How Many Yellow Daisies Does It Take To Make A Proposal?

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Hopefully any new readers watching Gilmore Girls on Netflix for the first time should by now have gobbled up all of season one.  If not, well basically this whole website is Spoiler City so, y’know, there’s my due diligence right there.  Hope you’re enjoying the show btw.

At the end of season one, Max Medina blurts out a proposal in a ‘desperate attempt to end a bickering match’ and Lorelai gives him a well-deserved dressing down:

Lorelai: … It should be magical. There should be music playing and romantic lighting and a subtle build up to the popping of the big question. There should be a thousand yellow daisies and candles and a horse and I don’t know what the horse is doing there unless you’re riding it, which seems a little over the top, but it should be more than… this.

Then later we see her, for once, speechless as she gets what she wished for.  

ah-aah-ahhhCHOOOO

Apparently, many times over.  EW talked to show writer and creator Amy Sherman-Palladino and Sandy Veneziano the Production Designer for a look behind-the-scenes – well, behind that scene in particular.

Amy Sherman-Palladino: We had no money on Gilmore, especially that first year. We were trying to trade sexual favors for snow.

Sandy Veneziano: We cheated a little bit on some of the shots. We would push the background daisies—if it wasn’t a wide shot—further in and put some on apple boxes so they were a little higher and filled the space.

So, how many daisies did the show actually end up using?

Amy: Oh my God, it’s thousands and thousands and thousands and thousands. I think we all lost count at some point… Three or four times we had to send people back to get yellow daisies. I think we wiped out yellow daisies on the West Coast.

Head on over to catch the whole piece: http://insidetv.ew.com/2014/10/21/gilmore-girls-thousand-yellow-daisies/

What I want to know is – where are the candles and the horse?  (And the roller-skates for the horse?)

This scene is sandwiched between Rory blurting out to Dean ‘I love you, you idiot!’ and the Lorelai and Rory running at each other through Stars Hollow gibbering like the lovestruck fools they are.  Probably the most ‘up’ ending of any of the seasons?

Did you like the daisy proposal?  I thought Max’s original mid-argument proposal was frighteningly realistic – I’ve heard worse.  Do you like Max as a partner for Lorelai?  This could have gone so, so wrong if Lorelai had hayfever…

Pic c/o TheWB

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Rich

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.

11 thoughts on “How Many Yellow Daisies Does It Take To Make A Proposal?

  • November 11, 2014 at 5:42 pm
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    Clearly the ending of season 1 was the most “up” [and unlike vintage ASP], but then when you are wrangling to make sure you get a second season, compromise sometimes sublimally rears it’s head. To bad the same could not be said for BH–

    The proposal and Max’s followthrough was both linguistically and visually stunning but then of course a married Lorelai kills most of the possibilities for the character in the next few years, so bye, bye Max!! Of course if Max had provided a horse then Lorelai would not have needed the jeep for her runaway bride routine!!

    Not all that sure that Lorelai’s visuallized ideal proposal was all that different than Emily’s Romanoff wedding ideal.

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  • November 12, 2014 at 3:39 pm
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    I’m new here! Netflix has renewed my enthusiasm for GG. I was a faithful viewer through Season 6, and then I faded out come Season 7 only catching a few episodes before the finale. (I wasn’t just heartbroken about L/L ending, but also the lack of ASP). I just found your website and it’s nice to rediscover this gem with others who think so fondly of it.

    The Season 1 ender is definitely the most positive of all the season enders. I love the scene of Rory and Lorelai running to each other in the middle of the town square – it communicates so clearly that this show is about a mother and her daughter first and foremost.

    The 1000 yellow daisies at the inn was so sweetly romantic, and it seemed in character that Max would do this. I remember being charmed by it, despite feeling that the run-up to Max and Lorelai being at the point in their relationship where a proposal made sense was rushed. Despite how charming and sweet Max was, I never found him that exciting a love interest for Lorelai. He was always a bit too normal. Indulgent of her quirks, but never really on the same page – or even reading the same book. The Season 2 episode (I think Hammers and Veils?) where Dean explains his guidelines/rules for hanging out with our girls to Max exemplified what never really worked about the guy.

    Max is very good on paper, and I understand why Lorelai choose to pursue it, despite its inevitable quick dissolve in the following season.

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    • November 14, 2014 at 12:49 am
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      Welcome Lynda, glad to have you along! Are you a closet Digger-afficionado like me? It’s not the most popular view but I think they played well together.

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  • November 17, 2014 at 7:35 pm
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    REALLY Rich? Digger? Barf. The only good thing about Jason was his dog Cyrus. That was one cute puppy.

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  • November 18, 2014 at 10:54 am
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    Digger gave hope to funny short guys everywhere ;O)

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  • November 18, 2014 at 5:54 pm
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    I actually thought Digger was taller than Max and certainly Jess. Seems like Doyle was Gilmore’s comedic Napoleon.

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  • November 20, 2014 at 9:39 am
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    Sorry, Rich. Digger had the quirkiness Max and Christopher lacked, but on him it came off creepy. Is it lonely on Digger Island?

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    • November 20, 2014 at 11:15 am
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      Hahaha!! Digger Island, population: Me.

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  • November 20, 2014 at 3:42 pm
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    Not to worry. Rumor has it that captain Jess is out in his rowboat looking for the maniacal swan. Maybe he can toss you a lifeline. If not maybe Rory will pass by on her boatride to Tahiti, or Logan on his round the world adventure, and of course as a last resort the SS Minnow is never more than 3 hours away–

    PS–Last time I looked there was a sandbar escape hatch to get back from Digger Island to the Gilmore mainland. I’ve used it multiple times!!

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