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Gilmore Girls: The Party's Over

Rory is touched when Emily and Richard throw a party to introduce her to their Yale Alumni friends, but it soon becomes obvious that their ulterior motive is to find her a suitable husband. When Dean arrives at the party to pick Rory up, he realizes he doesn't belong in her privileged world. Meanwhile, Luke cooks a romantic dinner for Lorelai, but their evening is interrupted by a feuding Liz and T.J. Zack is read the riot act by Mrs. Kim, whose intimidation of Kyon also irks Lane.

Episode Info

Episode number: 5x8
Production Number: 2T5308
Airdate: Tuesday November 09th, 2004

Alternate Airdates:

DE (Vox) Dec 20, 2005

  • Currently 9.6/10
9.6/10 (5 Votes cast)


Guest Stars
Alan Loayza
As Colin
Ed Brigadier
As Robert
Emily Kuroda
As Mrs. Kim
Jared Padalecki
As Dean Forester
Josh Jacobson
As Yale Guy #2
Kathleen Wilhoite
As Liz Danes
Matt Czuchry
As Logan Huntzberger
Michael DeLuise
As T.J.
Susane Lee
As Kyon
Tanc Sade
As Finn
Todd Lowe
As Zach
Trev Broudy
As Caterer
Irene de Bari
As Maid #1
James Snyder
As Yale #1
Jordan Belfi
As Jordan Chase
Lupe Carranza
As Maid #2
Ted Cannon
As Donnen Sanderson
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
Episode Notes
Rating: 4.2/6

Near the end of the episode, the clip that Lorelai watches on TV and the track that can be heard is that from Jon Stewart's famous appearance on Crossfire.

This episode marks the third time that Rory and Dean have broken up. The first two breakups occured in "Star-Crossed Lovers and Other Strangers" and "They Shoot Gilmores, Don't They?".

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Rosemary ClooneyCome On - A My House 

Episode Quotes
(after Friday Night Dinner)
Rory: Grandma's mean.
Lorelai: If it flew, swam, or crawled on this earth, we just ate it.

Lorelai: Wow! My own cheesecake? No man's ever given me a whole cheesecake before.
Luke: You remember that.

Lorelai: It's bubbling and turning brown.
Luke: It's fine.
Lorelai: Well, what constitutes sticking?
Luke: You can't ruin it.
Lorelai: I can, I have powers. Once the Barefoot Contessa was making a soufflé and when it fell, she looked out the TV and said, "Gilmore, was that you?"

Emily: You two better be hungry when you get inside, or else!
Lorelai: Or else?
Rory: Sounds serious.
Lorelai: (referring to the kabobs) So, one more?
Rory: Well, two more at the most.
Lorelai: Yeah, 'cause she was really mad.

Dean: I don't belong here anymore...do I?
Rory: Dean, no. Don't go.

Lorelai: You're the perfect man.
Luke: Thank you.
Lorelai: I used to think it was Kelsey Grammer, but it's not. It's you.
Luke: Finally, I'm one-upping Grammer.

Episode Goofs
Emily asks Rory if she's ever worn a tiara before. Rory replies when she was four, but in "Rory's Birthday Parties", Rory wore a tiara at her second party.

Cultural References
Episode Title: The Party's Over

The title is a possible reference to "The Party's Over", a song that was performed the musical Bells Are Ringing or to a book by Richard Heinberg of the same name.

Lorelai: I can, I have powers. Once the Barefoot Contessa was making a soufflé and when it fell, she looked out the TV and said, "Gilmore, was that you?"

Barefoot Contessa is a food store in the Hamptons owned and managed by Ina Garten. Her store helped land Garten a show on the Food Network, also called Barefoot Contessa, and a series of Food Network sponsored cookbooks.

Logan: It definitely had a little Joseph Mitchell thing going for it.

Joseph Mitchell is a journalist for The New York Times who often writes essays on colorful New York characters.

Warning: Gilmore Girls season 5 episode 8 guide may contain spoilers
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