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

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

The Town Troubadour plays Nashville!

Hipster spectacles? Check. Twelve-string acoustic? Check. Portable microphone amp, a deliriously cool repertoire and a solid chunk of Stars Hollow cool? Check, check and most certainly check. Ladies and gentlemen, the Stars Hollow Troubadour, Grant-Lee Phillips.

who you gonna call?

From his first appearance in season 1, leaning on a lamp post as a bus brings Rory to Dean, to his final wandering around the haybale maze in season 7, Phillips’ recurring role as ‘Grant’ saw him accompanying a number of poinient moments as a wandering musician. He added a gloopy amber warmth and comedy to the flavour of Stars Hollow – anywhere else in the world he’d be a busker but in Stars Hollow he’s The Troubadour.  With his trademark brown box amp and headgear, he resembled a one-man band crossed with a Ghostbuster – a Ghostbusker if you will.

Ahead of his show tomorrow (Weds November 5 2014) at the City Winery in Nashville, the Nashville Scene featured an interview this week, with Phillips giving some choice glimpses into his time on Gilmore Girls.

It always felt like some great coup was being pulled: How on earth could this wholesome family drama find its way to welcome the likes of me? Sonic Youth? Sebastian Bach? You know, it’s just a crazy thing.

It’s hard to imagine a Stars Hollow without him.

They had me lean against a lamppost and play a song and maybe next episode they had me lean up against a tree.  We exhausted all of the things I could lean up against.

My favourite Troubadour moments include the five seconds of Heavenly he plays as Dean and Rory cross a street; and Lorelai barging into him mid-song (a cover of Cat Stevens’ Peace Train), the girls laden with preposterously tall rucksacks.

Rory: Coming through! Heavy bags.
Lorelai: Out of our way Peace Boy! No offense, love the song.

My outright favourite moment is just watching him sing and groove – his hair grown out like Ben Folds – to the wonderful Lily-A-Passion from his 2004 Virginia Creeper album.

If you’re in Nashville, why not go say hi? I’m sure he won’t mind if you start whistling along.

everybody needs a little sanctuary *whistle*

And check out the full Nashville Scene interview here.

Favourite Troubadour songs or covers? Troubadour highlights?  Have you been following Grant-Lee Phillips?  He’s got a new album coming out next year y’know.

Pics c/o TheWB

Alexis gets Cultured – Twice!

A cultured weekend for Mrs. Alexis Bledel, attending the fabulous America Ferrera’s off-Broadway show Lips Together Teeth Apart. Captured ably (as ever) by Amber Tamblyn here:

so classy

A pregnant and glowing Blake Lively was, of course, also there to complete the Sisterhood and lend support (“Go Betty, Go Betty”) at the Second Stage Theater on Saturday (October 18). The show runs until the end of October and features America playing Sally in Terrence McNally’s tale of two couples trying to enjoy themselves (themselves despite their prejudices and insecurities) over a July 4th barbeque.

If you like links to Gilmore Girls (and who doesn’t like links to Gilmore Girls – it’s like parfait), you’d also want to know that Jon Hamm was in attendance (Lorelai’s auction-attending wine-sharing date, Peyton Sanders), as was Tony Danza, who Rory last saw in Las Vegas, among other acts…

Lorelai: Well, it came down to Journey without their original lead singer, INXS without their original lead singer, Queen without their original lead singer, The Supremes without Diana and, weirdly, the James Brown Band without James Brown.
Rory: But we wound up seeing Tony Danza, who was sublime!
Lorelai: Oh, the tap dancing!

I feel I wouldn’t be doing my job if I didn’t now show you Tony Danza tap dancing:

Then last night (Monday October 20), Alexis attended the Vineyard Theatre‘s opening night performance of Billy & Ray, which sees Billy Wilder and Raymond Chandler magicking up film noir as they adapt Double Indemnity for the silver screen. Vincent Kartheiser (Mr. Alexis Bledel) plays Billy Wilder and the show runs until November 23rd.  Here’s AB looking darling on the ol’ red carpet:

nice shoes

Lorelai: You know Mom, you have kind of a Barbara Stanwyck-y voice.
Emily: Oh I do not.
Lorelai: I mean it. You could have gotten Fred McMurray to off Dad if you’d really wanted to.
(Lorelai and Emily referencing Double Indemnity, naturally)

Do you think we’ll ever see Alexis treading the boards?  Would you watch her?  I’d go see her if she was in London.  And any of the former Gilmore Girls cast actually.  Michael Winters (Taylor Doose) does some theater from time to time and I think he’d be great.  He has a real presence (especially with Miss Patty behind him).

Now why not follow Alexis’ example and get yourself some culture?  Or at least watch Double Indemnity.  I started House of Cards on Sunday and will hopefully have time to watch three straight episodes soon as I post this :O)

Pics c/o amberrosetamblyn and Joseph Marzullo/WENN

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.

FIGHTTTT

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.

Step-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.

dynamite

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