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The Hobbit, the Sofa, and Digger Stiles is the 3rd episode of Season 4 of 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 (Chris Eigeman), who is the son of Richard's former business partner.


Lauren Graham as Lorelai Gilmore
Alexis Bledel as Rory Gilmore
Melissa McCarthy as Sookie St. James
Keiko Agena as Lane Kim
Liza Weil as Paris Geller
Chris Eigeman as Jason Stiles[1]
and Kelly Bishop as Emily Gilmore
special appearance by
Edward Herrmann as Richard Gilmore

Recurring cast

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

Guest starring

Shelly Cole as Madeline Lynn
Teal Redmann as Louise Grant
Nicole Garza as Kick
Natalie Garza as Mickey


Wayne Wilcox as Marty[1]
Margaret Easley as Helen
Hayden Tank as Riley
Tristan Jarred as Redmond
Cody Estes as Roger
Ashley Lauren Cunningham as Jill
Victoria Justice as Jill #2
Jolean Wejbe as Marcie
Jordan Orr as Aaron
Smith Cho as Girl One
Justin Willman as T.A.
Jansen Wright as Drunk Guy


  • Lorelai wears glasses in this episode which she does a few times in the series.


don't mug yourself | THE STREETS
i do rock | 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.

Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 First appearances of Jason Stiles, Marty and Rory's third roommate Janet