Sookie and Jackson

This episode marks the beginning of Sookie and Jackson’s relationship, and from now on we can feel completely secure that Sookie’s relationship needs are taken care of, and that any star-crossed lovers dating plot-lines will belong to Lorelai and Rory, the protagonists of the story.

As Sookie was originally going to be played by Alex Borstein (Drella), and Borstein was then married to Jackson Douglas, who plays Jackson in Gilmore Girls, it is likely that that it was always planned for Sookie and Jackson to be a couple eventually.

Mealworms

We learn from Lorelai that Jackson cultivates his own mealworms to help fertilise his plants.

Mealworms are the larval form of the mealworm beetle (Tenebrio molitor), a type of what is called “darkling beetles”. Originally from the ancient Mediterranean region, they have spread all over the world.

Mealworms can be raised to produce composted garden fertiliser from their castings (manure), in the same manner as worm farms. This seems to be why Jackson is cultivating them.

“You break, you buy”

MRS. KIM: You break, you buy!

This is of dubious legality. In the US, sometimes a customer would have to pay at least partially for an item they broke negligently or on purpose, but US law is so complex that it is hard to say what would actually occur if it went to court. In this case, Kim’s Antiques is so cluttered that the customer could easily have argued that the Kims themselves were responsible for the breakage.

Convent in Siberia

RORY: Your mom’s really mad huh?
LANE: The words “convent” and “Siberia” were both used several times and at least once as a combo.

It’s not clear why Mrs. Kim, a practicing and devout Seventh Day Adventist, would send her daughter to a convent, which are generally Catholic, Anglican, or Orthodox. I’m guessing either Lane is exaggerating, or Mrs. Kim was babbling threatening nonsense in a terrified (and terrifying) rage.

However, if Mrs. Kim was determined to send Lane to a convent in Siberia, there is a small one in the city of Omsk, Siberia – the Beatas Olimpia y Laurencia. It is highly unlikely that they would accept Lane though.

Rapunzel

[Rory climbed a tree to get to Lane’s bedroom window. Knocks.]
LANE: Hey.
RORY: What’s up, Rapunzel?

Rapunzel is the title character in a German fairy tale, a girl with remarkable long hair who is kept locked in a tower by a witch she knows only as her adoptive mother. First published in the Brothers Grimm’s Children’s and Household Tales (1812), the story is based on a 17th century Italian fairy tale, and may be inspired by tales of Saint Barbara, whose father locked her in a tower, or even by pre-Christian sun goddess myths.

Rory is likening Lane’s situation to the well known fairy tale character, and saying that Lane is being unfairly imprisoned by her mother, just like Rapunzel.

“I’m a babe”

LORELAI: Hey, you know the one good thing we all learned from this?
RORY: What?
LORELAI: [smiling] That I’m a babe.

After the constant flow of insults on her appearance from Rune that night, Lorelai is pleased to receive a hearty endorsement from Todd, a sixteen year old idiot. It’s a tiny bit sad, but shows how badly her vanity was wounded (and how fragile her ego must be).

Although Rory is clearly unimpressed with Todd anyway, his attraction to her mother and to her best friend Lane provides a convenient excuse as to why Dean’s best friend Todd is never shown hanging around with Dean and Rory again.