In S1E14, Lorelai calls Luke in a panic because Rory’s baby chick escaped. Lorelai says, “Luke! Stella got out and I don’t know, do I put seed on the floor, do I make cheeping sounds, or do I pull a Lucy Ricardo and walk like a chicken so she thinks I’m her mother?”
Lucy Ricardo, briefly discussed previously, is the fictional name of Lucille Ball’s character on the show “I Love Lucy.” She did indeed walk like a chicken, as evidenced in the clip below.
In S1E14, Lorelai comes home to find that Rory’s baby chick, Stella, has escaped. Lorelai rants, “Oh, this is unbelievable. All day long, just chirps like a maniac at the top of her lungs and now, nothing. Silence. Marcel Marceau chicken.”
Marcel Marceau was an award-winning French mime who performed during much of the twentieth century. He became well-known in the United States in the 50’s when he toured the country performing in major cities. He performed in Mel Brooks’ “Silent Movie,” in which he was ironically the only character who spoke (just a single word).
In S1E14, Lane is showing Rory her CD collection and listing off genres and musicians at a rapid-fire pace. In her miscellaneous section, Rory pulls out a CD and exclaims, “William Shatner? Is this the one where he sings ‘Tambourine Man?'” Lane replies gleefully, “And Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds.”
William Shatner is primarily an actor, known especially for his role as Captain Kirk on “Star Trek.” He also won two Emmys for his performance on the show “Boston Legal.” He has released 4 studio albums, the first of which was entitled “The Transformed Man.” The album featured dramatic poetry readings as well as covers of well-known songs, including “Mr. Tambourine Man,” “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds,” and “How Insensitive.”
In S1E14, a frustrated Lane tells Rory that she’s discovered she will not ever become a biologist, French translator, or Civil War buff. Rory says, “Well, I guess that just leaves bass player for the Foo Fighters.” Lane responds, “I also wouldn’t rule out keyboardist in the Siouxsie and the Banshees’ reunion tour.”
The Foo Fighters are discussed here.
Siouxsie and the Banshees was an English rock band in the 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s. Siouxsie Sioux was the lead singer and founded the band with guitarist Steven Severin. In 1988, Siouxsie and the Banshees added Martin McCarrick to their lineup as keyboardist. The band broke up in 1996 but did reunite in 2002 (after this GG episode) for a reunion tour. McCarrick was not part of the reunion tour.
In S1E14, Lorelai is making paint suggestions for Luke’s diner. She recommends some stenciling for the ceiling, but Luke refuses. Lorelai asks, “Excuse me, do you even know what stenciling is?” Luke shoots back, “Does Martha Stewart do it?” Lorelai hesitantly responds, “Yes.” Luke reiterates, “No. Stenciling.”
Martha Stewart is a businesswoman and founder of “Martha Stewart Living” (television show from 1993 to 2005 and magazine). Early in her career, she was primarily a chef and caterer, but she eventually became known for her magazine which focused on all types of homemaking skills, including crafts and decorating.
In S1E14, Lorelai is naming the bird that Rory brought home for her school project. First, Lorelai names the bird Stanley, but after Rory points out that the bird is female, Lorelai updates the name to Stella. She says, “Stella’s nice, and Stella was married to Stanley!”
“A Streetcar Named Desire” is a 1947 play by Tennessee Williams. Stella and Stanley Kowalski, working-class residents of New Orleans, are two of the main characters in the play. Interestingly, in relation to the 1950’s housewife/Donna Reed theme of this episode, Stanley Kowalski was physically and emotionally abusive, but in the original story, Stella stayed with him anyway. Later adaptations were changed so that Stella leaves Stanley in the end, taking their child with her.
In S1E14, Rory agrees to watch Babette and Morey’s new kitten for the evening. Lorelai teases Rory about being so eager to get away from her for the night. She tells Rory, “Well, Paul and Linda McCartney only spent 11 nights apart their entire relationship. Did you know that?”
Paul McCartney, bassist and songwriter for the Beatles, married Linda McCartney, photographer and animal rights activist, in 1969. They stayed together until Linda passed away in 1998 from breast cancer. General consensus seems to be that the only nights the couple ever spent apart were the 10 days that Paul was in jail in Japan for marijuana possession.
In S1E14, Babette asks Rory to housesit for the evening and Rory agrees. Babette says, “Oh, great! We got a kitchen full of food, and Morey just got cable so you can watch those four girls talkin’ dirty if you want to.”
Babette is talking about “Sex and the City,” an HBO drama that ran from 1998 to 2004. The show is about four women living in New York City, mostly focusing on their relationships and social lives.
In S1E14, Rory is studying in the kitchen with Lorelai. Rory says, “Sophie Friederike Auguste von Anhalt-Zerbst.” Lorelai chimes in, “But everybody called her kitten.” Rory continues, “Married to Grand Duke Peter of Holstein in 1754.”
Sophie Friederike Auguste von Anhalt-Zerbst, otherwise known as Catherine the Great, was the longest-ruling female leader of Russia. She expanded Russia’s power and influence following the assassination of her husband, Peter III, Duke of Holstein-Gottorp.
(Catherine the Great actually had one additional name- she was born Sophie Friederike Auguste von Anhalt-Zerbst-Dornburg.)
In S1E14, Lorelai suggests to her parents that they go to Europe that Spring instead of their usual trip to Martha’s Vineyard. Emily says, “We only go to Europe in the Fall.” Lorelai quips, “You know Mom, I heard a rumor- Europe’s still there in the Spring.” Rory adds, “I heard that too!” Emily responds, “We know that it’s there in the Spring, but we never go in the Spring because we always go in the Fall.” Lorelai says, “It’s getting a little too ‘Lewis Carroll’ for me.”
Lewis Carroll was a nineteenth century author (also a logician and mathematician) known for “Through the Looking Glass” and “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.” He occasionally wrote in the style of literary nonsense, making up words and ridiculous scenarios. He often used humorous wordplay and repetition to demonstrate logical concepts, such as, “Nothing would be what it is, because everything would be what it isn’t. And contrary wise, what is, it wouldn’t be. And what it wouldn’t be, it would.”