Goofus and Gallant

LORELAI (to Rory): Okay, you’ve been in this mood for a week now, and while I love the unexpected ups and downs of motherhood, I’ve got to say I’m tired of Goofus and I’d like my Gallant back.

Goofus and Gallant is a children’s comic strip created by Garry Cleveland Myers which has been published in the children’s magazine Highlights for Children since 1946 (it was originally in Children’s Activities, first published in 1940).

Goofus and Gallant are two boys. The comic shows two panels, contrasting the actions of the polite, virtuous Gallant with the rude, selfish Goofus – for example, Goofus will take the last piece of food, while Gallant politely offers the plate around to see if anyone else wants it.

Rory hasn’t really been in this mood “for a week” – it’s only been a few days. For some reason, everyone is instantly concerned about her. The average person can be suicidal for months with nobody even noticing; Rory gets a bit crabby for two or three days and suddenly everyone goes into crisis mode on her behalf.


LUKE: This is how you like your guys, all GQed up, huh?
LORELAI: It’s not GQed up, its just a little less casual.

GQ (originally Gentleman’s Quarterly) is a men’s lifestyle magazine based in New York and founded in 1931. Aimed at single men with disposable income, it concentrates on high-end male fashion.

The New Yorker

DEAN: Well, come on, you always bring a book with you and I was just wondering, what’s the three month anniversary book?
RORY: Actually, I brought The New Yorker.
DEAN: A magazine. Really?
RORY: It’s the Fiction Issue.

The New Yorker is an American magazine, first published in 1925, which comes out 47 times a year. Although often focused on the cultural life of New York City, it has a wide audience around the country and internationally. It’s well known for its commentaries on popular culture, rigorous journalism on political and social issues, and attention to modern fiction.

Some of the famous authors who have written for The New Yorker include Alice Munro, Truman Capote, John Cheever, Vladimir Nabokov, J.D. Salinger, Shirley Jackson, James Thurber, John Updike, Eudora Welty, Stephen King, and Dorothy Parker.

The New Yorker traditionally brings out their Fiction Issue during the summer. The June 19 2000 edition was for debut authors, and that Fiction Issue included works by Marisa Silver, David Schickler, Akhil Sharma, and ZZ Packer.

Was the fifteen-year-old Rory who bought that magazine in her summer vacation just looking for great new stories to read, or was she also dreaming of one day being a first-time writer published in The New Yorker herself?

Miss September and Johnny Depp

LORELAI: And he’s staring at her like she’s Miss September, and she’s looking at him like he’s Johnny Depp, and I was just babbling like a moron. What is wrong with me?!

American men’s magazine Playboy features a nude or semi-nude centrefold model as their Playmate of the Month, with each one known as Miss January, Miss February, and so on.

John “Johnny” Depp II (born 1963) is an American actor, producer, and musician. He rose to prominence in the police show 21 Jump Street, airing from 1987 to 1991, where he became a popular teen idol. Depp played the title role in the dark fantasy Edward Scissorhands (1990), which established him as a major film star, and gained critical praise for his performances in films such as What’s Eating Gilbert Grape (1993), Ed Wood (1994), and Donnie Brasco ( 1997). He is regarded as one of the biggest stars in Hollywood.

Lorelai’s Magazines

LORELAI: Okay, the last sighting was here, by the InStyle magazine. But then she burrowed through the Glamour and jumped over the Cosmo and knocked over a brand new bottle of nail polish so all I can tell you is if there was any doubt that this chick was a girl, well, there isn’t anymore.

InStyle (founded 1994), Glamour (founded 1939), and Cosmopolitan (founded 1886, became women’s magazine in 1965), are magazines with a focus on beauty, fashion, celebrities, and lifestyle.

Martha Stewart

LUKE: No stenciling!
LORELAI: Excuse me – do you even know what stenciling is?
LUKE: Does Martha Stewart do it?
LUKE: (firmly) No stenciling.

Martha Stewart (born Martha Kostyra in 1941) is an American businesswoman, writer, and television personality. The author of numerous cooking and craft books, her magazine Martha Stewart Living was founded in 1990, and her television show of the same name ran from 1993 to 2005. Both magazine and show focus on entertaining, lifestyle, food, crafts, decorating, and DIY. The model for the program’s TV studio was the Stewarts’ country house in Connecticut.