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Gilmore Girls/The Fundamental Things Apply

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The Fundamental Things Apply
Season 4, Episode 5
Airdate October 21, 2003
Production Number 176155
Written by John Stephens
Directed by Neema Barnette
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The Fundamental Things Apply is the fifth episode of the fourth season of Gilmore Girls, and the seventieth episode overall.


Guest Stars: Traci Lords (Natalie Zimmerman), Wayne Wilcox (Marty), Sally Struthers (Babette Dell), Olivia Hack (Tanna Schrick), Katie Walder (Janet), Karl T. Wright (Professor), David Rogers (Trevor)

Co-Starring: Alan Simpson (Keebler), Annalea Rawicz (Maid), Ethan Cohn (Josh), Peter Klausner (Guy), Toby Smith (Hostess), Mike Henry (Ed), Kimi Reichenberg (Heather), Adam Shapiro (Sugarman)


Plot Overview

What do you say when there's nothing to talk about? Rory's first college date is a dud. Meanwhile, Lorelai asks Luke to take Rory's place in a Gilmore tradition: Move Night.

Rory wakes up late because Paris turned her alarm off so Rory rushes to the cafeteria in her bathrobe. Once there, Marty, the naked guy, comes up to her and introduces himself, again, then takes her over to his table to introduce her to the other guys at his table. Rory is embarrassed as she is still in her pajamas and bathrobe. Marty confesses he's been scared to talk to her because she had him at such a disadvantage but now that's gone.

Lorelai finds a new designer, Natalie Zimmerman, to work with for the inn, but is upset to find out the designer knows her mother. Later, Lorelai invites Luke to come over to her house watch movies and discovers he's never even seen Casablanca.

Lorelai arrives early for Friday night dinner and the maid tells her Rory isn't there yet, so Lorelai goes back out to the jeep to listen to music and wait. Emily finds her in the jeep and takes her inside. Emily is upset because she just found out that Sookie is pregnant. Lorelai is worried about how Emily discovered this information but Emily won't tell her.

Rory goes out on a date with a guy from her English class while Lorelai and Luke are at Lorelai's house watching movies and eating dinner. Rory panics during her date, which is going poorly, and calls Lorelai for advice.

Rory gets home later and Luke is sleeping on the couch. He fell asleep during Hard Bodies.


Arc Advancement





The Show

Behind the Scenes

Allusions and References

  • Luke: Okay, National Velvet.
National Velvet (1944). Movie about a girl who dreams of entering her horse is the Grand National Steeplchase.
  • Lorelai: Sorry about that. He's trying to steal the World's Grumpiest Diner Guy title from Mel.
Alice (1976-1985). TV Series about a waitress who works in a truck stop with a gumpy diner owner and cook named Mel.

Memorable Moments