Gilmore Girls, Season 2, Episode 9 Recap: Run Away, Little Boy

This episode originally aired on November 27, 2001 on The WB

In this episode, past meets present as Rory’s involvement in the school play brings old relationships into sharp focus.

Chilton is producing “Romeo and Juliet,” with Tristan cast as Romeo and Paris as Juliet. Rory, initially just assisting with the script, is later forced into the role of Lady Macbeth for a scene. The close proximity between Rory and Tristan reignites old tensions and brings their unresolved feelings to the surface, especially when Tristan’s girlfriend, Summer, is around.

Dean struggles with jealousy as he watches Rory and Tristan rehearse romantic scenes. The tension reaches its climax when Dean and Tristan have a confrontation, leading Rory to face her feelings about both of them.

Meanwhile, Lorelai is confronted with her own past when she bumps into Max Medina, her former fiancé, in Stars Hollow. Their unexpected reunion drudges up unresolved emotions, leading to poignant moments and reflections on what could have been.

Elsewhere in Stars Hollow, Taylor’s scheme to bring a historical reenactment to the town has Luke in the role of his ancestor, causing amusement and annoyance in equal measure.

Memorable quotes from the episode:

  • “The past just came back and bit me on the behind.” – Rory
  • “Seeing Max again… It’s like reopening an old book you forgot you loved.” – Lorelai
  • “It’s not Tristan I don’t trust. It’s the universe.” – Dean
  • “I’m Juliet. I need a Romeo, not a complication.” – Paris
  • “Just because I’m dressed like this doesn’t mean I’m embracing the past.” – Luke
  • “Sometimes, it’s not about moving on, but coming to terms with where you are.” – Lorelai
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