Gilmore Girls

Season 1 Episode 18

The Third Lorelai

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Mar 22, 2001 on The WB
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Emily becomes unhinged at the prospect of a visit from Richard's mother Trix; Paris is outraged when she discovers that Tristan asked her for a date at Rory's urging; fearing that she'll never see Lorelai again, Emily opposes Trix's offer to set up a trust fund for Rory.moreless

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  • Richard's mother comes for a visit and makes Lorelai an offer. Good episode.

    This was good. It did have a fillerish feel to it, but it was good anyway. It was really enjoyable to watch Emily panic over Richard's mother coming. Her meltdown to Lorelai was funny. I found myself being interested as to why Emily dislikes her so much.

    Rory tells Tristan to ask out Paris, which he does. Just as both Paris and Tristan seemed to be getting nicer, they both slip away. Tristan more so for just wanting to be friends with Paris and then telling her that Rory was the one who set this up. I guess understand Paris being annoyed, but she could have been glad that Rory did this.

    It was interesting to see Rory and Paris getting along so well. Mainly when Paris came over in a panic about what to wear. Hopefully they'll become good friends. Tristan still likes Rory, I hope she's not stupid enough to not know about this.

    Trix (Richard's mom) wasn't a nice person, but that made the episode more entertaining. It was funny to see Emily not liking her but doing everything she says. Emily was horrified at Trix's offer of a large trust fund so Rory could pay for Chilton and Europe. As you would be, but just as I felt sorry for Emily, she schemed her way into Lorelai's head.

    Lorelai didn't tell Rory about the fund, much to Emily's delight, but then Trix leaves, and takes back her offer. I'm glad this happened, otherwise we might have lost the Friday night diners. The end was good, Lorelai telling Rory and being on good terms with Emily.moreless
  • Richard's mother

    Richard's mother is coming and Emily is horrified. They never got along. Lorelai and Rory meet her. Rory talks to Tristin and convinces him to ask Paris out. When they have a good first date, Paris suggests that they go out again, but Tristin says they should be friends and mentions that Rory suggested it. Paris says she hates Rory. Richard's mother offers to give Rory a lot of money, but she doesn't get it.

    This episode was pretty good! I liked the whole Paris/Tristin idea, but it didn't work out. It was different seeing Emily scared and stuff. This episode gets a 9.5!moreless
  • The original Lorelai

    Well Trix is in town...

    Lorelai's grandmother is coming to town and I just love seeing Emily's reaction to the news, she looked hysterical with all those gifts hidden, going nuts just loved it.

    Rory sets Paris up with Tristin but it doesn't go well, the day after Paris finds out and she gets mad with Rory. Tristin still likes Rory...

    Trix offering that amount of money was amazing. And I think it's sweet that the reason Emily didn't wanted Lorelai to take it was because the Friday night dinner would end, she wants to see her daughter. I know that she was mostly the cause of the problem because Rory isn't going to receive the money but is sweet, bad too but sweet.moreless
  • we get to meet the oringanal lorelai

    it is weird three lorelai's in one family and they are all alive. i really liked richard mother the orignal lorelai. she was really mean to emily and it was nice to see her misrable for once. it was really nice for the oringal lorelai to set up a trust fund rory but i did not like emily because she is the main reason why rory lost a quarter of a million dollars. it was really nice of rory to try to set paris p on a date with tristan evan though he likes rory. i was such a great episodemoreless
  • Emily gets hers

    We finally meet the original Lorelai, even though in past episodes she is talked about as being dead. She comes to visit and it is obvious that Emily and her do not get along. She bosses Emily around and she does not seem to care much for her. This is hilarious because she is to Emily how Emily is to Lorelai. Finally Emily is on the receving end of the annoyances.moreless
Teal Redmann

Teal Redmann

Louise Grant

Recurring Role

Shelly Cole

Shelly Cole

Madeline Lynn

Recurring Role

Marion Ross

Marion Ross

Trix Gilmore

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • In the scene where Lorelai and Emily are on the phone talking about the hat rack, if you look behind Lorelai at Michel, you can see that he can't stop laughing while listening to their conversation.

    • Trix says that Emily is always sick because she doesn't have Gilmore blood. At this point in the series, it was still being assumed that Trix married into the Gilmore family, meaning that she wouldn't have Gilmore blood either. However, in the season four episode, 'The Reigning Lorelai,' the audience learns that Trix was a Gilmore by blood before she married.

    • Emily tells Lorelai that the hat rack was not used when she gave it to her, and it was still in the crate. But when Lorelai and Rory brought it to the Gilmore's, Emily was worried that it wasn't in the exact same place it was the last time Gran was there, meaning it had been used and removed from the crate before she gave it to Lorelai.

    • In previous episodes we were led to believe that Richard's mother was dead ("She was..."). Apparently, she's alive and kicking.

  • QUOTES (38)

    • Lorelai: Where's it going?
      Emily: Third floor.
      Lorelai: How about second floor?
      Emily: Third floor.
      Lorelai: How about first floor on a ladder?

    • Rory: Louis, I think this is the beginning of a wonderful friendship.
      Tristan: (pause) Who's Louis?
      Rory: Think about it.

    • Lorelai: (answering the phone) Independence Inn.
      Emily: I need the hat rack.
      Lorelai: (mysteriously) The fish flies at night.
      Emily: What?
      Lorelai: I don't know. Who is this?

    • Emily: Do you know that every night at dinner the Kennedy clan would sit around the table having lively debates about everything under the sun. They would quiz each other about current events, historical events and intellectual trivia. Now the Gilmore clan is just as smart and wordly as the Kennedy's so come on someone say something.
      Lorelai: Did you know that butt models make $10,000 a day?
      Emily: Camelot is truly dead.

    • Rory: Listen there's something I have to tell you.
      Lorelai: What?
      Rory: I loaned Paris your black mini and there's a good chance you may never see it again.
      Lorelai: Oh well there's something I have to tell you.
      Rory: What?
      Lorelai: You lost out on a quarter of a million dollars today.

    • (Madeline and Louise are in a nearly empty classroom on Saturday morning)
      Louise: I'm going back to sleep. Tell Paris I hate her.

    • Madeline: (to Paris) Looks like we're going to have to do the Pink Ladies makeover on you.
      Louise: We'll turn you from a sweet Sandy to a sluty Sandy. Dancing at the school fair with high heels, black spandex and permed hair.

    • Rory: (about Paris) She's going out on a date with Tristan.
      Lorelai: How'd that happen?
      Rory: I did a little matchmaking.
      Lorelai: (in a Ricky Ricardo voice) Lucy, how many times have I told you not to butt into other people's business?
      Rory: Never.
      Lorelai: (normal voice) Good going.

    • Paris: I brought everything just in case there was some sort of hidden potential in something that I just didn't see. So?
      Rory: Well you'd be one well-dressed widow.

    • Rory: Uh, Paris? What are these cards that fell out of your jacket?
      Paris: Oh yeah. Those are notes for tonight.
      Rory: Notes?
      Paris: Yeah. Just some reference points really. You know, subjects to bring up in case the conversation lags.
      Rory: Well can I suggest that you leave this one about the Spanish Inquisition out?

    • Rory: I swear to God.
      Paris: Are you atheist?
      Rory: Excuse me?
      Paris: Because that affects the validity of your swearing to God.

    • Richard: Long distance phone call.
      Lorelai: God?
      Richard: London
      Lorelai: God lives in London?
      Richard: No, my mother lives in London.
      Lorelai: Your mother is God? So, God is a woman.
      (Couple minutes later)
      Lorelai: I still can't get over the fact that I'm related to God. This will make getting Madonna tickets so much easier.

    • Lorelai: (about the rabbit they're having for dinner) You brought it with you from London?
      Trix: Yes.
      Lorelai: What, did you get it a seat?
      Richard: Dry ice.
      Lorelai: Wow! That's inventive.

    • Lorelai: What would Miss Manners say about this?
      Emily: If she met your grandmother, she'd understand.

    • Trix: You talk about me like I'm dead.
      Richard: Oh you're never going to die, you're too stubborn!

    • Lorelai: Work.
      Rory: Life.
      Lorelai: Dig it man.
      Rory: Peace out Humphrey.

    • (After Lorelai tells Sookie that Rory might get a lot of money from Trix but doesn't know it yet)
      Sookie: Hi, for that much money you wake her up! You hire a singing telegram! Women jump out of cakes! People dress up like bankers and dance around with those toasters!

    • Sookie: (about Rory) Call her now. Ooh, page her, or page her and have her call my cell phone and we can sing the money song from 'Cabaret.' You be Liza, I'll be Joel.
      Lorelai: I don't know.
      Sookie: Hey I'm Joel.

    • Lorelai: (about Rory) It's not about what she would buy. I don't care if she buys a house or a boat or the elephant man's bones.

    • Lorelai: I have to change and go to tea with Gran and the cast of Gaslight.

    • Paris: God, this is so weird. I can't stop smiling.
      Rory: Good, then it's a good time to talk about our over taxed peasants.
      Paris: Oh, let them eat cake.

    • Paris: I just wanted to tell you again that I had so much fun last night.
      Tristan: Yeah, after five messages on my answering machine, I kinda got that impression.

    • Lorelai: Mother, Grandma is a very old woman, I highly doubt that she's going to remember everything she ever bought you.
      Emily: She will remember down to the very last shrimp fork and do you know why?
      Lorelai: No. (to dogs) Do you guys know why?
      Emily: Because she doesn't just give you a present, she 'gives' you a present and she tells you where to put it, how to use it, what it costs - for insurance purposes of course - and God forbid you should have a different opinion or you don't think it works in the space or you just get tired of waking up every morning with those horrifying animals staring at you!
      Lorelai: (to the dogs) She's just upset.
      Emily: Stop talking to the dogs!

    • Rory: (about her great-grandmother) I hope she likes me.
      Lorelai: She'll love you.
      Rory: I hope she and Grandma get along.
      Lorelai: She'll love you.

    • Madeline: (about Paris) She does know this is a make believe government right?
      Louise: You ask her, I'm afraid.

    • Rory: Henry VIII started a new church when the old one wouldn't allow divorce.
      Paris: He also cut off his wife's head. Is he still your role model?

    • Paris: (about Rory and Tristan) You just seem weird around each other.
      Rory: Nope, no weirder than usual.
      Paris: I disagree.
      Rory: You usually do.

    • (Reading the menu at the restaurant where she's having lunch with Emily and Trix)
      Lorelai: Rose tea. That's funny. That's not really tea is it? It's like rose petals in hot water. More like a bad floral arrangement.

    • Paris: Read my manifesto, I want your thoughts.
      Rory: First thought - lose the word 'manifesto.'
      Paris: Too cabin-in-the-woods?
      Rory: Don't open your mail.
      Paris: Right.

    • Trix: (to Emily and Lorelai after the were arguing) Raising your voice during high tea, who ever heard of such a thing. It's like Fergie all over again.

    • Lorelai: Rory is an incredibly mature kid.
      Trix: Oh I'm sure she is. It's you I'm worried about.
      Lorelai : But -
      Trix: (to Emily) And I'm sure she gets it from you.
      Emily: But -

    • Emily (about Trix): Well I'd better get out there before she leaves me here.
      Lorelai: I'm sure you'll be sorry to see her go.
      Emily (sarcastically): Oh yes, I don't know what I'll do with myself.

    • (after screwing up the computer)
      Michel: I pushed nothing 'funky.'
      Lorelai: You have the funk, my friend.

    • Rory: What's up with you?
      Lorelai: Nothing.
      Rory: You've been ready and bugging me for almost an hour. Usually I have to drag you out of here kicking and screaming to go to dinner.
      Lorelai: Now then.
      Rory: You whine, you complain, you act like a child.
      Lorelai: I do not.
      Rory: I had to pay you five bucks once so you wouldn't go in sweats.

    • Lorelai: (about tea she had with Emily and Trix) Yeah well once you're done with those little sandwiches, there's not reason to pretend you like tea anymore.

    • Lorelai: There's food money on the table and I defrosted some yummy chocolate cake specially for you this morning, and I'll be home early, and did I forget anything?
      Rory: Don't be mean to Grandma!
      Lorelai: Yeah, yeah, broken record.

    • Paris: I don't know what to wear.
      Rory: Ever?

    • Louise: Those who simply wait for information to find them spend a lot of time sitting by the phone. Those who go out and find it themselves have something to say when it rings.
      Rory: Nietzsche?
      Louise: Dawson.
      Rory: My next guess.

  • NOTES (5)

  • ALLUSIONS (11)

    • Lorelai: (to Rory) Lucy, how many times have I told you not to butt into other people's business?

      Lorelai is referencing a line that was often spoken to the free-spirited title character, Lucy Ricardo, by her practical husband, Ricky Ricardo, on the hit television series I Love Lucy.

    • Rory: (to Tristan) Louis, I think this is the beginning of a wonderful friendship.

      Rory is quoting a famous line from Casablanca.

    • Rory: (to Tristan) Well, that could have been a potential Marx Brother's moment.

      The Marx Brothers are sibling comedians that played in Vaudeville, stage plays, film and television that are known for their slapstick humor.

    • Rory: (to Tristan) It'd probably involve some kind of lock up facility, one of those Hannibal Lector masks.

      Hannibal Lector masks is a reference to the mask that the serial killer depicted in The Silence of the Lambs, Red Dragon, and Hannibal wore while in prison.

    • Lorelai: I have to change and go to tea with Gran and the cast of Gaslight.

      Gaslight is a film based on the play Street Angel in which a man marries a woman and tries to convince her that she's crazy so he can steal the jewels in her attic.

    • Sookie: We can sing the money song from Cabaret. You be Liza, I'll be Joel.

      Cabaret is a famous and weird Broadway musical. One song is entitled Money Makes the World Go Round. The original cast, also the cast of the movie, starred Liza Minelli and Joel Grey.

    • Rory: Good, then it's a good time to talk about our over taxed peasants.
      Paris: Oh, let them eat cake.

      This is a reference to the French Revolution.

    • Lorelai: Stupid, naked angel butts. What, did David Mamet just stop by?

      David Mamet is a poet, playwright, and author whose dialogue often consists of sentence fragments which juxtapose odd images.

    • Rory: Nietzsche?
      Louise: Dawson.

      Nietzsche was a famous German philosopher.
      Dawson is the main character in the television show Dawson's Creek.

    • Louise: We'll turn you from a sweet Sandy into a slutty Sandy dancing at the school fair in high heels, black spandex and permed hair.

      Louise is referencing a scene from Grease.

    • Lorelai: I don't care if she buys a house or a boat or the Elephant Man's bones.

      John Merrick suffered from physical deformities which led to his being called 'The Elephant Man'. In 1987, reports surfaced that R&B superstar Michael Jackson had tried to buy Merrick's remains, but this was just a rumor.

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