Happy Birthday, Baby is the 18th episode of Season 3 of Gilmore Girls.


Mama mia! Rory plans to honor her birthday-girl mother with a big party and an even bigger pizza. Richard has a greater surprise: an investment he made for Lorelai at her birth just paid off.


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
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

Bruce McCulloch as Tobin[1]

Guest starring

Jackson Douglas as Jackson Belleville
Michael Winters as Taylor Doose
Shelly Cole as Madeline Lynn
Teal Redmann as Louise Grant
Biff Yeager as Tom
Tricia O'Kelley as Nicole Leahy
Bruce French as Mr. Leahy
Linda Porter as Fran Weston
Eileen Barnett as Mrs. Leahy
Jon Polito as Pete


  • This is the only time on the show that Lorelai's birthday is celebrated.
  • Luke meets Nicole's parents.
  • Among Lorelai's birthday treats:
    • The world's (town's) largest pizza.
    • A playlist at her party of a song for each year she's lived.
    • A chocolate cake from Weston Bakery with both whipped cream and butter frosting, which has 'Happy 16th birthday, Lorelai' spelled out on it.
    • A surprise party, with the whole town, thrown at Miss Patty's School of Ballet.
  • Like Lorelai, Jess doesn't like Indian food.
  • Richard's real estate investment in Lorelai's name yields $75,000.
  • Michel and Lorelai have known each other for 5 years, indicating Michel started work at the Independence Inn in 1998.





  • Hamlet by William Shakespeare (character mention)



Tobin – I know Tony Randall and Renée Estevez. I'd be happy to put in a call.
Rory – Luke cannot sweep out chimney.
Lorelai – Why not?
Rory – Because you need to be a chimney sweep to sweep a chimney.
Lorelai – Please. If Dick Van Dyke can do it, so can Luke.
Paris – My parents return tomorrow, I think my mom is bringing home a new face.
Rory – Really?
Paris – There's a doctor in France who injects some kind of gel into your head and molds it to give you better cheekbones.
Rory – You're kidding me!
Paris – She needs to sleep on her back for a month, otherwise her face will flatten like a crepe.
Rory – Oh my God, it's Brazil!
Lorelai – Put Mrs. Ha-Wiggins on the phone, have her tell me.
Luke – Yeah, you could send over a couple Oompa-Loompas to kick the crap out of Aunt Tillie.
Lorelai – $75,000 – oh my God, that's 150 pairs of Jimmy Choos.
Jess – The cleaned up version of the Eminem Show seems to be selling pretty well.
Tobin – That is the jacket that Joe Strummer wore during the 1979 Pearl Harbor tour.
Rory – This is not "Gangs of New York, now with Cameron Diaz!" This is Gangs of New York twenty years ago with Meryl Streep, as Scorsese originally imagined it!
Lorelai – I've got Polonius and the entire banking system on my side.

Notes and references

  1. First and only appearance of Tobin
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