Pet Hates (and Loves)

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Pop Quiz! Favourite / most pointless appearance of an animal in Gilmore Girls?

Did you love or were you kinda meh for the fortune-telling Doggy Swami AKA Paul Anka?  How about the swans that heralded Kirk’s grand entrance – back when we knew him only as ‘Swan Guy’?  Perhaps Case Study number 12 AKA Stella the chick tickled your fancy – the little bird escapee who might or might not be an excuse to invite a boy over.

Sookie: Well when you call someone and say ‘can you come over and help me look for my loose chick’ it’s a little…
Lorelai: A little what?
Sookie: It sounds a little like the code for ‘I’m not wearing any underwear’.

My personal favourite: Cyrus.

my left or yours?

Jason: I taught him very special commands that only my dog could know.
Lorelai: Like what?
Jason: Uh, like… A little to the left.
Lorelai: Shut up.

Lorelai: Can he move a little to the right?
Jason: No, not yet. We just do a little to the left until he hits the wall, and then I turn him around.
Lorelai: You and your dog are extremely weird.

Babette’s cat Cinnamon in a bassinet?  How about the girls’ one-time hamster Skippy, who laughed at Lorelai and ended up being returned in house stuffed full of Kleenex?  Or Buttercup the rescue dog?

Rory (reading from label): Buttercup is a special dog. She’s extremely skittish and tends to react badly towards blonde haired females, brunette males, children of either sex, other animals, red clothing, cabbage or anyone in a uniform.
Lorelai (to Luke): Hey, we just found the doggy version of you.

It has been oft said that those in entertainment should never work with children or animals.  Do you think the animals of Gilmore Girls acquainted themselves well?  Either the writers and producers were gluttons for punishment or they enjoyed the challenge – there were plenty of ’em.  Ooh, there was that big cat that wouldn’t move off the step from the cat-themed bed and breakfast too, remember?  And does young Gigi count?

Favourites?  Waste of times?  Ooh there were those two horses at the Dragonfly Inn too.  Points to anyone who can name more ;O)

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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 gilmorenews.com for letting me squat and allowing my inner Gilmore Geek out for air. I worry how it would otherwise manifest.

7 thoughts on “Pet Hates (and Loves)

  • January 14, 2014 at 2:48 pm
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    I thought the animals were used to strikingly good comedic effect across the entire series. Paul Anka, aka the doggie swaumi vs real Paul Anka. Swans vs Kirk, Michele, or even Jess. Rats in the wall. Chicks as bait, etc.etc.

    Among the favorites, Cyrus was pretty cool, but IMHO the best use of animals was Kirk and his dog pack. Sometimes they were pretty well behaved, sometimes they were a tangled mess waiting to happen, sometimes he lost them, sometimes he had additional ones with no owner to return to. And of course there was the incident in the diner where the doggie in a purse even bit him. And who can forget cat Kirk and his incessant bullying of human Kirk.

    They claimed that the girls [particularly Lorelai] shoudn’t have pets, but the person who really needed to avoid animals was probably Kirk.

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  • January 14, 2014 at 3:25 pm
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    Other favorites, Apricot as the heir to cinnamon, Rory getting “hit by a deer”, the “psuedo safarri” shoutout in “You Jump Jack”, and the trout in the bathtub after the fishing outing with Alex.

    Less faves, the cat as firestarter at the Inn, and the cats as Lorelai’s “old-maid” indicator.

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  • January 15, 2014 at 10:25 am
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    Jeez…i can’t think of any other ones… OH, wait! What about the 4 trouts (Gomer, Pinky, Pete and Cheryl) in the kiddie pool when luke was teaching lorelai how to fish. It’s almost the same as the trout in the bathtub, but it still counts, right?

    “Luke: I wouldn’t get too attached.
    Lorelai: Hi Gomer.
    Luke: There you go.
    Lorelai: Oh, don’t be scared Pinky.
    Luke: And now there’s Pinky.
    Lorelai: It’s okay, Pinky, nobody’s gonna hurt you. Hey Pete, stop crowding Pinky. It’s okay, Pinky, just go over there behind Cheryl.
    Luke: Okay, now that everybody knows each other…”

    Plus my favorite will always be cat kirk. And cinnamin, who got stuck under the porch, and needed a shoehorn and some oil to get out.

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  • January 15, 2014 at 10:27 am
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    And plus, any animal involved with kirk always insures hilarity

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  • January 16, 2014 at 11:44 am
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    Swan vs Jess was my favorite. The last explanation I would have imagined for that black eye. And I loved Luke’s reaction.

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  • January 17, 2014 at 1:32 pm
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    A few final odds and ends, mostly played for a quick laugh. The stuffed ravens in Poe vs Poe, barking apartment dog after the Bangles concert, stray patio dog that helped get the grandparents talking again, imitation barking dog as Paris’ burglar alarm, Stan the racoon at the Huntsburger’s seaside vacation home. Of these only the grandparents dog really added something to the plotline.

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  • January 21, 2014 at 11:51 am
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    Plot line schmlot line. I doff my hat, Mcityrk and dedicate this week’s clearing of spam comments to you.

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