Gilmore Girls (2000–2007)

Twenty-One Is the Loneliest Number 

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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25 October 2005 (USA)  »

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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". See more »


At the beginning of the party Rory and Emily are talking when Logan enters and Emily becomes uncomfortable. She excuses herself from the conversation and exits saying, "I have to go check on your cake." Emily exits towards the foyer even though when the camera cuts back to Rory and Logan talking the cake is clearly visible behind them, not in the foyer, and Emily is nowhere to be seen. See more »


Lorelai: [about Rory's 21st birthday] We had plans.
Luke: What?
Lorelai: We were gonna go to Atlantic City. We were gonna sit at a blackjack table at 11:59, we were gonna order martinis, and we were gonna be playing 21 when she turned twenty-one. And then hopefully we'd win, and we'd take our winnings and we'd buy 21 things. And then there was a thing about 21 guys that wouldn't really be appropriate anymore since the engagement, but it was a good plan. She probably doesn't even remember the plan.
Luke: She remembers the ...
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References Alice in Wonderland (1951) 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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