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They Shoot Gilmores, Don't They? is the 7th episode of Season 3 of Gilmore Girls.

Synopsis

Determined to win the annual Stars Hollow 24-hour dance marathon, Lorelai (Lauren Graham) forces Rory (Alexis Bledel) to be her partner. While everyone in town dances around them, Rory and Jess (Milo Ventimiglia) can't seem to stop arguing with each other, a fact that is not lost on Dean (Jared Padalecki). Meanwhile, Lane (Keiko Agena) and Paris (Liza Weil) are both surprised when the boys they like drop by to see them.

Starring

Lauren Graham as Lorelai Gilmore
Alexis Bledel as Rory Gilmore
Keiko Agena as Lane Kim
Melissa McCarthy as Sookie St. James
Scott Patterson as Luke Danes
Liza Weil as Paris Geller
Jared Padalecki as Dean Forester
Milo Ventimiglia as Jess Mariano
Sean Gunn as Kirk Gleason
and Kelly Bishop as Emily Gilmore

Guest starring

Liz Torres as Miss Patty
Michael Winters as Taylor Doose
Sally Struthers as Babette Dell
Jackson Douglas as Jackson Belleville
Emily Kuroda as Mrs. Kim
Shelly Cole as Madeline Lynn
Teal Redmann as Louise Grant
Adam Brody as Dave Rygalski
Ted Rooney as Morey Dell
Brandon Barash as Jamie
Jessica Kiper as Shane

Music

in the mood | GLENN MILLER
sing sing sing (with a swing) | LOUIS PRIMA
the marathon starts
walkin' my baby back home | ROY TURK & FRED E. AHLERT
i can't give you anything but love | JIMMY MCHUGH & DOROTHY FIELDS
by the beautiful sea | HARRY CARROLL & HAROLD R. ATTERIDGE
string of pearls | GLENN MILLER
these foolish things | ERIC MASCHWITZ & JACK STRACHEY
gonna fly now (theme from rocky) | BILL CONTI
kirk wins, rory cries

Photos

Gilmorisms

Love

MUSIC

LITERATURE

  • The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
  • "They Shoot Horses, Don't They?" by Horace McCoy.
This story is about several couples who participate in a dance marathon. There are several exchanges of partners in the story. At the end, the heroine of the story wants to kill herself with a gun, but she cannot pull the trigger. Her dance partner agrees to "help" her by taking the gun and firing. When asked why he would agree to kill her, he says, "They shoot horses, don't they?" Choosing this title for the episode has an obvious connection to the dance marathon. Also, though, Rory has wanted to break up with Dean and go out with Jess for weeks, but she can't manage to "pull the trigger." Dean decides to put her out of her misery and do the breaking up for her.

FILM

POP CULTURE

Luke – Oh, hey, look. There goes Tommy Tune.
Taylor – The Tennessee Williams Lookalike Contest last month put us right over the top.
Taylor – You would kick Tiny Tim's crutch out from under him, wouldn't you?
Lorelai – With a little encouragement, I could've been the Señor Wences of the vegetable set.
Lorelai – Miss Patty showed his wife a picture of me and she thinks I look like Elizabeth Taylor, which makes her Debbie Reynolds and him Eddie Fisher. He's no Eddie Fisher, trust me. Fisher Stevens, maybe.
Paris — Madeline... or may I call you Spicoli.
Rory – Jamie must be special.
Paris – Or Ted Bundy.
Paris – Theoretically, yes, but the second I mention a guy they’re gonna both start singing the theme from the Trojan Man commercial, and I just can’t take that, okay?
Rory – My mother, the Howard Roarke of Stars Hollow
Andrew – You went out with Liam Neeson?
Lorelai – That's sweet, Spectator Ken.
Lorelai – Well, look who's suddenly interested in dance.
Rory – Yeah, he's a regular Martha Graham.
Lane – No one asked for a Tony Manero wannabe to drop by.
Shane – Who are you, Bobby Brady? Get a life.
Jackson – Does anyone here understand that a man has a right not to have his personal life debated in a public forum? I'm not Winona Ryder.
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