List of Kirk’s Jobs (Up to Season Two)

Weekday Jobs

DSL installer for an internet company (under the name Mick)

Assistant manager at Doose’s Market

Delivery person for Gabby’s Flower Shop

Before Normal Business Hours Jobs

Mobile mechanic (unclear if self-employed or working for the garage)

Termite inspector for unknown business

Weekend Job

Swan delivery person for unknown business

Night Job

Video rental clerk at Stars Hollow Video

Occasional Events

Revolutionary War battle re-enactor (volunteer position)

Photographer for town events (probably unpaid)

One-Off Events

Event coordinator for Lorelai and Max’s engagement party (probably unpaid)

Server at the Bracebridge Dinner for the Independence Inn

Filmmaker, work shown at Movie Night in the Town Square (unpaid, a hobby)

Failed Attempts

Wedding photographer (Lorelai’s wedding to Max didn’t go ahead)

Sales clerk at Sophie’s Music Shop (persistently applied to no avail)

Reading Lists (Up to Season Two)

RORY GILMORE’S READING LIST

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir

Mistress of Mellyn by Victoria Holt

Chikara!: A Sweeping Novel of Japan and America by Skimin

Moby Dick by Herman Melville

Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert

The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Anderson

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky

To the Christian Nobility of the German Nation by Martin Luther

A Mencken Chrestomathy by H.L. Mencken

The Days of H.L. Mencken by H.L. Mencken

Christopher Marlowe (perhaps Faustus or Edward the Second)

Francis Bacon (The New Atlantis?)

Ben Jonson (perhaps Volpone, or his poetry)

John Webster (perhaps The White Devil or The Duchess of Malfi)

Sonnets by William Shakespeare

Macbeth by William Shakespeare

The Oxford Shakespeare

Who’s Who and What’s What in Shakespeare by Evangeline M. O’Connor

A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf

Collected Poems by Emily Dickinson

Emma by Jane Austen

Charlotte Bronte (probably Jane Eyre)

Hell’s Angels by Hunter S. Thompson (a strong contender as the book Dean lent her)

The Glass Menagerie by Tenneesee Williams

The Group by Mary McCarthy

Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women by Susan Faludi (implied)

Stiffed: The Betrayal of the American Man by Susan Faludi

The Portable Dorothy Parker by Dorothy Parker

The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum (inferred because she read later books series)

Swann’s Way by Marcel Proust

Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman

New Poems of Emily Dickinson edited by William H. Shurr

The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath edited by Karen V. Kukil

Rapunzel by The Brothers Grimm

Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes

The Compact Edition of the Oxford English Dictionary

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath (inferred)

The Art of Eating by M.F.K. Fisher

Ulysses by James Joyce (inferred)

James Joyce’s Ulysses: A Study by Stuart Gilbert

Out of Africa by Isak Dinesen

The Art of Fiction by Henry James

Daisy Miller by Henry James (inferred as it’s later mentioned)

Secrets of the Flesh: A Life of Colette by Judith Thurman

Isak Dinesen: The Life of a Storyteller by Judith Thurman (probable)

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court by Mark Twain (probable)

Elmer Gantry by Sinclair Lewis

Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage by Lord Byron

Writings and Discourses of Mussolini by Benito Mussolini

The Optimist’s Daughter by Eudora Welty

John Adams by David McCullough (inferred)

Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf

Selected Letters of Dawn Powell 1913-1965 edited by Tim Page

Howl and Other Poems by Allen Ginsberg

Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens

The Jeeves series by P.G. Wodehouse (at least one is probable)

Savage Beauty: The Life of Edna St Vincent Millay by Nancy Milford

The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner

The Last Empire: Essays 1992-200 by Gore Vidal

The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty by Eudora Welty

Poems of Anne Sexton (inferred)

Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells (strongly implied)

Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter by Simone de Beauvoir

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

Unfinished Business: Memoirs by John Houseman (selected chapters)

Summer of Fear by T. Jefferson Parker

The Scarecrow of Oz by L. Frank Baum

Contact by Carl Sagan

The Apocalyptics: Cancer and the Big Lie by Edith Efron

Working by Studs Terkel

Three Tales by Gustave Flaubert (my pick as the most likely volume Richard gave her)

The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand

Ernest Hemingway (probably one of the shorter works, as she doesn’t like him)

The Mourning Bride by William Congreve

In the Shadow of Young Girls in Flower by Marcel Proust (possibly implied)

The Guermantes Way by Marcel Proust (the most probable volume)

Inherit the Wind by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee

Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke

Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger

Candide by Voltaire

Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk by Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain

The Little Locksmith by Katharine Butler Hathaway

The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calvaras County by Mark Twain (implied)

The Lottery by Shirley Jackson

Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen (possible)

The Inferno by Dante (probable)

LORELAI GILMORE’S READING LIST

On the Road by Jack Kerouac

The Shining by Stephen King (inferred, it’s her favourite film based on a King novel)

Mommie Dearest by Christina Crawford (internal evidence suggests it’s the book)

Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain

Edith Wharton (perhaps The Age of Innocence)

The Crucible by Arthur Miller

Judy Blume

Timeline by Michael Crichton (possible)

Swann’s Way by Marcel Proust (just the first section)

Women Who Run with the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Charles Dickens

Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom

Nancy Drew series by Carolyn Keene

Hansel and Gretel by The Brothers Grimm

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Everybody’s Autobiography by Gertrude Stein

The Monk by M.G. Lewis

The Gospel According to Jesus Christ by José Saramago

Secrets of the Flesh: A Life of Colette by Judith Thurman

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Who Moved My Cheese?, by Dr Spencer Johnson

Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter by Simone de Beauvoir (speculation)

Call Me Crazy by Anne Heche (probable)

Essentials of Economics by Bradley R. Schiller

Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

The Children’s Hour by Lillian Hellman

The Final Days by Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward (possible)

Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett

The Dirt by Motley Crue

What Color is Your Parachute? by Richard Nelson Bolles

The Portable Nietzsche by Friedrich Nietzsche

The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calvaras County by Mark Twain

The Lottery by Shirley Jackson (implied)

JESS MARIANO’S READING LIST

On the Road by Jack Kerouac

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson

Howl and Other Poems by Allen Ginsberg

Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger (probable)

Ernest Hemingway

The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand

Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger

Notes of a Dirty Old Man by Charles Bukowski

Jane Austen

Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut

Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk by Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain

Othello by William Shakespeare

The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe

“Sherry’s pregnant”

CHRISTOPHER: Sherry’s pregnant … She just found out and she called me as soon as she found out, and that was her calling to tell me that she found out.

Christopher comes to see Lorelai who is standing on the bridge, waiting for him (another mention of bridges as significant emotional spaces). He tells her that Sherry has called him on his cell phone to tell him she has just discovered she is pregnant – I presume she used a home pregnancy testing kit, as it’s a Sunday.

Oddly enough, Lorelai says, “Women all over the world will line up to see that tiny little woman fat”. Sherry isn’t a tiny little woman, she’s only a few inches shorter than Lorelai, and Lorelai is slim as well. It makes Sherry sound like a stick-thin five foot tall waif, which she isn’t. Not to mention the bizarre thinking that equates being pregnant with being “fat”.

Apparently all the terrible problems Christopher and Sherry were having were not enough to stop them from having (unprotected?) sex. It does beg the question, did Sherry even know they were supposedly having problems and Christopher was thinking of moving out? Maybe all she did was go away on business for a month or so, and Christopher used that as an opportunity to weasel his way back in to Lorelai’s life, telling her some story about how he and Sherry were practically broken up.

As a huge slap in the face to Lorelai, Christopher is going back to Sherry because she’s having a baby. Christopher was never around while Rory was growing up, and he’s apparently never forgiven himself (zero evidence of that, but whatever). He can’t make that mistake again, so it’s back to his girlfriend that he doesn’t love, so he can be a father to their child. (This is actually a terrible basis for a relationship).

It doesn’t make any sense, because he could still be a good father to his second child without going back to Sherry (and I bet while telling her nothing of what he’s been up to with Lorelai in the interim). For that matter, he could have been a good father to Rory while not being with Lorelai all this time.

Notice that when Rory questions why her dad has a work phone call on a Sunday, he responds, “Hey, I have a lot of responsibility now”. Little did he know how true those words would turn out to be!

Prince William

RORY: Paris, how did you get this number?

PARIS: Oh, relax. I won’t call you on Prince William’s precious phone again.

Prince William (born 1982), member of the British royal family, and since birth, second in the line of succession to the British throne. In 2002, Prince William was enrolled at the University of St Andrews in Scotland, and considered one of the most eligible young bachelors in the world. (By the next year, he was dating fellow student Catherine Middleton, who would eventually become his wife).

Paris never says how she got Dean’s cell phone number. Presumably she had a snoop at Rory’s pager some time.

The Wedding is About to Begin

We get to see guests gathering for Sookie and Jackson’s wedding, which is being held at the Independence Inn. Everything looks pretty and romantic, with lots of colourful spring flowers everywhere. However, there’s plenty of quirky little details to provide some fun, including a sing-along around the piano.

Note that Lorelai and Rory are wearing blue bridesmaid dresses – the colour Lorelai predicted she would wear to Sookie and Jackson’s wedding on their very first date. We also see Jackson and his groomsmen striding across the lawn in their kilts.

Sookie and Jackson are going to be married under the chuppah that Luke made for Lorelai and Max’s wedding. So if you’ve been unhappy about the chuppah being relegated to a piece of garden decoration, here you go – it’s finally fulfilling its purpose. Decorated with flowers, it really does look very nice. Hopefully someone shows Luke a photo.

You might also notice that the minister performing the wedding ceremony is wearing a tee-shirt with a photo of Sookie and Jackson on it. They clearly went a little nutso with the photocopying from Jackson’s cousin. The minister isn’t either of the two ministers we’ve already seen in Stars Hollow, and is possibly from Jackson’s home town, as his family seemed to be more concerned about the religious conventions being followed (such as getting the children christened).

Some fans are disappointed that we never get to see Sookie and Jackson get married, or even walk down the aisle. However, the show is about the Gilmore girls, and everything is focused on their dramas, not that of side characters.

Jess Returns to Stars Hollow

Luke goes upstairs to his apartment and finds Jess there. Luke’s first question is how Jess got in, because the only entrance is through the diner and up the stairs, and nobody saw Jess come up. Either he was able to time his arrival so that everyone was busy and distracted just as he got there, or he was able to gain entrance by climbing into an upstairs window somehow – neither of which sounds very plausible.

Jess tells Luke that although things are fine with his mother, and he’s not in any trouble, he wants to come back to Stars Hollow and live with Luke. Luke says that things will have to be different, and Jess agrees. Luke informs Jess that Rory and Dean are still together, and to leave them be. Learning that Rory is at Sookie’s wedding, Jess says he needs to take a walk. Rory came all the way to New York to see him, and it looks as if Jess has returned the favour by coming all the way to Stars Hollow to see her …

Note that Luke doesn’t seem to have received an invitation to Sookie and Jackson’s wedding. Perhaps Sookie has left him off the guest list in support of her bridesmaid, Lorelai, since he and Lorelai are still in an argument. Or perhaps he turned the invitation down, pleading work as an excuse, since he is running the diner as usual.

Lorelai and Christopher Decide to Be a Family

Based on having a bout of really great sex, Lorelai and Christopher decide they should be a family now (boy, that must’ve been some sex they had!). Lorelai says, “This thing with Sherry is so recent” – mm, so recent it’s not actually over, Lorelai! But when you can downgrade someone’s relationship into a “thing”, I guess it’s easier to justify.

They say it’s the best thing for Rory, but I don’t think either of them are really thinking about Rory too much at all. Neither of them discuss how they will break the news to Rory, and Lorelai doesn’t stress to Christopher that he can’t let Rory down any more, or give her a few minutes of phone time once a week and call it fatherhood.

While Christopher has always been trying to get Lorelai for himself (even getting a girlfriend was apparently part of his plan to win Lorelai back), Lorelai seems to be going along with this because she’s unhappy without Luke’s friendship, and because watching her best friend prepare for marriage to the man of her choice has left her feeling even lonelier. It’s not a great basis for a relationship, let alone a family.

“Fourth rung of hell”

RORY: Fourth rung of hell, party of one.

LORELAI: Well, at least my feet won’t get cold.

Rory references the Inferno, the first part of Italian writer Dante Alighieri’s 14th century epic poem, the Divine Comedy. The Inferno describes Dante’s journey through Hell, guided by the ancient Roman poet, Virgil. In the poem, Hell is described as nine concentric circles of torment located within the Earth.

It is not certain from this whether Rory has actually read the book, although it doesn’t seem unlikely that she has. There are circles of Hell in the poem, not “rungs”, and the fourth circle of Hell is for the miserly, the hoarders of wealth, and those who squandered it – not people gloating over relationship break ups (those are dealt with in the next part, the Purgatorio). However, that could very easily be a bit of artistic licence on Rory’s part.

Lorelai possibly gives away that she hasn’t read the poem when she says her feet won’t get cold. In fact, the final circle of Hell is a huge frozen lake. Hell does actually freeze over. The frozen lake is reserved for the traitors, who remain trapped in the ice, and in the very centre of the lake is Lucifer, who was a traitor to Heaven.

Jackson Has to Wear a Kilt to the Wedding

Jackson is dismayed when his father hands him a kilt to wear to his wedding on the weekend. It’s a family tradition, and both Jackson’s father and grandfather were married in kilts, suggesting that the Belleville family have Scottish heritage. (Which made more sense when Jackson’s surname was Melville, which is a Scottish surname, while Belleville is French – although there is a historical relationship between France and Scotland, so it’s not unrealistic either).

I am not able to identify Jackson’s tartan – it looks most like a Buchanan Clan tartan, but I suspect it’s fictional.

Note that Jackson’s father is played by the real life father of Jackson Douglas, the actor who plays Jackson Belleville.

Connecticut State

PARIS: Harvard loves this kind of crap. Being vice president is just one more thing to put you ahead of the rest of the hundreds of thousands of straight A students who are applying for the same spot you are. Think about it. You say no, then comes the day when the letter from Harvard arrives. They’ve turned you down. Enjoy Connecticut State, sucker.

There isn’t actually a Connecticut State University in real life. There’s a Central Connecticut State University in New Britain (about half an hour from Hartford), an Eastern Connecticut State University in Willimantic (about an hour from Hartford), a Western Connecticut State University in Danbury (about 40 minutes from Washington Depot), and a Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven (where Yale is).

It’s hard to know which of them, if any, Paris could be talking about, as the location of Stars Hollow kept moving about, but I suppose the most likely candidates are Central, which would be closer to Stars Hollow than Chilton, and Southern, which is in the city where Rory ends up attending college. Both of them are considered only average as educational institutions, and easy to get into. Even a Rory who failed to get into Harvard could probably aim higher.