The Hobbit, the Sofa, and Digger Stiles is the 3rd episode of Season 4 on WB drama Gilmore Girls.


RORY'S FIRST YALE PARTY/LORELAI STARTS A CATEERING COMPANY – Rory (Alexis Bledel) is shocked to discover that Emily (Kelly Bishop) has completely redecorated her dorm room without her permission. At her first Yale party, Rory finds herself trapped by twins who were instructed by Emily to find Rory and look after her. Meanwhile, Lorelai (Lauren Graham) and Sookie (Melissa McCarthy) take a job catering a kids' "Lord of the Rings" birthday party to make ends meet while their new inn is under construction. Finally, Richard (Edward Herrmann) announces that he is taking on a new business partner named Digger Stiles (guest star Chris Eigeman), who is the son of Richard's former business partner.


To help meet the expenses of opening the inn, Lorelai and Sookie decide to become caterers on the side, with their first assignment being a Lord of the Rings theme party. At Yale, Rory returns from class to find that Emily has redecorated their common room. Meanwhile, Richard ponders a proposal to take on a new business partner and Tanna wears Rory's Chilton Academy Uniform for the party at Yale.


  • First appearances of Jason Stiles and Marty and Rory's third roommate Janet.
  • Lorelai wears glasses in this episode which she does a few times in the series.


  • "Don't Mug Yourself" by The Streets
  • "I Do The Rock" by Tim Curry





  • Atonement by Ian McEwan
  • Haiku, Volume 2: Spring by R.H. Blyth



Rory – I feel like I'm at Uday's house.
Paris – There's a party and if you open your door you get to be part of it, but Rory won't open the door because she's too busy being Heidi's grandfather!
Rory – I'm rooming with a Stephen King novel.
Lorelai: These kids not the Romanov kids.
Louise – Right now, he's totally freaked that The Simpsons are gonna be off the air by the time he graduates.
Paris – I know. What's with the Gabor sisters?
Paris – Tanna's a freak, so she'll be in the John Nash group.
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