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Gilmore Girls: The Incredible Shrinking Lorelais

Although she is completely exhausted by her heavy workload at Yale, Rory is still horrified when a professor suggests she drop a class. Elsewhere, Richard is infuriated when he and Lorelai both get a taste of the nastiness that Gran usually reserves for Emily.

Episode Info
Episode number: 4x14
Production Number: 176164
Airdate: Tuesday February 17th, 2004

Alternate Airdates:

DE (Vox) Oct 27, 2004

Guest Stars
Biff YeagerBiff Yeager
As Tom
Emily KurodaEmily Kuroda
As Mrs. Kim
Ethan CohnEthan Cohn
As Glenn Babble
Katie WalderKatie Walder
As Janet
Marion RossMarion Ross
As Lorelai 'Trix' Gilmore
Mike Henry (2)Mike Henry (2)
As Ed
Olivia HackOlivia Hack
As Tana Schrick
Patty MalcolmPatty Malcolm
As Leanne
Aaron HillAaron Hill
As Kleebold
Thomas ReddingThomas Redding
As Prof. Gilbert
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
Chris EigemanChris Eigeman
As Jason Stiles
Episode Notes
Rating: 3.6/5

This is the last appearance of Marion Ross as Lorelai 'Trix' Gilmore. However, Ross will continue to guest star on the show as cousin Marilyn.

This is the first episode in which there is no direct, face-to-face communication between Lorelai and Rory. They speak via cell phones, but don't talk in person.

Episode Quotes
Lorelai: Hi, Rory, it's me. How's school? You learning stuff? Listen, we have the horses, Desdemona and Cletus, and the first two rides have to be me and you. And hopefully, you're over the time that I took you for the pony ride, and the pony was old and just sort of stopped and laid down, and you sort of rolled off into the ditch. It's really not likely to happen again. I promise.

Lorelai: You're hiding from my grandmother, aren't you?
Jason: She is scarier than Nick Nolte's mug shot.

Lorelai: Sorry for making you get all dressed up.
Luke: That's okay, it's good for me to do once in a while. It reminds me why I'm not an accountant.

Richard: (turns and sees Lorelai) Lorelai, have you been there the whole time?
Lorelai: Yes, I have.
Richard: Well, I didn't see you.
Lorelai: Well, I had my cloaking device activated, so . . .

Cultural References
Episode Title: The Incredible Shrinking Lorelais

The episode title is a possible reference to the 1957 film, The Incredible Shrinking Man or to the 1979 Dickies album, Incredible Shrinking Dickies.

Paris: Gandalf the Grey is still falling down it.

Gandalf the Grey is a character from the Lord of the Rings series who dies when he falls down a canon in the Dwarf Mountains.

Jason: She is scarier than Nick Nolte's mug shot.

Actor, director, and model Nick Nolte was pulled over in Malibu, California while driving drunk and his mug shot, as seen here, quickly became an infamous picture of Nolte.

Richard: Well, I didn't see you.
Lorelai: Well, I had my cloaking device activated, so . . .

In Star Trek, cloaking devices were systems that made it hard for sensors to detect objects or by making these objects virtually invisible.

Lorelai: Maybe we have to drop one of the horses
Sookie: Who's making that choice, Sophie?

Sookie is referencing the movie Sophie's Choise.

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