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Ted Koppel's Big Night Out is the 9th episode of Season 4 of Gilmore Girls.


When Richard (Edward Herrmann) and Emily (Kelly Bishop) invite Rory (Alexis Bledel) and Lorelai (Lauren Graham) to their very fancy tailgate party at the Harvard/Yale football game, Lorelai's innocent conversation with Richard's ex-fiancée Pennilyn Lott (guest star Linda Gehringer) leads Emily to deduce that Richard and Pennilyn have been meeting secretly for lunch for many years. Emily blows up at both Richard and Lorelai, prompting Lorelai to stop worrying about her mother's feelings and finally accept Jason's (Chris Eigeman) invitation to dinner. Meanwhile, Richard introduces Paris (Liza Weil) to his old classmate who is now a distinguished Yale professor (guest star Michael York).


Lauren Graham as Lorelai Gilmore
Alexis Bledel as Rory Gilmore
Scott Patterson as Luke Danes
Keiko Agena as Lane Kim
Liza Weil as Paris Geller
Sean Gunn as Kirk Gleason
Chris Eigeman as Jason Stiles
and Kelly Bishop as Emily Gilmore
special appearance by
Edward Herrmann as Richard Gilmore

Special Guest Star

Michael York as Asher Fleming

Recurring cast

Liz Torres as Miss Patty

Guest starring

Rose Abdoo as Gypsy
Jim Jansen as Reverend Archie Skinner
Wayne Wilcox as Marty
Greg Cipes as Brennon Lewis
Linda Gehringer as Pennilyn Lott


Victoria Prescott as Sandy
Angie Hsu as Hostess
Chris Dougherty as Store Employee
Craig Allen Thornwell as Bennie


One night in the hallway does not a true naked guy make, my friend
—Richard to Marty


  • Marty meets Richard, Emily and Lorelai. Marty and Richard get along quite well.
  • Richard sings with the Whiffenpoofs.
  • Pennilyn Lott is seen and Lorelai meets her for the first time.
  • Emily blames Lorelai for her fight with Richard.
  • Rory sees Paris and Asher kissing.






Rory – It seems a little wrong that Jessica Simpson is alive and well and Roy got eaten by his tiger
Marty – (to Richard) Obi-Wan
LorelaiTed Koppel's here