Gilmore Girls

Season 5 Episode 3

Written in the Stars

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Oct 05, 2004 on The WB
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Luke and Lorelai go on their official first date at a restaurant owned by old friends of Luke's parents. Luke reminds Lorelai of how they met, shows her a horoscope she gave him for good luck that he's kept in his wallet, and assures her that he intends to go the distance with her. Lorelai spends the night at Luke's place; in the morning, she goes down to the diner to get coffee, and the breakfast crowd sees her wearing only Luke's shirt. There's surprisingly little gossip about Luke and Lorelai until the next town meeting, where Taylor uses charts to show how disastrous a breakup between them would be for Stars Hollow. Meanwhile: Rory meets a rich Yale student named Logan and chews him out for being rude to her friend Marty; Paris holds a wake for Asher that all the guests assume is a keg party with a weird theme; and Emily freaks out when she discovers that Richard has a social life she doesn't know about, so she invades Rory's dorm during the wake.moreless

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  • Luke and Lorelai go on their first date.

    As quite possibly one of the biggest 'Gilmore Girls' fans like EVER, this episode is truly amazing! It's probably my favorite episode of the series. Luke and Lorelai (after 8 years) go on their first date at Sniffy's Tavern (Luke's place he frequently eats whenever he has the chance). Lauren Graham and Scott Patterson's (Lorelai and Luke) chemistry has been undeniable since the pilot episode, but their chemistry hits new heights in this episode. Luke and Lorelai fit so well together, and this episode proves that. This episode shows the first time they make love, and you can tell they are completely comfortable with each other. Also in this episode is Logan's first appearance. =)moreless
  • Luke and Lorelai go on there first date, Rory meets a guy named Logan and Paris holds a wake for Asher who has recently died. Great to see them dating, the new character could be interesting.moreless

    There date wasn't what I expected but it was still great to actually see it happen. I liked how he told her about how they met, interesting to hear about there past. It was sweet that he kept the horoscope, plus it was good how he told he was in, all in. It was amusing to see Lorelai walk into the diner with only Luke's shirt on, there faces were priceless.

    The scene in his bed was cool too, how they seemed so right for each other and he knew what was coming, what she was going to ask him. I liked the flirting thing at the start as well, very entertaining. As for this new character Logan, he seems like an ass but could definitely be interesting.

    He's so different to Rory so basically will it become opposites attract, oh and what about Dean? It seems they'll be getting back together judging by her at his doorstep at the end. Marty likes Rory but can't seem to say it, I feel a bit sorry for him, plus Logan and his friends were asses to him.

    I was shocked that Professor Fleming died, that's not how I thought it would end between him and Paris. Her comments about his spoilt relatives were amusing as was her breaking down at the wake, mainly due to Emily's presence. On that note, it was funny to see Emily s distracted by Richard's 'social life' and was even better when she went out just for that reason.

    Luke and Lorelai at the town meeting, it was weird but funny to see them brought up in the town meeting, I really hope it works out. Great episode, good first date, perhaps an interesting new addition to the show in Logan.moreless
  • AWESOME!!!!!

    I love love loved this episode!! This episode is when Lorelai and Luke go on their first date at a resturant that Luke goes to alot! Then they talk about the first time they met and the horscope that Luke kept in his wallet for 8 years because Lorelai said it would someday give him goodluke! Then she wakes up at Lukes and wants coffee and then goes down stairs to get some in only Lukes blue flannel t-shirt and relizes that Ceasar had opend the diner adn everyone sees Lorelai! but none of the town is talking about them. and then at the town meeting taylor puts their relationship up for debate! Rory meets logan and asher fleming has died and paris want to throw him a wake in their dorm and Emily is going crazy because Richard was out at 7:30 at night and goes to see rory!moreless
  • Luke and Lorelai's first date :D

    This episode is awesome because of Luke and Lorelai's first date. Luke is so romantic throughout the entire episode. He shows Lorelai how much he cares because he brought her to sniffy's, where buddy and maisy said how he never brings girls there. Then, he shows her the horoscope he had in his wallet since the first day they met, 8 years ago. He says one of the most romantic phrases of the whole show when he says "Lorelai, this thing we're doing here, you and me, I just wanted to tell you that I am in, I am all in" And at the town meeting, he was defending their relationship to the whole town. Also, the opening scene was hilarious when they have the "hot plates" exchange. This episode is so special, the javajunkies named the new thread after it!moreless
  • Luke and Lorelai's first date, AMAZING!!! lol Love this one

    The whole splitting up between Emily and Richard is fun, one has cocktail time and the other the dinner time.

    Luke and Lorelai are starting dating, the keeping secret and flirting is cute.

    Rory is back at Yale and finds out that Asher died, I felt sorry for Paris.

    Those three, Miss Patty, Babette and that other woman whose name I don't remember, they know everything, all the gossip.

    The first meeting with Logan.

    Lorelai and Luke's first date, it was special, the things she found out about him. The story how they meet, it's just like Lorelai to do something like that, the fact that he kept the horoscope for so long. And the morning after! I laugh and laugh she went to the diner only with one of Luke's shirts. Everyone stopped what they were doing to see her. The secret is out.

    Poor Lorelai, when she saw those three gossips talking about other people lives but not her.

    And then suddenly at the town meeting one of the topic is them, the diner owner with the inn owner. Where in the world that happens? the whole town deciding about a relationship between two persons.

    A similar thing happened 10 years ago. Luke was amazing, defending them, their relationship against everyone.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

Kathryn Joosten

Kathryn Joosten

Maisy Fortner

Guest Star

Pat Crawford Brown

Pat Crawford Brown

Mrs. Cassini

Guest Star

Owen Smith

Owen Smith

Moving Man

Guest Star

Jared Padalecki

Jared Padalecki

Dean Forester

Recurring Role

Wayne Wilcox

Wayne Wilcox


Recurring Role

Matt Czuchry

Matt Czuchry

Logan Huntzberger

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (11)

    • Surprisingly, Luke and Lorelai spend the night at his place and end up in a double bed. However, in season 2, episode 15, "Lost and Found", Lorelai mocks his single bed and in season 3 episode 17, "A Tale of Poes and Fire" when Lorelai stays in Luke's apartment, she sleeps in his bed which is a single. Possible explanation: It has been 3 years. Luke could have bought a new bed.

    • When Rory and Logan are talking in the hall outside of Rory's dorm room and Rory moves closer to Logan, you can see the yellow X where Alexis is supposed to stand.

    • At the town meeting, Babette fills the town in on the situation between Fay Wellington and Art Brush. She explains that Fay owned a flower shop and Art owned a candy shop. Then Babette explains Art met Margie the fudge queen and broke up with Fay. Then she says...

      Babette: Fay never married. She stopped making candy. It was very sad.

      But Fay owned the flower shop not the candy shop.

    • In this episode Luke says that he met Lorelai eight years ago, but two episodes later Lorelai says that she's gone to Luke's for ten years.

    • During the scene in Sniffy's Tavern, when Luke is telling Lorelai the story of when they first met, the volume of champagne in Lorelai's glass goes up and down several times, though the glass never moves.

    • Rory made a big deal to Marty that Paris wasn't already at their dorm room when she arrived, but Rory and Tana both arrived before Paris the previous year.

    • Rory tells Logan that Asher Flemming died last week, but when Paris told Rory about it she said it was 2 weeks ago.

    • In "The Ins and Outs of Inns", Luke says that Mia, the owner of the Independance Inn was the only one who could ever call him Lucas. In this episode, Maisy also calls him Lucas. Taylor also called him Lucas in "Ballrooms and Biscotti" right before he starts throwing the candy.

      Possible explanation: Luke was furious with Taylor, and the use of "Lucas" could have pushed him all the way. It is possible that Luke meant that Mia was the only one who could call him Lucas and not tick him off.

    • When Luke picks up Lorelai, he pulls up right in front of the stairs on the porch. In other episodes you can see that the driveway is much farther away from the porch.

    • Luke says that he's known Maisy and Buddy his whole life and Buddy showed him the ropes of running a business. But in season 2's "The Ins and Outs of Inns", Luke and Lorelai talk business and he says that he just jumped into it, having no one there to show him what to do.

    • Dean's parents' house had a single front door in this episode, but had a double front door in "A Messenger, Nothing More", the episode which immediately preceded this one.

  • QUOTES (19)

    • Lorelai: (Smiling brightly) I can't believe you won't flirt with me in front of my daughter. She's gonna think there's something wrong with me.
      Rory: Please. I got that confirmation letter a long time ago. Scrambled eggs with cheddar cheese and half bacon, half sausage.

    • Rory: A real date! Finally!
      Lorelai: Yeah, finally.
      Rory: What are you gonna wear?
      Lorelai: Glass slippers, a backwards baseball cap...
      Rory: ...And nothing else.

    • Luke: What can I get you?
      Lorelai: A foster home.

    • (At the town meeting, Taylor begins discussion of Luke and Lorelai dating)
      Luke: OK, that's it. I have heard enough. This is my relationship. Mine, not yours, not yours, not yours (pointing to Lorelai) yours, but not yours (pointing to Taylor). Mine and hers but not yours. There is not going to be anymore debating about whether or not is a good idea if we are in a relationship 'cause we're in a relationship.
      Lorelai: Show them the horoscope.

    • Logan: Tell Marty I said hi, and I promise to remember you instantly next time. (He smiles broadly.) Now, tell me that wasn't fun? Master and Commander.
      Rory: The movie?
      Logan: No, that's what I want you to call me from now on.
      Rory: Ugh.

    • Logan:[to Finn] Don't put your number. Don't put your number!
      Finn: I'm not putting my number, I'm putting your number.
      Rory: That's my room.
      Logan: [looking her up and down] Okay, put my number.

    • Lorelai: (to Luke, in a flirty tone) Hi.
      Luke: I'm working.
      Lorelai: Come on, it's the beginning of a relationship. You're supposed to act stupid.
      Luke: I'll do the chicken dance on my lunch break.

    • Lorelai: Okay, but think about it. Why do we need the word "potty"? Is it really that much harder for a kid to learn the word "bathroom"?
      Rory: I don't know.
      Lorelai: "Timmy, do you have to go potty?" or "Timmy, do you have to go to the bathroom?" See, it's interchangeable.
      Rory: Not exactly interchangeable.
      Lorelai: How is it not interchangeable?
      Rory: To go potty is an action. To go to the bathroom is to go into a specific place.
      Lorelai: I hate the word "potty."
      Rory: Well, what did you teach me to say?
      Lorelai: Bathroom.
      Rory: You did?
      Lorelai: Yes, of course.
      Rory: I'm two, I come up to you and I say, "Mommy, Mommy, I have to go to the..."
      Lorelai: The room where legends die!

    • Lorelai: ...Oh, food. Thank God!
      Luke: Hot plates.
      Lorelai: See? He called me 'Hot Plates'. He SO likes me!
      Luke: Jeez

    • Lorelai: Nobody knows. I swear.
      Luke; What?
      Lorelai: I swear
      Luke: How do you know?
      Lorelai: Well, I walked by "Hello! Magazine" this morning. They mentioned nothing.
      Luke: Well, maybe they're just trying to be, I don't know, respectful about it.
      Lorelai: Babette? Miss Patty?
      Luke: Well, maybe they're trying not to embarrass you.
      Lorelai: Babette? Miss Patty?
      Luke: Well, maybe...I'm out.
      Lorelai: Has anyone mentioned it to you?
      Luke: No, but, seriously, who's gonna mention it to me?
      Lorelai: Babette? Miss Patty?

    • Lorelai: This has been a really great first date.
      Luke: It only took us eight years to get here.

    • Luke: Okay. So, U2, right?
      Lorelai: Yeah, Bono is a must, and Blondie and, um, ooh - Sparks, especially the new one, plus Bowie.
      Luke: Okay, I know he dressed up like a pirate.
      Lorelai: Space man.
      Luke: Space man I can deal with.

    • Lorelai: You gestured?
      Luke: Those jeans are really working for you.
      Lorelai: Yeah?
      Luke: They're working for me too.
      Lorelai: You're flirting with me...
      Luke: Something like that.
      Lorelai: Finally! Do it some more.
      Luke: Your shoes work great with that shirt.
      Lorelai: Gee, Carson, thanks.

    • Lorelai: Alright, but no taking me to an art museum after hours and then to an empty Hollywood Bowl where you'll give me a pair of diamond earrings that you bought with your college money, when all the time you're really in love with your best friend, the drummer, who's posing as our driver for the evening.
      Luke: (Pause) Okay, I'll think of something else.

    • Lorelai: Hi, I'm Lorelai. I love your place.
      Maisy: Used to be a whore house.
      Lorelai: Oh... my...
      Maisy: I like that it's got a tarty history. The best places do.
      Lorelai: And the best people.
      Maisy: The best people... I like that.

    • Rory: This is crazy.
      Lorelai: Well, depends on your definition of crazy. I, for one, found the Mariah Carey phone messages to her fans just refreshingly imaginative.

    • Rory: Heart attack? Umm.. it wasn't during... umm... was it?
      Paris: No Rory! This great man was not brought down by my vagina!

    • Lorelai: I'm just trying to...remember the first time we met. It must have been at Luke's, right?
      Luke: It was at Luke's, it was at lunch, it was a very busy day, the place was packed, and this person...
      Lorelai: Oh, is it me? Is it me?
      Luke: This person comes tearing into the place, in a caffeine frenzy...
      Lorelai: Ooh, it's me!
      Luke: I was with a customer, she interrupts me, wild-eyed, begging for coffee. So I tell her to wait her turn. (Lorelai chuckles) Then she starts following me around, talking a mile a minute, saying God knows what. So, finally I turn to her, and I tell her she's being annoying. Sit down, shut up, and I'll get to her when I get to her.
      Lorelai: You know, I bet she took that very well, 'cause she sounds just delightful...
      Luke: She asked me what my birthday was. I wouldn't tell her. She wouldn't stop talking. I gave in. I told her my birthday. Then she opened up the newspaper to the horoscope page, wrote something down, tore it out, handed it to me.
      Lorelai: God, seriously. You wrote the menu, didn't you?
      Luke: So I was looking at this piece of paper in my hand, and under Scorpio, she had written: 'You will meet an annoying woman. Give her coffee, and she'll go away.' I gave her coffee.
      Lorelai: But she didn't go away!
      Luke: She told me to hold onto that horoscope, put it in my wallet, and carry it around with me. One day, it would bring me luck.
      (Luke takes the horoscope out of his wallet and hands it to Lorelai.)
      Lorelai: Well man, I will say anything for a cup of coffee! (long pause) Um, I can't believe you kept this. You kept this in your wallet? You kept this in your wallet...
      Luke: Eight years.
      Lorelai Eight years...
      Luke: Lorelai, this thing we're doing, you...I just want you to know I'm in. I am all in. Does that...uh...are you...uh...scared?
      (Lorelai smiles shyly)

    • Rory: (to Marty) Asher Fleming died.
      Marty: In bed?
      Rory: No
      Marty: Damn. I lost the pool.

  • NOTES (6)

  • ALLUSIONS (16)

    • Lorelai: Don't be so puritanical. After all, Heather has two mommies.

      Heather Has Two Mommies is a children's book, written by Lesléa Newman, about a girl raised by two lesbian women.

    • Lorelai: Shaken not stirred, please, Jeeves.

      The phrase "Shaken not Stirred" is a famous line from the James Bond 007 films on how he likes his martinis.

    • Character name: Madonna Louise (Emily's maid)

      Famous queen of pop Madonna's full name is Madonna Esther Louise Veronica Ciccone Ritchie (born Madonna Louise Veronica Ciccone)

    • Kirk: We think Fay still lives in the caves above the Clancys' mill. We can't prove it, but every so often we hear Delta Dawn playing over and over.

      Delta Dawn was a hit 70's song by Tanya Tucker. Helen Reddy also had a hit verison after Tucker did in the 70's.

    • Babette: The times, they are a-changin'.

      The title of a Bob Dylan song (and the album it premiered on).

    • Paris: (about Asher Fleming) He's my Mike Todd.

      Michael Todd, famed film producer of the 1950's, was Elizabeth Taylor's husband at the time of his death.

    • Paris: It'll be the Mountain Girl trial all over again.

      The estate of Grateful Dead guitarist Jerry Garcia was successfully sued by his ex-wife Carolyn, known in her hippie days as 'Mountain Girl'.

    • Lorelai: Did Paul Thomas Anderson write this?

      Paul Thomas Anderson is the writer/director of the film Magnolia, which is over 3 hours long.

    • Lorelai: (upon entering Sniffy's) Wow, very Prancing Pony.

      The Prancing Pony is the inn at Bree where the hobbits met Strider, in The Lord of the Rings.

    • (Explaining the circumstances of Asher's death)
      Paris: And the class was so into his reading, they didn't even get it. They thought he was acting. It was Dick Shawn all over again. Dick Shawn was a comedian and actor, who played Hitler in the movie The Producers, and also appeared in It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World. He died onstage during a comedy performance.

    • Character name: Logan Huntzberger

      Logan's last name may be an allusion to Sulzberger, the family that owns the New York Times.

    • Lorelai: Alright, but no taking me to an art museum after hours and then to an empty Hollywood Bowl where you'll give me a pair of diamond earrings that you bought with your college money, when all the time you're really in love with your best friend, the drummer, who's posing as our driver for the evening.

      Lorelai is describing the date seen in the movie Some Kind of Wonderful starring Eric Stoltz, Mary Stuart Masterson and Lea Thompson.

    • Luke: Your shoes work well with that shirt.
      Lorelai: Gee, Carson, thanks.

      Carson Kressley is one of the five consultants from the show Queer Eye for the Straight Guy. He specializes in clothing and fashion.

    • Rory: Crazy.
      Lorelai: You said it, Patsy Cline.

      Crazy is a song written by Willie Nelson, and is one of Patsy Cline's greatest hits.

    • Gypsy: You backed up. You didn't look. You got in, you turned on your car, and then you whipped out of that space like you were Lizzie Grubman.

      Celebrity publicist Lizzie Grubman was charged as being intoxicated when she backed her SUV into a crowd of people outside a nightclub in the Hamptons, injuring 16, on July 7, 2001.

    • Title: Written in the Stars

      Written in the Stars is a song written by Elton John and Tim Rice for the Broadway musical Aida.