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Richard – Trix, Lorelai is a grown woman
Trix – Ridiculous. This is a family. It is a family's responsibility to make sure that this doesn't happen. We have a reputation to uphold
—Gran discussing Lorelai's money problems publicly
The Incredible Shrinking Lorelais is the 14th episode of Season 4 on WB drama Gilmore Girls.


Although she is completely exhausted by her heavy workload at Yale, Rory (Alexis Bledel) is still horrified when a professor suggests she drop a class, and she confesses her self-doubt to her former boyfriend Dean (Jared Padalecki), who is working in the construction crew at the Dragonfly Inn. Meanwhile, frustrated because she can never get Rory on the phone and by the nonstop work involved in getting the Dragonfly ready to open, Lorelai (Lauren Graham) first accuses Sookie (Melissa McCarthy) of not pulling her weight, then turns to Luke (Scott Patterson) for help and advice. Finally, Richard (Edward Herrmann) is infuriated when he and Lorelai both get a taste of the nastiness that Gran (guest-star Marion Ross) usually reserves for Emily (Kelly Bishop).


When Trix returns to town and berates Lorelai and Richard for being financial failures, Richard angrily sets his mother straight, to Emily's delight. Lorelai and Sookie explore ways to ease their financial crunch and raise money to pay their construction crew, one of whom is now Dean. Janet and Paris go head-to-head over the constant presence of Janet's boyfriend in the suite. Lorelai and Rory play an increasingly frustrating game of telephone tag.

After Paris, Tana, and Janet complain about close quarters in the suite, Lane moves out of the dorm and in with Lorelai, and gets her job back at Luke's. Lorelai and Sookie have a heated discussion about sharing the responsibilities of opening their inn. Rory is distraught when one of her professors tells her to drop a class because she can't handle her course load. Lane runs into her mother and receives a frosty reception. At the end of a very long, hard day, Lorelai and Rory still can't manage to connect, and end up taking solace in the arms of the married men in their lives, Luke for Lorelai, and Dean for Rory.


Lane – And maybe one day we'll live in a house made of cheese
Rory – I hope so
Absolutely not, I am company. You do not answer the phone when you have company
– Gran to Lorelai
Well, when you have my money to bail you out, taking risks isn't much of a problem, now, is it?
– Trix to Richard


  • Richard and Trix have their first ever fight in front of Lorelai.
  • Trix declares that Richard would have lost his house, if it weren't for her giving him money when he made a bad investment at 27.
  • First appearance of Janet's boyfriend, Klee.
  • Rory gets a job swiping card as the dining hall at Yale.
  • Lane has to move out of Rory's dorm.
  • Lane gets her job at Luke's back
  • This is the first episode of Gilmore Girls in which Alexis Bledel and Lauren Graham do not appear together. This would not happen again until the sixth season.





Pop Culture

Paris – I should just tell her Asher Flemming's my man so she can compare her circa 1972 Lou Ferrigno with him.
Paris – Gandalf the Grey is still falling down it.
Lorelai – I get a phone call from a guy who sounds like a "Kids in the Hall" character telling me I have to get to the inn to okay a sink...
Trix – It makes you look like Adolphe Menjou.
Trix – Unless your partner is a Rockefeller, you are in serious financial trouble.

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