Gilmore Girls 1.12 "Double Date"
Original Air Date: January 18, 2001 (Recap date: November 22, 2007)
Photos & Discussion
- What do you think about the episode opening with a non-dialogue scene? Interesting or Un-Gilmore?
- Do you think Lorelai would have agreed to go on a date with Luke when he first asked, if Mrs. Kim had not interrupted them?
- What about Lorelai’s talk with Mrs. Kim made her soften up on Lane?
- Is the open-ended date between Lorelai and Luke as doomed to indecision as that of Sookie & Jackson was?
Recap and more photos after the jump
Gilmore Girls Episode Recap:
Running through the Gilmore morning routine of coffee and Pop Tarts. Silently.
Lane asks Rory to get Dean to set her up with Todd and to double date with them. Lorelai is having a hard time studying for her business school test – Walmart is boring.
Now that Sookie has asked out Jackson, neither of them can look at the other. It’s been weeks since Sookie asked him, and it was too open-ended. Neither has been able to work up the courage to set down a date. Lorelai encourages her to pluck up and call him on his cell.
Rory asks Dean to set up Todd with Lane for a double date. He seems hesitant, not sure they would make a couple, but will ask for Rory.
Jackson called back Sookie, but could not go out on a date because Jackson’s cousin is in town – but Sookie suggested Lorelai go with them on a double date with the cousin, Rune.
Sookie is nervous about her date. Scared because she likes him. Lorelai doesn’t know that Lane is going on a double date – they don’t want it to leak back to Mrs. Kim. Sookie looks beautiful though! Jackson must think so too, as he says "hi" over and over again.
Rune is uncomfortable because Lorelai is so tall – he thinks that’s an ugly trait and would rather not go out with her. He becomes obsessed with her height. Asking her what shoe size she wears. Sookie and Jackson pick apart the menu, being foodies.
Lane is doing her best to open conversation with Todd, but I think her musical knowledge is going over his head. And he seems bored. Has absolutely no musical opinions. Or books. Or future aspirations. I think Lane is over her crush.
Sookie is too nervous to talk to Jackson, so is talking to Lorelai. Jackson looks sad. Rune is cutting heads of butter swans. Lorelai does her best to get Sookie to talk directly at Jackson, but she won’t. Lorelai drags her to the washroom – not without Rune suggesting Lorelai will need a lot of powder (for her ‘giant’ nose). Sookie says the place is too nice, her hair is tight, Jackson looks so good, and she can’t figure out what to say.
Lorelai suggests they leave and go to Luke’s. A place more comfortable, with less pressure. Rune gives an ‘ew’ when they walk in. Luke can’t believe that Rune is not into Lorelai. Luke impresses Lorelai with his nutmeg-enhanced coffee – because chicks ‘dig’ a guy with a feminine side.
Rune gets fed up and wants to go bowling. Sookie makes a stand and asks Jackson to stay – it’s what they need to ‘begin’ their date. Luke doesn’t want to see Lorelai eat alone. They play cards together. Luke and Lorelai watch the date and Lorelai says how much she misses the first date feeling. Luke says she’ll have it again.
"You know, maybe some time, we could…"
Luke attempts to ask out Lorelai, but, Mrs. Kim sees Lorelai in the diner. She wants to know where Lane is, and didn’t know about the movies. Lorelai goes to help Mrs. Kim calm down & find the girls. Poor Luke is left looking wistful, sad and frustrated.
Mrs. Kim yells at Lane and tells her to get home. Rory is in trouble too for not telling Lorelai. They must trust each other. Lorelai says they should not interfere with Mrs. Kim’s mother rules.
Rory climbs the tree to see Lane after several days of Lane being punished for the date. Lane is glad to be over her misplaced infatuation, though. Lorelai tries to make peace with Mrs. Kim so that Rory and Lane can see each other again. Mrs. Kim is quite strict at first, not wanting Lane to ever go out again, but Lorelai softens her up. They talk about parenting and raising their daughters. They both want the same things for their daughters – and that helps Mrs. Kim a lot.
Lorelai got an A- on her test. Sookie and Jackson are going out on date #3. Rory gets a page from Lane and goes to call her. Lorelai looks at Luke and has a small smile to herself. When Luke comes over, she tells him she had a good time with him and the cards.
"In fact, you ran out of here before I had a chance to… kick your ass at poker."
After taking her order, Luke builds up his courage again and asks Lorelai out:
"Maybe we can do it again some time"
Lorelai would like that. And smiles to herself again.