Face-Off is the 15th episode of Season 3 of Gilmore Girls.


What do you do when your guy doesn't call? Go to a hockey game. And if you're Rory, that's where you'll see your old boyfriend with his new girlfriend. Emily catches Gran kissing a strange man.


Lauren Graham as Lorelai Gilmore
Alexis Bledel as Rory Gilmore
Keiko Agena as Lane Kim
Melissa McCarthy as Sookie St. James
Yanic Truesdale as Michel Gerard
Scott Patterson as Luke Danes
Liza Weil as Paris Geller
Jared Padalecki as Dean Forester
Milo Ventimiglia as Jess Mariano
Sean Gunn as Kirk Gleason
and Kelly Bishop as Emily Gilmore
special appearance by
Edward Herrmann as Richard Gilmore

Special Guest Star

Marion Ross as Lorelai "Trix" Gilmore

Guest starring

Liz Torres as Miss Patty
Emily Kuroda as Mrs. Kim
Sally Struthers as Babette Dell
Michael Winters as Taylor Doose
Adam Brody as Dave Rygalski
Adrian Sparks as Doug Doose
Bob Larkin as Doose #2
Todd Lowe as Zack Van Gerbig
John Cabrera as Brian Fuller


Arielle Kebbel as Lindsay Lister[1]
Samson Yi as Yiung Chui
Gwen Van Dam as Mrs. Van Wyck
Marie Bain as Hannah
Paul Michael as Gran's Kissing Man
Jon Hughes as Doose #1


  • Dean and Lindsay are dating.
  • Lane and Yiung Chui go on their fake date.
  • For maybe the first time ever, Richard and Lorelai joke around and laugh, just the two of them.
  • Rory tells the 'Mark Twain magnet' anecdote for the first time.
  • Rory compares Dean and Jess again, which Lorelai advises against.
    • Rory also complains that Jess is unpredictable, which she previously mentioned to Lane as exciting.
  • Gran had a boyfriend from not too long after her husband died up until this point.
  • Lane introduces the Christian Trio concept to Mrs. Kim.
  • The guys perform "A Mighty Fortress is Our God" by Martin Luther
  • Babette and Miss Patty perform "The Star-Spangled Banner" by Francis Scott Key







Lorelai – Good plan. Bay of Pigs, was that yours too?
Lorelai – Where do you think the Susan Faludis of the world came from?
Lorelai – You don't get breaks? Do you get food? Water? Should I get Michael Moore on the phone?
Emily – I sound like a spoiled high-school girl.
Lorelai – Not quite. You still haven't asked for the Gloria Vanderbilt jeans and the convertible Rabbit.
Lorelai – What would Miss Manners do?
Richard – It's like a play by Molière.

Notes and references

  1. First appearance of Lindsay Lister
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