Gilmore Girls Project: Season Four, The Lorelais’ First Day at Yale

Season Four

Episode Sixty-Seven: “The Lorelais’ First Day at Yale”

Original Airdate: September 30, 2003 

You look familiar. One of Rory’s suite mates at Yale is . . . Paris Gellar? But that’s not the only surprise college brings. Rory is stunned to discover she’s not quite ready to let for of Lorelai.

I’ve always loved this episode because I think secretly I wish I will be that cool mom all the college girls want around. I don’t know if that will ever happen—and it’s probably pretty doubtful—but one can dream, right? Of course, while I also like this episode, it makes me sad. Especially the end when Lorelai finally goes home to an empty house. It only reminds me that one that that will be me. It won’t be fully empty as I’m married, but there will definitely be a hole when the girls leave.


One thing I’ve never understood though is why disposing of the old Yale mattress is such a big deal. I mean, why not just store it out in Lorelai’s garage for the year, then at the end of the year when Rory moves out, put it back and take the one they bought. What is the big deal? Nothing like making a mountain out of a mole hill.

So what are your thoughts on this episode?

Funny Quotes:

[Rory walks out of her bedroom with some beauty products. She goes into the living room to pack them in a suitcase]
RORY: I’ve got too much stuff.
LORELAI: [calls from upstairs] What?
RORY: Stuff! And it’s your fault. You inculcated into me a tolerance for rampant consumerism.
RORY: When did I become one of those girls with dozens of beauty products, none of which are expendable? It used to be a touch of mascara, dab of Coppertone, zip, bam, boom, out the door.
LORELAI: I heard copper and boom.
RORY: Never mind. And what’s going on? We’re late.
LORELAI: I’m looking for the camera.
RORY: Oy vey, she’s looking for the camera.
LORELAI: I heard that.
RORY: That she hears.

LORELAI: Shake. [takes picture] Got it. Who are you?
TESS: I’m Tess, I’m Rory’s freshman counselor. I’ll be living in the building and be there for whatever she needs.
LORELAI: And you look twenty-one, convenient for beer runs.

LORELAI: I want you fully outfitted and settled for your first night or I won’t sleep.
RORY: We can get it all later.
LORELAI: No, no. Now go unpack the skimpy amount of stuff I’ve gotten you so far and I’ll be back in a couple of hours. Copper boom.
RORY: What?
LORELAI: It’s what you said to me this morning when you were trying to speed me up.
RORY: But you missed a bunch of stuff in between.
LORELAI: I think it’s catchy. Go, go, unpack.
RORY: Copper boom!
LORELAI: Copper boom!

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