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Gilmore Girls: Let the Games Begin

Richard corners Rory at a family dinner and persuades her to accompany him on a visit to Yale University, his alma mater. Although Rory has her heart set on going to Harvard, she reluctantly accepts the invitation, and the trip becomes a family affair when Emily and Lorelai tag along. Once they arrive on campus, however, Rory is infuriated to learn that she has an appointment with the dean of admissions. Meanwhile, back in Stars Hollow, Luke lays down the law to Jess about his relationship with Rory.


Episode Info


Episode number: 3x8
Production Number: 175008
Airdate: Tuesday November 19th, 2002


Alternate Airdates:

DE (Vox) Jun 18, 2004

  • Currently 9.2/10
9.2/10 (5 Votes cast)
Guest Stars
Jen Ray
As Lilliana
William Forward
As Harris Fellows
Main Cast
Lauren Graham
As Lorelai Gilmore
Alexis Bledel
As Rory Gilmore
Melissa McCarthy
As Sookie St. James
Scott Patterson
As Luke Danes
Edward Herrmann
As Richard Gilmore
Kelly Bishop
As Emily Gilmore
Yanic Truesdale
As Michel Gerard
Keiko Agena
As Lane Kim
Liza Weil
As Paris Gellar
Sean Gunn
As Kirk Gleason
Jared Padalecki
As Dean Forester
Milo Ventimiglia
As Jess Mariano
Episode Notes
Alexis Bledel (who plays Rory) and Milo Ventimiglia (who plays Jess) were a couple in real life between 2002 and 2006.



Music
ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
XTCThen She Appeared 


Episode Quotes
Rory: Why'd you turn the car off?
Lorelai: I’m just getting the sense that I shouldn’t be driving a large vehicle when you tell me this.

Jess: You sure you don’t want a soda?
Rory: Yeah, I’m sure.
Jess: Please let me get you a soda. I gotta do something other than stand here like a moron.

Rory: Are you going to talk to him?
Lorelai: I'll at least match him grunt for grunt.
Rory: Okay. Now, let’s say he’s in the house and there’s a fire, and you can either save him or your shoes – which is it?
Lorelai: That depends – did he start the fire?



Episode Goofs
At Friday night dinner, when Emily is talking about eating European, you can see that Richard has his newspaper open. When the shot changes to him, he picks up the newspaper and opens it.

When Emily is telling the maid that walnuts shouldn't be added to the salads, the camera crew can be seen in the bottom right corner of the screen as Emily sits back down.



Cultural References
Richard: Well, I'm no Perry Como.

Perry Como was a popular singer from the 40s and 50s.

Emily: What can we do in a bathroom?
Lorelai: Meet George Michael.

Singer George Michael was arrested in 1998 for "engaging in a lewd act" in a public restroom in a Beverly Hills city park.

Emily: The situation's that dire?
Lorelai: Four salads ago, no, not dire. Right now it's "Your money for nothing and your chicks for free."

The line "Your money for nothing and your chicks for free" is from the Dire Straits song, "Money for Nothing".

Lorelai: We're lucky it wasn't snowing. It would've been the Donner Party all over again, but with slightly better hair.

The Donner Party was a group of settlers who had to resort to cannablism to survive after becoming trapped by snow in the Sierra Nevada mountains during the winter of 1846.



Warning: Gilmore Girls season 3 episode 8 guide may contain spoilers
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