It's Rory's birthday. She gets two parties. An elegant and horrible affair thrown by her grandmother and an informal fun party thrown by Lorelai.



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Ted Rooney ...
Mitzi (as Bridget Ann White)


It's Rory's birthday. She gets two parties. An elegant and horrible affair thrown by her grandmother and an informal fun party thrown by Lorelai.

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Comedy | Drama


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9 November 2000 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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There are multiple Duran Duran posters in Loreli's teenage room. 2 on the door, and 2 on the wall above the bed See more »


When Rory sits at Luke's with Lane and eats the coffee cake that Luke has made for her birthday (and that seems to be too light to be a coffee cake), she, Lane and the cake are shown from different angles during their conversation. But the cake looks slightly different each time. Once there is a piece missing, but from another angle it is complete again. Furthermore the piece on Rory's plate enlarges while she watches Dean ordering coffee. It would not have made sense for her to get a new piece because she has hardly eaten anything, and the old one had still been on the plate before the camera swung away. See more »


Rory: I have now used the word "suck" so much, it's lost all meaning to me.
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References Bright Eyes (1934) See more »


What A Wonderful World
Performed by Louis Armstrong
During Rory's second birthday party
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The One With Two Birthday Parties...
14 June 2015 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I really enjoy this episode. I honestly hate Emily in this episode, though, because she's so unreasonable. Rory wants to spend her birthday at home with her friends, but is forced to go to her Grandparents' house.

In this episode, it's Rory's 16th birthday, and sadly for her and Lorelai, it falls on a Friday. Because of this, Emily won't allow them to stay in Stars Hollow for the night, and force them to come to Friday Night Dinner. But when they arrive, Rory's acquaintances from school are there, and no one really cares that it's her birthday. After the night they go home to her real birthday party.

Fun Fact: We learn that Rory's birthday is October 8th.

Fun Fact: It's Rory's 16th birthday, but in the Pilot episode, Lorelai says she is already sixteen.

Best part of the episode: Rory's casual birthday party.

Worst part of the episode: Emily.

Overall, I give this episode an 8 out of 10, which in my ratings book is: Awesome.

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