What Would Lorelai Make of Taylor Swift?

It’s been 7 years since we last saw Lorelai and Rory, swigging coffee and referencing pop culture faster than Road Runner could meep-meep.


Part of the (many many) magnetic charms of the show were the references that made me feel like they were talking directly into my soul. Some examples…

Francie: What’s your damage, Gilmore? [Heathers]

Lorelai: You don’t care at all, do you?
Michel: To me, you are the teacher in the Charlie Brown cartoon. [Sounded like a muted trumpet - 'WAH wAH waah']

Rory: Got it. Hey, how come we don’t have a tiki bar?
Lorelai: Well, we are not two wild and crazy guys. [Steve Martin's characters on Saturday Night Live]
Rory: You like pina coladas.
Lorelai: And getting lost in the rain. [Rupert Holmes' Escape - The Pina Colada song]

What were your stand-out pop culture references?

In the Captain America: The Winter Soldier movie, Cap keeps a notepad of modern things that he missed on during his 65 year sleep, to catch up on. The list in the movie differed from country to country so in US theaters, it included ‘I Love Lucy’ and ‘Pisco’ whereas in the UK it included ‘The Beatles’ and ‘World Cup Final (1966)’. Italy’s listed ‘Roberto Benigni’, Mexico had ‘Shakira’ and Korea had ‘Oldboy’. Gizmodo has a compilation of the different lists here.

Today’s loosely related daydreaming has me pondering… if she was on our screens today, what would Lorelai be referencing – and how?

Facebook only started in 2004. We didn’t have Twitter or tablets. Would she have been an uncontrollable Twitter-er? Perhaps they’d have gone totally post-modern, Rory and Lorelai sitting on their sofa remarking on how often Lauren Graham appeared on Ellen. Or the travesty of Bunheads being cancelled.

I can see Mark Wahlberg moving to Stars Hollow, playing Marky Mark in his early 40′s. He’d be flirting with Lorelai:

Marky Mark: Hey, I just met you… and this is crazy, but here’s my number. Call me, maybe?

I think there’d be some sisterly love too for (the lovely) Taylor Swift, but what do you think Stars Hollow would be gabbing about today?

Here’s something to listen to while you think about it…

Pic c/o TheWB, Tune c/o Rupert Holmes’ and that moment when the chic 70′s became the sweater-laden 80′s

Sunday Afternoon #GilmoreGirls Re-Watch LiveTweet was a Blast! #gnrw

Thanks to everyone who came along to our first Gilmore News ReWatch Live Tweet session earlier today.  We hope you had as much fun as we did!

Silly rabbit...

Special thanks to @AKSmith6, @GilmoreGirlsBoy and @ButItWasOnSale for some spicy repartee and finely tuned observations such as:

Alicia: With that cane Trix looks like a pimp #GNRW

Mandolins: Snow cones in the middle of winter, is that a thing? Also, Rory, that is not how we throw. #onestepbackwardforfemenism #gnrw

And poor old Francie didn’t fare very well:


The whole event felt like hanging out with buds on a wet Sunday in front of a warm fire on a comfy comfy sofa.

Some surprising points came up, like… 

  • noticing the outbreak of furry-collar-itis that spread as the episode progressed (Dean was the likely Patient Zero)
  • the charm of Stars Hollow includes same-sex toilets, which is unlucky for Dean’s sister – or Constipated Clara as she is more commonly known
  • nobody really knows which one is Madeline and which is Louise

The entire conversation is here: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23GNRW

Hope y’all had fun too.  (Someone else can host next time ‘cos it’s gonna take me hours to clean this mess up.)

Pics c/o TheWB and Lions Gate (OrangeIsTheNewBlack)

What’s the right age to introduce a Girl to Gilmore?

Teen pregnancy and an absentee father are odd starting places for a family network television show, but that’s where the Gilmore Girls story really starts. Lorelai’s accidental pregnancy at 16 was only openly criticized a couple of times – as asides by Mrs Kim and in that incident with the Stars Hollow’s Stepford moms.


Stepford Mom 1: So, you’re preaching to our daughters that it’s okay to get pregnant at sixteen, am I getting that right?
Lorelai: No, not at all, I was just answering their questions.

Stepford Mom 1: Sounds like you just flaunted your mistakes.
Lorelai: Now, hold on. You have no right to judge me. All I said was that for my particular circumstances things worked out okay. I advocated nothing to them. You’re all acting like I walked into that room tossing condoms in the air.
Stepford Mom 2: You might as well have.
Lorelai: Fine, next time I will. I’ll bring a banana and we’ll have a little show and tell. How ‘bout that?
Stepford Mom 1: What kind of mother are you?
Lorelai: The kind that doesn’t gloss over things just because they’re a little uncomfortable.

And while it was criticised then, it was never, ever regretted. Rory was unconditionally loved.

Student 1: Well, are you sorry you got pregnant?
Lorelai: No, it brought me Rory, but timing is everything. I mean, I could’ve. . .sixteen, you guys are sixteen, right . . .and hey, is that clock right?
Student 2: What do you mean by timing?
Student 1: Yeah, if you had waited and had a baby with another man at a different time. . .
Student 3: It wouldn’t have been Rory, right?
Lorelai: Hey, you know what’s fun to talk about? Late checkout.

In the same way Mrs Doubtfire (rest in peace Robin Williams, you loveable maniac) cemented the notion of non-traditional yet fully functional families into social consciousness, Gilmore Girls continues to lessen the stigma around non-nuclear families – and it does this somewhat counterintuitively… by barely referencing it.

Instead, they focus on the present. We see foxy mom Lorelai bringing up the perfect daughter with standards, rocket-powered wit and bootcut jeans. She has created her own home and built her own life around her own dreams. I heard someone discussing Stevie Nicks on the radio, saying she’d coccooned herself with like-minded people, creating a safe environment where she could be herself and create, without fear. I think Stars Hollow was that safe nest for Lorelai, to be able to create her life and the life she wanted for Rory. How they got there didn’t matter.


Mass media and popular culture seem to be nudging kids to grow up earlier, becoming sexualised and sex-aware earlier. Like the internet and progress, you can’t put this stuff back in a box. It just is – or maybe it’s always been like this. Either way, it doesn’t mean a mother can’t still try to pass on life lessons…

Lorelai: Does he have a motorcycle? ‘Cause if you’re gonna throw your life away, he better have a motorcycle!

… but whether a daughter is actually going to listen or not, well… that’s a whole other can of beans.

How do you feel Gilmore Girls handled the subject of teen pregnancy?
Given the range of media already out there – from Miley Cyrus to Judy Blume – do you think there’s a ‘right’ age for girls to be introduced to Lorelai’s world?
Do you think Lorelai and Rory’s relationships with guys were good or bad examples of real-world options and behaviour?

Pics c/o TheWB

The Great Loves of Gilmore Girls: Food

Many things in life remind me of Gilmore Girls. Snow. Melissa McCarthy. Monkey underpants. And then there’s food.

college food

Lorelai and Rory were never shy in their affections for food. Marzipan aside, there was little that wouldn’t pass their lips and generally, the junkier the better.  Lorelai was on first name terms with the major delivery places around Stars Hollow, seemed to keep Al’s Pancake World in business and schooled those college girls (pictured above) in the etiquette of fast food:

Lorelai: The whole point of getting everything within delivery distance is so we can judge the quality of food, speed of service, cuteness of delivery guys on a scale of one to ten…  (Bonus points if you remember how many points Lorelai gives the pizza delivery guy delivering a stack of pizzas.)

… and ordering from a Taco Barn Drive-Thru…

Lorelai: Hi. Um, two tacos, an order of taquitos, a beef burrito with no onions, and, uh, don’t bother bagging it, that’ll just slow us down.

Lorelai’s best friend, Sookie, was an amazing chef.  Luke was a cook.  I can’t see the Girls getting on with anyone who didn’t love food.  Food = Love.  Dean took Rory out for meatballs.  Jess knew his weiners (best hotdog stand in New York, get your mind out of the gutter).  Logan only seemed like husband material to me after he cooked that magnificent lobster.  Max blagged osso bucco, Jason ate supermarket cuisine, Chris hired a restaurant in Paris.

Then there are certain dishes that I’ve only ever heard in conversation from the Girls. Turtleneck / Mock Turtle soup for instance:

Emily: He’s in his office now with the Scotch, and he wants turtleneck soup — asks for it over and over.
Lorelai: What’s turtleneck soup?
Emily: Apparently something his mother used to have made for him when he was a little boy, and now he wants some, and I can’t seem to find anybody who has any idea what it is.

I looked this one up. Wikipedia has a recipe from the mid-eighteenth century (vegetarians, you may wish to avert your eyes) that includes the phrases ‘large calf’s head’ and ‘boil until the horn is tender’.  You don’t hear that every day.  Fun fact: Queen Victoria placed a reward for live turtles – a rare culinary delicacy – to be delivered from the Caribbean, but none came back because they were so delicious the sailors ate them en route.

Deviled eggs also fit into this category and make a surprise appearance in Farmville 2: Country Escape which is totally eating up my every non-blogging minute.

Jess: Someone egged my car.
Luke: Geez, it stinks.
Jess: It’s gonna take me forever to clean this up.
Luke: These eggs are cooked.
Jess: What?
Luke: They’re not raw eggs. They look like. . . deviled eggs.
Jess: Someone devil-egged my car?

mucho mac and cheese!

Penis-shaped pasta and pink Sno-balls also make my list – from Emily’s bachelorette party and Lorelai’s first date with Digger, respectively. Ooh, ooh and Certs, from that cat-themed hotel, where Lorelai is so hungry avoiding the weirdo guests, she resorts to eating the sweets she finds at the bottom of her handbag.

Lorelai: I ate the fuzzy Certs. They tasted like keys.

Which Gilmore gastronomics turned you on and which turned your stomach? What novelties would they be analyzing if they were around today?  Favourite food-related scenes or antics?  Can anyone confirm or deny Mexican food as a trustworthy hangover cure?

Pics c/o TheWB

Best Gilmore Trivia Ever

Some bits and bobs you might or might not know…

No way! Waaaay!

- Rory’s teacher in the pilot episode was played by Jill Brennan, who returned 4 years later as ‘Crazy’ Carrie Duncan, one of Luke’s high school dalliances

- In the original pilot script, Lorelai cooks a celebratory banquet and both the girls enjoyed salad – unlike in ‘real life’, where pizza is a food type and the oven is used to keep shoes

- Alexis Bledel (Rory Gilmore, duh) drank Coke in place of coffee, although she’s partial to coffee now

- Stars Hollow was in part based on Washington Depot, CT – a real place that we’ll visit during one of the Stars Hollow Cons, the Gilmore Girls Convention

- Rescue dog Buttercup actually belonged to Scott Patterson (Luke Danes)

Rory: 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.

- Neither Lane nor Mrs Kim were Korean

- Lauren Graham (Lorelai Gilmore, duh) and Keiko Agena (Lane Kim) were both born in Honolulu, Hawaii

- Keiko Agena was closer to Lauren’s age than Alexis (Rory Gilmore).  Those wonderful Japanese-American genes…

- Alex Borstein was originally cast to play Sookie but due to Alex’ contractual engagements, was re-cast as Drella (the eternally-miffed harp player) and later on as Miss Celine the Gilmores’ dresser)

- Michael Winters (Taylor Doose) lost his left leg in a fishing accident between seasons 4 and 5 and acted the remainder of the show with a wooden leg

- The set of Lorelai’s house connected to Sookie’s house via the closet door in the entrance hall

- The exterior of the Dragonfly Inn was the house from popular 70s show, The Waltons

- Alexis Bledel and Milo Ventimiglia (Jess Mariano) were dating in real life

- Sean Gunn turned up as both the swan guy and Mick the cable guy before becoming Kirk forever.  Including an alternate universe Kirk as Bash, in Bunheads

- At the school performance of Fiddler On The Roof, Matthew Perry can be seen hiding behind the curtain after Luke fixes Kirk’s cart

I have homework for you this week.  Hunt out some unexpected trivia and post it below.  tv.com has thousands I never knew about.  Or you can totally make it up, just like I completely fabricated every fifth ‘fact’ above.

Pic c/o The WB

Those Good Lookin’ Girls… Well, Mostly.

Those Girls sure were easy on the eye. Well, most of the time. Even when Lorelai was supposed to look awful, she still looked GREAT.

nice boots

It’s the cowboy boots that really set that look off.  

But there were times when they didn’t look so hot. Here’s one for the real geeks and style aficionados. When did they look their worst?

My pet turn-off was this ensemble from series six, where Rory wears a dirty cardboard box…

khaki? cacky more like

… with Lorelai’s get-up in the Mother-Daughter fashion combo a close runner-up. Ugh, I’m dry retching just writing this.

no no no

Deep breaths.  Y’know it’s a credit to the wardrobe department that these were only so jarring because the fashion faux pas were so few.

So when do you think the girls looked their prettiest?  Favourite outfits?  Will any of the Lorelai-lovers ‘fess up a preference between the pink dream-sequence negligee and the black one?  I double-dare you.

There were a couple of weird episodes where Lorelai and Sookie appeared to have been visited by the botox fairy – needless to say, quite unnecessarily. The boys never seemed to look that different, did they? Except maybe when Lorelai dressed Luke up in black – or he was shirtless in bed…  I just thought, Jackson’s wrestling pyjamas would make a stunning cosplay outfit.  Comfy, too.

To finish with, that perennial question: Rory – Long tresses in an Alice band… or short grown-up bob?

(In case you’re wondering, yes, I did check that the plural of ‘faux pas’ is ‘faux pas’.  After that whole culs-de-sac incident I wasn’t taking any chances.)

Pics c/o The WB/The CW


The Thriving Online Gilmore Community

It’s been over seven years now since the final Gilmore Girls episode live-aired, on May 15th 2007. Enough time for the seven seasons to have aired again… that’s like your kid having a kid.  Yet there’s no seven year itch in sight and the fanbase is still evident, both here at GilmoreNews and at various internet fan outlets, who I’d like to take this occasion to gather up and namecheck and give a good ol’ fashioned Stars Hollow holler.  HOLLER!

ain't no holla back girrrl

Anyone who’s ever twat me will know I’m terrible with The Twitter (apologies if I’m garbling the terminology). I think by the time I joined up the cool kids had already moved onto something else. On the bright side, it seems to be working out for Gilmore Tweets, who post a few choice Gilmore lines each week. Each is up-to-140-characters worth of reminiscences, particularly good for those with a short-attention span.

For those who like their words with pictures, GilmoreGirlsWeb tweets a subtitled screengrab or video two or three times a week. On Tumblr we have Oy With the Poodles Already  and FYeahGilmoreGirls, who both post pretty much weekly with screenshots or animated GIFs and subtitles or taglines. I find myself watching a really good GIF over and over as the actors’ tiniest facial expressions can make the whole thing.

On more traditional entertainment news sites, I keep an eye on Vulture and TVLine. Vulture has a current Gilmore or Amy Sherman-Palladino story once a month or so and not only do they have a dedicated Amy Sherman-Palladino tag but last month they boasted an article from Amy Sherman-Palladino herself. She wrote about the impressive dialogue in Sherlock, of which I’m a fan but I didn’t like the wedding episode.

Michael Ausiello at TVLine is also good for anything current – TVLine’s coverage and support of Bunheads was terrific. Plus he interviewed Lauren Graham on the couch last year.

Also a shout out to TV Fanatic, who are on the radar this week as they kick off an episode-by-episode review of Gilmore Girls, starting with series one, episode one! We’ve done it a few times and wish them luck and many many laughs. I think it’s the third or fourth viewing that really separates the wheat from the chaff.

Last up, something a bit different is Stars Hollow Confessions, a Tumblr site that accepted anonymously posted confessions about Gilmore Girls.  They’d turn submissions into a graphic with an appropriate screengrab. The confession box is currently closed but new pics are still being posted from the backlog. Some of the ‘confessions’ are more observations or musings, but the candid ones are my favourite e.g.

“Season 7 isn’t as bad as everyone makes it out to be.”

Kira and Iscah, I hope you don’t mind me re-posting this gem…

c/o starshollowconfessions.tumblr.com

Are there other Gilmore sites you follow?  Do share!  Do you (or did you) have a Gilmore Girls website?  

I’d also like to have a confessional session sometime, I think it’d be an eye-opener.  Anyone care to start?

Top pic c/o TheWB, bottom pic c/o starshollowconfessions.tumblr.com, check ‘em out.