MAX: We can’t keep getting this close, just to have something completely derail us again. And frankly there’s only one thing I can think of that could solve it. LORELAI: Break up. MAX: Ugh. LORELAI: Well, I’m not interested in a murder-suicide kind of thing. MAX: We should get married.
With the honeymoon period already fading, Lorelai and Max are back to squabbling. Max picked up that there was something between Luke and Lorelai (it seemed as if Luke was just about to confess his feelings to Lorelai before Max came in). Then Lorelai got jealous that Max dated other women while they were apart, and told him that she had sex with Rory’s father on her parents balcony.
When Max says only one thing can solve it, Lorelai immediately suggests that they break up. But what Max has in mind is marriage. The fact that the next option on Lorelai’s list was murder-suicide (suicide always seems to be the default option to relationship problems) shows that she was not ready for this at all.
Lorelai says that Max’s proposal was not romantic enough, and only offered as a way to stop them from fighting. She doesn’t mention that they have only been dating a very short time (about three weeks) since they reunited, and that their relationship is based on little more than physical attraction and sexual compatibility. These would be factors of more concern.
LORELAI: Okay, well, did you date like casual nothing type dating, or did you date like get down, Soul Train kind of a dating? MAX: Well, I wouldn’t have phrased it that way, but to be honest, it was the latter.
Soul Train is an American dance-music television program which aired from 1971 to 2006. The show mainly featured performances by R&B, soul, dance-pop, and hip-hop artists, but with some funk, jazz, disco, and gospel music as well. The long-running show was extremely influential on the development of African-American musical culture.
MAX: I kind of picked something up there. LORELAI: Okay. Well, drop it back on the ground and kick it under the couch, because there is no there there.
Lorelai’s comment is a famous quote from Everybody’s Autobiography, a 1937 memoir by American author Gertrude Stein which continues on from the 1933, The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas. The quote refers to Stein’s disappeared childhood home in Oakland, California.
PARIS: Too bad I already filled the spot for music coverage. You know, record reviewing and such. You’d have been perfect for it. I gave the job to Louise. RORY: Louise owns two CDs. PARIS: Yeah. Well, gotta go. Have a really good summer.
Paris makes it sound as if it is now the last day of the school year, which I guess it could be if the episode covered more than a month, but that doesn’t explain how Rory is back at school again later in the episode (and doesn’t fit with how this episode is dated in a future season). More likely she means the summer vacation is very soon, or perhaps that regular classes are about to end to make way for the final exams schedule.
As Rory looks back at Paris, Madeline, Louise, who began the school year as her enemies, became her friends, and are now suddenly enemies again at the end of the school year, they stand on the steps in a manner reminiscent of an iconic scene in the film Heathers, previously discussed. It’s a clear sign that they are back to being a gang of “mean girls” again.
PARIS: I just got the job [of school newspaper editor]. RORY: Oh. Congratulations. PARIS: Thank you. And don’t worry, you’ll have some role. How’s covering the new parking lot landscaping sound?
Paris is not kidding – writing up the new parking lot is the first assignment that she sets Rory when school resumes the next semester.
To me it seems unbelievable that a junior would be given the job of editor over seniors, who would already have a year of experience under their belt. However, it’s not impossible The Franklin is a school newspaper specifically for juniors to work on, and Paris can be very forceful when she wants something. Rory certainly didn’t seem to make much effort to get chosen as editor, which she should have done as an aspiring journalist.
RORY: But … what’s wrong with her [Madeline]? LOUISE: Nothing’s wrong with her, Mary. RORY: Mary? Oh no, not this Virgin Mary thing again. LOUISE: Not Virgin. Typhoid.
Typhoid Mary was the name given to the Irish-born American Mary Mallon (1869-1938), the first identified person in the United States to be a carrier of typhoid fever without displaying any symptoms. She is believed to have infected an estimated 51 people, at least three of whom died, while working as a cook. As she used fake identities and was able to give authorities the slip several times, the numbers could be far higher, with some estimating that she may have killed over 50 people.
Mary spent the last 23 years of her life in forced quarantine, as she refused to stop working as a cook, even after being told she was a carrier of disease – she would not accept it. Typhoid Mary is a name given to anyone who unknowingly spreads disease or other undesirable traits.
Louise means that they intend to “quarantine” Rory by ignoring her, showing that she and Madeline are loyal to Paris, even when she is being unfair.
RACHEL: So don’t wait too long, okay? LUKE: To what? RACHEL: To tell her [Lorelai]. (Rachel leaves.)
This would be great advice – except that because Luke got back with his ex-girlfriend Rachel just as Lorelai was going mad with loneliness, Lorelai was pushed into the arms of her ex-boyfriend Max, and now Luke can’t tell her how he feels.
So this is advice that Luke would have really appreciated about seven weeks ago, except he blew that by getting back with Rachel. And he only really discovered how he felt about Lorelai because of getting back with Rachel, and Rachel telling him how he feels. It’s great, yet essentially useless, advice at the moment.
Goodbye Rachel, we hardly knew ye, and now you’re gone forever.
LUKE: It’s just like all the other times Rachel. You’re the anywhere but here girl, you’re restless, you’re bored, it is what it is. RACHEL: That’s not it.
A possible reference to the 1999 comedy-drama film Anywhere But Here, directed by Wayne Wang, and based on the prize-winning novel of the same name by Mona Simpson. The story is about an eccentric mother and her practical teenage daughter, with Susan Sarandon and Natalie Portman in the main roles. The film was successful and received good reviews.
It seems a bit unlikely as a film that Luke would go to see, but fits in with the timeline and themes of Gilmore Girls. If would certainly be very interesting if Luke had made an effort to see a film about a mother and teenage daughter.
(Rachel picks up her luggage and walks out from behind the counter.) LUKE: So you’re leaving, huh? RACHEL: Yeah.
After waltzing into town on a whim in March, Rachel is now out of there after putting in a full seven weeks or so as Luke’s live-in girlfriend and diner assistant. (You can see that she is taking the leather camera case that Luke bought her and Lorelai chose). It’s amazing how little we actually learn about her (not even her surname, or how she came to Stars Hollow in the first place to become Luke’s girlfriend).
Rachel was never a real character, just a plot device. She came to Stars Hollow to remind Lorelai about the Dragonfly, an old inn that now becomes part of Lorelai and Sookie’s goals for the future. She also arrived to help Luke understand that he has feelings for Lorelai, and that he is definitely over Rachel, who he had long held a torch for (in fact, he more or less admitted to Lorelai that he has been in love with a fantasy all these years).
Amazingly, one thing Rachel didn’t come to do was to help Rory with her journalism career. It’s almost unbelievable that Rory got to meet a real-life photojournalist, and one who is also young, cool, and travels the world for her job, covering important political stories, just as Rory longs to do, and not once do we see Rory ask her for advice, or any interaction between them at all, apart from Rachel bringing them food and drinks in the diner.
This would have been the most incredible opportunity for Rory to talk to a freelance journalist, ask about the perks and downsides of the job, managing the day-to-day aspects of such work, the difficulties of travelling to distant and even dangerous locales, the need for being independent and organised, or even the publications that Rachel has sold stories to. It shows a lack of keenness for her future career that is truly disappointing.