Gilmore Girls

Season 1 Episode 4

The Deer Hunters

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Oct 26, 2000 on The WB
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Max Medina gives Rory the first "D" of her life on an English paper. Lorelai spends the week helping Rory study for an important Shakespeare test but they sleep in on the big day. Sookie gets a rave review in a magazine, but fixates only on the critic's use of the word "fine" to describe her famous risotto.moreless

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  • Deer on the loose

    How on earth did the writers manage to create practically a whole episode around Rory hitting a deer? Excuse me, Rory got hit BY a deer. It must have been a deer on prozac. Anyhow, I l-o-v-e-d this episode! Finally Rory uses her strenght and humour (well, not that anyone appreciated it) by telling off Paris and Tristan. I mean, Paris totally deserved it because she is such a b*tch and Tristan... oh my God I have to admit that I'm in love with Chad Michael Murray's performance, so I will not say a bad word about his character. Fine, the guy is annoying and cocky. And did I mention that he's irresistible too?

    When Lorelai had the same outburst, I was like... hm. Not sure what to think about that, I wasn't sure wether it was necessary or so successful. I was moved though (actually, 'irritated' is a more accurate term) when Charleston just kicked her out and Medina didn't do anything to help her. And the guy liked her soooo bad. By the way, typically Lorelai: falling in love with Rory's teacher -> I love her :) Off course everything turned out to be fine, but I was so freaking happy that there wasn't a complete Hollywood-fuzzy ending, meaning: 'She can retake the test because she's such a pretty girl'. That would've been awful. Great, funny and moving: what else does a girl need?

    Maybe Literati!moreless
  • I'm glad Rory spoke her mind to Paris and Tristan, another great episode.

    This was another great episode, it was once again, very funny and had a light hearted feel to it. Lorelai is a really good character and her humour is brilliant. The start, when they were shopping, what she said was really funny. Drella and Michel are both funny characters, love how they seem to clash, when she pushed the harp on his shoe, hilarious.

    The parents evening was also funny, how she walked in late and banged into the globe. I wonder if she and the teacher will get together. Sookie worrying about the review of the risotto was a good storyline, it was cool to see her find him and give him the real dish.

    Paris is a real cow, Tristan is the male equivalent. Was glad to see Rory being more vocal with him. Lane's little parts were good, funny how she was in the closet and her room turned out to be perfect, the 12 calories thing was funny too. Good how Dean was mentioned, that's obviously who lane was talking about.

    Loved both Lorelai's and Rory's rants, couldn't stop smiling when Rory shouted at Paris, then Tristan. Lorelai's was amusing but showed just how much she cares. The whole deer thing was crazy, then they went looking, strange. Still. This was another great episode, look forward to more.moreless
  • I loved it!

    Rory gets a D on her English paper, which causes her to study very hard for her Shakespare test. Lorelai and Rory wake up late and Rory is late to school, which means that she cannot take the test. Sookie gets a good review on her food, except for one item, her magical risotto. Lorelai meets Max Medina, Rory's English teacher at the parent teacher meeting. Rory gets upset at Paris and Tristan in class.

    This was a great episode! It was funny and pretty good! I would hate to be late for that test. This episode gets a 10 out of 10 from me!moreless
  • A great episode.

    Rory gets her first "D" and doesn't tell Lorelai about it

    She starts studying like a crazy so she can pass the test on Friday

    Sookie is crazy, 40 recepies for risotto? All just because a "fine"?

    Well she seems to be the best and the wine really can change the taste,

    Only her to track down the critic just to make him taste the magic risotto with the perfect wine

    The fact that, after finding about Rory's "D", Lorelai spends the week studying with her means a lot

    But like always, people shouldn't study so much the night before, Rory found out the worst way

    Wakes up late, loses her notes, gets hit by a deer, enters the 10 minutes after time and can't do the test

    I really like the all Lorelai's attitude she gave to the class...

    And the one from her mother to the director....

    At least she gets a chance to make up the test

    Let's see how she does that

    And I like the fact Rory is still worried by the deer...moreless
  • Another classic episode that truly sets up a great series.

    I can see why this show is so popular, if episodes like this are the norm! Even though I could tell that the late night studying was going to mean Rory would sleep in and jeapordise the all-important test the next day, I was still hoping she'd make it in time. With her struggle to make the grade and with having more enemies than friends at Chilton, I was certainly kept guessing if she would want to stay there. Even more so after her outburst at Paris and Tristan, then with Lorelai's raving at the principal, would she even be allowed to stay? It would have been so easy for her to leave and go back to Stars Hollow High. I look forward to seeing her stick it out and turn the situation around for herself.moreless
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Jayne Amelia Larson


Guest Star

Jon Bruno

Jon Bruno

Man #1

Guest Star

Jim Jenkins

Jim Jenkins

Man #2

Guest Star

Alex Borstein

Alex Borstein


Recurring Role

Liza Weil

Liza Weil

Paris Geller

Recurring Role

Emily Kuroda

Emily Kuroda

Mrs. Kim

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (11)

    • When Rory is yelling at Mr. Medina, she says she is ready for the test, she knows everything there is to know. One of the things she mentions is Shakespeare birth date. Shakespeare's birth date is actually undocumented, so what she actually knew was the presumed birth date based on the baptismal practices of the day.

    • The sonnet that Paris recites in Rory's ear is Shakespeare's "Sonnet 116".

    • Goof: At the end of the episode, the girls come home from Chilton. When they go into the house, you can see a person's elbow stick out from the right side of the screen.

    • During this episode, Lorelai mentions that Rory is sixteen. However, "Rory's Birthday Parties" takes place after that episode, and Rory turns sixteen in it.

      Explanation: A parent will often round up their child's age as their birthday nears.

    • The stuff Rory is learning for the test is not exactly advanced placement material. At a prep school like Chilton, the students would be delving into textual interpretation rather than memorizing dates.

      The Shakespeare test Rory studied for and the AP test are completely different things, and thus the material covered and the manner in which it was covered would be different.

    • When Lorelai falls asleep on the couch the book she is reading is in front of her on the couch. Rory covers Lorelai and the book with the blanket. When Lorelai wakes up, the book is on the back of the couch.

    • How would Rory know what Lorelai had said to the headmaster when she was in the hallway? You had to go through a little office before you got to the headmaster's office, so Rory was not directly outside of the office they were in.

      Possible explanation: Lorelai was speaking in a rather loud voice as she became angry and the headmaster had opened the door for her to leave just before her outburst.

    • Rory is only 15 when her mother allows her to take the car. Connecticut law says one can get their permit at 15, but not a driver's license, so technically Rory was breaking the law by driving by herself.

      Lorelai says in the episode that Rory's 16, so it seems that this is a continuity issue rather than a law-breaking issue.

    • When Lorelai and Rory are driving home from Chilton, they stop at the same sign Rory stopped at, when she got hit by the deer. However she was going to school, now they're coming home from school and are at the same sign but facing the same way? Shouldn't the stop sign be facing the other way?

    • Why would Rory not keep driving when she's talking to Lane? Her sitting at the stop sign could have been the difference between her being ten minutes late and her being on time for the test.

    • Max says that the Advanced Placement test will take place on September 25, but all AP tests are given in May. He also says that it will be given on a Saturday, but AP testing takes place over a two week period on school days, Monday through Friday.

  • QUOTES (48)

    • Rory: (enters Mrs. Kim's) Lane?
      Lane: Go to the left! (Rory almost runs into Mrs. Kim)
      Lane: Sorry, I meant my left. Your right!
      Rory: This isn't working! Marco!
      Lane: Polo!
      Rory: (walking around) Marco!
      Lane: Polo!
      Rory: (finds Lane) Hello, Marco!
      Lane: Hello, Polo!

    • Lorelai: Sweetie you're never gonna find the deer.
      Rory: Well I'm gonna try.
      Lorelai: Well I'm in heels!
      Rory: Well stay in the car.
      Lorelai: It's dangerous in the car with all the kamikaze deer running around...
      (getting out of the car)
      Rory: I have to find it.
      Lorelai: Alright, wait up! So what does the deer look like? Huh? Does it have any distinguishing marks - besides the word 'Jeep' imprinted on it's forehead?

    • Rory: I'm not stubborn.
      Lorelai: Yes you are.
      Rory: No I'm not.
      Lorelai: Fine, you're not.
      Rory: Thank you.

    • Max: I apologize for the behavior of some of our guests tonight, it's a tough time for some people.
      Lorelai: The SAT season...?
      Max: The waking hours.

    • (Drella is playing the intro to Iron Man on the harp)
      Lorelai: No Black Sabbath.
      Drella: No one is listening.
      Lorelai: No Black Sabbath, no Steely Dan, no Boston and no Queen.
      Drella: What happened to make you so cold?
      Lorelai: We like that Mozart. (heads towards the kitchen)
      Drella: I am the Artie Shaw of harpists.

    • Lorelai: But see, she was up all night studying, and she broke her neck to get here. We don't live locally, as you know--
      Headmaster Charleston: "The dog ate my homework, my computer crashed."
      Lorelai: I wasn't trying to make excuses.
      Headmaster Charleston: "My grandmother and first cousin died. My sister took my report to school instead of hers. My religion forbids me from studying after sundown. I went completely blind last night, but I'm fine now."
      Lorelai: That's not Rory.

    • Headmaster Charleston: Ms. Gilmore, everything you said in your rant was true--without the colorful embellishments, of course. We do set high standards, and such standards do foster highly competitive children. However, that is life, and that is Chilton.
      Lorelai: Rules can change. You can change them.
      Headmaster Charleston: I told your daughter when she came here that this place is not for everyone and may not be for her. I will now tell you the same thing.
      Lorelai: Hey--
      Headmaster Charleston: She doesn't have to be here. She doesn't have to go to Harvard. Maybe she shouldn't. If she can't handle the pressure, she should leave. You need to take your daughter home now and decide what it is you intend to do. But another outburst from either of you will not be on the options list. Thank you, that will be all.

    • Mr. Medina: Lorelai, please believe me. If there was anything I could do, I would.
      Lorelai: Yes, you could let her take the test.
      Mr. Medina: I'm afraid I can't.
      Lorelai: But that's not fair!
      Headmaster Charleston: Ms. Gilmore, we are not here to be fair. We are here to educate.
      Lorelai: Yes, and I'm asking you to please educate my kid!
      Headmaster Charleston: We will, when she's on time.

    • Paris: (to Madeline about Rory) Loser.
      Rory: (to Paris) And just what is wrong with you? You already have everything! You have the grades, the status--what the hell is wrong with you that you have this constant need to be the biggest jerk in the entire world?
      Mr. Medina: Okay, let's go.
      Rory: Huh? What's up? What's up, quippy? Why so silent?
      Mr. Medina: Outside, now!
      Rory: (to Tristin) And for the last time, THE NAME IS RORY!

    • Tristan: Hey Mary!
      Rory: (says with disdain after receiving her first D grade) And it just keeps getting better.
      Tristan: You look sad.
      Rory: I'm fine.
      Tristan: Bad grade?
      Rory: I have to go.
      Tristan: You know what, Mary? See, I just can't figure out why we're not friends. I think it's because I make you nervous.
      Rory: I think it's because you can't learn my name.
      Tristan: Do you have a boyfriend?
      Rory: None of your business.
      Tristan: Was that a no?
      Rory: Is there no one else at this school you can bother?
      Tristan: I think you like me, you just don't know how to say it.
      Rory: Ooh boy.
      Tristan: So what are you doing Friday night?
      Rory: I'm busy.
      Tristan: What, you gotta be back at the convent by five?
      Rory: Please leave me alone.
      Tristan: WELL, since you said please (backs away from her as she walks away). Later. Mary!

    • Lorelai: How much longer are we gonna look for this crazy deer?
      Rory: Just a little further. I just hope he didn't hurt himself.
      Lorelai: I just hope he has insurance.

    • Lorelai: I'll still love you even if you can't support me in my old age in the fabulous manner to which I plan on growing accustomed.
      Rory: I'll remember that selfless gesture.

    • Lorelai: (looking at the antler marks on the side of the Jeep) You did. You got hit by a deer.
      Rory: It just came out of nowhere.
      Lorelai: You couldn't just run into a wall like other kids?

    • Lorelai: Are you holding that door open for a reason?
      Headmaster Charleston: Our meeting is over.
      Lorelai: Like hell it is.

    • Sookie: It wasn't the Risotto, it was the wine. He ordered the wrong wine!
      Lorelai: Oh, wow, great.
      Sookie: See, in the review, he mentioned something about a Summer Tomato Salad, which I only made once in the last three weeks because Jackson of course decides to get in a fistfight with his tomato grower… Okay, that's a different story.
      Lorelai: Yes. Save it for Christmastime.
      Sookie: So, Brian, the goateed waiter, only worked one shift last week because his girlfriend kicked him out and he had to move.
      Lorelai: Celia kicked him out?
      Sookie: Well, he didn't want kids.
      Lorelai: But she knew that when they moved in.
      Sookie: Women always think they can change men.
      Lorelai: Yeah.
      Sookie: So, anyhow, I checked the dates, I narrowed the date down, and I found a party that had ordered practically everything in the menu including…
      Lorelai: The magic Risotto.
      Sookie: Yes, the Risotto and a Riesling. Ha! A Riesling!
      Lorelai: Why not just drink battery acid?
      Sookie: Exactly. Changes the entire flavor of the dish. And the fact that Brian even served it, makes me think Celia is a little bit better off without him.

    • Lorelai: Make sure that carpet is replaced perfectly before they go.
      Michel: Okay.
      Lorelai: And I mean perfectly, nailed down and everything.
      Michel: Oh, you mean that "perfectly." Oh, I thought you meant the other "perfectly," you know, the one that could be misinterpreted by the other Michel. You know, the one that couldn't understand what you meant by "perfectly."

    • Lorelai: The Comedy of Errors: written?
      Rory: 1590.
      Lorelai: Published?
      Rory: 1698.
      Lorelai: Ooh, 1623. Close.
      Rory: How is 1623 close?
      Lorelai: You got the 16 part right.
      Rory: I was off by seventy-five years.
      Lorelai: Well, anything under a hundred is close.
      Rory: What kind of a rule is that?
      Lorelai: I'm running the study session here. Okay. Richard III.
      Rory: 1591.
      (Lorelai imitates a wrong-answer buzzer)
      Rory: '93?
      (Lorelai imitates buzzer)
      Rory: '96?
      (Lorelai imitates buzzer)
      Rory: Okay, that's getting really annoying now.
      (Lorelai imitates buzzer)

    • Lorelai: Hey, Backwards baseball look for you. (Looking over at Rory) She's eating pie? Did she eat dinner?
      Luke: You raised her. I just serve.

    • Lorelai: (when she tastes the "bad coffee") Jesus, Mary, Joseph, and the camel!

    • Lorelai: Sookie, I need coffee to go.
      Sookie: There's fresh over there.
      Lorelai: Ooh, good. (walks over to the coffee pot to find it empty) Fresh in my first lifetime as Joan of Arc.

    • Mrs. Kim: (referring to a Snickers bar) That is chocolate-covered death.
      Rory: (taking a bite) With a creamy caramel surprise.

    • Rory: If you let me study now, I'll play with you this weekend.
      Lorelai: Promise?
      Rory: Yes, we can do anything you want.
      Lorelai: Will you go to the shoe sale with me?
      Rory: Yes.
      Lorelai: Will you let me try on anything I want?
      Rory: Yes.
      Lorelai: Will you help me push other people out of the way if they're going for my size?
      Rory: I'll even run interference for you.

    • Michel: (to Lorelai) Can I kill her?
      Loreali: Not before high tea.
      Michel: (to Drella) Fine. Then I will curse you constantly and in several languages.

    • Michel: (after Drella runs into him with her harp) Oh, you imbecile!
      Drella: Back off, Chevalier.
      Michel: You're stupid, blind, and clumsy!
      Drella: Yeah, well, at least I'm not French.

    • (Paris, Madeline, and Louise are walking behind Rory talking about her "D")
      Paris: A "D," however, that would be cause for concern.
      Louise: A cry for help.
      Paris: A job application at McDonald's.
      Louise: "Would you like fries with that?"
      Paris: Hey, you know, not everybody can be smart. As my mother always says, "somebody has to answer the phones."
      Madeline: Okay, I have no idea what you two are talking about.
      Paris: No, but Rory does.

    • Lorelai: You need three highlighters?
      Rory: Yes.
      Lorelai: Three?
      Rory: Yes.
      Lorelai: That's a very random number.
      Rory: Three is not a random number.
      Lorelai: I mean, how did you get to the number three?
      Rory: One dries up, one gets lost, I have one left.
      Lorelai: You've really thought this out.
      Rory: Yes, I have.
      Lorelai: What came first, the chicken or the egg?

    • Lorelai: Sweetie, Mommy can't get up right now. Mommy's been sleeping at a right angle all night

    • Lorelai: News is on.
      Rory: One sec.
      Lorelai: (to herself) For our top story tonight, a grisly horrible thing that happened in a small town where no grisly horrible things ever happen. Everyone's shocked. House slides down hill. Liposuction kills, stay fat.

    • Lorelai: (to Max) And you! You say she's smart and she'll be fine and this rotting stodgy rathole could use somebody like her and then you completely shut her out of a test that she's crammed for, that she's ready for, that she completely deserves to take!
      Max: (to the Headmaster) I didn't call this place a 'rathole.'
      Lorelai: Oh no that's true. I added that. Wouldn't want you to get in trouble with 'Il duce' here.

    • Rory: Thanks though.
      Lorelai: For what?
      Rory: For yelling at the Headmaster the way you did.
      Lorelai: Oh, I didn't yell at him.
      Rory: You called him 'il duce'!
      Lorelai: Which means 'kind sir' in Cantonese.

    • Headmaster Charleston: My goodness. You do like to throw fits in your family.
      Lorelai: What are you talking about?
      Headmaster Charleston: Your daughter threw a similar if not as manic fit of her own this morning.
      Lorelai: Oh please. Rory doesn't throw fits. She's the most even tempered person I know.
      Headmaster Charleston: Well then she did a lovely impression of you!

    • (in Headmaster Charleston's office, about Rory not being allowed to take a test because she was late)
      Lorelai: I guess this goes on the "boy, was I wrong" list, right above gauchos but just below the Flashdance phase.

    • Lorelai's Answering Machine: It's us, we're not here, we have a life, get over it.

    • (after Rory got a "D" and didn't tell Lorelai about it)
      Lorelai: You should have told me...
      Rory: I couldn't
      Lorelai: You couldn't tell me? You tell me everything!
      Rory: It was too humiliating.
      Lorelai: Aw, honey. You once told me you loved Saved By The Bell.... What could be more humiliating than that?

    • Rory: A "D" at Stars Hollow High is like an "F" at Chilton. It's worse. It's like a "G" ... or a "W".
      Lorelai: So I'm guessing the spelling test didn't go well either?

    • Lorelai: I hate when I'm an idiot and I don't know it. I like to be aware of my idiocy, to really revel in it, take pictures. I feel we missed a prime Christmas card opportunity.

    • Lorelai: Can parents come?
      Mom #1: What?
      Lorelai: Yeah, it's a big exciting test. I just thought - I'm sorry, is that stupid?
      Max: No, it's not stupid.
      Lorelai: I just thought I'd like to see the excitement.
      Dad #2: It's a test.
      Lorelai: Yeah, I know.
      Dad #2: What's exciting about a test?
      Lorelai: Do you play golf?
      Dad #2: Yes I do.
      Lorelai: You explain yours, I'll explain mine.

    • (after almost walking into a globe)
      Lorelai: What in the world?

    • Michel: There's a man with a funny accent on the phone asking for you.
      Lorelai: Really? Did you guys exchange the secret handshake?

    • Lorelai: Here is your 'serious' paper.
      Rory: Thank you.
      Lorelai: Ooh, and here are your somber highlighters, your maudlin pencils, your manic-depressive pens.
      Rory: Mom.
      Lorelai: Now, these erasers are on lithium so they may seem cheerful, but we actually caught them trying to shove themselves into the pencil sharpener earlier.
      Rory: I'm going home.
      Lorelai: No, wait! We're going to stage an intervention with the neon post-its and make them give up their wacky, crazy ways.
      Rory: You're never coming shopping with me again.
      Lorelai: Ooh, here's a card tray -

    • Waiter: May I be fired now?
      Lorelai: Absolutely.

    • (Rory walks into the room carrying her bookbag filled with books)
      Lorelai: Behold, in theaters now, The Thing That Reads a Lot.

    • Rory: Jeez, who's naked?
      Lorelai: Uh, Lucien Mills, food critic.
      Rory: Yeah? How's his butt?
      Lorelai: No, no. He's supposed to review the restaurant.

    • Lorelai: Yeah. This school is so different from Stars Hollow you know. They send home like a thousand pages of updates every week. It's a very intense place.
      Sookie: Uh huh.
      Lorelai: Last week there was a huge debate over whether plaid scrunchies were acceptable head wear. People took sides, things got ugly, the scrunchie motion finally passed and I'd like to think I was the tie breaker.

    • Rory: Lorelai, go to your room!
      Lorelai: Wow, smart girls are mean!

    • Luke: You look like you need pie.
      Rory: I do?
      Luke: Violent pencil tossing usually signals the need for pie.
      Rory: What if I'd thrown a pen?
      Luke: I would've brought you a trout.
      Rory: What?
      Luke: I don't make the rules, I just carry them out.

    • Rory: I have a test on Friday.
      Lorelai: Ooh, a test. Great!
      Rory: On Shakespeare.
      Lorelai: The bard with a beard. Love it.
      Rory: It's twenty percent of my grade.
      Lorelai: Just makes life interesting. Now what do we have to do to get you an "A" on that test?
      Rory: Do you really think I can do this?
      Lorelai: I bet you a dollar.
      Rory: That all? That's all my future's worth, one dollar?
      Lorelai: Well, you did get a "D."

    • Rory: Oh my God, I just got hit by a deer!
      Lane: You hit a deer?
      Rory: No, I got hit by a deer!
      Lane: How do you get hit by a deer?
      Rory: I was at a stop sign and it hit me.
      Lane: Was it a 4-way stop?
      Rory: What does that matter?
      Lane: I don't know. I don't know what to ask after you've been hit by a deer.

  • NOTES (5)


    • Max: So are you a B-52's girl?

      The B-52's were a popular rock band in the '80s from Georgia and were early pioneers of alternative rock.

    • Drella: I am the Artie Shaw of harpists.

      Artie Shaw is a jazz artist known as an innovator of big band music.

    • Title: The Deerhunters.

      This is a homage to the movie The Deerhunter which tells the stories of Vietnam vets who have difficulty adjusting to civilian life, creating a parallel to Rory's difficulty adjusting to Chilton.

    • Lorelai: Wouldn't want you to get in trouble with Il Duce here.

      Il Duce was the nickname of Benito Mussolini, the fascist dictator who ruled Italy from 1922 to 1943.

    • Drella: Back off, Chevalier.

      Maurice Chevalier was a famous French actor who was considered the prototype of the gallant Frenchman.

    • Lorelai: These erasers are on lithium. So, they seem cheerful, but we caught them trying to shove themselves in the pencil sharpener.

      Lithium is a drug often used in the treatment of bipolar disorder or formerly known as manic depression.

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