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Gilmore Girls: Dear Emily and Richard

Sherry's carefully planned labor goes awry when she goes into labor early and Christopher is out of town. Sherry asks Rory to be with her at the hospital, which reminds Lorelai of the day that Rory was born. Flashbacks tell the story of 16-year-old Lorelai as she learns she is pregnant, decides not to marry Christopher, and ultimately leaves home with her new baby. Luke goes on his first date with Nicole.

Episode Info
Episode number: 3x13
Production Number: 175013
Airdate: Tuesday February 04th, 2003

Alternate Airdates:

DE (Vox) Jun 25, 2004

Guest Stars
Biff YeagerBiff Yeager
As Tom
Cristine RoseCristine Rose
As Francine Hayden
Cynthia EttingerCynthia Ettinger
As Maureen Rollins
David SutcliffeDavid Sutcliffe
As Christopher Hayden
Liz TorresLiz Torres
As Miss Patty
Madchen AmickMadchen Amick
As Sherry Tinsdale
Peter Michael GoetzPeter Michael Goetz
As Straub Hayden
Shelly ColeShelly Cole
As Madeline Lynn
Teal RedmannTeal Redmann
As Louise Grant
Tricia OTricia O'Kelley
As Nicole Leahy
Alma CollinsAlma Collins
As Sherry's Nurse
Andrew Collins (1)Andrew Collins (1)
As Photographer
Bryna WeissBryna Weiss
As Nurse #1
Chelsea BrummetChelsea Brummet
As Young Lorelai
Phillip Van DykePhillip Van Dyke
As Young Christopher
Robyn JohannaRobyn Johanna
As Arletta
Sharon JohnstonSharon Johnston
As Nurse #2
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
Liza WeilLiza Weil
As Paris Gellar
Sean GunnSean Gunn
As Kirk Gleason
Jared PadaleckiJared Padalecki
As Dean Forester
Milo VentimigliaMilo Ventimiglia
As Jess Mariano
Episode Notes
This is the first episode to contain flashbacks.

When Lorelai brings Emily the DVDs, Dirty Dancing is not mentioned because Kelly Bishop, who plays Emily, was also in the movie.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Nena99 Luftballons 

Episode Quotes
Jess: If a horse-drawn carriage shows up here, my throwing up will be eternal.

Lorelai: He decided the golf theme was dull. And he doesn't want to be remembered as dull.
Michel: Would he like to be remembered as limping? Because I can be a fabulous help with that.

Lorelai: Tell Sherry to keep her legs crossed ‘til I get there.
Rory: Does that work?
Lorelai: No. Bye.

Emily: I’m not an invalid, Lorelai.
Lorelai: Well, of course you are, Mother. Why else would I suggest a DVD player?

Emily: Lorelai, you're having a baby!
Lorelai: Well, that explains the stomachache.

Michel: Here’s an idea – it’s a retirement party, yes? Okay. So what happens after you retire? You die. So, why don’t we dig a big hole, throw him in, hand everybody a shovel, they take turns covering him up. We go inside, have dinner, the wife gets used to eating alone.

Lorelai: And the second thing is, you need to tell me why you’re sitting like that.
Sherry: Maureen told me that Howard Stern said that if you squat, it makes the baby come out faster.
Lorelai: Okay, as long as you have a sane reason from a reliable source.

Episode Goofs
While Rory is with Sherry and they're rearranging her appointments, they are using a cell phone. However, cell phones aren't allowed in hospitals.

The flashbacks show how Lorelai couldn't fit into her debutante dress. But in "P.S. I Lo ...", Rory finds a picture of Lorelai in the dress.

In this episode, the RSVP for the C-Section says that the C-Section will be at 6:00. However, in "Take The Deviled Eggs", Sherry said that she'll "do Gigi at 5:00".

Cultural References
Lorelai: These are Paris and Nicky Hilton's kind of travel books.

Paris and Nicky Hilton are heiresses to the Hilton Hotel fortune that live very lavish lifestyles.

Lorelai: Oh no, it's raining in Spain! But since the rain in Spain stays mainly in the plain ...

Lorelai is quoting a line from from the musical My Fair Lady in which Henry Higgins uses the phrase to teach Eliza Doolittle to articulate her words properly.

Lorelai: Who died and made you Sara Moulton?

Sara Moulton is a popular chef who has her own cooking show on the Food Network.

Lorelai: You need to learn that there are gonna be times in your life where you have to do ridiculous things for money. If you're Adrian Zmed, that includes everything that ever happens in your whole career.

Adrian Zmed is an actor who played a cop on T.J. Hooker and also was a host of the series Dance Fever.

Emily: I don’t watch that much television. I don’t find forensic work quite as fascinating as the rest of the world.

Emily is referring to the CSI series of television shows that includes CSI: Miami and CSI: NY.

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