Goofus and Gallant

LORELAI (to Rory): Okay, you’ve been in this mood for a week now, and while I love the unexpected ups and downs of motherhood, I’ve got to say I’m tired of Goofus and I’d like my Gallant back.

Goofus and Gallant is a children’s comic strip created by Garry Cleveland Myers which has been published in the children’s magazine Highlights for Children since 1946 (it was originally in Children’s Activities, first published in 1940).

Goofus and Gallant are two boys. The comic shows two panels, contrasting the actions of the polite, virtuous Gallant with the rude, selfish Goofus – for example, Goofus will take the last piece of food, while Gallant politely offers the plate around to see if anyone else wants it.

Rory hasn’t really been in this mood “for a week” – it’s only been a few days. For some reason, everyone is instantly concerned about her. The average person can be suicidal for months with nobody even noticing; Rory gets a bit crabby for two or three days and suddenly everyone goes into crisis mode on her behalf.

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