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Lorelai wakes up the morning after her night with Christopher. Though Christopher begs her to stay, Lorelai makes a quick exit and heads home. There, Lorelai starts to get rid of everything that reminds her of Luke and nearly empties her home of everything. Meanwhile, Rory gets a toy rocket ship as a gift from Logan and is confused by its meaning. She soon decides to go to London for the summer with him and soon learns that he already bought her a ticket so she can visit him for Christmas. Elsewhere, Kirk and Taylor cause an accident that seriously damages Luke's and Luke arrives a Lorelai's with a startling proposal.
Ratings: 3.5 million viewers
Kelly Bishop (Emily Gilmore), Edward Herrmann (Richard Gilmore), and Keiko Agena (Lane) do not appear in this episode.
The song "Chemicals React" by AJ and Aly was used to promote this season on The CW.
This is the first episode of the series to air on The CW.
(to a mother at the SAT prep class)
Paris: She's got a C average which means she's either lazy or stupid. I can work with either. Frankly sometimes stupid is easier. I can scare the stupid out of you, but the lazy runs deep.
Rory: So Logan and I were on the couch...
Lorelai: Wah, wah, wah!
Rory: Chachi, right?
Rory: Tell us more about this racquetball.
Michel: Well, it's very simple: A four walled room, a racquet and a rubber ball.
Lorelai: Get to the good part - what are the clothes like?
Rory: Can we wear cute outfits?
Michel: I do!
Lorelai: I think racquetball sounds great!
At the end of "Partings
", Christopher gets woken up when Gigi comes into the room before she leaves for school. However, in this episode, which takes place directly after "Partings
", Christopher wakes up when Lorelai tries to sneak out.
During the scene where Lorelai and Rory are having coffee and discussing how they can not talk, it is obvious that Rory's cup is empty.
So Logan and I were on the couch...
Wah, wah, wah!
Chachi is a character played by Scott Baio in the series Happy Days
and Joanie Loves Chachi
. "Wah, wah, wah" was one of the catch-phrases that Chachi would use when anyone talked about intimate happenings and details.
Lorelai: (to Rory)
The prodigal daughter returns.
"The Prodigal Daughter Returns
" is the title of an episode from season 6, which is a reference to a Biblical passage about the prodigal son who asks for his inheritance early only to spend it all and become poor. When he returns home, his father still welcomes him with open arms despite his mishaps.
The Long Morrow
This episode shares the same name as “The Long Morrow
” episode of the television series The Twilight Zone
. This particular Twilight Zone
episode is well-known for its surprise twist ending.