Episode Eighty-Five: “Luke Can See Her Face”
Original Airdate: May 4, 2004
The least-likely person to buy self-help tapes buys self-help tapes. And what do you know? They help. Thanks to the voice from the boom box, Luke finally realizes what will make him happy.
I tried to find a video clip of Lorelai telling Shel, a guy Sookie is trying to set Lorelai up with, that Luke is her “special friend” and she wraps his arms around her, but I can’t find it. I always have enjoyed those little moments between them, and have often wondered why she can’t ever see Luke for the guys she’s been searching for. Maybe she has, but for one reason or another she writes the thoughts off. Who knows. It just is confusing at times.
Of course, that’s a bit of a mute point now because . . .
After this episode, I kind of have to agree with Rory’s rant over Dean quitting school. Not because of the school, but because Lindsey doesn’t work and expects Dean to work all these jobs (and yet holds it against him that he’s gone all the time) to pay for everything.
LINDSAY: I sit at home all day waiting for you. You never call during the day, like you always promise you will.
DEAN: God, Lindsay!
LINDSAY: I’m bored, Dean. Don’t you care about that? I want to go out with my husband. Hello! We’re married here!
Uh . . . Lindsey, dear, if you’re that bored then I know what you can do . . . GO GET A JOB! I get they probably are going for the wife stays at home type of marriage, but at 19 are you really headed for a family? Probably not. But you are heading toward building a life for those kids like a house and cars, etc. All of which cost money, and with only one of them working would be rather difficult to save for. Why her getting a job isn’t the obvious choice, I have no idea, other than the writers are needing them to fight over something and that’s the path they decided to go down. It’s kind of weak, but whatever.
Moving on . . .
Liz and TJ are getting married! They are so cute, and again, although TJ is a dummy, he’s sweet and that is all Liz deserves. I’m glad that Luke decided to go get Jess and Jess decided to come to the wedding even though he didn’t want to. Knowing Liz, it’s hard to imagine the train wreck that Jess claims she is. But again, it’s Jess. The angry, selfish nineteen year old that seems to want to punish the world and everyone in it. I know in the end he gets his life together and even helps Rory. But for right now, he’s still a jerk.
So what do you think of this episode?
LORELAI: There are two of them. [talking about the cats on her porch] They’re not even easing me into this, those bastards. I give up. I guess I need to start collecting newspapers and magazines, find a blue bathrobe, lose my front teeth.
RORY: Well, obviously, you’ve got a busy day ahead of you, so I’m gonna let you go.
LORELAI: Yarn balls. I need to find some yarn balls.
LORELAI: [ Sighs ] I can’t sleep. I can’t turn my mind off. It keeps running and thinking and making lists.
LUKE: Maybe if you drank a little less coffee, you’d make a little less lists.
LORELAI: Oh, I can’t stop drinking the coffee. I stop drinking coffee, I stop doing the standing and walking and the words putting-into-sentence doing.
LORELAI: Luke is my…special friend.
LORELAI: I have to tell you, renovating this place has been a real nightmare. I just don’t know how I would have gotten through it without him. [Lorelai leans against Luke and forces him to put his arm around her waist.] Have I said thank you to you recently?
LORELAI: Oh. Well, thank you.
LUKE: You’re welcome.
SHEL: Well, it was nice meeting you both. I’m just gonna go say goodbye to Sookie.
LORELAI: Oh. Bye, Shel.
LUKE: Bye, Shel.
LORELAI: [shoves Luke’s arm away.] Don’t touch my stomach.
LUKE: You put my hand there.
[Luke is on the phone when Lorelai walks in.]
LUKE: No, Roy, I know what I’m talking about. I’m looking for stalks of wheat, not processed wheat, stalks. That’s putting it another way. I need bare-ass stalks. [to customer] Sorry. [to Roy] I know you can’t eat it like that. I just need it for decoration. No, I’m not going poofy on you, damn it! [to another customer] Sorry. [to Roy] I just need to know whether you have it or not. No? Okay, whatever. Thanks. [hangs up] Is there no wheat left in this country? What happened to Kansas? Isn’t Kansas lousy with wheat?
LORELAI: I do recall Toto running through fields of it. Coffee to go, please.
LORELAI: How late can you stay, Sookie?
SOOKIE: As late as you want — Davey’s with his grandparents, and Jackson’s sleeping with the zucchini tonight.
LORELAI: What’s that, farm jargon?
SOOKIE: No, he’s sleeping with the zucchini.
LORELAI: But what does that mean, sleeping with the zucchini?
SOOKIE: It means he’s sleeping with the zucchini.
LORELAI: Sookie, fill me in here. Where’s Jackson?
SOOKIE: Well, he checked the forecast today, and there’s a potential cold front coming in from Canada, and he knows how important the zucchini is for opening day menu, so…
LORELAI: Are you saying that “sleeping with the zucchini” means…
SOOKIE: He’s sleeping with the zucchini.