Gilmore Girls, Season 1, Episode 19 Recap: Emily in Wonderland

This episode originally aired on April 26, 2001 on The WB

This episode delves into Emily’s relationship with both her daughter and granddaughter, as well as Lorelai’s past.

The narrative kicks off with Rory needing a place to study, as the house is filled with termites and undergoing fumigation. Lorelai suggests the quiet ambiance of Richard and Emily’s house. While at the Gilmore mansion, Rory offers to show her grandmother around Stars Hollow, leading to Emily experiencing the quaint town’s unique charm firsthand.

Emily’s journey through Stars Hollow is an eye-opener. She’s introduced to various townsfolk, including Miss Patty and Luke, and even visits the former home where Lorelai and Rory lived shortly after Rory’s birth, which is now a storage area for the Independence Inn. This trip down memory lane is particularly poignant for Emily, who regrets missing out on this part of Lorelai’s life.

In another part of town, Lorelai, while dealing with the termite situation, stumbles upon an old picture of herself with Christopher, Rory’s father, at Sookie’s house. The discovery leads to a reflective conversation between Lorelai and Sookie about past choices and paths taken.

The episode also offers comic relief through the subplot of Michel’s dog, Paw-Paw, who’s staying at Lorelai’s while Michel’s mother visits. The dog’s antics, combined with Michel’s overprotective nature, provide some lighthearted moments.

However, the crux of the episode centers around the emotional confrontation between Lorelai and Emily. Emily feels deep sorrow and regret for not supporting Lorelai when she was pregnant, realizing how tough it must’ve been for her daughter. Lorelai, on the other hand, struggles to reconcile her independent spirit with her desire to have had her parents by her side during those challenging times.

Memorable quotes from the episode:

  • “This is where you lived?” – Emily
  • “It was a potting shed. Now it’s just a shed shed.” – Lorelai
  • “We could’ve bought you a house. Why didn’t you come to us?” – Emily
  • “You can’t always control who you’re interested in, you know?” – Rory
  • “Paw-Paw does not like drafty areas!” – Michel
  • “Sometimes, I wish things could be different, Mom.” – Lorelai
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