Gilmore Girls

Season 4 Episode 7

The Festival of Living Art

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Nov 04, 2003 on The WB
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Episode Summary

Sookie and Jackson decide to have a home birth and enlist the services of a formidable midwife. When Stars Hollow mounts a festival of living pictures, Kirk goes way overboard in getting into character for his role as Jesus in "The Last Supper", while Lorelai has a bad case of stage fright. Meanwhile, Lane, Zach, and Brian finally find an awesome guitarist to replace Dave, but wonder if he isn't too old to join the band. Nicole asks Luke if they can postpone the divorce and start dating again.moreless

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  • about the episode

    It had great makeup.
  • Nothing much happened but still interesting!

    This was one of the typical Gilmore Girls episodes when nothing much happens but still manage to look amusing.

    Actually, there were parts of the episode when it was a little bit boring but in a Gilmore Girl kind of boring- an interesting boredom.

    The festival of living pictures was the event of the episode. I thought that it would be far more funnier and interesting but after all there were parts which were better:

    Lorelai's fright problem.

    Sookie getting a nurse to help her give birth at home.

    Lane and the group meet the new guitarist who ends up to be a lot older than the other band members.

    Kirk taking his role of Jesus so deeply was the funniest part of the whole episode. I found out that Kirk is one of my favorite characters not only from the Gilmore Girls cast but from all of the series cast memebers.

    The episode was pretty good. Like Gilmore Girls alot!!!!:)moreless
  • The Festival of Living Pictures takes place in Stars Hollow. Interesting episode.

    This episode was interesting, other than the very end not much happened though. No Paris disappointed me but it was good overall. The living art thing was enjoyable to see but not hugely entertaining. Thinking about it there's not much to say, Sookie's mid wife was pretty weird but it was amusing to see the impact she had on Jackson and his brother.

    Sookie's frustration about her baby was done well and she finally gives birth, which we don't see. I did like how it ended, Lorelai on stage and getting the page, then she and Rory ran towards Sookie's house, can't wait to see baby Davey.

    Lane and the band were entertaining, Zach's annoyance at a lot of things were amusing. He was obviously in his 30's so it was a bit weird, I did like the scene when Lane said he could do it though. Nicole returning and asking Luke to just date and hold off the divorce was interesting.

    Great episode.moreless
  • Stars Hallow hosts the "Festival Of Living Pictures" event. Sookie has her baby and Luke and Nicole consider not getting a divorce and to just continue dating.

    The Festival of Living Pictures is yet another genius concept by Daniel Palladino. These are the best episodes where all characters shine and reminds you why you love this show. While the festival takes place, Sookie's baby is a week overdue. Her middle-of-the-night rant at Lorelai's, calling her unborn baby a "dumb-ass", cause he can't figure out he needs to leave the womb is just too funny that you can't get offended for her. Lorelai had a typical genius answer when Sookie asks, how did she get Rory out, "I swallowed a map". I actually missed that line the first time around. Back to the Festival... various famous works of art, are recreated using people (dressed in makeup and costumes) against the a painted backdrop. The actual portrayals were amazing. I am not sure if it was trick photography or if the cinematographer found the optimal angle and distance to show the "art". In each case, the characters LOOKED like paintings or sculptures. I did not expect these otherwise hap-hazzard characters to pull it off. Including Kirk playing an angry Jesus in the Last Supper. The episode had it's usual gaffs. Lorelai begged for a part and made a remark that she could not wait to wear the dress again, however the custom was a pleasant blouse and a pair of jeans and only her head was shown. The painted lady WAS wearing a dress however. Perhaps at the last minute they chose to only use her and her partner's heads. The stage that was used to put this on, was massive and one has to think, since they provide so many 360 degree shots of the town, where in the world did they put this stage? Each portrayal was accompanied by beautiful classical music, however you never see any musicians. But all in all, great episode.. a classic.moreless
  • The festival of Living Pictures is coming to Stars Hollow and so is Davie lol

    Davie's birth is coming and Jackson's brother is there, I like Jackson but his brother is too stupid! The pager idea is great and Bruce is scary.

    The festival of Living Art is back and Taylor wants to make the town that was suppose to host is jelouze. I love all those preparations, the performers, the costumes, the sets. Kirk as Jesus is good lol and specially because of the Judas thing.

    Lane's new guitarist, Gil, is very old but he is great, really.

    I have to say I was proud of Kirk when Taylor said they were going to give up. He just got into the character, he preached to all and made them get back to the plans and host the festival. Sookie is freaking out again, the baby is not coming out lol but he had to pick the best moment.

    Rory was great doing the living portrait, and so was the one of The Last Supper. Lorelai was brave, she was determined to keep still and she did even when the baby pager started ringing.moreless
Sean Gunn

Sean Gunn

Kirk Gleason (Episodes 44 - , recurring previously)

Keiko Agena

Keiko Agena

Lane Kim

Alexis Bledel

Alexis Bledel

Rory Gilmore

Lauren Graham

Lauren Graham

Lorelai Gilmore

Melissa McCarthy

Melissa McCarthy

Sookie St. James

Scott Patterson

Scott Patterson

Luke Danes

Rusty Schwimmer

Rusty Schwimmer


Guest Star

Nick Offerman

Nick Offerman

Beau Melville

Guest Star

Lynda Scarlino

Lynda Scarlino

Buff Otis

Guest Star

Sebastian Bach

Sebastian Bach


Recurring Role

John Cabrera

John Cabrera


Recurring Role

Sally Struthers

Sally Struthers

Babette Dell

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • During the Festival of Living Pictures as the curtains close on a painting the viewers don't see, Taylor announces that the painting was Pablo Picasso's "Guernica", but it would be impossible to re-enact this painting with people as it is not a portrait but an abstract painting of shapes and figures.

    • When Lorelai is talking about being the Renoir girl, she says that she'd "do anything to wear that pretty dress again" however when it comes to Lorelai's costume and makeup as the Renoir girl all she wears for the part is a peasant shirt and jeans.

    • At the end of the episode we see both Rory and Lorelai running towards Sookie's house to be at Davey's birth, but in "Blame Booze and Melville," Rory is totally disgusted by the idea of Sookie being in labor.

    • In the beginning of the episode, Rory is doing her laundry. When she realizes the washer doesn't work, she's holding a pile of laundry. In one shot a pink shirt is on top of the pile but when they switch shots the pink shirt is in the middle of the pile.

    • Rory says she will trick Taylor into making Lorelai the Renoir girl, which is not like Rory at all, but it shows how strong their relationship is.

    • When Lorelai is showing Sookie the box of when she was pregnant with Rory, the magazine with John Travolta is right-side-up in one shot but in the next shot, it's upside-down.

  • QUOTES (15)

    • Rory: Hey, you hear that?
      Lorelai: What?
      Rory: No music.
      Lorelai: And the band stopped playing, too.
      (Lane walks in through the back door)
      Rory: Hi, Lane.
      Lorelai: How's it going there?
      (Lane walks to the sink, turns the faucet on, and sticks her head under the water.)
      Rory: You think she can hear us?
      Lorelai: I think out of self-defense her ears have become vestigial organs.

    • (the band are talking about new replacement, Gil)
      Zach: Right here.
      (points to his eyes)
      Zach: he's got some lines. That blows my mind.
      Brian: What is he, late thirties?
      Zach: Approaching forty.
      Lane: Forty?
      Brian: He was alive before man walked on the moon.
      Zach: Don't do that, man. You're freaking me out.
      Lane: Let's not be over-dramatic, guys. I mean, he is an incredible guitarist.
      Zach: He's had a lot of time to practice.
      Brian: And the bicentennial - he was alive for that.
      Lane: This is the best we've sounded since Dave, and he's really...
      Zach: Elderly.
      Lane: Excited.
      Brian: He was our age when we were born.
      Lane: He thinks we're great
      Brian: There were no cd's when he was born.
      Zach: Stop it, man. I mean it.
      Lane: Maybe there's a way to offset his oldness. Put a hat on him. Dress him up like Angus Young in AC/DC - that schoolboy outfit.
      Brian: He could have seen AC/DC with their original lead singer.
      Zach: And 1980 is when that guy choked on his own vomit. That's old.
      Lane: You want to stop the audition?
      Brian: We shouldn't be rude.
      Lane: Good.
      Zach: Fine, we'll keep going, but remember, any new member has to be approved by all of us. So one vote against, and he's back at bingo.

    • Rory: That woman's staring at me.
      Lorelai: Oh, Mrs. Van-uppity? Well, maybe you're just her type.
      (Later, after town meeting is over)
      Lorelai: Wait.
      Rory: Why?
      Lorelai: I want to see if she asks you out.

    • Lorelai: She was the most beautiful pink all over. She even smelled pink. That sounds weird. I can't describe it - that little, pink, baby smell. The first time her eyes focused on me and her little fingers reached out...I was someone new. She had me.

    • Sookie: Yours came out. How'd you get yours out?
      Lorelai: I swallowed a map.

    • Sookie: Hey, you know, Bruce spent two years in China educating poor villagers on female issues.
      Lorelai: Oh, I hear they got great Chinese food there.

    • Sookie: This is the position I'm going to be in for the baby. She wants me to get used to it.
      Bruce: Less tearing this way.
      Lorelai: Ohh, smack that image right out of my head.

    • Rory: Well, if they want an Anthea for "Portrait of a Young Girl Named Anthea," then they're going to have to have you for the Renoir girl.
      Lorelai: Well, look at you folding your laundry all haughty and powerful.
      Rory: Bada-bing all over his nice ivy-league suit.
      Lorelai: Rory, you couldn't do that. Come on. It would be embarrassing, it would be manipulative, and can you do it tonight?

    • Lorelai: I just thought of the perfect painting for Luke to be in. "Cranky Guy in Baseball Cap."
      Rory: Was that Manet or Monet?
      Lorelai: That was mustard on my hamburger and a side of fries, please.
      Rory: She's the queen of segues.
      Luke: She's the queen of something.

    • Taylor: Would you like to say a few words, Mrs. Otis?
      Mrs. Otis: Your enthusiasm...shocks me.
      Lorelai: Is that good?
      Rory: Hard to tell.

    • Lane: I'm trying not to get my hopes up, but I've already figured out that our Spin cover should be against a bloodred backdrop with a skull hovering over us.
      Lorelai: Oh, well, very Norman Rockwell.

    • Jackson: Got a honey of a sheet. It's the top of the line. The little thing will come out and carom right down into the catcher's arms.
      Lorelai: While we all yell, "Hey, batter, batter, batter?"

    • Kirk: Whoo-hoo!
      Lorelai: What'd you get, Kirk?
      Kirk: Christ in 'The Last Supper.'
      Lorelai: The big kahuna!
      Kirk: I'm gonna do it right, too. Lots of research. What's a good book to read?
      Lorelai: Uh, the Bible?
      Kirk: Right. Yo, where are my apostles? Where are my homeboys? James, son of Alpheus, give me five!

    • Taylor: 'The Last Supper' cannot be funky.

    • Lorelai: How's your research coming along, Kirk?
      Kirk: Good, although I got off to a slow start. I didn't realize Jesus wasn't in the Old Testament 'til I hit page 368.

  • NOTES (5)


    • Taylor: ... in France, our former ally"

      Taylor is referring to how diplomatic relations deteriorated between France and the U.S. over the war in Iraq.
      Just a few months before the episode was aired, France refused to join the Americans and the British in their military operation in Iraq.

    • Lorelai: I'm a Weeble, and Weebles wobble.
      Lorelai is referring to the Hasbro's Playskool toy "Weebles". The popular catch phrase of the toy is "Weebles wobble, but they don't fall down."

    • Lane: We could dress him up like Angus Young in AC/DC, that school boy outfit.
      Brian: He could have seen AC/DC with their original lead singer.
      Zack: And 1980 is when that guy choked on his own vomit.

      The lead singer of AC/DC, Angus Young, always wore a school boy outfit during concerts and CD covers. Bon Scott was found dead in a car after a night of heavy drinking. He died to to alcohol poisoning.

    • When Lorelai is freaking out about flinching Rori tells her to "think of England." This is a reference to the phrase "close your eyes and think of England". This phrase is believed to originate from the 1912 journal of Lady Hillingdon when speaking of having relations with her husband. It is commonly used as advice given to women when confronted with the inevitability of sexual intercourse, or encouragement to either sex about doing anything unpalatable.

    • Gil: I had another band..

      Sebastian Bach, who plays Gil, was the lead singer of world famous heavy metal band Skid Row. He was fired from the band in 1997 due to obnoxious behaviour.

    • Taylor: "Oh well, whatever, nevermind."

      This is a quote from the Nirvana song Smells Like Teen Spirit.

    • Lorelai: Well, look at you folding your laundry all haughty and powerful.
      Rory: Bada-bing all over his nice ivy-league suit.

      This is a reference to dialogue in The Godfather:
      "...You gotta get up close like this... badaBING! you blow their brains all over your nice Ivy League suit. ...."