In S1E1 when Lorelai and Rory arrive at their first Friday night dinner, Lorelai stops at the front door without knocking, causing Rory to comment, “Do we go in or do we just stand here reenacting ‘The Little Match Girl?'”
“The Little Match Girl” is a Hans Christian Andersen story about a little girl in poverty, forced to sell matches on the street to survive. One New Year’s Eve, she fails to sell any matches and is afraid to return home and face her father. She stays outside and eventually dies from the cold.