A Tale of Poes and Fire is the 17th episode of Season 3 on WB drama Gilmore Girls.


During a meeting of the Poe Society, a fire empties the inn, guests move into Lorelai's house...and Lorelai ends up bunking with Luke and Jess. Rory juggles acceptances from Harvard, Yale, and Princeton.


When a meeting of the Edgar Allan Poe Society at the Independence Inn is interrupted by a fire, Lorelai must find rooms for the guests at various homes around town. Forced to give up her own room, Lorelai spends the night at Luke's. Trying to decide among Harvard, Yale and Princeton, Lorelai and Rory make an extensive list of pros and cons for each school. Luke worries that Jess may be skipping school when he learns that Jess has been working a surprising number of hours at Wal-Mart. Rory visits a humiliated and hibernating Paris to deliver school assignments and a pep talk.


Lorelai – Since when are you a cat person?
Sookie – Well, ever since I got pregnant, I've become very nurturing toward all living things. Jackson, too
Lorelai – Well, both your bodies are changing
—Papaya visits
Lorelai – If the Poes start fighting, does that punch a hole in the space/time continuum?
Rory – And throw us into a universe where everything is the exact opposite of what it is here?
Lorelai – Cool. There'll be funny sitcoms there
—Poes, foes


  • Rory got into Princeton, Yale and Harvard.
  • Lindsay and Nicole are respectively throwing shade at Rory and Lorelai.
  • Dean got into Southern Connecticut State.
  • Yiung Chui broke up with his girlfriend Karen.
  • Lane realises Yiung Chui is in love with her.
  • Kirk does the topical daily t-shirt business.
  • Lorelai tells Luke about her dream.
  • The second Poe is correct that the real Edgar Allan Poe was court-martialed and forced to leave West Point in 1831, not 1832. The first Poe is correct that the same year he was court-martialed (though not the year he believed it was) was the year his brother died. He calls the brother William, which was his legal first name, but he was known by the name Henry, not William.







Lorelai – There will be a complementary cask of amontillado on the table in your room. And if you're expecting your friends Dr. Tarr and Prof. Fether, I'll send up another one.
Lorelai – You said you were with the Poe Society.
Larson – Yeah, but it's just a hobby, we're not Trekkies.
Rory – Try to make it home in time for Charlie Rose. Billy Joel's on, and he might cry or something.
Lorelai – Hey, Shari Lewis, how's the show going?
Miss Patty – I was Ricardo Montalban's receptionist for six months, and he never complained.
Lorelai – You checked the Cheshire Cat, the Maiden's Teacup, the Cookie House, the Sugar Bear Inn?
Michel – Every place that sounds like Glinda the Good Witch threw up? Yes, all booked.
Paris – I've been totally Howard-Hughesing it.
Paris – I'll get an apartment in Cambridge, buy a Harvard sweatshirt, talk about Mira Sorvino a lot.
Paris – I was flipping through Harvard class schedules when you were still delighting to the adventures of Gumby and Pokey
Rory – I was more a Pee Wee Herman kind of gal.
Lorelai – I'm a nomad. I am the lonely wanderer. Hank Williams would be too sad to write a song about me.
Jess – What else did she think I did? Start the fire? Put Phil Spector up to it?
Jess – As they say on the Family Feud, "Good answer."