Kirk Gleason (Episodes 44 - , recurring previously)
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In this episode, Lorelai compares Emily to Joseph Stalin.
It will happen again in season 5 when Lorelai gives an interview to promote the Dragonfly. She was mad at Emily then for the break up with Luke and she gets carried away when the interviewer questions her about her mother.
When Dean confronts Jess on the street, he tells him that he has decided not to just stay quiet and hide from the Jess/Rory relationship. The reason behind his decision is that 'Stars Hollow is his town'. That is a rather bold statement, since although it is true that Dean has lived in the town longer, he only moved there with his family two years earlier. While Jess may have only lived in Stars Hollow for a year, his mother, his uncle and his grandfather were born and raised in Stars Hollow. Clearly Jess and his family have a much stronger tie to the town.
Dave, in an attempt to impress Mrs Kim, spends the entire day (at least eight hours based on Rory and Lorelai's schedule alone) playing guitar at the Kim's family dinner. It seems a little strange that Dave, who is only seventeen, would be able to spend the entire day away from home on Thanksgiving. Wouldn't his family want him to be there to spend at least some of the holiday with them?
In this episode, Emily insists that Lorelai and Rory alter their plans and join them for Thanksgiving dinner. She tells them that it will be the last time they are together as a family for the year because she and Richard are going away for till after Christmas. Why would they be going away? As we learned during the first season Emily and Richard have a annual Christmas party (albeit two weeks early every year) What happened to the party? It was a Gilmore family tradition!
The program Lorelai and Rory are watching at the beginning of the episode is the 1975 documentary Grey Gardens. This documentary chronicles the eccentric lives of Edith Ewing Bouvier Beale and her daughter Edith Bouvier Beale, who are the aunt and the first cousin of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis.
Why does Lorelai think it's so confusing that Kirk named his cat after himself? Lorelai named her own daughter after herself! Even though Rory isn't often called Lorelai, it could still get confusing on occasion. Additionally, Lorelai was named after her paternal grandmother and both women went by the name.
In this episdoe, Kirk sleeps (somewhat worry-free) in the town gazebo. We find out later that he has terrors and has never been able to spend a full night with Lulu because he didn't want her to know. Why would he then be afraid of sleeping in the town gazebo where the whole town could find out about the terrors.
Rory tells Jess that this is the first time that she and Dean broke up. This is debatable, but apparently she considers their short separation during the first season (despite the following episode's title, The Breakup, and the fact that it actually lasted for several episodes) to have been more of a "spat" than an actual, real breakup. Which also brings up the fact that if that was in fact not a breakup,then her kissing Jess at the wedding was not the first time she "cheated" on Dean. That would mean that her kiss with Tristian was also an indiscretion on her part!
Possible Explanation: Rory meant this was the first time she and Dean broke up and one of them started openly dating someone else in Stars Hollow.
When Lorelai and Rory return to Sookie's, the cup Sookie has suddenly changes spots while she's talking to them.
Lane: Oh Mama look Dave left his bible here, I better go take it to him.
Mrs. Kim: Wait!
Lane: But Mama I might miss him!
Mrs. Kim: Give it to me.
(Lane Hands her the Bible, she opens to the front page and reads.)
Mrs. Kim: "This Bible belongs to God but is being used by Dave Rygalsky."
Emily: I've called several times the past few weeks and you've skillfully avoided every call.
Lorelai: No, that's not true. I've left messages on your machine.
Emily: Yes, messages. And then if I happened to pick up, you'd hang up. Or if the maid picked up, you'd ask for me, then claim you were driving through a tunnel so you might get cut off, and then you'd make garbling noises and hang up.
Lorelai: Hey, Sookie.
Sookie: Ah, hi there.
Lorelai: Are you okay?
Sookie:This tastes good.[Pointing to margarita]
Lorelai: Yeah, it looks like they're deep-frying –
Sookie:Vegetables, mashed potatoes, butter, pickles, salt, a napkin.
Rory:And yet, you're very serene.
Lorelai:Uh, you're practically floating.
Sookie:Well, you caught me at a good time, ladies. I've already gone through the five stages of grieving. Denial, anger. . .I don't remember these two, but they were served on the rocks with salt! Now, I'm just happily enscotched in acceptance. Enscotched. . .
Sookie: Ensconced – that's it! I do believe I heard Phil suggest throwing Junior in.
Sookie: His nephew.
Sookie:I chimed in on that one.
Lorelai: What happened over there?
Sookie: Mm, about a half-hour ago they set the lawn on fire.
Sookie: But Phil says it's okay and everything 'cause it'll grow back twice as lush. Though that's what he said when he broke my salad bowl that I brought back from Belgium. That'll maybe grow back, too, huh? [laughs] Phil is a riot. Am I crying or laughing?
Dean: What's the matter, Jess? Why you walking away?
Jess: It's getting a little West Side Story here, Dean, and I gotta warn you, my dancing skills are not up to snuff.
(Rory's pager goes off)
Lorelai: Who's that?
Rory: It's Lane. It just says 'bible kiss bible'.
Lorelai: What does that mean?
Rory: I have no idea. Good band name, though.
Rory: Salad's great, Grandma.
Emily: I'm surprised you can eat at this point, even salad.
Rory: There's still room.
Lorelai: And if there isn't room, we'll add on. I know a good contractor.
Lorelai: Douglas, Richard, leave us, won't you?
Emily: Just another joke.
Claude: Oh, I missed another joke?
Natalie: You have your mother's wit.
Emily: Sometimes I wish she'd give it back.
Rory: You're taking tofurkey?
Lorelai: Uh huh, and some extra napkins to slip the tofurkey into when no one is looking and then toss them away.
Rory: Very smart.
Lane: That is not Dave Rygalski.
Lorelai: Oh, intrigue.
Rory: Who is it?
Lane: I mean, not the one that I'm in a band with. That is Dave Rygalski, local Christian guitar player that my mom and I met very briefly and innocently at the dance marathon, and that I coincidentally ran across again when I found his ad seeking Christian guitar accompaniment gigs up on our church bulletin board.
Lorelai: My arms are too short to box with Mrs. Kim.
Rory: Please, let's not flaunt it, please?
Jess: For how long?
Rory: Until it's comfortable.
Jess: Before we're on Social Security?
Rory: I promise, we can kiss secretly.
Jess: Yeah, or we can wear Three Stooges masks all the time, that way no one will know who we are.
Rory: I can be Curly.
Jess: I'll be Moe.
Rory: Probably too silly.
Jess: Yeah, probably.
Rory: This will get better over time, I promise. But until then, let's just play it cool.
Jess: Hey, I'm Frank at the Sands.
Rory: That's cool.
Luke: Don't bother, saw you coming, already ordered your Wednesday usual, the French dip, extra fries, the every Wednesday cherry pie.
Rory: Such service.
Lorelai: Oh, and such a food rut we're in.
Rory: Thank you, Luke.
Luke: I gotta get back to stuffing my turkey.
Lorelai: Oh, honey, do you have time to do that and prep your Thanksgiving food?
Luke: Stop it.
Rory: But how are we going to go to four Thanksgiving dinners?
Lorelai: It's not four, is it?
Rory: Lane's house, Sookie's, and we always stop by Luke's. . .that's three, and Grandma and Grandpa is four.
Lorelai: Ah, we're mad, Edie.
Rory: We're us, Edie.
Lorelai: Well, we've gotta go to my parents' or we'll be brought up on war crimes.
(Luke and Jess walk out of the diner; Jess is carrying a garbage bag)
Jess: Get more trash cans.
Luke: I don't need more.
Jess: You make me run around town for a place to dump this.
Luke: Just dump it in one of Taylor's bins. It gets it out of here and it'll drive Taylor crazy. It's a win-win.
Claude: Merci. So, Rory, you speak French at all?
Rory: Just a tiny little bit.
Claude: Un tout petit peu?
Rory: Oui, un tout petit peu.
Claude: And you, my dear?
Lorelai: Even less. Uh, voulez vous coucher avec moi ce soir? That's about it.
Emily: Oh my God.
Rory: Hey. (hands Luke a bouquet of flowers)
Luke: What's this?
Luke: What do I do with them?
Lorelai: Ugh, not this again.
Rory: Put them in a vase with water.
Luke: I don't have a vase.
Lorelai: You do this every year.
Luke: I don't have vases.
Lorelai: Buy a vase.
Luke: But I don't need a vase 'cause I never have flowers.
Lorelai: Except when we bring you flowers every year on Thanksgiving. Buy a vase.
Luke: Stop bringing me flowers.
Lorelai: Stop bringing me flowers. I knew you were gonna say that because you say the same thing. We have this same exact conversation every year.
Luke: And every year you point that out.
Lorelai: And every year you point that out.
Luke: And every year you point that out.
Rory: And then every year we put the flowers on the counter and forget the ugliness ever happened.
Lorelai: Well, at least we have a tradition.
Luke: Good. I'll be right back. That's our table over there.
Lorelai: Hi hon!
Rory: Happy Thanksgiving.
Sookie: Ah, thank you. Thank God, civilization has arrived.
Lorelai: So, let's go eat.
Rory: And eat and eat.
Lorelai: And eat and eat and eat.
Rory: And eat and eat and eat and eat. . .
Lorelai: And eat and eat and eat and eat. . .
Rory: And eat some more.
Lorelai: And eat and eat.
(Emily walks in and stands behind Lorelail)
Sookie: Emily, hi.
Lorelai: Oh, that's nice. That's very high school. Stick with me here.
Sookie: Good to see you.
Lorelai: Yeah, ah, that's funny. You know who's behind you? It's Joseph Stalin, my good friend. What are you doing back from the dead, Joe?
Lorelai: Oh, Mom! Ah, geez, you scared me.
Emily: You heard Sookie greet me.
Lorelai: Oh, I thought it was a joke.
Emily: Like comparing me to Joseph Stalin?
Lorelai: Hey Kirk. Oh, my God!
Rory: What happened?
Kirk: I'm scratched over 60% of my body.
Lorelai: Cat Kirk again?
(Lorelai reaches for Kirk's bandaged face)
Babette: I'm so mad at that cat.
Morey: Very uncool cat.
Babette:I love cats, but I love Kirk, too. It's pretty much 50-50 and that's a high compliment, my friend.
Lorelai: How did this happen?
Kirk: Well, the tension of our standoff was unbearable so I got on the floor and tried to play with him.
Kirk: I caught a peek.
Lorelai: Go on
Kirk: I rolled this cute little ball of yarn over to him, all nice and gentle. He tried to garrote me with it.
Lorelai: Oh, my God.
Morey: Very uncool.
Kirk: Just grabbed two ends with his paws and came at me.
Rory: He doesn't have opposable thumbs.
Kirk: He's beyond them. He's smart. He knows things. Sometimes before they happen.
Lorelai: Get a hold of yourself.
Kirk: You haven't heard the worst.
Rory: There's worse?
Kirk: When the attacks got brutal, I had no choice but to strip naked and hide underwater in the bathtub. I read that cats are afraid of water.
Babette: They are!
Kirk: Kirk isn't. He found me. He seemed to derive greater power from the water. That's when the bulk of the scratching happened.
Luke: Shouldn't we say thanks first?
Jess: For what?
Luke: Well, that we're not Native Americans who got their land stolen in exchange for small pox infested blankets.
Rory: I don't know how this second-boyfriend thing is supposed to go.
Lorelai: Well, he's your first second boyfriend. Give it time.
Lorelai: So no offense but whats with that lame-o kiss?
Lorelai: You and Jess, you look like a couple of chickens pecking each other.
Rory: Mind your own business.
Lorelai: Well it was right in front of me.
Rory: So, I don't need a review.
Rory: I'm just not good with the whole public display thing.
Lorelai: You didn't seem to have any problem with it with Dean.
Rory: I just feel like everyone's watching me.
Lorelai: No one was watching you.
Rory: You were watching me.
Lorelai: I created you. It is biologically predetermined that I watch you.
Rory: How do you feel?
Lorelai: I ate tofurkey! How do you think I feel?
Lorelai: Drat that Mrs. Kim for not taking her eyes off me the whole time. It's like she was anticipating my napkin maneuver.
Lorelai: So Mrs Kim, we brought you some gifts.
Lorelai: And cranberry sauce, our little Thanksgiving tradition.
Mrs. Kim: Thank you, you can never have too much.
Rory: That's what we say.
Lorelai: Plus a chocolate turkey.
Mrs. Kim: What should I do with this?
Lorelai: Oh I don't know, let the kids share it?
Mrs. Kim: Then send the blank check to their dentist?
Lorelai: Kirk! He got your neck.
Kirk: That was another mistake of mine. I put his food bowl down in front of him. He doesn't like that or she doesn't.
Lorelai: She? I thought it was a boy.
Kirk: That was just a guess. He actually hasn't exposed his underside to me yet. Or hers.
Lorelai: Wow, here's hoping your cat exposes itself to you soon.
Kirk: From your mouth to God's ears.
Lorelai: So how did it happen? You were playing or something?
Kirk: We haven't actually played yet. This happened when I accidentally walked into the room without announcing myself.
Lorelai: Excuse me?
Kirk: I discovered Kirk likes my presence announced before I enter any room that he's in.
Lorelai: You have to announce yourself?
Kirk: Yeah, just a quick, "Is it okay?" if I come in from an adjacent room. Otherwise, he gets a little testy.
Lorelai: Hence the scratch.
Lorelai: Rory what are we if not the world's champion eaters?
Rory: It's too much food.
Lorelai: It's not too much food. This is what we've been training for our whole lives. This is our destiny, this is our finest hour.
Rory: Or final hour.
Lorelai: We disappointed Luke.
Rory: I didn't think it was possible.
Lorelai: Our powers are greater then we thought.
Rory: He actually likes it when we come for Thanksgiving. All these years and we never knew.
Lorelai: Hmm. He's the grinch and we're Cindy Lou Who.
Rory: So, Cindy Lou, what do we do?
Lorelai: No I mean the cat's name is Kirk?
Lorelai: Weird coincidence or....
Kirk: I named him Kirk.
Lorelai: Isn't that confusing?
Kirk: Not when you think about it.
Lorelai: (Pauses to think) No, It's still confusing.
Kirk: I like the name. Whenever I call Kirk's name I obviously won't be calling myself.
Kirk: Although when my mom calls for Kirk that may be confusing. Maybe I can get her to say 'Cat Kirk' when she's calling Kirk and 'Human Kirk' when she calls me.
Rory: That would keep it straight.
Kirk: I'm glad I ran into you. See you.
Lorelai: See you 'Human Kirk'.
Rory: Bye 'Human Kirk'.
Paris: My Thanksgiving is turning into a Wes Craven movie.
Rory: How so?
Paris: I called shelters to volunteer to serve food. It's Thanksgiving. You'd think they'd have needs. Nope, every stupid soup kitchen in town turned me down because they have enough volunteers.
Paris: I'm on a couple of waiting lists but it doesn't look good.
Rory: I've never heard of too many volunteers.
Paris: Who are all these jackasses who volunteered anyway? They can't all be students like me. They're not all putting it on a college application. I get something out of it and these other people don't get a thing. Talk about selfish!
Lorelai: Oh, please, we're not eating for a year.
Rory: Or 'til tomorrow morning.
Lorelai: Whichever comes first.
Emily: It's freezing out here.
Lorelai: It's Jamaica compared to in there.
Emily: Please, start on the salads everyone.
Lorelai: Is there anything ceremonial about the salads? Do we carve a crouton, then have them taken away?
Lorelai: (to Rory about dinner with Emily and Richard) Oh no, I'm fine, you know why? Because in two hours – and I do plan on extricating us from here in exactly two hours – the night will be over and I won't have to see them again until next year. Oh, start your stopwatch.
Rory: What is the oil for?
Lorelai: For pouring on Visigoths.
Lorelai: When else am I gonna get to use my Visigoth material?
(Lorelai and Rory walk into the diner)
Lorelai: Hey. Anywhere?
Lorelai: (to customer at table) Hm, would you mind moving?
Sookie: Just a sec, hon. How's your love life, Pete? A little frustrated, I bet. Wondering how I know that? 'Cause you're taking it out on my egg whites. Gently, fold them gently. Cheryl – you're slicing not dicing, I can hear it in the chop. Adjust, my friend.
Mrs. Kim: Watch it. You break it, you buy it. Ten percent off for cousins, twenty percent off for nephews and nieces.
German episode title: "Stress hoch vier", meaning "Stress to the Fourth Power".
French episode title: "Y'a De La Friture", meaning "Frying Is In The Air".
Michael Des Barres, who played the Gilmores' dinner guest Claude Clemenceau, made his debut in the 1967 film To Sir, With Love, in which fellow dinner guest Judy Geeson (playing Natalie Swope) also appeared.
John Aniston (Jennifer Aniston's father) has a guest spot in this episode.
"Man Who Sold the World" by David Bowie
Lorelai: Even less. Uh, voulez vous couchez avec moi ce soir? That's about it.
The phrase was popularized in the '70's in a song by the group LaBelle, featuring Patti LaBelle, et al. It was once again brought to popularity in the 2001 with the remake of Lady Marmalade by Lil Kim, Christina Aguilera and company. This is French for "Would you like to lay with me tonight?". Given the context,as well as the environment she was in, it's so out of place as to be hilarious.
Lorelai: Free Bird!
"Free Bird" is a song by the band Lynyrd Skynyrd, and is shouted as a request by audience members at nearly all concerts.
Lorelai: Hmm. He's the grinch and we're Cindy Lou Who.
Rory: So, Cindy Lou, what do we do?
Reference to Cindy Lou and the Grinch in Dr. Suess' How the Grinch Stole Christmas.
Paris: (about Madeline and Louise) My life with The Banger Sisters.
Goldie Hawn and Susan Sarandon portrayed former rock groupies in the movie The Banger Sisters.
Louise: We have it for about two hours, then one of the Manson girls gets it.
Reference to the followers of Charlie Manson, who committed the high profile Tate-LaBianca murders in 1969, putting fear into the hearts of the hoi-polloi everywhere.
Paris: My Thanksgiving is turning into a Wes Craven movie.
Wes Craven is a director of horror movies such as A Nightmare on Elm Street.
Lorelai: Wow, it's like Thunderdome in here.
Reference to the Mel Gibson movie Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome.
Lorelai: We're not Michelle Kwan-ing this!
Michelle Kwan is an American figure skater who is said to be one of the most decorated female athletes in the sport. She was expected to win the gold in the 1998 and 2002 Olympics, but she failed both times, winning the silver in 1998 and the bronze in 2002. Furthermore, 3 years after this episode aired, Kwan was chosen to attend the 2006 Olympics (her final chance at gold), but she had to withdraw at the very last minute due to an injury.
Lorelai: My arm's too short to box with Mrs. Kim.
A play on words. Refers to the gospel musical play Your Arm's Too Short To Box With God.
Jess: I'm Frank at the Sands.
Refers to Frank Sinatra at the Sands Casino in Las Vegas. Frank Sinatra and the rest of the Rat Pack - Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford and Joey Bishop were the epitome of cool.
Dave: But I've got these Kurt Cobain calluses, now how cool is that.
Dave is referring to the lead singer of Nirvana, who committed suicide in 1994.
Lorelai: Big Edie and Little Edie.
In the opening sequence, Lorelai and Rory are watching Grey Gardens, the classic 1976 documentary by Albert and David Maysles about Edie Bouvier Beale and her daughter, the aunt and cousin of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis.
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