I was thinking there should be a secret Gilmore Girls handshake or something. Something Gilmore Geeks could share in public like a knowing wink to signal kinship – and then the answer was so obvious, I was already doing it – and maybe you are too.
If you’re anything like me (heaven forbid), at some point you’ve said to yourself ‘this is just like in Gilmore Girls when…’ or ‘that is so Kirk’ or ‘my God you’re just like Emily’ and sometimes you say it out loud and sometimes, some of those wonderful wonderful words just come out.
For example, I was in a friend’s house and picked up a kitchen knife and said “it would do a foot”. I swear if someone had picked up the reference I’d have had triplets.
Lorelai: [Pulling a big knife out of Luke's duffel bag] Oh – my God.
Luke: It’s a bowie knife to cut fish, cut tree limbs…
Lorelai: Amputate a leg?
Luke: Not a leg. It could do a foot.
(s06e15 A Vineyard Valentine)
Later on, when Lorelai finds Rory preparing food in the kitchen…
Lorelai: Hmm. What’s this?
Rory: It’s a garlic press.
Lorelai: [Picks up a kitchen knife] This would do a foot.
Rory: Step away from the knife.
I was in an airport when somebody called out “Marco” and I couldn’t not answer “Polo”. I have the same knee-jerk reaction with “Toolbox” and “Dirty”.
Luke: By the way, you do tell people that you’re the one that named my toolbox, right?
Lorelai: Toolbox, dirty.
s02e07 Like Mother, Like Daughter
I’ve said “don’t add stuff from your to-do list to my to-do list” (s04e20 Luke Can See Her Face). I’ve called people “Ace” in the same affectionate / patronising way Logan addresses Rory (s05e06, Norman Mailer, I’m Pregnant). I once used the word ‘Whiffenpoofs” in context (s04e09 Ted Koppel’s Big Night Out).
Please, I want to know it’s not just me. Has anything from the show entered your vernacular? Are their voices in your head; are their words in your blood? In short, do you speak Gilmore? Even better, have you ever picked up a reference dropped by someone else?