Rory at Lunchtime

The episode ends with Rory back in the dining hall at Chilton, peacefully reading and listening to her Walkman. She hasn’t been made to socialise after all, and the headmaster has been forced to back down and realise that Gilmore girls have to follow their own rules.

Another girl asks if she can sit with Rory, and she takes her own book out and starts reading in silence. Rory smiles at this confirmation she is not the only person at Chilton who likes to read at lunchtime, and now she isn’t a weird loner any more. She has a lunch friend, just as Mrs Verdinas insisted she find.

According to the credits, the mysterious girl is named Lisa. Do not expect to ever see Lisa again, or hear her mentioned. Did she and Rory ever speak to each other and become real friends? Did they show each other the books they were reading? Did they have anything else in common? Why didn’t Rory notice Lisa before? Why wasn’t Headmaster Charleston worried about Lisa’s lack of social activities? These questions are never answered.

3 thoughts on “Rory at Lunchtime

  1. Lisa was another one of the girls who was being inducted into the Puffs so my guess is Charleston did notice her and try to make her socialize as well. That’s why the end is so cute that Rory and Lisa get to go back to being quiet at lunch


    1. That’s what I thought, but I can’t actually identify her amongst the girls being inducted (not only is is dark and they’re in pyjamas, she’s never introduced, nor ever shown having lunch with the Puffs). Full disclosure: I have poor facial recognition! Would you be able to tell me which of the girls she is in the scenes in the headmaster’s office, and then I can edit this post?


      1. She is actress Madeline Zima from A Cinderella Story. She is credited as being “Lisa” in the episode. When they surprise Rory out of bed she is the one in the blue cardigan and grey shirt between Francie and the girl in the red leather coat and Paris is hiding behind her. She’s also the one that bumps into the lockers and makes noise. You then see she has blue and yellow plaid pants on. She is standing to the right of Paris in the headmaster’s office during the ceremony and then sitting directly next to Rory on the couch while he lectures them. She has wavy brunette hair that’s about the same length as Rory’s.


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