S1 EP21 – Love, Daisies and Troubadours: Lorelai and Max’s relationship gets more serious. Luke’s girlfriend Rachel returns. Meanwhile, Rory tries to win Dean back.
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
Liz Torres…Miss Patty
Liza Weil…Paris Geller
Jared Padalecki…Dean Forester
Sally Struthers…Babette Dell
Michael Winters…Taylor Doose
Lisa Ann Hadley…Rachel
Chad Michael Murray…Tristin Dugray
Sean Gunn…Kirk Gleason
Shelly Cole…Madeline Lynn
Teal Redmann…Louise Grant
This was pretty much the first episode where Rory actually spoke up about something and didn’t keep her emotions cooped up to the point of boiling over. I especially liked her speech at the town council meeting: “Because sometimes you have something you need to say but you can’t because the words won’t come out or you get scared or you feel stupid, so if you could write a song and sing it then you could say what you need to say and it would be beautiful and people would listen and you wouldn’t make a complete idiot out of yourself, but all of us can’t be songwriters so some of us will never be able to say what we’re thinking or what we want other people to know that we’re thinking so we’ll never get the chance to make things right again ever.”
She definitely isn’t one of my favourite characters as we all remember her downfall in the later seasons, but I quite like her in the first few seasons.
Best Worst supporting character
I have to change the best supporting character category to worst supporting character every time Max is present in an episode. That man boils my blood and really creeps me out. He has a weird vibe and he definitely tries too hard to be someone Lorelai would be interested in because let’s be honest, he’s boring.
Max trying to make Luke jealous by being all PDA with Lorelai is so cringe. Stop showboating, you’re the one going out with her you idiot.
Also why the hell would you try and propose to someone after they literally just said you should break up? Lorelai is clearly only impressed by the big display and she doesn’t actually love him.
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These videos have a great little selection of Luke and Lorelai moments. The part with Lorelai and Rachel is so awkward though. It’s funny how she’s one of the only people that can see they love each other. I’m glad she was never horrible towards her about it, so often women are pitted against each other in these situations. But Rachel was really mature about the situation and did the right thing by leaving Luke, she could tell she wasn’t the person he wanted to be with.
Best quotes and one liners
LORELAI: You are not sleeping through this.
RORY: Through what?
LORELAI: The freaking Blue Man Group is outside our house!
LORELAI: UGH! Could you pound one more thing while you’re out here? Your head! And a for-sale sign on the lawn because we’re moving. So that’s two things. The sign and your head. And in that order ’cause otherwise you’ll be too dizzy to do the sign thing.
LORELAI: Michel, we’ve been over this, we all cover the phone, that includes you.
MICHEL: Don’t misunderstand. I want to answer it, I truly did, but today, today I am suffering from ennui.
MICHEL: Severe ennui. You know what ennui is, yes?
LORELAI: Yes. Um, Webster’s defines ennui as a lazy soon to be out of work French concierge who won’t answer the phone.
MICHEL: Look, I’ve had my peace with the fact that everyone who calls here is a notch above brain dead, and that the pennies I am thrown each week are in exchange for me dealing with these people in a nonviolent manner. And usually that is fine, but today, sorry lady, I have ennui.
LORELAI: So, you’re sleepy?
MICHEL: It’s a metaphysical angst.
LORELAI: So, you wanna go beddy bye?
MICHEL: You make light, it increases my ennui.
LANE: What I wanted to say was, Janie Fertman, you are a vacuous bimbo who will be turning letters as a profession one day. And the only way you’ll know which letter to turn is when it dings and lights up. And I have no desire to stop and talk to you. Ever. But what I said was ‘what Janie?’ And then she goes, ‘You’re cheerleader material.’ Cheerleader material! Just like that. I couldn’t believe it! I almost went full matrix on her. Have you heard a word I’ve said?
LANE: I resent that. I’m a witty conversationalist.
LORELAI: You scared me half to death!
LUKE: Who’d you think it was?
LORELAI: Well, I don’t know! I heard some thudding upstairs and Rory weighs like ten ounces, and it either had to be an escaped elephant or some strange large man who should not be in the house. How did you get in here anyway?
LORELAI: Are you sure you wanna go to this thing?
MAX: You’ve been talking about these town meetings for months. I’ve got to see one for myself.
LORELAI: Well, they’re never dull.
RORY: And if you’re lucky, you’ll see some crazy lady throwing French fries at the people she disagrees with like last time.
MAX: So were they cold?
LORELAI: No, I was just full.
LUKE: Oh sorry. I forgot my toolbox so I just thought I’d come pick it up.
LORELAI: Oh yeah. It’s right over here. Rory and I couldn’t lift it or we would’ve brought it to you and then we got used to having it here, so we named it Bert and we’d say Goodnight Bert and it’d say Goodnight girls and we spend too much time home alone.
LUKE: Well, thanks for taking care of it.
LORELAI: Our pleasure.
Final thoughts and fun facts
I love the town troubadour, I don’t know if that’s a controversial opinion, but I’m a big music lover so I like the little musical breaks.
During the episode when Lorelai is speaking to Luke, she refers to her home as “The Winchester Mystery House”. Jared Padalecki (Dean) would later go on to star in the television series Supernatural, where he plays a character named Sam Winchester, who, coincidentally, has a brother named Dean.
As Lorelai and Luke are sitting in her kitchen talking about Rachel and how he’s used to living alone. He says something about using milk and then coming back to the fridge and finding it in the exact same spot and Lorelai says, “Oh, we don’t even keep milk in the house.” Yet earlier, Rory (also in their kitchen) took out of the fridge a big glass bottle of milk, which Lorelai took a big chug out of.
This feels like the end of an era. Gilmore Girls is actually the longest-running series on my entire blog and getting to the end of the first season has been quite the journey. I first started reviewing the show way back in August and it feels weird to be done (for now). I’m going to take a break from Gilmore Girls and work my way through a season of a new show, but it will be back before you know it.