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Gilmore Girls: The Lorelais' First Day at Chilton

It is the first day of Chilton for the Gilmores, and Lorelai oversleeps. Realizing that she does not have enough time to pick up her clothes from the dry-cleaners, she is forced to wear a pink tie-dye shirt and "Daisy Duke" shorts, an outfit that upsets both Emily and Rory. The rest of the day is downhill from there for Rory, who picks up the nickname Mary and makes enemies with Paris Geller who sees Rory as her competition.

Episode Info
Episode number: 1x2
Production Number: 226701
Airdate: Thursday October 12th, 2000

Alternate Airdates:

FR (TF6) Sep 08, 2001
DE (Vox) Apr 05, 2004

Guest Stars
Alex BorsteinAlex Borstein
As Drella
Dakin MatthewsDakin Matthews
As Hanlin Charleston
Liz TorresLiz Torres
As Miss Patty
Liza WeilLiza Weil
As Paris Geller
Sally StruthersSally Struthers
As Babette Dell
John BillingsleyJohn Billingsley
As Mr. Remmy
Nick ChinlundNick Chinlund
As Ian Jack

Co-Guest Stars
Chad Michael MurrayChad Michael Murray
As Tristan DuGrey
Jackson DouglasJackson Douglas
As Jackson Melville
Josh JacobsonJosh Jacobson
As Boy #1
Roz WittRoz Witt
As Mrs. Traeger
Sean GunnSean Gunn
As Mick
Shelly ColeShelly Cole
As Madeline Lynn
Teal RedmannTeal Redmann
As Louise Grant
Ted RooneyTed Rooney
As Morey Dell
Carole GoldmanCarole Goldman
As Miss James
Irina MaleevaIrina Maleeva
As Salon Lady
Pamela KoshPamela Kosh
As Elderly Female
Steve TomSteve Tom
As Irate Customer
Strawn BoveeStrawn Bovee
As Mrs. Ness
Troy MedleyTroy Medley
As Installer #1
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


Rory is eating whipped cream from the can as Lorelai paints Rory's toenails. Rory asks why Lorelai is insisting on painting her toes. Lorelai explains that Rory is starting private school and that "everyone knows that private-school girls are bad. And bad girls wear red nail polish." Lane runs up carrying the new XTC album, Apple Venus Volume 2. Lorelai jumps up and runs into the house with Lane. Rory complains about her half-finished paint job while Lane and Lorelai are dancing on the other side of the window...

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Episode Notes
Liza Weil originally tried out for the part of Rory but didn't make it. However, the producers liked her and cast her in the role of Paris instead.

Ratings: 2.8/4

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Sam Phillips (1)I Don't Know How To Say Goodbye To You 
XTCI'm The Man Who Murdered Love 

Episode Quotes
(At Luke's)
Luke: What are you doing here?
Lorelai: See, now, that's why you were voted Mr. Personality of the New Millennium. Where's your crown?

Lorelai: Rory is not gonna to be a problem. She's totally low maintenance, you know, like a Honda. You know, they're just easy, just...nice office.

Rory: Yeah, they kept calling me Mary.
Lorelai: You're kidding me. Wow, I can't believe they still say that.
Rory: Why? What does it mean?
Lorelai: Mary, like Virgin Mary. It means they think you look like a goody-goody.
Rory: You're kidding.
Lorelai: No.
Rory: Well, what would they have called me if they thought I looked like a slut?
Lorelai: Well, they might have added a Magdalene to it.

Rory: I can't be late on my first day of school. Do you know what happens to people when they're late on their first day?
Lorelai: It's shorter?

Paris: (reading Rory's file) Lorelai Gilmore.
Louise: Nice stripper name.
Paris: Formerly of Stars Hollow High.
Louise: Where's that?
Paris: Drive west, make a left at the haystacks, and follow the cows.

Morey: Tell her about the gnome, baby.
Babette: They kicked the gnome.
Lorelai: What?
Babette: Right in the head!
Morey: That's just not cool.
Babette: I wouldn't trust these boys. Gnome-kicking says a lot about a man's character.

Miss Patty: Now, walk smooth. That's the new Harry Potter on your heads. If they should drop, Harry will die, and there won't be any more books.

Rory: I don't know. It was just one big, long, scary, tweedy, bad eight hours.
Lorelai: Add some hair spray, and you've got my day.

Miss Patty: Ladies, what do I see. Naked girls. No, no, keep those leotards on. This is not Brazil.

Lorelai: Well, we like our internet slow, okay? We can turn it on, walk around, dance, make a sandwich. With DSL, there's no dancing, no walking, and we'd starve. It'd be all work and no play. Have you not seen "The Shining", Mom?

Episode Goofs
In this episode Sean Gunn's character is named Mick, but in subsequent episodes, his character's name is Kirk.

Lorelai throws Rory's backpack in the back of her Jeep twice after she picks her up from Chilton.

Cultural References
Lorelai: Sweetie, you can't let those kids get you down. Do you want me to talk to anybody? A parent, a teacher, a big guy named Moose?

Moose is a character from the Archie Comics who's big and strong but has a heart of gold.

Lorelai: It'd be all work and no play. Have you not seen The Shining, Mom?

The Shining is a horror movie by Stanley Kubrick based on a Stephen King novel about a family that takes a job to watch a hotel during the winter. The father goes crazy and ends up on a killing frenzy and repeats the line, "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy".

Lorelai: I look like that chick from The Dukes of Hazzard.

Lorelai is referring to Daisy Duke, the cousin of Luke and Bo Duke on the TV show, The Dukes of Hazzard.

Lane: Hey guys! New CD! XTC, 'Apple Venus Volume 2'!

XTC is a new wave band from the UK who are considered the fathers of the Britpop movement that began in the 1980s. Apple Venus Vol. II is the highly popular sequel to Apple Venus.

Rory: And I was in the German Club for a while, but there were only three of us, and then two left for French Club after seeing Shindler's List.

Shindler's List is an Academy Award winning movie directed by Stephen Speilberg based on a novel by Thomas Keneally. It tells the true story of Nazi Czech businessman, Oskar Schindler, who used Jewish labor to start a factory in Poland. As World War II progressed, Schindler's motive changed and he was able to save 1100 Jews from concentration camps.

Rory: I want to go to Harvard to study journalism and political science.
Hanlin Charleston: On your way to being?
Rory: Christiane Amanpour.
Hanlin Charleston: Not Cokie Roberts?
Rory: No.
Hanlin Charleston: Not Oprah, Rosie, or one of the women from The View?

Christiane Amanpour is CNN's chief international correspondent; Cokie Roberts is a political commentator for ABC News; Oprah is a successful talk show host; Rosie is also a talk show host as well as an actress and comedian; The View is a daytime talk show created by Barbara Walters.

Rory: What are you looking at?
Lorelai: I'm just trying to see if there's a hunchback up in that bell tower.

This is a reference to Quasimodo, the hunchbacked bell ringer from the novel The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo.

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