After Rory has tried to find Dean in Doose’s Market, and failed, she and Lane walk away while the town Troubadour sings this song. It’s from Grant Lee Buffalo’s 1994 album Mighty Joe Moon, earlier mentioned. The song seems to be advising Rory not to think about it too long before talking to Dean.
On Rory and Lane’s walk away from the market, we learn that it is around 4.30 pm by the town clock, which seems too early for Rory to already be back from school (she gets out at 4.05 pm, and has a 40 minute bus ride home). Viewers will also notice that Rory’s little box of French fries is empty, so Lane must have eaten them all while she was waiting for Rory, in line with her lust for junk food that her mother won’t allow.
RORY: You swear? On the life of the lead singer of Blur?
LANE: On the soul of Nico, I swear to you that I have not seen Dean with another girl.
The lead singer of the rock band Blur is Damon Albarn (born 1968), an English singer, songwriter, musician, and producer. Blur’s 1991 debut album was Leisure, and they received critical acclaim for Modern Life is Rubbish (1993), Parklife (1994), and The Great Escape (1994), while their 1997 self-titled album brought them mainstream success. Blur went on hiatus in 2003, but reunited in 2009, and are still recording.
Damon Albarn founded the virtual group Gorillaz in 1998, and released their self-titled debut album in March 2001, to worldwide success. That was about two months before this episode aired, but it’s not clear whether Lane and Rory have heard of it.
The singer Nico, one of Lane’s favourite musical artists, if not her her very favourite, has been earlier discussed. Lane swears on Nico’s soul to make it clear how very serious she is – Nico is obviously more valued by her than Damon Albarn.
RORY: Taylor thinks I’m casing the place. Like I would ever shoplift there [the market].
LANE: You have shoplifted there.
Lane is referring to Rory’s first kiss with Dean, when she excitedly ran from the store, not noticing she was holding a box of cornstarch. The box of cornstarch is still in her Dean box.
RORY: I miss the old me too.
LANE: And I’ve been feeling bad for the new Rory.
RORY: Well, she’s staging a comeback.
LANE: And may it be more successful than Peter Frampton’s.
Peter Frampton (born 1950) is a British-American rock musician, singer, songwriter, producer, and guitarist. Beginning his career in bands Humble Pie, and The Herd, his breakout album was the 1976 live release Frampton Comes Alive!, which brought him international success. Frampton is known for his hit songs such as Breaking All the Rules, Baby I Love Your Way, and I’m in You, which have become staples on classic rock radio.
After his early success, his career seemed to falter, especially after he suffered a serious car accident in 1978, and lost all his guitars in a plane crash. Peter Frampton actually tried several “comebacks”, with his 1986 album Premonitions bringing mild success, and his 1991 tour with former bandmate Steve Marriott doing well – unfortunately, Marriott unexpectedly returned to England, and was killed in a house fire less than 24 hours later.
Lane is probably talking about 1995, when Peter Frampton released Frampton Comes Alive! II, containing live versions of his solo work from the 1980s and ’90s. Despite heavy marketing and a DVD release to accompany it, it didn’t sell well.
Peter Frampton has continued recording and touring, and won a Grammy Award for his 2007 album Fingerprints. As well as working with other musicians such as David Bowie and Ringo Starr, he has made many media appearances on television, and played himself on The Simpsons and Family Guy.
LANE: I love you, but you’ve been Mopey, Dopey, and about twelve other melancholy dwarves for the past five weeks, and I miss the old Rory.
Lane is referring to Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, a 1937 animated musical film made by Walt Disney, and based on the German fairy tale told by the Brothers Grimm. It was the first full-length animated feature film, and the earliest feature film made by Walt Disney.
There is a dwarf named Dopey in the film, but the other dwarfs are named Grumpy, Sleepy, Happy, Bashful, Sneezy, and Doc.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was the #1 film of 1937, and audiences loved it so much that many gave the film a standing ovation, while critics hailed it as a piece of art. It received an Honorary Academy Award as a “significant screen innovation”, with Disney receiving one normal-sized Oscar statuette and seven small ones. The film gave Disney the green light to produce further animated features, and inspired MGM to produce its own fantasy movie, The Wizard of Oz.
Snow White was re-released in cinemas in 1993, when Lane and Rory were nine, and came out on video the following year; either year may have been when they first saw it.
It is actually almost six weeks since Rory and Dean broke up, but at five weeks and six days, this is one of the more accurate pieces of timing given in the first season of Gilmore Girls.
RORY: I’m going in.
LANE: It’s Thursday afternoon.
RORY: I know.
It now seems to be Thursday 26 April. Rory preparing to enter Doose’s Market on a day she believes Dean will be working there shows that she is ready to face him again.
LANE: And then she [Janie Fertman] goes, “You’re cheerleader material.” Cheerleader material! Just like that. I couldn’t believe it! I almost went full Matrix on her.
The Matrix is a 1999 science-fiction action film, written and directed by The Wachowskis and starring Keanu Reeves in the lead role.
Set in a dystopian future, it shows that what most humans accept as reality is actually a simulation known as “the Matrix”, created by sentient machines. Some of the freed humans mount a rebellion against the machines, and the film is notable for its highly choreographed fight scenes, influenced by martial arts movies – this is probably what Lane means by “going full Matrix” on Janie.
The Matrix was the #4 film of 1999, received critical acclaim, and won four Academy Awards in technical categories. It is widely regarded as one of the best science-fiction films of all time.
In a later season, Lane takes up Janie’s offer, and does become a cheerleader. In this episode, the lady is probably protesting a little too much about it.