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Gilmore Girls: A Tale of Poes and Fire

When a meeting of the Edgar Allan Poe Society at the Independence Inn is interrupted by a fire, Lorelai must find rooms for the guests at various homes around town. Forced to give up her own room, Lorelai spends the night at Luke's. Trying to decide among Harvard, Yale and Princeton, Lorelai and Rory make an extensive list of pros and cons for each school. Luke worries that Jess may be skipping school when he learns that Jess has been working a surprising number of hours at Wal-Mart. Rory visits a humiliated and hibernating Paris to deliver school assignments and a pep talk.

Episode Info

Episode number: 3x17
Production Number: 175017
Airdate: Tuesday April 15th, 2003

Director: Chris Long
Writer: Daniel Palladino

Alternate Airdates:

DE (Vox) Jul 01, 2004

  • Currently 9.4/10
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Guest Stars
Arielle Kebbel
As Lindsay Lister
Beth Kennedy
As Mrs. O'Malley
Biff Yeager
As Tom
Brian Berke
As Joe
Bruce French
As Mr. Leahy
Bruce McCulloch
As Tobin
Eileen Barnett
As Mrs. Leahy
Emily Kuroda
As Mrs. Kim
Evie Peck
As Karen
Jackson Douglas
As Jackson Melville
Jon Polito
As Pete
Linda Porter
As Fran Westin
Liz Torres
As Miss Patty
Michael Winters
As Taylor Doose
Sally Struthers
As Babette Dell
Shelly Cole
As Madeline Lynn
Teal Redmann
As Louise Grant
Tricia O'Kelley
As Nicole Leahy
Amy Perry
As Iris Medlock
Brad Rohan
As Young Paramedic
Harriett S. Miller
As Mrs. Slutsky
Jessica Pennington
As Luke's Customer #2
Kie Spring
As Laura
Michael Mantell
As Fred Larson
Rowan Joseph
As Jim Hatlestad
Ryan Malgarini
As Fred Larson Jr.
Stoney Westmoreland
As Bill Borden
Willie C. Carpenter
As Chief Baker
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 Quotes
Lorelai: You all set up here?
Michel: Computer with internet, phones forwarded here and printer is on the way.
Miss Patty: And I'm the receptionist.
Babette: And I'm learning the computer.
Michel: And I'm looking for my cyanide capsule. Have you seen it?

Luke: You tuck a bed in on both sides?
Lorelai: Yeah, and then I slip in, like it's a straightjacket.
Luke: Oh, you must feel at home there.

(while discussing whether Rory should go to Harvard or Yale next year; Lorelai and Rory are standing near Rory's wall covered in Harvard gear)
Rory: Look at my wall.
Lorelai: So?
Rory: So, that wall says something.
Lorelai: Yeah, it says the Harvard merchandising department made a nice chunk of change off of us.

Babette: Hey Michel, I just hit F4 and the Num Lock key and the one with the little apple on it and it's freakin' out like it's on acid or something!

Kirk: Good morning, ladies. May I interest you in a shirt?
Lorelai: Aw, Kirk, you're not selling your laundry again, are you?
Luke: No solicitors, Kirk.
Kirk: How about if I cut you in for a piece of the action?
Luke: How about I toss the shirts out the door first so you can have something to land on?

Cultural References
Paris: I've been totally Howard-Hughesing it.

Howard Hughes is an obsessive-compulsive aviator and industrialist who tended to withdraw from society.

Paris: I'll get an apartment in Cambridge, buy a Harvard sweatshirt, talk about Mira Sorvino a lot.

Actress Mira Sorvino is a Harvard alumnus who graduated summa cum laude in 1990.

Lorelai: Hey, Shari Lewis, how's the show going?

Sharia Lewis is the puppeteer who created the popular Lamb Chop character from a sock.

Episode References
While at Luke's for the night, Lorelai tells him about the dream that she had in "Those Lazy-Hazy-Crazy Days" in which Lorelai dreamed that she was pregnant with Luke's twins.

Warning: Gilmore Girls season 3 episode 17 guide may contain spoilers
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