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.
RORY: Did you find out anything?
EMILY: Please! They run this place like the CIA.
The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is the foreign intelligence service of the USA, tasked with national security information from around the world.
LORELAI: Yeah. I’ve cursed in front of them twice and Miss Patty already tried to hit on my dad, and I’m sure my mom is going to call Child Protective Services.
The state government agency in charge of monitoring and providing support in cases of child neglect or abuse is called the Department of Children and Families. They have branches all over Connecticut, including in Hartford.
MICHEL: There is a man with a funny accent on the phone asking for you.
LORELAI: Really? Did you guys exchange the secret handshake?
A secret handshake is any non-standard handshake used to signify fellowship within a certain group. The most famous organisation with a secret handshake is The Freemasons.
It is not clear who the man with the funny accent is: it is presumably either Mr. Medina or Headmaster Charleston, neither of whom has an especially hilarious accent. Maybe all Americans sound funny to Michel.
MICHEL: If you ask me this union belongs on a public access station.
In the United States, every community that has cable TV access has the right to a public access channel. There are numerous public access channels in Connecticut, usually supplying information from government, colleges, schools, and non-profit organisations. Why a double twin wedding would be featured by one is a mystery to me; it sounds more like a reality TV show.
RICHARD: Do you know the merger of Forscape and DSS happened right here on this lawn?
Two fictional finance companies.
RICHARD: Everyone [at the club] has to go through a thorough screening process.
RORY: Kind of like the FBI?
RICHARD: We’re much more thorough than that.
The FBI is the Federal Bureau of Investigations, the United States’ domestic intelligence service.