Ted Koppel's Big Night Out is the 9th episode of Season 4 on WB drama Gilmore Girls.


The Harvard-Yale game leads to a rift between Emily and Richard and a dinner date for Jason and Lorelai. Luke's new employee drives everyone away from the diner.


Rory and Paris have lunch at Yale with Richard, who introduces them to his friend, Professor Asher Flemming. During Friday night dinner Lorelai asks for an invitation to the Yale-Harvard game. The Gilmores tailgate in style.

Emily is upset when Richard's college girlfriend shows up. Lorelai takes Jason up on his invitation to dinner. Rory walks back to the dorm after the game and is shocked to see there is a new man in Paris' life.


One night in the hallway does not a true naked guy make, my friend
– Richard to Marty


  • Marty meets Richard, Emily and Lorelai. Marty and Richard get along quite well.
  • Richard sings with the Whiffenpoofs.
  • Pennilyn Lott is seen and Lorelai meets her for the first time.
  • Emily blames Lorelai for her fight with Richard.
  • Rory sees Paris and Asher kissing.


Show references




Rory – It seems a little wrong that Jessica Simpson is alive and well and Roy got eaten by his tiger.
Marty – (to Richard) Obi-Wan.
LorelaiTed Koppel's here.

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