The Annotated Guide to Gilmore girls

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S01E02: "The Lorelais' First Day at Chilton"

MISS PATTY Now, walk smooth. That's the new Harry Potter on your heads. If they should drop, Harry will die, and there won't be anymore books.
Since this episode aired on Sep 12th, 2000 Miss Patty is most likely referring to "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" which came out on July 8th, 2000. BOOK Author: J. K. Rowling Goodreads ID: 6 Image: https://thegilmoregirlsguide.com/imgproxy/GvhqBhU4D8KOAfEV6xibn_fUF-xWX8piLCZ2bmuEAiU/dpr:1/bG9jYWw6Ly8vdXBsb2Fkcy83ZjlhZWU3NC1lMzI0LTQwYTgtOThkZC03YjI2ODhkZDZmNWEuanBn.jpg Title: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Published: 2000 TAGS: Episode:S01E02,Book Since this episode aired on Sep 12th, 2000 Miss Patty is most likely referring to "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" which came out on July 8th, 2000. BOOK Author: J. K. Rowling Goodreads ID: 6 Image: https://thegilmoregirlsguide.com/imgproxy/GvhqBhU4D8KOAfEV6xibn_fUF-xWX8piLCZ2bmuEAiU/dpr:1/bG9jYWw6Ly8vdXBsb2Fkcy83ZjlhZWU3NC1lMzI0LTQwYTgtOThkZC03YjI2ODhkZDZmNWEuanBn.jpg Title: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Published: 2000 TAGS: Episode:S01E02,Book
This references the absurdist Samuel Beckett play "Waiting for Godot" where several characters are standing around waiting for the character of Godot to finally show up which he never does. The implication of Lorelai's comment here is that they have been waiting for so long that even Godot, the character who famously never shows up, has made an appearance. BOOK Author: Samuel Beckett Goodreads ID: 17716 Image: https://thegilmoregirlsguide.com/imgproxy/B1Snoya6t5pPMuLgnEMt6M6cP9QxhiMms0oa2P1J4x4/dpr:1/bG9jYWw6Ly8vdXBsb2Fkcy85YzBkZmQzYi03Yjc4LTRiMWItOGY2MS02OTkwYWEzMDhkOTUuanBn.jpg Title: Waiting for Godot Published: 1952 TAGS: Episode:S02E18,Book,Literature This references the absurdist Samuel Beckett play "Waiting for Godot" where several characters are standing around waiting for the character of Godot to finally show up which he never does. The implication of Lorelai's comment here is that they have been waiting for so long that even Godot, the character who famously never shows up, has made an appearance. BOOK Author: Samuel Beckett Goodreads ID: 17716 Image: https://thegilmoregirlsguide.com/imgproxy/B1Snoya6t5pPMuLgnEMt6M6cP9QxhiMms0oa2P1J4x4/dpr:1/bG9jYWw6Ly8vdXBsb2Fkcy85YzBkZmQzYi03Yjc4LTRiMWItOGY2MS02OTkwYWEzMDhkOTUuanBn.jpg Title: Waiting for Godot Published: 1952 TAGS: Episode:S02E18,Book,Literature
Note that all of a Rory's classmates have a copy of Huckleberry Finn on their desks. IMAGE 7349bd59-5c31-4767-8cf9-557279d7cebe Description:Huckleberry Finn on a desk BOOK Author: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Goodreads ID: 2956 Image: https://thegilmoregirlsguide.com/imgproxy/dbXxVDIoi7-wqAvJp_jXLtr7TXnVKdX599Mnbdr0-vU/dpr:1/bG9jYWw6Ly8vdXBsb2Fkcy9hMWY5YWZiNS01NDA0LTRiYjYtOWQ3Yi1jZDA0ODY5MDBmMjYuanBn.jpg Title: Mark Twain Published: 1884 TAGS: Episode:S01E01,Image,Book,On-Screen Book Note that all of a Rory's classmates have a copy of Huckleberry Finn on their desks. IMAGE 7349bd59-5c31-4767-8cf9-557279d7cebe Description:Huckleberry Finn on a desk BOOK Author: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Goodreads ID: 2956 Image: https://thegilmoregirlsguide.com/imgproxy/dbXxVDIoi7-wqAvJp_jXLtr7TXnVKdX599Mnbdr0-vU/dpr:1/bG9jYWw6Ly8vdXBsb2Fkcy9hMWY5YWZiNS01NDA0LTRiYjYtOWQ3Yi1jZDA0ODY5MDBmMjYuanBn.jpg Title: Mark Twain Published: 1884 TAGS: Episode:S01E01,Image,Book,On-Screen Book Note that all of a Rory's classmates have a copy of Huckleberry Finn on their desks. IMAGE 7349bd59-5c31-4767-8cf9-557279d7cebe Description:Huckleberry Finn on a desk BOOK Author: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Goodreads ID: 2956 Image: https://thegilmoregirlsguide.com/imgproxy/dbXxVDIoi7-wqAvJp_jXLtr7TXnVKdX599Mnbdr0-vU/dpr:1/bG9jYWw6Ly8vdXBsb2Fkcy9hMWY5YWZiNS01NDA0LTRiYjYtOWQ3Yi1jZDA0ODY5MDBmMjYuanBn.jpg Title: Mark Twain Published: 1884 TAGS: Episode:S01E01,Image,Book,On-Screen Book

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