Gilmore Girls

Season 5 Episode 18

To Live and Let Diorama

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Apr 19, 2005 on The WB
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Episode Summary

Old man Twickum dies, declaring through his will that the house be made into a museum for two months, then disposed of by the Head of the Historical Society, aka Taylor. Much to everyone's surprise, Luke volunteers to help with the museum to remain close to the house. Lorelai is interviewed by a magazine due to the Dragonfly Inn's enormous success. Lane suspects that Zach is cheating on her, so she joins Rory and Paris--who are also sulking over the pitfalls of love--in getting intoxicated with Miss Patty's infamous leftover Founder's Day Punch. Still bitter about his breakup with Rory, Dean informs Luke that Lorelai will get bored with him and move on, just as Rory did with Dean. Lastly, a drunken Rory lies in her mother's lap on the bathroom floor at home, distraught that Logan has not contacted her.moreless

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  • Rory, Paris and Lane get drunk because of guy trouble. While I still enjoyed it, you wouldn't exactly miss it if it wasn't in the season.

    There's not much to say. Doyle or Logan aren't calling Paris and Rory so they decide to get out and do something. Lane thinks Zach is having an affair so she joins them in getting drunk at the opening of the Stars Hollow museum. While I loved the three girls different drunken states it wasn't exactly exciting. It was hilarious to see Paris run around the streets begging for money to call Doyle with.

    Lane confronted the music shop owner was amusing too, as was what Zach was actually doing there. And the end with Rory crying because Logan didn't call was sad but does still think Rory is going down a bad path. Lorelai has an interview about the inn but she tells the interviewers about how horrible Emily is, but scraps it later on - so what really was the point?

    Luke strangely helps with the museum and has a talk with Dean who is the carpenter. I don't care for what Dean says, it was only because he was bitter about the break-up (Why I don't know, he ended it, not Rory). It's the last we ever see of him and since he's been in the show since the pilot, that's a big thing but he didn't go out in great style, in fact what he said made me dislike his character.

    Luke tells Taylor he wants the building for a house and his future family (Lorelai!!). So yeah, weakest episode all season but still some very enjoyable moments.moreless
  • funny episode.=]

    This episode of gilmore girls, was one of my most favorite. I love the ending of the episode. Its one of my most favorite scenes of the whole seven seasons of this show. I love the mother daughter vibe you get when you watch the scene. I love how Lorelai is always there for ROry. Its heart warming. Its a very touching moment. Paris was very, very funny in this episode. Its so funny the way she behaves. i love how she goes barefoot and then begs for change. I think Logan is a real jerk in this episode. I love gilmore girls.moreless
  • loved it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    luke works on the twickwam house museum with taylor. He tells lorelai he wants to do it because he was close with Mr. Twickwam .He tells taylor lorelai wants him to do it. Rory and paris are sulking because logan and doyle haven't called them. So rory goes home to stars hollow and when she gets there she finds paris is there. Lane thinks that Zach is cheating on her with the owner of the music shop. Lorelai writes an interview about the inn and talks about all the bad things about her mother. At the opening of the museum Paris,lane and rory get drunk of the founders day punch.Lane confronts the music shop owner and finds out that zach's in a banjo group. Paris bothers people into trying to give her money for a payphone to call doyle. Rory calls logan but gets the machine. She crys on the bathroom floor to her mother about logan.moreless
  • Old Mr. Twickum died and Paris, Lane and Rory are having problems with their guys.

    Old Mr. Twickum leaves his house to the town and he ask that it be turn into a museum and Luke volunteers to help. Luke volunteering drives Taylor crazy. In a interview with a magazine about the inn Lorelai talks about her mother. Paris feeling sad about Doyle joins Rory in Stars Hollow. Dean is working at the museum and Luke and him are not getting along. Lane thinks that Zach is cheating on her with the lady at the music store, Sophie. Lane, Paris and Rory get drunk on Miss Patty’s Punch at the opening of the museum. Lane confronts Sophie about Zach and he is in a Bluegrass band. Lorelai finds out that the things she said about her mother are going to be in the magazine. Luke tells Taylor that he wants to buy the house start a family. Dean tells Luke that Lorelai and Rory want more than the town and he can’t give them that. Rory cries over Logan not calling, thinking he doesn’t care.moreless
  • The Town of Stars Hallow gets a new Muesum.

    I thought that the beganing of this episode was really sad someone die and that is always sad. I think that it was funny that everyone was lineing up to say goodbye to someone who is dying fo 20 years and that Kirk was going around selling things to remember him by. I thought that it was funny that they turned the house into a muesum and that most of the stuff in it was junk. i found it strange that Luke was helping Taylor with setting up the muesumand bacially helping him. I though that we would never see Luke work with Taylor.moreless
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

Carole King

Carole King

Sophie Bloom

Guest Star

Audrey Wasilewski

Audrey Wasilewski


Guest Star

Liz Torres

Liz Torres

Miss Patty

Recurring Role

Michael Winters

Michael Winters

Taylor Doose

Recurring Role

Mike Gandolfi

Mike Gandolfi


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • During the town meeting, everyone makes a big deal about Luke's presence at the town meeting. This seems strange since Luke has attended numerous town meetings in the past. In fact during the season two episode in which the town secretively holds the meeting concerning "the Jess situation", it is said that not only does Luke attend all town meetings but he is never late!

    • The song playing in the background of the first music-store scene is "Pleasant Valley Sunday", performed by The Monkees. This song was written by Carole King, who is playing music store owner Sophie Bloom.

    • In the completed diorama, there is an American flag displayed vertically with the union (blue field with stars) on the right side to the viewer. The union should be on the viewer's left, which is the flag's right.

    • In one of the earlier episodes it says that Stars Hollow was founded by two lovers who got lost as they ran away from home, in this episode it claims that a Puritan family settled and founded Stars Hollow. A contradictory statement.

  • QUOTES (23)

    • Taylor: Now Gypsy as soon as we have everything cataloged, my man Luke here will liaise with you to coordinate your needs.
      Luke: Right, we will liaise.
      Gypsy: Fine but I'm not doing nothing dirty.

    • Rory: (About Twickum) He has never died before...

    • Rory: Hello?
      Lorelai: He is dead.
      Rory: Who?
      Lorelai: Old man Twickum.
      Lorelai: No!
      Lorelai: Yes
      Rory: It's got to be a mistake.
      Lorelai: It's not. the man is gone.
      Rory: I don't believe it. I mean, are you sure?
      Lorelai: There's no breath left in him. The light's gone out of his eyes. He smelled the burnt almonds. He's feeding the worms. He's chatting up his grandpa. He is the old man formerly known as Twickham.

    • Sookie: (About Mr. Twickum) He should really start dying early in the day.

    • (Zach and Lane are entering the music store)
      Zach: Hey Soph!
      Sophie: You wash your hands?
      Zach: Front and back.
      Sophie: Let's see them!
      Zach: So we're never gonna forget the peanut butter on the sitar? (holds out hands for Sophie to see)
      Sophie: Good God, man, you heard of hand cream???
      Zach: Okay if we walk around?
      Sophie: Carefully. Hi, Lane.
      Lane: Hey, Sophie. (holds a record album in her hand)
      Zach: Show her the thing.
      Lane: It might make her very self-conscious.
      Zach: That's why you brought it. Show her.
      (Lane walks over to the checkout counter where Sophie is writing things down.)
      Lane: So, Sophie Bloom, your last name is Bloom.
      Sophie: Thanks for the info.
      Lane: (says this really fast) I was looking through some old vinyl I have. I don't have much because I was born right on the cusp of the CD revolution, but I originally had a record player, a Snoopy record player, and boy did I love this record player and shutting my door and listening to music on it-
      Sophie: (clearly annoyed) Oh my God, Garrison Keillor, what is your point?!
      Lane: I saw the name Sophie Bloom on this album, the one non-Christian one my mother allowed me to have. It just popped out at me and I was wondering... (hands album to Sophie)
      Sophie: (looks at album) Oh, this thing.
      Lane: So it's you?! You wrote these songs?!
      Sophie: Long time ago.
      Lane: I think this is amazing because I want to do more than just drum. I would like to write and compose and I was wondering if we could sit down sometime and just talk about music because I think you have so much you could pass on to me, woman to woman, really just coffee sometime, my treat.
      Sophie: Well, I suppose sometime when I'm not working or out of town, if my boyfriend's busy and my laundry's done and I'm not sick and there's nothing on TV, we could maybe meet up for a couple of minutes.
      Lane: It's a date.

    • (Lane is drunk and fumes as she angrily walks into the music store and stalks over to Sophie who is rearranging things on a shelf)
      Lane: Sophie???
      Sophie: Jeez, Lane, I don't have time for coffee right now.
      Lane: You owe me an explanation you woman!
      Sophie: What are you talking about?
      Lane: You know what I am talking about. I looked to you as a role model. Well not anymore except as a role model for heartbreak. I know what you can offer him. You're bohemian and experienced. Familiar with the world of sensual pleasure. Champange, Times Square. I'll bet you even smoked a cigarette or two.
      Sophie: Oh my God, your breath would stop an elephant.
      Lane: You've not only been to New York; you've lived there, so you know where the best coffee and bagels are. But you don't know him like I know him. For instance I know what cleaning products he likes, do you?
      Sophie: I'm not sure how to answer that.
      Lane: It's cheap thrills for you sister but he doesn't like you, he likes me.
      Sophie: Who?
      Lane: Zach.
      Sophie: Zach?
      Lane: Zach!
      Sophie: Come here! (leads Lane over to Zach who is practicing in a bluegrass band)
      Lane: Zach?
      Zach: Lane?
      Sophie: Talk! (leaves)

    • Kirk: I'll just sleep outside in the gazebo. I would ask, though, that if I die from exposure, don't just dump me in the landfill.
      Miss Patty: No one's dumping you in a landfill, Kirk.
      Taylor: It's against regulations.

    • Lane: He just flat out looked out of his face right into my face and said to my face that he was lying.
      Rory: Zach said that he was lying?
      Lane: No. He lied from his face into my face about where he was going. That's what hurts the most, the lie! Except for seeing him with that woman! That hurts most, more than the lie.

    • Lorelai: You threw a frying pan at Taylor's head without me? I hate you!
      Taylor: Just for playing my Muzak too loud. I mean, who doesn't love Muzak?
      Sookie: Music lovers?
      Luke: The thing slipped out of my hand.
      Taylor: Right after you said, "You better duck, Taylor, because I'm going to throw this frying pan at your head"?

    • Sookie: I forget, when was the last time we thought he was dying?
      Patty: It's been a good two years.
      Lorelai: I remember now. The last time - the rain?
      Sookie: We got drenched.
      Lorelai: Made the whole "he's dying" thing a total bummer.

    • Miss Patty: (discussing where currently-homeless Kirk will sleep) Maybe the Morrisses will take him again.
      Kirk: Their kid stuck things in my nose.
      Miss Patty: Well then, lock the door when you sleep.
      Kirk: It wasn't while I was asleep.

    • Modern-Day Stars Hollow Diorama Girl: And I love Jesus!

    • (On the Multimedia Diorama, about Stars Hollow foundation)
      Background voice : "The stars, so bright! This forest, so hollow! What name should I give this place? Hollow... Stars... Hollow... Stars..." fade out)
      Lorelai : No! Really? They`re gonna leave us with a cliffhanger?

    • Lane: (drunk) He can`t do this! We are friends too! As well as lovers, if we ever get married.

    • Kirk: Luke is peeking!
      Luke: It means you`re peeking too, snitch!

    • Taylor: Now, before we begin, I`d like us all to join hands.
      Luke: What?
      Gypsy: He is a twisted little perv, if you ask me.

    • Rory: (about old man Twickham) I can't believe that he's gone. I mean, he's been dying my whole life!

    • Taylor: Now don't be headstrong, Luke. One time I strained my pecs lifting a heavy birdbath, and they were never any good to me again.

    • (Rory and Lorelai are in Rory's room; Kirk walks in covering his eyes)
      Kirk: Can I get some water?
      Lorelai: Why are you covering your eyes, Kirk?
      Kirk: In case you're naked.
      Lorelai: You thought I'd walk into my daughter's room and get naked?
      Kirk: I don't know your domestic routine.
      Lorelai: Glasses are above the sink.

    • Taylor: We've got a big heavy ball here, how are your pecs?

    • Taylor: (voice over) Ladies and Gentleman, welcome to "The Stars Hollow Dioramic History Presentation". Please stand toward the center of the room, and remember, no talking, no smoking and please, no lewd behavior of any kind during our presentation.
      Luke: (jumping after being pinched by Lorelai on the behind) Hey...
      Lorelai: Just getting the lewd behavior out of the way before the presentation.

    • Lorelai: (noticing the broken window) What happened there?
      Luke: What do you think? Taylor.
      Lorelai: How did Taylor break the window?
      Luke: How do you think? By being Taylor.
      Lorelai: Taylor's "Taylorness" can now break glass?
      Luke: You know what I mean, he's doing something and then crash, bang, there you go.

    • Rory: He has never died before!
      Lorelai: I think that there is a first time for everything.

  • NOTES (7)

    • French episode title: "La Mort Vous Va Si Bien", meaning "Death Suits You Well".

    • It seems unlikely that Kirk could stay at other people's houses due to his "night terrors," first mentioned in episode 4.22 "Raincoats and Recipes."

      Kirk seems like the type of person who would go through phases of different ways of life. In an earlier episode, Kirk stated that he couldn't drink coffee and in another, he stated that he didn't like dogs. Obviously, these two statements are false as we've seen him drink coffee and be a dog walker. The "night terrors" thing was probably along the same lines, as he has also slept in the town square.

    • This is the last time we see Dean.

    • Music:
      - "Symphony No. 1 in D Major, Titan, Movement IV" by Gustav Mahler
      - "Too Much Love" by LCD Soundsystem
      - "Aquarius" by The 5th Dimension
      - "Pleasant Valley Sunday" by The Monkees

    • Luke starts to plan for his and Lorelai's life. Which is just another addition to the plenty of parts that shows that Luke has waited for this for a while and he's really enjoying it.

    • Kelly Bishop (Emily Gilmore) and Edward Herrmann (Richard Gilmore) do not appear in this episode.

    • Jackson Douglas (Jackson Melville) directed this episode.


    • Lorelai: There is no breath left in him. The light's gone out of his eyes. He smelt the burnt almonds, he's feeding the worms, he's chatting up his grandpa. He is the old man formerly known as Twickham.

      Lorelai is riffing on the famous Dead Parrot sketch by Monty Python. With a jab at Prince thrown in.



    • Andrew: He's kind of distracted anyway. The whole time I was there he was Tivo-ing through a fresh Summerland.

      Summerland was a TV series running 2004-2005, starring Lori Loughlin, Taylor Cole and Jesse McCartney. Also, Taylor Cole played a guest star role on the show Supernatural with former GG star Jared Padalecki (Dean).
      Additionally, later in the episode, Lorelai mentions in the phone conversation with Rory that Old Man Twickham "muttered something about Lori Loughlin and died."

    • Rory: (to Paris) Have fun re-enacting the Maxell Tape ad.

      In the 1980's, print ads for Maxell recording tape showed a guy slouched in an easy chair with a strong wind blowing out of his stereo speakers. Paris is listening to loud music in much the same pose.

    • Paris: parents don't own property in the United States any more.
      Rory: Since when?
      Paris: Since the IRS Redd Foxxed my father.

      Redd Foxx, star of the 1970's TV show Sanford and Son, had numerous battles with the IRS that culminated in a 1989 "raid" in which agents seized his house and assets.

    • Episode Title: To Live and Let Diorama

      The title is a play on words of the title of the 1973 James Bond movie Live and Let Die which starred Roger Moore.

    • Lorelai: And I just got my good-bye in. He was about to close shop for the day but we got in, told him good-bye and that we'd miss him, we left and then apparently he just closed his eyes. Muttered something about Lori Loughlin and that was that.

      Lori Loughlin was a star on the show Full House and then later became a star of Summerland.

    • Sophie Bloom: Oh my God, Garrison Keillor, what is your point?!

      Writer and humorist Garrison Keillor entertains more than two million listeners on over four hundred NPR stations each week as the host of the weekly radio broadcast A Prairie Home Companion. He's also known for being long-winded.

    • Andrew: The whole time I was there he was Tivo'ing through a fresh "Summerland".

      Tivo is a digital recording device allowing people to watch up to 100 hours of tv instead of using tapes and VCR.
      "Fresh" is a term used by the WB ("Gilmore Girls" main network) to mean brand new.
      "Summerland" is a fellow WB show that aired its spring finale the Monday prior to this episode.