Episode Twenty-Six: “Nick & Nora, Sid & Nancy”
Original Airdate: October 30, 2001
When Luke’s rebellious 17-year-old nephew, Jess, moves in with him, Lorelai offers unwelcome parenting advice. Rory’s on the school newspaper staff. But editor Paris is eager to write Rory’s journalistic obituary.
Ah, the arrival of Jess. Yay.
Can you hear the sarcasm?
So while I love Jess’s character in the revival episodes, I never really liked him in the series episodes, and I never liked that he got in the middle of Rory and Dean. Jess was always that punk kid that I swear if one of my daughters comes home with I’ll have to punch him in the face.
There is a plot hole in this episode. When Luke is talking to Lorelai about Jess, she asks where his dad is. Luke says that Jess’s dad left them two years ago, but when we actually meet Jess’s dad (I believe in Season three) it’s revealed that Jess’s dad left them a few days after Jess was born.
This is also the last episode we see Max in for awhile. Boo! Poor Max.
One great thing about this episode . . . Luke pushing Jess in the lake! Probably my second favorite scene in the series (the first I’ll share in Season Five when we come across that episode), I laugh even after seeing it the hundreds of times I have.
So what did you think of this episode?
Lorelai: Luke, um, that’s not a bed, that’s a raft, which is fine if you’re gonna build a moat around the diner but…
Luke: It’s fine.
Lorelai: Luke, the kid needs a bed. If you want to get him something inflatable, make it a blonde.
Taylor: That’s right. She’s breaking the rules, and people who break the rules end up very lonely with no friends because they have become society’s outcasts.
Lorelai: Planning on burning a little Huck Finn after lunch, Taylor?
Luke: Me? Raising a kid? I don’t even like kids. They’re always sticky like they’ve got jam on their hands. Even if there’s no jam in the house, somehow, they’ve always got jam on their hands! I’m not the right guy to deal with that. I have no patience for jam hands!
Lorelai: First of all, Jess is 17 so I think he’s probably pass the jam hands stage by now. Second of all, you can do this. If you want to you are totally capable.