Gilmore Girls

Season 1 Episode 17

The Breakup, Part 2

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Mar 15, 2001 on The WB
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Episode Summary

Rory decides to engage in a flurry of activity to avoid thinking about Dean, despite Lorelai's advice to wallow; Lorelai runs interference as the residents of Stars Hollow reach out to console Rory and Luke attempts to bar Dean from the diner; Rachel pitches in to help Luke out at the diner; Jackson prepares dinner for Sookie, and has a tough time keeping her out of the kitchen; Rory decides to attend Madeline's party and takes Lane along for company; Lorelai decides to visit Max when she realizes how much she misses him; Lane is torn when she meets the perfect guy at the party; Rory attempts to befriend Tristan after he has very public breakup with his girlfriend at the party, and when he apologizes for his past bad behavior towards her and kisses her, she bursts into tears; at home, Rory sobs to Lorelai that she's ready to wallow now.moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • This was an outstanding episode

    This episode was fully of many different and engaging moments that really made it one that I enjoyed. There were many, memorable quotes that made the episode even more special than normal. Starting with the early wake up of Lorelai, to the French Chilton student's house, to Lorelai getting back together with Rory's teacher and to Rory kissing yet another boy, not only was the main plot creative but the anecdotes in between were memorable. Paris' mom forcing her to attend the party for at least a certain amount of time, to Lane's new Korean friend, and to Lorelai's friend's cooking incident, this is an episode that won't be easily forgotten.moreless
  • Rory tries to ignore her heartbreak over Dean, and Lorelai gets together with Max

    At the beginning of the episode, Rory wakes Lorelai up at 6:00 a.m. on Saturday morning. Lorelai protests, looking at her fuzzy clock, but Rory will not be delayed. She has a to-do list a mile long, stuff she says they never do on weekends because Lorelai says they'll get them done during the week which they never do. Lorelai thinks Rory should "wallow" in her feelings, eating pizza and ice crem and having a good cry, but Rory disagrees. As Rory and Lorelai head for Luke's for coffee, Rory tells Lorelai they can't go their usual way because they might run into Dean. Lorelai proposes alternatives, all of which Rory nixes until they end up sneaking around trashcans in alleys. Rory doesn't want anyone to know about her break-up with Dean, but somehow most people do. Lorelai tells Luke about the breakup, and he gets angry at Dean. When Dean tries to come into Luke's for coffee, Luke won't let him in and even starts wrestling him.

    Lorelai goes over Sookie's house to borrow her car, and finds Sookie frantic over the fact that Jackson is cooking her dinner. Lorelai gets her to calm down. Then Lorelai goes over to Max's house, because she realizes that she's not yet over Max. They end up sleeping together and deciding to keep in touch to try to find a solution to thier problems. Rory goes to a party hosted by Madelein, one of her classmates. She takes Lane, per Lorelai's suggestion. While there Lane dances with a Korean boy named Henry, who wants to be a doctor. Lane is bollixed because she might be falling for someone her parents would actually like. Rory sees Tristan breaking up with his girlfriend, and feels sympathy for him. He kisses her, and she breaks into tears.

    Lorelai comes home and sees Rory in her robe, eating a ton of ice cream. Rory tells Lorelai she's ready to wallow and Lorelai crades Rory's head on her lap, as Rory cries.moreless
  • Rory tries to take her mind of Dean. A really good episode, poor Rory!

    I thought this was a really good episode. It was really interesting to watch how Rory reacted to her break-up with Dean. The opening scene was goods, with her putting things that Dean, touched , liked etc into a box and asking Lorelai to take it far away from the house. Glad Lorelai only put it in the closet.

    Liked Luke not letting Dean into the diner, while this was funny it was also cool to see Luke being protective of Rory. It was funny that everyone knew about it and Lorelai tried to stop them telling Rory. Kirk was funny. Interesting that Rachel is still around, I wonder how that will plan out.

    As for Lorelai going to Max, I thought I'd hate it, but I didn't. When Lorelai went to Sookie's and she was worried about Jackson's cooking, hilarious. Max was a way less annoying then I remember, still I'd prefer Luke but I'll move on. I'm interested to see what will happen with there relationship.

    The party at Madeline's was probably my favourite part of the episode. Seeing Paris worry about her mom and be jealous of Tristan. Lane getting to know that guy Henry, another thing I can't wait to see more of. Tristan got what he deserved when his girlfriend dumped him but then, he suddenly became nice. When he and Rory kissed, I just though, here's trouble.

    Rory crying at the end was sad, I feel really sorry for her. Don't think Dean should have broken up with her. Can't wait for the last 4 episodes of the season.moreless
  • Sad

    Rory is acting strangely for someone who has just broken up with their first boyfriend. Lorelai doesn't want everyone to know about Rory's breakup, but word gets out. Luke, Ms. Patti and others try to be nice to her. Rory goes to a party and takes Lane along. Lane meets a guy that her parents would actually approve of and is scared because she is falling for him. Jackson tries to make Sookie dinner, but she keeps trying to do it for him. Lorelai goes to see Max because she says that she is not over him. Tristin breaks up with Summer and he and Rory kiss.

    This was a pretty good episode! I feel sorry for Rory. Also, the thing with Tristin was kind of weird. This episode gets a 9.5 out of 10!moreless
  • The wallow

    this is a very special episode.

    Dean broke up with Rory and she is in denial, she doesn't want to fell sad.

    She even makes lists about things to do on a weekend, rearranges the furniture and wakes up her mother at 6 am on a Saturday. Just to top it, all town knows about the break up and Luke even gets into a fight with Dean.

    Lorelai isn't over Max yet, she visits him and they can't stay away from each other. I hope they figured it out soon.

    To top it all, Rory goes to Madeline's party with Lane. Lane meets a guy and likes him. Tristin gets dumped in from of everyone. Later he kisses Rory and she runs.

    It's time.

    She is ready to wallow and she has got her best friend by her side.moreless
Jacqui Maxwell

Jacqui Maxwell


Guest Star

Eddie Shin

Eddie Shin

Henry Cho

Guest Star

Brandon Tyler

Brandon Tyler

Guy #2 (Madeline's boyfriend)

Guest Star

Teal Redmann

Teal Redmann

Louise Grant

Recurring Role

Liz Torres

Liz Torres

Miss Patty

Recurring Role

Sally Struthers

Sally Struthers

Babette Dell

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (17)

    • Going by the show timeline, this episode should take place in the beginning of January.  Dean says he is basing their three month anniversary from Rory's birthday which is in the beginning of October, and three months from then would be January. Yet when Rory wakes Lorelai up at 6 am, it is too sunny outside for 6 am in Connecticut in January.

    • In this episode, Lorelai tells Rory that she shouldn't get rid of all her Dean stuff because she might regret it later.

      In "The Long Morrow" (Season 7-1) Lorelai feels very differently since she absolutely gets rid of anything that reminds her of Luke.

    • When Lorelai and Rory leave Luke's after breaking up the fight between Luke and Dean, we see a clock behind them that reads 6:30. The thing is, Rory woke Lorelai up at exactly 6:00, at the beginning of the episode. It's very unlikely that they got dressed, talked at home, walked all the way to the diner (and took the long way to avoid Dean), had coffee, and left in a 30-minute time span.

    • How could Lane go to the party with Rory? There is no chance her mother would allow her to go to such a party. The girls don't even talk about how to convince Mrs. Kim to let Lane go to the party and since we see that Rory is home alone crying and ready to wallow when Lorelai gets home we know that Lane did not sleep there.

    • At Madeline's party, Lane remarks that all the soda is French and Paris explains that Madeline's mother only uses French products. Paris even refers to herself as the "French soda monitor." However we see that the soda Lane is holding a few moments later is a Diet Coca-Cola which she puts down to dance with Henry, obviously not a French brand or even a French version of the brand.
      Explanation: In France, the version of a diet Coca-Cola is also called Coca-Cola light.

    • Lorelai tells Rory that she had 14 hours of labor, however, in episode "Raincoats and Recipes" Lorelai tells Michel that she had 26 hours of labor.

    • When Rory and Lorelai sit down at Luke's, Rory's hair is over her shoulder. When Lorelai asks what she wants, all her hair is behind her in one shot and back over her shoulder in the next shot. This also happens when Rory and Tristan are sitting by the piano at the party.

    • In this episode, when Lane is asked to dance, Rory explains "sure I've had her for fifteen years." At Lane's wedding years later, Loralai is telling Christopher how Rory went into her first day of Kindergarten and met Lane that day when she offered to share her crayons. This would mean in this episode she really only knew Lane 11 or 12 years.

    • When Rory puts her party dress away, she shoves the whole thing into the box. The next time we see the box (after Colonel Clucker is added to the contents), there is a bunch of it hanging out of the box. Then when Rory gives the box to Lorelai the dress is all the way back in the box.

    • When Rory remembers that she forgot the meatball, she says that she left it in the car. However, in the previous episode, when Dean takes Rory to the junk yard where her car is, she is not holding her meatball. So that means that Rory couldn't have left it in the car.

      Possible Explanation: Rory could have been referring to Dean's car, not to the car in the junkyard, aka Rory's future car.

    • When Miss Patty enters the diner before she talks to Lorelai about Dean and Rory, she is wearing big, colorful earrings. When the camera cuts back to her, she has no earrings on, but as she leaves the diner, they reappear.

    • When Rory is making her list, she gets up and grabs the soap to put in her cup. The camera switches to Lorelai, then back to Rory, and she is scrubbing her glass with a brush. She clearly didn't have time to put the soap in and get the brush in that amount of time.

    • When Rory wakes Lorelai up, Lorelai shows her the clock and says "It's six o'clock" and during this time we can see that the second hand on the clock isn't moving.

    • In the opening scene, Rory's purse (while sitting on the couch) switches between standing up and being tucked under her arm between shots.

    • In the diner, Lorelai asks Luke to make Rory special chocolate chip pancakes with extra chocolate because she just had her heart broken. He then offers to put whipped cream on it, and later comes to the table and asks if Rory'd like strawberries. Then he sees Dean, goes outside to beat him up, Lorelai and Rory stop the fight, and then Lorelai and Rory decide to move onto 'the list' of tedious weekend activities. When were the pancakes eaten?

      POSSIBLE EXPLANATION: As what happens a lot with the girls in this show, they could have gone in and ordered food but jumped up and left before they got the food.

    • When Lorelai and Rory are in the diner, and Kirk is apologizing, the cups inexplicably move from being close together in the first shot to being far apart in the next shot .

    • Lorelai puts Rory's 'Dean Box' in a closet in the hallway between the kitchen and living room which, up until that point, had been a bathroom.

  • QUOTES (25)

    • (Luke spots Dean outside the diner and walks to him)
      Luke: Stop right there.
      Dean: What?
      Luke: Where are you going?
      Dean: To get coffee.
      Luke: Wrong.
      Dean: Excuse me?
      Luke: You're not going in there buddy.
      Dean: What are you talking about?
      Luke: Turn around bag boy.
      Dean: Are you serious?
      Luke: Do you see a smile on my face?
      Dean: No but what's different about that?
      Luke: What's that supposed to mean?
      Dean: It's just that you're not exactly known as the town crack up.
      Luke: So you're a smart guy now, huh?
      Dean: What are you doing?
      Luke: Just exercising my right not to serve you.

    • Lorelai: Oh well, uh, good morning sleeping beauty.
      Luke: Yeah, well you know Rachel thought I looked a little tired.
      Lorelai: No, it's good. You need a little break.
      Luke: I guess.
      Lorelai: You do. So she seems pretty comfortable here huh?
      Luke: Yeah well she always could just fit in places you know. It's a talent of hers.
      Lorelai: She looks good in your apron.
      Luke: Yeah well, can I get you anything?
      Lorelai: Oh, um, do you think you could make those really crazy chocolate chip pancakes and go extra heavy on the chocolate?
      Luke: Yeah sure, any special occasion?
      Lorelai: Dean broke up with Rory.
      Luke: What?!
      Lorelai: Keep it down, she doesn't want anybody to know about it.
      Luke: Oh I knew it, I just knew that kid was trouble.
      Lorelai: Yes you did, you knew it. Pancakes please.
      Luke: Oh God, he's got a nerve. I mean what does he think he's gonna do better than Rory? Is he crazy? Jeez. Alright, well forget it ok. Good riddance, adios, bienvenidos, hasta la vista.
      Lorelai: Could we get off the small world ride and start cooking please?
      Luke: How is she?
      Lorelai: She's been dumped by her first boyfriend.
      Luke: Oh man, I swear I would love to... ok, I'm gonna put some whipped cream on the pancakes too.
      Lorelai: Thank you Luke.

    • (After Madeline and Louise leave with two guys) Paris: No glove, no love...

    • Rory: Can I take the car?
      Lorelai: Yes.
      Rory: Can I borrow something to wear?
      Lorelai: Yes.
      Rory: Are you going to agree to everything I say because you feel sorry for me?
      Lorelai: Yes!
      Rory: Good, I'll make a list.

    • Tristan: By the way, I'm sorry I gave you such a hard time... for a while.
      Rory: Oh, that's okay.
      Tristan:(with surprise) Uh, it is?
      Rory:(pause) No. But you're sad.

    • Lorelai: Turn around.
      Rory: Why?
      Lorelai: 14 hours of labor, that's why.

    • Lorelai: I know there's more to the story than your telling me.
      Rory: How do you know?
      Lorelai: Becuase I've read every Nancy Drew book ever written. The one about the Amish country twice.

    • Rory: I think I'm ready to wallow now.

    • Lorelai: It's 6:00!
      Rory: I know.
      Lorelai: It's 6:00 in the morning.
      Rory: Yeah.
      Lorelai: It's 6:00 on Saturday morning!
      Rory: Do you want to wear Docs or sneakers?
      Lorelai: I want to wear slippers!

    • Lorelai: Forget about the meatball, honey. Just tell me what happened with Dean.
      Rory: He just broke up with me, okay?
      Lorelai: But I don't get it. This is Dean we're talking about here--he's crazy about you. He calls here 25 times a day. Have you seen the cover of his notebook? It's one inch away from stalker material!

    • Paris: She's been here five minutes and already has a date. I've been going to this school for nine years and I'm the french soda monitor.

    • (Rory is throwing away things that remind her of Dean)
      Lorelai: The sweater's brand new.
      Rory: He saw me in it yesterday and he liked it.
      Lorelai: Well, then he's got good taste.
      Rory: He said it brought out the blue in my eyes.
      Lorelai: Well, then he's gay.

    • Lane: (after meeting Paris for the first time) Wow, you didn't exaggerate.
      Rory: Paris needs no embellishment.

    • Lorelai: Hey, hey, hey, cut it out! Break it up! You back off! Come here! What do you think you're doing?!
      Luke: He started it!
      Lorelai: By doing what?
      Luke: He was coming in.
      Lorelai: Are you a lunatic! He's 16!
      Luke: Well what was I supposed to do?!
      Lorelai: Well stand in the middle of the street and have a slap fight of course! Come here!
      Rory: (to Dean) Are you ok?
      Dean: I'm fine.
      Rory: Oh good, I don't know what got into Luke. He's usually so -
      Dean: I have to go.
      Rory: Oh sure, bye.
      (Dean leaves, Lorelai grabs Luke as he wants to follow Dean)
      Lorelai: Get inside now. Inside - now!
      Luke: He started it.

    • Lane: It just figures that the only Korean boy at this party has his Korean-girl radar turned on.

    • Lorelai: Did you rearrange the furniture?
      Rory: Yes.
      Lorelai: Good, cause for a minute there I thought we were having a problem with decorator elves and I was going to have to call an exterminator and tent the place. But it was just you, great. Good... So now, was there any reason that you suddenly felt the need to move around large pieces of furniture first thing in the morning?
      Rory: I was up. It was there.
      Lorelai: Okay. Good thought process. Great... Now, I noticed that you didn't move the TV though.
      Rory: It was too heavy.
      Lorelai: Right, ok. Well, I like this. Yeah. This is good. Now, of course, when the sofa actually faced the TV it made a little easier to watch. But this is good too. It will be like um, you know like radio.

    • Lorelai: Rory, my heart, today is Saturday, the day of rest!
      Rory: Sunday's the day of rest.
      Lorelai: No, Saturday's the day of pre-rest.
      Rory: Pre-rest?
      Lorelai: Yeah, so that way when you actually get to Sunday, you're rested enough to enjoy your rest.
      Rory: That makes absolutely no sense.
      Lorelai: That's because it's six o'clock on Saturday morning!

    • Lane: I have to go.
      Boy: Wait, I didn't get your number.
      Lane: Last name's Kim, we're the only ones in Stars Hollow. (as she walks away) I can't believe I just gave my name to a potential Korean doctor!

    • Babette: (about breakups) I was thrown from a moving car once.

    • Lorelai: I'm going to order us something. Any preference - eggs, french toast, the key to the dumpster?

    • (About falling for Henry, a guy her parents would approve of)
      Lane: There would be dancing at the Kim household - followed by a lot of praying - but initially, there would be dancing.

    • (Rory reads list where Lorelai wrote 'wallow')
      Rory: Mom ...
      Lorelai: What? It's on the list. Don't you have to do it if it's on the list?
      Rory: I'm not going to wallow.
      Lorelai: But I put it after going to the recycling center.

    • Lane: Hi, my name's Lane.
      Louise: As in, 'walk down a...'
      Lane: Yes, exactly.

    • Rory: Oh God!
      Lorelai: What?
      Rory: I forgot your meatball in the car!
      Lorelai: Oh, honey, forget it.
      Rory: No, I can't believe I left your meatball in the car!

    • Lorelai: Well, did he...try something?
      Rory: What?
      Lorelai: You know. Did he wanna...
      Rory: What?
      Lorelai: Did he wanna go faster than you -
      Rory: God no!
      Lorelai: Ok, ok, I'm sorry.
      Rory: Jeez!

  • NOTES (4)

    • German episode title: "Tal der Tränen", meaning "Valley Of Tears".

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

    • Luke shows how much he cares for Rory by confronting Dean in front of the diner, much like a father would. He made her a birthday coffee cake, blew up balloons for her sixteenth birthday, and comforted her at the hospital in "Forgiveness and Stuff".

    • Music:
      - "What Do I Do" by Sam Phillips
      - "Where It's At" by Beck
      - "Ms. Jackson" by Outkast
      - "Everyday I Write The Book" by Elvis Costello
      - "From Red To Blue" by Billy Bragg
      - "Crystal Lake" by Granddaddy


    • Rory: Mom, far far away from the house, ok?
      Lorelai: Hey, it sleeps with the fishes.

      This is a clear reference to the famous quote of the 1972 movie, The Godfather: "Luca Brasi sleeps with the fishes"

    • Rory: How do you know?
      Lorelai: Because I've read every Nancy Drew mystery ever written.

      Nancy Drew is the heroine detective of a popular mystery series for girls which started in 1930 and comprises over 200 stories.

    • Lorelai: It's like G.I. Jane, but we get to keep our hair.

      In the 1997 movie G.I. Jane, Demi Moore plays a woman who joins the Navy SEALS and shaves her head like the other enlistees.

    • Lorelai: Ding-dong. Avon Lady.

      Avon Lady is the nickname of the door-to-door saleswoman for the Avon cosmetics seller.

    • Lane: There should be a map or a tour guide or Robin Leach or something.

      Robin Leach is an English celebrity writer famous for hosting the show Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous in the 1980s where he took viewers on a tour of celebrity homes.

    • Rory: I mean it's big but it's not this Hearst Castle.

      Hearst Castle is an impressive castle built by newspaper tycoon, William Randolph Hearst.

    • Lane: It's like a teenage Sodom and Gomorrah.

      Sodom was the chief town of a group of five towns on the Jordan River. In the Bible, Sodom and Gomorrah were towns destroyed by God for their sins.

    • Lorelai: Honey, why don't you just stay home and read The Bell Jar? Same effect.

      The Bell Jar is a semi-autobiographical novel by Sylvia Plath, who later committed suicide.