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Gilmore Girls: I'd Rather Be In Philadelphia

Richard is admitted to the hospital and Lorelai, Rory and Emily nervously wait for news on his condition. Logan hears about what's happened and borrows a helicopter in order to be there for Rory. Lorelai, however, cannot reach Christopher, who is still angry over their fight, to tell him the news. Lorelai, upset that Emily is focused on her social calendar in order to stay calm, is relieved when Luke arrives unannounced and runs errands for Emily. When Christopher finally arrives, the scene at the hospital is more than he can handle.

Episode Info

Episode number: 7x13
Production Number: 2T7763
Airdate: Tuesday February 06th, 2007

Alternate Airdates:

Spain Oct 03, 2007


Special Guest Stars
David SutcliffeDavid Sutcliffe
As Christopher Hayden

Guest Stars
Sally StruthersSally Struthers
As Babette Dell
Todd LoweTodd Lowe
As Zach
Austin TichenorAustin Tichenor
As Dr. Leibowitz

Co-Guest Stars
Jean St. JamesJean St. James
As Middle Aged Woman
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
Matt CzuchryMatt Czuchry
As Logan Huntzberger
Episode Notes
Liza Weil (Paris), Keiko Agena (Lane) and Sean Gunn (Kirk) do not appear in this episode.

Ratings: 4.62 million viewers

Episode Quotes
Lorelai: Bing, why doesn't anybody name their kid Bing anymore?
Rory: You could have named me Bing.
Lorelai: I thought about it but you didn't look like a Bing.
Rory: I don't even know if I should be insulted.

Lorelai: It’s not a cliché its more an over used saying like, um, “Sweating bullets” or “It’s as cold as ice”.
Emily: Well, some over-used sayings are true, like “Children should be seen and not heard”.
Lorelai: “Mother knows best”
Emily: “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all”.

(in the cafeteria)
Emily: Do we like this table or are we too close to that man with the IV. Honestly shouldn’t there be a separate dining area for sick people, doesn’t seem right.

Emily: Gilmore! Richard Gilmore! I'm his wife, and I would like to see him now.
Nurse: I’m sorry he's in the cath lab right now getting an angiogram. But the doctor will come find you as soon as they're done.
Emily: There's no need to be cheery about it.
Nurse: I didn’t mean --
Emily: Honestly someone with your chipper personality ought to be a weather girl or a preschool teacher.
Nurse: I'm sorry you feel that way.
Emily: Oh, please. Don't mope.

Emily: You do know how to drive a European car, don't you?
Lorelai: Mom.
Luke: Absolutely. Don't worry.
Emily: There's nothing to yank. It's a Jaguar, not a lawn mower.

Logan: Emily, Lorelai, I'm so sorry. How are you holding up?
Lorelai: We're holding.
Emily: Logan, it was so good of you to come.
Logan: Is there anything at all I can get for you? A cup of tea, maybe?
Lorelai: Oh, I already asked her. She doesn't want tea.
Emily: I would love a cup of tea, Logan. That is very kind of you.
Logan: I'm on a tea hunt, then. (he leaves)
Emily: That's a fine young man there, Rory.
Rory: Yeah, I like him.
Emily: He's one of the good ones.

Emily: These are things that need to be dealt with.
Lorelai: No what has to be dealt with is that Dad could be dying. What you're dealing with is phone calls and a checklist. You're not his secretary. You're his wife.
Emily: Yes and what do you know about being a wife? You've been married for what, 40 days? That's nothing. Your father and I have been married for over 40 years. For two-thirds of my life, I have been the wife of Richard Gilmore. I run his household. I plan his meals. I buy his clothes, entertain his business associates. When he loses his reading glasses, I find them. When he wants a nightcap, I make it for him. If he can't remember the name of a colleague's wife, I whisper it in his ear. That's what I do. I take care of him. That's my job. That's who I am. If I could be performing his surgery right now, I would be, but I can't. It's out of my hands. It's out of my hands, and there's nothing I can do but wait. I could lose him, Lorelai. He's my whole life, and there's nothing I can do.

Episode Goofs
While taking to Richard about Philadelphia, Lorelai's hands are on her waist when she mentions Philly Cheesesteaks to her father. When the shot widens, her hands are folded.

Cultural References
Episode Title: I'd Rather Be In Philadelphia

"I'd rather be in Philadelphia" is a quote by W.C. Fields from a 1925 article in Vanity Fair. In the article, Fields writes and jokes about Philadelphia, his birthplace, stating "Better here than in Philadelphia."

Lorelai: The guy who sang "Spirit in the Sky"?
Richard: No, that was Norman Greenbaum.

Norman Greenbaum is a one-hit wonder and performer of the spiritual song "Spirit in the Sky" in 1969.

Logan: Believe me, I know. I'm Hardy to his Laurel.

Hardy and Laurel were an early 20th century comedy duo known for their work in the beginning days of motion pictures.

Logan: Like "The Apprentice."
Rory: Yeah and he's gonna be like Donald Trump, which is ridiculous.

The Apprentice is an NBC reality series starring business mogul Donald Trump who searches for the next apprentice at his company.

Babette: He's like Warren Beatty, your dad, or Sean Connery or who's that one I always found so sexy? The evil politician with the glasses ... Henry Kissinger!

Warren Beatty is an Academy Award winning actor. Sean Connery is a British actor known for his portrayal of James Bond in the 007 series of films. Henry Kissinger served as Nixon's Secretary of State during the Watergate scandal.

Emily: Whatever gives Suzanna Shaw the idea that the rest of us share her barbaric interest in Cormac McCarthy is beyond me.

Cormac McCarthy is an western, gothic, and post-apocalyptic fiction author who has written 10 novels which have been hailed by critics.

Episode References
Emily and Lorelai discuss the last time that they were in the hospital with Richard. In "Forgiveness and Stuff", Richard is rushed to the hospital after he collapses during a Christmas party.

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