Gilmore Girls: Season 1, Episode 10

Forgiveness and Stuff (21 Dec. 2000)

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Richard Gilmore is rushed to hospital after collapsing at the Christmas party. Luke goes with Lorelai to the hospital, where Emily and Rory already are.



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Sookie St. James (credit only)
Allen Prescott
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Richard Gilmore is rushed to hospital after collapsing at the Christmas party. Luke goes with Lorelai to the hospital, where Emily and Rory already are.

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Comedy | Drama


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21 December 2000 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


In this episode, Richard and Alan were talking about work and they were complaining about some co-worker named Henry, who Richard thinks is in London with some "cheap tramp" and will ruin an contract negotiation. Later on in the episode, there is a scene outside of Stars Hallow High with a bell choir. The director is having a hard time with a bell ringer named Henry who keeps ringing at the wrong time. Both times the name Henry is associated with people who are ruining things. At one point in this episode while Rory is at her grandparents' house, Lorelai goes into the kitchen and eats a salad out of the bag. Yet, in several other episodes, especially while they are at Luke's, Rory and Lorelai reiterate how much they hate vegetables and green things. In the scene where Lorelai is saying that she needs to get to the hospital, her purse goes from on her shoulder to in her hand and back and forth throughout the shot. See more »


At the hospital after Richard is returned to his room and Lorelai is avoiding going into the room, the boom mic drops into the scene as she says, "You know what hurts? A screwdriver in your head." See more »


[Richard collapsed at Christmas dinner due to angina, and is now trying to have a serious talk with her as he lays in the hospital]
Richard Gilmore: Emily, listen to me: if I die--
Emily Gilmore: No!
Richard Gilmore: Emily.
Emily Gilmore: Richard Gilmore, there may be many things happening in this hospital tonight, but your dying is not one of them.
Richard Gilmore: But--
Emily Gilmore: No! I did not sign on to your dying. And it is not going to happen. Not tonight, not for a very long time. In fact, I demand to go first. Do I make myself clear?
Richard Gilmore: [tenderly] Yes, Emily. You may go first.
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References The Miracle Worker (1962) See more »


Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
Music by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Lyrics by Charles Wesley
Performed by Michael Winters
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The One Where Richard Is In The Hospital...
6 September 2015 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I enjoy this episode. It's pretty good. Although it's not one of my all-time favorite episodes from the series, or even this season, it's still worth a watch.

In this episode, Richard is rushed to the hospital after collapsing at the annual Gilmore Christmas Party. Of course, Lorelai wasn't invited, and was with Luke at the time. It turns out that Richard had a heart attack, and Luke generously offers to take Lorelai to the hospital to see her father. Lorelai wished that she that the next time she'd see her parents would be under good circumstances, but unfortunately, it wasn't.

Overall, I give this episode a 7 out of 10, which in my ratings book is: Great.

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