Gilmore Girls

Season 7 Episode 5

The Great Stink

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Oct 24, 2006 on The WB
out of 10
User Rating
360 votes

By Users

Episode Summary


Emily and Richard are delighted to see Lorelai and Christopher are dating. Sherry has contacted Christopher regarding visitation with Gigi. Logan returns to town for a surprise visit. Rory is thrilled until she meets his colleagues. Meanwhile, Stars Hollow is plagued by a terrible odor.

Who was the Episode MVP ?

No results found.
  • Romantic Episode

    I loved this episode. I always love it when it involves Rory and Logan. I thought it was sweet that he came back and surprised her. Her ramble after the business dinner was over was cute, and definitely showed her jealousy. Logan never got mad just let her vent, and made sure she knew she was still loved and missed. It made me sigh happily.

    Lorelai and Chris I thought friday night dinner was interesting with Lorelai agreeing to whatever her mother said with Emily never picking up on the tension. Them making up at the end was nice, but not sure how long it will last. We shall see.moreless
  • Logan is so romantic, Chris is alright, Bobby is an affected Snob.

    I LOVE this episode, with capitol Letters. Logan is so romantic, i love wat e to het Rory on the roof, and there were lights every where, which made it seem all te more fairytale-ish, and i love teir converation, and i love what Rory calls Logan, a Work Dork?! I love their conversations. "One more kiss, and i'll let you go." "You promise?" "Try me." And then he maneges to get away. "No fair!" "I'll call you later." "Work dork!" "Work dork Lover!" It's so CUTE! I hate Bobby, she is just so...arrrggg! The way she carryed on during the dinner, and I agree with Rory all the way about what she says about Bobby. "And how many times does a person have to stand up during dinner. You have legs, ok, we get that!" And what Bobby said when she left the table?! "Don't get excited boys, i'm just going to the loo. And then she curtsies! "Be free to say all sorts of cheeky things about me when i'm gone." I'm sorry, but EXCUSE ME! I hate her. And i love what Logan says "Your so cute when you'r jealous." And April comes to stay with Luke, i just think it is so cool, and it's so sweet how she tries to set her dad up with her science teacher. She talks a lot, she is only one year younger tan me, and she is sooo cute!moreless
  • Logan is back from London and pays Rory a surprise visit. Lorelai and Chris attends their first fridaynight dinner as a couple.

    This episode also felt really like a classic GG-episode. I loved the rotten-pickle story, where else would a pickle-train derail but outside Stars Hollow...?!?! ;-)

    The end-scene where Chris are driving Lorelai and Rory back to Stars Hollow and they are sitting there quietly listening to music and then the smell just hits them, that was just hilarious... :-D

    I liked the fact that Lorelai dared to speak her mind to Chris and get involved in GiGi. Even though it lead to a fight, it was a good fight, that just ended up cementing them as a couple even more.

    It was really nice to see Rory happy in this episode, she has been unhappy and missing Logan for so long, I've almost forgotten what she looks like when she smiles... :-)

    Great epi.moreless
  • Writer Gina Fattore has outdone herself. An episode in the true GG spirit; witty dialog, typical Stars Hollow, excentric storyline. Classic pickle-train conducting dialog!

    Watching this episode again now that the Gilmore Girls are done - sadly - I think I am going to be bold and say that I believe no one could have told this episode had not been written by Amy Sherman-Palladino if it had not been not she had dropped out. The pickles episode features the very mixture of quirky small town atmosphere, slightly bizarre humor and fast quick-witted dialog in the 40es-Katharine Hepburn-Cary Grant-movie style that was the hallmark of the show from the start (the pickle-train conducting conversation between Lorelai and Rory is a classic!). Those who did not like it were either determined to find something was missing because they knew ASP was no longer with the show or else they were unhappy about Chris and Lorelai getting back together, but if that was a mistake it has to be blamed on Sherman-Palladino since that is where she took the series by means of the last episode of Season 6.

    No, I found this episode highly entertaining and really well-written. It should be noted that Chris does what Lorelai will fail to do a little later. His relationship with Lorelai is really only beginning o develop, but when he receives the letter from Sherry he immediately shares it with her whereas she keeps the character reference she is writing for Luke a secret. We do not know this at this point, of course, but if we remember it later we see in retrospect that Chris was always far more committed to this relationship than Lorelai.

    Excellent work, Gina Fattore! (The other episode she wrote, 'Will You Be My Lorelai Gilmore?' was very good, too)moreless
  • Love, love, love !

    This episode was really nice. I love Rory and Logan together ! Him planning the whole meteor trick on the roof was so incredibly romantic... i mean every girl who has a man thousands of miles away would want him to show up unexpected to watch the stars!

    The pickle storyline was simply hilarious.

    And I am growing fonder of the Lor / Chris combo ep after ep !

    Emily doesn't even realize that the entire time she refers to as the most wonderful during Friday night dinner both Lorelai and Christopher were sulking!moreless
Nicolette Collier

Nicolette Collier


Guest Star

Adetokumboh M'Cormack

Adetokumboh M'Cormack


Guest Star

Chris Payne Gilbert

Chris Payne Gilbert


Guest Star

David Sutcliffe

David Sutcliffe

Christopher Hayden

Recurring Role

Michael Winters

Michael Winters

Taylor Doose

Recurring Role

Liz Torres

Liz Torres

Miss Patty

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (7)

    • Lorelai meets Christopher and G.G. for lunch in Christopher's neighborhood. However, Christopher still lives in Boston, and Lorelai lives in Stars Hollow. Even if Stars Hollow was located right on the Connecticut/Massachusetts border (and throughout the series, various geographical reference points to actual Connecticut towns indicate it is farther away from Massachusetts), the drive into Boston would be at least an hour. It is unrealistic that Lorelai would drive over two hours just for lunch... even if Stars Hollow did smell like pickles!

    • When Lorelai and Christopher drive to Friday-night dinner, Chris puts on the radio and the song that's playing is Skid Row's "18 and Life". The lead singer of Skid Row is Sebastian Bach who appears as Gil the guitarist of Lane's band in the show.

    • Although Luke is still wearing a black hat (not the blue one Lorelai gave him) this episode marks the beginning of Luke wearing a different black hat that has a plastic size adjuster like his old blue one.

    • Emily says that Lorelai and Christopher drank the 1975 wine that Richard had been saving for ten years, making the year 1985. Since Rory's 16th birthday was in 2000, she would have been born already, making it unlikely that Lorelai (who grew up fast after being pregnant) would steal wine and drink with Christopher.

    • When Richard gets up to see Emily's jail pictures he throws his napkin down twice.

    • Christopher says that Gigi is now four years old, but in the season 6 episode, "Bridesmaids Revisited" which aired in February 2006, Gigi was only three and in the season 3 episode "Dear Emily and Richard", when Gigi was born, that episode aired in February 2003, which makes her fourth birthday, next February.

    • Christopher mentions that he and Sherry were married and are now divorced.

  • QUOTES (13)

    • Lorelai: The town smells like pickles, because a pickle train was derailed.
      Rory: A train full of pickles, who knew there was such a thing?
      Lorelai: Well, pickle train conductors, for one. Sounds so fun. I would have been the greatest pickle train conductor. Can you see me? 'All ... all aboard, you ... pickles!'
      Rory: Hm, clearly you missed your calling.
      Lorelai: Well, luckily there's you, you're young, you're clever, you are our great pickle train conducting hope!
      Rory: I can't believe I'm missing this.
      Lorelai:Well, you can celebrate next year on the anniversary. Now, what's going on with you?
      Rory: Well, I can't make it to Friday night dinner tonight, but I have a very good excuse!
      Lorelai: Pickle train conducting seminar?
      Rory: Logan's in town!
      Lorelai: No way!
      Rory: Yeah, he showed up last night. It was a total surprise!
      Lorelai: I can't believe you let me go on and on about pickle train conducting when you had actual news!
      Rory: You had news! Stars Hollow smells like pickles. I can completely see that scrolling along the CNN crawl.
      Lorelai: Logan in town is totally pre-pickle news! How long is he here for?
      Rory: 6 1/2 more hours. He flew in yesterday, bought a company and he's flying back out tonight.
      Lorelai: Oh my God! What are you guys gonna do with your precious remaining hours or don't I wanna know?
      Rory: Mom!
      Lorelai: Well because you might be farming rutabagas or something and I wouldn't wanna know 'cause ... boring!
      Rory: Well, tonight I'm meeting him in Manhattan to celebrate.
      Lorelai: Fancy restaurant?
      Rory: Rutabaga farm, actually! Well, but I'm sorry about dinner, I did not mean to abandon you in your time of need!
      Lorelai: No worries, I'm not going to be totally defenseless, I'm bringing your Dad!
      Rory: Really!? Wow!
      Lorelai: Yeah, thought it was time he meet the parents!
      Rory: OK, that is pre-pickle news, my friend!
      Lorelai: Aw, this conversation has been a disaster, hasn't it?
      Rory: Yes, it has!
      Lorelai: Alright! Bring, bring. Hi Rory, how are you?
      Rory: Hi Mom, Logan's in town!
      Lorelai: Oh my goodness! That's wonderful!
      Rory: We're farming rutabagas!
      Lorelai: Oh, you're a filthy child! I will disown you, bringing your father to dinner! Pickles, pickles, pickles smell, pickle train conducting!
      Rory: Alas! Alack!
      Lorelai: Good talk!
      Rory: The best!
      Lorelai: Bye!

    • Lorelai: 'Not saying what I think is not what I'm known for, if you know what I mean.'
      Sookie: 'No, no, I don't, it's not what you're known for, it's what you're not known for, I mean, you're not what you're not ... (she gestures helplessly) ... you're usually quite frank.'

    • Rory: You are smiling at me. Why are you smiling at me?
      Logan: Because you are very cute when you're jealous.

    • Rory: I'm so happy.
      Logan: Me to...(he kisses her head) You know you can't do this in London? The city lights are so bright you almost never see the stars.
      Rory: Yeah, but it's London.
      Logan: Ahhh...
      Rory: Wait are you tired of London?
      Logan: I'm tired of not being around you.

    • (Logan is trying to leave for a meeting and Rory is in bed trying to pull him back in)
      Rory: Work dork
      Logan: Did you just call me a work dork?
      Rory: Admit it, just admit you are a work dork.
      Logan: I'll admit I'm a work dork if you admit that you love that I'm a work dork.
      Rory: Done
      (He kisses her)
      Logan: Now I really have to go.
      Rory: Hey I have ways of making you stay, you know?
      Logan: I know, I know but take pity on me please.

    • Rory: ...And most of all I hate the fact that in a few seconds you will be in that car leaving me again.
      Logan: That's a hell of a long way to go just to say I miss you.
      Rory: Any thoughts in response?
      Logan: I miss you too, Ace.
      Rory: Five words. You only used five words.
      Logan: Yeah well I'm not done yet. (He kisses her while they stand on the street)

    • Rory: Work dork!
      Logan: Work dork lover!

    • Rory: I can't believe that you're leaving in only 26 hours and 45 minutes.
      Logan: Come on, think positive that's an entire lifetime to a fruit fly.
      Rory: Actually you're thinking of a mayfly, fruit flies can live for up to months, so what do you say can you stay for a month?

    • (Christopher is trying to get his TiVo remote from Lorelai)
      Christopher: Gimme that.
      Lorelai: No, no
      Christopher: Gimme.
      Lorelai: No! Not until you explain your choices.
      Christopher: What?
      Lorelai: The View, Girlfriends, Sabado Gigante? Who controls this thing, you or Pedro Almodovar?
      Christopher: It's the nanny!
      Lorelai: Sure, it's a likely story.
      Christopher: Gimme, gimme, gimme.

    • Lorelai: Uh, tennis balls!
      Christopher: I actually have tennis balls.
      Lorelai: Penn or Wilson?
      Christopher: You're joking?!
      Lorelai: Paul Anka's must be Penn, they must be new, they must be green, NOT orange and green just green.

    • Lorelai : Pickles.
      Rory: Pickles?
      Lorelai: Pickles.
      Rory: Pickles pickles?
      Lorelai: Pickles pickles.

    • Michel: If all the air around you smelled like pickles and there was no where to run, no where to hide, would you find that at all bothersome?

    • Lorelai: I don't think we are having a communal massive heart attack.

  • NOTES (6)

  • ALLUSIONS (11)

    • Sookie: Friday afternoon in the park with Christopher.

      An allusion to the Sondheim musical "Sunday in the Park with George," about the Impressionist painter Georges Seurat.

    • Emily: The way Bunny Ferguson grunts -- oh! I mean, it's one thing if you're Maria Sharapova and you're 120 pounds and a 7-foot blond teenager.

      Maria Yuryevna Sharapova is a Russian professional tennis player and model. She is a former World No. 1 ranked player and is currently the second ranked female tennis player in the world. As of the end of 2006, she is the world's highest-paid female athlete.

    • Sookie: Milton Berle, are you saying my kitchen smells like Milton Berle?

      Milton Berle was an American comedian and actor. As the manic host of NBC's Texaco Star Theater (1948-1955), he became known as Uncle Miltie to millions during television's first golden age.

    • Bill: Experience that led to a mutiny. It's not like anyone ever gave Captain Bligh another ship after the Bounty.

      William Bligh was an officer of the British Royal Navy and Colonial Administrator. He is best known for the famous mutiny that occurred against his command aboard HMAV Bounty, and the remarkable voyage he made to Timor, on the Bounty's launch, after being set adrift by the mutineers. Many years after the Bounty mutiny, he was appointed Governor of New South Wales.

    • Rory: But by invitation only. And it'll be like an online version of the Algonquin group, like throwing a party in your head where everyone you've ever wanted to talk to is there The Algonquin Group is a global venture development firm that delivers solutions and advice for businesses in a rapidly changing world. We are committed to meeting the needs of our clients with insight, innovation and integrity.

      Rory is talking about the Alconquin Round Table which was a group in the 1920's composed of famous writers, playwrights and other wits who met for lunch at the Algonquin Hotel. These included Dorothy Parker and S.J. Perleman.

    • Rory: Yeah, but you can't be tired of London. Samuel Johnson said, "When you're tired of London, you're tired of life".

      Samuel Johnson was one of England's greatest literary figures: a poet, essayist, biographer, lexicographer and often considered the finest critic of English literature. He was also a great wit and prose stylist whose bons mots are still frequently quoted in print today.

    • Lorelai: Wow, how Dangerous Liaisons of her. She doesn't call. She doesn't e-mail. Then she sends you a letter with a wax seal that weighs roughly the same as a porterhouse.

      Dangerous Liaisons is a 1988 film directed by Stephen Frears. It is based upon a play by Christopher Hampton which in turn is based on the classic eighteenth-century novel Les Liaisons Dangereuses, by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos. The original English-language film, which has characters speaking American English, strives for an authentic French sensibility: conversations are hushed, almost whispered, in an effort to evoke the grace and reserve of eighteenth-century nobility.

    • Lorelai: Who controls this thing, you or Pedro Almodovar?

      Pedro Almodovar is a two-time Academy Award-winning Spanish filmmaker.
      He is known for making movies for and about women, which usually show a deep understanding of women.

    • Lorelai: The Ice Hotel.

      There are a couple of ice hotels around the world, for instance in Canada and Sweden. Lorelai doesn't mention which one she's talking about but since she's talking about reindeer meat and vodka, she's most likely referring to the one in Jukkasjärvi, Sweden. In northern Sweden, quite a few people make a living out of owning reindeer and Sweden is also famous for its Absolut Vodka.

    • Rory: Oh, well, he's talked my ear off about you, too. All of you. I'm practically Van Gogh with my earlessness.

      Vincent Van Gogh was a famous Dutch painter, best known for his works "Starry Night" and "Sunflowers." In a famous 1888 incident, he became so angry that he slashed off his left earlobe with a razor.

    • Episode Title: The Great Stink

      The Great Stink or The Big Stink was a time in the summer of 1858 during which the smell of untreated sewage almost overwhelmed people in central London, England.

      In this episode, "The Great Stink" refers to pickles that fell out of a train near Stars Hollow. The pickles got hot from the sun, and started to smell.