Gilmore Girls 6.05 "We’ve Got Magic to Do"
Original Air Date: October 11, 2005 (Recap date: April 22, 2008)
Recap & Discussion
- Are you surprised that Luke tagged along for Lorelai’s shopping spree?
- Isn’t Lorelai insured through her father? Are you surprised there are issues?
- Why does Emily look concerned at the prospect of Rory organizing the function?
- Why does Lorelai make that weird face when she sees Luke eating on his own?
- Is Richard more open to believing that his rich friends are good people, than to believe his own daughter?
- Why does Lorelai attack Richard about Rory & the Huntzbergers?
- Do you think Lorelai was worried that Luke wasn’t getting enough time to do stuff he liked, or was she worried about how he would be around all of the kids?
- If Rory already knew there was a spare table, why did she take the seating chart to the kitchen to deal with Shira?
- Why wasn’t Rory told that the Huntzbergers did donate?
- When Rory is referring to what she "wouldn’t have" done after what Mitchum said, is she referring to the yacht or to Yale? And did her realization of this just come to her?
- Was Luke being too sensitive?
- Was Luke losing the things he likes in order to spend time with Lorelai?
- Does it sound like Mitchum hurt Rory on purpose, rather than out of his business sense?
- Why is Shira so arrogant about responsibilities if her beginnings were so humble?
- Why does Richard look at Rory so sadly at the end?
Gilmore Girls Episode Recap:
Lorelai and Luke come into the diner piled with bags from a shopping spree. Most for Lorelai, but also a wallet for Luke. To replace his old one, which has Velcro. Luke accidentally picked up the wrong bag from the lingerie store – it has huge underwear and bunny slippers. Lorelai says:
"Aw, poor thing. She’s single."
Lorelai gets a call from a frantic Sookie yelling that the stove at the Inn is on fire. It’s out now, but the wall behind the stove is damaged. Lorelai worries that she’s a fire starter. Luke takes her to the Inn.
Michel thinks Sookie being a drama queen about the fire. Jackson and Luke are looking over the stove – probably some grease built up in the back of the ducts and the ventilation was poor, so it caught fire. A pro will need to come in to fix and clean it, so the kitchen will need to be shut down. Michel said he called the insurance people and they didn’t know about the Dragonfly, nor do they cover businesses such as theirs. Lorelai says it’s a mistake and she’ll call them herself.
The women of the DAR are half under-sold for an upcoming event. It’s an event for the troops, and they think they’ll be laughed out of the DAR and that they’ve insulted the country. Rory says they still have a week to recover. The event was being managed by Constance, so they blame her.
The women think canceling is the only option, but Rory suggests more publicity – that a budget is simply an estimation and that in order to reap bigger benefits, you may need to run a deficit first. Rory suggests promoting online and adding some entertainment to the night, or to theme it. They can send emails, which are free. They offer Rory the opportunity to continue organizing the whole event. She accepts. All of the women seem excited, but Emily looks concerned.
Sookie & Jackson have Luke & Lorelai over for dinner. Sookie & Jackson are trying to get Davie to turn the tv down, but their voices are not very firm. Lorelai feeds Paul Anka some meat from a fork, the way he likes it.
Lorelai says she got the same run-around with the insurance company that Michel did. She doesn’t want to start construction without them, as they cannot make a claim after work has begun. Sookie asks if the insurance is through Lorelai’s father, which it is. So, Lorelai will have to call him. Lorelai is standing in the kitchen with Sookie, who is lecturing to Davie, and Jackson runs off to attend to Martha. Lorelai watches Luke eating dinner all alone and smiles in what looks like a concerned way to herself.
Emily is venting to Richard about Rory’s planning of the Fort Drum event. Rory threw out the entire menu. Richard says he’s not a fan of DAR cuisine and tells Emily not to worry. Emily says Rory has themed the event after the USO (United Service Organizations). Emily is trying to stay out of it, but she can’t help venting on things such as Rory not serving salmon puffs (a first for the DAR in 25 years).
"Emily, please. It’s Rory. What she tackles, she conquers. This girl could name the state capitals at three. Recite the periodic table at four. Discuss Schopenhauer’s influence on Nietzsche when she was ten. She’s read every book by every author with a Russian surname and had a 4.2 grade-point average at one of the toughest schools on the east coast. If she’s excluding salmon puffs, she has a good reason to exclude salmon puffs. And I, for one, have complete confidence in her ability to tackle this job, and so should you."
Emily is still wistful for her salmon puffs.
Sookie is trying to keep her kitchen open by preparing food that doesn’t need a stove. Though she is dying from not being able to cook properly. Richard arrives to the Inn with an inspector to look over the damage. Richard apologizes for the red tape and the delay. He says they don’t usually take small accounts, except under extraordinary circumstances. Richard can write a cheque for them that day.
Left alone, Lorelai asks Richard how his big plan is working out. His big plan for Rory. Richard ignores her. Lorelai asks if Rory is back at Yale. Lorelai drives this point home, that his plans are failing, and then asks if he has seen the Huntzbergers of late.
"How are the old Huntzbergers? They behaving any better than that night they humiliated your granddaughter?"
Richard says everything was a misunderstanding and they have nothing against Rory. He says they are good people. Lorelai retorts that Rory must be a liar then. Richard finishes up and goes.
Rory is working with her team to organize the event from her pool house. They have 1940s silverware lined up. Rory’s storyboard for the event has it themed as "Hollywood Canteen", a war movie from 1944 and and a restaurant in LA that opened in 1942.
Logan calls, but his call is forwarded to Rory’s assistant. Logan thinks that’s cool. He’s calling to tell Rory he got her the PA system she wanted at a good price. He does all of Logan’s parties. Paris knocks on the pool house door, and comes in very freaked out.
Paris is broke! Her parents flipped off the IRS too many times and all her accounts are frozen. All she has is her trust fund, and not for another 4 years. Rory tries to calm her down. Yale is paid for for the year, so Paris will just need to get a job. Rory offers Paris a job as a server on the weekend as a start.
Luke is cooking dinner. Pasta for them, hamburger for Paul Anka. On the fridge is a notice for Miss Patty’s School of Ballet 25th Annual Grand Recital. Luke wants to go, which stuns Lorelai. She thinks he’ll hate it – a night of kids dancing and twirling. Lorelai says Luke has been doing so much of her stuff – the movies, shopping, and dinner with Sookie and the loud kids. Luke says he never complained, but Lorelai is worried he’s not doing any Luke stuff. Lorelai suggests that Luke go camping that night instead.
Rory is distracted during her dinner. She texts a bunch of stuff to her assistant – things she keeps remembering they need to do for the event. Emily brings up the need for partitions to make the room look less empty, but Rory tells her that the event is sold out. The online campaign and theme have drawn in way more people than the room can fill! Rory is having to turn them away, but still encouraging donations. Emily and Richard seem very proud.
Rory is setting up the venue for the event. Paris has clocked in. Rory reminds Paris to go stand with the other servers when she welcomes them to the event. The servers are asked to then get into their uniforms.
Lorelai and Sookie sit down for Miss Patty’s recital. Sadly, there is a misprint in the program (they hope) that has a new "pubic speaking" event. The opening number includes kids dancing and singing in the audience, which is not a part that Lorelai likes. Lorelai and Sookie get sparkles tossed all over them.
The Hollywood Canteen-themed DAR event has started, a band impersonating the Andrews Sisters is crooning away. Rory is dressed up in USO uniforms. Paris comes out in full costume as well, and offers an appetizer to a guest. Then asks how it was. Her performance. He says she did fine, but Paris wants even more feedback.
Richard and Emily arrive to the event and are astounded by the details. They tell Rory so, and are the first onto the dance floor, despite Emily’s protestations that there’s no dancing before dinner. The band sings "Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree" by The Andrews Sisters.
Luke is camping alone, sitting around a campfire. But he doesn’t look happy.
It’s dinner time at the event and Rory is getting a lot of praise for her choices, including macaroni and cheese! Richard thanks Rory for having good food – not the "fancy" good food, like duck liver, that the DAR usually serves. One of the guests compliments Emily on Rory being as poised as she is.
Rory’s assistant is a-flutter that Shira Huntzberger has arrived and is expecting a table, though she didn’t RSVP. And Shira is being anything but accommodating. Rory takes the seating chart to the kitchen to sort it out. Paris is in there venting about the exploitation of the working class and Karl Marx. Rory vents about Shira just coming to the event with no RSVP or donation and expecting everyone to fall at her feet. Rory really hates Shira and vents about it, and Paris joins in with her own personal hate speach about the rich.
Rory’s rational side comes out, and she realizes she should give Shira the spare table they kept just in case something like this came up. Rory goes out to greet Shira, who apologizes lightly for just showing up with her group. Rory seats Shira and her group at the open table near the band.
Rory has done such a good job that night that there is talk of giving her an AA – an Abigail Adams award for service "above and beyond." Someone in the DAR mentions that Shira came, knowing it was an "it" event, and made a huge donation at the door. Emily seems excited that Shira’s there. But has a freak out when she sees where Shira is seated.
"You sat Shira Huntzberger at the slush table."
Emily comes to Rory and says that she sat Shira at the loser table - for the people who show up unannounced. Rory says they were unannounced.
"There’s people, then there’s the Huntzbergers. They cannot sit at that table. This needs to be rectified."
Emily takes the seating chart to try to find someone to bump. Emily says if they don’t re-seat the Huntzbergers it may taint the whole event. Rory lets her do it, but corrects Emily saying only Shira came. Emily says no, and points out Mitchum. Rory looks crestfallen, while Emily is happy to bump Constance on the chart.
Rory runs back to the kitchen having issues breathing. Paris tries to offer Rory drugs for her anxiety attack, but Rory doesn’t want them.
"Shira’s one thing. I can deal with her. But Mitchum? I can’t see him. I can’t face him. It’s too much. After what he did, what he said to me."
Paris asks what he said to her, Rory replies that
"If it weren’t for him, I wouldn’t have…."
Rory says they are not nice people. Paris says they don’t have to be, because they are rich.
Lorelai and Sookie are watching the ballet. Miss Patty then announces a new segment entitled "It was 20 years ago today," in which Kirk will re-enact a performance from 20-years ago. His own creation entitled "The Journey Of Man". Kirk then enacts this journey – from being a sperm to his own birth. Sookie and Lorelai keep saying "ew". Lorelai notices Luke is back from camping, so goes to check on him.
"Hey, Grizzly Adams. Why are you back? The woods closed or something?"
"No, they weren’t closed. I was… I don’t know. It’s… what it is. Nature."
"Nature? Nature is…"
"You know, it’s there, I saw it. Trees, leaves, whatever."
Luke says he just wanted to come back. Lorelai says camping is what Luke wants to do, but Luke points out that it’s what Lorelai wanted him to do. Luke wants to know why Lorelai wanted to get rid of him that night. He felt banished. Lorelai apologizes.
"Look… I like doing things with you. Surprised I have to tell you that."
Everything they do is good because he likes hanging with Lorelai. Lorelai says she was feeling bad that Luke wasn’t doing the things he likes, but he says he is doing what he likes. Luke says he may just return to camping then, and do some fishing.
Lorelai returns just in time to see Kirk die. That’s the end of the event… minus another finale performance in the audience with more glitter. Stressful to our girls!
Mitchum runs into Richard in the washroom and Mitchum praises the event. Richard tells him Rory planned it all, and Mitchum says Rory’s sweet and he wishes her the best. Richard says Rory is a talent, he’s read what Rory has written. Mitchum says maybe. Richard asks, out of curiosity, what happened at the paper. Something blown out of proportion, or some misunderstanding. Mitchum says Rory is better off for what he did. Richard asks what exactly that was. Mitchum uses an example:
"Say you got a guy working in your office. You brought him in. Nice guy, everybody loves him, but he just doesn’t have it. He’s a drain on the company. What are you gonna do?"
Mitchum says he wasn’t going to put Rory in a position to be a drain on his company. Richard insists on knowing what Mitchum said. Mitchum says he called it like he saw it and was honest.
"You crushed her."
Mitchum says if Rory has what it takes, she’ll bounce back. Mitchum says Rory lacked maturity and was in over her head.
"Look, just blame me, OK? I felt bad that she had to sit through that disastrous dinner with Shira and Pop, going on about marriage and how she can’t become a Huntzberger. I don’t care about any of that, so I gave her a shot, and she wasn’t up to it."
Richard’s head popped up at that, realizing there was truth to what Lorelai said. Richard is clearly upset and re-iterates that Mitchum crushed Rory. His hand is flexing like he wants to punch Mitchum. Mitchum blows him off and says they should have done this over the phone.
Richard walks up to Emily and says it’s all true. Everything Lorelai told them about what Mitchum said and did, and about Logan’s whole family.
"They don’t want her marrying into their precious family. They don’t think she’s good enough. He told her that she didn’t have it. And you know she does! I know she does!"
Richard says he can’t stay there with "these people", so Emily tells him to out outside and go home, that she’ll catch up. Emily turns an evil and determined look onto Shira. Emily goes to Shira to rescue her from the slush table. On the way over, Emily lets it be known that she knows about their little problem with their kids.
"I understand you’re not exactly thrilled with the match, that you let that be known to Rory at the dinner she had at your house."
Shira says it wasn’t exactly "not thrilled", so Emily pushes for what she’d call it. Shira and Emily are all smiles, but their words are not. Shira says it’s not the time and place, but Emily suggests they make it the time and place. Shira says to consider the discrepancies. Emily says that’s what’s confusing her. Emily says they both have good families, values and money.
"Frankly, Emily, there’s your money, then there’s our money."
Shira says that an image and responsibilities come with their money. Emily refers to not being "good enough" and says they know Logan’s reputation, but that he’s welcome in their home anytime. The same should be extended to Rory. Emily bends over Shira’s chair to talk about her money…
"You were a two-bit gold digger, fresh off the bus from Hicksville when you met Mitchum at whatever bar you happened to stumble into. And what made Mitchum decide to choose you to marry amongst the pack of women he was bedding at the time, I’ll never know. But hats off to you for bagging him. He’s still a playboy, you know? Well, of course you know. That would explain why your weight goes up and down 30 pounds every other month. (Shira laughs uncomfortably) But that’s your cross to bear. But these are ugly realities. No one needs to talk about them. Those kids are staying together for as long as they like. You won’t stop them. Now, enjoy the event."
Emily says it all with a smile, and Shira bears it with a smile and some little laughs, looking around to see if she’s being overheard. Emily knows she has the power in that conversation.
Richard comes back in looking for Emily when Rory goes on stage to thank everyone for coming to the event. Richard looks at her as if his heart is breaking. He looks disappointed.
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