Gilmore Girls, Season 7, Episode 13 Recap: I’d Rather Be in Philadelphia

This episode originally aired on February 6, 2007 on The CW


Lorelai and Rory receive unexpected comfort and some grief while at the hospital and at Richard’s side: Christopher won’t return Lorelai’s calls, but Luke is there for her and the family; Emily is so distraught that she tries to distract herself by maintaining her rigorous social calendar, with Luke offering to help her out in keeping up her appearances; Rory is met by Logan, who flies to the hospital in a helicopter; and, when Christopher finally does arrive, he speaks the words of sympathy to Lorelai, but his emotions betray him: he’s still mad at her from their fight and he can’t respect her when she needs him the most. Suffice it to say, Emily is far from impressed upon witnessing Christopher treat Lorelai so poorly.


In this episode, the heart of Stars Hollow, Richard Gilmore, finds himself in a precarious situation, creating a ripple effect that touches each member of the Gilmore family. When Richard collapses at a Yale alumni event, he’s rushed to the hospital, pulling Lorelai, Rory, and Emily into a vortex of fear and anxiety.

Amidst the crisis, Lorelai is tossed into a storm of emotional tumult, becoming a steady pillar of support for a shaken Emily, while internally grappling with her own fears and sorrows. Emily, showcasing a rarely seen vulnerability, clings to a semblance of control, revealing the depth of her love and dependence on Richard. The entire ordeal becomes a lens through which the layers of the Gilmore family dynamics are intensely magnified.

Back in Stars Hollow, Luke steps up in a silent yet profound manner, keeping the diner open for longer hours to provide a comforting space for the worried townspeople, demonstrating his enduring connection to the Gilmores.

Rory, alongside Logan, navigates her grandfather’s health crisis with an admirable composure, attempting to balance her familial duties and emotional wellbeing. Logan, becoming a comforting presence, supports Rory, showcasing his maturity and genuine love for her.

In the midst of the distress, Lorelai and Christopher’s marriage continues to unravel, the physical and emotional distance between them becoming more palpable.

Memorable quotes from this episode of Gilmore Girls:

  • Emily to Lorelai: “You, Lorelai, go to the cafeteria. Get yourself something to eat. I won’t have you passing out on me, too.”
  • Rory to Logan: “Thank you for being here. It means a lot.”
  • Luke to Lorelai: “I heard about Richard. Is there something I can do?”
  • Emily: “I’ve been married for 40 years. Forty years to that man in there, and I never once ever imagined a scenario where he wouldn’t be coming home.”

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