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Recap / Gilmore Girls S 02 E 12

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Season 2, episode 12

Richard in Stars Hollow

Richard being retired drives Emily crazy so she convinces Lorelai to have him visit Stars Hollow for a day. Lorelai and Rory go to rent a movie. Rory sees two boys looking at a "kind of mature" cover of a movie and alerts Kirk to the fact.

Richard spends the next day with Lorelai in Stars Hollow. He criticizes her eating habits, her work habits, and her coffee drinking habit. When Dean tries to give Rory a car he built himself, Richard pays Gypsy to look for faults with it. She can't find any, but after looking it over three times she breaks off the windshield wipers just so Richard will stop demanding that she check it again.


Paris, wanting the Franklin to compete with The New York Times, tries to find something shady in Stars Hollow, refusing to believe it's as boring and idyllic as Rory believes. Taylor putting all rental movies rated above G behind a curtain ends up being her story.

Maids of the week: Graciella and Heloise.
Kirk's job of the week: rental store manager.
Dean's parents' jobs: his dad builds stereosystems in a shop a few blocks from Gypsy's, his mother works part-time transcribing medical records.


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  • The Alleged Car: Dean put together a car. Richard finds it to be this trope, and demands Gypsy check and recheck it until she finds something wrong with it. In the end she breaks off a windshield viper to get rid of them.
  • Blatant Lies:
    • Lorelai claims headmaster Charleston was kidnapped to get Rory to stay home on the day she is to spend with Richard.
    • Lorelai and Michel tell separate people that they will get the first towels they get.
  • Bookworm: Rory shows Richard her book collection, which when her shelf overflowed she stacked under her bed and crammed into her drawers.
  • Call-Back: In the previous episode Emily said she didn't want anything in return for co-signing Lorelai's loan. This episode she wants Lorelai to pay her back by taking over Richard for a day.
  • Captain Obvious: Emily feels she is being this trope by pointing out that her hair looks fine because she gets it done every Wednesday.
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  • Captain Oblivious: Emily has no idea how much Richard hates retirement.
  • Comically Missing the Point: Paris visits Stars Hollow to get the dirt on it. Rory sarcastically introduces her as Angela Lansbury, but Luke doesn't pick up on it and proceeds to call her Angela.
  • Cool Car: Paris insists she won't get the feel for the town arriving in a BMW.
  • Dark Humor: The conversation about who to kick out of the mausoleum. The conclusion is aunt Cecil, because of her terrible knock-knock jokes.
  • Death Glare: Luke's when he gets fed up with Paris saying that his diner is a breeding ground for prostitution and drug dealing.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: Subverted. Lorelai once got kicked out of summer camp for refusing to call the councelor Peaches.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Lorelai's boss originally had a problem with her not wearing a jacket at work, but she realized it was only due to jealousy. She is her own boss, by the way.
  • Ignorance Is Bliss: Lorelai wants to remain ignorant about what she is eating, because whenever she has eaten something really good in her life it always turned out to be something gross. It turns out to be true about the food she is eating this time, too.
  • I Need to Go Iron My Dog: Richard uses a more traditional "I want to go organize my stamps" when he only wants to be alone.
  • "Knock Knock" Joke: Aunt Cecile didn't quite grasp that there should be a punchline at the end.
  • Metaphorgotten: Getting Rory into Yale would be a breeze for Yale-alumnus Richard, but Lorelai doesn't like breezes as they mess up her hair.
  • Must Have Caffeine: Richard notes that both Lorelai and Emily drink a lot of coffee.
  • Parental Fashion Veto: Normally you no longer have this when your kid is thirty-three and lives on her own, but that doesn't stop Richard from telling Lorelai she shouldn't wear a jacket.
  • Rule of Three: Richard works out that both his wife and his daughter drink three cups of coffee in the time it takes most people to drink one.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Strange Minds Think Alike: In the talk about who to move from the mausoleum to the annex in the event that Lorelai should someday get married, Lorelai and Richard independently vote aunt Cecile.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Emily finds it creepy that Richard follows her around the house and stares at her, and comments on how much coffee she drinks.
  • Take That Me: Richard really hates being retired, and cites all the reasons his wife doesn't want to spend the day with him, concluding that he has become a burden.
  • Visit by Divorced Dad: Subverted. Both Dean's parents apparently moved from Chicago to Stars Hollow after their divorce.


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