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The Lorelais' First Day at Yale 

Always willing to help, Luke lends his truck to Lorelai to get Rory moved into her dorm despite how much trouble it turns out to be. Meanwhile, the Gilmores realize Rory is growing up, but ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Sookie St. James (credit only)
Lane Kim (credit only)
Michel Gerard (credit only)
Kirk Gleason (credit only)
Emily Gilmore (credit only)
Richard Gilmore (credit only)
Mr. Blodgett
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Mr. Stein #2


Always willing to help, Luke lends his truck to Lorelai to get Rory moved into her dorm despite how much trouble it turns out to be. Meanwhile, the Gilmores realize Rory is growing up, but Lorelai helps her ease into her new life. Paris turns out to be one of Rory's new roommates and not by accident. Luke has to deal with his pending divorce. Written by Anonymous

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30 September 2003 (USA)  »

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1.78 : 1
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This is the third appearance for "Ceasar," portrayed by Aris Alvarado, who played him for the remainder of the series. See more »


After Caesar hands Rory the bag of food at Luke's Diner, Rory's position changes from next to the stool to behind the stool between shots. See more »


Lorelai: Well, I can't take it back to Yale.
Luke: I'm not storing your microbe mattress, forget it.
Lorelai: Well, then I'm stuck here.
Luke: Fine, because I need my truck back.
Lorelai: Fine, but that leaves you with the mattress.
Luke: I'm not taking the mattress.
Lorelai: Then let me take the truck.
Luke: But that means you take the mattress.
Lorelai: I can't take the mattress.
Luke: Then you can't have the truck.
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The One Where Rory Goes To Yale...
1 May 2015 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I love this episode. It's one of my all-time favorite Season 4 episodes as well as it being one of my all-time favorite episodes from the entire series. It's definitely in the Top 10. I don't know if it's because of the fresh start, or what, but this episode is just really fantastic.

In this episode, the time has finally arrived for Rory to go off to Yale University and to start living her dream. She and Lorelai have all of her stuff packed up and are ready to go. Luke, being nice, allows them to borrow his truck for the haul, but is hesitant when he finds out that Lorelai can't drive a manual car. Eventually, the girls make it there, and they start unpacking Rory's things into her dorm. They find out that Paris is one of Rory's new roommates, which makes Rory very anxious. After swapping mattresses, since the Yale ones have been used over and over, Lorelai has to haul the old one away. When she gets back to Stars Hollow and Luke sees that the mattress is there, they get into a fight about who has to get rid of it. Also, Lorelai has to do a second trip because she thinks she needs to get Rory more things, like a fan, a mini fridge and a potted plant. Rory doesn't want her to go, so Lorelai stays the night.

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

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