In S1E3, Lorelai and Rory are sitting on the porch and Lorelai says, “So you know what I was thinking?” Rory responds, “That Madonna and Sean Penn should get remarried?”
Madonna, the “Queen of Pop,” is a musician and actress who was married to actor Sean Penn from 1985 to 1989. The idea that the two should get back together was probably directed at Lorelai, maybe something Lorelai had talked about before. Rory was born in 1984, so she would have been too young to remember the relationship, but Lorelai would have been 16 when the couple got married.
In S1E3, Emily Gilmore pulls off an MTV reference when talking to Lorelai about Rory’s golf outing with Richard. “I mean in this age of MTV and 100 television channels,” Emily says, “who would’ve imagined that a young girl could still get a thrill spending a simple afternoon with her grandfather?” Lorelai responds, “That wine would be real good right now, Mom.”
Remember when 100 television channels sounded like a lot? Wait, remember when television shows were actually on channels and not websites?
MTV (Music Television) is an influential channel that began in 1981 with the goal of playing music videos hosted by video jockeys, similar to the way a radio plays songs with radio hosts. The channel eventually branched out to include other types of shows and programming. The channel has been criticized for a variety of reasons, including:
-Allowing Marilyn Manson videos
-A 1993 fire which was blamed on the influence of MTV’s show “Beavis and Butthead
-“Promoting” sex and drugs
-Censoring objectionable content in videos
Twice in S1E3, a book is mentioned that Rory and Richard had discussed at their golf outing. When Rory tells Lorelai the title of the book, Lorelai says, “Ohhhh, that one.” Later, Richard tells Rory, “I have a surprise. Not only did I find that copy of Mencken’s ‘Chrestomathy’ we discussed, I also found a first edition of his memoirs, as well.” Rory is excited, Emily is excited, and Lorelai is annoyed.
H. L. Mencken was an American reporter and author. Known for his satire and social commentary, he was antisemitic, anti-democracy, and anti-religion. “A Mencken Chrestomathy,” the book Richard and Rory discuss, is a 1949 collection that Mencken put together of his own writings.
The “first edition of his memoirs” that Richard mentions could be a set of all 3 of Mencken’s autobiographical books. “Happy Days” was the first book, describing Mencken’s childhood, followed by “Newspaper Days” and “Heathen Days.”
In S1E3, the stressed double-twin-wedding-mother-of-the-bride is giving Drella the Harpist her daughters’ music preferences for the wedding. She says, “Now Jackie wants Samuel Barber, John Cage, and Philip Glass, and Jessica wants Shania Twain’s ‘I Feel Like a Woman.'” Drella, nose in the air, responds, “I’m not a jukebox.” The MOB protests, Drella defends her honor as a musician, and the MOB eventually wins out by offering an extra $100. Without a moment’s hesitation, Drella responds, “You just got yourself a jukebox.”
Samuel Barber, John Cage, and Philip Glass are all 20th century American composers.
Shania Twain, in contrast, is a country pop singer who was very popular in the 1990’s and early 2000’s. The song that the Mother-of-the-Brides was thinking of is actually called “Man! I Feel Like a Woman!” It was realeased in 1997 and won a Grammy in 2000.
In S1E3, Michel refuses to help Kirk (not yet named as Kirk) drop off a delivery of swans, because, as he tells Lorelai, he was attacked by a band of swans when he was a child. “No one forgets that,” he says. “Oh no, not being attacked by a band of swans! Was it an all boy band? Kind of a scary, feathery, NSYNC kinda fiasco?”
NSYNC (pronounced “in sync”) was a boy band composed of Justin Timberlake, JC Chasez, Chris Kirkpatrick, and Joey Fatone, and Lance Bass. They were founded in 1995 and they were essentially broken up in 2002. The group was characterized by vocal harmonies and choreographed dances. Their most well-known song, “Bye Bye Bye,” was released the same year as Gilmore Girls Season 1.
NSYNC certainly isn’t as intimidating as a band of swans, but maybe if they were some kind of NSYNC/swan mutant hybrids…
In S1E3, Lorelai and Michel are preparing the inn for a double wedding with identical twin brides when they witness the grooms arriving, and they turn out to be identical twins as well. The identical couples are seen brushing noses, the women wearing matching tennis outfits. Lorelai comments, “It’s like a really snooty Doublemint commercial.”
Doublemint is a flavor of Wrigley gum that uses twins in its advertising campaign. The first twins to be featured in the ads were Joan and Jayne Boyd; that campaign began in 1956. Since then, at least 9 different sets of twins have appeared in twin-themed Doublemint ad campaigns.
In S1E3, Lorelai is telling Michel about Rory’s golfing day with Richard when she suddenly stops and says, “You don’t care at all, do you?” Michel, precious sassy French concierge Michel, replies, “To me, you are the teacher in a Charlie Brown cartoon.”
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In Charlie Brown cartoons, whenever an adult speaks, a trombone is used to create the effect of a droning voice. Miss Othmar, a schoolteacher, is often given this trombone voice that the audience can’t understand, though the students hear and respond to the voice normally.
In S1E3, Lorelai is talking to a stressed mother-of-the-brideS before a double wedding at the inn. Lorelai kindly suggests, “Why don’t you go up to your room and have a fabulous bubble bath and I’ll send up some wine and a masseuse who bears a remarkable resemblance to Antonio Banderas?” The mother-of-the-brides, intrigued, asks, “How remarkable?” Lorelai responds, “Get ready to applaud.”
Antonio Banderas is a handsome actor, known for his roles in “Desperado” and “The Mask of Zorro.”
In S1E3, Lorelai is listing ridiculous things that she would rather do than go to the golf club with Rory and Richard. She says, “I’d rather, um, get my face surgically altered to look like that lunatic rich lady with the lion head than go to the club with you.”
Jocelyn Wildenstein is the wealthy ex-wife of Alex Wildenstein. She underwent many plastic surgeries in order to appear more feline. She divorced Alex Wildenstein in 1999, but was specifically prohibited from using alimony for more plastic surgery.