Gilmore Girls

Season 2 Episode 4

The Road Trip to Harvard

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Oct 23, 2001 on The WB
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To escape everyone's reaction to the news of the broken engagement, Lorelai and Rory hit the road, and stumble upon the bed and breakfast from hell before eventually arriving at Harvard, where Rory gets a taste of college life and Lorelai muses over what might have been; Lane comes home loaded with bootlegs from Seoul; Lorelai breaks into tears when she sees the chuppah that Luke made for her; Luke commiserates with Lorelai even though he's secretly overjoyed to hear that the wedding's off; Lorelai decides to get serious about making her dream of opening an inn a reality.moreless

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  • Lorelai and Rory go on a road trip. Really good episode.

    Another great episode. It was good to just have a Lorelai and Rory based one. I liked how it was kind of how Lorelai had to move on, get her head around Max and the wedding. It was funny when Lorelai was complaining about having no music, while Rory was worried about being lost. The hotel was really amusing, the whole bell thing. The receptionist was strangely chipper, a bit weird. Rory's comment about the cat was funny, plus Lorelai's reaction to the overly flowery room was good.

    Liked that Luke was happy when he found out about Lorelai and Max's broken engagement. Rory and Lorelai trying to sneak out without being seen by everyone at the B&B was brilliant, Rory's disgust at being left alone was amusing, a nice touch. It was cool to see Rory fit in so well at Harvard . Lorelai was funny throughout there time there, talking to the college guy and taking a picture of Rory in the dorm. The Susie thing was really funny.

    Emily's disgust at the slide show, this was great. The present thing was good to, actually good to see them having a sort of friendly fight for a change. Lane is back, yay! Glad to see Lorelai making the choice to start doing things about opening her own in with Sookie, Luke giving her advice was nice, when are they going to get together? Great episode.moreless
  • Masi Oka!!!

    Rory and Lorelai stop at a bed and breakfast. It's creepy and called the Chesire Cat. Lorelai decides to take a trip to Harvard to Rory's surprise. They have a great time there! Lorelai tells Sookie to spread the word that she and Max aren't getting married. Everyone feels very sorry for her. Lane is back! She says that Korea wasn't really all that bad. Lorelai decides to start her inn with Sookie. Luke offers to help.

    This was a very good episode! Masi Oka was in it! He's so awesome! I give this episode a 9.0 out of 10!moreless
  • The wedding is cancelled. Rory and Lorelai go on a road trip and end up doing an impromptu tour of Harvard.

    This was a very good episode. I was sad when Lorelai broke up with Max, but I do think it was for the best. I though the whole Cheshire Cat B and B sequence was funny. The inn was weird in some ways. Those flowers on the wall of their room were insane, that is for certain. Rory and Lorelai are definitely not that kind of people after seeing this. I was quite impressed with the Harvard campus. Rory could have really done well there if she had chosen it instead of Yale. I was really surprised when she chose Yale instead of Havard considering how obssessed she was with Harvard.moreless
  • Knowing Harvard and a fresh start

    The Gilmore Girls are on a road trip and end up going to Harvard.

    The get to see all the campus, the dorms, the library, they even break into a room and take pictures.

    Rory watches a class and answers the teacher's questions right.

    She fits in.

    Lorelai sees the photos of the ones that finished Harvard and gets sad, she never got that chance.

    Meanwhile the word is out and everyone know about the wedding, Sookie tells Luke and he offers a round of free coffee.

    Then they come back...

    Lorelai sees the huppah in the garden and she cries...

    After talking to Luke, she decides to start moving with the Inn...moreless
  • This eposide was great epsoide. When Rory and Lorelai go visit to Harvard. I enjoying watching this eposide. Rory was very smart person when professor ask her a question. This is the best eposide in 2nd season. This is one of my favorite eposide in GG.moreless

    This eposide was great epsoide. When Rory and Lorelai go visit to Harvard. I enjoying watching this eposide. Rory was very smart person when professor ask her a question. This is the best eposide in 2nd season. This is one of my favorite eposide in Gilmore Girls. Lorelai was wonderful mother to Rory. Lorelai made her daughter dream to go to Harvard. Lorelai was the best mother in Gilmore Girls. I think this eposide was a also like a life lesson. This eposide tell me how harvard universty is going to be how is college life. This eposide was very special eposide.moreless
Susan Ruttan

Susan Ruttan

Bed & Breakfast Wife

Guest Star

Nancy Lenehan

Nancy Lenehan


Guest Star

Brian Reddy

Brian Reddy

Bed & Breakfast Husband

Guest Star

Liz Torres

Liz Torres

Miss Patty

Recurring Role

Sean Gunn

Sean Gunn

Kirk Gleason

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (13)

    • When Lorelai goes into to Luke's after they return from Harvard, her serves her a cup of coffee to go. When she leaves the diner, she has the cup in her hand but when she approaches Rory and Lane, seemingly immediately after leaving Luke's, she no longer has the cup in her hand.

    • While there have been several things that have indicated Luke's feelings for Lorelai, this episode marks the first occasion that he has blatantly let his feelings show. Immediately after hearing of the broken engagement, a crabby Luke becomes instantly chipper and announces that coffee is on the house!

    • When Rory tells Lane about the Harvard trip, she mentions seeing "where I might live next year." But at this point in time Rory is only starting the 11th grade, it's still another two years before she move out for college.

    • When Lorelai and Rory are driving in the Jeep you can see a lot of the equipment shadows.

    • The Asian student who briefly turns around in the Harvard Philosophy class which Rory sits in on is Masi Oka, who plays Hiro on NBC's "Heroes". This is particularly interesting since Milo Ventimiglia (Heroes' Peter) becomes a recurring cast member with the next episode.

    • On their road trip the girls stop at Hayden's Nut House. Christopher's last name is Hayden.

      Correction: Actually the nut house is called "Haden's Nut House", not Hayden's.

    • When Lorelai and Rory are at the B&B and Lorelai is trying to get out of talking to Rory about Max by going to sleep, the quilt position keeps shifting. Sometimes you see the quilt up near the top of the bed clothes and sometimes it's folded down.

    • What happened to the 'no cell phone' rule at Luke's? Everytime Lorelai is on the phone Luke yells at her to get off or take it outside. In this episode Sookie is sitting there talking to Lorelai and Luke sees her on the phone, but doesn't say anything.

    • Rory asks Lorelai "When have we ever had a conversation about makeup?" and Lorelai responds "Never." However, the first conversation we ever heard Rory and Lorelai have in the series was a brief one about makeup.

      Possible Explanation: The first conversation of the show is simply about Rory's need of lip gloss. They're not exactly having a lesson on application or the correct tone for her skin. Rory just needs to borrow some of Lorelai's lip gloss.

    • At the end of the episode, as Lorelai gets into her car, you can see the shadow of the cameraman following her.

    • When Rory turns around after being surprised by Ladawn, she turns to the right. In the next shot, she's turning to the left.

    • When Rory consults the map, she says that they're approaching a town in New Hampshire. However, she's actually looking at a map of Long Island, New York.

    • In the opening conversation between Rory and Lorelai, the shadow of the camera equipment can be seen on Rory's face.

  • QUOTES (27)

    • Lorelai: I think it's time to make a move.
      Luke: Meaning?
      Lorelai: I'm diving in. Sookie and I are finally gonna open that inn.
      Luke: Yeah, I know.
      Lorelai:: No. I mean now. We've been talking about it and dreaming about it and it's time to finally get going on it.
      Luke:: Well, if the time is right.
      Lorelai: It is. You think I can hack being a business owner?
      Luke: I think you can hack anything.

    • Lorelai:(walking into a dorm room at Harvard) Suzie... Suzie...
      Rory: What are you doing?
      Lorelai: If anyone catches us in here, that is our excuse. Besides, there is a thirty-percent chance the girl who lives in here is named Suzie.
      Rory: Okay, this is breaking and entering. Let's go.
      Lorelai: Wait! Let me get a picture of you at the desk. (Rory sits down) No! Look at the book like you're studying. There. (Takes picture)
      Rory: Okay, now let's go.
      Lorelai: Fine. (Leave dorm room, run into another girl right outside) Oh, hey Suzie!

    • (Lorelai and Rory are sitting on stairs at the B&B)
      Rory: Why can't we just run out the door past all those people?
      Lorelai: Oh, not unless you want to be stopped and answer questions for an hour about Chilton, living in a small town, and your hunky hunky boyfriend.

    • Rory: (writing in the guestbook) I sat and forever am at work here.

    • Woman at the B&B: What happened at to the horse at the end?
      Lorelai: It died.

    • (Lorelai told the B&B's owner that she's a publisher, who told others)
      Lorelai: I published Good Night Spoon... and the Horse that wanted to Bark.
      Guest: Oh, I've read to my grandson! The horse really wanted to bark, and it finally does, and... (to Lorelai) How does it end?
      Lorelai: It dies.
      Rory: But... the horse learned to bark and achieved its goal, so it was really a happy ending!

    • Lorelai: They just force someone on you?
      Rory: It's all part of the socializing experience.
      Lorelai: What if it's a lemon?
      Rory: Then I'm stuck with a lemon.
      Lorelai: Hari Krishna banging a tambourine all night?
      Rory: Then I have to get earplugs.
      Lorelai: Serial murderer?
      Rory: Then I sleep with a gat strapped to my ankle.
      Lorelai: Someone who likes Linkin Park?
      Rory: Then I have to drop out.

    • Rory: A cool B & B. That's like saying an understated Nicolas Cage movie.

    • Lorelai: Did you hear? I used 'existentialist' in a sentence.
      Rory: I heard.
      Lorelai: I've always wanted to do that
      Rory: It was very impressive.

    • Lorelai: Rory, stop it. We are not going to have this fight in a flowery bedroom with dentists singing Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves in the background. It's too David Lynch!

    • Rory: We get cranky when we're hungry.
      Lorelai: Well, plus, we're above everyone on the planet.
      Rory: Clearly.

    • Lorelai: (writing in guestbook) Satanic forces are at work here.

    • Rory: You're going to stop before we drive into the Atlantic Ocean.
      Lorelai: I'll try.
      Rory: At least we'll know where we are.
      Lorelai: Unless it's the Pacific.
      (Turns on radio)
      Radio: Coming up,a three song super set from Hootie and the Blowfish.
      Lorelai and Rory: Aghhh!!!

    • Ladawn: And after you leave, I'm going to go do my favorite thing!
      Lorelai: And what's that?
      Ladawn: Read what you wrote in the guestbook.
      Lorelai: Can you give us a 5 minute head start?
      Ladawn: Beg your pardon?

    • Lorelai: Oh, wow! Sammy's AWOL, huh?
      Ladawn: Hmm?
      Lorelai: Oh, Sammy. It's like the first time that she hasn't been there on the stairs.
      Ladawn: What, my Sammy?
      Lorelai: Yes.
      Ladawn: Oh, she's rarely ever on the stairs.
      Lorelai: Oh no, she's always right there.
      Ladawn: On the stairs?
      Lorelai: Yes.
      Ladawn: No, she has her favorite places, but not on the stairs.
      Lorelai: There has not been one moment over our entire stay when she has not been right there.
      Ladawn: On the stairs?
      Lorelai: Yes.
      Ladawn: Oh, she's hardly ever on the stairs.
      Rory: Forget it Jake, it's Chinatown.

    • Lorelai: Can I ask you stupid questions?
      Luke: There's no such thing.
      Lorelai: (frustrated) How does the ink come out of pens?!
      Luke: Okay, there is such a thing.

    • Luke: (to customers) We're closing early, chew it or lose it.

    • Lorelai: They're taller.
      Rory: Not this again.
      Lorelai: There's more of them!
      Rory: Mom, the flowers on the wallpaper are not growing or reproducing.

    • Rory: I think we're lost.
      Lorelai: We can't be lost, we don't know where we're going.

    • Lorelai: Know what's worse? I ate the fuzzy Certs. It tasted like keys.

    • Lorelai: Rory, I don't want to talk about this. I thought by saying 'enough' and cutting off the light, you would get the message, but apparently not. The skywriter will be here in a minute.

    • Ladawn: Watch out for Sammy.
      Lorelai: Whoa!
      Rory: That's either Sammy or the cat that ate Sammy.

    • Lorelai: (urging Rory to visit Harvard campus) Come on, you know you want to! Everyone else is doing it!

    • Emily: (looking at pictures) What is that?
      Lorelai: That is a Harvard squirrel.
      Emily: Oh, good grief!
      Lorelai: Doesn't he look smart?

    • Kirk: You know, in France, when you sit and order, you can have the table for as long as you want it.
      Luke: I bet you know what I'm going to say next.
      Kirk: That we're not in France?
      Luke: Give or take a profanity.

    • Lorelai: I am a grown woman.
      Rory: Says the woman with the 'Hello, Kitty' waffle iron.

    • Lorelai: Okay, I think we just found the first room in the history of the world that would've made Liberace say, "Whoa! Step back! No one's that gay".

  • NOTES (5)

    • German episode title: "Auf und Davon" means "Up and Away"

    • This episode was originally titled "Leaving Home"

    • Edward Herrmann (Richard), Jared Padalecki (Dean), Yanic Truesdale (Michel) and Liza Weil (Paris) do not appear in this episode.

    • Music:
      - "Perfect Situation For A Fool" by Jai Josefs, Roy Brown
      - "L-O-V-E (Bo Tuesday)" by Irving
      - "Gypsies, Tramps And Thieves" by Cher
      - "How To Dream" by Sam Phillips

    • When Lorelai makes a quip about Harvard alumnus Fred Gwynne, Rory looks baffled until her mother explains that he played the role of Herman Munster on the 1960s sitcom The Munsters. This is a cute little coincidence, since Edward Herrmann, who plays Richard Gilmore, also played Herman Munster in the 1995 film version of The Munsters.

      Correction: The movie in which Edward Herrmann played Herman Munster is actually called Here Come the Munsters

  • ALLUSIONS (13)

    • Lorelai: I may never get married. I may be a free spirit my whole life, or fall in love with a separated Catholic guy like Katharine Hepburn did and then not get to go to his funeral when he dies. Legendary actress Katharine Hepburn (1907-2003) had a long romance with her frequent co-star Spencer Tracy (1900-1967), who was a devout Roman Catholic and thus never divorced his estranged wife.

    • Lorelai: (reading from a Harvard brochure) "Past graduates: Henry James." Isn't that a beer?
      Rory: And a novelist. Go on.
      Lorelai: "John Adams." That's a beer.

      Lorelai may have been thinking of James Page (a microbrew from Minneapolis) and Samuel Adams (made in Boston).

    • Rory: (to Lorelai) You do realize that all of your college kid jargon comes from Happy Days and the Valley Girls song.

      Happy Days is a sitcom centered around the Cunningham family that aired from 1974 until 1984. Valley Girls is a 1982 Frank Zappa single featuring his daughter speaking typical 'Valley Girl' phrases.

    • Lane: (about the bootleg CDs) I strapped them to my body like in Midnight Express.

      Midnight Express is a movie based on the story of Billy Hayes who is sent to a Turkish prison for trying to smuggle hashish out of Turkey to the U.S.

    • Lorelai: Okay, I think we just found the first room in the history of the world that would've made Liberace say "Whoa, step back. No one's that gay".

      Liberace was a charismatic entertainer and pianist who despite denying for years that he was homosexual, was incredibly flamboyant.

    • Rory: (to Lorelai) Wow, your Behind the Music is gonna be really wild.

      Behind the Music is a VH1 TV show that covers the history of a band or artist from their start as a musician to the end of their career.

    • Lorelai: I need my Highway to Hell.

      Highway to Hell is the name of an influential album and single by AC/DC.

    • Lorelai: (to Rory) We could sing Anarchy in the UK at the top of our lungs.

      Anarchy in the UK is a popular song by the Sex Pistols with satirical lyrics about a nihilistic, emotive, and violent concept of anarchy.

    • Lorelai: (about the Chesire Cat) I am not staying in a hotel named after an Alice in Wonderland character.

      Alice in Wonderland is a a book by Lewis Carrol which was made into a Disney movie. The Chesire Cat is the always-smiling cat who appears out of nowhere to give Alice advice.

    • Rory: Forget it Jake, it's Chinatown.

      Rory repeats the last line from Chinatown, a movie starring Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway.

    • Harvard Professor: By the time he was in his early forties, Seneca had earned enough money to acquire villas, farms, he ate well, he loved expensive furniture, but he didn't consider that a non-philosophical way to live.

      Lucius Annaeus Seneca was a Roman philosopher who championed stoicism.

    • Rory: Okay, Rizzo.

      Rizzo was the leader of the Pink Ladies in the play Grease.

    • Lorelai: W.E.B. Du Bois, Yo-Yo Ma. Oh cool! Fred Gwynne.

      William Edward Burghardt DuBois was a black activist.
      Yo-Yo Ma is a classical cellist.
      Fred Gwynne was an actor best known for his portrayal of Herman Munster.