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Gilmore Girls: Twenty-One is the Loneliest Number

As Rory's twenty-first birthday approaches, both Lorelai and Rory are saddened by the fact that their ongoing estrangement will keep them from spending the day the way they had always planned. Richard tries to convince Lorelai to help him with a plan to get Rory back to Yale, but Lorelai insists that Rory has to make the decision herself. While Richard continues to worry about Rory's future, Emily throws herself into planning an elaborate birthday party. Meanwhile, Emily and Richard are shocked when they realize that Rory and Logan have been having sex.

Episode Info

Episode number: 6x7
Production Number: 2T6307
Airdate: Tuesday October 25th, 2005

Alternate Airdates:

DE (Vox) Oct 17, 2006


Special Guest Stars

Guest Stars
Danny StrongDanny Strong
As Doyle
Sally StruthersSally Struthers
As Babette Dell
Susan BjurmanSusan Bjurman
As Vivian Lewis
Ted RooneyTed Rooney
As Morey Dell
Todd LoweTodd Lowe
As Zach
Michael C. McCarthyMichael C. McCarthy
As Reverend Boteright (as Michael Clayton McCarthy)

Co-Guest Stars
A.J. TeslerA.J. Tesler
As Rob
Debbie ZippDebbie Zipp
As Katherine
Joseph WilliamsonJoseph Williamson
As Bartender
Kavita PatilKavita Patil
As Gilmore Maid
Laura CarsonLaura Carson
As Tweenie Halpern
Tamara ZookTamara Zook
As Claire
Main Cast
Lauren GrahamLauren Graham
As Lorelai Gilmore
Alexis BledelAlexis Bledel
As Rory Gilmore
Melissa McCarthyMelissa McCarthy
As Sookie St. James
Scott PattersonScott Patterson
As Luke Danes
Edward HerrmannEdward Herrmann
As Richard Gilmore
Kelly BishopKelly Bishop
As Emily Gilmore
Yanic TruesdaleYanic Truesdale
As Michel Gerard
Keiko AgenaKeiko Agena
As Lane Kim
Liza WeilLiza Weil
As Paris Gellar
Matt CzuchryMatt Czuchry
As Logan Huntzberger
Sean GunnSean Gunn
As Kirk Gleason
Episode Notes
Rating: 4.1/6

This is the second time that Rory has had a birthday party, the first being in season 1's "Rory's Birthday Parties".

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Blossom DearieEverything I've Got (Belongs to You) 
Blossom DearieI Ways True To You In My Own Fashion 

Episode Quotes
Lorelai: What about Rory?
Richard: I don't like what I see in that girl.
Lorelai: My eyes?

Luke: It tasted pink. Like really tasted really pink. Like pink pink.
Lorelai: Let’s get something to eat.
Luke: God that’s terrible. It’s like drinking a my little pony.

Lorelai: (imitating Richard) “She’s turning twenty-one Lorelai, did you know that?” Of course I know that, I was there when she was turning nothing.

Lorelai: I got a dog.
Rory: What?
Lorelai: Stop! He's fine.
Rory: He's alive?
Lorelai: Yes, he's alive and I'm not discussing that hamster again.

Rory: Construction?
Lorelai: Yeah, we’re making the bedroom bigger.
Rory: You and Luke?
Lorelai: No, me and John O’Hurley. Luke doesn’t know yet. I hope he takes it okay.

Reverend Boatwright: Your virtue is a gift...it is a gift you can give to only one man…If you give it away too soon and to the wrong man, then when the right one does come along, you have no gift to give. You'll have to buy him a sweater.

Lorelai: Not too limpy ‘cause Luke is a big guy and he needs a big guy sausage.
Sookie: Don’t we all?
Lorelai: Don’t make my man’s sausage dirty!

Emily: Where’s Luke? I hope he didn’t get lost somewhere.
Lorelai: Oh, no. I’m sure he’s just sizing up how much silver he can stuff into his pockets without it making to much of a bulge.

Babette: So what about you, honey, what are you going to do ?
Lorelai: Oh you know, the same thing I always do.
Babette: Oh, you’re gonna hang caramel apples from the tree again?
Lorelai: Kids love them.
Babette: They’re not that scary.
Lorelai: Well, to a diabetic, they’re downright terrifying.

(after Rory called the diner)
Luke: She was mad and she yelled and she said hell. I didn't even know she knew how to say hell.

Richard: We need a plan!
Lorelai: But we... I had a plan! You changed the plan. Plan’s gone baby!
Richard: I don’t appreciate your tone
Lorelai: Apparently the proper tone went out with the plan.

Richard: Impossible girl!
Lorelai: My Native American name, I believe.

Rory: That ultimate-gift ship has sailed a long time ago.
Reverned: Oh.
Rory: Its probably in Fiji by now. (pause) So, have you seen The Forty-Year -Old Virgin? I think you'd like it.

Lorelai: What smells so good?
Luke: Fried chicken.
Lorelai: Luke, will you marry me?

Luke: (about the pancakes) You're going to be sick.
Lorelai: No.
Luke: It's already loaded with chocolate chips...That's candy and your adding whip cream, thats more candy.
Lorelai: Got any jelly beans?
Luke: Now I'm going to be sick.
Lorelai: Oh, and a cherry.

Paris: Last year I was sleeping with the editor.
Doyle: And now I am!

Lorelai: This is just like my parents, you know. They doublecross me and then they get mad when I won’t help them undo the double cross.

Lorelai: (to Luke who's desperatly trying to lift up the doll house) I’m hungry, I’m ordering pizza. The top comes off.

Episode Goofs
The amount of whipped cream on Lorelai's pancakes changes from shot to shot.

When Richard comes back in from checking on the noise, he hangs his coat on the armrest of the chair. However, near the end of the scene, the coat is on the back of the chair.

At the end of "Welcome to the Dollhouse", and as this episode begins, Lorelai is barefoot on the porch. When the opening scene comes to a close, Lorelai is wearing shoes.

Cultural References
Lorelai: No, me and John O'Hurley.

John O'Hurley is an actor who is best known for his role as J. Peterman on Seinfeld and was recently on Dancing with the Stars.

Episode Title: Twenty-One is the Loneliest Number

The title of the episode was taken from the song "One" by Three Dog Night which includes the lyrics "One is the loneliest number that you'll ever do; Two can be as bad as one, It's the loneliest number since the number one."

Richard: She's running around talking about tea parties like the Mad Hatter.

The Mad Hatter is a character from the book, which was made into a movie, Alice in Wonderland, by Lewis Carrol.

Rory: I just had a dream that Madeline Albright was my mother!

Madeleine Albright was the 64th Secretary of State in the U.S. during Bill Clinton's term as President.

Rory: (to the Reverend) So, have you seen The Forty-Year -Old Virgin? I think you'd like it.

The Forty-Year-Old Virgin is a movie starring Steve Carell that follows the life of Andy Stitzer, a 40-year old virgin, as he tries to have his first sexual relationship.

Lorelei: Determined, demented, delovely.

This is a reference to the "It's Delovely" by Cole Porter that includes the line "It's delightful, it's delicious, it's delovely."

Episode References
The scene where Rory is in bed with Madeline Albright is the exact same scene, word for word, as when Lorelai and Rory are in bed on her 16th birthday in "Rory's Birthday Parties".

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