Gilmore Girls

Season 6 Episode 11

The Perfect Dress

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Jan 10, 2006 on The WB
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Feeling that he has missed too much and wants to get to know his newly discovered daughter April, Luke goes to have a talk with her mother, his former girlfriend Anna Nardini. Meanwhile, Lorelai sets a date for the wedding after finding the perfect dress, but she is worried by the nagging feeling that something is about to go wrong. Back at Yale, Rory happily moves into a dingy off-campus apartment with Paris and Doyle, and tries to avoid running into Logan. However, when Logan shows up at her apartment and declares his love for her, Rory breaks down.moreless

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  • Luke gets around

    I love Luke and Lorelei as a couple, but it's not clear why he broke up with April's mother Anna. She is beautiful, intelligent, self-assured. Why didn't they get married?
  • Rory moves in with Paris and Doyle. Logan crawls back to Rory, throwing Rory into confusion. Lorelai plans her wedding with the help of Sookie. Mrs. Kim has enough of Lane's foul mood. Luke talks to Anna about April.moreless

    This episode serves to move along various story arcs in the series. Mrs. Kim's "intervention" into Lane's bad mood is wonderful. I could never get enough of this storyline; Keiko is such a good actress! However, Rory's "breakdown" is completely unbelievable and Alexis Bledel's acting in this episode is uncharacteristically mediocre. In that particular scene it is just bad. She looks like she's laughing rather than crying. Paris and Doyle's apartment looks like a differently shaped set in this episode than in future ones. Lorelai planning the entire wedding in one day feels, again, just look moving the story forward. June 3rd becomes this hallmark of emotion for Lorelai in future episodes, but its inception is just so flaky. That having been said, Anna makes a great addition to the supporting cast and Lorelai's dress is beautiful!moreless
  • Lorelai finds the perfect wedding dress, Rory has a therapy session and Luke meets with Anna, his daughters mother. Great episode, I loved Rory's meltdown.

    Logan returns and after being ignored by Rory many times he finally tells her he loves her. but this doesn't go down well and she shuts a door in his face. She later has a huge but funny meltdown at a therapy session she's been forced to take. It was great how she spoke about Dean, Logan and all amusing things. 'I know, aren't I a treat!' hilarious line.

    Moving into Doyle and Paris's place is a great idea for the show, its already brilliant entertainment. How they kept fighting each other and all the locks they have on the door. Lane was also brilliantly funny here, she is extremely annoyed and snappish due to her break-up with Zach, even Mrs Kim is put out by her attitude.

    This includes her forcing a high price sale on a customer and she even scares her into taking it home herself. I liked the end of this story thought, Mrs Kim sat her down and said she should move on, they then had a shot, great moment. In other news Lorelai gets the perfect wedding dress and the whole thing gets planned in one day.

    She then feels like something is wrong but these fears disappear when Luke sees the dress and also says its perfect. Talking about Luke, he's got a lot on his place with the discovery of his daughter April. Here he meets with April's mother and his ex-girlfriend Anna.

    She seems like an okay woman and even lets Luke have contact with her. But the thing that worries me most, why isn't he telling Lorelai? He tried to but didn't, he has to. So this was a very funny and revealing episode, look forward to moremoreless
  • Lorelei plans for her wedding, and Rory has a meltdown at a psychologist's office!

    A very good episode. Rory and Lorelei went to Atlantic City, and did all the things they didn't do on Rory's birthday, because they were estanged then! They tell Luke all about it. How they played 21 and roulette, bought 21 items and got 21 guys' phone numbers! Then, Lorelie finds "the perfect dress" for her wedding! She also findsl the perfect wedding invitations, the perfect church and the perfect reception hall! She picks June 3 as the date for the wedding. Later, she wonders to Rory if it was all "too easy". Rory tells her that the snow falling on the day she told Luke proves that it was "the right sign". Later, Rory has a melt-down in the Yale school psychologist's office. She's afraid that she's going to run into Logan "everywhere" and that she even might have to give up coffee. The psychologist decides that she has to see him every week for a month! Finally, Luke decides to tell Lorelei about his daughter April, but doesn't tell her at this last minute when Lorelei comes downstairs wearing her "beutiful" wedding dress! Lorelei and Rory are great at supporting each other! A great show! I saw it yesterday on the "ABC Family" network.moreless
  • Lorelai sets a date for the wedding after finding the perfect dress, but she is worried by the feeling that something is about to go wrong. Logan shows up at her apartment and declares his love for her.moreless

    This episode is very important but a little unrealistic. It amazes me that lorilie can plan an entire wedding in a single day, with no conflicts; how ever, maybe that is just due to the perfect dress. I am so glad to see progress in Logan and rory's scenario. This episode is very important to the progress of the show. but it sets a viewer up for what comes next. The perfect dress and a date was needed to advance the relationship of Luke and Lorilie. I want to see Rory and Logan work it all out. i am everything will fall into place with those 2 but what will lorilie and Luke encounter.moreless
Alexis Bledel

Alexis Bledel

Rory Gilmore

Keiko Agena

Keiko Agena

Lane Kim

Lauren Graham

Lauren Graham

Lorelai Gilmore

Liza Weil

Liza Weil

Paris Geller (Episodes 22 - , recurring previously)

Matt Czuchry

Matt Czuchry

Logan Huntzberger

Melissa McCarthy

Melissa McCarthy

Sookie St. James

Robert Harper

Robert Harper

Dr. Shapiro

Guest Star

Patricia Place

Patricia Place


Guest Star

Kristen Trucksess

Kristen Trucksess

Professor Jileen

Guest Star

Sherilyn Fenn

Sherilyn Fenn

Anna Nardini

Recurring Role

Todd Lowe

Todd Lowe


Recurring Role

Danny Strong

Danny Strong


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (15)

    • When Lorelai and Sookie are going over dates that conflict with town's peoples plans, Sookie mentions that Lulu is going out of town and Luke asks who Lulu is. Kirk and Lulu had their first date at Luke's, and Kirk's had more than one conversation with Luke about their relationship. Before the Dragonfly opening Kirk's was panicked about spending all night with Lulu for the first time. He told Luke about his mother being allergic to Lulu which led to Kirk moving out. How is it possible Luke didn't know who Lulu was?

    • In the scene where Rory is leaving to go back to school, much of the scene from Rory's point of view looks like it was taped with Lorelai standing against a green screen.

    • When Lorelai sets the wedding date for June 3rd, in season 5's season finale, Rory's court date is June 3rd. So if Luke and Lorelai do end up getting married on June 3rd, it will be a full year since Rory's court date.

    • Lorelai decides to have daisies at her wedding, just like she wanted for her fairy tale proposal from Max.

    • First time Logan tells Rory he loves her.

    • In the scene where Rory is leaving to go back to school, Lorelai's hair is curly. In the next scene, on the same day, at Luke's Diner, her hair is straight. While shopping with Sookie for wedding items, her hair is curly again. Finally, when back at Luke's Diner, still on the same day, her hair is straight again.

    • In the scene where Lorelai and Rory are talking on the phone after Rory's appointment with her therapist, it is snowing inside the Yale cafeteria.

    • When Rory is leaving Lorelai's house to go back to school and she opens her car door, you can see members of the crew in the window.

    • When Logan is trying to talk to Rory outside of her apartment the first time when he is holding the coffee, you can clearly see that Rory unlocks the third lock first even though Paris told her to unlock the second lock first and then the third lock.

    • When Rory and Lorelai return from Atlantic City, Luke says "Don't you people believe in jet lag?" Yet, they live in Connecticut, which is in the same time zone as Atlantic City so they wouldn't get jet lag.

    • When Rory and Lorelai come back from their '21st-birthday' trip to Atlantic City they tell Luke that they met his 'doppelgänger' there, which is German and means 'double' or 'counterpart of a person'.

    • When Rory moves into Paris' apartment you can see a poster of Noam Chomsky on the wall, who is considered the father of modern linguistics. This could be the same poster mentioned by Janet (Rory and Paris's ex-suite mate) in "The Incredible Sinking Lorelais".

    • The number of views on Luke's daughter, April's web page is 1337. Or 'leet' this is probably an in-joke by the person who made the page for the episode.

    • Just before Luke leaves Anna Nardini's house and answered her if he was happy, the mirror on the wall disappeared. You can see a hole on the wall.

    • When Rory's driving away from Lorelai in the beginning of the episode, you can clearly see that there's a man driving the car, not Rory.

  • QUOTES (30)

    • Lorelai: Okay, well, first of all, video poker is my calling. I think I'm totally going to dedicate my life to it, especially the third machine in the second row of machines as you hit the entrance of Trump Taj Mahal.

    • Lorelai: By the way, sorry about all those drunken late-night phone calls.
      Luke: What drunken late-night phone calls?

    • Paris: (while showing Rory around the apartment) Now, Doyle sleeps very deeply, so don't worry about the hours. I, as you know, haven't slept through the night since the first time I saw the Wizard of Oz, thank you Mom.

    • Lane: I'm working, Zach.
      Zach: Yeah, I could tell there's a major rush on ancient crap going on here.

    • Lane: That chair is 200 years old. It's going to have some nicks. It sat in James Madison's bedroom. This chair is a piece of history. We shouldn't even be allowed to sell it to you.
      Customer: Well, I didn't mean to insult you.
      Lane: You didn't insult me. You insulted the chair and the United States of America.
      Customer: Alright, 300 is fine.
      Lane: Forget it.
      Customer: That's what the price tag says.
      Lane: Well, the price just went up flag burner. If you want the chair it's 350. If you don't, please leave because I have a lot of work to do.

    • Paris: Sit down, Logan. Let's have a little talk about your future.
      Logan: Sure, Paris.
      Paris: Now I know you think your sugar daddy runs the world and that includes this paper, and possibly in the past that was true, but not anymore. You don't scare me. Your Daddy doesn't scare me. You're Mommy doesn't scare me. If you have a brother or a sister or a really angry cat, they don't scare me either.

    • Logan: (about his and Rory's fight)It was too much for me, okay?
      Rory: It was a fight. People fight.
      Logan: Yeah, well, I don't fight. I don't want to be screaming at you in a bar. I can't take it, it's too much drama.
      Rory: Well, if you can't take a little drama, then maybe you shouldn't even be in a relationship....which you're not. So everything's good.

    • Luke: What the hell do you think you're doing?
      Kirk: I'm getting more coffee.
      Luke: You went behind my counter, Kirk.
      Kirk: I saw Lorelai do it the other day.
      Luke: Lorelai is my fiancee.
      Kirk: So only people you're sleeping with are allowed to go behind your counter?
      Luke: Yes.

    • (Rory is walking towards her apartment when she notices Logan standing there)
      Logan: I brought coffee, but it's cold.
      (she puts down her books, to unlock her door)
      Logan: Nice place you've got here. I've been discussing the proper baking soda to actual crack ratio you can get away with, with your neighbors downstairs. 2 to 1 during the day, 3 to 1 at night.
      Rory: I have ten minutes to change, then I have some place I have to be.
      Logan: It's going to take you twenty minutes to unlock the door.
      Rory: Bye, Logan.
      Logan: This place is a dump Rory. You can't live here.
      Rory: You don't get to care about where I live anymore Logan. You broke up with me....through your sister!
      Logan: I didn't mean for that to happen.
      Rory: You're a coward! Mr. Life and Death Brigade can't even break up with his girlfriend!
      Logan: Honor was bugging me. I just told her we broke up to shut her up. I needed some time.
      Rory: So, you didn't mean it?
      Logan: No, I did...I just. (sighs) It was too much for me, OK?
      Rory: It was a fight. People fight.
      Logan: Yeah, well I don't fight. I don't want to be screaming at you in a bar. I can't take that, its too much drama.
      Rory: Well, if you can't take the DRAMA then you shouldn't even be in a relationship. Which, by the way you're not, so everythings good.
      Logan: It's not that easy.
      Rory: Sure it is.
      Logan: (sighs as Rory is struggling with unlocking her door) Want some help?
      Rory: Nope!
      Logan: I bet one of those guys downstairs can help you out with getting into a locked apartment.
      Rory: (unlocks the door finally) Just go be you somewhere else Logan!
      Logan: I though I wanted to break up. I thought it was a stupid experiment, me trying to be a boyfriend. That it didn't work and I would just move on and I didn't! Couldn't actually.
      (Rory opens the door and starts to get the things she dropped on the floor)
      Logan: Rory! I love you!
      (Rory looks a little shocked)
      Rory: I have an appointment. I have to go.
      (She shuts the door and Logan stands there just staring at the shut door looking defeated)

    • (Rory just got finished talking to a professor about joining her class. She turns and sees Logan at he coffee cart. He looks at her and smiles)
      Logan: I knew you'd have to hit the coffee cart evetually.
      (Rory is standing there and turns around immediately and walks away)

    • Rory: (to Paul Anka) If you squint really hard she kinda looks like me.

    • Luke, So, who'd you end up seeing?
      Lorelai: It came down to Journey without their original lead singer, INXS without their original lead singer, Queen without their original lead singer, The Supremes without Diana, and weirdly, The James Brown Band without James Brown.

    • Lorelai: Oh my God, Look who's back.
      Rory, Well, I believe it's those adorable Gilmore Girls.
      Lorelai: My, how we have missed them.
      Rory: I hear they're different now. A little sad.
      Lorelai: A little broke.

    • Lorelai: Let's call Daddy. Make him pay for an apartment with one lock!
      Rory: No, this is the way it's supposed to be. Don't you see? I'm supposed to live in a crappy apartment. I'm supposed to eat Ramen noodles and Mac and Cheese for months!

    • Luke: (about April) I want contact. I want a relationship, I want to talk to her and see her, on a regular basis.
      Anna: But you said--
      Luke: I don't care what I said, this is what I want. I want to know my own daughter, and I want her to know me.

    • Lorelai: I'm so sorry you're a nut.
      Rory: That's OK, I'm sure Dr. Shapiro has a nice padded room for me.

    • (On the phone.)
      Rory: Guess who's crazy?
      Lorelai: Who?
      Rory: Me.

    • Dr. Shapiro: You seem very agitated.
      Rory: I'm not agitated. So I spent a night in jail, big deal. So did Martin Luther King.
      Dr. Shapiro: Are you comparing yourself with Martin Luther King?
      Rory: No, I'm not. I'm just saying that...he spent a night in jail, too.

    • Rory: I stole a boat with him! I never stole a boat with Dean!
      Dr. Shapiro: Who's Dean?
      Rory: My married ex-boyfriend whom I lost my virginity to.
      Dr. Shapiro: Wow.
      Rory: Yeah, wow. I'm a treat, huh?

    • Dr. Shapiro: You spent a night in jail. How did that feel?
      Rory: (annoyed) Great!

    • (Paris is in the middle of lecturing Logan when he leans back in his seat to look into the outer office at Rory's desk)
      Paris: Hey, either spin a plate on your nose while you do that or cut it out, cause I am speaking.
      Logan: Sorry.
      Paris: Oh, you will be. Now, let's talk about deadlines. Emphasis on 'dead'.

    • Anna: I knew how you felt about kids. You hate kids. We couldn't go to the movies before 10 o'clock at night, in case there were kids in the theatre. We would move tables in restaurants if they seated us next to a family. You would freak out if you saw a woman breastfeeding in public, you couldn't stand to watch diaper commercials and you had an unnatural hatred of Macaulay Culkin.
      Luke: Okay, fine. Maybe I was like that, but that doesn't mean I would have been that way with my own kid!

    • Lorelai: Oh my God! Oh my God!
      Luke: What?
      Lorelai: It started snowing, it started snowing, right when I started talking about signs. That, my friend, is a sign.

    • Dr. Shapiro: I heard you had some legal trouble.
      Rory: My, those are some big ears you have there, Grandma.
      Dr. Shapiro: Stealing a boat is a pretty big deal.
      Rory: I was upset.
      Dr. Shapiro: About what?
      Rory:, and things, and....stuff.

    • Sookie: So, what are your thoughts on the wedding?
      Lorelai: It should be legal.

    • Sookie: Any thoughts on the dress?
      Lorelai: There should be one.

    • (Paris gives a speech to journalists in the Yale newsroom)
      Paris: Please remember that I am your editor. I am not your mother or your hugger. If you need some love, get a hooker. If you're having a bad day, find a ledge or a way to deal. My door is not open to you, ever. You have five minutes to enjoy your cookies. Welcome to the Yale Daily News.

    • Rory: (starting to cry when she starts talking about Logan) I stole a boat with him! I never stole a boat with Dean!
      Dr. Shapiro: Who's Dean?
      Rory: My married ex-boyfriend who I lost my virginity to!
      Dr. Shapiro: Wow.
      Rory: I'm a treat. I-I don't know what I'm going to do! I can't take running him into him everyday, the paper, the hallways, coffee cart. Oh my God! I'm going to have to stop drinking coffee! And I love coffee! (starts to cry harder) I really love coffee!
      (Dr. Shapiro hands her a box of kleenex)

    • Lorelai: (to Rory) I'm going to miss you when you're murdered and stuffed into a dumpster by the doo-wop group.

    • Logan: Rory... I love you!

  • NOTES (4)


    • Lorelai: Just don't let them give you any pills; Tom Cruise will be very upset.

      After Rory came back from her psychiatrist appointment, Lorelai gave her this advice. This refers to a highly publicized and controversial issue from 2005, where actor Tom Cruise criticized actress Brooke Shields for taking pills to treat the postpartum depression she felt after giving birth to her daughter Rowan.

    • Luke: And you never told me she wore a brace! Why was she wearing a brace?!
      Anna Nardini: She'd just read Deenie.

      Deenie, by Judy Blume, is a book which, like many of her books, deals with a real life issue that faces children in the world today. In the book, a thirteen-year-old girl named Deenie (who is seemingly destined for a modeling career) finds she has a deformation of the spine called scoliosis. Deenie has to wear a back brace for 4 years or more! Luke's daughter, April, most likely wanted to experience what wearing a back brace would be like.

    • Rory: My, what big ears you have, Grandma!

      Dr. Shapiro tells Rory that he hears that Rory got in some legal trouble. Rory retorts with this line, referencing the classic tale Little Red Riding Hood. In the story, Little Red Riding Hood is a girl who goes to her grandmother's house, but instead of finding her grandmother lying in bed, she sees the Big Bad Wolf in her grandmother's clothes lying in the old woman's bed. The girl recognizes some striking differences between her human grandmother's appearance, and the wolf's. "But Grandma," one version of the tale relates, "What big ears you have!" "The better to hear you with," the wolf replies.

    • Lorelai: (to Paul Anka) Hey, Judas, get back here right now!

      Lorelai is referring to Judas, who betrayed Jesus.

    • Lorelai: (talking about Rory's new room) It's Angela's Ashes!

      Angela's Ashes is an autobiographical book by Frank McCourt. Lorelai is referring to the miserable conditions Frank and his family lived in in Ireland back in the first half of the 20th century.

    • Sookie: You've got the golden ticket!

      The golden ticket is a reference to the classic Charlie and the Chocolate Factory movie (originally a book by Roald Dahl), in which Charlie Bucket finds a golden ticket that allows him access to the Chocolate Factory.