Gilmore Girls
The Lorelais' First Day At Chilton

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The Lorelais' First Day At Chilton

Lorelai bounds down the stairs pulling her hair into a ponytail as Rory starts to give the time again. Lorelai says, "Don't even think of finishing that sentence." She's wearing a pink tie-dyed tiny top and frayed cut-off denim shorts. She grabs her coat, turns around and asks Rory, "What?" "Nothing. I just didn't know the rodeo was in town." Lorelai storms out of the house threatening to take Rory's baby picture with her to the school. Rory runs after her apologizing, saying that she loves the rodeo.

I think every show I've recapped has used this same small-town set for crane shots. While Lorelai drives the Jeep and babbles, we can't really hear her over the background music. Rory looks out the window and watches as she passes her old high school, with kids jumping and running all over the front steps like they go together like ramma-lamma-lamma-ka-dinga-da-ding-de-dong.

Fading shots and exterior of Jeep shots establish that they are driving to Hartford.

Close-up on a gargoyle sitting on top of a fence. Another gargoyle. Another. We are at Chilton. Rory and Lorelai sit in the front seat of the Jeep, peering up at the school. Rory: "I remember it...smaller." Lorelai: "Yeah! And less..." Rory: "'Off with their heads.'" Lorelai: "Yeah." Lorelai cocks her head to the side. Rory asks what she's looking at. "I'm just trying to see if there's a hunchback up in that tower." Rory asks how she looks. Lorelai tells her that she looks great and that she's an amazing kid and earned all of this. She tells her that she loves her and she'll pick her up after school. Rory whines that Lorelai has to go in and meet the headmaster. That's what all of the mothers do. "No! I look like that chick from The Dukes of Hazzard." Rory says, "You are not getting out of going in there with me. Period." Ooh, I would have been slapped so many times this morning if I had acted this way.

Lorelai gets out of the Jeep, and the Chilton mothers whisper and stare. Lorelai puts on her coat. As they look for the "big scary" building where the headmaster resides, they are stopped by a Friendly Man who tells them that they are standing in front of it. He introduces himself as "Ian Jack." His daughter Julia goes to Chilton. Her name is Julia Jack? Yikes. Lorelai introduces herself. They do the single-parent back-and-forth to find out if both are single and available. Rory says they have to go, and Lorelai starts to leave. She tells Ian where she works. As Ian says his goodbyes and leaves, Lorelai stands there beaming. Rory walks up and says, "You're feeling pretty good about yourself right now, aren't you?" "Yeah." "Do you want me to get you a mirror?" "I'm back. Let's go."

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