15 Star Trek Quotes Used on Gilmore Girls

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Gilmore Girls Used So Many Star Trek Quotes

Gilmore Girls is a veritable onslaught of Pop Culture references. If you don’t enjoy the show then that’s fine but you can’t deny the homage that creator Amy Sherman-Palladino paid to Pop Culture as a whole. Especially Star Trek. If you do like Gilmore Girls then you’re fully aware of what the list is going to delve into.

Here’s a list of the Top 15 Star Trek Quotes used on Gilmore Girls.


1. The Vulcan Death Grip

SOOKIE: Too bad you couldn’t get your mom to
relinquish Friday night.

LORELAI: No, she has her VULCAN death grip on that one.

(Gilmore Girls Season 1, Episode 6)


2. The Star Trek T-Shirt

RORY: So, is Sookie in the kitchen?

LORELAI: And there she’ll stay. [walks away]

RORY: Okay, so where were we?

LANE: I just met my soul mate.

RORY: Right, Rich Bloomingfeld. Does he still wear the Star Trek shirt?

(Gilmore Girls Season 1, Episode 8)


15 Star Trek Quotes used on Gilmore Girls
15 Star Trek Quotes used on Gilmore Girls

3. The Trouble with Tribbles

SOOKIE: Yeah, I’m good. Hold on. Up, please.

RORY: Jeez this stuff is like tribbles.

LORELAI: Oh, thank God – just in time. Grab a bag and move it to the side of the room and be very careful, this pile just tried to eat Sookie.

(Gilmore Girls Season 1, Episode 13)


4. The Prime Directive

MIA: No, it was from that TV show. That famous one.

LUKE: It’s not important.

MIA: Star Trek, that’s it!

[Lorelai and Rory laugh]

LORELAI: Oh my God, oh my God!

LUKE: Stop it.

RORY: You were a Trekkie?

LUKE: I was not a Trekkie.

LORELAI: Uh uh, I do believe that denying you were a Trekkie is a violation of the prime directive.

RORY: Indubitably captain.

LUKE: It was a gift from my aunt, I wore it to make her happy.

LORELAI: I’ve never wanted to make any aunt of mine that happy.

MIA: Did I say something I shouldn’t have?

LORELAI: Oh no Mia, that’s okay. I just have to cancel everything I have scheduled for the next three months ’cause I’ll still be laughing my ass off.

(Gilmore Girls Season 2, Episode 8)


5. We’re Not Trekkies

LORELAI: Good. Well, welcome to the Independence Inn. There will be a complimentary cask of amontillado on the table in your room, and if you’re expecting your friends Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether, I’ll send up another one. [pause] You said you were with the Poe Society.

FRED: Yeah, but it’s just a hobby. We’re not Trekkies.

LORELAI: No, no, I didn’t mean to imply. . .I mean, you’re not freaks, no way. Here, room six.

(Gilmore Girls Season 3, Episode 17)


6. Take Us to Warp, Mr Sulu

RORY: No, no. I’ll just. . .I’ll walk really fast. Maybe Taylor won’t notice me.

LORELAI: Yeah. You better walk really fast, like warp speed Mr. Sulu kind of fast.

RORY: Let’s go.

(Gilmore Girls Season 4, Episode 1)


7. The Life of Persis Khambata

RORY: Did you at least call the stupid security company again?                

LORELAI: Yes, Meg sends her love. Don’t worry – I’ll stop by on my way to the inn. And what are your plans today, Persis Khambata?

(Gilmore Girls Season 4, Episode 4)


8. Kirk Vs Captain Kirk

KIRK: Actually, that’s not true. The other day I stood too close to the bells and they rang so loud that there’s now a persistent ringing in my ears. Now I can’t tell which are the church bells and which are the Kirk bells.

LORELAI: [Mock concern] Oh, no. Did you go to the doctor?

KIRK: Yes, he said I have tinnitis. I looked it up on the web at “Celebrities Who Share Your Disease” and found that William Shatner is likewise afflicted.

LORELAI: Really, Kirk and Captain Kirk?

KIRK: The irony wasn’t lost on me.

(Gilmore Girls Season 4, Episode 11)


9. Engage the Cloaking Device

JASON: But, it’s inevitable. They’re gonna see us together someplace, or a traffic report will take pictures of cars on the expressway and we’ll be sitting in the car – and then Richard will be watching the news and he will see us, so barring some sort of Star Trek-like cloaking device – which was problematic in every incarnation of Star Trek – I remember Kirk complaining about it, I remember Picard complaining about it – they will see us, and we’ll get caught.

LORELAI: I’m very uncomfortable dating a Trekkie.

(Gilmore Girls Season 4, Episode 12)


10. More Cloaking Device

RICHARD: Well, I didn’t see you.

LORELAI: Well, I had my cloaking device activated, so —

(Gilmore Girls Season 4, Episode 14)


11. Patrick Stewart

LUKE: Hey, twice a week you’re going to bed at 9:30 like a 72-year-old woman because I have early deliveries, so I figured the least I could do is make sure you don’t miss your Charlie Rose or your Patrick Stewart –

LORELAI: Jon Stewart.

(Gilmore Girls Season 5, Episode 12)


Dilithium Crystals

12. The Dilithium Crystals

LORELAI: I will get my own stuff, thank you. (starts walking to the house, but backtracks) Wooo, now I just have to figure out what to do with Paul Anka. You know, I’ve never left him alone so late before, and he might start doing that howling thing the neighbours are so fond of. But….well, that’s okay. So…Oh! You know, I guess I could just leave him here and I can come back and get him after work, which will be, oh! two, three, four in the morning. Boy. Late.

(looks for a reaction from Luke. He seems to not be getting the hint)

Or I could drop him off at a kennel for a few hours. I know there’s a good one in Woodbridge, 20 miles away. Of course, I’d have to leave now and pick up some dilithium-crystals on the way to fix the warp drive in my jeep so that I could drive there and back in time to meet the wedding party back at the Inn, but that’s doable. (looking at Luke for yet another reaction. He still looks unmoved) Yeah…and then, of course, by the time I get off work and drive all the way back there.

LUKE: (amused) I just wanted to see how long you’d go on.

LORELAI: Well, you know my babbling capabilities are infinite.

LUKE: I’ll take the dog home with me. And points for the dilithium-crystal reference.

LORELAI: Well, when you sleep with geeks…

(Gilmore Girls Season 6, Episode 3)


13. Star Trek Tricorders

KIRK: That’s Kirk’s other thing, the young, virile eye candy angle for lonely widows and aging divorcées. Works like a charm. I plan on running it by Lulu, of course.     

LORELAI: Kirk, get out of here. Take your jacket and your dippy “Star Trek” device and your creepy new career and scram.   

KIRK: Fine, but I would have expected a little more cooperation from you, considering what I’m doing for your parents.

(Gilmore Girls Season 6, Episode 17)


14. The Original Star Trek

APRIL: And those are your fellow Grups. LUKE: The what?                                   

APRIL: Grown-ups. You never saw the original “star trek”?                              

LUKE: Oh, yes, Grups. Yes, I did.

(Gilmore Girls Season 6, Episode 18)


15. Space, The Final Frontier

RORY: Ugh. What about space?      LORELAI: It’s the final frontier?

(Gilmore Girls Season 7, Episode 1) 


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