Gilmore Girls: Season 6, Episode 7

Twenty-One Is the Loneliest Number (25 Oct. 2005)

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Since Rory was a tyke, the Gilmore girls have planned her 21st birthday: in Atlantic City, sipping martinis, playing 21. But with the estrangement, Emily plans the birthday party -and it's soooo not Atlantic City.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Michel Gerard (credit only)
Kirk Gleason (credit only)
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Stars Hollow prepares for Halloween, and Lorelai has elaborate plans. Emily throws Rory a big party for her 21st birthday, and Rory invites Lorelai. Richard and Emily find out Rory is having sex, and Richard fears they may have made a mistake in letting her dwell with them. Written by Peter Brandt Nielsen

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Rory's cake is chocolate praline crunch. Her signature drink is pink, and called "The Rory". The recipe for a Rory is the same as for a flirtini (champagne, vodka, pineapple juice) with grenadine added for a pink coloring. Lorelai later complains that only a martini should be served in a martini glass, not realizing the drink is a known martini variant. The scene where Madeline Albright is Rory's mother (in Rory's dream) is word-for-word the conversation Lorelai had with Rory in the season 1 episode "Rory's Birthday Parties". At Rory's birthday party, Luke keeps asking what the D.A.R. is. Yet, in season 5 episode 21, Lorelai says that her mother will probably hire gunmen to kill her after Emily reads the interview Lorelai gave about the Inn. When Luke is frustrated with Kirk's penny pinching, he asks her where Emily hired them. Lorelai tells him the D.A.R. and he doesn't ask any questions. When Rory comes home to find the pool house full of stuff, she can only push the door open a couple of inches and she has to use her full weight to do it, because there are boxes blocking it. How did the person who put the rentals in the pool house get out of there if the door can't be opened? See more »


At the end of the previous episode, "Welcome to the Dollhouse", when the doorbell rang Lorelai says "Oh, that's my pizza" when it was actually her father. But at the beginning of the episode, when Lorelai is talking to Luke about Rory's 21st birthday and her dad, she says she's ordering a pizza because she's hungry - this would be unnecessary if one were already on the way. See more »


[discussing Rory's behavior]
Richard: Running around with Logan, joining the D.A.R., planning parties...
Emily Gilmore: What's wrong with joining the D.A.R.? We both agreed she needed a job.
Richard: Fundraisers and tea parties? It's frivolous and meaningless. She has more to do, more to be! I don't want that life for her!
Emily Gilmore: You mean my life. You don't want her to be me.
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References My Little Pony Tales (1992) See more »


I Won't Dance
Music by Jerome Kern with original lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II and revised lyrics by Dorothy Fields, Otto A. Harbach and Jimmy McHugh
Performed by Blossom Dearie
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