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S05E21: "Blame Booze and Melville"

LORELAI See, I was mad at Mom - Mrs. Gilmore, here, at the time, and I ended up saying things I shouldn't have said, because, you see, normally, I don't make jokes about Joseph Stalin. They're inappropriate. I just said it, and just to this writer, and she printed it. I mean, she's not Joseph Stalin. And, not that there's any excuse, but there is no way I could have known that a Russian man whose entire family and their village was killed by Stalin would be reading this in front of me, I mean, there's just no way.
This is in reference to the comment she made about Emily during her magazine interview in [S05E18: "To Live and Let Diorama" ](/season/5/episode/18/annotation/41b86b27-d10c-45b0-bc19-a89b2b0c55be#annotation-41b86b27-d10c-45b0-bc19-a89b2b0c55be). This wasn't the first time she joked about Stalin though. She did so before, back in [S03E09: "A Deep Fried Korean Thanksgiving" ](/season/3/episode/9/annotation/edc563e6-a9ba-47bc-bba4-30df5f8de594#annotation-edc563e6-a9ba-47bc-bba4-30df5f8de594). TAGS: Episode:S05E21,Continuity
A play on the saying "fish out of water" referring to somebody who isn't in their element and in unfamiliar territory. Lorelai is trying to learn fishing in this episode which is unfamiliar territory for her. Of course if she catches a fish it would be the fish that would be literally "out of water". TAGS: Episode:S03E12,Sayings
This episode's title refers to the previous episode ["Tick, Tick, Tick, Boom!"](/season/4/episode/18) and deals with the aftermath of that episode's revelations -- hence "Afterboom". TAGS: Episode:S04E19,Continuity
A reference to the book ["They Shoot Horses, Don't They?"](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/They_Shoot_Horses,_Don%27t_They%3F_(novel)) and it's 1969 [movie adapatation of same name](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/They_Shoot_Horses,_Don%27t_They%3F_(film)). The story of both the book and the movie take place during a dance marathon much like the one depicted in this episode. BOOK Author: Horace McCoy Goodreads ID: 152052 Image: https://thegilmoregirlsguide.com/imgproxy/vabOXBslvAmOnR7cKmSC9POm2mJn4ifteKuVka2Do8A/dpr:1/bG9jYWw6Ly8vdXBsb2Fkcy9hNGQzNjYwYi1iNGQ3LTQyODYtYmIwZS0xNDkyN2ZjZDE5NDAuanBn.jpg Title: They Shoot Horses, Don't They? Published: 1935 MOVIE Director: Sydney Pollack Image: https://thegilmoregirlsguide.com/imgproxy/JtmaKVsqlRGZPHjLXCToMYJ3d6eY3e3U1HmV8EBL0M0/dpr:1/bG9jYWw6Ly8vdXBsb2Fkcy9kMmY0MjgyNy1lODY0LTQ0YTItYTBlMC1lODU2NzY5MWRjYTEuanBn.jpg IMDb ID: tt0065088 Title: They Shoot Horses, Don't They? Released: 1969 TAGS: Episode:S03E07,Book,Movie A reference to the book ["They Shoot Horses, Don't They?"](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/They_Shoot_Horses,_Don%27t_They%3F_(novel)) and it's 1969 [movie adapatation of same name](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/They_Shoot_Horses,_Don%27t_They%3F_(film)). The story of both the book and the movie take place during a dance marathon much like the one depicted in this episode. BOOK Author: Horace McCoy Goodreads ID: 152052 Image: https://thegilmoregirlsguide.com/imgproxy/vabOXBslvAmOnR7cKmSC9POm2mJn4ifteKuVka2Do8A/dpr:1/bG9jYWw6Ly8vdXBsb2Fkcy9hNGQzNjYwYi1iNGQ3LTQyODYtYmIwZS0xNDkyN2ZjZDE5NDAuanBn.jpg Title: They Shoot Horses, Don't They? Published: 1935 MOVIE Director: Sydney Pollack Image: https://thegilmoregirlsguide.com/imgproxy/JtmaKVsqlRGZPHjLXCToMYJ3d6eY3e3U1HmV8EBL0M0/dpr:1/bG9jYWw6Ly8vdXBsb2Fkcy9kMmY0MjgyNy1lODY0LTQ0YTItYTBlMC1lODU2NzY5MWRjYTEuanBn.jpg IMDb ID: tt0065088 Title: They Shoot Horses, Don't They? Released: 1969 TAGS: Episode:S03E07,Book,Movie A reference to the book ["They Shoot Horses, Don't They?"](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/They_Shoot_Horses,_Don%27t_They%3F_(novel)) and it's 1969 [movie adapatation of same name](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/They_Shoot_Horses,_Don%27t_They%3F_(film)). The story of both the book and the movie take place during a dance marathon much like the one depicted in this episode. BOOK Author: Horace McCoy Goodreads ID: 152052 Image: https://thegilmoregirlsguide.com/imgproxy/vabOXBslvAmOnR7cKmSC9POm2mJn4ifteKuVka2Do8A/dpr:1/bG9jYWw6Ly8vdXBsb2Fkcy9hNGQzNjYwYi1iNGQ3LTQyODYtYmIwZS0xNDkyN2ZjZDE5NDAuanBn.jpg Title: They Shoot Horses, Don't They? Published: 1935 MOVIE Director: Sydney Pollack Image: https://thegilmoregirlsguide.com/imgproxy/JtmaKVsqlRGZPHjLXCToMYJ3d6eY3e3U1HmV8EBL0M0/dpr:1/bG9jYWw6Ly8vdXBsb2Fkcy9kMmY0MjgyNy1lODY0LTQ0YTItYTBlMC1lODU2NzY5MWRjYTEuanBn.jpg IMDb ID: tt0065088 Title: They Shoot Horses, Don't They? Released: 1969 TAGS: Episode:S03E07,Book,Movie
A pun on James Joyce's experimental novel ["Finnegans Wake"](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Finnegans_Wake). BOOK Author: James Joyce Goodreads ID: 11013 Image: https://thegilmoregirlsguide.com/imgproxy/mjoklpiPOQ1zdTNlucb49JD_BoS-wKtaOyEYXuuRuZg/dpr:1/bG9jYWw6Ly8vdXBsb2Fkcy9lM2UyNTQ5ZS0wMzM5LTQ1NzUtYjYzNy1kZjk3NzFiYzhlMmQuanBn.jpg Title: Finnegans Wake Published: 1939 TAGS: Episode:S01E05,Book A pun on James Joyce's experimental novel ["Finnegans Wake"](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Finnegans_Wake). BOOK Author: James Joyce Goodreads ID: 11013 Image: https://thegilmoregirlsguide.com/imgproxy/mjoklpiPOQ1zdTNlucb49JD_BoS-wKtaOyEYXuuRuZg/dpr:1/bG9jYWw6Ly8vdXBsb2Fkcy9lM2UyNTQ5ZS0wMzM5LTQ1NzUtYjYzNy1kZjk3NzFiYzhlMmQuanBn.jpg Title: Finnegans Wake Published: 1939 TAGS: Episode:S01E05,Book

S02E22: "I Can't Get Started"

LUKE Then what the hell you doing here, Jess? You know, I, uh, I called you six times. Now I didn't expect you to call me back so we could sit on the phone in bed and watch Sleepless in Seattle together. I just expected you to call me back, say you got home, say no one mugged you on the bus, say you were okay. Say... you know what, never mind. Just tell me what it is you want. I got work to do.
["Sleepless in Seattle"](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sleepless_in_Seattle) is a romantic comedy film by screenwriter/director Nora Ephron who made many successful movies in the genre during the late 80s/early 90s. "Sleepless in Seattle" itself doesn't feature any characters being on the phone while in bed and watching a movie. However ["When Harry Met Sally..."](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/When_Harry_Met_Sally...), another film written by Ephron, has a scene where the two eponymous protagonists do exactly what Luke describes here except the movie they watch is "Casablanca". With all of this Luke is saying that he didn't except a long and deep conversation with Jess where each of them shares their feelings with the other. He just wanted a call. VIDEO https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YlC22jBCO7k MOVIE Director: Nora Ephron Image: https://thegilmoregirlsguide.com/imgproxy/oElvj9xTJN3iPoDvLEa3y4QqvkCjMfmo6w19PISyT5A/dpr:1/bG9jYWw6Ly8vdXBsb2Fkcy9iZDFmNDE0MC0yZmMyLTQ2MzktOWRiMS1jN2Q4NTI1ZjIyMTAuanBn.jpg IMDb ID: tt0108160 Title: Sleepless in Seattle Released: 1993 MOVIE Director: Rob Reiner Image: https://thegilmoregirlsguide.com/imgproxy/mVylRDzu2bB-qmeJ3raOzrgiUO6tfibeOAf8GhWB20g/dpr:1/bG9jYWw6Ly8vdXBsb2Fkcy84NjY4YmNkYi0zN2RlLTRkZmEtYjhjNS04NWVlZWVkODhjN2YuanBn.jpg IMDb ID: tt0098635 Title: When Harry Met Sally... Released: 1989 TAGS: Episode:S02E22,Video,Movie ["Sleepless in Seattle"](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sleepless_in_Seattle) is a romantic comedy film by screenwriter/director Nora Ephron who made many successful movies in the genre during the late 80s/early 90s. "Sleepless in Seattle" itself doesn't feature any characters being on the phone while in bed and watching a movie. However ["When Harry Met Sally..."](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/When_Harry_Met_Sally...), another film written by Ephron, has a scene where the two eponymous protagonists do exactly what Luke describes here except the movie they watch is "Casablanca". With all of this Luke is saying that he didn't except a long and deep conversation with Jess where each of them shares their feelings with the other. He just wanted a call. VIDEO https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YlC22jBCO7k MOVIE Director: Nora Ephron Image: https://thegilmoregirlsguide.com/imgproxy/oElvj9xTJN3iPoDvLEa3y4QqvkCjMfmo6w19PISyT5A/dpr:1/bG9jYWw6Ly8vdXBsb2Fkcy9iZDFmNDE0MC0yZmMyLTQ2MzktOWRiMS1jN2Q4NTI1ZjIyMTAuanBn.jpg IMDb ID: tt0108160 Title: Sleepless in Seattle Released: 1993 MOVIE Director: Rob Reiner Image: https://thegilmoregirlsguide.com/imgproxy/mVylRDzu2bB-qmeJ3raOzrgiUO6tfibeOAf8GhWB20g/dpr:1/bG9jYWw6Ly8vdXBsb2Fkcy84NjY4YmNkYi0zN2RlLTRkZmEtYjhjNS04NWVlZWVkODhjN2YuanBn.jpg IMDb ID: tt0098635 Title: When Harry Met Sally... Released: 1989 TAGS: Episode:S02E22,Video,Movie ["Sleepless in Seattle"](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sleepless_in_Seattle) is a romantic comedy film by screenwriter/director Nora Ephron who made many successful movies in the genre during the late 80s/early 90s. "Sleepless in Seattle" itself doesn't feature any characters being on the phone while in bed and watching a movie. However ["When Harry Met Sally..."](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/When_Harry_Met_Sally...), another film written by Ephron, has a scene where the two eponymous protagonists do exactly what Luke describes here except the movie they watch is "Casablanca". With all of this Luke is saying that he didn't except a long and deep conversation with Jess where each of them shares their feelings with the other. He just wanted a call. VIDEO https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YlC22jBCO7k MOVIE Director: Nora Ephron Image: https://thegilmoregirlsguide.com/imgproxy/oElvj9xTJN3iPoDvLEa3y4QqvkCjMfmo6w19PISyT5A/dpr:1/bG9jYWw6Ly8vdXBsb2Fkcy9iZDFmNDE0MC0yZmMyLTQ2MzktOWRiMS1jN2Q4NTI1ZjIyMTAuanBn.jpg IMDb ID: tt0108160 Title: Sleepless in Seattle Released: 1993 MOVIE Director: Rob Reiner Image: https://thegilmoregirlsguide.com/imgproxy/mVylRDzu2bB-qmeJ3raOzrgiUO6tfibeOAf8GhWB20g/dpr:1/bG9jYWw6Ly8vdXBsb2Fkcy84NjY4YmNkYi0zN2RlLTRkZmEtYjhjNS04NWVlZWVkODhjN2YuanBn.jpg IMDb ID: tt0098635 Title: When Harry Met Sally... Released: 1989 TAGS: Episode:S02E22,Video,Movie ["Sleepless in Seattle"](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sleepless_in_Seattle) is a romantic comedy film by screenwriter/director Nora Ephron who made many successful movies in the genre during the late 80s/early 90s. "Sleepless in Seattle" itself doesn't feature any characters being on the phone while in bed and watching a movie. However ["When Harry Met Sally..."](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/When_Harry_Met_Sally...), another film written by Ephron, has a scene where the two eponymous protagonists do exactly what Luke describes here except the movie they watch is "Casablanca". With all of this Luke is saying that he didn't except a long and deep conversation with Jess where each of them shares their feelings with the other. He just wanted a call. VIDEO https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YlC22jBCO7k MOVIE Director: Nora Ephron Image: https://thegilmoregirlsguide.com/imgproxy/oElvj9xTJN3iPoDvLEa3y4QqvkCjMfmo6w19PISyT5A/dpr:1/bG9jYWw6Ly8vdXBsb2Fkcy9iZDFmNDE0MC0yZmMyLTQ2MzktOWRiMS1jN2Q4NTI1ZjIyMTAuanBn.jpg IMDb ID: tt0108160 Title: Sleepless in Seattle Released: 1993 MOVIE Director: Rob Reiner Image: https://thegilmoregirlsguide.com/imgproxy/mVylRDzu2bB-qmeJ3raOzrgiUO6tfibeOAf8GhWB20g/dpr:1/bG9jYWw6Ly8vdXBsb2Fkcy84NjY4YmNkYi0zN2RlLTRkZmEtYjhjNS04NWVlZWVkODhjN2YuanBn.jpg IMDb ID: tt0098635 Title: When Harry Met Sally... Released: 1989 TAGS: Episode:S02E22,Video,Movie
[Gregory Efthimios Louganis](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greg_Louganis) was an American Olympic diver who won consecutive gold medals at the springboard and platform contests in the 1984 and 1988 Summer Olympics, a feat which has lead to him being considered the greatest diver in the history of the sport. Basically Lorelai is telling Christopher that she can handle him "diving right in". IMAGE eeea91d9-ba97-4910-971e-383dfe801223 TAGS: Episode:S02E22,Image,Sports [Gregory Efthimios Louganis](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greg_Louganis) was an American Olympic diver who won consecutive gold medals at the springboard and platform contests in the 1984 and 1988 Summer Olympics, a feat which has lead to him being considered the greatest diver in the history of the sport. Basically Lorelai is telling Christopher that she can handle him "diving right in". IMAGE eeea91d9-ba97-4910-971e-383dfe801223 TAGS: Episode:S02E22,Image,Sports
Jordan almonds (also called dragées) are a form of usually colourful candy with a hard sugar-coating. IMAGE cf112e1f-fc66-4dac-9a1a-0af477f98aee TAGS: Episode:S02E22,Image,Food Jordan almonds (also called dragées) are a form of usually colourful candy with a hard sugar-coating. IMAGE cf112e1f-fc66-4dac-9a1a-0af477f98aee TAGS: Episode:S02E22,Image,Food
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