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Recap / Gilmore Girls S 03 E 14

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Swan Song

Emily sussed out that Rory and Dean are broken up and Jess is her new boyfriend. Rory gets shanghaied into Miss Patty's one-woman show trial and ends up next to Dean in the audience. Lorelai and Alex go to a play on the night Jess comes to Friday night dinner.


  • Amusing Injuries: Played With: Luke thinks Jess getting "beaked" in the eye by a swan is kind of funny.
  • Blatant Lies: Subverted with Jess's black eye. Rory is convinced he fought with Dean, but in fact he got beaked by an evil swan. He ends up lying about how he got it anyway, saying he was throwing a football with a buddy.
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  • Comically Missing the Point: Zach and Brian are unfazed by Mrs. Kim's theory that Lane has a crush on Dave, but do take seriously the news that he's a Christian. Although, they don't take issue with him claiming they are Christians as well.
  • Complexity Addiction: Lane and Dave find this the easiest way to evade Mrs. Kim.
  • Continuity Nod: Jess sees the painting of Rory.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Emily thinks Jess deserves to be in jail for being rude and apparently getting in a fight before he came to dinner.
  • Insecure Love Interest: When Luke gives Jess advice about his relationship with Rory, Jess reveals that he is this to her.
  • Irony: Jess is "out" every time Rory calls, but claims to have been about to call her right before he runs into her, but she would have been out. Rory comments that it would have been ironic.
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  • Lampshade Hanging: Lampshade are hung on Rory always wearing her school uniform out of school (it makes her feel stupid) and how Rory and Lorelai eat so much without getting fat.
  • Love Informant: Mrs. Kim thinks she's the first one to notice that Lane has a crush on Dave, and she tells Dave in front of his bandmates.
  • Mondegreen: Rory tells Lorelai that Jess came with a black eye, but Lorelai hears it as "black guy".
  • Picky Eater: Averted with Jess, who just wants his food to be cooked.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Rory never got Dean Martin jokes.
    • Lorelai thinks Emily is as manipulative as president Lyndon Johnson.
    • They watch Footloose instead of the supplementary material on The Lord of the Rings.
    • Rory shows Jess The Holy Barbarians and trades him it for coming to Friday night dinner.
    • Andy Warhol apparently got lookalikes to go to things in his stead. Jess suggests Rory take inspiration and take someone who resembles him to meet her grandmother.
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    • Miss Patty wants her show to be very Elaine Stritch, but without the bitterness.
    • Miss Patty once met Bette Davis.
    • Zach makes a crunching sound with his cereal that he thinks sounds like the drum fill in Baba O'Riley.
    • Luke saw Hairspray with Nicole.
    • Luke liked The Producers better.
    • Lorelai walks in on Rory and Jess looking for what Jess guesses is Encyclopedia Brown but actually is Walking in New York.
    • Lorelai didn't expect to walk in on Ben and J-Lo.
    • Lorelai has a Spice Girls necklace.
    • Alex thinks they musical they watch is worse than Moose Murders.
    • New Yorkers don't hate Dean Martin as much as they hate The Bee Gees.
    • Emily refers to Jess as Lord Jim.
    • Luke calls Jess Petey the dog.
    • Luke asks if the swan is sneaky like the rabbit in Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
    • Zach doesn't want to play Creed or Amy Grant.
    • Lorelai cries out "Is that you, Rhett?" when Rory comes home with food.
  • Show, Don't Tell: The musical Lorelai's group goes to apparently violated this rule.
  • Show Within a Show: "Buckle up, I'm Patty"
  • Subverted Trope: Kirk tries to subvert expectations by doing disco lights to Patty's ballad where the more traditional lighting trope would be a single spotlight.
  • The Talk: Rory promises to let Lorelai have this with her if she ever finds the time to think about the subject herself.
  • Verbal Backspace:
    • Rory is reluctant to take Jess to Friday night dinner, but changes her mind when Emily threatens to meet him at Rory's graduation.
    • Lorelai accidentally outs Lane and Dave as a couple in front of the rest of the band, but successfully convinces them that she just meant that their combined names are an anagram for "love" if you ditch the d and the n and trade the a for an o.


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