In S1E15, Christopher comes to town and runs into Jackson and Andrew in the bookstore. Jackson says, “Boy, I gotta tell you, did they get your description wrong.” Christopher asks, “Really?” Jackson replies, “Oh yeah, much more George Clooney than Brad Pitt. Hey Andrew, don’t you think he’s much more George Clooney than Brad Pitt?” Andrew says, “I’m going with a Billy Crudup comparison, myself.”
Brad Pitt (left photo), born in 1963, is an American actor known for “A River Runs Through It” and “Ocean’s Eleven,” which he starred in with George Clooney. He and his wife Angelina Jolie are also very involved in humanitarian work.
George Clooney (middle photo), born in 1961, is an American actor known for the television series “ER” and the 2001 remake of “Ocean’s Eleven.” He was named one of Time magazine’s “Most Influence People in the World” in 2009 for his humanitarian work.
Billy Crudup (right photo), born in 1968, is an American actor known for “Almost Famous” and “Big Fish.” He was also a theater actor, winning a Tony Award for his performance in “The Coast of Utopia” in 2007.
In S1E15, Lorelai is telling Sookie that all her worst moments have happened with Christopher. She elaborates, “My worst fashion choices, my big-hair days, the wearing of Bonne Bell lip-smackers around my neck… It was all with Christopher!”
The Bonne Bell company first released “Lip Smackers,” a line of flavored lip balms, in 1973. They were sometimes sold as pendants that could be worn as necklaces or keychains. Lip Smackers were known for partnering with soda and candy companies, and for their huge range of flavors. Lip Smackers still exist today, although the brand has changed somewhat since the 70’s. Here’s a kind of fun timeline of Lip Smackers history: http://www.lipsmacker.com/timeline.html
In S1E15, Lorelai is avoiding telling Sookie about Christopher by talking about her broken toaster. She says, “It’s been cold pop-tarts for a week; it’s like a damned Dickens novel!”
Charles Dickens was a 19th century English novelist, famous for many works including “A Christmas Carol,” “Oliver Twist,” “A Tale of Two Cities,” and “David Copperfield.” Dickens’ stories frequently feature themes of poverty and oppression, such as the poor orphans and street urchins in “Oliver Twist,” the Cratchet family in “A Christmas Carol,” and Gaspard in “A Tale of Two Cities.”
In S1E15, Kirk is heckling Dean and Luke as they’re playing softball (Kirk is just watching). Kirk makes up some insult about Dean and Luke having a show called “Zero and Zero,” and Luke says, “That doesn’t even resemble clever.” Kirk calls, “I’m dumbin’ it down for you, Alfalfa!”
Alfalfa is the name of a character who originally appeared in the short film series “Our Gang” in the early twentieth century, which was adapted into the movie “Little Rascals” in 1994. He was played by Carl Switzer in the short films and Bug Hall in the 1994 film. The stories centered around the antics and adventures of a group of young children (who act comically grown-up). Alfalfa is usually remembered for his cowlick and off-key singing.
In S1E14, Rory asks Richard what trips he has coming up, and he says, “Uh, Madrid, the 12th!” Rory comments, “Wow!” Richard says, “I think there’s a nice edition of Cervantes in it for you.”
Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra was a Spanish writer in the late 16th century, considered one of the greatest authors of all time. He is primarily known for his novel “Don Quixote,” which follows the adventures of a semi-delusional wannabe superhero/knight and his sidekick, Sancho Panza.
In S1E14, Rory is telling her grandparents about the bird (Stella) that she had to take care of for class. Rory says, “Everything has to be logged. Eating habits, sleeping habits…” and Lorelai chimes in, “Houdini habits.”
Harry Houdini was an American magician and escape artist in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He escaped from straightjackets, graves, and even wooden crates that had been dropped into rivers.
In S1E14, Emily and Richard are making fun of their dead friend’s taste in decor as they plan to rent his old vacation home. Lorelai jokes, “Well, he’s dead now, so he got his!” Emily looks horrified and replies, “Lorelai, you’re being morbid.” Lorelai says, “I’m being morbid?” Rory interjects, “New subject, please,” and Lorelai tells her, “Joan and Melissa Rivers think I’m being morbid!”
Joan Rivers, born in 1933, was a comedian and actress known for her sharp and yes, sometimes morbid sense of humor. Her daughter, Melissa Rivers, is also an actress and has appeared in several collaborative projects with her mother. After Joan’s death in 2014, Melissa took over her hosting spot on the show Fashion Police.
A few noteworthy morbid jokes from Joan:
“The fashion magazines are suggesting that women wear clothes that are ‘age appropriate’… for me that would be a shroud.”
“I knew I was an unwanted baby when I saw that my bath toys were a toaster and a radio.”