Gilmore Girls

Season 4 Episode 18

Tick, Tick, Tick, Boom!

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Apr 20, 2004 on The WB
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Episode Summary

Luke makes a bigger fuss than Davey when Sookie and Jackson bring their son into the diner; all of Stars Hollow is amused when Taylor returns from his Caribbean cruise with a drastic change in his appearance; Richard and Emily are stunned when Floyd informs them that Lorelai and Jason have been dating for months; Luke comes to the rescue when Kirk's failure to make a map of the Easter eggs he hid in the town square gets Taylor's nose out of joint; Richard and Jason discover that Floyd's peacemaking overtures are a disguise for his plan to ruin Richard financially by suing them for stealing his clients; while shopping with Lane in Doose's, Rory has harsh words about Lindsay as she relates her quarrel with Dean over his plans to drop out of college to earn more money to buy a house, unaware that his wife is listening in the next aisle; Richard resolves his problems with Floyd at Jason's expense; Dean and Rory agree to continue their friendship despite Lindsay's demand that they stop speaking to each other.moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Jason's father has dinner with Richard and others, Rory struggles to accept something Dean tells her. Perhaps a turning point in the season.

    So something big arrived here for the Gilmore's. Jason's father basically invites himself over for Friday night dinner and that's where things explode. Things start off fine, Jason says his father seems to be in a good mood, Emily is reunited with a friend and Lorelai is happy with Jason. When Rory leaves things drop, Richard, Jason Floyd (His father) go for a cigar and Floyd drops the lawsuit bombshell.

    Both Jason and Richard are shocked and furious, Jason demands he take it back but with no luck. But it doesn't stop there, Floyd then reveals in front of everyone that he knows about Lorelai and Jason, due to a private investigator. Also its revealed that Richard has put his pension in trouble. Which I'd imagine is what causers Emily's annoyance at the ordeal.

    Here things seem fine, Lorelai and Jason go to his place and get drunk but there still together. Richard tells Emily it will be fine and talks things through with Jason. But .... we then see Richard making a deal with Floyd which leaves Jason out of the picture. This is trouble and I'd say this move is what causes the two break-ups mentioned in the next episodes information.

    Now onto Rory. She has another run in with Dean when he drops a bookcase of at her dorm. He tells her he's dropped out of college for a while which annoys Rory because she thinks he deserves to go to school. they fight and he leaves. In an amusing scene, Rory then rants to Lane about how she is mad at Lindsey for letting him do it, but to her dismay, Lindsey is around the corner and hears her harsh words.

    Later when driving home, Rory is stopped by a flustered Dean and he takes her somewhere quiet. He apologises for his attitude earlier and says that he think she's the only one who wants the right things for him. He then goes on to say that Lindsey has asked him not to see her anymore which saddens Rory. But he claims he doesn't want that to happen, she agrees. He leaves but this shows us they obviously still have strong feelings for each other.

    Meanwhile, Kirk has to find rotting Easter eggs hidden in the square, Luke helps him out which shows what a nice guy he can be. Plus I have to say one of the highlights of the episode was Emily's impression of a future clients wife, hilarious (It's in the quotes section of the episode) While this wasn't my favourite of the season, it was definitely a big episode for future events.moreless
  • a bomb fells over their heads

    I loved the protected side of Jackson.

    This episode goes around eggs and Richard's business.

    For easter, Kirk hid 300 eggs for the kids to find but they didn't found all so they are roting and the smell is all over town. Kirk looks like a maniac, running around...

    Jason's father and Richard arranged a dinner with the families, Lorelai is going to meet her boyfriend's parents.

    Rory and Dean are talking again but they have a discussion regarding Lindsey and the marriage. And I thought that the dinner was going very well, everyone was having fun then a bomb is dropped, Jason's father Floyd is suing their company...

    And because of that, Jason and Lorelai's relationship comes to light, the secret is out...

    Luke is great, he saw Kirk in pain and found the last 12 eggs.moreless
  • A very funny episode featuring a lot of Kirk.

    Every Gilmore Girls episode that features Kirk prominently is packed with laughs. He is a brilliantly hilarious character and in this episode he is in charge of hiding the Easter eggs for the Easter egg hunt. However, he forgets to make a map so the town begins to smell due to the rotting eggs. Anyways, the interaction between Kirk and Taylor is priceless. This episode also advances the plot quite a lot. Lorelai's relationship with Digger is revealed to her parents much to their dismay. Also, it is revealed that Richard is planning on abandoning his business to go into business with Digger's father. Overall, this is a solid installment and is highly recommended.moreless
  • Lorelai parents find out about her relationship with jason.

    Wow what a great episode. Richard and Emily finally find out about their daughters relationship with Jason and they reacted to the news in a way i pictured. I could understand that finding out that you are about to be sued and then the person who is going to sue you also tells you that his son is dating their daughter and no one told them. I kinda feel bad for Lorelai that her brushed her off after hearing the news but i feel like she should have told them sooner and she could have avoided the episode. I thought that it was funny that Rory was mad about Dean dropping out of college to make more money. I was dissappointed that rory got that mad over it she had to complain to Lane about Dean's wife and how it was her fault that he is dropping out of school. It was funny that Lindsay overheard everything that Rory said and that she told Dean not to talk to her. I did not like that Dean told Rory that he was not going to listen to his wife and he was going to continue to talk to her.moreless
  • Kirk hid a bunch of Easter Eggs and manages to stink up the town. Lorelai has troubles of her own, when her parents discover that Jason and Lorelai have been dating!!moreless

    Luke comes through as a not so unexpected hero for Kirk after recovering the last 12 eggs. Clearly throughout the story, Kirk really admires Luke and looks up to Luke like an older brother and often turns to Luke for help and brotherly advice which Luke reluctantly gives.

    The family dinner explodes unexpectedly when Jason's father tells Richard he has plans to sue him and Jason which puts Richard in a terrible position, which persuades Richard to make a very shrewd decision to go back to his former company and tossing Jason out along with all his clients.

    Wow, big surprises in this episode, real unexpected drama and a great turning point towards the season finale which will have everyone at the edge of their seats to see what will happen next.

Sean Gunn

Sean Gunn

Kirk Gleason (Episodes 44 - , recurring previously)

Keiko Agena

Keiko Agena

Lane Kim

Kelly Bishop

Kelly Bishop

Emily Gilmore

Alexis Bledel

Alexis Bledel

Rory Gilmore

Lauren Graham

Lauren Graham

Lorelai Gilmore

Edward Herrmann

Edward Herrmann

Richard Gilmore

Lawrence Pressman

Lawrence Pressman

Floyd Stiles

Guest Star

Pat Crawford Brown

Pat Crawford Brown

Mrs. Cassini

Guest Star

Mike Henry (IX)

Mike Henry (IX)


Guest Star

Jackson Douglas

Jackson Douglas

Jackson Belleville

Recurring Role

Jared Padalecki

Jared Padalecki

Dean Forester

Recurring Role

Arielle Kebbel

Arielle Kebbel

Lindsay Lister Forester

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Lorelai: You haven't seen them in a while.
      Jason: Well, I've seen Mom occasionally, but Floyd and I really haven't spoken since the great schism, not that Harry Chapin isn't dying to rise from the grave and write a song about us. I'm a little nervous.

      Jason left his dad's firm in "The Hobbit, the Sofa, and Digger Stiles," episode 4-3, hence, it isn't actually true that he hasn't spoken to Floyd since he left his father's firm. He spoke to him in episode 4-13, "Nag Hammadi Is Where They Found the Gnostic Gospels" when Floyd came to their table and they chatted about his golf game.

      Addition: Jason is probably talking about not having really spoken in depth with his father, other than small talk at a party.

    • Floyd Stiles mentioned that he last saw Lorelai at a summer camp. But he actually should have seen her several months before in "Nag Hammadi Is Where They Found the Gnostic Gospels" where Jason and Lorelai have to play a couple and he came to their table.This also brings up the fact that Lorelai did not know who Floyd was when he approached Jason at the table.While it had been a long time and she may not have known him in a crowded restaurant you would assume that despite the coolness of him and Jason conversation she would have recognized him as his father once they began talking.

    • When they begin the egg clean up, Joe immediately finds the egg, and isn't anywhere near where the egg would have been hidden, why didn't a kid find this one?

    • When Emily tells Lorelai she should leave, Lorelai tells Emily that her car is blocked in and can't leave. This could be impossible. Lorelai was the second to last person to arrive at the dinner. Jason's parents got there after she did, but they also left before Lorelai. Jason's car couldn't have been blocking hers since he was there before she was.

  • QUOTES (13)

    • Richard: Well the girls don't know the big news about Jason and me.
      Lorelai: You're pregnant?
      Richard: We're acquiring another company.
      Lorelai: I was close.
      Rory: Already? You just started yours.
      Richard: The insurance business is changing so rapidly, you have to adapt to keep up.
      Rory: It's a dog-eat-dog world, Grandpa.
      Richard: Don't get the wrong idea. It's not a big company. It's smaller than ours, but very powerful.
      Lorelai: Wait, the company is smaller than yours? Your company is two guys, you and Jason.
      Richard: This company is a one-man operation, Bob Sutton.
      Lorelai: So, you're acquiring Bob?
      Richard: We're acquiring his company, and his company is him.
      Lorelai: Did he have to give himself two weeks' notice?
      Richard: No.
      Lorelai: Is there gonna be a sad little going-away party where he brings in his own cake and blows out his candles?

    • Kirk: (after Luke gives him the last 12 eggs) Thank you. Thank you! (shouting) I love you Luke Danes! I love you!
      Luke: (muttering) I'm stupid.
      Kirk: (still shouting) I love you. I love Luke Danes! I love!

    • Kirk: Flower Show's tomorrow. Flower Show's tomorrow and I can't find the last twelve eggs. I let Taylor down. He's like a father to me. I think he is my father.
      Luke: He's not your father.
      Kirk: No, my father's my father. Which means Taylor's my tailor. I wonder how much he charges to mend pants.

    • Lorelai: Don't drunk and drive!
      Jason: (running together) I would not think it.
      Lorelai: That's a fun game.
      Jason: What is?
      Lorelai: The turning words into funny words game.

    • Jackson: Toupee guy says what?
      Taylor: What?

    • Taylor: (about the egg clean-up) I have no men left.
      Kirk: You have me left.
      Taylor: I have no men left.

    • Jason: I have a gigantic bottle of vodka at my place. The largest bottle known to man.
      Lorelai: But what will you drink?
      Jason: Gin.
      Lorelai: Let's go.

    • Lorelai: Wile E. Coyote used them. That's how common they were.
      Emily: Who?
      Lorelai: The cartoon. He was always trying to drop an anvil on the Road Runner's head or shoot it at him out of a giant slingshot or fire it at him out of a cannon. Inevitably, the cannon tilted up, shot it in the air, it fell down, and made an anvil-shaped impression on Wile E. Coyote's head.
      Emily: This is a cartoon?
      Lorelai: No, no, this just happened to me the other day. I was walking down the street, and this giant anvil -- yes, Mother, it's a cartoon.

    • Lorelai: All right, Davey, here comes the airplane.
      Jackson: What did they say to kids to get them to open their mouths before there were planes?
      Sookie: Here comes the choo-choo.
      Jackson: And before there were trains?
      Lorelai: Here comes the spoon.
      Jackson: That's so on the nose.

    • Lorelai: (about the plant) How can it be dead already?
      Jason: It may have been self-inflicted.

    • Lorelai: None of my plants ever needed light.
      Jason: Did any of your plants live?
      Lorelai: No. Oh! Insight!

    • Lorelai: Are you okay? Am I being enough supportive? Reverse those last two words.

    • Richard: We are all celebrating with a dinner tomorrow -- us and the wives.
      Emily: Ugh.
      Lorelai: You're not big on the Bob?
      Emily: Bob's fine. We've known him for years. It's that dolt he's married to -- classic trophy wife.
      Richard: She is quite young.
      Rory: How young?
      Emily: Her car looks just like Barbie's.
      Richard: Regardless, I hope you will be kind to her at dinner.
      Emily: I'll have to bring my English-to-dumbbell dictionary.

  • NOTES (3)


    • Kirk: We won't let you down, Taylor! Because not only are we going to find twenty eggs within the hour, but we're going on to find twenty five! And then thirty! And then thirty five! And then forty! And then forty five! And then fifty! Until we find all fifty nine, and take back the square! YEEE-EAAAAHHHH!!

      This is a spoof of Howard Dean's famous speech at the Iowa Caucus in 2004 after his third-place finish. The speech was roundly mocked in the media, and his campaign never recovered.


    • Lorelai: You haven't seen them in a while.
      Jason: Well, I've seen Mom occasionally, but Floyd and I really haven't spoken since the great schism, not that Harry Chapin isn't dying to rise from the grave and write a song about us.

      Harry Chapin is a singer/ song writter who is famous for singing "Cat's in the Cradle", a song about a father and son.

    • Richard: I don't think any of us are going to make Tiger shake in his spikes.

      Tiger Woods is a very succesful pro-golfer.