While the internet watched the end of Breaking Bad this week, I finished season 2 of The Newsroom. The two-part finale delivered some real high notes, by far the standout being Olivia Munn’s deadpan delivery of some cracking lines.
Which led me to thinking (in a Carrie Bradshaw voiceover)… Whose was the greatest cameo in Gilmore Girls?
There have been some spectacular gonzo casting decisions both for occasional and one-off appearances. Traci Lords (former porn star) played Natalie Zimmermann, the Dragonfly Inn interior designer caught between Lorelai and Emily:
Natalie: So now that I talked myself back into a job, what do you think the outlook for this lawn jockey is?
Lorelai: Not good.
Natalie: Hmm… Emily would hate it.
Lorelai: Wrap it up.
s04e05 The Fundamental Things Apply
Then there was Carole King enabling Lane’s drumming, Brandon Routh, Krysten Ritter playing a pre-Apartment 23 B*, dull dull Jon Hamm at a charity auction, and a pre-Community Abed (Danny Pudi).
So many single episode characters that you’d know if you saw them… the Jack Kerouac-boy from the pilot (‘you make that coffee look really good’), Fran Weston’s son, the cat hotel lady and her guests, Lorelai’s Tiki Bar neighbour, Mia, Mia 2.0 and more and more and more.
Do you have a favourite?
I’m plumping for the venomous harpist Drella (Alex Borstein – does she count as a cameo?) and two-thirds of the classic gag: There was a priest (Jim Jansen), a rabbi (Alan Blumenfeld) and Taylor Doose:
Rabbi David Barans: You’re gonna tell my little old ladies, my bubbies, you’re shutting down their bingo?
Taylor: I’m not afraid of your bubbies, Rabbi.
Reverend Archie Skinner: Oh, God, thank you for letting me be in the room when Taylor said that.
s03e06 Take The Devilled Eggs