Silly String

(Lorelai walks in the front door carrying shopping bags.)
LORELAI: Rory, I’m back for round two [of their fight]. I got some Silly String in case things get really ugly.

Silly String is a toy consisting of flexible plastic string propelled as liquid from an aerosol can. It was first invented in 1972. Silly String fights are common among children.

“Even Barbie ended up being a stewardess”

PARIS: I just think it’s strange that you don’t wanna be queen.
RORY: You know, not all girls want to be queen, Paris. Even Barbie ended up being a stewardess.

Rory is referring to the doll named Barbie, previously discussed. One of her early “careers” was becoming a stewardess with American Airlines in 1961, where she wore a uniform and carried a flight bag. Barbie never has been a queen, although since the 1990s she has been a princess.

“Connecticut Ken”

LORELAI: Is this a setup?
EMILY: What?
LORELAI: Uh, Connecticut Ken in there, is he my invited escort for the evening?

Ken is a toy doll introduced by Mattel in 1961 as a male counterpart to Barbie; he also has multiple fashion accessories. Barbie and Ken are promoted as a couple, although sometimes they just seem to be good friends – with the result that Ken is sometimes jokingly rumoured to be gay.

To call a man a “Ken Doll” is generally an insult. It might suggest he is handsome but shallow and boring, or that he exists only to serve as an escort or accessory to a woman. Lorelai is probably implying both these things by calling Chase “Connecticut Ken”.

Cabbage patching

LORELAI: “Three months. Well, woohoo. Hold on, I’m going to cartwheel.”
RORY: Forget it.
LORELAI: Oh, no wait. She’s telling my dad now. Why, I think they’re cabbage patching.

Cabbage patching means to do the cabbage patch dance, a hip-hop dance where you put your hands together as fists and move them in horizontal circles. The dance features in the 1988 song The Cabbage Patch by Miami bass group Gucci Crew II, which became popular in dance clubs. The dance seems to have been inspired by Cabbage Patch Kids, the doll fad of the 1980s, combined with “cabbage” as slang for paper money. It’s a celebratory dance, often associated with sporting victories.

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.

Barbie

LORELAI: I feel like this is one of those moments when I should be remembering all the great times I had with my dad, you know. The time he took me shopping for a Barbie or to the circus or fishing and my mind is a complete blank.

Barbie is a fashion doll manufactured by Mattel and launched in 1959. The doll was created by Ruth Handler, based on a German doll named Bild Lilly. The doll was named after Ruth’s daughter Barbara. Mattel has sold over a billion Barbie dolls, and Barbie herself has become a cultural icon.

If Lorelai was given a Barbie as a small child, she might have received Malibu Barbie, the iconic doll of the 1970s.

Razor Scooter

LORELAI (speaking on phone to pizza delivery guy): So what’s the next phase of the delivery saga? Mm-hmm …Well how long until your brother’s back with the Razor Scooter?

The Razor Scooter is a compact folding scooter manufactured by JD Corporation. Released in 2000, it became an immediate hit and was named the Most Popular Toy of 2001. Of course it is not suitable for delivering pizzas.

Baccarat candlesticks

Emily is horrified to discover that the Baccarat candlesticks she bought Lorelai for Christmas in 1999 were exchanged for a lamp decorated with “leering” monkeys holding coconuts.

Baccarat is a French manufacturer of fine crystal glassware, located in the town of Baccarat. The glassworks were founded in 1764 by King Louis XV. An American subsidiary of the company was created in New York City in 1948.

Emily may have bought the candlesticks from Lux Bond and Green, a jewellery store in West Hartford authorised to sell Baccarat products. A classic pair of Baccarat candlesticks (like the ones in the picture) will set you back around $500, but a fancier double candlestick holder would be over $6000.

I doubt that the same store that sells Baccarat also sells the novelty monkey lamp so there probably wasn’t an actual exchange of goods – Lorelai may have simply made a cash exchange, meaning that she pocketed a tidy profit after purchasing the monkey lamp somewhere else.

(The monkey lamp may have been partly inspired by Daniel Palladino’s first gift to Amy Sherman-Palladino when they were courting – the toy game Barrel of Monkeys, a barrel filled with plastic monkeys that can be interlinked together).