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Gilmore Girls: The Road Trip to Harvard

Rory and Lorelai take a road trip to Harvard, where Rory fits right in. She feels like this is the place for her. When they return home, Lorelai cries when she sees the chuppah that Luke made for her, while Luke comforts her. Seeing how Rory is growing up, Lorelai decides to start planning for her own inn.


Episode Info


Episode number: 2x4
Production Number: 227454
Airdate: Tuesday October 23rd, 2001


Alternate Airdates:

DE (Vox) May 10, 2004

  • Currently 9.8/10
9.8/10 (5 Votes cast)
Guest Stars
Karl T. WrightKarl T. Wright
As Professor
Recurring
Liz TorresLiz Torres
As Miss Patty
Recurring
Sean GunnSean Gunn
As Kirk Gleason
Recurring
Brian ReddyBrian Reddy
As Bed & Breakfast Husband
Julie NeumarkJulie Neumark
As College Girl #1
Liza Del MundoLiza Del Mundo
As College Girl #2
Masi OkaMasi Oka
As Philosophy Student
Nancy LenehanNancy Lenehan
As Ladawn
Steve RifkinSteve Rifkin
As College Guy
Susan RuttanSusan Ruttan
As Bed & Breakfast Wife
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
Kelly BishopKelly Bishop
As Emily Gilmore
Keiko AgenaKeiko Agena
As Lane Kim
Episode Notes
Edward Herrmann (Richard), Jared Padalecki (Dean), Yanic Truesdale (Michel) and Liza Weil (Paris) do not appear in this episode.

The scenes at Harvard were actually filmed at Pomona College in Southern California because the architecture looked very similar to that of New England architecture.

This episode was rated #6 on the Futon Critic's 50 Best Episodes of 2001 article.



Music
ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
CherGypsies, Tramps And Thieves 
IrvingL-O-V-E (Bo Tuesday) 
Jai Josefs, Roy BrownPerfect Situation For A Fool 
Sam Phillips (1)How To Dream 


Episode Quotes
Emily: (looking at slides) What is that?
Lorelai: That is a Harvard squirrel.
Emily: Oh, good grief!
Lorelai: Doesn't he look smart?

Lorelai: They're taller.
Rory: Not this again.
Lorelai: There's more of them.
Rory: Mom, the flowers on the wallpaper are not growing or reproducing.

Lorelai: Okay, I think we just found the first room in the history of the world that would've made Liberace say "Whoa, step back. No one's that gay".

Lorelai: We're not gonna have this fight in a flowery bedroom with dentists singing 'Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves' in the background. It's too David Lynch!

Rory: Mom, it's gonna be dark in a couple of hours and I don't want to sleep in the car.
Lorelai: Ugh, my sense of adventure did not translate to my offspring.



Episode Goofs
At the bed and breakfast, Lorelai asks Rory "When have we ever had a conversation about makeup?". Rory replies that they never had but this is untrue. In the "Pilot" Lorelai and Rory discuss lip gloss.

During this episode, the crew is visible at a couple times. When Lorelai and Rory first arrive at the B&B, shadows of the crew can be seen on Rory and near the end of the episode, crew shadows can be seen when Lorelai gets in her Jeep.



Cultural References
Lorelai: I may be a free spirit my whole life or fall in love with a separated Catholic guy like Katherine Hepburn did and then not get to go to his funeral when he dies.

Katherine Hepburn is an American actress who fell in love with a devout Catholic man who was already married to another woman and remained that way until his death. Hepburn, out of respect for his family, didn't attend his funeral.

Rory: Forget it Jake, it's Chinatown.

Rory is repeating the famous last line from Chinatown, which starred Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway.

Rory: Okay, Rizzo.

In the movie and musical Grease, Rizzo was the leader of the Pink Ladies.

Lorelai: We're not gonna have this fight in a flowery bedroom with dentists singing 'Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves' in the background. It's too David Lynch!

"Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves" is a song by Sonny and Cher. David Lynch is a filmmaker with a unique visual and verbal style.

Lorelai: Okay, I think we just found the first room in the history of the world that would've made Liberace say "Whoa, step back. No one's that gay".

Liberace is a charismatic entertainer and well-known pianist who, despite his flamboyant personality, denied for years that he was homosexual.

Lane: I strapped [the CDs] to my body like in 'Midnight Express'.

Midnight Express was a movie based on the story of Billy Hayes who was caught trying to smuggle drugs out of Turkey.



Warning: Gilmore Girls season 2 episode 4 guide may contain spoilers
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