After watching Rory and Lane make up their fight with hugs, Lorelai lets Max know that she is going to tell everyone they are back together. It’s pretty stupid as they haven’t even been on a date yet, but it’s happening anyway.
Lorelai begins with A in her address book, and calls Richie Andrews. Richie might be Lorelai’s second cousin on her mother’s side, which would be rather interesting. Frustratingly, he might also be the man who regrouted the bathroom, and if so, must have done a pretty amazing job to be in her personal address book.
Why you would even feel the need to tell the man who regrouted your bathroom about your love life I don’t know, nor do I understand how you might mix him up with your second cousin.
RORY: I was almost tempted to see if she [the cook] could make a Pop-Tart.
If Rosa can make strudel and blintzes, she can definitely make her own Pop-Tarts. They are not that difficult to make, and there are recipes all over the internet. They’re basically just pastry squares filled with jam and covering in icing.
LORELAI: All right, we’ll see you tomorrow night.
EMILY: Seven o’clock.
After Lorelai and Rory thank Emily for taking good care of her granddaughter, they inexplicably agree to meet the following night at 7 pm for Friday Night Dinner.
Rory ran away to her grandparents’ house on Thursday evening, and stayed all night there. The following afternoon Lorelai arrived to pick Rory up after school, which was surely Friday (and it would have made more sense for Lorelai to arrive for Friday Night Dinner as usual, knowing Rory would already be there).
But no, it is somehow Thursday again, and they have to wait another day for Friday. Time runs strangely in Gilmore Land …
RORY: How did I meet Taylor Hanson?
LORELAI: You went to his concert, you got backstage, your eyes met across the crowd, and you’ve been seeing each other ever since.
RORY: Hanson’s still together?
LORELAI: They’re the new Bee Gees.
The American pop band Hanson was formed in 1992 by three brothers: Isaac, Taylor, and Zac; at the time, Isaac was eleven, Taylor was nine, and Zac was six. They are best known for their 1997 massive hit MMMBop, from their debut album Middle of Nowhere. At the time Lorelai was talking about Hanson to Rory, they had just released their second album in 2000, and toured in summer and fall (when Rory could have hypothetically attended one of their concerts). In 2001 they moved to their own independent record label and were working on their next album, which was released in 2004 – this might explain why Rory is surprised to hear that Hanson are still together (they still are, and toured in 2017).
The Bee Gees [pictured] were a British-Australian band formed in 1958 by three brothers: Barry, Robin, and Maurice Gibb; at the time, Barry was twelve, and twins Robin and Maurice were nine. You can see why Lorelai makes a parallel between The Bee Gees and Hanson. The Bee Gees had a long career, and were highly successful in the 1960s and ’70s, especially in the disco era, and sold more than 220 million records, making them one of the best-selling musical acts of all time. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997. By 2012, both Robin and Maurice had died, leaving Barry as the only surviving member.
LORELAI: I’m not even talking specifically about Dean. I mean just generally in life. For example, say you’re dating Taylor Hanson.
RORY: Why am I dating Taylor Hanson?
LORELAI: It’s a hypothetical scenario, go with it. So, uh, you and Taylor have been seeing each other pretty regularly …
(Jordan) Taylor Hanson (born 1983) is a member of the pop group Hanson. He sings lead and back-up vocals, and plays multiple instruments. In 2009 he became a member of the supergroup Tinted Windows.
Rory probably could not have dated Taylor Hanson in 2001, as he had already been dating his future wife for two years at this point. They were married the following year, in 2002, and currently have five children together.
Lorelai comes into Rory’s bedroom at her grandparents, and they make up their fight, with Rory emotionally apologising for her behaviour the day before. Lorelai lets her know that she has spoken to Dean, and knows about the “I love you” that didn’t get returned.
Rory confirms Dean’s story, but for some reason doesn’t tell her mother that Dean sulked and got angry with her rather than being kind and understanding, or that he seemed to partly blame Lorelai for the problems in their relationship.
This may be because she is hoping to get back with Dean, and doesn’t want her mother to know about it, or because she genuinely doesn’t realise how badly Dean behaved, and completely blames herself for what happened.
Lorelai lets Rory know that she has set her a poor example in relationships, and that she hasn’t thought enough what she’s supposed to be teaching her. She tells Rory that she is still learning too, and that she wants Rory to know how to say “I love you”, even if Lorelai herself can’t say it yet.
This was an unusual moment on a teen drama series, where the mother admitted how clueless she was and that she didn’t have everything figured out either. Amy Sherman-Palladino was always trying to explain to the television executives that Lorelai was a different kind of mother, and Rory a different kind of daughter.
EMILY: She [Rory] got home from school, but she just went right upstairs. Now she didn’t want a snack, but I had Rosa make her one anyway. I haven’t checked to see if she’s eaten it. She had a decent breakfast this morning, but she did seem a little tired, and when I went into her bathroom the aspirin bottle was out, so I assume she had a headache. Now, I don’t know if it was last night or …
LORELAI: Excuse me, Mr. Cosell. I appreciate the play-by-play but I just want to talk to my daughter now.
Howard Cosell, born Howard Cohen (1918-1995) was an American sports journalist who entered sports broadcasting in the 1950s, and in the 1970s became the commentator for Monday Night Football on ABC. He completely changed the style of sportscasting towards one of context and analysis, similar to hard news journalism, and is regarded as the greatest American sports commentator of all time. Lorelai compares Emily’s blow-by-blow account of Rory’s activities to Cosell’s in depth analysis of a football game.
Emily’s speech shows her hyper-controlling style of micromanagement. Rory has only been home from school for around an hour, but has had her every move and mood scrutinised, been given a snack after saying she didn’t want one, and had her bathroom searched after leaving it. It’s a telling insight into what Lorelai’s childhood must have been like, and into what Rory’s would have been like if Lorelai had remained living with her parents after becoming a mother.
Emily allows no autonomy, choice, or privacy, and keeps people under surveillance as if they are in prison (remember Lorelai, an adult, could not even say she was going to the toilet without being followed?). It’s really hard to blame Lorelai for fleeing her childhood home because of these circumstances, fearing that Rory would have to endure the same childhood she did.
Lorelai confronts Dean while is working at the supermarket, and angrily rails at him for hurting Rory. Dean says he is sick of everyone treating him like a criminal, when all he ever did was say, “I love you”, only for Rory to sit there saying nothing in return. Lorelai is too stunned even to apologise to Dean; she just slinks away, clearly with plenty to think about.
LORELAI: I warned him. I warned him when I first met him, if he hurt her … Ah. Maybe I could key his car.
LUKE: Or better yet, you can key Taylor’s car, and tell him Dean did it.
To key a car means to use the sharp point of a key to scrap across someone’s car windshield or paintwork in order to damage it; often done out of spite as an act of petty vandalism.
EMILY: So what’s going on at school today?
RORY: Uh, I have a test in Spanish.
RICHARD: Hmm. Are you prepared?
RORY: Oh yeah. I like Spanish.
Alexis Bledel, who plays Rory, is a native Spanish speaker and did not learn English until she went to school. Her father was born and raised in Argentina, while her mother was born in the US, but grew up in Mexico. Rory being good at Spanish seems to be informed by that.