Gilmore Girls: Season 4, Episode 2

The Lorelais' First Day at Yale (30 Sep. 2003)

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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
Mr. Stein #1
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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Did You Know?


Despite the assertion by Rory that Pat Sumerall was dead, and Lorelai's assertion Lady Bird Johnson was dead, both were alive when this episode aired. See more »


Luke tells Lorelai that he has just returned from a 7-country cruise and says that he and Nicole went snorkeling. However, in episode 3.22, "Those Are Strings, Pinocchio", Luke said that the trip he was taking with Nicole involved driving across Western Canada and cruising Alaska. See more »


Tana Schrick: Um, where are we going to put the couch?
Paris Geller: Why don't you just...
[Tana gets scared]
Terrence: Paris!
Paris Geller: What?
Terrence: Three steps forward, two steps back.
Paris Geller: But she was baiting me.
Terrence: Fish can choose not to bite.
Paris Geller: [calmly, to Tana] We'll figure it out.
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References The Oprah Winfrey Show (1986) See more »

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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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