Re-Watch Review: Gilmore Girls S2-EP5

Episode synopsis

S2 EP5 – Nick & Nora/Sid & Nancy: Lorelai’s well-intentioned advice falls on deaf ears when Luke reluctantly takes in his wild 17-year-old nephew Jess, while Rory finds herself attracted to the town’s newest resident.


Lauren Graham…Lorelai Gilmore

Alexis Bledel…Rory Gilmore

Melissa McCarthy…Sookie St. James

Keiko Agena…Lane Kim

Scott Patterson…Luke Danes

Liza Weil…Paris Geller

Milo Ventimiglia…Jess Mariano

Best character

Get ready for me to constantly be swooning over Jess. I mean, who doesn’t love a bad boy right? Well, I actually didn’t like him at first, other than thinking he’s hot because everyone was team Dean to begin with surely? But season two really made me realise that I hate Dean and Jess very quickly became my favourite love interest and he still is.

He. Put. Notes. In. The. Margins. For. Her. They’ve literally just met and he annotated a book for her *screams internally*.

Favourite scenes

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Luke pushing Jess into the lake is my absolute favourite scene in the entirety of Gilmore Girls. It’s quite possibly the funniest thing to ever happen on the show.

Best quotes and one liners

TAYLOR: You’re a very jaded man Luke. What happened to you as a child?

LUKE: Some creepy guy in shorts tried to make me sit under a tree and glue rocks together for two hours.

LORELAI: So that’s Jess?

LUKE: Yup.

LORELAI: Very chatty.

LUKE: He’s adjusting. He just got here. He probably just went out and realized there are twelve stores in this town devoted entirely to peddling porcelain unicorns. I’ve lived in this town my entire life, I still can’t believe it.

LUKE: What am I supposed to tell her?

JESS: Tell her I gotta take another crack at that closet. You know, I think I hung my Tool T-shirt next to my Metallica T-shirt and they don’t really get along.

LUKE: You really want me to tell her that?

JESS: You think a different band combo would sell it more?

LORELAI: Let me guess, you don’t want to be here?

JESS: Doesn’t matter.

LORELAI: I mean, here in Stars Hollow.

JESS: Well geez, Ms. Gilmore, why would anyone not want to be here in Stars Hollow? That just sounds plum crazy.

LORELAI: Ugh, Jess, let me give you a little advice. The whole ‘my parents don’t get me’ thing, I’ve been there.

JESS: You have, huh?

LORELAI: Yes, I have. I’ve also done the ‘chip on my shoulder’ bit. Ooh, and the surly, sarcastic, ‘the world can bite my ass’ bit, and let me tell you, I mastered them all, in heels, yet. And everything you’re feeling might be totally justified, maybe you are getting screwed. But Luke is a great guy. He’s very special, and he really wants to take care of you and make things right for you. You’re incredibly lucky to have him. If you give this situation half a chance, you might be surprised at how good it can be, how much you like living here, and how comfortable it feels to have someone like Luke you can really depend on.

JESS: What are you sleeping with him or something?

LORELAI: Excuse me?

JESS: I don’t know. The whole starry eyed ‘you’re so much better off, just give it a chance’ speech. You’re either really naïve, or you’re getting some.

LORELAI: Ugh. There have been very few moments in my life where I have actually wished I had one of those enormous cream pies you can just smash in someone’s face, but this is definitely one of them.

JESS: Well, now, that’s not very neighborly.

LUKE: Where’s Jess?

LORELAI: Outside working on his “Breakfast Club” audition. He’s getting good.

RORY: Um, I’ll have two coffees and two cherry Danishes to go, please.

LUKE: One of these is for her [Lorelai] isn’t it?

RORY: Who? Oh, no no no. They’re all for me. I am super hungry today. I was debating ordering three, but I’ll tell you how I feel after two.

LUKE: Tell you what, I’ll give you one Danish and one cup of coffee, you can sit over there and eat, and when you’re finished them right over there where I can see you, then I’ll bring you a second one.

RORY: You’re really just gonna stand there and watch me eat a Danish?

LUKE: Cable’s out. I’m starved for entertainment.

LUKE: Hey. How was school?

JESS: Great.

LUKE: You learn anything good?

JESS: Oh yeah, tons of things. I’ve got gold stars plastered all over my forehead.

Final thoughts and fun facts

It’s here folks, the episode we’ve all been waiting for. Helllloooo Jess. 

He’s a complete brat to begin with but you can’t deny his charisma. Dude has a lot of baggage but he’ll get through it.  

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