Gilmore Girls

Season 4 Episode 9

Ted Koppel's Big Night Out

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Nov 18, 2003 on The WB
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Rory and Paris have lunch at Yale with Richard, who introduces them to his friend, Professor Asher Fleming; during Friday night dinner Lorelai asks for an invitation to the Yale-Harvard game; the Gilmores tailgate in style. Emily is upset when Richard's college girlfriend shows up. Lorelai takes Jason up on his invitation to dinner. Rory walks back to the dorm after the game and is shocked to see there is a new man in Paris' life.moreless

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  • Potty Time!!!

    I never understand why they have to go use public restrooms when they have that big fancy RV sitting there!!!????
  • Yale vs Harvard football game!!!

    That was really good episode. I liked the football game event and how everyone was excited about it.

    The best parts of the episode were the ones with Emily and Richard in it. I think that they were the shiniest ones in this episode. I wouldn't have imagined that Emily and Richard will be so excited about a football game. They were wearing sports equipment, Emily was making cocktails, Richard was singing songs. Veryyyy entertaining!!! It was also interesting that Richard has been keeping contact with his college girlfriend. Emily was just mad at him for not telling her. I just loved Emily and Richrad in this episode.

    Another great part was the one with the Lorelai and Jason's date. I think that I haven't seen such a weird date in the history of television. The two seem so different but are so wonderful together. I think that they will be very funny couple. I liked the idea of buying food from the supermarket and eat outside, not in the fancy restaurant.

    I also loved the atmosphere before the big game. Everyone was affected by the atmosphere. There should be scenes during the match and some things should have happened during the game but the episode is still great that way.

    The end was shocking with Paris kissing the profesor.WOWmoreless
  • Lorelai goes out with Jason, Emily discovers something Richard has been keeping from her. Good episode.

    I liked this one, it was interesting to see them all go to the game. The Emily/Richard rift was understandable, Richard should have just told Emily about his meetings with this woman. How nasty was it of Emily to then blame Lorelai, this is what persuades her to go out with Jason. Who I'm not sure if I like yet, he doesn't seem like Lorelai's type, the whole separate room in the restaurant proved that.

    But it was entertaining to see them go on this date, why wouldn't he eat if she said it was good? Anyway, the market was amusing when they both saw products they needed. It seems they'll be going out again soon. Paris was alright here, not seen much. I can't believe she was kissing that professor, he looks about 50 or even 60.

    The teenage guy Luke employed was weird but it was funny to see him drive everyone away. As usual, Luke's outburst was entertaining. I like the idea of Lane working at the diner. Look forward to more, what will Rory say to Paris after seeing him with the professor?moreless
  • An inside view on Yale's tradition, the chants, the game, the people.

    Luke has a new employee, a guy that is not the most clean one.

    Lorelai gets a very tempting invitation for dinner with Jason.

    The football Yale game is here and everyone is coming, Lorelai wants to go too lol

    That Brennan is disgusting, really! I too would ask Luke to fire him.

    The game day is full of activities, it starts early and it's a long day. First thing is the cheers to Dan, the dog. And Richard singing "bulldog bulldog" was really fun!

    And the caravan was great too.

    And a person form the past appears, Pennilyn Lott, Richards girlfriend before Emily. The fact that Lorelai even talked to her made her get angry. And later when she discovers that Richard has been having lunch with her for the last 30 and something years is the drop of water, she was really mad.

    And the fact that Emily yells with Lorelai makes her accept the date with Jason.

    All town runs away from Luke's diner because of Brennan. He finally fires him. Finally!!

    The date stars good then is gets cold when the table Jason reserved is not good for Lorelai, she likes the noise. Then they leave but they both are hungry, they end up going on and on in the car looking for food that both like. They end up at the supermarket, doing some shopping and paying one of the employees Jamal so they could get in the storage part. They had a great date sitting at the supermarket door.

    And a dark truth is revealed to Rory, Paris is with a professor, Asher Fleming.moreless
  • Paris has a new boyfriend...

    Rory and Paris have lunch at Yale with Richard, who introduces them to his friend, Professor Asher Fleming; during Friday night dinner at the Gilmore residence, Lorelai asks for an invitation to the Yale-Harvard game even though Rory clearly gives her an out; Emily is irritated when Lorelai shows up for the game wearing Harvard colors; the Gilmores tailgate in style with flasks, an RV, a BBQ, and servants to wait on their guests; Emily is upset when Pennilyn Lott, Richard's first girlfriend, shows up and asks about the Inn, and Richard is forced to confess that he has continued to have an annual dinner with Pennilyn the entire time that he and Emily have been married; Lorelai takes Jason up on his earlier offer of a dinner date, but they end up leaving the stuffy restaurant and having a great time dining al fresco at a local grocery store; Rory walks back to the dorm after the game and discovers Paris kissing Asher Fleming.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

Michael York

Michael York

Asher Fleming

Guest Star

Linda Gehringer

Linda Gehringer

Pennilyn Lott

Guest Star

Yale Whiffenpoofs

Yale Whiffenpoofs


Guest Star

Wayne Wilcox

Wayne Wilcox


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (10)

    • When Lorelai and Rory enter Luke's diner, they see that all the tables are full. They decide to hover by tables in order to rush the occupant. Lorelai stands over a cyber-geek and Rory hovers by an old couple. In the next scene, they are pushing together the tables vacated, however, Lorelei is pushing the old couple's table and Rory is pushing the cyber-geek's table.

    • When Lorelai introduces Emily to Paris, Emily says that she met her at Rory's 16th birthday party, but that wasn't the last time they have met each other. The other time was when Rory had to do that business project and Emily and Richard's house. Paris was in Rory's group, therefore, they met again there. They also met at the Bracebridge Dinner.

    • When they meet with the girls at the gates, Richard and Emily first say that they have been going to the Yale-Harvard game for 32 years. Since they got to know each other in college, it has to be more than that. Richard later says that he's been having lunch with Pennilyn for 39 years - since the time they got married with Emily. So they must have been visiting this game for at least 39-40 years.

    • When Lorelai first expresses interest in attending the Harvard-Yale game, Richard and Emily get into a big discussion about who to uninvite. Where were the other guests? They had mentioned more than one person as an option, so what happened to the other ticket recipients?

    • When Lorelai and Jason are at the store he grabs razors because he said he needs them. Lorelai puts them back on the shelf because thats an errand and they're on a date. She then grabs toothpaste and does an errand herself implying that it is okay to do an errand on their date. Since it is okay, Jason could go back and get the razors again but doesn't. If he needs them so bad wouldn't he go back to get them?

    • When the Gilmores are tailgating, Emily hands Lorelai the bloody Mary and Lorelai says it has too much alcohol and places it away from her on the table. When Emily sits down she slides it back in Lorelai's direction and only adds a few drops to the drink. Lorelai drinks it and says its much better. How could a drink be not as strong when only a little bit is added to the formerly too strong drink?
      correction: Emily added more tomato juice without any alcohol the vodka bottle is on the food table behind the girls.

    • When Emily tells Lorelai that she should have dressed like Rory, Lorelai says that Rory got dressed 5 minutes before Emily and Richard showed up. The previous scene was of the two girls having breakfast at Luke's, therefore Rory would have gotten dressed at home in Stars Hollow, much more than 5 minutes ago.

    • When Brennan gives Kirk a napkin, he takes the coffee pot and puts his hand underneath the bottom of it. In real life, he would have burned his hand therefore the pot must not be hot defeating the purpose of having a hot drink on a cold day. However, Brennan proved himself to be a very poor server, so he could have been serving customers cold or lukewarm coffee.

    • When Lorelai puts on Emily's jacket, she is wearing her vest underneath. However, when they reach the 'tailgating', the vest has disappeared.

    • When Rory is having lunch with Richard and Paris, the amount of coke in her glass changes between shots.

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Emily: Time for a toast.
      Lorelai: Seriously?
      Richard: Oh, it's a tradition. Here we go. The Rory flask.
      Rory: Oh.
      Richard: And the fun flask.
      Emily: Thank you.
      Richard: Lorelai?
      Lorelai: Fun flask, please.

    • Lorelai: Oh, wait, are you Pennilyn Lott, my dad's college sweetheart?
      Pennilyn Lott: Yes.
      Lorelai: You're my almost-mommy.
      Pennilyn Lott: Well, I supposed that's one way of putting it...
      Lorelai: I'm so glad to finally meet you. Let me ask you something - would you have let me get a pony?

    • Rory: Oh, my god.
      Lorelai: What?
      Rory: He hired Brennon Lewis.
      Lorelai: And?
      Rory: Ew!
      Lorelai: He doesn't look that bad.
      Rory: He's the boy who dissected a frog, did not wash his hands, and then ate a sandwich.
      Lorelai: Ew!
      Rory: He's like the lost Farrelly brother. He's so stupid. He watched 'The Breakfast Club' and decided to tape his own butt cheeks together.

    • Lorelai: I don't want to sit in the car and eat all by myself. It's not fun.
      Jason: Does everything have to be fun?
      Lorelai: When I'm on a date, yeah.

    • Lorelai: Let's not talk about me anymore. Let's talk about you. I'm worried.
      Luke: Why?
      Lorelai: Ever since you hired Brennon, the little spark has gone out of your eyes.
      Luke: It has?
      Lorelai: Yes, it has. And I am here to tell you that it is hell watching you go through this, so I think for your own sake, you should fire Froggy.
      Luke: Froggy?
      Lorelai: Uh, Brennon.
      Luke: You want me to fire Brennon, why?
      Lorelai: The spark. Remember the spark?
      Luke: Why do you want me to fire Brennon?
      Lorelai: Come back, little spark, come back.
      Luke: Lorelai.
      Lorelai: He doesn't write the orders down, he never brings you food that's hot or yours, he can't distinguish bagels from doughnuts, he hands out butt napkins, and he has worn that Foreigner t-shirt every single day since he started working here and he doesn't know who they are. I asked him.
      Luke: What are butt napkins?
      Lorelai: Kirk needed a napkin, and he pulled one out of his back pocket.
      Luke: Hey, Bren?
      Brennon: Yeah, boss?
      Luke: Did you give Kirk a napkin out of your back pocket?
      Brennon: Yeah.
      Luke: Don't.
      Brennon: Okay.
      Lorelai: That's it? What about all the other stuff?
      Luke: Look, you're just used to me. Give him time.
      Lorelai: Have you heard about the frog, the hands, and the sandwich?
      Luke: No, but I heard about the rabbi, the priest, and the duck.
      Lorelai: You're not taking me seriously.
      Luke: Hey, Bren, get Ms. Gilmore a cup of hot coffee, will ya? Give the kid a chance, all right? He's helping me out a great deal - decaf - and I have faith in him. All he needs is a little more time - black top - to learn the ropes and he'll be fine.
      Lorelai: Where did he go?
      Luke: Uh, I don't know.

    • Rory: Talk to me about Jason.
      Lorelai: There's nothing to talk about.
      Rory: Oh, come on. I'm in a serious romantic dry spell. I need to live vicariously through somebody.
      Lorelai: He has called.
      Rory: Okay.
      Lorelai: He has sent things.
      Rory: Pipe bombs?
      Lorelai: Flowers, candy.
      Rory: Even better.

    • Rory: Luke's gonna be mad. I mean, he hates it when we commandeer two tables during rush hour.
      Lorelai: Oh, he only hated it that one time.
      Rory: What time?
      Lorelai: The time when we did it and he was mad.
      Rory: He's hated it every time we've done it.
      Lorelai: No.
      Rory: Yeah.
      Lorelai: No, only the one time.
      Rory: Which time?
      Lorelai: The time we did it and he was mad.
      Rory: You're gonna do this to Luke, aren't you?
      Lorelai: 'Til he's so dizzy, he throws up.

    • Lorelai: Oh, man, this place is packed.
      Rory: Damn that Zagat guide.
      Lorelai: Only the loser mini-table is open.
      Rory: What do we do?
      Lorelai: Time to hover. You take the old couple, I'll hit the cybergeek.
      Rory: Got it. (walks over to an older couple eating) Hello.
      Lorelai: (walks over to a guy working on a laptop) Hello.

    • Lorelai: "Twenty-three is old. It's almost twenty-five, which is, like, almost mid-twenties."
      Rory: She did not say that.
      Lorelai: She did say that.
      Rory: It seems a little wrong that Jessica Simpson is alive and well and Roy got eaten by his tiger.
      Lorelai: Aw. Survival of the fittest, baby.

    • Marty: It was nice meeting you, Obi Wan. (bows to Richard)
      (Marty and Rory leave)
      Richard: I like that boy.
      Lorelai: Prove it, drop your pants!

  • NOTES (3)


    • Rory: He is so stupid, he watched The Breakfast Club and decided to tape his own butt cheeks together.

      In the film The Breakfast Club one of the characters is in detention for taping another guy's butt cheeks together. He describes what happened including how painful it was for that guy.

    • Marty: Thank you, Obi-Wan.

      After hearing about Richard protesting the Yale dress code by being naked for a month Marty is very impressed and makes a reference to Star Wars(1977). Obi-Wan was seen as a teacher and wise figure in the movie.

    • Lorelai: Do you have a samurai sword under those pom-poms, Mom, because you are going to have to Kill Bill me to get me into that jacket?

      This refers to the 2003 movie Kill Bill in which a woman uses her martial prowess to avenge herself.

    • Title:Ted Koppel's Big Night Out

      Ted Koppel is the anchor of the ABC news program Nightline.