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Gilmore Girls

Television Show
First Aired October 23, 2001. Episode "Road Trip To Harvard", Season 2, Episode 4.
Daniel Palladino [Cheers]
Principal Cast:
Lorelai Gilmore.....Lauren Graham [Law & Order; Seinfeld; One True Thing]
Lorelai Leigh "Rory" Gilmore.....Alexis Bledel
Emily Gilmore.....Kelly Bishop [Dirty Dancing; Six Degrees Of Separation; Private Parts]
Richard Gilmore ..... Edward Herrmann [MichaelVox Number One Drama Of All Time Homicide: Life On The Street; The Practice; The Paper Chase; Reds; The Purple Rose Of Cairo; Compromising Positions; The Lost Boys; Big Business; Hero]
Lane Kim..... Keiko Agena [ER; Felicity]
Sookie St. James..... Melissa McCarthy [Go]
Michel Gerald.....Yanic Truesdale
Luke Danes.....Scott Patterson [Seinfeld; Will & Grace]
With the wedding called off, Lorelai is eager to escape the sympathies of everyone in Stars Hollow, so she and Rory take off on a road trip that ultimately leads to Harvard Univerisity, where Rory comes face-to-face with her dreams of college life, while Lorelai confronts the past that might have been.

U2 Pop Culture Reference:
[Showtime 12:24 with commercials] Lorelai has called off her engagement to Max. She wakes her daughter, Rory up, and tells her to pack immediately for a road trip. Knowing her mother needs her support more than a bunch of questions, Rory complies and early on a Saturday they pack up and head out of town. They drive with no map and end up outside of Boston at a Bed and Breakfast that Lorelai's friend opened. When they get inside and notice the flowery decorations, it's evident that Lorelai's friend is no longer in charge. He's moved and a flighty woman is in charge now. The B & B has been renamed "The Cheshire Cat" and the Gilmore Girls decide to give it a chance as they're too tired and hungry to find another place to stay. A dentist convention has filled most of the other rooms and as the girls leave to get something to eat, the notice the den is full of conventioneers playing board games. Rory and Lorelai know they won't make it out of the building without chit chat, so they sneak back to their room and look for something to eat.
Lorelai [taking something out of her purse]: Ooh. Oh! I struck gold.
Rory: What is it?
Lorelai: Certs!
Rory: Let me catch my breath.
Lorelai: I cannot for the life of me remember the last time I bought Certs.
Rory: Which would make them really old.
Lorelai: Fuzzy.
[They are sitting on the bed together. Piano music starts from downstairs. The song is "Gypsies, Tramps, and Thieves".]
Rory: Perfect.
Lorelai: A nice capper to the day.
Rory: In the course of three hours, they've participated in every inane B & B group activity known to man.
Lorelai: Let's just hope they finish with a mass suicide.
Rory: We get cranky when we're hungry.
Lorelai: Well, plus we're above everyone else on the planet.
Rory: Clearly. So what do you want to do?
Lorelai: I don't know. We could go to sleep.
Rory: Hmm. [Looks at clock.] It's 8:23.
Lorelai: Good Lord.
Rory: I'm not really sleepy.
Lorelai: Me neither. We could sing.
Rory: Sing?
Lorelai: Yeah. We could sing "Anarchy In The U.K." at the top of our lungs.
Rory: Oh, that would be good. Or. Uh. We could talk.
Lorelai: Oh, Ok.
Rory: Ok.
Lorelai: What about?
Rory: Oh, I don't know. Um. Max?
Lorelai: Uh, no.
Rory: Why?
Lorelai [getting under the covers]: Because. I don't want to.
Rory: You said we could talk.
Lorelai: Yes. Well, I thought you meant about makeup or something.
Rory: When have we ever talked about makeup?
Lorelai: Never. That's why I though now would be a good time.
Rory: I just need to know...
Lorelai: Goodnight Rory.
Rory: But...
Lorelai [turns light off]: Goodnight.
Rory [turns light on]: Are you sure that you're not just running scared?
Lorelai: Rory.
Rory: Because I think that you really love him but you get freaked out...
Lorelai [turns light off]: Enough!
Rory: ...and you don't know what to do. [turns light on.] Because you did this before. With Max, in fact.
Lorelai [angry]: Rory. I don't want to talk about this. I thought that by saying 'enough' and turning off the light, you would get the message. Apparently not. The skywriter will be here in a minute.
Rory: I'm asking you a question.
Lorelai: I am a grown woman.
Rory: Says the woman with the "Hello Kitty" waffle iron.
Lorelai: I have earned the right not to be quizzed about my social life by my 16-year-old daughter.
Rory: I thought I was your best friend.
Lorelai: When we're at a U2 concert, you are my best friend. But right now you are my 16-year-old daughter and I'm telling you I do not want to have this conversation.
Rory: Well I do.
Lorelai: Well tough.
Rory: Everything was planned. Everyone was excited, including you and then all of the sudden you're out.
Lorelai: Well, I changed my mind.
Rory: This is our life you just tossed off.
Lorelai: Hey, I didn't just "toss off" anything.
Rory: We had plans. We made space in the closet.
Lorelai: Oh Rory. Just because we moved a couple of boxes is not reason enough for me to get married.
Rory: Max was counting on this. I was counting on this.
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: I think you love him.
Lorelai: Rory! Go to sleep! [She lies down and turns her back to Rory.]
Rory: I think you love him and you got scared and you ran and you're really going to regret it and soon.
Lorelai: Rory!
Rory: Fine! [Rory turns off light.] Goodnight!
Lorelai [Long silence. Exhales deeply.]: I'm sure. I wish I did love him. You have no idea how much.
Rory [leans over to kiss mom on cheek]

Besides U2, is it worth watching?
Yes, yes, yes. In addition to the stuff I said above, just look at the references in this scene. Certs, Cher, Gypsies Tramps and Thieves, Sex Pistols, Anarchy in the U.K., Hello Kitty, U2, and David Lynch. This is the first real argument we've seen between the two of them. They also admit feeling superior to everyone they come into contact with, much like we all do. Plus, two U2 references on two successive shows. Nice.

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