Purgatory

RORY: But a play is not a lie?
LANE: Well it’s far away from the truth that it might work but close enough to the truth that I think I can negotiate a Purgatory stint if forced to.

In Roman Catholic theology, Purgatory is an after-life state where souls are purified in order to make them holy enough to enter Heaven. A soul in Purgatory cannot go to Hell, and is guaranteed to to be admitted to Heaven at some point.

As a Seventh Day Adventist, Lane isn’t saying that she believes in Purgatory, but is using the concept to describe a state where her mother will chastise and punish her for a certain period, yet forgive her at a future date when she thinks Lane has suffered enough.

Convent in Siberia

RORY: Your mom’s really mad huh?
LANE: The words “convent” and “Siberia” were both used several times and at least once as a combo.

It’s not clear why Mrs. Kim, a practicing and devout Seventh Day Adventist, would send her daughter to a convent, which are generally Catholic, Anglican, or Orthodox. I’m guessing either Lane is exaggerating, or Mrs. Kim was babbling threatening nonsense in a terrified (and terrifying) rage.

However, if Mrs. Kim was determined to send Lane to a convent in Siberia, there is a small one in the city of Omsk, Siberia – the Beatas Olimpia y Laurencia. It is highly unlikely that they would accept Lane though.

Elijah

LORELAI: I’m not eating alone. You’re here.
LUKE: I’m working.
LORELAI: Yeah but after three cheeseburgers you’re done, unless you’re expecting Elijah to stop by.

A reference to the biblical prophet Elijah, who God ordered to flee into a safe hiding place near a brook where he was miraculously fed bread and meat by ravens. After the brook dried up, God sent a widow to feed him: even though she had only a little flour and oil, by a miracle this small supply of ingredients never ran out.

Lorelai’s reference suggests she must have received some religious education as a child – unlike her earlier reference to Noah’s Ark, this isn’t a story familiar to nearly everyone.

Church

LANE: And then I was thinking that this date could maybe happen this weekend.
RORY: Huh.
LANE: Sunday preferably.
RORY: Well –
LANE: After church.

Lane makes it sound as if the date will be the evening after church on Sunday, but as a Seventh Day Adventist she would attend church on Saturday. She must mean the date will be on the day after church – at least that’s the only way her statement makes any sense.

Buggies and Barns

TRISTAN: No, I think you two make a very cute couple. Is your horse and buggy parked outside? Got to get home for the barn raising?

Yet another reference to the Amish, who drive horse and buggies as their traditional form of transport.

A barn raising is a community activity whereby all the members get together to build (“raise”) a barn for one person or one family. Generally the men do the physical labour, while women provide food and drink; it’s a major social occasion. Barn raising was common in North America in the 18th and 19th centuries, while the Amish and Mennonite communities continue the practice today.

Tristan is implying that life in Stars Hollow must be both agrarian and hopelessly antiquated.