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Lorelai helps Luke buy a birthday present for Rachel, but ends up buying him a new wardrobe along the way. Still upset over the fact that she and Dean broke up, Rory becomes very upset when she finds out that Lane and Dean are science project partners, and then becomes angered when she finds out that her mom and Max have gotten back together. She and Lorelai fight, and Rory runs away to her grandparent's house in Hartford. Wanting to hear the whole story about Dean and Rory's break up, Lorelai talks to Dean and hears what happened on their anniversary date, worrying Lorelai that Rory has the same commitment problem as she does.
Lorelai: Hmm, what are you wearing?
Lorelai: You must be very popular.
Max: And chilly.
Lorelai: So then he starts ripping my twenty dollar bill into like a million pieces. And I'm thinking to myself, there is a store full of people, why am I the one on line with the crazy magician? (Rory yawns) Okay, I'll cut to the end. So he couldn't put it back together again and he had to pay me back in quarters.
Lorelai: Hey, I have a huge dilemma that I need your opinion on!
Lorelai: Am I more beautiful today than I was yesterday?
Rory: Oh boy.
Lorelai: I'm just not sure. 'Cause at first, I looked in the mirror and I thought, 'Yes, definitely a huge improvement!'
Rory: Can I have my pillow back?
Lorelai: And then I thought, 'Maybe it's not that I'm more beautiful today, maybe I was just as beautiful yesterday, only I lacked the self-esteem to recognize it!'
Lorelai: So, last time I saw you, you said 'I'll see you at home.' You want to fill in the blanks?
Rory: I don't know. I just had to get out, go anywhere.
Lorelai: So you picked hell?
Rory: Where's my tie?
Lorelai: In your drawer?
Rory: I'm looking in the drawer.
Lorelai: Mm, check the living room.
Rory: Why would my tie be in the living room?
Lorelai: Because it's been seeing the doily on the coffee table. I'm sorry, I did not want you to find out this way!
Lorelai: Why so charming this morning?
Rory: I had an annoying visit from the Stars Hollow wake up fairy.
Lorelai: I don't know what this fabric is, but I think I want to have its baby.
When Lorelai is on the phone with Lane's mother trying to find Rory, you can see Sookie's shawdow outside the front door as she waits for her cue to come in.
In this episode Emily says that Chilton is only 10 minutes from their home. However in the pilot episode, Emily says that Chilton is 5 minutes from their home.
When Rory arrives at the elder Gilmores', the boom mic is visible above Emily and Rory numerous times.
In the scene where Lorelai comes back from buying Luke all the clothes, in the background you can see a man with a green and purple striped shirt come out from the back. The shot goes to Luke, then back to Lorelai, and the guy comes out again from the back.
At Chilton, Paris knocks a book off a desk to get Rory's attention. When the shot returns to Paris, the book is on her desk but when the bell rings, the book is back on the floor.
Lorelai: Okay, Emma Goldman.
Emma Goldman was an advocate of free speech, birth control, and women’s equality.
Rory: Hanson's still together?
Lorelai: They're the new Bee Gees.
The Bee Gees, much like the pop group Hanson, is a British pop band that was made up of three Gibb brothers.
Lorelai: I've got to say I'm tired of Goofus and I'd like my Gallant back.
In Highlights, the character Goofus is selfish and does everything wrong while Gallant is open-hearted and does everything right.
Lorelai: But just once wouldn't it be nice not to be dressed like an extra from "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers"?
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers is a movie musical with unusual choreography with dance numbers that include chopping wood and raising a barn.
I want to play Wild Kingdom.
is a television show that featured wildlife and nature.
Lorelai: Hey, love the enthusiasm. Hey, does "Up With People" know about you?
Up With People is an organization and performance where 40 volunteer performers presented upbeat songs accompanied by choreographed dance.
(about the older man that walks by)
Lorelai: Because I'm not Anna Nicole Smith.
(Teenage boy on a skateboard goes by)
Lorelai: Because I'm not Mary Kay LeTourneau.
Anna Nicole Smith is a woman who married an old man for the money she would inherit upon his death. Mary Kay LeTourneau is a teacher known for having a sexual relationship with an underage student.
Lorelai: Excuse me, Mr. Cosell.
Howard Cosell is a play-by-play sports announcer.
Lorelai and Rory
This episode is a good example of how much alike Rory and Lorelai really are. Through her break-up with Dean, we see that Rory has the same sort of committment problems that Lorelai does, especially when we see that she was afraid to tell Dean that she loves him. However, Lorelai, wanting what's best for her daughter, shows Rory that she shouldn't be afraid of committment.