Sookie St. James
When Sookie is cooking for Jackson's basket. She removes heart shaped cookies from the oven, which already have frosting on them. Cookies don't tend to be frosted while still on a baking sheet.
While neither is official, this episode features first dates between Luke/Lorelai and Rory/Jess when both guys bid on their baskets and win the "date".
Sookie and Jackson get engaged in this episode.
Kirk says he has 12 brothers and sisters.
Lane never gives back Lorelai her cell phone after borrowing it to call Henry.
When Jess goes to pick up Rory's bracelet, to get up from his sitting position he bends in his left leg but when the shot changed to be closer to him, his right foot is bent in instead.
How could Rory's bracelet have fallen off? In previous episodes, we have seen that the bracelet is tied on her wrist. Then, at the bridge, it falls off and Jess picks it up. We see him twirl it around his finger and it is still tied together. This doesn't make sense. The bracelet can't untie and tie itself, so how did it come off Rory's wrist?
Possible Explanation: Sometimes, after a bracelet, like Rory's, has been worn for a long time (and she's been wearing it since season one), it starts to stretch a little bit, and gets a little bigger. It can then slid on and off a person's wrist without coming untied. Therefore, it is possible that the bracelet, still tied, did in fact slip off of Rory's wrist.
The Caesar (who works at Luke's) is not the same Caesar who's seen in later episodes.
(Jess has just out-bid Dean for Rory's small basket)
Lorelai: I'm trying to think, uh, in what scenario this situation could be construed as positive.
Rory: Well . . .
Lorelai: Well, no one's head's on fire.
Lorelai: Every picture you ever see of people at a picnic they are eating on the ground.
Luke: And every time I see a picture of people having a picnic on the ground I think "What the hell are you people doing eating on the ground? Get up...get some beach chairs you cheap skates!"
While having their picnic at the lake
Rory: Wow a place in Stars Hollows that you actually like!
Jess: Yeah I have some good memories of this place. See over there, that's where Luke pushed me in!
Luke: Who did you want to get your basket?
Luke: I mean, before you knew Patty was gonna put you on the Dating Game, you did pack this disgusting lunch and bring it out here, so who did you want to get it?
Lorelai: Well, last year Roy Wilkins bought it and I got my sprinklers fixed for half price.
Luke: Uh huh.
Lorelai: And this year my rain gutters are completely clogged, and I thought if I could get the Collins kid to bite, I'd get that taken care of.
Luke: Very practical.
Lorelai: I thought so.
Luke: So the participation in this thing was purely for home improvement reasons?
Lorelai: Yes. And I don't know, it's a nice concept.
Luke: What is?
Lorelai: Just having someone who you love or have some kind of crazy crush on bid on your basket and then share a romantic lunch, it's a nice concept.
Luke: Well, I'm sure someday you'll manage to find the right guy and drag him out to this thing and make him by your stupid basket and then you'll be sitting out here with him.
Lorelai: Yeah, someday.
Luke: You know what?
Luke: This is nice.
(After Luke has succesfully bid on Lorelai's basket)
Lorelai: You rock!
Luke: Thank you.
Lorelai: You're welcome.
Luke: So what do we do now?
Lorelai: I guess we eat.
Luke: First I have to buy it, then I have to eat it?
Lorelai: Hey, the basket of botulism does come with my company.
Luke: Huh. You don't eat with your mouth open do you?
Lorelai: Women don't eat at all. We just look at food and jump on the treadmill.
Luke: All right, let's go.
Rory: Why are you only nice to me?
Jess: Excuse me?
Rory: An hour ago you were totally screwing with Dean and now you're totally nice to me.
Jess: You see, it's the screwing with Dean that's an important step to getting here so that I can be nice to you.
(Lorelai and Luke are about to have a picnic after Luke bought her picnic basket)
Lorelai: Hey, where are you going?
Luke: I am going to the diner, I'm going to get us some edible food, and I'm gonna bring it back here for us to eat!
Lorelai: That is so not the point of today. I made this. I'm insulted. I will now proceed to pout.
Luke: I'll bring back some brownies.
Lorelai: Ooh, the pouting has left the building.
(Dean walks away after fighting with Rory)
Rory: Please, don't walk away like that!
Dean: Sorry, I'd do a silly walk, but I'm not felling very John Cleese right now!
Lane: Hello, Henry?
Henry: Lane! I've been trying to call you!
Lane: I know! The pay phone is broken!
Henry: I thought the number was wrong and I didn't know what to do! So I…
Lane: What? You what?
Henry: I called your house… and your mother answered.
Lane: What did you say?
Henry: I asked for you, and then she asked why and I said because, and she said because why, and then I got nervous and tried to sell her a subscription of the Wall Street Journal.
Lane: Oh! Were you successful?
Jackson: I think we should get married.
Sookie: But - uh, but...
Sookie: Are you pregnant?
Dean: Rory, don't go.
Jess: Well, geez man. She's not shipping off to 'Nam.
(Jess walks up behind them)
Jess: I gotta tell you, of all the nutty barn raising shindigs this town can cook up, this one wasn't half bad.
Dean: Glad you enjoyed it.
Jess: Yes I did. So shall we?
Dean: Shall we what?
Jess: Shall we go?
Dean: Go where?
Jess: Go eat.
Dean: Excuse me?
Jess: The person who buys the basket wins the company of the person who makes the basket for lunch. Basket, basket maker, guy who didn't bring enough money.
Dean: You think this is funny.
Jess: Well, it's no Lenny Bruce routine but it has its moments.
(Lorelai bursts into the diner)
Lorelai: Luke! Where is he, where is he? I need him! Caesar, where is - agh, agh, thank God. Hey, hey, you gotta come with me.
Luke: What are you doing? Hey hey, I got plates here!
Lorelai: Put the burgers down. Caeser, you're in charge.
Luke: Now wait.
Lorelai: Do you have money? I need money. (starts pushing the buttons of th register) Which one opens this thing? Is it that one, not that one.
Luke: Stop messing with that.
Lorelai: Luke, you gotta come out there with me. Patty gave my picture out to all these guys because she thinks I need a man.
Luke: You do, one with a nice couch and a deep knowledge of Freud.
Lorelai: You have to come out and bid on my basket.
Luke: Are you serious?
Luke: I have never in my life taken part in one of these crazy group flip outs. I'm not about to start now.
Lorelai: But - right now - out there – the -.
Luke: Just buy your own basket.
Lorelai: I cannot buy my own basket.
Luke: Why not?
Lorelai: Because that is pathetic.
Luke: And chasing me around my diner begging me to buy your basket?
Lorelai: Also pathetic. But that is a pathetic I can live with, where that pathetic is a truly pathetic pathetic, and only you can save me from the double pathetic! Please!
Luke: I can't believe I'm doing this.
Miss Patty: Listen darling, do you happen to have change for a dollar?
Lorelai: I think so.
Miss Patty: I don't know where my quarters go.
Lorelai: Down some guy's g-string, I would expect.
Miss Patty: Oh no, a quarter would be insulting.
German episode title: "Picknick", meaning "Picnic".
French episode title: "Pique-nique et paniers garnis", meaning "Picnics and Stuffed Baskets".
Rory's Book List: The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
Lorelai's Book List: The Children's Hour by Lillian Hellman
Jess' Book List: Ernest Hemingway, it was never stated what by him though
Liza Weil (Paris Geller) and Edward Herrmann (Richard Gilmore) did not appear in this episode.
Lorelai and Rory are discussing relationships and Lorelai comments that not everyone can date Andy Hardy.
-Andy Hardy is the All-American boy-next-door plated by Mickey Rooney in a series of movies co-starring Judy Garland
Unwitting reference to a former U.S. president.
Lorelai: I have to go call Patty and stop the forced mating process. I feel like Ling-Ling the panda bear.
Giant pandas (not actually bears) Hsing-Hsing and Ling-Ling, gifts to the National Zoo in Washington DC from the Chinese government, were subjects of several attempts to get them to mate and produce offspring.
Lorelai: He seems cool because he's got this dangerous vibe and this problem with authority and he's seen a lot of Sylvester Stallone movies.
Sylvester Stallone movies tend to be action movies have a lot of violence in them.
Milo Ventimiglia recently co-starred with Sylvester Stallone in the final installation of the Rocky series, Rocky Balboa, as Rocky's son.
Rory: Ah, The Fountainhead.
The Fountainhead is a 1943 novel by Ayn Rand about an objectivist philosophy.
Jess: Ayn Rand is a political nut.
Ayn Rand was a popular and controversial philosopher and novelist.
Lorelai: Boy in the Plastic Bubble kind of careful.
TV movie starring John Travolta as a boy forced to live in a plastic isolation bubble due to a non-functioning immune system.
Rory: I'm sorry, when did I move to Salem.
Salem, Massachusetts. During 1692, a wave of hysteria came over the town and people were accused and tried for practicing witchcraft. 19 people were hung and another stoned to death. The incident was later made into The Crucible, a play by Arthur Miller which was a thinly disguised rebuke of the McCarthy hearings.
Lorelai: I'm not taking sides. I'm Swiss, babe.
Switzerland has a policy of neutrality in which it does not take sides in any armed conflict. However, it will defend itself to maintain its neutrality.
Rory: You said you wanted to read The Children's Hour.
Lorelai: I did? When?
Rory: The other night when we were watching Julia, and Jane Fonda was playing Lillian Hellman.
Lorelai: Oh yeah, and I made the Hellmann's mayonnaise joke.
Lillian Hellman was a playwright and memoirist. Her 1934 play The Children's Hour dealt with two spinster school teachers and how their lives were destroyed by one student's lie that they were lesbians.
The movie Julia, starring Jane Fonda and Vanessa Redgrave, was based on Hellman's friend's attempt to smuggle money into Nazi Germany to help overthrow Hitler.
Hellmann's mayonnaise is a brand of mayonnaise.
Lorelai: I'm totally into Dungeons & Dragons.
Role playing game that was very popular in the 80s.
Luke: You do. One with a couch and a deep knowledge of Freud.
Sigmund Freud was the father of psychoanalysis.
Dean: Sorry, I'd do a silly walk, but I'm not feeling very John Cleese now.
John Cleese was a member of the British comedy troupe Monty Python. Among his stock of characters was The Minister of Silly Walks in which he did a silly walk.
Jess: Excuse me, Edgar Bergen, I'd like Charlie McCarthy to answer now.
Edgar Bergen was a ventriloquist and Candace Bergen's father. His most famous wooden puppet was Charlie McCarthy.
Jess: Well, it's no Lenny Bruce routine but it has its moments.
Brilliant but controversial comedian whose work often ran into trouble with the authorities. Had numerous altercations with the law due to the content of his routines.
Lorelai: One of them has seen Ghostbusters 124 times.
Movie about paranormal investigators who hunt and trap ghosts and malevolent spirits.
Lorelai: Two of them have run with the bulls.
Part of the Fiesta of San Fermin in Pamplona, Spain where one week of the year bulls are released into the street on a daily basis and herded the 800 meters to the bullring. People (usually men) run in front of the bulls on their way to the bullring. This event was written about by Ernest Hemmingway.
Jess: Weel, you're having your vertical From Here to Eternity moment right in front of the super glue.
From Here to Eternity is a 1953 film starring Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr and famous for its then racy scene of them kissing on the beach.
Lorelai: You'd know that if you weren't dating Andy Hardy.
All-American boy-next-door character played by Mickey Rooney in a series of movies.
Lorelai: So, I've decided I'm saving myself for William Holden.
Actor of such movies as Sabrina, Sunset Boulevard and Stalag 17. He won an Oscar for Stalag 17.
Title: A-Tisket, A-Tasket
The title comes from the song A-Tisket A-Tasket whose lyrics go:
A green and yellow basket.
I wrote a letter to my love,
But on the way I dropped it.
I dropped it, I dropped it,
And, on the way I dropped it.
A little boy picked it up,
And put it in his pocket.
This could relate to the fact that although Rory's basket was intended for Dean, it was picked up by Jess instead.
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