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.
“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).
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!
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
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…
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
I can’t take you!
But I missed the bus!
Keys, car, phone, go!
I got hit by a deer.
Don’t forget you’re late!
Can’t take the test.
But I’m ready!
What’s up quippy? Why so silent?!
For the last time,
THE NAME’S RORY!
Pleasure encountering you.
All is right with the world
I 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?
I 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.
My 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.
We 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?
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
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.
- Chocolate, 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
- What 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 Kitchen
- 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 Diner
- 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.
“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…
“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.
“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.
“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.
“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.
“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.
“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.
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.
Play: The Comedy of Errors was written in 1590 and published in 1623.
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.
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.
“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.”
- 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!
“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.
“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
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…