There’s the Rub — Season 2: Ep. 16

Aired: April 9th, 2002

Written by: Sheila R. Lawrence

Directed by: Amy Sherman-Palladino

Guest Starring:
Liza Weil – Paris Geller
Jared Padalecki – Dean Forester
Milo Ventimiglia – Jess Mariano
Sean Gunn – Kirk
Shelly Cole – Madeline Lynn
Teal Redmann – Louise Grant
Biff Yeager – Tom

Places in this Episode:
Luke’s Diner
Gilmore House
Chilton
Spa
“60/40 bar”

Summary: While Lorelai and Emily are spending the night at the Spa, Rory plans on soaking up her alone time. She is surprised, first by Paris, second by Jess, and lastly by Dean, who is furious to see Jess with Rory.  Paris covers for Rory, claiming to have a crush on Jess, and out of a new bond, the two girls decide to have a sleepover. 

Smile in a Cup for this Episode — Sometimes it is best to be upfront and honest with someone about your feelings — even if it seems potentially hurtful. Being honest and forthcoming could save more intense hurt down the road.

Keeping Count–

Cups of Coffee in this episode: 4

References to Literature, Movies, or Pop Culture – George Washington,  Risky Business, Miss Daisy, The Moonies, Luca Brasi, Ted Nugent, J.D. Salinger, Kafka, The Beat’s. Jack Kerouac, Bukowski, Jane Austen, Frankenstein, West Side Story

Observations & Questions:

  • I love the scene with Jess casually rolling through and opening the umbrella for Rory. It’s such a chivalrous/bantering act, and it drives Luke mad. 
  • Emily is so excited to spend one on one time with Lorelai. “I even had them move the pedicure tubs together in the same room, so we could talk during it.”
  • “Actually, I was thinking of pulling kind of a hermit thing tonight. .. I almost never get the house to myself. I thought with my mom gone, I could finally do my laundry exactly the way I like it. Not just separating into whites and colors, but the colors separated into darks, mediums, and lights, with a separate pile for white tshirts and shirts with some kind of writing on them… and watch TV, and eat the Indian food that I love but my mom hates the smell of. And go to bed early. “ – Rory
    Rory is speaking my language. There is hardly anything I adore more than a night alone with all my favorite things. 
  • I always feel so frustrated with Lorelai’s attitude towards Emily. She is seriously so excited to spend time with Lorelai, but Lorelai is moody and sassy. 
  • I empathize with Rory — I would be set back for days if someone interrupted my night alone even after I had worked up the nerve to tell them no. Then Paris manipulates her into studying.
  • Smooth, Jess. He created this elaborate scheme to be with Rory. How did he know Dean wouldn’t be there, though?
  • “Is that mac n cheese? I love mac n cheese.” – Paris ; I love this little fact about Paris. 
  • Emily and Lorelai are bonding! Emily is even letting down her wall to trust Lorelai to lead her into her environment. 
  • Dean is not respecting Rory’s desire to be alone. When Jess asks Rory if she really wants him to leave, she says — “I really wanna avoid a fight with Dean.” Yikes, that is not healthy, either.
  • Poor Paris haha… How incredibly awkward. I love this episode, though. It is really where you begin to see a turning point in her and Rory’s friendship. 
  • Dean is beginning to realize something is going on with Rory and Jess. I do feel sad for Dean. Although I wish that Rory and Jess are together, his hurt is hard to swallow.  
  • Emily blames Lorelai for the guilt she feels in dancing with another man. Just as soon as the two make growth an argument sends it to a screeching halt. 
  • Emily admits that she is jealous of Lorelai and Rory’s relationship. Although I hate that they are arguing, I love the steps it takes toward their healing and reconciliation. 
  • Jess starts to panic when Rory is on the brink of learning that Jess’ lied about why he was coming over the night before. “You’re squirming. I’ve never seen you squirm. It’s entertaining.”
  • The classic scene of Lorelai and Dean watching Jess and Rory through the window of Luke’s Diner. “Rory wouldn’t lie, right?” “No, Rory wouldn’t lie.”

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