In S1E10, Emily sits down next to Luke in the hallway of the hospital. Emily is holding Richard’s tie. Luke comments, “That’s a nice tie.” Emily responds, “It’s Brooks Brothers. It was bothering him tonight. I told him not to loosen it. I wanted him to look nice for our guests. So he didn’t, and then, well…”
Brooks Brothers is the oldest men’s clothing store in the U.S. It was founded in 1818 and is located on Madison Avenue, New York City. In 2016, a silk tie from Brooks Brothers would cost about $80.
In S1E10, Rory is trying to clear the air with Lorelai about what happened the night Rory and Dean stayed out all night. Lorelai says, “Rory, there are only two things that I totally trust in this entire world: The fact that I will never be able to understand what Charo is saying no matter how long she lives in this country, and you.”
Charo is a Spanish-American musician, actress, and comedian. She rose to fame in the 1960’s and began appearing on talk shows, where jokes often centered around her poor English. She toured around the country and appeared on many more television shows throughout the 1970’s and beyond.
In S1E10, Luke watches Lorelai come up with excuse after excuse not to see her father, who is in the hospital. Once Rory and Emily go in to see Richard, Lorelai struggles to think of a reason to stay outside. Luke says, “So who are you gonna go find now? How about Jimmy Hoffa? That’ll keep you busy for a while.”
Jimmy Hoffa was an activist and president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters union who disappeared in 1975. Hoffa was supposed to meet with two mafia leaders in a restaurant parking lot, but they never showed up. Hoffa was seen driving away from the meeting location with another man. Investigations did not reveal Hoffa’s fate, but he was legally declared dead in 1982.
In S1E10, Richard is in the hospital and Emily is frantically trying to find out how he is. Rory wants to call her mom again, but Emily tells her, “Rory, go get your grandfather a paper. The Wall Street Journal or Barron’s, whatever they have. He’ll want something to read when he gets back to his room.”
Barron’s is a weekly newspaper that covers business topics. It was founded in 1921 by Clarence Barron.
The Wall Street Journal is a daily newspaper with an emphasis on business. It was founded in 1889 by Charles Dow, Edward Jones, and Charles Bergstresser.
In S1E10, Emily un-invites Lorelai to her Christmas party, but asks that Rory come alone. Rory asks if she should put Lorelai’s name on Emily’s gift, and Lorelai responds, “Yes. Sign it ‘The Innkeeper formerly known as her daughter.'”
This is most likely a reference to the musician Prince, who changed his name in 1993 to a symbol, forcing people to refer to him as “The Artist formerly known as Prince.” The name change was likely motivated by ongoing contractual disputes, which is strangely fitting for Lorelai and Emily’s situation as well.
In S1E10, Dean talks to Lorelai for the first time since he and Rory accidentally stayed out all night. Dean asks Lorelai, “So, am I like, public enemy number one with you?” Lorelai replies, “Number one? I don’t know. Would you settle for top five? ‘Cause I’m still a little hot for that crazy bomber guy who’s been living in a cave for a year.”
Lorelai is probably referring to Eric Rudolph, who would have been in the news frequently during the late 90’s and early 2000’s as one of the FBI’s 10 most wanted fugitives. He perpetrated four bombings from 1996-1998 and then hid in Appalachian forests until 2003 when he was finally caught. Rudolph didn’t actually live in caves, but when this episode aired in 2000, the media may have been speculating that he was hiding in a cave.
In S1E10, Rory is telling Lane about all the Christmas gifts she bought for people. When Rory says that she got Dean a book, Lane interrupts, “You got Dean a book?” Rory says, “Yeah, ‘Metamorphosis.'” Lane goes on to refer to the book as “a really confusing Czechoslovakian novel” and (metaphorically) as “a Czechoslovakian football.”
“The Metamorphosis” is a short novel by Franz Kafka, published in in 1915. The story is about one man’s adjustment to life as a monster.
Kafka was a German writer who was born in the Kingdom of Bohemia, which later became Czechoslovakia. In 1993 Czechoslovakia split into two separate countries- the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
In S1E10, Lane says to Rory, “Let me guess, you and Lorelai haven’t made up yet.” Rory responds, “Nope. Things are still very ‘Miracle Worker’ at my house.”
“Miracle Worker” could refer to any one of 3 films (1962, 1979, and 2000) about Helen Keller and her teacher, Anne Sullivan. Both women in the story are extremely stubborn, and they struggle to communicate.