Re-Watch Review: Gilmore Girls S2-EP8

Episode synopsis

S2 EP8 – The Ins and Out of Inns: Lorelai and Sookie have the first fight of their long friendship when, upon hearing that the Independence Inn may be sold, Lorelai panics and decides that their shared dream of opening an inn together is doomed to failure.


Lauren Graham…Lorelai Gilmore

Alexis Bledel…Rory Gilmore

Melissa McCarthy…Sookie St. James

Keiko Agena…Lane Kim

Yanic Truesdale…Michel Gerard

Scott Patterson…Luke Danes

Jared Padalecki…Dean Forester

Milo Ventimiglia…Jess Mariano

Kelly Bishop…Emily Gilmore

Liz Torres…Miss Patty

Michael Winters…Taylor Doose

Best character

Luke was a Trekkie. That’s the only reason I’m giving.

Favourite scenes

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Best quotes and one liners

RORY: Too bad Grandpa’s not here. He likes weird food. 

LORELAI: Yeah, where’s he eating his weird food tonight? Argentina? Morocco? 

EMILY: Akron. 

RORY: Ohio? 

EMILY: Yes. 

LORELAI: Get out of here. 

EMILY: I will not get out of here. 

LORELAI: No Mom, I didn’t mean really get out of here, I mean… 

RORY: Why is Grandpa in Akron? 

EMILY: I don’t know. 

LORELAI: It was just a saying. 

EMILY: They sent him to deal with some problem with their local office down there.

LORELAI: A saying, you know, like ‘save me’ or ‘get me out of here’. Things like that. 

EMILY: Lorelai, would you like me to put a mirror in front of you so you can look at yourself while you have this conversation?

JESS: Coffee? 

LORELAI: Oh, yeah, thanks. How are you Jess? 

JESS: Well, I’m not bleeding or anything. 

LORELAI: Well, then it’s gonna be a good day, huh? 

JESS: Yeah. It’s 7:45. 

LUKE: So? 

JESS: So do you want me to go to school or do you want to openly defy child labour laws?

LANE: So, Janie Fertman’s trying to be my friend again. 

RORY: Yikes. What kind of vibe are you giving her? 

LANE: Oh, my patented Keith Richards circa 1969 ‘don’t mess with me’ vibe, with a thousand-yard Asian stare thrown in. 

RORY: That should do it.

TAYLOR: A crime was committed right in front of my store. 

POLICEWOMAN: Now, we can’t say that for sure yet. 

TAYLOR: How come you can’t say that for sure? This is a police tape. You’re the police, you own the tape! 

POLICEWOMAN: Taylor, we’ve contacted everyone in the precinct. No one knows anything about this. 

TAYLOR: Well, what am I supposed to do? I’ve got a dead body right in front of my store!

POLICEWOMAN: No, you have a chalk outline of a dead body in front of your store.

RORY: Mom, you’re not writing what you purchased on the back of any of the inn’s credit cards receipts. 

LORELAI: Oh, well, just put cooking spray and sponges. 

RORY: Okay. And when an auditor wants to know why you need such large amounts of cooking spray and sponges? 

LORELAI: Then I drop my pencil and I put the scoop neck sweater that I’m now making a mental note to wear to good use. 

RORY: Well at least you’ve got a solid well thought out plan.

RORY: You were a Trekkie? 

LUKE: I was not a Trekkie. 

LORELAI: Uh uh, I do believe that denying you were a Trekkie is a violation of the prime directive. 

RORY: Indubitably captain.

TAYLOR: Luke, I need to talk to you right now. 

LUKE: What is it Taylor? 

TAYLOR: I have conducted a thorough investigation of all the people who may have inadvertently been witness to the phony murder at my store last night. 

MIA: There was a phony murder? 

LORELAI: Yeah, the town’s too dull to work up a real murder. 

RORY: But you’re one ‘beam me up Scotty’ reference away from being the victim of one.

LUKE: Geez! Don’t sneak up on me like that.

LORELAI: Yeah, boy, I was lucky you had your phasers on stun, huh?

JESS: I’m not really familiar with the blue book laws in this town, so you can be talking about a lot of things. Dropping a gum wrapper, strolling arm in arm with a member of the opposite sеx on a Sunday. [Rory gestures to the chalk outline] Ah. What about it? 

RORY: You did it. The whole town knows you did it. They had a meeting about it. 

JESS: You actually went to that bizarro town meeting? Those things are so ‘To Kill a Mockingbird.’ 

RORY: Yes, I went. And Luke went. And when he got there, everyone ganged up on him. They all want you gone. 

JESS: Wow, bummer. 

RORY: And he’s standing there yelling at everyone and defending you and paying Taylor back for his lettuce losses

JESS: Wait, his what? 

RORY: And now Luke’s a pariah and it’s all because of you! What a shock, you don’t care about any of this. 

JESS: I didn’t say that. 

RORY: Go. I’m tired of talking to you. 

JESS: Fine. [starts to walk away] 

RORY: You care nothing about Luke and his feelings! 

JESS: Got a second wind, huh? [walks back over to Rory] 

RORY: All he does is stick up for you and all you do is make his life harder. I guess that’s what you have to do when you’re trying to be Holden Caulfield but I think it stinks. Luke has done a lot for my mom and a lot for me, and I don’t like to see him attacked. Okay, second wind over. 

JESS: I didn’t know they were coming down so hard on him. 

RORY: Funny, I never pegged you as clueless, my mistake. 

JESS: Okay. I get it. No, no, I do, I get it. So did you at least think it was funny? 

RORY: That is so not the point. 

JESS: Ah, you thought it was funny.

LORELAI: It’s great Mom, it’s fabulous. It’s just a notch below Rembrandt. 

EMILY: Well, you don’t have to take that attitude. 

LORELAI: What do you want from me? I’d light some sparklers and jump up and down yelling ‘Yay for the painting’ but I’m fresh out of sparklers and my feet hurt too much to jump. But I promise next week when I have more energy, I’ll write a love song for the chandelier.

Final thoughts and fun facts

I thought I liked Mia (the owner of the Independence Inn) but turns out she’s actually quite racist to Michel. You can tell this show came out in the 2000s.

At the beginning of the episode, Luke tells Lorelai he learned how to manage the diner on his own, that no one taught him the ropes. However in episode 5.3 Luke tells Lorelai that Maisy and Buddy taught him everything about how to run a diner when his dad died and he decided to convert the hardware store to a diner. A classic Gilmore Girls continuity error.

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