The Lorelais' First Day at Yale is the 2nd episode of Season 4 of Gilmore Girls.


The Gilmore girls share Rory's (Alexis Bledel) first day at Yale University by moving Rory into her dorm, where she meets a strange new roommate, Tanna Schrick (guest star Olivia Hack) and learns that her old adversary, Paris (Liza Weil), will also be sharing her room. Overwhelmed with excitement, Rory is also embarrassed to find that she isn't quite ready to let Lorelai (Lauren Graham) go. Meanwhile, Luke (Scott Patterson) continues to wrestle with the aftermath of his disastrous cruise with Nicole.


Lauren Graham as Lorelai Gilmore
Alexis Bledel as Rory Gilmore
Scott Patterson as Luke Danes
Liza Weil as Paris Geller

Recurring cast

Olivia Hack as Tanna Schrick

Guest starring

Robert Cicchini as Russell Bynes
Alan Oppenheimer as Mr. Blodgett
Howard S. Miller as Mr. Stein #1
Allan Wasserman as Mr. Stein #2


Aris Alvarado as Caesar
Joy Darash as Tess
Nicole Mansour as Diane
Aasha Davis as Susan
Mitch Silpa as Terrence
Jake Bern as Ice Cream Boy
Garret Edington as Pizza Delivery Guy
Grace McLaughlin as Claudia
Drew Ferrandini as Older Student


  • While getting ready to leave, Lorelai and Rory discuss various people they could superimpose in a picture of Rory. They debate over whether two of them, Lady Bird Johnson and Pat Summerall, are dead. At the time, both were still living, but Lady Bird Johnson later died in 2007 and Pat Summerall in 2013.


tell her what she wants to know | SAM PHILLIPS
bright future in sales | FOUNTAINS OF WAYNE
you can't hurry love | THE SUPREMES
one is the loneliest number | HARRY NILSSON






Rory – You're having serious Annie Leibovitz delusions here.
Rory – You look like Alfalfa coming to pick up Darla.
Lorelai – I'll put it on the computer and then superimpose an important person standing next to you, seeing you off, like Kissinger or Lady Bird Johnson or Pat Summerall
Rory – Pat Summerall?
Lorelai – You think of somebody better
RoryOrson Welles
Luke – His name is Don Dewey. He is from the firm Dewey, Cheatem, & Howe
Lorelai – Tanna, how old are you?
Tanna – Sixteen.
Rory – Sixteen?
Tanna – On Tuesday.
Lorelai – Happy birthday, Doogie
Lorelai – I could show you his place upstairs. You half expect Hare Krishnas to jump out of the bathroom banging tambourines.
Lorelai – That's the Yale-supplied mattress that has microbes in it that date back to Henry Box Brown.
Luke – We've been here before.
LorelaiI recognize that tree
RoryMy nose, it feels like clay.
Rory – And Terrence, her life coach.
LorelaiLike on Oprah?
Lorelai – He's probably busy taping his Carmen Electra poster up on the ceiling above his bed.
Lorelai – You cannot host your much-anticipated "Salute to Barry White" night without a disco ball.
Rory – I look like Keith Richards at Altamont.
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