In S1E13, Lane tells Rory and Lorelai that she’s going to get a soda and asks if they want anything. Lorelai responds, “Yes, the night of my fourteenth birthday back so I could right the green, hot pant, roller disco outfit wrong, ugh.”
Hot pants are basically short shorts. Roller discos, popular in the 70’s and 80’s, were indoor skating rinks that played disco or pop music. Lorelai turned 14 in 1982, just past the peak of roller discos.
In S1E13, Lorelai meets Paris and Rory outside the Pastorelli Theater. She tosses them t-shirts and says, “T-shirts for all the girls because I am the Good Witch of the… hey, aren’t you missing a couple kids?”
There are two options for references Lorelai could be making:
The Good Witch of the South, Glinda, is a character from “The Wizard of Oz,” both the 1900 novel by Baum and 1939 film. The most powerful witch of Oz, she rules over the Quadling Country. Glinda is also a character in the 1995 novel and subsequent musical “Wicked.”
The Good Witch of the North, Locasta, is another character from Baum’s 1900 novel “The Wizard of Oz.” She rules over the Gillikin Country.
In S1E13, during the Bangles concert, Lorelai asks Sookie if Rachel, Luke’s ex, was pretty. When Sookie says yes, Lorelai asks what kind of pretty. Lorelai says, “I mean, like, was she a Catherine Zeta-Jones kind of pretty, or a Michelle Pfeiffer-y pretty? Sookie responds, “She was an Elle MacPherson kind of pretty.”
Catherine Zeta-Jones is an actress known for “The Mask of Zorro” in 1998 and “Entrapment” in 1999.
Michelle Pfeiffer is an actress known for “Scarface” in 1983 and “Dangerous Liaisons” in 1988.
Elle Macpherson is a model known for her five “Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition” covers.
In S1E13, Lorelai and Sookie are climbing stairs to get to their nosebleed seats at the Bangles concert. Sookie asks, out of breath from the climb, “Have you ever seen Everest?” “No,” Lorelai responds. Sookie says, “It’s a good movie.”
“Everest” is a 1998 documentary, narrated by Liam Neeson, about the training and challenges of climbing Mount Everest.
In S1E13, Madeline and Louise begin flirting with a couple boys as soon as they find their seats at the Bangles concert. Rory is surprised. Paris tells Rory,”And before it’s dark, they’ll have every picnic basket that’s in Jellystone Park.”
Yogi Bear is a cartoon character created by Hanna Barbara in 1958. He and his friend Boo-Boo Bear often wandered around the fictional Jellystone National Park trying to steal picnic baskets from visitors.
Paris means to reference Madeline and Louise’s persistence and skill at “getting” guys wherever they go.
In S1E13, Lorelai is about to hand Rory, Paris, Madeline, and Louise their Bangles tickets. Lorelai says, “With these tickets, you are about to enter sacred space. You will be treading on hallowed ground. You will be walking… like an Egyptian!” Rory says, warningly, “Mom…” Lorelai responds, “Take ’em. Oh, you’re gonna have a great time. The Bangles are the best! They were my favorite group in high school. I almost named you Susanna. The day I found out you had no musical talent at all… was the saddest day of my life.”
“Walk Like an Egyptian” is a song by the Bangles, previously discussed. The song was released in 1986.
Susanna Hoff co-founded the Bangles as a vocalist and guitarist.
In S1E13, Lorelai tells Rory that she thinks Rory is making friends with Paris, Madeline, and Louise. Rory responds, “Let’s not get ahead of ourselves. They basically just moved of the plan to dump the pig’s blood on me at prom, that’s all.”
“Carrie” is a novel by Stephen King (and a 1976 film adaptation) about an unpopular girl who is the subject of ridicule at her school. She attends the prom, and some students rig the prom queen election so Carrie will win. Then, when she’s on the stage, they dump buckets of pig’s blood on her. Carrie gets revenge through her newly discovered telekinetic powers.
In S1E13, after receiving a lecture from Paris about focusing on homework, Louise asks Rory, “So, how good of a kisser is Paul Bunyan, anyway?”
Paul Bunyan is a giant lumberjack from American folk legend. In stories, Bunyan generally has super strength, works in the northern midwest, and has a sidekick, “Babe the Blue Ox” (literally a blue ox).
In S1E13, Louise asks Rory how things are going with Dean. She says, “So how’s that going? Are you two still ‘Joanie Loves Chachi?'”
“Joanie Loves Chachi” is a television spin-off of Happy Days that ran from 1982 to 1983. It features Joanie Cunningham and Chachi Arcola, a couple who move to Chicago to pursue a music career. They get married in the series finale of “Happy Days.”
In S1E13, Madeline and Louise are looking through the Stars Hollow garage sale donations and talking about vintage clothing. Madeline says, “There’s this great store near my therapist’s office who has the best vintage clothes. I found an original Pucci top for practically nothing.” Louise says, “Oh, Pucci is very big right now.” Madeline holds up a shirt and asks, “Is this a Pucci?” “No, that’s a Patty,” Rory responds.
Emilio Pucci was a fashion designer in the 20th century. Emilio Pucci died in 1992, but the fashion label continues to this day, known for bright colors and abstract prints.