Kreskin

CHASE: No no, Lorelai! I’d have to feed the information into a computer to get the answer. I’m no Kreskin!

The Amazing Kreskin (born George Kresge in 1935) is a mentalist who became popular on American television in the 1970s, and is still performing. Kreskin’s main act is to make correct predictions, although he bills himself an an entertainer working with suggestions, not a psychic.

Bridgeport

Dora, the wife of the mayor Harry Porter, is said to be attending bingo in Bridgeport on the night of the Founder’s Firelight Festival.

Bridgeport is a city in Connecticut with its own seaport, and historically a manufacturing city. Its claims to fame are having showman P.T. Barnum as their mayor in the late 19th century, being the place where the first Subway restaurant opened, and being the birthplace of the Frisbee.

The city is about 40 minutes drive from Wallingford, where Stars Hollow appears to be located, and there are two bingo halls in Bridgeport where Dora could have been playing.

Gazebo at the Founders Firelight Festival

HARRY: People of Stars Hollow, and our many friends. It gives me great pleasure to preside over our annual Founders Festival for the thirty-second time. Many a true love has had it start right on the spot where I stand. And I don’t mind telling you that at this very festival, right by this gazebo, is where I met my own true love, Miss Dora Braithwaite. We have been married for 43 years, and it all started right here.

Harry Porter has been mayor of Stars Hollow since 1968/1969, and was married in 1957/1958. Harry’s statement emphasises the importance of the festival and gazebo in bringing lovers together, just as he met his wife there.

The New Yorker

DEAN: Well, come on, you always bring a book with you and I was just wondering, what’s the three month anniversary book?
RORY: Actually, I brought The New Yorker.
DEAN: A magazine. Really?
RORY: It’s the Fiction Issue.

The New Yorker is an American magazine, first published in 1925, which comes out 47 times a year. Although often focused on the cultural life of New York City, it has a wide audience around the country and internationally. It’s well known for its commentaries on popular culture, rigorous journalism on political and social issues, and attention to modern fiction.

Some of the famous authors who have written for The New Yorker include Alice Munro, Truman Capote, John Cheever, Vladimir Nabokov, J.D. Salinger, Shirley Jackson, James Thurber, John Updike, Eudora Welty, Stephen King, and Dorothy Parker.

The New Yorker traditionally brings out their Fiction Issue during the summer. The June 19 2000 edition was for debut authors, and that Fiction Issue included works by Marisa Silver, David Schickler, Akhil Sharma, and ZZ Packer.

Was the fifteen-year-old Rory who bought that magazine in her summer vacation just looking for great new stories to read, or was she also dreaming of one day being a first-time writer published in The New Yorker herself?

“Isn’t life funny?”

EMILY: Chase, I’m simply fascinated about your work situation. Tell us how you wound up back here at home. I mean, you move away to make your fortune and you end up right back here. Isn’t life funny?
LORELAI: Hilarious.
RICHARD: It’s a comedy for the masses.

Lorelai and Richard both make almost the same snarky comment in response to Emily. You can see that despite their past differences, they are really bonding over despising Chase.

Bambi

DEAN: Well, you eat cute.
RORY: I do not eat cute. No one eats cute. Bambi maybe, but he’s a cartoon.

Bambi is a 1942 animated film produced by Walt Disney, and based on the 1923 children’s book Bambi, a Life in the Woods by Austrian author Felix Salten. Bambi is a deer, and the film shows him growing up from a newborn fawn to being the Great Prince of the Forest. As a fawn, he does indeed eat in a cute way. Although harshly reviewed by critics at the time, Bambi is now regarded as a classic and one of the best animated films of all time.

This is the second time in the episode that Rory has been compared to a Disney cartoon animal.

“Phase Two”

DEAN: So, uh, after we finish here we move onto Phase Two of the anniversary evening.
RORY: Phase Two. Sounds very official, are there space suits involved?

I think Rory is referring to space missions, where each part of a particular mission is divided into phases. Each phase must be completed successfully and on schedule before the next phase can begin. Because of this, “Phase Two” reminds her of space suits.

Tiramisu

RORY: Okay, have I mentioned how much I’m loving the three month anniversary thing?
DEAN: Yeah, you did.
RORY: Because this tiramisu is so good that if the anniversary were completely sucking right now, this would save it.

Tiramisu is a popular coffee-flavoured Italian dessert, made of ladyfingers soaked in coffee, layered with a sweet mascarpone cheese mixture flavoured with cocoa. It’s generally thought to date to the 1960s, and may originate from a restaurant in the city of Treviso, but the word tiramisu isn’t found until the 1980s. The name means something like “pick me up, cheer me up” in Italian.

It’s not surprising that the coffee-loving Rory would enjoy tiramisu.

“Set of illustrated encyclopedias”

RORY: You did all this for me.
DEAN: It’s not over yet.
RORY: This is just like that Christmas when I got a full set of illustrated encyclopedias. [Dean gives a confused look] I wanted them.

Another example of Dean and Rory just aren’t on the same page. When she says the experience of the anniversary dinner is just like getting a set of encyclopedias, Dean is confused – to him that means a really boring present. Rory has to explain that getting a full set of illustrated encyclopedias is actually a wonderful thing that made her happy. Apparently all the clues Rory has given him about loving books and knowledge still haven’t quite sunk in.