Gilmore Girls 1.12 "Double Date"


Gilmore Girls 1.12 "Double Date"
Original Air Date: January 18, 2001 (Recap date: November 22, 2007)
Photos & Discussion

Discussion Questions:

  • 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.

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11 thoughts on “Gilmore Girls 1.12 "Double Date"

  • November 22, 2007 at 4:14 pm

    Not my favorite episode. Entertaining though.

    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? Possibly. However, Lorelai just broke up with Max Medina.

  • November 22, 2007 at 5:04 pm

    Love this episode. Rune is hilarious. L&L share a nice moment and Lorelai learns that she’s a babe, which is always a plus.

  • November 23, 2007 at 8:54 am

    i always liked this ep cause it´s the 1 that started the sookie-jackon relationship. but i think my fave ep of GG is…i dont know, somewhere in season 5 or 6, they were my faves!!!!!!! what about ur fave gg ep, or if u dont know, fave season?

  • November 24, 2007 at 5:24 am

    Not sure what is happening with ABCFamily in my neck of the woods, but this ep has not aired yet or the next. Preempted for some Christmas movie stuff …… snore.

  • November 24, 2007 at 1:23 pm

    I believe the non-verbal start to this show possibly could be my favorite opening scene of all the Gilmore Girls. I love how in sync they are. That’s the proof of a VERY familiar relationship. There’s a similar scene in Sleepless in Seattle between Meg Ryan and Bill Pullman, and a moment between Jamie and Paul in Mad About You featuring a toilet paper roll!

  • November 26, 2007 at 8:54 am

    Claudine Longet (remember Spider Sabich and “Love is Blue”? – download that song! HAH!)

    Rune – oh my – Bye Loon!

    Mom packets! I’ve gotta check mine – often!

  • November 26, 2007 at 2:04 pm

    Every time I see the part of Jackson and Rune at the front door of Lorelai’s house, and he is commenting how tall Lorelai is and how she has big ears, and wasn’t the bearded lady free tonight. It cracks me up every time….
    I’m not sure what would of happened, if Luke and Lorelai would of started dating earlier.
    I wish they would of had more casual funny scenes between L and L, like those of playing cards and watching people in the town. Some of Lauren Graham’s expressions are really funny in this episode in response to Rune. A mark of a good actress is the ability to react to other characters and showing that you are listening effectively. And, she does a good job conveying her feelings and devotion for Sookie and the funny situation she must endure.

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  • February 18, 2009 at 7:36 am

    Do you think it’s any coincidence that the film Rory, Dean and Lane attend is ‘Attack of the 50 foot women’ as Roon refers to Lorelai being too tall?

    Made me chuckle.

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  • February 14, 2018 at 3:13 am

    Overall, this is a Sookie and Lane episode, as much as any episode isn’t about the Girls. There is plenty of Stars Hollow and no Emily and Richard (also true of the next one). It’s a lovely start to Sookie and Jackson by the end, but not for Lane and Todd.

    A number of things struck me on a rewatch:
    – Rory climbing a tree to look in at Lane’s window (because she does it in Season 3 with Dean’s window).
    – Rune is simply awful and rude.
    – That the “double date” with Rory/Dean and Lane/Todd really isn’t. And in many ways this is quite strange – because Todd is Dean’s friend. You’d think it would make more sense for them to be standing in the line together and that Dean would be able to facilitate a Todd/Lane conversation better than Jackson could manage a Rune/Lorelai one (because Rune is a cousin that he clear isn’t too fond of). Instead, we don’t see a single interaction between Dean and Todd.
    – How clearly Lorelai and Luke are interested in each other at this point. I always forget because it takes so long for them to actually date.

    – What do you think about the episode opening with a non-dialogue scene? Interesting or Un-Gilmore?

    It’s really good and all about coffee. The latter is very 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?

    Perhaps. Although I think it would have been the same open-ended date that comes up by the end of the episode.

    – What about Lorelai’s talk with Mrs. Kim made her soften up on Lane?

    I think because they are both mothers and because Rory is clearly a good kid. I think that parallels between Lane and Rory work for Mrs Kim for that reason.

    – Is the open-ended date between Lorelai and Luke as doomed to indecision as that of Sookie & Jackson was?

    Yes – although, of course, it all goes differently.


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