work. I enjoy the plight of the every man. But as much as the mailed letter delivered and the DSL line installed and the latest J. Lo flick rented fills me with a deep sense of pride, in my soul I am Akira Kurosawa.

      But he was not the DSL installer. It was the same actor (Sean Gunn), but another character: Mick as seen in Season 1, episode 2.

    • All the movie descriptions that Lorelai and Rory read from Taylor's huge binder, Arctic Flight, Where Are Your Children?, for example, are actual B-movies from the '40s and '50s.

    • The book that Jess is reading throughout the episode is "Slaughterhouse Five" by Kurt Vonnegut.

    • If you watch closely when Jess is doing the magic trick with the table cloth, you can see a flash of the apple when he is waving the cloth around.

    • The principal at Stars Hollow High tells Luke that Jess stole every single baseball in the school, but he never specifies how many. However, in a later scene, Luke asks Jess what he could possibly need with 500 baseballs. Where did he get the number 500?

      Possible explanation: Luke attended the same high school when he was young. Actually he was on the track team (we find this out in the 3rd season, ep.4 One's Got Class and the Other One Dyes) so he might know the inner workings of the school.

    • When Lorelai is talking about Kirk's film she says, "He raps later," when really, the film ends after Kirk's dance when the family is going to eat.

    • Chris calls Rory at 6:45 am on a Wednesday. How ever, in the previous episode "It should've been Lorelai", Sherry says that Chris and Rory's phonedates are on Wednesdays at 7 o'clock in the evening. Did they suddenly change from evenings to mornings?

    • Whe Kirk is talking to Lorelai about his film he says that he can cut out the "hells" but he must keep the "damns" for his street cred. However, when the film is shown in the square the word "damn" is not said once.

    • When Chris says he's going to make coffee he takes the coffee pot to fill it with water but it clearly half full of water. He walks to the water cooler fills the coffee pot but as he is coming back to the counter it has the same amount as before and he never poured out the old water.

    • When Lorelai is talking to Taylor about Movie in the Square night there is a woman in red who picks up a bottle of salad dressing and puts it into her basket. When the scene switches back to Taylor the woman again puts a bottle of salad dressing into her basket.

    • When Rory and Jess are driving back to Luke's from the ice cream shop, the image through the back window of the car is of a highway with a bunch of cars behind them.

  • QUOTES (24)

    • Information on the blackboard at Lanes and Jess's school test: "There is nothing fascinating on you palm, on your shoe, under your desk, on the floor."

    • Lorelai: Where are you going?
      Luke: I'm going to go find Jess.
      Lorelai: Yeah, well, I'll tell you one place he's not. He's not in the emergency room getting his arm plastered up!
      Luke: Hey! I am sorry about Rory. You know I care more about her than I do myself. But at least you know where Rory is, and at least you know that she's okay. Now I have to go find Jess, and I have to make sure that he's okay, so if that cuts into your screaming time, then that's just too damn bad!
      Lorelai: Go to hell!
      Luke: Right back at ya!

    • Luke: Was Jess hurt?
      Lorelai: No, Luke. Jess did the hurting. That little punk nephew of yours almost killed my kid tonight!

    • Luke: I asked you if anyone was hurt.
      Lorelai: Was anyone hurt? Well, let's see, Rory is in the hospital right now with a fractured wrist, so yeah, I'd say someone was hurt!

    • Jess: Okay, well, I'll be right over there when you are. I just can't wait for that learning to begin. Hey, are we gonna do some of those Schoolhouse Rocks songs?
      Rory: I'll be right there, Jess.
      Jess: 'Cause they say if you just make learning fun. . .
      Lorelai: Give us a minute, okay?
      Jess: Well, hurry – a mind is a terrible thing to waste.

    • Luke: Uh, I made some brownies, I thought you might like some.
      Lorelai: Oh, gee, since I just ate half a bag of marshmallows, six Pop Tarts, four bagel dogs and a really stale Cheese Nip – yup, it's brownie time, thanks. Hey, here's a question for you.
      Luke: Yeah?
      Lorelai: Well, you probably have a diner full of people who would love these brownies – plus, I bet they'd pay you for 'em.
      Luke: Well, I accidentally dropped triple the amount of cocoa powder in the batter so I either had to dump the batch or find someone with some sort of superhuman chocolate tolerance – only one name came to mind.
      Lorelai: God, I love being special.

    • (During a test. Jess asked Lane for a pen and she said that there was one in her backpack)
      Jess: My mother told me never go through a lady's bag. . .at least, not until you're a couple blocks away. I'm just kidding, she never said that. Though it sounds like pretty good advice, doesn't it?
      Lane: Take it and shut up. (She hands him a pen)
      Jess: Well, I tell you, it's true – small towns sure are friendly.

    • Rory: They're not going to fire Dean.
      Lorelai: Really, why not?
      Rory: Well, for starter's, someone stole Taylor's ladder last week and Dean is the only one who can reach the top shelves.
      Lorelai: Huh, interesting.
      Rory: What?
      Lorelai: Just as Marty, aka Eve Harrington, shows up trying to take Dean's job, Taylor's ladder mysteriously disappears, suddenly making Dean invaluable no matter what fancy tricks Lon Chaney Junior over there pulls. Good thinking, Dean – smart thinking, my friend.
      Rory: You need to start napping in the afternoons.

    • Lorelai: I hate crossword puzzles. They make me feel stupid.
      Rory: Then don't do 'em.
      Lorelai: Well, but if you don't do them, you're not only stupid, you're also a coward.
      Rory: Or you have better things to do with your time.
      Lorelai: You think people will buy that?
      Rory: The people who line up on a daily basis and ask you if you do crossword puzzles and then, when you say no, challenge you as to why? Yes, I think they will buy it.

    • Lorelai: (To the nurse in the hospital) Hey, do you remember in Terms of Endearment that scene where Shirley MacLaine is in the hospital and freaks out because they won't giver her daughter a shot? She got that from me and she toned it down a little.

    • (Settling down to sleep in Rory's room)
      Lorelai: Good night.
      Rory: Freak of side show proportions.
      Lorelai: I love you, too.

    • Jess: Pick a card.
      (Rory takes the cards from him and tosses them on the floor)
      Jess: Huh. Well that just made the trick a little bit harder.

    • Christopher: I'm going to need a picture of this Jess so I don't accidentally rip off the head of the wrong kid, because that would be bad.

    • Rory: Mom?
      Lorelai: Shh! The chair is trying to sleep.

    • Lorelai: So, there was an ambulance?
      Rory: Yes, there was.
      Lorelai: Did they use the sirens?
      Rory: Uh-huh.
      Lorelai: Ooh, I hope Taylor was already in bed!

    • Kirk: I don't know if you know this about me, but I have a very creative mind.
      Lorelai: I did not know that about you, Kirk.
      Kirk: It's true.

    • Taylor: You're not serious?
      Lorelai: Not often, but just there – yeah, I had some serious going.

    • Rory: We're studying.
      Jess: You're studying. I'm prying into your personal life.

    • Kirk: Ah, Lorelai, good. I need one minute of your time.
      Lorelai: I'll give you two because you scare me.

    • Jess: (about Rory) I made sure she was okay.
      Luke: I know you did.

    • Lorelai: So, how are you feeling?
      Rory: Haunted by the sight of Kirk's bare chest.

    • Luke: Look, I'm sure it was an accident. Accidents happen.
      Lorelai: Not when my kid's in the car, they don't!

    • Mr. Merten: Every baseball on campus seems to have disappeared.
      Luke: Oh, come on, you don't think Jess seriously... I'll check when I get home.

    • Christopher: This town is like one big outpatient mental institution.
      Lorelai: Glad you could join us.

  • NOTES (6)

    • German episode title: "Nachhilfe", meaning "Private Lessons".

      French episode title: "Cours Particulier", meaning "A Private Lesson".

    • Milo Ventimiglia (Jess) stated that this was one of his favorite episodes to film, because he and Alexis Bledel (Rory) were just goofing off and having fun that night.

    • Jess' Book List:
      Please Kill Me by Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain

    • Lorelai: I hate crossword puzzles. They make me feel stupid.

      This is ironic because Lauren Graham (Lorelai) did several crossword puzzles on the set of Gilmore Girls every day during shooting.

    • Kelly Bishop (Emily Gilmore), Edward Herrmann (Richard Gilmore), Yanic Truesdale (Michel Gerard), Jared Padalecki (Dean Forester), and Liza Weil (Paris Geller) do not appear in this episode.

    • Music:
      "White Lines" by Grandmaster and Melle Mel
      "Car Song" by Elastica

  • ALLUSIONS (20)

    • Lorelai: Hey, do you remember in Terms of Endearment that scene where Shirley MacLaine...


      Terms of Endearment is a 1983 movie based on a novel about a mother/daughter pair and their relationship through ups and downs and romantic entanglements.

    • Lorelai: Okay, I have now finished going through every single one of these movies. I've read them, reviewed their merits, and I'm proud to announce that I have chosen our movie. How does The Yearling sound to you?
      Rory: Perfect.
      Lorelai: And buh-bye.
      (There is a knock at the door)
      Lorelai: Oh, that must be Pauline Kael rising from the dead.
      Rory: Tell her hey.
      (Lorelai gets up to answer the door to find Luke standing there with a box of brownies)
      Lorelai: Pauline!

      Pauline Kael was a film critic who published her movie reviews in The New Yorker magazine from 1968-1991. She died in 2001.

    • Rory: I'm going to be a journalist.
      Jess: Paula Zahn?
      Rory: Christiane Amanpour.

      Paula Zahn is an anchor for CNN. Christiane Amanpour is an international correspondent for CNN.

    • Rory: The stuff they gave me at the hospital made me a little dopey.
      Lorelai: My little Marianne Faithfull.

      1960's singer/songwriter Marianne Faithfull was known for her drug use.

    • Episode Title: Teach Me Tonight

      Teach Me Tonight is the name of a song by Sammy Cahn & Gene DePaul, recorded by Frank Sinatra, Jo Stafford, and others.

    • Lorelai: You have your CD player, assorted CDs. Stan Freeberg.

      Stan Freeberg is a radio comedian, recording artist and influential adman.

    • Rory: Do not give me that "I'm so misunderstood" Kurt Cobain-y thing.

      Kurt Cobain was the lead singer of the grunge band Nirvana. He committed suicide at the age of 27, leaving behind his wife Courtney Love, lead singer of Hole, and his daughter. So later in this scene when Jess says, "So Courtney, what about you?" he's calling Rory, Courtney to his Kurt.

    • Rory: You've tired to explain to me how on earth Coldplay could be considered an alternative band.

      British band known for writing beautiful, simple songs that gently pull at the heartstrings of a nation. Their debut album, Parachutes, hit number 1 in Britain and they were soon after called Band of the Year in 2000.

    • Rory: It's the words to a Clash song.

      British punk rock band popular in the 70s and early 80s.

    • Lorelai: Honey, let George Clooney talk here.

      Handsome actor and at the time of this episode, star of the hit TV series E.R. where he played an E.R. pediatrician, Doug Ross. Rory is being treated by a handsome E.R. physician so Lorelai makes an obvious reference to George Clooney.

    • Jess: A mind is a terrible thing to waste.

      It has been the slogan since 1971 of The United Negro College Fund and used to raise funds to aid in the education of African American students.

    • Jess: Are we gonna do some of the School House Rocks songs?

      School House Rocks was a series of animated educational shorts on ABC which presented songs illustrating various subjects for rote memory. These include multiplication tables, history, science and grammar concepts.

    • Lorelai: I'm not What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? yet, thank you.

      Cult classic film starring Bette Davis as a former child star long forgotten and Joan Crawford as her more famous actress sister, who is confined to a wheelchair and forced to endure Jane's torment. SCTV did a great parody of this film in the skit What Ever Happened to Baby Ed?, where the Ed Grimmly character (played by Martin Short) was confined in the wheelchair and his brother (played by John Candy) tormented him.

    • Kirk: In my soul, I am Akira Kurosawa ... In my soul, I know I am Asaad Kelada.

      Akira Kurosawa is considered one of Japan's and the world's best directors. His Seven Samurai is a classic and was remade into The Magnificent Seven. His movie The Hidden Fortress was a major source of inspiration for Star Wars (1977). Obi-Wan Kenobi was modeled after a Samurai warrior, and C-3PO and R2-D2 are derived from a couple of petty crooks he conscripted to help rescue a princess. Two characters in the Japanese film were split to produce four in Star Wars: aspects of Toshirô Mifune's samurai character became Ben Kenobi and Han Solo; and aspects of the Princess's character became Luke and Leia (early production art exists showing a female lead character rather than Luke).
      Asaad Kelada is a television director who primarily works with sitcoms. He has directed episodes for various sitcoms including The Facts of Life, Night Court and Everybody Loves Raymond.

    • Lorelai: Well, at least I know how Snow Dogs got made.

      2002 movie starring Oscar winner Cuba Gooding Jr. as a Miami dentist who inherits an Alaskan dog sled team and must learn to race them or lose them to a cantankerous mountain man.

    • Lorelai: Charge them a fortune, gouge them on bottled water, have those really little disgusting bathrooms. It'll be like our own Woodstock.

      The original Woodstock in 1969 started out as a for profit concert designed for 50,000 people. However, between 400,000 and 500,000 people showed up for the 3 day concert and it soon turned into one of the largest free concerts in the world. It became a symbol of the anti-war movement and many of the popular folk singers at that time performed there. In 1999, the 30 year anniversary of Woodstock, music promoters decided to captialize on the anniversary and had their own 3 day concert. The ticket prices were $150 for the three day concert and people were not allowed to bring in their own food or water. Although there were public water fountains, many of these were vandalized or inaccessible due to people guarding them. Poor sanitation, lack of water and high heat lead to violence, looting and sexual assault.

    • Lorelai: Never saw it. Angie Dickinson?

      Angie Dickinson is an actress who is probably best known for her role as the sexy Sergeant Suzanne 'Pepper' Anderson in Police Woman (1974-1978). That show was the precursor to Charlie's Angels and could be considered to be the start of jiggle TV. She also played the grandmother in Pay it Forward.

    • Lorelai: Just as Marty, a.k.a. Eve Harrington, shows up trying to take Dean's job, Taylor's ladder mysteriously disappears, suddenly making Dean invaluable, no matter what fancy tricks Lon Chaney Jr. over there pulls.

      Eve Harrington was Anne Baxter's character in the classic 1950s film All About Eve, who gets to maneuver her way into then steal for herself the life and career of Broadway star Margo Channing, played by Bette Davis.
      Lon Chaney Jr. was a character actor whose career was mostly overshadowed by his more famous father, the silent film star Lon Chaney.

    • Lorelai: Marty does the jar twirl before putting the salsa in the bag. Very impressive. Very Cocktail.

      Cocktail is the 1988 film in which Tom Cruise plays a cocky New York bartender, who earns his popularity through flashy drink making performances such as twirling and juggling bottles.

    • Jess: As you wish.

      In The Princess Bride Buttercup's true love Wesley always says, "As you wish" to her, which is his way of saying, "I love you" to her.