“The doggy version of you”

RORY: Buttercup is a special dog. She’s extremely skittish and tends to react badly towards blonde haired females, brunet males, children of either sex, other animals, red clothing, cabbage, or anyone in a uniform.
LORELAI: (to Luke) Hey, we just found the doggy version of you.

Naturally Lorelai would be attracted to a dog version of Luke – who is of course doggedly loyal to Lorelai.

The dog Lorelai eventually gets is even more neurotic and weird than Buttercup.

Pet Fair

Lorelai and Rory spontaneously decide to check out a pet fair which is being held in the town square. From the signs, we can see it is sponsored by Petfinder.com, the largest pet adoption website in North America, founded in 1996. They hold frequent pet fairs in states all over America, linking with towns and cities that have rescue shelters – from this we know that Stars Hollow must have its own rescue shelter.

Lorelai longs to get a dog, a wish which comes true several seasons later.

“You are your mother’s daughter”

RORY: Nothing like that [she and Dean being out all night] will ever happen again. I swear.
LORELAI: Don’t swear.
RORY: Why not?
LORELAI: Because you are your mother’s daughter.
RORY: What does that mean.
LORELAI: It means things can happen, even when you don’t really mean for them to happen.

Even though Lorelai believes Rory when she says nothing happened between her and Dean, she still doesn’t trust her daughter. That’s because she sees Rory as Lorelai Mark II, and as she doesn’t trust herself, she doesn’t trust Rory. Unfortunately she is setting Rory up to fail at relationships and birth control with her “no matter how hard you try, you will still screw things up” message.

Happy Xmas (War is Over)

This 1971 Christmas song plays while Lorelai and Rory make up their fight at the vending machine.

With lyrics by John Lennon and Yoko Ono, set to the tune of the traditional English English ballad Skewball, Happy Xmas (War is Over) was released as a single by John & Yoko/Plastic Ono Band with The Harlem Community Choir. Also a protest song against the Vietnam War, it has become a Christmas standard which has charted several times in the UK, and been re-recorded many times.

The song signals that the conflict between Lorelai and Rory has come to an end, and that a happy Christmas is coming now that their war is over.

“You may go first”

EMILY: No! I did not sign on to your dying. And it is not going to happen. Not tonight, not for a very long time. In fact, I demand to go first. Do I make myself clear?
RICHARD: Yes Emily. You may go first.

In A Year in the Life we find that Emily did not get her way for once, as Richard died before she did. Richard never promised he would only die after Emily’s demise – just that he was giving Emily permission to go first if she wanted to.

Baseball cards

LORELAI: I bet you’d buy a Barbie for your daughter.
LUKE: Yeah, well, I’d probably give her the cash to buy it herself and meet her by the baseball cards.

Baseball cards are collectible trading cards relating to the sport of baseball. They have been sold since the 19th century.

Little does Luke (or maybe even the writer, John Stephens) know that he actually does have a daughter.