LORELAI: It’s just that – you know, it’s about the freedom. I mean if I had access to all that money as a kid I would have left the house so fast.
SOOKIE: Faster than seventeen?
In fact we learn in the next season that Lorelai was actually eighteen when she left home in 1986. Originally the show seems to have decided it would happen in 1985, when she was seventeen and Rory almost one.
EMILY: Won’t you have dessert?
TRIX: I once travelled to a small village in Cambodia. I did not eat dessert there either.
Cambodia is a country on the Indochina Peninsula in Southeast Asia. It was under the control of France during the 19th century, and became independent in 1953. Cambodian desserts are actually quite famous, but perhaps the small village Trix went to was too poor to have any dessert, or not up to Trix’s standards – as a slam to Emily, most likely the second.
Trix doesn’t like travel, but somehow made it all the way to Cambodia. Possibly her dislike for travel only came on late in life.
EMILY: You spoke to your mother?
RICHARD: Yes, I did. She’s fine, she sends her love and … she’s coming to visit.
In Kill Me Now, Richard spoke about his mother as if she was dead. Now we discover to our surprise that she’s alive and well and living in London (even though in Love and War and Snow Emily’s sister Hopie was said to be the family’s expatriate). Another retcon!
When Rory takes Christopher to Andrew’s book store, Stars Hollow Books, Sookie’s boyfriend Jackson is there. He introduces himself as Jackson Melville, even though subsequent episodes always identify him as Jackson Belleville. Maybe they decided that the original surname seemed like a reference to Herman Melville, one of Rory’s favourite authors, which didn’t really fit with Jackson’s role.
During the conversation Rory has with her grandparents, Richard says he would have married a girl named Lucinda Lester except that he was on the fencing team, which made him enough like Errol Flynn to be attractive to Emily. In a later season, we are told the girl he almost married was named Pennilynn Lott. It is possible he almost married Lucinda and Pennilynn, but doesn’t seem likely.
During the town meeting we encounter the mayor of Stars Hollow, Harry Porter, who has been mayor for many years He was gradually phased out leaving Taylor Doose in sole charge of the town. Perhaps Harry entered a sort of semi-retirement or became a figurehead: he didn’t retire as nobody else was elected mayor and in fact the role of mayor apparently became more or less redundant.
RORY (after being startled by Dean): God! You’re like Ruth Gordon just standing there with a tannis root. Make a noise.
DEAN: Rosemary’s Baby.
DEAN: Well, that’s a great movie. You’ve got good taste.
Rosemary’s Baby is a 1968 horror film directed by Roman Polanski, based on the 1967 best-seller of the same name by Ira Levin. In the film, a young housewife named Rosemary (played by Mia Farrow) discovers that a cult has tricked her into bearing a demonic child. Ruth Gordon (1896-1985) plays Rosemary’s elderly neighbour Minnie Castavet, who is a leader in the cult; Gordon won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance.
Minnie gives Rosemary a pendant necklace filled with tannis root (a fictional herb), which the cult apparently deploys as an all-round demonic treatment. As Minnie hovers around handing Rosemary tannis root in food and drink as well, it is hard to know which exact moment in the film Rory has in mind – or if she is so startled that she doesn’t quite know herself what she is saying.
Rosemary’s Baby was the #8 film of 1968, was acclaimed by critics, and is regarded as a classic movie. Dean is right that Rory has good taste. Fans of Dean Forester (Jared Padalecki) can enjoy this time during Season 1 when Dean quickly picked up on old film references and seemed to be an intellectual equal for Rory. It won’t last.