• Mon, Apr 14 2008

Gilmore Girls 5.21 “Blame Booze and Melville”

Gilmore Girls 5.21 "Blame Booze and Melville"
Original Air Date: May 10, 2005 (Recap date: April 14, 2008)
Recap & Discussion

Discussion Questions:

  • Are you surprised there is no lingering animosity between Lorelai and Emily?
  • Does Luke want the Twickham house to be a surprise for Lorelai, or is he just not ready to move that fast yet?
  • Has Rory found her calling at the paper? Or, is she simply excelling at running errands?
  • Why does Lorelai have the "oh crap" moment that morning?
  • Why did Rory and Lorelai do such a bad job preparing for the baby shower?
  • Why does Rory react so strongly to Sookie’s contractions, when she was not nearly so bad with Sherry and had been there when Davie was born?
  • Do you think Kirk is bidding on the Twickham place to rub Luke’s nose in it?
  • Does Lorelai think she’s pregnant? Does she want to be?
  • Is Rory happy Lorelai is not pregnant?
  • Do you think Luke would have bolted, if he’d known about the pregnancy scare?
  • Is it even possible to schedule a vasectomy for someone without their prior knowledge and consent?
  • Why does Jackson seem so easy-going with getting his vasectomy?
  • Why does the ballerina stay with Emily? Is that an odd way to sponsor a person?
  • Do you think Mitchum is being honest with Rory, about his gut feeling? Or could there be more behind it? Like, for example, freeing Rory up to be a "true Huntzberger."
  • Is Luke ok with why the town elders decided to give him the house?
  • Why does Emily stop arguing with Lorelai about the article so quickly? Is it like her to not hold a grudge?
  • Was it odd that Emily didn’t notice Rory missing from dinner?
  • Why does Rory insist on being at sea?
  • Do you think Rory was thinking clearly when she suggested stealing a yacht? Or did she expect the Huntzberger name to make everything easy?

Gilmore Girls Episode Recap:

Emily has prepared individual chocolate fondues for her and girls. Lorelai and Rory just want the marshmallows, not the fruit. Emily asks them to help her pick a ballerina to sponsor, as part of the fundraising. Lorelai and Rory get distracted by Gregorio’s photo because he is so well endowed.

Rory has a load of things to swap from her car to Lorelai’s – her way to move back bit by bit. The girls talk about the surprise baby shower they have planned for Sookie. They forgot, but are making up for it.

Kirk is upset about the 10 cent price increase on wheat toast at Luke’s. Kirk tries to negotiate, and wears Luke down to a five cent discount. The magazine featuring the Dragonfly Inn is now out, and Luke decides he needs to have new pants to go to the party in New York that will celebrate the edition. Lorelai nearly cried when she read the interview – it’s a big interview, and written as if she wrote it herself. The Emily parts… well, she expects men with tire irons to come after her for that. Luke suggests Lorelai show the magazine to Emily herself, to get it over with.

Taylor calls from next door to let Luke know that his purchase of the Twickham house is nearly complete. Luke keeps hush hush, since Lorelai doesn’t know.

Rory has taken charge at her internship. She’s organized, she knows everyone, and everyone seems to like her. Logan comes by to pick Rory up and jokes about the fire – Rory thinks he’s serious about an actual fire, not that he’s joking about her rush. Rory has her own cubicle too! Mitchum comes by and has Rory organize Logan too. Logan asks if Mitchum has been treating Rory well, which he has been.

It’s Honor’s engagement party on Friday, and Logan has invited Rory. It will be on a yacht. Rory hopes she can leave the Gilmore dinner early to be there. Logan has been missing "Ace", since she’s been so busy with the internship and her finals. Rory is hoping to get a summer job at the Stamford Gazette. Logan goes to hang out for a couple of hours until Rory is done her day.

Luke and Lorelai are in a limo on their way back from Manhattan; Luke "loved" the smell there, in that overpopulated island. Lorelai loves his rantings. Luke and Lorelai had great booze at the party, but never made it to the food. They are very happy though! Luke is drunk for the first time in a long time. Lorelai thanks Luke again for doing the "big city" thing with her. She promises more thanking later that night. They make out.

Luke and Lorelai wake up in Luke’s bed with their heads at the foot of the bed. Lorelai stumbles up and into the hall, finding clothes along the way. She has an "oh crap" moment.

Rory is late to Stars Hollow to decorate for the baby shower. She got the decorations from Doose’s, so they are pretty much crap. Rory notices Lorelai’s mood, and Lorelai says it was just a little thing. Sookie comes storming out of her house, ready to give birth to the baby! Sookie is sad to hear they were throwing the baby shower. Rory is cringing witnessing Sookie’s contractions. She keeps her eyes closed and is quite sickened. Rory has no plans to go to the hospital, she’ll go back to Yale instead.

Taylor calls Luke again to say that someone has put in a competing offer on the Twickham house. Someone with "vast" resources, willing to put the deposit in cash. Taylor says he "tried" to keep it for Luke, as promised. Taylor says the fellow townsman is willing to put down $250,000 in cash. Luke has Taylor say who it is, then hangs up. Luke then goes to Kirk and asks where he a quarter of a million dollars. Kirk says he’s been working for 11 years and has saved it all – that, with interest, has created his savings. Kirk says the Twickham place is perfect for him and Lulu.

Kirk seems privy to information about Luke’s credit situation. Luke owns various real estate properties, but has little cash flow. And with that, may not be able to swing more than 5% down. Kirk says his deep pockets got him the info. Luke wants Kirk to back down, but he won’t. He’s the biggest customer at the Stars Hollow Bank, which trumps Luke’s oldest customer card. Luke faults Kirk for complaining about the price of toast, then Kirk puls out $100 and asks for a couple of donuts. Luke goes to Taylor to demand to see the town elders, who control the town assets.

Jackson and Sookie haven’t yet finalized a name for the new baby, but Jackson is not worried. Whatever they don’t use they can save for the "next one." Lorelai pulls out an apple, to the surprise of Sookie. Sookie doesn’t mind that Lorelai is eating in front of her, but the whole apple thing comes as a shock. Lorelai asks Sookie about when she knew for sure she was pregnant. And how long after the conception that was. Sookie says weeks, but is definitely intrigued by the question. Lorelai passes it off as just a passing wonder, being in a maternity ward and all.

Lorelai stops a passing doctor to ask about pregnancy tests. She wants to know how soon after sex a test can predict. The doctor says two weeks. Lorelai asks,

"Not two days?"

Lorelai goes on about how dangerous it would be to buy a pregnancy test in her small town. Lorelai tries to ask if there is a "machine" that could tell her now. Lorelai talks about her craving for the apple, which she had with Rory too. The doctor admits the apple could be a sign.

Emily calls about her new ballerina - the ballerina, named Pola, now sitting in her living room. The ballerina found Lorelai’s old magic 8 ball, and Emily wants to know if she can keep it.

Lorelai calls Rory, anxious that she is using protection to "prevent something from coming ’round the mountain." Lorelai wants details from Rory, but she’s in the dining hall. All she’ll say is that she doesn’t just leave it up to the guy. Rory notices that Lorelai is very on edge, and Lorelai admits she might be pregnant. Lorelai admits that "all roadblacks" were down after the party the other night. Rory says it doesn’t mean anything, but the mention of the apple and liking the apple makes Rory go "whoa."

Rory says it wouldn’t be so horrible. It’s Luke, and things are going well. Lorelai says it’s still early for them, and with the Inn, with the new potential opportunity, and with Rory just moved out – Lorelai feels like a grown-up single woman for the first time ever. It doesn’t feel like the right time. If it’s true, Lorelai is not sure what she’d do.

Mitchum is early for a meeting that Rory is setting up. Lorelai calls to say that Sookie had a girl. No name yet. But, 14 hours of labor are over. Lorelai tells Rory that it was a false alarm – she’s not pregnant. Rory and Lorelai both sound very relieved. They reschedule Sookie’s baby shower for this Saturday. Rory then asks if Lorelai had told Luke about the pregnancy scare – Lorelai says no. She thinks it would have made Luke bolt.

Jackson wants to name the new baby, and brings up again about the "next one." Sookie tells Jackson that he’s getting a vasectomy. And she’s not kidding about it. Jackson wanted four, and Sookie wanted two. But she’s had enough. A nurse comes in to take Jackson down for the procedure – Sookie had it booked for that day! Sookie then names the baby – first name Martha, middle name Janice-Lori-Ethan-Rupert-Glenda-Carson-Daisy-Danny – all the names they wanted.

Emily has exchanged her ballerina for another one. Pola is out, Mikhail is in. Pola began to annoy Emily. Emily is quite smitten with her new purchase. Lorelai has her magazine there to show Emily, but hasn’t brought it out yet.

The Stamford Gazette staff meeting is talking about hiring reporters vs. freelancers. Mitchum suggests getting students for free – they "jump" at the chance. The meeting adjourns soon after and Rory stays behind to see if Mitchum needs anything. Mitchum tells Rory he’s pretty much done with setting up the paper and will be pulling back. Rory says she’s happy to keep going there, even without him. Mitchum says they haven’t talked about how Rory is doing, and she’s keen to hear what he has to say.

Mitchum tells Rory he’s worked with a lot of new hires and has a good gut sense for people’s strengths and weaknesses. Whether they have that "certain something" to make it in journalism.

"It’s a tough business. A lot of stress. I have to tell you, you don’t got it… Now, guts can be wrong. Mine’s been wrong before. But not often."

Rory thought she was doing ok. Mitchum thinks Rory just doesn’t have the drive to put herself out there. To dig for the story. He uses the meeting as an example – Rory didn’t speak up even once. Mitchum says it doesn’t matter that she’s an intern.

"You see, in the real world, it’s not always good enough to do just what’s asked of you."

Mitchum agrees that Rory is competent, smart, and terrific at anticipating needs. He says she’d make a great assistant. Mitchum apologizes for displeasing Rory. But, he says it’s healthy. He doesn’t B.S.

Rory excuses herself with difficulty. Mitchum tells her that he may have just done her a big favor. Rory says thanks and leaves. She walks away like her world has just fallen apart.

Kirk and Luke are in the steam room arguing with the town elders about the Twickham house. Kirk is arguing legal standing, since the house wasn’t officially up for sale. If listed, he’d have the best offer. Luke tries to argue, but he’s not comfortable in the steam room, and Kirk interrupts him continuously. Luke ends up insulting the elders a few times, and tries to fall back on his oral agreement with Taylor. One of the elders argues in Luke’s favor, because he wants it more. Because they watched him pine for and win Lorelai, and will bring children to the house. They decide that Luke should get the house.

Emily has been in intense conversation with Mikhail, but eventually decides to know what is in the bag Lorelai has been carrying. Lorelai admits it’s the cover story. Emily reads it and notices that the review is a rave for the Dragonfly. Lorelai is steeling herself for Emily to notice the references to herself, and decides to leave the room while that happens. Lorelai goes to Richard’s office and hears Emily screaming "oh my God". Emily seeks her out in the office, but Lorelai locks the door. Lorelai tries to apologize through the door. Emily agrees to stop reading the article and to never talk about it again. Mikhail runs out of the dinner.

Rory arrives to the yacht, having skipped her Friday dinner. Rory thinks she’s interrupting Logan with a girl, but the girl is married. Logan is being put on the defensive by Rory, who then asks if he even wants her there. Rory is creating a bit of a scene, so Logan takes them to a quiet spot to talk. Rory asks if they can go somewhere else – that she’s not in the mood to be around people. Rory points to the water and says she wants to go far out there.

Logan points out that the party is on their yacht. Rory complains about that – she doesn’t want to drive or fly anywhere, she wants to be on the water with him, alone.

"You know the beginning of Moby Dick, when the narrator says that when
he finds himself growing grim about the mouth and wanted to knock people’s
hats off, he takes to the sea?… Well I feel like knocking people’s hats off."

Rory points to a yacht near them and says:

"That one looks good."

Logan points out that it’s not theirs to take. Rory says that never stopped him before.

"I think I’ve been a bad influence on you, Ace."

"Let’s go, Huntzberger."

Lorelai is explaining her interview to Mikhail, who got the wrong idea about Emily from the Stalin reference. His family had been all killed by Stalin. Mikhail agrees to stay.

Lorelai gets a call from Rory. Lorelai asks Rory when she’s going to get there.

"Mom… you need to come and get me." 

Silence. The episode ends.

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  • Allie

    There are a couple of interesting things about this episode. First of all without being too “medically speaking” if you had sex around the time you are fertile, you wouldn’t be sure for two weeks that you weren’t pregnant, not two days. Then later in the episode, they show Lorelai arriving at her Parents, is night time, then they go over to the noon meeting that Rory is in.

  • Paige

    Luke wouldn’t have bolted for Lorelai. Geeze only a anti java would ever think he would bolt

  • http://gilmoregirlsnews.com gilmoregirl

    Are you surprised there is no lingering animosity between Lorelai and Emily?
    no

    Does Luke want the Twickham house to be a surprise for Lorelai, or is he just not ready to move that fast yet?
    luke *thinks* that he can move that fast, but when he accidentally mentions kids, it freaks him out when lorelai asks him why he said kids.

    Has Rory found her calling at the paper? Or, is she simply excelling at running errands?
    currently at the paper she is excelling at running errands and can meet the coffee demands of Mitchum Huntzberger

    Why does Lorelai have the “oh crap” moment that morning?
    all roadblocks down after sleeping with luke the former night

    Why did Rory and Lorelai do such a bad job preparing for the baby shower?
    they forgot to plan one since rory doesnt live at home, and they are focused on *not* having babies

    Why does Rory react so strongly to Sookie’s contractions, when she was not nearly so bad with Sherry and had been there when Davie was born?
    rory has already slept with dean twice and logan once, and she doesnt want to have a baby, so sookie’s contractions could relate to her future

    Do you think Kirk is bidding on the Twickham place to rub Luke’s nose in it?
    yes, he was gloating when he said he had 1/4 of a million dollars, & fighting w/the TownElders

    Does Lorelai think she’s pregnant? Does she want to be?
    lorelai thinks she’s preggers but doesnt nessicarily want to have luke’s baby right now. she had an accidental pregnancy with Chris and doesnt want to have another one with luke.

    Is Rory happy Lorelai is not pregnant?
    she is glad that she is not preggers but wouldn’t mind having a little sister or brother

    Do you think Luke would have bolted, if he’d known about the pregnancy scare?
    no, he would have been surprised but would have stuck with lorelai.

    Is it even possible to schedule a vasectomy for someone without their prior knowledge and consent?
    no, you can’t. i dont think. i’m 13 and have never had a baby or gone to a hospital for myself. ever. except my birth.

    Why does Jackson seem so easy-going with getting his vasectomy?
    they sent the big nurse so he may as well not fight.

    Why does the ballerina stay with Emily? Is that an odd way to sponsor a person?
    yes, that is weird. Pola was v. aquward but i like whats-his-name. i also like how he reacted to the whole joseph stalin situation.

    Do you think Mitchum is being honest with Rory, about his gut feeling? Or could there be more behind it? Like, for example, freeing Rory up to be a “true Huntzberger.”
    i think he is a jerk and he is trying to kill rory’s confidence so she and logan will break up so she will not be marrying the Huntzberger fortune heir.

    Is Luke ok with why the town elders decided to give him the house?
    well he is v. surprised that they let him have it

    Why does Emily stop arguing with Lorelai about the article so quickly? Is it like her to not hold a grudge?
    it is *not* like her to not hold a grudge but lorelai refused to come out of the study unless she forgave her. i thought that she would start screaming at lorelai again when she came out of the study but surprisingly enough, she didn’t.

    Was it odd that Emily didn’t notice Rory missing from dinner?
    yes, she started dinner before rory even got there which is v. not like her

    Why does Rory insist on being at sea?
    because apparently Ernest Hemingway “took to the sea” when he was upset

    Do you think Rory was thinking clearly when she suggested stealing a yacht? Or did she expect the Huntzberger name to make everything easy?
    she was upset about mitchum’s speech when she came to see logan and she wasn’t thinking clearly, but knew that logan would *not* be too hard to steal a yacht with. he never has been one for rules.

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  • Jen

    ■Does Luke want the Twickham house to be a surprise for Lorelai, or is he just not ready to move that fast yet? I think he likes the idea of having Lorelai and being with her… but when it comes down to actually doing it… he is frightened that he will be rejected.

    ■Has Rory found her calling at the paper? Or, is she simply excelling at running errands? – I think she is in her element.

    ■Why does Lorelai have the “oh crap” moment that morning? Lorelai is not ready for another baby. Although the last one turned out pretty damn well, having a child was her whole life. She is now ready to start living a little on her own.

    ■Why did Rory and Lorelai do such a bad job preparing for the baby shower?
    I think that they are just so caught up in their own lives – they forget that big things are happening to those around them. I’m sure they would have pulled it off if they’d had the chance

    ■Do you think Kirk is bidding on the Twickham place to rub Luke’s nose in it?
    I think Kirk wanted to be recongnised as important. Up until now, he’s just been an entertaining character that mildly annoys everyone. But here he could have a huge impact on Luke… so he does it. I’m not sure he really wanted the house at all.

    ■Does Lorelai think she’s pregnant? Does she want to be?
    No way!

    ■Is Rory happy Lorelai is not pregnant?
    As much a rory loves her mom – i think she would die of jealousy if Lorelai had another child. Their bond is so special and having another person in the middle of it would probably scare her.

    ■Do you think Luke would have bolted, if he’d known about the pregnancy scare?
    Never.

    ■Do you think Rory was thinking clearly when she suggested stealing a yacht? Or did she expect the Huntzberger name to make everything easy?
    I think she’s seen/heard about all of the amazing things that Logan has gotten away with in the past so she felt a false sense of security. Stealing the boat probably seemed a little less glamorous when she was picking up trash!