…Only With My Oxygen

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1.5: Cinnamon’s Wake

A great loss has brought the town of Star’s Hollow together this week in a unique and quirky way. Grab a cup of coffee and get comfortable. We’re going to a cat funeral, and if you’re a Gilmore girl, love is in the air.


Behind the Scenes


Daniel Palladino

Michael Katleman

Michael Katleman

“Cinnamon’s Wake,” the fifth episode of season one of Gilmore girls aired on 02 November 2000. This week’s episode is written by ASP’s husband, Daniel Palladino. This is his first (but most definitely not last) writing credit on the show. Daniel has 44 writing credits for the first six seasons of Gilmore girls and wrote 2 of the 4 revival episodes. He has also written for Who’s the Boss? (10), Cheers, Roseanne (3), The Return of Jezebel James (2), Family Guy (2), Bunheads (5), and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (2). This episode was directed by Michael Katleman. This is the first of seven episodes that Katleman directs. He is also known for his work in: Dawson’s Creek, Dark Angel (2), Jack and Jill (3), Everwood, Smallville (3), The Vampire Diaries, and Tru Calling (7).

Check out this website to see all of the filming locations for this episode!


I'm Seeing Stars

Ted Rooney

Ted Rooney


Liz Torres as Miss Patty
Sally Struthers as Babette Dell
Jared Padalecki as Dean Forrester
Ted Rooney as Morey Dell
DeLaune Michel as Jeannie
Scott Cohen as Max Medina



Monkey, Monkey, Underpants

Many jokes, fake Nazi friends
Claudia is dead, and doesn’t plan on doing it again.
Cranky Lore with apple eating Rory
Bake sale at Chilton, are you ready?
Awkward grinning Dean is back.
Follow Rory onto the bus.
First crushes. Uncomfortably beautiful
Don’t forget it has stops!

Time to head to the Inn
Insufferable French!
Sookie bakes, but don’t leave her with a blow torch
Lemonade is flame retardant!
Big cheese would frown on teachers dating moms
Could you quit?
Coffee with oxygen
Bad Clams
Hartford time, coffee time
Hey look, there’s Max!
Let’s date, but first stuff Rory in a box.
Blow cigarette smoke in her face…
Stunt that growth!
Let’s date, but Rory is my pal.
Let’s date.
Goodbye Lorelai Gilmore.

Girl talk at Luke,
Sookie sneaks behind the counter

Cinnamon has passed.
If she was human, she would have been 260.
Good long life.
Sliding on the floor, try not to laugh.
Luke and Sookie can’t fit through the door.
Cat meds galore!

No seconds, but gum!
Max shows up, Rory shocked.
Stupid cat couldn’t have held on one more day
Don’t insult Luke’s mom.

Kirk the jerk apologizes, turns into Kirky

Dean wait.
I am interested!
You are?
I gotta go!

Why is my teacher knocking on our door?
Of all the people in the world…
I can’t fight this feeling.
Don’t tell Grandma we ignored Claudia
for Cinnamon!?
I won’t date him if you don’t want!
Keep him out late Thursday so he can sleep through my report.


The Good The Bad The Awkward

Grandma's Got JokesIn the cold opening, the three Gilmore girls are at Friday night dinner conversing over where Richard is traveling that week. In typical fashion, Lorelai jokes about her father insuring Nazis, a joke that is beneath Emily. After discussion Claudia, Lorelai’s (father’s grandmother’s sister’s girl) cousin that she may or may not have met, Emily shines with an elegance when she convinces her daughter that she actually did have a Nazi friend. Kelly Bishop’s comedic timing is at its finest here. I also love the almost involuntary giggles from Rory as Lorelai gets schooled on how to tell a joke.


Rory: I’ll see you later at school.
Lorelai: For what?
Rory: Mom! The bake sale!
Lorelai: Ahh I got the vein in the forehead, woo!
Rory: Sadist

I really like this parallel in the story. In the cold opening we have Emily convincingly joking toward Lorelai and then Lorelai does it to Rory about the bake sale the next morning. This is a nice (but subtle) way of showing that even though Lorelai wants to be nothing like her family, she is still her mother’s daughter.

Dean-on-BusThe way Dean is pursuing Rory is adorkable. At first I thought it was a little on the cheesy side; however, he has since won me over. He says “Goodbye Lorelai Gilmore” to her as he gets off at the next bus stop. There is a sweetness and an innocence that I really enjoy. And then later, we have Lorelai and Max in the coffee shop. At the end, he sighs, smiles are Lorelai, and says “Goodbye Lorelai Gilmore.” These men had no chance of walking away even if they wanted to when they encountered the Gilmore girls. But a Gilmore wants what she wants. This is another great mother/daughter parallel in the same episode.


The scene between Lorelai and Max at the bake sale at Chilton is really important. Seeing her struggle to agree to have coffee with him shows that she is still herself and that she is still putting her daughter first. That being said, it is overwhelmingly obvious that she is very attracted to Max and that despite her better judgment, she wants to go out with him. She’s playing it as safe as she can. It is very Lorelai of her to set up their meeting conveniently in a place that she will already be at so that he can maybe run into her there at 4:12pm.

lane rory

Another great scene is between Rory and Lane as they walk through Star’s Hollow and Rory happens to notice that Dean is working. The socially awkward banter kept a smile on my face. I was never that open with my crushes when I was younger, but if I was, I can totally picture this. Some may call it over the top, I call it damn near perfection.


sookie lukeI kind of like the little turf battle between Sookie and Luke that was first introduced when she went behind his counter at his diner and then it comes up again as they both arrive at the same time for Cinnamon’s wake. Sookie, an elegant and professionally trained chef shows up fully prepared with fancy food and a plan to feed the people, whereas Luke brings food from the diner (his way of participating in town events) and dumps the food on the table shouting out a basic dinner call to anyone who wants food.

Their personalities and styles clash a bit; however, at the end we see them working together and compromising. I like that at the diner, Sookie admits to him cooking a damn fine burger, he just lacks a little finesse. Even though this is the first scene we have with Sookie and Luke at the same time, their rift feels a bit over the top; however, for Stars Hollow, that is pretty normal.

Babette-and-LorelaiAnother wonderfully subtle parallel is when Babette and Lorelai are talking about when Babs and Morey first got Cinnamon. They discuss Cinnamon as a kitten, how she is grew up, and that the fur parents needed to do things for themselves anyway. This could easily be about Lorelai’s struggle regarding dating Max and her concerns with her daughter. In Babette’s kitchen, I believe that Lorelai realizes for the first time that she’s allowed to have her own happiness outside of her daughter and that she deserves to have a life too.

What is your life going to be when you’re not busy taking care of someone else?

I giggle every time at the end of this episode when Lorelai and Emily are on the phone and Lorelai admits that she was at a cat’s wake all evening instead of going to her own cousin’s funeral. I can completely understand how Emily would be hurt, disappointed, and even irate about the idea that her child would rather go to an animal funeral instead of family’s. I personally don’t like funerals at all, so emotionally, I could probably only handle Cinnamon’s. I commend Lorelai for trying to be honest with her mother, but much like Rory, I have to agree that she probably shouldn’t have shared that tidbit of information.

This video sums up my two most favorite parts of the episode. I am surprised myself that they are both involving Rory and Dean. Take a look if you’ve got 2 minutes. How do you feel about this exchange?

What I didn’t like was minuscule this week. At the end of the episode, Rory and Lorelai finally talk about the Max situation. Rory is pissed that her MOTHER kept information from her when she keeps keeping information about Dean away from her mom. It felt hypocritical and whiny. Do I give her a pass because she is a 15 year old? Or do I hold her to higher standards because she is Rory Gilmore? Where do you land on the subject?

Although a sad (and almost comical) subject of losing a pet (which to some is like losing a child), there is certainly love in the air for both of the Gilmore girls of Stars Hollow.

Episode Rating: coffeecoffeecoffeecoffeecoffeecoffeecoffeecoffee


Gilmore Guy

First off, I have to say this was my favorite episode so far. The dialogue is top notch, the narrative structure is cohesive and layered, and it is just a fun ride.

I really loved the parallels drawn in this episode. Dean and Max both saying “Goodbye Lorelai Gilmore,” the double funerals, Lorelai and Rory both hiding their romantic interests from each other, as well as the way both Emily and Lorelai told jokes at their daughters’ expense, all among the parallels I could spot. This episode had a really cohesive structure and the use of these parallels really added to it for me.

Another thing I noticed is that the side characters such as Patty, Babette, and Kirk were given more substantive roles within the plot that made me care about them more, and I was glad for that. I might have even liked Patty, a little, finally. And though I find Babette’s character to be bit cliché I couldn’t help but feel for her at the loss of her cat. It really can feel the same as the loss of family member to lose a pet, and I believe Sally Struthers portrayed that well. Overall with regards to all the non-titular characters I enjoyed their contributions more than usual.

Things That I Loved

  • Emily’s Nazi joke in the beginning, and the fact that Rory couldn’t help but laugh
  • The interplay between Rory and Dean. Their final exchange is hilarious. Was Lorelai like this with boys when she was young?
  • The tension between Sookie and Luke was very fun and totally believable, great choice by the writers bringing these two characters together.
  • The fantastic parallels throughout the episode (see above)


Things That Went Wrong

  • No way that many people show up to a cat funeral, couldn’t suspend my disbelief here.


In Summary

This was definitely, in my opinion, the best episode of Gilmore girls thus far. It had humor, heart, drama, romance, and it was just really well constructed. As I continue my journey as a Gilmore newb I sincerely hope they can continue to hit this standard of storytelling, because I loved it.

I give this episode 8 & ½ cat prescriptions.


Gilmore Grub

  • Rory grabbed an apple to eat, Lorelai’s House.lettuce
  • Wide variety of home made desserts for the Chilton Bake Sale, from Sookie’s Kitchen
  • Bad clams, Al’s Pancake World
  • Head of lettuce, Doose’s Market
  • Burgers and fries, Luke’s Diner
  • Open-faced turkey with a little fresh lemon and cayenne pepper, Luke’s Diner with a touch of Sookie.
  • Meatloaf with ketchup and Crudites (french appetizers with sliced or whole raw veggies that are dipped in vinaigrette. Fancy word for a veggie platter. Funny enough, as Sookie is tossing them onto the plate with Luke’s meatloaf, they look nothing like vegetables. I wonder what the appetizer really is), Cinnamon’s Wake



“They expect the things to be home made… by someone other than Dolley Madison.”

-Rory   Gilmore


Dolley Madison (1768-1849), wife of James Madison, President of the United States from 1809-1817. She was noted for her social graces, which boosted her husband’s popularity as President. This was before they coined the term “First Lady”.

“Very Henry the 8th.” -Max Medina


Henry VIII was the King of England from 21 April 1509 until his death on 28 January 1547. His parents were Henry VII of England and Elizabeth of York. Henry VIII was the second ruler from the House of Tudor. He is famed for his six wives, two of which he ordered to have them beheaded. He was passionate in trying to produce a male heir for the English throne.


“M. Night Shyamalan lives there (in Philadelphia).” -Lane Kim

M. Night Shyamalan (b. 1970) is an Indian-American screenwriter, film director, and producer. He is best know for his movie “The Sixth Sense.” Okay, he’s done other movies that are pretty well known, but I thought they all sucked. #honesty




“Do you have any hemlock back there? Arsenic? Something quick!” -Max Medina



The most famous case of hemlock poisoning was that of Greek philosopher Socrates in 399 BC. He was 70 years old and during a trial in Athens, he was found guilty of heresy and was sentenced to death by hemlock. Not only was that tough, but they forced him to drink the poison on his own.




The Borgia Family

Murder by arsenic was quite popular in the Middle Ages. It was easy to get, and the symptoms were similar to cholera so it was easy to get away with. The most famous arsenic poisoners were the Borgia family. It was said that a little arsenic improved the taste of wine, and the completely gracious Borgia’s ensured that their guests had nothing but the best wine.


Jim Carrey

“Life is a funny, funny thing huh?… yeah… I love that Jim Carrey!” -Lorelai and Sookie, Luke’s Diner

James Eugene Carrey (b. 1962) is a Canadian-American actor, comedian, impressionist, screenwriter, and producer. He is best known for his highly energetic slapstick performances like “The Mask,” “Ace Ventura,” and “Dumb and Dumber.”






Jean-Paul“Oh, very serious face, Jean-Paul Sarte.” -Sookie, Luke’s Diner

Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980) is a French philosopher, playwright, novelist, political activist, biographer, and literary critic. Sartre was awarded with the Nobel Prize in October of 1964 for literature. He said that he always refused official distinctions and didn’t want to be institutionalized.


Dalai Lama

Lhamo Dondrub, 14th Dalai Lama


“You don’t do yoga on the Dalai Lama’s mat and you don’t come behind my counter.” -Luke Danes

Dalai Lama is a title that is given to spiritual leaders of the the Tibetan people. They are monks of the school of Tibetan Buddhism. The title was created by Altan Khan, the Prince of Shunyi granted by Ming Dynasty in 1578. The current Dalai Lama was born 6 July 1935.




“Yoohoo Hee Haw man, where’s Lorelai Gilmore?” -Michel

Hee Haw is an American television show that had comedy sketches and one-liners interspersed with country music.

Babette makes mention of Oprah; however, we have covered her in a previous episode, so we will leave her with an honorable mention.

Iran-Contra“I kept information from you… information that I should have had!… information that would have come out eventually like the Iran-Contra scandal.” -Lorelai and Rory Gilmore

The Iran-Contra affair which is also considered Irangate/Contragate or the Iran-Contra Scandal was a political scandal in the United States that occurred during the second term of the Ronald Reagan Administration. Senior administration officers secretly facilitated the sale of arms to Iran.

Oliver North

“So you’re Oliver North!” -Rory Gilmore

Oliver North (b. 1943) is an American political commentator and television host, military historian, New York Times best-selling author, and former US Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel and was convicted in the Iran-Contra affair of the late 1980s. Eventually all charges against him were dismissed.



Fawn Hall

“No, I’m Fawn Hall.” -Lorelai Gilmore

Fawn Hall (b. 1943) was a secretary to Oliver North. She helped him shred confidential documents regarding the Iran-Contra affair.



“Wow. It’s like a scene from the kitty version of ‘Valley of the Dolls.’” -Lorelai Gilmore
“Valley of the Dolls” (film, 1967) is based off of Jacqueline Susann’s novel. The story is about three women that on the set of a Broadway show and become friends. Each woman eventually turn to “dolls” –aka: prescription drugs to cope with all that make life hard. Check out the trailer below:



“You can’t always control who you’re attracted to, ya know? I think the whole Angelina Jolie Billy Bob Thornton thing really proves that.” -Lorelai Gilmore


Jolie and Thornton were married from 2000-2003.




Stars Hollow Books

I feel as though it is important to note that there weren’t actually any book or author references this week. After multiple attempts at replaying and pausing and rewinding, I couldn’t discover which Virginia Woolf book Rory was reading on the bus to school before her bus was Hijacked by Dean. I didn’t want this section to be completely empty this week.

Virginia Woolf

Author: Virginia Woolf (1882-1941) was an English writer who is considered to be one of the foremost modernists of the twentieth century, and a pioneer in the use of stream of consciousness as a narrative device. Interested in reading some of her work? Check out any of the following books: Mrs. Dalloway, Orlando, To The Lighthouse, A Room of One’s Own, or The Waves


“You cannot find peace by avoiding life.” -Virginia Woolf


The Hep Alien Review

“Uh, well I want to be in the Bangles, but that doesn’t mean that I quit my job and get a guitar and ruin my life.” -Lorelai Gilmore


Formed in 1981 (my birth year!), The Bangles are an all female American pop rock band. Some of their more famous hits are “Walk Like an Egyptian,” “Manic Monday,” “Hazy Shade of Winter,” and “Eternal Flame.”

“Walk Like an Egyptian” (live), The Bangles

“Time Bomb” by Rancid was released in 1995 on the…And Out Come the Wolves album.

“Truly Truly” by Grant Lee Buffalo was released 9 June 1998. This song plays as Rory let’s Dean know that she is interested in him.

Coffee Coffee Coffee

should they date

Cranky Lorelai starts the morning up with a tumbler full of coffee as Rancid is playing in the background and Rory is complaining about her lack of preparedness for the very important Chilton bake sale.

Lorelai “accidentally” runs into Max at a coffee shop in Hartford and share’s a cup of coffee with him. Well, she has her own coffee. It seems very unlikely that Lorelai would ever actually share coffee…

Another week where Lorelai only had two cups of coffee feels a little unrealistic to the character. I hope they get back to the minimum of None Plus Five!




Friends! FRIENDS! Are you hyped? We officially have the start of our Kirk! How in the world he got the Assistant Manager job at Doose’s Market is beyond my comprehension, but I am so happy he is finally here. I know, it’s episode five, the series has just begun, but I am utterly thrilled and it’s about time. I thoroughly enjoy the interaction between him and Miss Patty over the things she puts in her mouth (hehehe). My only qualm is that the town still doesn’t seem to know him, and at some point everyone knows him and has always known him.

Kirk is still the Assistant Manager at Doose’s market, but he gets a second scene at Cinnamon’s Wake to apologize to Miss Patty for not knowing who she was. And much like Kirk, the words that come out of his mouth are absolutely priceless.

“I wasn’t aware that you were THE Miss Patty. The owner (Taylor has not been named thus far) tells me you’re one of our best customers and that you can put anything in that mouth you want to… Those were his words, I could have paraphrased them.” -Kirk Gleason



The Quotable Gilmore

“[Claudia] She was your father’s grandmother’s sister’s girl so to you that would make her… nothing.” -Emily and Lorelai Gilmore, Friday Night Dinner

“God, I love a man that blushes.” -Babette Dell, walking Cinnamon

“Okay, our town is just weird… thank god!” -Rory and Lorelai Gilmore

“Fine, I shall be French but I shall not be happy… Then you will be yourself!” -Michel and Lorelai, The Independence Inn

“Well uh, I don’t want to go out on a limb here, but I’m guessing if the Headmaster won’t let a kid be thirty seconds late for a test he’d probably frown on a teacher dating a mom.” -Lorelai Gilmore, Chilton courtyard


“Rory! Hello… try a plum, they’re better than sex.” -Miss Patty, Doose’s Market

“He’s just a person, a boy type person.” -Rory Gilmore, Doose’s Market

“I promise that I won’t tell a single soul that you don’t know that young man.” -Miss Patty, Doose’s Market

“The next time you put something in that mouth that doesn’t belong there, I’m going to remove it and then call the police.” -Kirk Gleason, Doose’s Market

“Well, I’m attracted to pie, doesn’t mean I feel the need to date pie.” -Lorelai Gilmore, Coffee Shop

“But if I know what you want to hear that shows a level of understanding on my part that far exceeds your understanding of me.” -Max Medina, Coffee Shop

“Well you could try stunting her growth keeping her in a box, blowing cigarette smoke on her.” -Max Medina, Coffee Shop

“They said that they rolled her body into a lamp… (Rory nods)… Did you laugh? (Rory shakes her head no)… Did you want to? (Rory nods).” -Lane Kim, The Dell Residence

No I have Gum

“You skipped your own cousin’s funeral for a cat funeral?” -Emily Gilmore, trying not to have an aneurysm.

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It has been another beautiful week in Star’s Hollow. I look forward to seeing you all again soon! I would love to hear your thoughts on this week’s episode and the story so far! Next week, we will finally be celebrating Rory’s 16th birthday both the Gilmore way and the Star’s Hollow way! Do these two worlds ever collide? Time will tell… It should be a blast!


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The Name’s RORY!


Gilmore girls: 1.4: “The Deer Hunters”

We are officially a month into our Gilmore girls adventure and it sure has been a journey of self discovery so far. I had been anxiously awaiting this weeks episode and although it’s not as good as I remember it being, there are many things that truly shine. Let’s not waste any time and let’s go school supply shopping.



Behind the Scenes

Jed Seidel

Jed Seidel

“The Deer Hunters” is the fourth episode of season one of Gilmore girls. The original air date was 26 October 2000. This week’s episode was written by Jed Seidel. This is Seidel’s only appearance in the Gilmore girls universe. He has also written for such shows as: Felicity, Dawson’s Creek (2), Veronica Mars (6), Ghost Whisperer (5), and Greek (3).

Alan Myerson

Alan Myerson

This episode was directed by Alan Myerson. This is Myerson’s first of two episodes he directed. The second is “Love and War and Snow” which is episode eight of season one. Myerson has also directed such shows as: Boy Meets World (16), Ally McBeal, Jack and Jill, Lizzie McGuire, and Judging Amy (7).

Are you interested in the sets/filming locations for this episode? Check out this website that breaks it down scene by scene!


I'm Seeing Stars

Scott Cohen

Scott Cohen


Alex Borstein as Drella the great harp player
Liza Weil as Paris Geller
Emily Kuroda as Mrs. Kim
Dakin Matthews as Headmaster Charleston
Scott Cohen as Max Medina




Monkey, Monkey, Underpants

Shopping time, for school supplies
Let’s get everything on the list.
Festive paper is on sale,
but not serious enough for Chilton.
Carrying bag after bag off of a bus
A useless point that never gets explained.

The review is in, hurry hurry let’s see
I smell a rave
But Sookie is unhappy
Magic Risotto should never be “perfectly fine”
Depression hits and a quest to find the best.
Her mom’s magic risotto is still queen
It’s the wine! Find the critic!
Shove some risotto down his throat.

Parent teach conference
Meet cute between Lorelai and Max
What in the world
Can I watch the test?
Tests are boring!
Do you play golf?
I’ll explain mine when you explain yours…
Terrible coffee
Must drink anyway
Rory got a D?
I gotta go!

Non-stop Shakespeare study session
Junk food galore
Learn this, learn that, don’t forget
Accidentally fall asleep
Morning comes
I’m late!
I can’t take you!
But I missed the bus!
Keys, car, phone, go!

I got hit by a deer.
Poor deer.
Don’t forget you’re late!
Can’t take the test.
But I’m ready!
Meltdown begins.
What’s up quippy? Why so silent?!
For the last time,

Headmaster-parent-teacher conference
Il Duce.
Good impressions.
Extra credit.
Pleasure encountering you.
All is right with the world



The Good The Bad The Awkward

school suppliesI do not know if my love for learning and school and school supply shopping came from something I developed on my own, or if it all came from the Gilmore girls! I love this cold opening. I love that Rory is miss prim and proper, needing to get the yellow legal pads. I love her reasons for getting three highlighters. I am like that with pens (and I probably have 10 highlighters too…), and I am on Rory’s side that having that many is definitely the responsible thing to do.

I adore the Gilmore interpretation of the news. I don’t watch it often, and when I do I am typically bored, so this voice over style is quite fitting for both me and the girls.

What I find unbelievable is the basket of apples and bananas sitting on the dining room table where Rory is trying to study for her classes. Of course, later we see the remnants of crazy binge eating of junk food, which is more there style. So at least they are coming into their own. Creating sets is not an easy thing to do, but at least take into consideration the characters you’re setting up for.

The only thing that truly doesn’t work for me (and it’s nitpicking) is the title of the episode. It’s a silly (yet unsatisfying) excuse for being late. If you could rename the episode, what would you call it?

This week, some of the jokes felt forced and awkward. The court jokes with Headmaster Charleston as well as the what in the world one liner that Lorelai gives after nearly knocking the globe over in front of Max were the two that stood out the most to me.

I miss Kirk in this episode, but explain in his section my theories as to why he is not here this week. I still want more Luke. KTHX. It was a little odd having my own Friday Night Dinner without witnessing a Gilmore one. This could be a bogus theory, but have they done FND only on the odd episodes so far?

Lane ClosetI cannot get over how much I enjoy Lane in these early episodes. We get some great interactions between her and Rory this week, and it’s always fun watching one of Mrs. Kim’s sales as if we were a fly on the wall (because there wouldn’t be a chair we could sit in since they were literally being sold from under them). My favorite insight into Lane is seeing her closet and her room. We can see the double life that she has been living and it is even more drastic than one might originally think. It was for me anyway.

Let me start with saying that I love Sookie, but I could take or leave everything about the obsession over the risotto. What I can say that I like is that all of the Inn drama actually revolved around reoccurring characters. That works much better for me than an entire outside cast like there was for the doublemint wedding last week.

rory parisMy god, Paris is vicious. I could feel the tension building against Rory as she tried to keep quiet after receiving her D paper. What I find most interesting about this, is that although Paris is clearly trying to get under Rory’s skin, this mean girl drama has nothing to do with Rory, but more so Paris and her personal insecurities. Who is she trying to please? Why does she feel so threatened around Rory? What internal pain is causing her to lash out? As put together as Paris is on the outside, I really feel like she is completely torn apart on the inside.

Aside from Lorelai calling Headmaster Charleston Il Duce, my absolute favorite part of the episode was Rory’s melt down in class. Rory really showed how much she was similar to her mother in this fashion when she let out how she was really feeling. Not only did I like how she yelled down at Paris, I like that Paris just took it. It’s one thing for her to be a bully when no one is watching, but when there is an authority figure around, she clams up. The icing on the cake goes to Rory yelling at Tristan “For the last time, the name’s RORY!” We see the pressures of the school getting to her, and in this episode she finally gets to release all of the emotions that she has been bottling up since starting Chilton.
Lorelai and MaxWe have had our official meet cute between Max and Lorelai. I’m trying to objectively assess how I feel about this pairing without thinking about future episodes (which is nearly impossible to do since they all seem to run together once you’ve seen them as many times as I have).

Okay, a man is interested in Lorelai. This seems to happen with every man she meets (The college kid passing through Stars Hollow on the way to Hartfort, the Chilton Dad, Luke (but far too subtly), and now Rory’s male teacher Max). Is there anything that makes him different from the other guys?

I will end this section with one more thought: Lorelai refuses Ian Jack (the Chilton dad) because of his connection to Rory’s school. Noble reasoning I suppose. But if a Chilton dad is off-limits, how much more should a Chilton teacher, especially one of Rory’s be off-limits?

Episode Rating:    coffeecoffeecoffeecoffeecoffeecoffeecoffee



Gilmore Guy

Right away this week I noticed a return to form in the quality of character dialogue which I was quite pleased to see. It was also quite nice to see more interaction between Rory and Lorelai throughout the episode as I feel this interaction is the lifeblood of the series. Side note: I think last week’s episode must’ve had a greater impact on me than I realized because I’m saying “quite” quite a lot.

One of the things I really enjoyed this episode was the parallels between Rory and Lorelai and how the writers keep showing their similarities in subtle, and sometimes not so subtle ways(such as them both throwing tantrums in the school). This seems to be a theme that runs through the show, Rory is her mother’s daughter. Lorelai is struggling with wanting her daughter to be like her (let’s go have ice cream ya book worm), and not like her at all (your studies have to be more important than a boy). A dichotomy every parent deals with that I think Gilmore girls is handling very well.

The side plots were a little more interesting this week than last. Sookie’s focus on the one negative part of the food critic’s review among an ocean of praise is very believable to me as that is just human nature. An artist always wants their creation to be above reproach, and yet there will always be critics. Deeper meaning to be found within an albeit somewhat silly side plot.

Rory getting hit by a deer seemed to serve no other purpose than as a plot device to make her late, and there isn’t any payoff later when Rory and Lorelai go looking for the deer as they don’t even find it. This bugs me as they named the episode for this part of the plot and Rory was already getting to school late for other reasons so it ends up being a pointless bit of filler for the sake of running joke, albeit a funny one. “You hit a deer!?” “NO, I got hit BY a deer!”

Things That I Loved

  • The dialogue was back on point and as sharp as ever in this episode
  • Rory/Lorelai tantrums, especially Rory yelling her name at Tristan
  • More mother/daughter bonding in this episode
  • The drama that runs throughout the episode as a result of Rory’s “D”

Things That Went Wrong

  • Neither the deer nor the risotto plot threads really have a full resolution. The deer is never found, and Sookie takes the risotto to the faceless critic who never updates his review. I submit that the deer did not need to be hunted and the true resolution to Sookie’s story was her realization that her risotto was perfect just the way it was. Two scenes that did not need to exist since they provided no additional closure.
  • I never like any scene with Drella in it, pointless character

In Summary

Overall I’d say this was an enjoyable episode of television. The stakes were raised as Rory is facing the trials we all face as adolescents when we find out we’re not quite as smart/perfect/invincible as we thought. The mother/daughter relationship that is the centerpiece of the show was displayed competently here and I enjoyed their witty banter “quite” a bit.

I give this episode 7/10 explosive tantrums.



Gilmore Grub

  • ChocolateChocolate, in a glass measuring cup. -Sookie’s Kitchen
  • Simple salad with hot house tomatoes and fresh herbs. -Sookie’s Kitchen
  • Lobster bisque. -Sookie’s Kitchen
  • Perfectly fine risotto. -Sookie’s Kitchen
  • Handkerchief pasta with brown sage and a butter sauce. -Sookie’s Kitchen
  • Lorelai’s bored, let’s get ice cream. -Lorelai’s House
  • Rice CakeWhat is that? … 12 calories. Rice cake then Snickers bar -Rory and Lane, Kim’s Antiques
  • Jackson forgot Sookie’s porcini (mushroom). Gave her Morels instead. Morels are fine, but the Huckleberry crop is going to totally suck this year. -Sookie’s KitchenPie
  • Violent pencil throwing will get you a slice of pie. If you throw a pen though, a trout is on its way to you! -Luke’s DinerRisotto
  • 40 different risotto recipes but none are as good as hers. Sookie’s Kitchen
  • -Chips, starburst, rollo’s and other junk food during an all night study session this also includes but is not limited to fries and horseradish sauce. Hey look, fried chicken on the stairs. -Lorelai’s house.
  • The zuchini are too small, and Sookie is back to herself again. Sorry Lore, you’re still going to need to pay for them. Sookie’s Kitchen.




Versace Pacifier


“I wonder if Versace makes a pacifier.” -Drella

Gianni Versace S.p.A. usually referred to as Versace, is an Italian luxury fashion company and trade name founded in 1978. And yes, they do have a pacifier…



marco polo gameMarco Polo“Hey Marco… hey Polo.” Rory and Lane

The game Marco Polo (typically played in a pool) was named after the 13th-century Venetian trader and explorer Marco Polo. Some etymological sources say it was named after him, but there are no documented reasons why he would be seen as connected with it. The game Marco Polo was popularized in 1960s America.


Joan of Arc


“Fresh in my first life-time as Joan of Arc.” -Lorelai Gilmore, Independence Inn

Joan of Arc (1412-1431), nicknamed “The Maid of Orleans,” is considered a heroine of France for her role during the Lancastrian phase of the Hundred Years’ War and was canonized as a Roman Catholic saint.



artieshaw“I am the Artie Shaw of Harpists.” -Drella

Shaw “The King of Swing” (1910-2004) was an American jazz clarinetist, composer, bandleader, actor, and author of both fiction and non-fiction. He, like Kirk from Gilmore girls, and Ryan Seacrest are other good examples of these jack-of-all-trades people.


Saved by the Bell

“Oh honey, you once told me that you loved “Saved By The Bell”. What could be more humiliating than that?” -Lorelai Gilmore

“Saved By The Bell” is an American sitcom that focuses on the lives, crushes, and pranks of six Bayside High School students and the principal (Richard Belding) that tries to keep them in check. The first episode of this show aired in August of 1989.


Il Duce


“Wouldn’t want you to get in trouble with Il Duce here.” -Lorelai Gilmore

Duce is an italian title, derived from the Latin word dux, and cognated with duke. National Fasciest Party leader Benito Mussolini was identified by Fascists as Il Duce (“The Leader”) of the movement, formed 24 December 1925. It was abolished in 1943.





“And now I guess this goes in the ‘boy was I wrong list’ right above gaucho’s but just below the flash dance phase.” -Lorelai Gilmore

To your left are gaucho pants. Flashdance was a Romance/Drama movie from 1983 about a beautiful young woman who works a day job in a steel mill and dances in a bar at night.




Stars Hollow Books

“The test, the dreaded test, Shakespeare.” -Max Medina



Author: William Shakespeare (d. 1616, Stratford-upon-Avon) was an English poet, playwright, and actor. Shakespeare is widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the worlds pre-eminent dramatist. He’s considered the “Bard of Avon.” He is also the best-selling fiction author of all time with an estimated four billion copies of his work sold.

Back at school, Rory is reading on a bench when Paris comes up behind her and begins to quote Shakespeare. This is Shakespeare’s Sonnet 116 which was first published in 1609. Its structure and form are a typical example of his sonnets.

Sonnet 116

Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments. Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove.
O no! it is an ever-fixed mark
That looks on tempests and is never shaken;
It is the star to every wand’ring bark,
Whose worth’s unknown, although his height be taken.
Love’s not Time’s fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
Within his bending sickle’s compass come;
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
But bears it out even to the edge of doom.
If this be error and upon me prov’d,
I never writ, nor no man ever lov’d.

The Comedy of Errors

Play: The Comedy of Errors was written in 1590 and published in 1623.



Richard III



Play: Richard III was written in approximately 1592 and first performed in 1633.






Author: Christopher “Kit” Marlowe (d. 1593), English playwright, poet and translator of the Elizabethan era. He was the foremost Elizabethan tragedian of his day. Popular title: “Dr. Faustus.”





Author: Francis Bacon (d. 1626), English philosopher, statesman, scientist, jurist, orator, and author. Was both the Attorney General and Lord Chancellor of England.






Author: Ben Jonson (1572-1637), English playwright, poet, actor, and literary critic. He popularized the comedy of humors.


John Webster

Author: John Webster (d. 1634), English Jacobean dramatist best known for his tragedies “The White Devil” and “The Dutchess of Malfi” which are often regarded as masterpieces of the early 17th-century English stage.





The Hep Alien Review

“No Black Sabbath, no Steely Dan, no Boston, and no Queen…. We like that Mozart!…” -Lorelai Gilmore, Independence Inn

“Iron Man” by Black Sabbath. Released on the 1971 album titled “Paranoid”. They are a British heavy metal/rock band.


Steely Dan is an American jazz rock band whose music also blends elements of crossover jazz, latin, blue-eyed soul, R&B, boogie and pop. This is their song, “Do It Again’.


Boston is an American rock band from Boston, Massachusetts that achieved their most success between 1970 and 1980. This is “More than A Feeling.”


Queen are a British rock band that formed in London in 1970. Their classic line-up was: Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor, and John Deacon. Here is this 1977 hit “We Are The Champions.”


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) was a prolific and influential composer of the Classical era. If you’re into classical music and have a couple hours to spare, here is a compilation (2 hours worth) of some of his best work.


“So, are you a B-52s girl?” -Max Medina

The B-52’s are an American new way band formed in Athens, Georgia in 1976, most notable for their song “Love Shack”


“My Darling” by Wilco. Wilco is an American alternative rock band based in Chicago, Illinois. This song was originally released in 1999; however, it has a much older feel.


“Hey what do you think about Pat Benatar?… Great idea, can she play the harp?”

-Drella and Lorelai, Independence Inn.

Pat Benatar is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and four-time Grammy Award winner. One of my personal favorites is her 1983 hit from the Live from Earth album “Love Is a Battlefield.”



Coffee Coffee Coffee

  • coffee Independence Inn. Lorelai just got finished “dealing” with Drella and her need to play Black Sabbath only to find Sookie depressed in the kitchen.
  • Although we never see the cup of coffee, Lorelai mentions spilling at least part of a cup on herself while she was driving into Hartford.
  • Chilton, Max Medina’s classroom. Apparently the guy makes terrible coffee. This should be a warning sign for Lorelai. Just saying. Go with the guy that makes the best coffee.





Is anyone else disappointed that Kirk wasn’t in this episode? Here is my theory. I believe that they have recognized how absolutely delightful Sean Gunn is that they are currently holed up in a dark writers room FINALLY developing his character into the Kirk we know and love. Here’s hoping for next week!



The Quotable Gilmore

“Take these home. Learn from your mistakes. Look at the large red circles around various parts of your paper as friendly reminders that to err is human and that here at Chilton we try to beat that humanity right outta you.” -Max Medina

“Michel, you’re a grown man. Now, go to your desk and act like one.” -Lorelai Gilmore

“Wow, smart girls are mean!” -Lorelai Gilmore

Lorelai: It [the coffee Max made] just keeps getting worse.
Max: Well you know, not drinking it is always an option.
Lorelai: Not in my world.

Pencil tossing

“Listen, a D is bad, okay, but all this talk about I suck and I can’t do this and self-pity… that’s worse. That’s not you. You didn’t feel sorry for yourself when it took you three months to learn how to ride a bike and you won’t now.” -Lorelai Gilmore

“I don’t know. I don’t know what to ask after you’ve been hit by a deer.” -Lane Kim

Headmaster Charleston: My goodness, you do like to throw fits in your family.
Lorelai: What are you talking about?
Headmaster Charleston: Your daughter threw a similar if not as manic fit of her own this morning.
Lorelai: Oh please, Rory doesn’t throw fits. She’s the most even-tempered person I know.
Headmaster Charleston: Well then, she did a lovely impression of you.

“So what does the deer look like? Huh, does he have any distinguishing marks?… besides there word “jeep” imprinted on its forehead?” -Lorelai Gilmore


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What a week it has been! Next week, Chilton life and Stars Hollow life are going to collide for the first time. Also, Dean finally makes his reappearance into the show during episode five, “Cinammon’s Wake.”

Until next week…


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1.2: The Lorelais’ First Day at Chilton

gg first day

Can you believe it friends, we’ve made it another week and we are about to embark on a Gilmore-ism field day! Grab a fresh cup of coffee and get comfortable, we have a lot of ground to cover.



Behind the Scenes

Arlene Sanford

Arlene Sanford


The second episode of season one of Gilmore girls is called “The Lorelais’ First Day at Chilton” which had an original air date of 12 October 2000. This was written by the one and only Amy Sherman-Palladino (ASP) and directed by Arlene Sanford. This episode is Sanford’s only directorial tie to Gilmore girls. Here are a few other shows that she has worked on in a director’s role: Ally McBeal, Dawson’s Creek, Everwood, Medium, Desperate Housewives, Nashville, Bones, Pretty Little Liars, and Grace and Frankie.





Have you ever been interested in the actual set locations for the show? Check out this great website that details the filming locations for each episode of Gilmore girls!




Monkey, Monkey, Underpants

Fuzzy clock doesn’t purr.
No coffee. No clothes. No time.
Rodeo is in town.
Late for school.
Meet the big cheese.
Nice to meet you… mom?!
Mean girls.
Goodie, goodie.
Hello, Mary!
No coffee.
Herbal tea? Balance bar?
Not funny!
Here’s your coffee.
“You’re pretty.”
Hugs please.
My day sucked too.




The Good The Bad The Awkward

I’m not sure if there is an episode of Gilmore girls that I don’t like. That being said, lets talk about some of my favorite parts and things that just didn’t work for me.

I have throughout my adult life told my husband that he is pretty. I did not realize it until this week that it is from this very scene that I got this quote from. I did my first watch through on Sunday night and couldn’t wait until my “Friday Night Dinner” with Steve for him to see it and react. Needless to say, it was priceless.

I absolutely love Luke’s subtle but clear pleasure in knowing that Lorelai decided against going out on a date with that Chilton dad, Ian Jack. I loved how Lorelai was stopped mid chatter to take in the fact that Luke was happy about this. Maybe I’ve always seen it, but that scene solidifies any doubts people may have that Luke is certainly interested in Lore.

It was a great beat at the end of the episode when Lorelai asks Rory what she thinks about Luke and if he was cute. I appreciate that they have both acknowledged a subtle but mutual interest in each other. It was equally as wonderful when Rory goes through explaining how they will starve if Lorelai and Luke started dating.

I happen to like the role reversal where Lorelai is the child and Rory is the adult about getting up and getting to school on time. This is believable to me on some level considering that Lorelai was 16 years old when she had Rory. Although she had to grow up fast, it is pretty clear that both girls have a lot of growing up to do both as a mother-daughter team, and as individuals.



I believe that Lorelai would have a purring fuzzy alarm clock. I believe that said alarm clock would not go off. I however, just cannot in good conscious believe that all she would have to wear (on laundry day) was a tie-dyed pink t-shirt, daisy dukes, and cowgirl boots. Lorelai and Rory are of similar stature as well. If Lorelai didn’t have clothing, I am certain Rory would have had something more suitable for her to wear. That being said, this is only the second episode and there is plenty of time to work these kinks out.

KirkI talk about this a little in the Kirk-of-all-trades section, but it throws me off so much that Kirk is being called Mick in this episode. I KNOW that he wasn’t originally cast for a reoccurring role. I know this. And it still bothers me. Will the real Kirk please stand up? I also acknowledge that Kirk is a much nerdier name than Mick, so once the decision came through to make him a regular cast member, it makes sense for the need to change it.

Lorelai explains to Derek one of the valets at the Independence Inn that they can send the vehicle over to Muske’s to get it buffed out for free. When does Muske’s turn into Gypsy’s? That is all.

I’ve heard of DSL before. I’ve had DSL. I; however, have never heard it called “A DSL” and it made my eye twitch every time it was spoken.

I’m wondering how Emily actually knew where Lorelai’s hide-a-key was (even with the frog/turtle confusion). As far as I know, Lorelai’s parents have never been to her house.


My final thoughts of the episode are actually surrounded by a character that I have had a hate/love relationship with. This is none other than Paris Geller played by Liza Weil. I didn’t have a great school experience growing up and I have had more than my share of torture from the mean girl crowd. Weil nailed that aspect of the character so well, for a long time I disliked the scenes she was in based purely on the fact that it brought up really hard emotions that I didn’t want to deal with.

That being said, Paris is brilliant and the more I see her, the more I love her. I feel her struggle. I finally get why she was the way she was (for the most part, because who really wants to step into the mind of someone like her!), and that made her real to me. Finally, after all these years, I am excited to see what’s next. I want to take the time to see things through her lens.

Episode Rating: coffeecoffeecoffeecoffeecoffeecoffee



Gilmore Guy

My friends, I have been trying to get my husband Steve to watch Gilmore girls since we first met in 2006. I am so excited to announce that with the start of my blog “None Plus Five” he has agreed to watch the series for the very first time. Not only will y’all get insight into the show from a guy’s perspective, you will be able to witness someone who has never watched a single episode (okay, so he’s watched two so far)! We have officially started our own “Friday Night Dinners” where we watch an episode a week.

I sincerely hope you enjoy this section as much as I do!

I have long considered diving into the world of Gilmore girls and becoming acquainted with the residents of Stars Hollow, but I always hesitated because it seemed aimed to please mainly the female demographic. My wife’s adoration of the show has definitely kept my interested piqued throughout our years of wedded bliss. And so I dive now, finally, deep into the coffee-filled wells of the dialogue-rich stories of the girls, Gilmore.

Jumping in now on the second episode of the series I will mainly focus on my observations here, but I do want to express some of my thoughts and feelings about the Pilot episode and the show thus far:

– I love the snappy and clever dialogue.
– Lorelai’s father seemed rather dull and archetypal, lacking the rich character detail of the vibrant women that surround him.
– Many of the characters that aren’t our titular Gilmore girls don’t seem to have the same loving care given to their dialogue, and at times I find this distracting, but it does serve to shine a spotlight on the main characters by showing the contrast.

And now my observations of “The Lorelai’s First Day at Chilton.” I found this episode to be an excellent follow-up to an entertaining and competent pilot. I enjoyed the humorous elements the most and I believe this is the area in which the show currently shines brightest for me.

Lorelai stood out for me in this episode especially, and I believe Lauren Graham really steals every scene she is in. It seems appropriate as thus far the writers seem to have focused in on her as our main protagonist.

Rory’s new adventures in Chilton weren’t very interesting to me as much of the drama seemed forced and overblown, but I do admire her integrity and focus on her studies, even in the face of pressure from a “hottie” like Chad Michael Murray.

Things I love:

-The running gag of Lorelai’s cowgirl outfit.
– The opening exchange while painting Rory’s toenails, it could not have ended better.
– The surprise of Emily Gilmore’s presence at Chilton.

What didn’t work for me:

-Paris as Rory’s antagonist. I didn’t find it to be an interesting conflict, hoping this improves going forward.
– Miss Patty is a bit over the top for me, she reminds me of the music teacher in High School Musical, and this is not a compliment.

Overall, I quite enjoyed the episode and find myself very impressed with the writing, especially where Lauren Graham is concerned. Since I am the Luke to my wife’s Lorelai, I find it appropriate to have a slightly different scoring system so I give it 7 ½ herbal teas.




Gilmore Grub

Painting-nails-and-whip-cream– Whipped cream out of the can is the best on Lorelai’s front porch while getting your toenails painted.
– Cookie time for the ballerinas at Miss Patty’s.
– Michel demands a cookie and a raise when he goes to “fetch” Lorelai for a phone call (Don’t take it, it’s your mother!)
sookie and peaches

– Peaches by the crate from Jackson in Sookie’s kitchen. Make sure to squeeze them all, they look smaller than the last time and they could be watery.
– Homemade ice cream will soothe anyone’s bad news, especially if someone gets their car scratched by Derek.
-Be sure to steer clear of Kim’s Antique’s because rumor has it that Mrs. Kim found a website that sells tofu in bulk. Do you think I’m kidding? She bought a bigger fridge…
-Pizza by the slice as we leisurely walk down the streets of Stars Hollow.




“We have the internet… Well, we like our internet slow, okay? We can turn it on, walk around, do a little dance, make a sandwich. With DSL, there’s no dancing, no walking, and we’d starve! It would be all work and no play. Have you not seen “The Shining,” mom?” -Lorelai Gilmore


“I look like that chick from the Dukes of Hazzard.” -Lorelai Gilmore

Catherine-Bach-497873Daisy Mae Duke was a fictional character played by Catherine Bach in the American television series “The Dukes of Hazzard” which aired from 1979-1985. There were 146 episodes. Also, the short cut off shorts that we see Lorelai wearing heading into Chilton for the first time are considered “Daisy Dukes.”

“Oh, god. Rory’s not going to be a problem. She’s totally low maintenance… You know, like a Honda.” -Lorelai Gilmore

Hondas are a brand of motor vehicles known for being long-term investments with incredibly low maintenance costs. Although I get the sentiment, I can only imagine how much her education is actually costing her.

Christiane Amanpour, CNN's chief internaChristiane Amanpour: Journalist that focuses on global affairs. She was born January 12, 1958 in London, England. She had won many awards for her writing for 60 Minutes, ABC World News, Nightline, and CNN Presents.


“And I believe that good journalism, good television, can make our world a better place.” -Christiane Amanpour.




Cokie Roberts (born: Mary Martha Corinne Morrison Claiborne Roberts): Born December 27, 1943 and is an American Journalist and Author.






Oprah Winfrey: Born January 29, 1954. She is an American media proprietor, talk show host, actress, producer, and author.


Rosie O'Donnell

Rosie O’Donnell: Born March 21, 1962. She is an American comedian, actress, author, TV personality, and magazine editor and blogger.

The View: American television show created by Barbara Walters in 1997. Typically aired as a day time talk show about news and hot topics which included celebrity guests.


dixie chicks“Ooh, a dixie chick.” -Louise Grant (played by Teal Redmann).

Although this could be a general meaning of a country girl, I believe that she is actually referring to the band “The Dixie Chicks.” They are an American country music band; however, they have had many cross over hits in both the pop and alternative country genres. The members are: Natalie Maines (lead singer) and sisters Martie Erwin Maguire and Emily Erwin Robinson.

virgin mary“It looks like we’ve got ourselves a Mary.” -Tristan DuGray

mary magdalene

The biblical insults have just begun. Rory is being deemed the virgin Mary, a traditional good girl. Lorelai later points out in the episode that if she were a slut her name would be Mary Magdalene.



“Hey, do I look like I got Panasonic stamped on my ass?” -Drella, the great harp player.

Panasonic is an electronics company that was formerly known as Matsushita Electrical Industrial Company. Known for a wide variety of electronics including sound systems and exceptional volume control capabilities.

“You can tutor her, be like a big sister.” -Louise Grant

Big Brothers, Big Sisters programs help kids realize their potential and help build their futures.

Did you know that Rory used to be in the German club? Sure, there were only three of them; however, two left for the French club after watching the movie, “Schindler’s List.”




Stars Hollow Books

off with their headsRory: I remember it being smaller…
Lorelai: …yeah… and less…
Rory: Off with their heads…

The Queen of Hearts is a fictional character from the book “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” by Lewis Carroll. This is considered to be children’s literature and was published November 26, 1865. “Off with their heads” is the most famous of the Queen’s quotes.


The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo

Rory: What are you looking at?
Lorelai: Uhm, I’m just trying to see if there’s a hunchback in that bell tower.

Book: “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” is a French romantic/Gothic novel. It was written by Victor Hugo and published in 1831.




Author: Leo Tolstoy (Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy): Russian author. Born 9 September 1828. Died: 20 November 1910. Tolstoy is considered to be one of the greatest authors of all time.

“Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.” -Leo Tolstoy

“If you want to be happy, be.” -Leo Tolstoy

“The two most powerful warriors are patience and time.” -Leo Tolstoy


war and peace


Book: “War and Peace” by Leo Tolstoy. Historical fiction. 1869



anna karenina



Book: “Anna Karenina” by Leo Tolstoy. Literary realism. 1877




charles dickens

Author: Charles Dickens. English writer and social critic. Born 7 February 1812. Died: June 9, 1870. Dickens is the creator of some of the world’s best known fictional characters and is considered to be the greatest novelist of the Victorian Era.

“Have a heart that never hardens, a temper that never tires, and a touch that never hurts.” -Charles Dickens


david copperfield


Book: “David Copperfield” (Full title: The Personal History, Adventures, Experience, and Observations of David Copperfield the Younger of Blunderstone Rookery) by Charles Dickens, 1850. Genre: Novel. This was Dickens’ 8th novel.



great expectations


Book: “Great Expectations” by Charles Dickens. 1861. This was Dickens’ 13th book, and considered to be his penultimate novel.




a tale of two cities



Book: “Tale of Two Cities” by Charles Dickens. 1859. Genre: Historical Fiction.




little dorrit



Book: “Little Dorrit” by Charles Dickens. 1857. Genre: Novel. Illustrated by Hablot Knight Browne.




george sand

Author: George Sand, pseudonym of Amantine-Lucile-Aurore Dudevant, nee Dupin. Born: 1 July 1804. Died: 8 June 1876. She is considered to be France’s most famous woman writer. She is best know for being Chopin’s lover. She wrote in a style of Rustic, and her most novel is titled, “Indiana.”

“There is only one happiness in life, to love and be loved.” – George Sand




Honoré_de_Balzac_Author: Honore de Balzac. Born: 20 May 1799. Died: 18 August 1850. French novelist and playwright. Best known for the series “La Comedie Humaine” which presents a panorama of post-Napoleonic French life. Published in 1842.

“There is no such thing as a great talent without great willpower.” -Balzac


Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire


“Walk smooth, that’s a new Harry Potter on your head.” -Miss Patty

“Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” by JK Rowling was released on 8 July 2000 (three months prior to the air date of this episode!). This was the first book in the series to be released simultaneously in both the United Stands and the United Kingdom. This is the fourth novel in the series and is much longer and darker than its predecessors.



martin lutherAuthor: Martin Luther. Born: 10 November 1483. Died: 18 February 1546. Luther was a professor of theology, composer, and author. He is most notable for rejecting several of the teachings and practices of the Roman Catholic Church.


“God writes the Gospel not in the Bible alone, but also on trees, and in the flowers and clouds and stars.” -Martin Luther



The Hep Alien Review

It must be Tuesday, because Lane is running into the Lorelai’s yard with XTC’s album Wasp Star (Apple Venus Volume 2). This was the 14th and final studio album from this English band. It was released 23 May 2000. Genre: Pop Rock. The song featured in this album is “I’m the Man who Murdered Love.” This was also the only “ism” mentioned in the cold opening.



Our resident Gilmore girls composer Sam Phillips is back with her own 1988 song, “I Don’t Know How To Say Good-bye To You.”



Coffee Coffee Coffee

Lorelai has been spotted with no fewer than five coffees in this episode. Not her best by far, but certainly not her worst showing! It is safe to say that I have consumed more coffee writing this week’s blog than Lorelai did in the episode.




In this episode, our beloved Kirk goes by the name Mick. It is my best guess that he was originally cast for this one episode, but everyone fell in love with him so with a quick name change later, we have our guy. In this particular episode, Kirk (Mick) was a DSL installer for the company Malin DSL. He is also now known as a gnome kicker. This doesn’t quite feel like the Kirk we are going to grow to know and love… so maybe it was the other guy there! Yes, let’s go with that. “Mick’s” co-worker is the gnome-kicker which is why he was only in this one episode.



The Quotable Gilmore

“This is the last time I buy anything just because it’s furry!” -Lorelai Gilmore

Lorelai: What a nice, nice man.
Rory: You’re feeling pretty good about yourself right now, aren’t you?
Lorelai: (shrug and grin) Yeah…
Rory: Do you want me to get you a mirror?
Lorelai: I’m back, let’s go.

“Well there is nothing like friends. Especially if they are old… ones.” -Lorelai Gilmore


“I just want to be sure that I see… something.” -Rory Gilmore

coffee in an IV


Old Lady: Oh, excuse me sir. Can you tell me where we can find the best antiques?
Michel: At your house, I’d guess.



I'm Seeing Stars

Liz Torres as Miss Patty
Nick Chinlund as Ian Jack (Chilton dad and Julia’s father)
Liza Weil as Paris Gellar
Sally Struthers as Babette Dell
Alex Borstein as Drella the great harp player
Dakin Matthews as Headmaster Hanlin Charleston
John Billingsley as Mr. Remmy

**Note: I found it particularly interesting that they did not name the actors for the characters: Louise, Madeline, Tristan, Jackson, or Morey.



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Until next week, when we check out our first episode NOT written by ASP (Will the Gilmore-isms hold up to her standards?!)…

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1.1: Pilot

ggThe first episode experience is finally here! I have had an absolute blast going through and re-watching (multiple times) this first episode of this series. Needless to say, I was completely surprised at how much more time and energy will need to go into this endeavor; however, if you’re willing to stick with me, I am more than honored to take this journey. Who knows what we will learn along the way!

I definitely view this first episode (first few episodes most likely) as a bit of an experiment as I try to figure out what works (and what doesn’t) and how to best to present everything. It is my goal to (by the end of the first season) get it all together. Without further ado, enjoy!



2013 Winter TCA Tour - Day 7

Behind the Scenes: The pilot episode of Gilmore girls originally aired on October 5th, 2000. This episode was written by Amy Sherman-Palladino (ASP) and directed by LLGLesli Linka Glatter. Glatter directed five episodes of Gilmore girls including the unaired pilot, “Rory’s Dance”, “Star-Crossed Lovers and Other Strangers”, and “It Should’ve Been Lorelai.” Other notable director roles include: The West Wing, ER, Mad Men, Pretty Little Liars, True Blood, Nashville, The Walking Dead, and Homeland.

Have you ever been interested in the actual set locations for the show? Check out this great website that details the filming locations for each episode of Gilmore girls!


The Overview: As in most pilots, we spend a good deal of time getting to know the cast of characters and the town of Stars Hollow, CT where the show is set. Fifteen year old Rory has been accepted into a prestigious preparatory school called Chilton. The school is expensive and they are needing a lot of money in order for her to begin. When Lorelai is out of options, she is forced to ask her well off estranged parents for help in paying for Rory’s school.


Gilmore’s Can Eat (Food found in this episode):


sookie– Peach Sauce (don’t let the maple syrup strangle that fruit!), Sookie’s Kitchen.

– Tea and muffins (no dairy, no sugar, no wheat). Soak in tea to make it soft enough to bite. Made from sprouted wheat, good only 24 hours, Mrs. Kim at Kim’s Antique’s.

– Oatmeal cookies (the Protestants love them), Sookie’s Kitchen.

– Pate? Duck? (See Zsa Zsa Gabor’s house). Chicken, Lorelai’s House.

lettuce– Uneaten leafy greens then burger and fries, Luke’s Diner.

– Perfectly cooked lamb and mashed potatoes that need a little more salt, Friday Night Dinner.

– Chili fries, Luke’s Diner.


Gilmore-isms (exclusions will be books/music found in other sections):



God, RuPaul doesn’t need this much makeup.” -Rory Gilmore. Born RuPaul Andre Charles November 17, 1960. Known for: American actor, drag queen, TV personality, and singer/songwriter.


Lorelai calls Luke “Officer Krupke”. This is a fictional character from the movie “West Side Story” released in 1961.

plaid skirt

Rory pulls a plaid skirt out of a bag and asks, “I’m going to be in a Britney Spears video?” This is referencing Britney Spears’ first hit “Baby one more time” released in 1998.


At Lorelai’s house, Sookie asks her where her pate is, and Lorelai responds with at Zsa Zsa Gabor’s house. Zsa Zsa Gabor was born February 6, 1917 and died December 18, 2016. She was a Hungarian-American actress and socialite. She was crowned Miss Hungary in 1936. “I am a marvelous housekeeper. Every time I leave a man, I keep his house.” -Zsa Zsa Gabor



Toward Dean… “God! You’re like Ruth Gordon just standing there with the tannis root. Make a noise!” -Rory Gilmore. Ruth Gordon was an American actress who won an Oscar and Golden Globe award for Best Actress in a supporting role for the 1968 movie “Rosemary’s Baby.”


After Lorelai discovers the reason why Rory doesn’t want to go to Chilton was because of a boy, she walks after Rory stating that she’s going to have to be faster than Flo-Jo to get out of talking about the situation at hand. Flo-Jo, short for Florence Griffith Joyner is considered the fastest woman ever. She broke records in 1988 for both the 100 and 200 meter dashes.

menendezLorelai and Rory arrive at the Gilmore house for Friday Night Dinner. They are still fighting; however, Lorelai begs for peace at least during dinner and then afterward Rory can “Pull a Menendez.” This reference shows the gravitas of Lorelai’s need for peace in her home front at least in front of her parents. In 1989, Erik and Lyle Menendez brutally shot and killed their parents. They were convicted in 1994.

nick at nightLorelai: Is he dreamy?

Rory: Ugh, that is so Nick at Night.

Nick at Night was the evening hours on the Nickelodeon channel where they played old/classic reruns of shows such as, “Bewitched,” “I Dream of Jeannie,” “I Love Lucy,” and “The Donna Reed Show.” These shows/Nick at Night is referenced a lot throughout the series and is safe to assume that this is a channel that the Gilmore girls frequented on a regular basis.

Stars Hollow Books:

Tomas Pochmarsky

Author: Jack Kerouac, born: March 12, 1922 in Lowell, MA, died: October 21, 1969 St. Petersburg, FL. American author and poet, most recognized for his method of spontaneous prose. Best known for his novel “On the Road” published in 1957.

on the road

“I had nothing to offer anybody except my own confusion.”

-Jack Kerouac. 



Book: “Huckleberry Finn” by Mark Twain. Originally published December 10, 1884 in the UK, and February 1885 in the US. 366 pages, picaresque fiction.




Author: Stephen Edwin King, born September 21, 1947. American author of horror, science fiction, supernatural fiction, suspense, and fantasy.

“The most important things are the hardest to say, because words diminish them.” -Stephen King


Moby Dickherman melville

Book: “Moby Dick” by Herman Melville. Originally published October 18, 1851 during the American Renaissance. Genre: Adventure, Epic, Nautical, Encyclopedic Novel.





Book: “Madame Bovary” by Gustave Flaubert, contributing author Chi-hyang Pak. Originally published December 15, 1856. Original language: French. Genre: Literary Realism.




Book: “The Little Match Girl” by Hans Christian Andersen. Short story from this danish poet. Published in December 1945. Original title: Den Lille Pige med Svovlstikkeme.


The Hep Alien Review:


Composer Same Phillips: Responsible for all of the Gilmore “La la’s”

There She Goes” by The La’s. Released in 1990. This song was also redone by Six Pence None The Richer. This song is prominent in the cold opening (scene before opening credits).

I Try” by Macy Gray. Released in 1999. Macy Gray was referenced in the first scene between Rory and Lorelai and later when the girls are fighting they both put on this song.

Where The Colors Don’t Go” by Sam Phillips. Released in 1991. This song is centralized around Lorelai being at her parent’s house.

Heartland” by George Strait. Released in 1992. This song was playing during the hayride Lane was forced into going to.

“My Little Corner of the World” by Anita Bryant. Released June 1960. This song was playing as the pilot episode ended.

Coffee, Coffee, Coffee:lorelai coffee

This section was harder than I expected to complete this week. Even after seeing the episode so many times, I get so caught up in the dialogue I forget to count cups! I watched the pilot episode four times and what I came up with was 10 cups of coffee (let me know if you get a different count!).


Kirk-of-all-trades: Our beloved Kirk did not make his entrance in the pilot episode, but have no fear, he will be arriving soon!


The Quotable Gilmore:


Lorelai: Please Luke, please, please, please!

Luke: How many cups have you had this morning?

Lorelai: None…

Luke: Plus?

Lorelai: Five. But yours is better!

Luke: You have a problem.

Lorelai: Yes I do.

(Luke grabs her cup and pours her some coffee)

This is it! She can finally go to Harvard like she has always wanted and get the education that I never got and get to do all the things that I never got to do and then I can resent her for it and we can FINALLY have a normal mother-daughter relationship.” -Lorelai Gilmore


People are particularly stupid today. I can’t talk to any more of them.” -Michel Gerard

Dean: Are you moving?

Rory: No, just my books are.

Well fine. You have your precious pride and I have my weekly dinners. Isn’t that nice? We both win.” -Emily Gilmore

The Good, The Bad, and The Awkward:

Overall, this was a very solid pilot episode. The fast-paced dialogue was refreshing, fun, and something that is missing from most shows on television.

I really liked how awkward Rory was with Dean as she was walking him through town on their way to Miss Patty’s to help him look for a job. I feel as though more times than not most shows portray the guy struggling to speak/tripping over his words, so it was great that Rory struggled here.

I love the chemistry (although subtle) between Luke and Lorelai. I have shipped them from the beginning.

The majority of the characters are well developed and unique. The only two that fell a little flat for me were Luke Danes and Richard Gilmore. I understand Richard’s more as he was always a man that was the bread-winner in the family. That was his role, not the loving and caring father/grandfather. He appeared one dimensional mostly due to his disconnect over the years from Lorelai and Rory. As far as Luke is concerned, we just weren’t given enough with him to establish more than the fact that he was a diner owner that has the best coffee.

The only “bad” thing I couldn’t seem to overlook in this episode is when Rory and Lane were walking into Stars Hollow High and they passed Dean with his mouth hanging open all dumbfounded. It seems oafish and over the top.

After having watched Gilmore girls every year for years, it has made it harder for me to watch the earlier episodes. To me, Luke’s Diner was awkward (I’m so happy they update the set for the diner and location). Knowing Luke, the frilly curtains, the desserts being displayed in the windows, all felt wrong.

The only other awkward moment for me was in the very beginning when Lorelai tells the boy trying to hit on Rory (and her) that she was sixteen years old. We establish later that she is actually fifteen.

Episode Rating (1-10 cups of coffee): coffeecoffeecoffeecoffeecoffeecoffeecoffee


Gilmore girls Theme Song: Where You Lead (I Will Follow) by Carole King. Originally penned with lyricist Toni Stern. The original song appeared on Carole King’s 1971 album “Tapestry.” This was originally written as a song written about a woman’s love for a man and her need to follow him. King didn’t perform it much as she quickly discovered that women don’t need men to survive. I personally cannot and do not ever want to live without my husband, so we’ll just leave things there.

caroleking and daughter

King’s daughter Louise Goffin whom is also a singer/songwriter got together and rewrote recorded the song to better fit a mother/daughter relationship and is the song we hear at the start of every Gilmore girls episode from seasons one through seven.


Season One Cast of Characters (as they appear in the opening credits):

season one cast


Lauren Graham as Lorelai Victoria Gilmore

Alexis Bledel as Lorelai Leigh “Rory” Gilmore

Melissa McCarthy as Sookie St. James

Keiko Agena as Lane Kim

Yanic Trusdale as Michel Gerard

Scott Patterson as Luke Danes

Kelly Bishop as Emily Gilmore

Edward Herrmann as Richard Gilmore

I’m Seeing Stars (Guest Stars this episode):

Liz Torres as Miss Patty

Jared Padalecki as Dean Forrester

Alex Borstein as Drella the great harp player

Emily Kuroda as Mrs. Kim

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A Gilmore Introduction


Welcome to None Plus Five: An episodic blog series devoted to all things Gilmore. This blog will cover seasons 1-7 of Gilmore girls and the Netflix revival, Gilmore girls: A Year in the Life. Each week I will watch and break down an episode. I will share my insights and how the show has profoundly changed my life.

Kristin GilmoreA little about me, your tour guide! My name is Kristin, I am in my mid thirties, and have been a Gilmore fan since it first aired in 2000. I own all of the DVDs and before Gilmore girls came to Netflix, I would watch the disc versions each and every year. I have been married for almost 10 years to my own version of Luke (named Steve) and that makes me feel like the luckiest girl in the world. We currently reside in Nashville, Tennessee. No kids or fur babies yet, but I could definitely see a Paul Anka in the very near future.


I graduated Summa Cum Laude from Southern New Hampshire University with a BA in English and Creative Writing in 2013. I published my first book of poetry titled “The Silence Before the Snow” in 2007. I wrote for my college paper “The Advocate” at Mt. Hood Community College in Oregon many moons ago. I have toyed with blogging over the past ten years; however, I could never narrow my scope to focus on. Until now. Until Gilmore. Why it took me 17 years to get to this point, I may never know, but I am here now, with you, and that is what matters most.

How did I come up with my blog title: None Plus Five? That one is easiest explained by this clip (which happens to be the very first speaking scene in the pilot episode of Gilmore girls):

The current, but always subject to change plan (including descriptions of the different categories):

The Facts: Episode name and number. Original air date. Written by and directed by. With each I will also include information about what else they have written for and what else they have directed. I will also collect data as to how many episodes of Gilmore girls they wrote/directed.

The Overview: This one is just like it sounds. There will be a brief summary of the episode being evaluated.

Gilmore’s Can Eat: This will highlight the food that was mentioned or consumed within the episode and where (Sookie’s Kitchen, Friday Night Dinners, Luke’s Diner, etc).

Gilmore-isms: I will research and share as many of the pop culture references that I recognize throughout the episode.

Stars Hollow Books: This is where I will share/discuss the books and author’s mentioned on each episode of the show.

The Hep Alien Review: Music in Gilmore girls and artists/bands that are mentioned will be highlighted in this section with clips from You Tube so you can relive the music in one place.

Coffee, Coffee, Coffee: A running total of how many cups of coffee Lorelai consumes in each episode.

Kirk-of-all-trades: Who can keep track of all of the jobs Kirk keeps throughout the series? We will!

The Quotable Gilmore: My personal favorite quote(s) from the episode.

The Good, The Bad, and The Awkward: What I liked, didn’t like, etc. From story lines, to scene set up, bad/awkward/confusing lines, and actor performances.

Episode Rating: The scale will be 1-10 cups of coffee.

**Content Release: My current plan is to put out one episode per week at first. This is the first kind of blog that requires regular scheduling and I am not fully clear on how long the process will take considering I still have a day job in Healthcare, spend time at the gym, and like to spend time with my husband.

I will keep this area updated as changes need to be made.

I am excited to explore the Gilmore world with you all!

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