Cracking Cameos


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?

lawn jockey

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

Red Lobster



Rich originally began contributing to GIlmore News as 'Dairyman' in 2013, a reference to the character Dairyman Dick in Tess of the D'Urbervilles, (call me Rich). Here in the UK we were late to the Gilmore party and I don't remember what made me watch my first episode - the one where Lorelai picks Rory up from the police station after she and Logan steal a yacht - but I remember watching it again immediately. And then again. Thankfully, the next show was on the next day and I watched that one three times too. And then the boat one again. I couldn't believe the dialogue was so quick and so funny and I pretended to myself that I was only watching it so I could figure out who I was more keen on - the mom or the daughter. I swore that Aaron Sorkin must have been involved but I couldn't find his name attached anywhere, even on the internet. So I watched and loved and laughed and cried and the day after the series finale, they ran the entire show from the beginning again and Rory turned into a baby so then I was all about Lorelai. Lauren Graham is astonishing ("Mother: Breathtaking") and the show was - and is - lightning in a bottle. It's a treasure for those who watch and get swept up in it, like I did and like the readers of Gilmore News. It's heartbreak and chicken soup, family dysfunction and blind optimism, lighthearted romanticism and balls-out brilliant. Thanks to Arieanna and for letting me squat and allowing my inner Gilmore Geek out for air. I worry how it would otherwise manifest.

3 thoughts on “Cracking Cameos

  • October 1, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    Lots to like here-

    Extended arch – Michael York as Asher Fleming
    Periodic Appearances – Michael DeLuise as TJ
    Special Appearances – Madeleine Albright for its humor, Christiane Amanpour for its appropriateness, the Troubadours, Bangles, and Spring Break Bands for always setting the right moods to match the dramedy–

  • October 2, 2013 at 2:34 am

    LOVE those! Somehow forgot about those special appearances, they were all equally surprising and apt… Belinda Carlisle would have been a good one too.

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