Happy Birthday, Baby is the 18th episode of Season 3 on WB drama 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.


While Lorelai deals with the rebuilding of the fire-damaged Inn, Rory schemes to give her mom a great birthday party, complete with a gigantic pizza. Richard surprises Lorelai with a large check from an investment he made when she was born, and Lorelai uses part of the money to repay her parents for Rory's education, a gesture which does not please Emily. Meanwhile, Luke confirms his fear that Jess has been skipping school to work extra shifts at Wal-Mart. Luke agrees to meet Nicole's parents. Paris returns to school a changed person.


  • First appearance of Tobin.
  • 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.