Luke Hears Lorelai’s News

With great trepidation because everyone has made it seem like such a big deal, Lorelai tells Luke that Max proposed to her. He has already guessed (or heard it on the Stars Hollow grapevine), and deliberately behaves in a nonchalant manner.

She is already taken aback, when he begins questioning her about what her plans for married life with Max are. Of course she doesn’t have any – she hasn’t even decided whether to marry Max or not, let alone thought about the reality of it.

Luke’s questions, which are quite rude and intrusive, have the effect of making Lorelai realise in a panic that she and Max haven’t had even one conversation about where they will live as a married couple, whether Max expects Lorelai to keep working, if they plan of having children together, or even how they will manage their joint finances.

Incidentally in this scene, you can get a good look at the coffee brand that Luke uses in the diner. It’s Hills Bros. Coffee, a brand from San Francisco sold since the early twentieth century. It was owned by Sara Lee in 2001, and is now owned by Massimo Zanetti Beverage USA.

Hills Bros claim their coffee has a bold, smooth flavour, but reviews for it tend to say it smells better than it tastes, and is generally pretty mediocre, although very strong and good value for money. Somehow Luke manages to make this average, budget-wise coffee taste amazing – which is quite a feat for someone who doesn’t drink coffee and doesn’t approve of it. Perhaps Lorelai and Rory aren’t as fussy about coffee as they think they are, or they are heavily biased by their love for Luke.

Chocolate covered espresso beans

(Lorelai, Rory, and Max are walking down the street. Lorelai and Max are carrying small grocery bags.)
MAX: Okay, we’ve got food, drink, reading material, chocolate covered espresso beans.

Chocolate-covered espresso beans are coffee beans covered in chocolate. They are candy made for the Gilmore girls, who love both sugar and caffeine. A serving of 40 g (about a handful) contains the same amount of caffeine as three cups of coffee.

In actuality, there are no such things as “espresso beans” – espresso is made from the same coffee plants as any other coffee.

Rose tea

LORELAI: Rose tea. That’s funny. That’s not really tea, is it? It’s like rose petals in hot water. More like a bad floral arrangement.

Lorelai is clearly referring to rose petal tea, or rosebud tea, rather than rose-hip tea which is made from the fruit of the rose bush instead of its flowers. Despite her distaste for the idea, rose petal tea has many health benefits.

Glenfiddich

RICHARD: Uh Chase, can I get you a drink?
CHASE: Scotch, neat.
RICHARD: Uh, Glenfiddich?
CHASE: Fine.

Glenfiddich is a single malt whisky made by William Grant & Sons in Scotland since 1886 in the glen (“valley”) of the River Fiddich, hence its name. It is the world’s best-selling single-malt whisky, and has won more awards than any other brand.

Richard looks extremely unhappy with the dismissive way Chase accepts a glass of Glenfiddich as if it is nothing.

Jose Cuervo

CHRISTOPHER: What about last night? What did our having sex mean to you?
LORELAI: [sighs] It meant that Jose Cuervo still has amazing magical powers.

Jose Cuervo is a Mexican brand of tequila. It is the best-selling tequila in the world, and has a third of the American market.

Lorelai is making it clear to Christopher that she would never have had sex with him if she hadn’t been drunk. By saying that it “still has magical powers”, she also implies that was the case when they were teenagers.

Martini

When Lorelai, Christopher, and Rory arrive at the elder Gilmores’ house, Richard mixes the adults a martini, which became the go-to cocktail on Gilmore Girls. (In the picture, all the adults are holding martini glasses).

A martini is a cocktail made with gin and vermouth, garnished with an olive or a twist of lemon. Some trace its origins back to the Occidental Hotel in San Francisco in 1860, who made a similar cocktail named the Martinez; others to a bartender named Martini who worked at the Knickerbocker Hotel in New York around 1911. The martini soared in popularity during the Prohibition era thanks to illegal gin, and was the predominant cocktail mid-twentieth century. They fell out of favour in the 1970s, but became popular once again in the 1990s.