Gilmore Girls’ Life Lessons: Tacos for Hangovers


Gilmore Girls has taught us many things: Of life, of love, of how to capture the hearts of dishy trust-fund boys…

Here’s one that may come a few days too late for some but should be kept in mind for future use. From the book of Lorelai:

Paris: The smell of these tacos is making me nauseous.
Lorelai: No no no, that’s the quart of Patty’s non-FDA-approved Founders’ Day punch you drank last night. Eat a taco.
Rory: Oh thank God hangover food.
Lorelai: That’s my little college girl.


This is from the pre-credits sequence of season 5’s “But I’m a Gilmore!” with Rory, Paris and Kirk nursing their respective alcohol and candy-related hangovers and Lorelai being the ice-cool parent we all hope we’re going to be. It’s a follow-on from the epic scene of fan-service in the previous episode with Lorelai enabling Kirk’s inner six-year-old:

Kirk: I don’t need a jacket.
Lorelai: Well it’s chilly, Kirk.
Kirk: I don’t wanna wear a jacket!
Lorelai: Well then maybe you won’t go to the grand opening of the Stars Hollow museum.
Kirk: [Huffs] I’ll put on my jacket.
Lorelai: Finish your breakfast first. Kirk, do not turn that TV on. Kirk! I mean it! Kirk!!

Good times! And remember that time Jess was at the same table with Paris?. I think Liza Weil and that breakfast table are some of my favourite scenes. That’s my note for the upcoming Gilmore Girls shows. More Paris/Breakfast Table scenes, thank you.

Did you recognise these references from that first scene?

  • Abba Zaba – the cause of Kirk’s hangover – was unknown to me before I looked it up, a strip of peanut butter encased in taffy! Man, you Americans know how to eat improperly properly.
  • Kirk asks for a Mars Bar as ‘hair of the dog’ – this is a British saying suggesting that a little of what caused the hangover may help to cure it.
  • Paris threatens a ‘Mr. Creosote’ situation if the Gilmore girls keep talking about vomit – Mr. Creosote is the enormous glutton from Monty Python’s classic The Meaning of Life. A devious French waiter encourages the greedy man to finish his ridiculous feast with one final ‘wafer thin mint’ – or ‘waffer theen meent‘ to the explosive detriment of Mr. Creosote.  Youtube link here.
  • There’s also Robin Williams’ cheery catchphrase from Good Morning Vietnam, the kung-fu movie The House of Flying Daggers and the vomiting scene from The Exorcist.

Man, that’s a good pre-credits sequence.

Did you catch all the references?
What’s your favourite pre-credits scene?
Is an Abba Zaba as great and gross as it sounds?

Anybody out there have any other good hangover cures? It’s not for me I’m uh, asking for a friend.

Pic c/o TheWB 



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.

4 thoughts on “Gilmore Girls’ Life Lessons: Tacos for Hangovers

  • January 6, 2016 at 7:31 am

    My all time favorite cold open is when the XTC song “Earn Enough For Us” is playing over a long tracking shot of the girls getting ready in the morning. Love it. Not only is the song great, but just the whole morning routine looks familial and comforting…what I always love and admire about “Gilmore girls”.

    • January 6, 2016 at 10:01 am

      That’s a good one, I love the synchronised Pop Tart and coffee changeovers!

    • October 19, 2016 at 7:27 am

      I love XTC, and I noticed it they popped up a lot in Gilmore Girls. I guess maybe Amy or someone else on the production staff is a fan.

  • October 19, 2016 at 7:32 am

    I just tested the Taco’s (or in my case burrito) for Hangover’s theory this weekend. I went a little overboard on the wine Friday night, and I had no appetite at all, and was a little queasy all day. I knew I’d feel better if I ate, but nothing was appealing. Then I found a burrito in the freezer and ate it, and damned if I didn’t feel better.


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