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Gilmore Girls: Unto The Breach

The day before Rory's graduation from Yale, Emily and Richard throw Rory a party and during which they perform a song in her honor. During the party, Lorelai and Christopher come face-to-face for the first time following their separation and thrilled to find that they can still be friends despite their recent rocky relationship. Logan makes a shocking move at the party when he asks Rory to marry him, but Rory, stunned and unable to give him an answer, turns to Lorelai to help her make a decision. Later, Rory and Paris graduate from Yale and Rory gives Logan an answer. Meanwhile, Lorelai and Luke's relationship takes a step back when Luke overhears Lorelai saying that the karaoke serenade meant nothing.

Episode Info

Episode number: 7x21
Production Number: 2T7771
Airdate: Tuesday May 08th, 2007

Alternate Airdates:

Spain Oct 15, 2007


Special Guest Stars
David SutcliffeDavid Sutcliffe
As Christopher Hayden
Kathleen WilhoiteKathleen Wilhoite
As Liz Danes

Guest Stars
Danny StrongDanny Strong
As Doyle
Krysten RitterKrysten Ritter
As Lucy
Liz TorresLiz Torres
As Miss Patty
Michael WintersMichael Winters
As Taylor Doose
Michelle OngkingcoMichelle Ongkingco
As Olivia
Rini BellRini Bell
As Lulu
Sally StruthersSally Struthers
As Babette Dell

Co-Guest Stars
Debbie ZippDebbie Zipp
As Katherine
Dorothy ConstantineDorothy Constantine
As Nancy
Jill FarleyJill Farley
As Student Usher
Mary Linda PhillipsMary Linda Phillips
As Dede
Kathy McGrawKathy McGraw
As Woman
William BogertWilliam Bogert
As College Dean
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
Liza WeilLiza Weil
As Paris Gellar
Matt CzuchryMatt Czuchry
As Logan Huntzberger
Sean GunnSean Gunn
As Kirk Gleason
Episode Notes
Yanic Truesdale (Michel) and Keiko Agena (Lane) do not appear in this episode.

This episode marks Matt Czuchry's (Logan) and Liza Weil's (Paris) final appearance on the series.

This episode marks Rory Gilmore's graduation from Yale University.

This is David Sutcliffe's (Christopher) first appearance since "Farewell, My Pet" and is also his final appearance on the series.

Original Episode Title: "The Beginning of the End of the Beginning"

Episode Quotes
Lorelai: (to Christopher) Honey, tell me what time it is. I told everyone I'd notice the exact time so when we do the reenactment they have the exact...
Richard: Lorelai, I will note the time, I will take the photo. You just sit there and enjoy your daughter's graduation from Yale. This is as much your moment as Rory's. Enjoy it.

Emily: Just so you know, I read in The New York Times that people are getting married younger and younger these days.
Lorelai: Well, the good news is if it was in The New York Times, Rory saw it and filed it away.

Lorelai: What do you mean peanuts don't grow on trees?
Rory: Mom, trust me. I'm a college graduate.

Luke: Some people need time.
Lorelai: Or they're never ready.
Luke: Well, I wouldn't say never. They want to be careful. They're a little slower to make sure it's right.
Lorelai: You can't always be 100 percent sure. Sometimes you take a leap of faith.
Luke: You have to know what you're leaping into.
Lorelai: After all this time, how can you not know?
Luke: Who not know?
Lorelai: Rory.
Luke: Right. Rory.

Rory: Alright, listen, I’m gonna go. Logan and I have this romantic afternoon planned.
Lorelai: Oh, really?
Rory: We’re spackling.
Lorelai: Oh, well, uh, spackle well, or, whatever one says to encourage a successful spackle.
Rory: Have a good spackle?
Lorelai: Spackle on?
Rory: Break a spackle?
Lorelai: Knock on spackle, things work out?

Lorelai: All right, we can check the cake off our list. What else do I need to remember?
Sookie: Don't worry cause I prefer footballs basically.
Lorelai: What?!
Sookie: Don't worry cause I prefer footballs basically.
Lorelai: Huh?
Sookie: It's a pneumatic device. Dress, wedges, champagne, ice, plastic flutes, beaded clutch. Beaded clutch is one word.
Lorelai: And pantyhose.
Sookie: Don't worry cause I prefer footballs basically, Polly.
Lorelai: And tissues and my camera.
Sookie: Don't worry cause I prefer footballs basically, Polly ... teased ... Chad.
Lorelai: Why would Polly tease Chad about footballs?
Sookie: I don't know. Maybe Polly prefers soccer balls.
Lorelai: That doesn't make any sense!
Sookie: (laughing) Well, then stop adding stuff to the list!

(to Rory, singing)
Richard: You’re the top. You have graduated.
Emily: You’re the top. Your grandparents are elated.
Richard: Newspaper editor. Phi Beta Cappa, wow!
Emily: You’re a revelation. A huge sensation.
Richard: You should take a bow.
Emily: You are done. No more school for you.
Richard: There is nothing now that you can’t do.
Emily: You make us proud. We’ll sing it loud.
Richard: It’s true!
Emily and Richard: 'Cause our Rory, you’re a Bulldog through and through!

Logan: You amaze me, Rory Gilmore. Every day. Everything that you do. Everything that you are. This past year I realized that I don’t know a lot more than I thought I knew. If that makes sense. Sorry, I’m a little bit nervous! I didn’t think I would be. What I’m trying to say is that I don’t know a lot. But I know that I love you. And I want to be with you. Forever. Rory Gilmore, will you marry me?

Rory: Logan, I'm sorry. I can't. I love you. You know how much I love you. I love the idea of being married to you. But there are just a lot of things in my life right now that are undecided, which used to scare me, but now I kind of like that it's all wide open. And if I married you, it just wouldn't be.
Logan: So, what? I move to San Francisco, you stay back east, and we see each other occasionally?
Rory: Well, we can try long distance. We've done it before.
Logan: You really think that would work?
Rory: I think it would be hard, but--
Logan: I don't want to do that, Rory. I don't want to move backwards. If we can't take the next step --
Rory: What?
Logan: It's just --
Rory: Does it have to be all or nothing?
Logan: Yeah, it does.
Rory: We could try.
Logan: What's the point?
Rory: So ...
Logan: So... (Rory gives Logan back the ring box; Logan reluctantly takes it back) Good bye, Rory. (walks away)

Lorelai: How you doing, honey?
Rory: Oh, okay.
Lorelai: Yeah?
Rory: Yeah. Well, I mean, I'm not okay, I feel awful. I feel sick. I miss him already.
Lorelai: I know.
Rory: And it just sucks, you know, because I graduated today. This was supposed to be a happy day in my life, and now every time I look back on it, I'm going to think of this horrible thing that happened.
Lorelai: I'm sorry. But I think you made the right decision.
Rory: You do?
Lorelai: I do. One day, you'll meet someone, and you'll just know that it's right. You won't want to hesitate.
Rory: I hope so.
Lorelai: I really do believe it.

Episode Goofs
When Rory and Lorelai are outside Luke's, the same blue car drives behind them twice.

Lorelai goes to Weston's in the beginning of the episode to pick up Rory's cake, yet when she and Sookie leave the bakery, they don't take the cake.

Cultural References
Episode Title: Unto The Breach

Unto The Breach is the title of a novel by John Ringo. "Unto the breach" is also a part of a line from Shakespeare's Henry V: "Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more."

Rory: Milan Kundera is speaking at our graduation.
Lorelai: Oh.
Rory: What you're not a bit Kundera fan?
Lorelai: No, I'm unbearably light on him.

Milan Kundera is a writer best-known for his 1984 novel, The Unbearable Lightness of Being.

Lorelai: Oh, like David Blaine.

David Blaine is an illusionist who, like Kirk in this episode, spent 44 days in a plexiglass box suspended in the air.

Emily: This woman keeps rocking back and forth. It’s like sitting behind Ray Charles.

Pianist and singer Ray Charles often rocked back and forth while performing.

Emily: Apparently Lorelai has invoked the “Don’t ask, don’t tell” rule.
Richard: Bill Clinton. That's a speaker I would have enjoyed.

During the Clinton administration, Clinton passed a military policy known as the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell", which prohibits the military from discriminating based on sexual orientation.

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