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.
“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!
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
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
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
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.
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
I am interested!
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
I won’t date him if you don’t want!
Keep him out late Thursday so he can sleep through my report.
In 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!
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.
The 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.
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.
I 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.
Another 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.
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.
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.
- Rory grabbed an apple to eat, Lorelai’s House.
- 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.”
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.
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.
“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.”
“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.
“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.
“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.
“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.
“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.
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.
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
“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.
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
“[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
“You skipped your own cousin’s funeral for a cat funeral?” -Emily Gilmore, trying not to have an aneurysm.
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!