Gilmore Girls 2.10 “The Bracebridge Dinner”
Original Air Date: December 11, 2001 (Recap date: December 20, 2007)
Photos, Recap & Discussion
- Why does Jess turn on Dean?
- Rory seems nervous around Jess. Why?
- What has made Richard so happy? Isn’t retiring what he’s dreaded?
- Why does Lorelai pick Luke for her sleigh ride? Why not Rory?
- Does Jess think Dean is not smart enough for Rory? Is that true?
- Luke knows gourmet food – why does he seem off-put by Sookie’s soup?
- Why didn’t Lorelai tell Rory about Chris’ invitation? Hasn’t she always encouraged Chris to be more active?
- Do you think Rory is rethinking her relationship with Dean? Is this the first time she sees Jess in a new way?
- Do you think Rory is impressed by Jess’ acts of rebellion?
Gilmore Girls Episode Recap & Photos:
Winter Festival Snowman Contest – Lorelai and Rory have a unique snow woman. But are competing against the Michaelangelo of Snowmen. The head falls off theirs.
Sookie and Lorelai are preparing for the Bracebridge Dinner for a special group party – a recreation of a 19th century meal with servers in period clothing, musicians, and amazing food. And the squire, who sits on a raised platform and makes pronouncements – and who is, by the way, Jackson. He just didn’t know it yet. And they ignore his attempts to back out. Chris calls to ask if Lorelai will let Rory visit him for a couple of days.
Richard is still in a funk and has cancelled their regular Winter vacation. He is being sensitive about any slight.
Sookie is training her staff in Old English. Lorelai breaks the news that the Bracebridge group who were to come for this big event are snowed in. Dinner is cancelled. Sookie ‘smad’ – mad and sad. The event is pre-paid, but still they are all sad. They decide to throw the dinner anyway. And to invite everyone they know to stay at the Inn.
Dean breaks up a fight between Jess and some other kid. But Jess just turns on him.
Rory spots a photo Christmas card from Chris & Sherry that Lorelai didn’t tell her about. Rory suggests inviting her grandparents to the shindig to cheer up Richard. When Rory leaves, Lorelai flips over the picture of Chris & Sherry.
The night of the Bracebridge Dinner, Paris drops off newspaper stuff for Rory. Rory invites Paris to stay for dinner. Dean gets annoyed to see Jess there. Sookie is nervous in the kitchen. Richard and Emily show up in good spirits. Emily tells the girls that Richard has been in high spirits for 2 days.
Lorelai welcomes her guests and tells them a special treat is outside – a line of horse drawn sleighs for them all. Dean takes his sister, which Jess takes note of. Lorelai asks Luke to join her sleigh. After talking about the ‘horse’s hiney’, Lorelai says how magical the town looks. Luke is his tart self, but warms up talking about how things are going with Jess. Luke has found the secret of parenting!
“You visualize the future you want. And then, if necessary, you lie to bring it about.”
Jess’ mom has not called about his time off from school, so Luke told Jess that he thought it best for Jess to stay while he’s still adjusting and that his mom was upset about it. Lorelai tells Luke that Jess did not buy it – he knows.
Richard gets frisky with Emily in their sleigh. And says he wants to take Emily on a rollercoaster – he’ll hold her hand. It’s sweet.
Rory is the last to get in her sleigh. As the sleigh moves off, Jess jumps in. Rory is miffed about fighting with Dean, but Jess blows it off and says he does not need anyone jumping in on his fights. Rory asks Jess why he’s still in Stars Hollow over the break, if he hates it so much. Jess knows his mom does not want him home. He compliments Rory’s snow-woman – Bjork inspired, and he knew it!
Jess asks what she and Dean talk about – does he know Bjork? Rory has shown Dean stuff. This seems very teacher-student to Jess. Rory cannot specifically say what she and Dean talk about. Jess says that Dean does not seem like Rory’s kind of guy. Jess finds it hard not to smile as Rory gets defensive.
Luke and Jess puzzle at their food. But the dinner goes well. Richard charms the crowd with his stories. After Taylor compliments Richard on not being a dull insurance man, Richard says he’s glad to be rid of the ‘dull lot’. He is now retired. Which silences the conversation, and the happiness between Richard and Emily.
Lorelai snuck the ugly baby picture into Rory’s bed. Rory asks if Lorelai has heard from her dad. Lorelai admits that Rory was invited but is angry – Lorelai has dibs on this time of year with Rory. And the thought of Rory hanging with her ‘practically’ step-mother angers her. Lorelai admits to overreacting and being possessive.
Emily comes to ask for another room – she is too angry to speak to Richard. Hurt that he didn’t tell her. Thinks he didn’t realize that it affects her too. Funny moment when Lorelai and Emily put on their moisturizer the same way. Emily still rants while going to bed – sharing their room. Lorelai tries to help by saying Richard had no choice but to retire – the job was killing him.
Emily goes for a walk but finds Richard also up in the living room. He asks to talk. Richard had talked to the CEO about the rumors and how unhappy he’d become. Detailing his years of service to the company, he became angry. And heard himself resign. The CEO was stunned. As was Richard. But was also thrilled – elated. A weight was lifted. Richard says he knows he’s done nothing but make Emily unhappy in the last months – jeopardized friendships, cancelled engagements. And, knowing that Emily liked order, he couldn’t face Emily with disappointing her for un-planning their future. He didn’t want to fight or worry. But be happy, especially at that time of year.
Richard details their financial situation, some of which changes because he quit instead of retiring. Emily’s forgiveness is clear when she says they should just go to bed. All is well in the Gilmore world.
After kissing Dean goodbye the next morning, Rory catches Jess smirking at her. She smiles nervously. And Dean notices.
Rory and Lorelai drive home in the sleigh – and see that Ringer Guy’s fancy snowman has been destroyed. They win by default.
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