Gilmore Girls 1.04 “The Deer Hunters”
Original Air Date: October 26, 2000 (Recap date: November 12, 2007)
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Gilmore Girls Episode Recap:
Lorelai and Rory go for school supplies – ‘serious’ school supplies for a serious school. Nothing purple. Though Lorelai does manage to throw in some ‘whacky’ neon erasers and Post-Its.
Rory is seen running on and off the bus in front of Chilton with her many many bags of supplies. Rory receives her first paper back in her English class – and she received a ‘D’.
Max Medina says “Look at the large red circles around various parts of your paper as friendly reminders that to err is human, and that here at Chilton, we try to beat that humanity right out of you.”
Coming up on Friday is a Shakespeare test worth 20% of the class grade. A hard test – with no make-ups. Paris and her friends are laughing at Rory’s ‘D’. Tristan goads Rory to see if she likes him.
The Inn/Sookie get a glowing review in ‘Four Star Dining’. Sookie gets hung up on her ‘perfectly fine risotto.’ Rory sits eating chocolate.
Lorelai tries to get Rory to hang out with her, but Rory is very stressed and studying. Another reversal of adult/teen roles with Lorelai whining for food and attention.
Rory visits with Lane to study. Mrs. Kim sells the table right out from under the girls. Rory misses her old school – says Chilton is hard. Dean had been asking after Rory. Poor Rory is just degrading herself when Lane says Dean thinks of her as a smart girl.
Sookie is still hung up on the review of her risotto. This is the magic risotto that revived her mother to live for 3 more years. Sookie doesn’t even berate Jackson for giving her the wrong mushrooms.
Parent-teacher conference at Chilton. The parents are questioning Mr. Medina about including Marlowe in the curriculum when he’s not on the Advanced Placement test. Lorelai arrives late, and her ‘difference’ is looked down upon by other parents. They are rude to her. Max talks to her (and flirts with her) on the break about Rory. Her paper comes up – and Lorelai did not know about it. She leaves to go console Rory.
Luke brings Rory pie after she throws her pencil in frustration. Rory is ashamed of her grade. Telling Lorelai about her grade would have been humiliating. She thinks she sucks and cannot do it. Lorelai braces her up – that self-pity is worse than any grade. That she will catch up – she has her mother’s stubbornness.
Paris comes quoting Shakespeare to the studying Rory. Rory cries with the cruelty of it.
“You’re going down”
Sookie has prepared dozens of risotto recipes to prove hers is good, and confronts the waiter that served the critic for clues.
Lorelai and Rory have a study session. Lorelai thinks she’s ready – she is flawless in her recall of information. But Rory is not yet confident. She stays up, while Lorelai falls asleep on the couch. When Lorelai wakes up, she finds Rory asleep at her books on the table. She goes to join her there.
They oversleep, again. Lorelai gives her the keys and Rory runs out the door. Rory calls Lane looking for a set of her notes. While on the phone, a deer runs into her not-moving vehicle.
“Oh my God, I just got hit by a deer!”
Rory runs to see if he’s ok. But she’s running way behind. it’s 8:15 before she makes it to Chilton, which is 10 minutes late. Mr. Medina says Rory has missed the test and must leave. She flips out and ends up totally reaming out Paris for being a jerk. And then yells that her name is Rory to Tristan. Nice breakdown.
Sookie finds the receipt for the reviewer’s meal and thinks that the risotto was not as good because he ordered the wrong wine. Jackson is pleased to have the old Sookie back.
Lorelai is called down to Chilton. Rory tries to prepare Lorelai for the meeting by telling her about her breakdown, but Lorelai goes in to handle it. The headmaster and Mr. Medina are both there. The headmaster thinks they are making excuses. He tries to get Lorelai to leave, but she perks up with how hard ‘we’ have studied and they are ‘just one person’. Then Lorelai dumps on the school as being snotty and fostering kids to be mortal enemies.
The headmaster points out that the Gilmores like to throw fits. That Rory threw a fit of her own, though less manic, that morning. The headmaster does agree that their high standards force competitive children, but that is the way it is. He suggests that perhaps the pressure is too much for Rory and that another outburst from either of them will not be ‘on the options list’. He is ‘subtly’ saying she should quit.
Sookie has a plate of risotto and a glass of wine, and is at the door of the food critic. She says she doesn’t care about the review, but wants him to try the dish with the wine. She wants personal satisfaction.
Rory and Lorelai go searching for the rogue deer. Lorelai suggests that perhaps, at 16, she should not have to study so hard. She says it would be ok with her if Rory decided to leave Chilton. She says she has to worry if Rory is losing it in class. Lorelai is also concerned that maybe she is putting too much pressure on Rory – did going to Harvard start with Lorelai or with Rory?
The conversation seems to make Rory determined to see it through. She sees her failures in a new light. That she will catch up. Rory also thanks Lorelai for throwing her own spat with the headmaster.
Mr. Medina leaves a message that he talked to the headmaster. Rory can do some extra credit work to help make up for the missed test. He also says it was a ‘pleasure’ to see Lorelai again.
- Why does Rory take her ‘D’ so personally? She seems to think it reflects on her whole character, as seen when she degrades herself as not the ‘smart girl’ Dean is impressed by.
- Why was Paris so cruel to Rory before the test? After Rory’s grade, you’d think she would no longer feel threatened
- Did Mr. Medina give Rory another chance because he likes Lorelai? Or because he felt the rules unjust?