Episode Forty-Six: “Application Anxiety”
Original Airdate: October 8, 2002
Hackneyed, perfunctory, run-of-the-mill—that’s Rory. When her Harvard application arrives, her confidence disappears. And soon three generations of Gilmore girls share one giant anxiety attack.
I would think that Rory writing an essay on her mother and their life would be something far more real and enticing to Harvard than Hillary Clinton—who I’m sure was the topic of practically every girl applying for college back in 2002. No political soapbox here though. Not touching that one.
Anywho, so the family they go to talk to about Harvard . . .
The younger girl is intense. And she mentioned putting Rory’s information in her palm pilot! Oh man, I remember palm pilots. I always wanted one but I never had one. I think I would be more like the older daughter who didn’t go to Harvard and is now working three jobs and is “following her own path.” Especially in that family with the endless Jepardy questions at meal time. Good gravy.
Lorelai: (about Rory getting into Harvard) Mom, everything’s gonna be fine. Rory’s special.
Emily: Well, I know that and you know that, but those idiots at Harvard might not necessarily know that!
Emily: So, she’s meeting you here?
Lorelai: Yeah, she had a thing after school, a rumble or something. She said she’d be over after.
Emily: A rumble?
Lorelai: Yeah, a bunch of kids meet in an alley, they pirouette, they pull knives, it’s a whole to-do.
Lorelai: We need perspective.
Rory: We need therapy.
Lorelai: And booze! (pause) For those of us over 21, of course.