Lorelai and Rory receive unexpected comfort and some grief while at the hospital and at Richard's side: Christopher won't return Lorelai's calls, but Luke is there for her and the family; Emily is so distraught that she tries to distract herself by maintaining her rigorous social calendar, with Luke offering to help her out in keeping up her appearances; Rory is met by Logan, who flies to the hospital in a helicopter; and, when Christopher finally does arrive, he speaks the words of sympathy to Lorelai, but his emotions betray him: he's still mad at her from their fight and he can't respect her when she needs him the most. Suffice it to say, Emily is far from impressed upon witnessing Christopher treat Lorelai so poorly.
Did You Know?
The episode title refers to a quote attributed to W.C. Fields
. It's said that Fields joked that his epitaph should read, "On the Whole, I'd Rather Be in Philadelphia", a play on an old vaudeville joke that comedians would rather be dead than play Philadelphia. Later, Ronald Reagan
made the same joke in his hospital room after an assassination attempt against him. He was scheduled to visit Philadelphia on the day of the shooting and told his nurse, "All in all, I'd rather be in Philadelphia." See more
Richard's doctor says he got a BA from Yale before going on to Harvard Medical School. A BA is a Bachelor of the Arts and it's unlikely to be what his undergraduate degree is. He would have earned a BS (Bachelor of Science). See more
Some overused sayings are true, like children should be seen and not heard.
Mother knows best.
If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all.
References The Apprentice
When You and I Were Young, Maggie Blues
Performed by Bing Crosby
and Gary Crosby See more