Episode Nine: “Rory’s Dance”
Original Airdate: December 20, 2000
Events at Chilton’s formal dance convince Rory and Dean that they, as Rory might say, are very boyfriendy-girlfriendy. But something unexpected happens that sets the town buzzing and puts Lorelai in a motherly frenzy of concern.
I’ve never really cared for this episode. From having to deal with that annoying, Tristen, on the screen for more minutes that I care to admit, to Dean telling him he would kill him (Ugh! Seriously? That’s got to be the worst line in this whole series), to Lorelai, Rory, and Emily fighting over the fact that Rory didn’t come home, it’s just a BLAH episode. At least for me.
I will admit that there are some good and funny points in the episode, but I still will list it as one of my least favorites.
Emily: If she doesn’t want to go [to the Chilton dance], then it must be because of something you said.
Lorelai: Mom, I promise, all I ever said to her about dances is that you go, you dance, you have punch, you eat, you take a picture, and then you get auctioned off to a biker gang from Sausalito.
Emily: Okay Rory, come out here please.
(Rory comes into the room using a napkin as a bib and eating a taco)
Rory: Hey Grandma
Emily: (speaking to Lorelai) She’s lived with you too long.
Lorelai: Honey, lose the bib and the taco, put your shoes on come back out, and let grandma take the pretty picture.
Rory: Well it’s this thing where you go and they play music and you’re supposed to get all dressed up and do some kind of dance and then there’s chicken.
Rory: Well I don’t know if there’s chicken. But at these kinds of things they often serve chicken because it’s probably cheaper and people eat it, so the logic behind the chicken choice really isn’t that bad.
Dean: I’m lost.
Rory: It’s a dance.
Emily: (about Dean) What do you know about this boy?
Lorelai: Well, I know Rory likes him, and his parole officer has high hopes for his rehabilitation.
Emily: Does he drink?
Lorelai: Like a fish!