Gilmore Girls, Season 2, Episode 18 Recap: Back in the Saddle Again

This episode originally aired on April 23, 2002 on The WB

The world of work and career comes into focus in “Back in the Saddle Again”. Each character is faced with questions about their future and the nature of success.

Rory’s school assignment to shadow someone in a profession brings her to her grandfather, Richard. It’s a special bonding opportunity as she gets to see Richard in his element, providing her with insights into the world of business and Richard’s passion for it. Richard’s experience with Rory leads him to re-evaluate his recent retirement decision, yearning for the world he left behind.

Lorelai faces her own set of challenges as she and Sookie move forward with their dream of opening an inn. Finding the right location and envisioning their business becomes a central plot point, with the Dragonfly Inn emerging as a potential spot. This endeavor brings both excitement and stress, forcing Lorelai to confront the realities of entrepreneurship.

Meanwhile, Paris is obsessing over crafting the perfect college application, leading her to create a craft stand. This venture doesn’t go as planned, offering both humor and insights into Paris’s character.

Memorable quotes from the episode:

  • “Retirement isn’t the end; it’s just a longer coffee break.” – Richard
  • “Dreams have blueprints too, Sookie. We just need to sketch them out.” – Lorelai
  • “Sometimes you learn more about people when they’re in their element.” – Rory
  • “Crafts? It’s all for the greater good – my future!” – Paris
  • “If walls could talk, this inn would tell us all its secrets. We just have to listen.” – Sookie
  • “Taking risks is just part of the game. And we’re playing to win.” – Lorelai
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