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).