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.
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!
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?!
Herbal tea? Balance bar?
Here’s your coffee.
My day sucked too.
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.
I 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.
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.
– 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!)
– 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
Daisy 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: 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: 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.
“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.
“It looks like we’ve got ourselves a Mary.” -Tristan DuGray
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.”
Rory: 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.
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
Book: “War and Peace” by Leo Tolstoy. Historical fiction. 1869
Book: “Anna Karenina” by Leo Tolstoy. Literary realism. 1877
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
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.
Book: “Great Expectations” by Charles Dickens. 1861. This was Dickens’ 13th book, and considered to be his penultimate novel.
Book: “Tale of Two Cities” by Charles Dickens. 1859. Genre: Historical Fiction.
Book: “Little Dorrit” by Charles Dickens. 1857. Genre: Novel. Illustrated by Hablot Knight Browne.
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
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
“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.
Author: 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
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.”
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.
“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
Old Lady: Oh, excuse me sir. Can you tell me where we can find the best antiques?
Michel: At your house, I’d guess.
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.
Until next week, when we check out our first episode NOT written by ASP (Will the Gilmore-isms hold up to her standards?!)…