S1 EP16 – Star-Crossed Lovers and Other Strangers: It’s Rory and Dean’s 3-months anniversary, and he plans a special surprise, but it doesn’t quite go as he planned. Luke’s old girlfriend, Rachel, turns up.
Lauren Graham…Lorelai Gilmore
Alexis Bledel…Rory Gilmore
Melissa McCarthy…Sookie St. James
Keiko Agena…Lane Kim
Yanic Truesdale…Michel Gerard
Scott Patterson…Luke Danes
Kelly Bishop…Emily Gilmore
Edward Herrmann…Richard Gilmore
Liz Torres…Miss Patty
Jared Padalecki…Dean Forester
Liza Weil…Paris Geller
Michael Winters…Taylor Doose
Lisa Ann Hadley…Rachel
Paul Cassell…Chase Bradford
Chad Michael Murray…Tristin Dugray
Jackson Douglas…Jackson Belleville
Shelly Cole…Madeline Lynn
Teal Redmann…Louise Grant
Lorelai is so fun and witty in this episode and yet no one seems to get her jokes. I especially loved her “postman finally got organised” when Chase says his childhood dogs passed away. It shouldn’t be funny, but she’s so charismatic.
Best worst supporting character
Once again this is going to Dean. He’s so horrible to Rory just because she doesn’t instantly say I love you back. When Rory asks him not to be mad he literally says “Why? Because I say I love you and you wanna think about it? I mean, go home and discuss it with your mother? Make one of your pro/con lists?” If you still like him after this episode, well what can I say, Dean isn’t the only red flag around here.
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The chemistry between Luke and Lorelai, when they are talking about the festival, is off the charts. Luke’s voice gets all low and husky when he leans in and says “Oh, it’s so good to have somebody to share this hate with.” It’s almost too much and then stupid Rachel walks in and ruins it.
Best quotes and one liners
LORELAI: Do you know how much Emily Gilmore will not care about your three-month anniversary?
RORY: I was thinking you could talk to her.
LORELAI: If there was a runoff between what Emily Gilmore would care about less, a two-for-one toilet paper sale at Costco or your three month anniversary, your anniversary would win, hands down.
LORELAI: I was almost crushed by a papier mache star. How’s your day?
LUKE: Well, it’s looking pretty good now.
LORELAI: Coffee please, no shot of cynicism.
LORELAI: I don’t know what is wrong with me. This is a beautiful festival. People should be enjoying it.
LUKE: It’s a crazy festival based on a nutty myth about two lunatics, who in all probability did not even exist. And even if they did, probably dropped dead of diphtheria before age 24. The town of Stars Hollow probably got its name from the local dance hall prοstitսte. Two rich drunk guys who made up the story to make it look good on a poster.
LORELAI: You are full of hate and loathing, and I gotta tell you, I love it!
LUKE: Oh, it’s so good to have somebody to share this hate with.
LORELAI: My pleasure.
LORELAI: Hey, tomorrow, if you have time, I’m planning on despising everyone who says “Hey, how’s it going?.”
LUKE: You’re on.
RACHEL: [entering the diner] Hey, how’s it going?
LORELAI: Oh, now that’s just too easy.
LORELAI: We could talk about me for years, and believe me, we will. But let’s focus on you, the lady of the evening. No hοοker reference intended.
RORY: Well, if you must know, he’s taking me to Andoloro’s.
LORELAI: Oh, well isn’t that romantic?
RORY: I know!
LORELAI: Wow, it’s gonna be just like Lady and the Tramp. You’ll share a plate of spaghetti, but it’ll just be one long strand, but you won’t realize it until you accidentally meet in the middle. And then, he’ll push a meatball towards you with his nose, and you’ll push it back with your nose, and then you’ll bring the meatball home and you’ll save it in the refrigerator for years.
LANE: My mother has once again set me up.
RORY: Another future doctor?
LANE: A future chiropractor. I think she’s losing confidence in my prospects.
DEAN: So, uh, after we finish here we move onto phase two of the anniversary evening.
RORY: Phase 2. Sounds very official, are there space suits involved?
DEAN: With matching helmets.
Most iconic outfit
Not iconic by any means but god do Rory and Lorelai love a monochrome outfit. That pink monstrosity Rory wears to her anniversary date with Dean, almost blinding.
Final thoughts and fun facts
The mention of Max Medina in this episode is really strange. He hasn’t been seen for multiple episodes now and since Christopher came I thought everyone completely forgot about him.
At first, I thought the car scene was super cute, building someone a car is a very big task, but Dean had to go and ruin it. He clearly loves Rory a lot, but he’s not ready for a real adult relationship. You can’t throw a temper tantrum just because your girlfriend of only three months doesn’t say I love you back. I hate him so much.
Rory claims Stars Hollow had a huge celebration when the town went off the septic system, but a major plot line of A Year in the Life is Taylor’s crusade to get the town off septic. Ah, continuity errors.
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