Gilmore Girls 1.03 "Kill Me Now"
Original Air Date: October 19, 2000 (Recap date: November 9, 2007)
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Gilmore Girls Episode Recap:
Dinner at the Gilmore house. And we learn of Emily’s tendency to fire her domestic help. And learn of Lorelai the first, Richard’s mother. Rory tells them she must join a sport – Emily brightens at the word ‘golf’. Emily suggests Richard teach Rory – he glares down the table at Emily.
"You can use your mother’s old golf clubs. They’re upstairs gathering dust, along with the rest of her potential."
Emily accuses Lorelai of being afraid that Rory will enjoy herself. And Emily baits her into a situation where, because Lorelai is certain Rory won’t have fun, she appears to be as controlling as Emily herself. Lorelai glares at the suggestion that she and her mother are alike. Rory hopes she’ll like it… no way Lorelai will go!
"I’d rather stick something sharp in my ear than go to the club with you. I’d rather slide down a banister covered in razor blades and land in a pool of alcohol than go to the club with you. I’d rather eat my own hand than go to the club with you. I’d rather get my face surgically altered to look like that lunatic witch lady with the lion head than go to the club with you…."
Ah, the purple tulle. The big wedding for the twin girls – oh, how their poor mother had to suffer with those two bickering! Lorelai woos the mother with her amazing customer service (I’d love to stay at Lorelai’s Inn!). Michel has his own great line to Lorelai, as she tries to chat:
"To me, you are the teacher in the Charlie Brown cartoon"
Priceless. The twins are marrying twins.
Richard is teaching Rory golf – Rory wearing the silly hat from Emily. Rory is not quite a natural at the sport.
Jackson brings Sookie blueberries – not quite what she needs for strawberry shortcake. Michel snuck a post-it onto one of the twins so he can tell them apart. Sookie poses the age-old question: would it be cheating if they accidentally slept with the wrong twin?
Rory and Richard are bonding. Rory takes an avid interest in what Richard does, to his surprise. Rory shares her desires to travel, including to Fez. Rory shares her dream of backpacking through Europe with her mom. Richard brags all about Rory to the other grandfathers in the steam room, who have troubled teenagers not angels like Rory.
Rory listens to the gossip in the women’s sauna. And has a private smile over knowing, from her grandfather, some inside info on the ‘odious’ woman who is there.
Sean Gunn appears as the Swan Handler. Michel has a fear of swans after an attack by them as a boy.
Rory divulges all the women’s gossip to Richard. The other men join them and Richard proudly touts her accomplishments. Rory is very happy.
Lorelai meets up with Rory and is so certain it was a bad day that she becomes a little confrontational when she realizes Rory enjoyed herself. But she is actually a bit hurt.
Richard calls the Inn to speak with Rory, just to chat. Lorelai looks on with sadness. Back at home, Lorelai pesters Rory about Richard’s call. She suggests to Rory that her golf day could count as a dinner, and they could skip this Friday. Rory tries to tell her mom she wants to go without being that overt. Lorelai accuses Rory of stretching out her sweater. She’s attacking Rory. They have a ‘whose boobs are bigger’ spat. Lorelai throws as much of a tantrum as if she were the teenager, not Rory.
Lorelai realizes she was being immature when later talking with Sookie. Rory having fun made Emily right. And that she was trying to undermine Rory’s relationship with her grandparents. Lorelai says that she left that whole lifestyle and is surprised Rory would gravitate to it.
Jackson spots Sookie trying to ‘buy somebody else’s strawberries’ and they have a lovers quarrel. Well, cook and produce guy squabble? Sookie tries to chase after him as he runs away.
At the wedding at the Inn, Lorelai apologizes to Rory. Lorelai says she can’t relate to the bonding that Rory is doing with her parents. Lorelai even apologizes for keeping Rory away from them for so long. Rory sympathizes when they see an overbearing mom and daughter at the wedding. She thanks Lorelai for not being like that.
"If it makes you feel better, I think I got a fungus from the steam room"
"It does, thank you"
Lorelai brings Sookie’s ‘blueberry shortcake’ to the next Gilmore dinner. Emily rubs it in that she was right about Rory. Richard has a first edition book for Rory. All but Lorelai go to look – it’s an interest she does not share, and therefore a life she does not feel comfortable in. She’s the odd one out – the least ‘Gilmore’ of the Gilmore’s.
- Why is Lorelai hurt that Rory is enjoying time with her grandfather? Is it the relationship she never had with him? Or that she is no longer the only family for Rory?
- Do Sookie and Jackson realize yet that they like each other romantically? Or is it simply that they are eccentric?
- Why do you think Emily & Richard never tried to seek out Lorelai & Rory after Lorelai left?
- What do you think Rory would be like if Emily had raised her? Like Lorelai? Or like Emily herself? Or would she be the same?
Tune in on Monday as we resume watching Season 1 of Gilmore Girls!