Gilmore Girls

Season 4 Episode 10

The Nanny and the Professor

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Jan 20, 2004 on The WB



  • Trivia

    • When Lorelai arrives for Friday night dinner (the one where the Historical Society is showing people around), her parents and Rory are not only already at the dining table, they've also started dinner without Lorelai. Normally, dinner is preceded by drinks. Either Lorelai is very late in which case it's strange that her parents don't say anything about it and Lorelai doesn't apologize. Or this is very out of character especially for Emily, who usually insists on them all starting dinner together. Even with all the people in the house, it's strange.

    • This is the first episode since "Chicken or Beef" that the Open/Closed sign is on Luke's door.

    • When Rory is sitting up in her bed telling Paris off, her clock behind her says 4:12 but when she lays down and they switch shots to Paris saying "I smell like pipe tobacco", and then back to Rory, her clock has skipped ahead five minutes to 4:17.

    • When Lorelai and Rory are talking at the kitchen table, the amount of water, and the cap, change positions in between shots.

    • Both Jason and Lorelai refer to Jason's dog (Cyrus) as a male. However, it is quite obvious that the dog is a female.

    • When Rory walks in on Lorelai sweeping the crumbs under the counter, the cabinet door where Lorelai got the broom is open. However, when Rory surprises her and she jumps up, the cabinet door is closed.

    • When Jason is showing off the pop-up TV, the remote jumps out of his hand and back again when the camera angle changes.

  • Quotes

    • Lorelai: My mother also said she wasn't wearing any underwear.
      Jason: Emily wasn't wearing any underwear?!

    • Lorelai: Fonzie used the bathroom as his office.
      Sookie: Yeah, and what's good enough for the Fonz should be good enough for you.
      Michel: He didn't use the bathroom as his office where he was paid, in the autoshop he had a real office and the teacher's lounge when he became a teacher.
      Lorelai: Okay, you're taking the Fonzie thing way too far!

    • Jason: I don't know. Somebody slips up.
      Lorelai: I never slip up. I'm completely non-slip. I'm like one of those rubber mats you stick in the bottom of the tub.

    • Emily: Yes, and we have a special surprise for you for dessert. We brought it back from Switzerland.
      Lorelai: We're getting a mountain goat?

    • Rory: Yes, what about that? This guy's risking everything - his job, his reputation.
      Lorelai: Yes, well. . .he'll always have Paris.

    • Lorelai: The plural of cul-de-sac is culs-de-sac?
      Rory: Yes.
      Lorelai: That doesn't even sound like English.
      Rory: That's because it's French.

    • Rory: (about Paris dating an older man) Maybe it's a phase. It'll pass.
      Lorelai: Oh, yeah, or he will.

    • Lorelai: Rory, come on. When you're dating an older man, you're probably doing older-man things.

    • Doyle: What is this?
      Rory: Strawberry ice cream.
      Doyle: It has strawberries in it.
      Rory: I don't even know how to respond to that.

    • Rory: Paris is seeing somebody else.
      Lorelai: Really? A psychiatrist?

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • Lorelai: We're sleeping together, and you're taking bare-butted women to functions?
      Jason: Crystal is just a friend.
      Lorelai: A friend named Crystal?! Who are you, Hugh Hefner?

      Hugh Hefner is the founder and chief of Playboy Enterprises. Ironically, he was engaged to marry a woman named Crystal Harris in 2011 before she called off the engagement.

    • Lorelai: Sixty? Like, sixty sixty?
      Rory: Mom!
      Lorelai: I'm sorry, it's just now I know who Woody Allen's next leading lady is going to be!

      The actor Woody Allen was found to have inappropriate pictures of Soon-Yi Previn, the adopted daughter of his partner Mia Farrow. After separating from Farrow, Allen and Previn got married when he was 62 and she was 28.

    • Lorelai: Fonzie used the bathroom as his office.

      Lorelia is referring to the character Arthur Herbert "Fonzie" Fonzarelli from the 1974 show "Happy Days". In the show Fonzie sometimes referred to the bathroom at the local dinner as his office.

    • Michel: I'm being Punk'd. I know I'm being Punk'd.

      Punk'd is an American hidden camera practical joke television series on MTV. "Punk'd" refers to the act of having such a prank played on oneself, and the word also refers to the show's style of prank itself.

    • Lorelai: He'll always have Paris.

      This is in reference to a quote from Casablanca in which Humphrey Bogart's character Rick says to Ilsa "We'll always have Paris. We didn't have, we, we lost it until you came to Casablanca. We got it back last night."

    • Episode Title: The Nanny and the Professor

      The title of this episode is the same as the title of ABC's TV show about a mysterious Mary Poppins-like nanny taking care of the widowed professor Everett and his three children .

    • Jason: I'm not a hologram.

      Chris Eigeman (Jason) played the hologram character Rimmer in the pilot for a proposed American remake of the BBC series Red Dwarf.