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Gilmore Girls: Ted Koppel's Big Night Out

Rory is invited to the Harvard/Yale football game which leads to a small rift between Emily and Richard. Lorelai agrees to go on a date with Jason and while things start out poorly, things quickly take a turn for the better.

Episode Info

Episode number: 4x9
Production Number: 176159
Airdate: Tuesday November 18th, 2003

Alternate Airdates:

DE (Vox) Oct 20, 2004

  • Currently 9.8/10
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Guest Stars
Jim Jansen
As Rev. Archie Skinner
Liz Torres
As Miss Patty
Michael York
As Asher Fleming
Rose Abdoo
As Gypsy
Wayne Wilcox (1)
As Marty
Angie Hsu
As Hostess
Chris Dougherty
As Store Employee
Greg Cipes
As Brendon Lewis
Linda Gehringer
As Pennilyn Lott
Victoria Prescott
As Sandy (as Victoria Prescott)
Yale Whiffenpoofs
As Themselves
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
Chris Eigeman
As Jason Stiles
Episode Notes
The Whiffenpoofs, a vocal group from Yale University, make a special appearance.

In this episode, Lorelai asks Rory when her finals "hibernation period" is set to begin. After this episode, the show went into virtual hibernation, with over two months passing before the next new episode was aired.

Episode Quotes
Rory: It seems a little wrong that Jessica Simpson is alive and well and Roy got eaten by his tiger.

Lorelai: Right, right. Football?
Emily: Lorelai.
Lorelai: Why does the question "Football?" get a "Lorelai"?

Lorelai: Where are you going?
Jason: Just watch my Sno Balls, please.
Lorelai: Not on the first date, mister.

Rory: Oh, come on. I'm in a serious romantic dry spell. I need to live vicariously through somebody.
Lorelai: He has called.
Rory: Okay.
Lorelai: He has sent things.
Rory: Pipe bombs?
Lorelai: Flowers, candy.
Rory: Even better.

Episode Goofs
When Rory is eating lunch with Richard, the amount of soda in her glass changes between shots.

When Emily makes Lorelai wear her jacket, Lorelai puts the jacket on over her vest. By the time they get to the RV, Lorelai is no longer wearing the vest.

Cultural References
Episode Title: Ted Koppel's Big Night Out

Ted Koppel is the anchor on the ABC news series Nightline.

Rory: It seems a little wrong that Jessica Simpson is alive and well and Roy got eaten by his tiger.

Jessica Simpson is a pop-star who is known for her ditzy and hairhead personality. Roy, one half of the Vegas entertainment duo Siegfried & Roy. In October 2003, Roy was mauled by a tiger during a show at The Mirage. He suffered major head injuries, but insisted that the cat shouldn't be put down for its behavior.

Marty: It was nice meeting you, Obi Wan.

Obi-Wan "Ben" Kenobi is a character from the Star Wars series of movies who is a master Jedi that takes Luke Skywalker under his wing as an apprentice.

Rory: Damn that Zagat guide.

The Zagat guide is a guidebook that was originally published as restaurant guide. As the guide expanded, it included ratings on hotels, attractions, music, and theatres in addition to the restaurant ratings.

Warning: Gilmore Girls season 4 episode 9 guide may contain spoilers
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