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


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


Lauren Graham as Lorelai Gilmore
Alexis Bledel as Rory Gilmore
Melissa McCarthy as Sookie St. James
Scott Patterson as Luke Danes
Keiko Agena as Lane Kim
Yanic Truesdale as Michel Gerard
Liza Weil as Paris Geller
Chris Eigeman as Jason Stiles
and Kelly Bishop as Emily Gilmore

Recurring cast

Olivia Hack as Tanna Schrick
Katie Walder as Janet Billings
Ethan Cohn as Glenn Babble[1]

Guest starring

Sally Struthers as Babette Dell
Karl T. Wright as Professor
David Rogers as Trevor
Wayne Wilcox as Marty
Traci Lords as Natalie Zimmermann


Alan Simpson as Keebler
Annalea Rawicz as Maid
Peter Klausner as William
Toby Smith as Hostess
Mike Henry as Ed
Kimi Reichenberg as Heather
Adam Shapiro as Sugarman



  • 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.


shadow dancing | ANDY GIBB
rusholme ruffians | THE SMITHS





  • 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.

Notes and references

  1. Cohn is credited as 'Josh'
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