The Fundamental Things Apply is the 5th episode of Season 4 on WB drama Gilmore Girls.


What do you say when there's nothing to talk about? Rory's (Alexis Bledel) first college date is a dud. Meanwhile, Lorelai (Lauren Graham) asks Luke (Scott Patterson) to take Rory's place in a Gilmore tradition: Movie Night.


Rory goes on her first date since breaking up with Jess and finds that college dating is not going to be easy. Lorelai invites Luke over for the traditional movie night she used to share with Rory. Meanwhile, Lorelai freaks out when she learns that the designer she just hired for the Dragonfly Inn used to work for Emily.


  • "Shadow Dancing" by Andy Gibb
  • "Rusholme Ruffians" by The Smiths



  • When Rory's date asks if she has any siblings, she says no. This is not true, however. Rory has a half-sister, Georgia "Gigi" Hayden, who's a little less than a year old at the time of the episode.




  • The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
  • The Snows of Kilimanjaro by Ernest Hemingway
  • Tender Is The Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald



ParisCharlie tried the same tricks on our boys at Khe Sanh, and let me tell you, if she keeps this up, I am not gonna be responsible for what happens.
Trevor – Rory's right. The book's about a guy who can't sleep with the woman he loves. It's not some Woody Guthrie song.
Lorelai – I've always loved horses, ever since I was a little girl, and now I finally have a grown-up excuse to buy a pony.
Luke – Great. Listen, National Velvet, you have to move this stuff out of here.
Lorelai – He's trying to steal "The World's Grumpiest Diner Guy" title from Mel.
Natalie – Small world, isn't it?
Lorelai – Yes, yes. Really small. About the same square footage as that box they threw McCain in.
Luke – Look out, Jason and Freddy!
Lorelai – Days. You've been stomping around, barking at people for days.
Luke – I have not.
Lorelai – Yes, Cujo, you have.
Luke – I always talk to people like that.
Lorelai – No, Benji, you don't.
Luke – I'll be fine tomorrow.
Lorelai – Really, Lassie? Why is that?
Emily – You will not dress her up in one of your Sex and the City ensembles.
Sookie – I love Little House on the Prarie. Jack the dog. Where is Lindsay Sidney Greenbush?
Lorelai – Okay, just one more warning. When they showed the first motion picture over a hundred years ago, it featured a train rushing toward the camera, and, um, people were so sure the train was going to burst off the screen and crush them, that they ran away in terror. Now, Luke, the train is not going to leave the screen.
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