Kirk Gleason (Episodes 44 - , recurring previously)
One of the kids that Taylor hires asks Luke for an egg cream, which he claims not to serve, but Lorelai debated getting one with Rory in "Teach Me Tonight", Season 2, Episode 19.
Darren leaves a message on the Gilmores' answering machine telling Rory that as far as he's concerned, she should pack her bags because she'll be admitted to Harvard. In reality, an alumni interviewer for an Ivy League school would never have the authority to make such a statement. No matter how highly an alumnus interviewer recommends a candidate to the admissions committee, the committee could always end up turning that candidate down because of the many equally qualified candidates who also apply. After all, the interviewer only speaks to a few candidates -- people on the admissions committee are the only ones who review all the candidates.
Reply: I believe Darren wasn't guaranteeing her admission as an interviewer or an alumnus, but just saying that as an alumnus, and interviewer, he knows what the university is looking for, and thinks that she is extremely qualified.
After Lorelai and Rory listen to Darren Springstein's message on the answering machine, they are standing discussing what they are going to do that day. The camera flips between Rory and Lorelai. In the first few shots of Lorelai, her hair is parted down the middle and flat against her head. In the last few shots of her, there is no visible part and her hair is poofed up a bit, softening her face.
When Rory arrives at her grandparents' house and pulls Lorelai into the study to talk, she receives a phone call from Paris who wants to talk about the seminar. Paris told Rory she tried to throw the questioning over to Rory because when the panel commented about weeding out the hyper-intense, Paris felt it was directed toward her. Actually in the seminar, Paris tries giving Rory the floor before the weeding comment was made.
Reply: Maybe the weeding comment came later, and Paris tried a second time to get Rory to take over with the questions.
When Lorelai and Rory are talking about her Harvard application, Rory's soda can changes positions between shots.
Paris tells Rory that Mr. Hunter wouldn't allow her to use a giant video screen at their seminar, saying, "Paris, this isn't the Beatles at Shea Stadium." She then says to Rory, "Nice anachronism, huh? Like they had video screens in '63!" But Paris made an error herself, as the Beatles did not play Shea Stadium until 1965. This goof was corrected when the episode re-aired.
Also, even though the audio has been corrected, you can still see Paris say "three" instead of "five".
Darren: Do you know which French city famous for its water was the capital of collaborationist France?
Lorelai: Oh, me? Um, Evian, Perrier, uh, Le Crystal Geyser?
Darren: Jennifer, you wanna help Lorelai out?
Darren: That's correct.
Lorelai: Oh, that's right. Vichy water, I knew that.
Darren: What about the year of Germany's victory in the Franco-Prussian War?
Lorelai: Huh, me again?
Darren: If you wish.
Lorelai: I don't know that one. I do know Istanbul is Constantinople, so if you've got a date in Constantinople, she'll be waiting in Istanbul.
Lorelai: Well, let's call him.
Lorelai: Yes, yes, there's no time like the present, come on. His name is Darren Springsteen of Westport, Connecticut, Harvard class of '74. Uh! Ask if he has a brother named Bruce.
Rory: I'm not gonna ask him that. (dials phone number) It's ringing.
(Rory hangs up the phone)
Lorelai: Why'd you hang up?
Rory: I'm not good at these things.
Lorelai: Did he answer?
Lorelai: Yes? Rory, that's a really terrible first impression. (phone rings) Uh oh.
Rory: He star sixty-nined us?
Lorelai: Well, the Harvard people can afford all the latest technology. Answer!
Lorelai: (on answering machine) Hey, you've reached Suffragette City, and if you're calling about Lane Kim's ad, sorry we're not in, but don't commit rock and roll suicide – just crank a message with some feedback.
Rory: Oh geez.
Lorelai: Well, if he is related to Bruce, he can dig it.
Lorelai: (to Rory) Hey, maybe instead of going to college, you should drop out and I could quit my job and we could form an all girl band with Lane. You know like Banana-Rama. We could call it... Tangerine-A-Rama or Banana-Fana-Fofana-...Rama or something.
Darren: Do you like sports?
(Lorelai and Rory answer at the same tiem)
Lorelai: That is, we follow certain things.
Rory: We enjoy various aspects of certain sporting endeavors.
Lorelai: But it wouldn't be that kind that you could ask any follow-up questions on.
Rory: It's a general interest.
Lorelai: (about Rory getting into Harvard) Mom, everything's gonna be fine. Rory's special.
Emily: Well, I know that and you know that, but those idiots at Harvard might not necessarily know that!
Lorelai: (reading Rory's Harvard application) "Mother's Name." Breathtaking.
Rory: I think they just want your name.
Lorelai: "Father's Name." Ostracized.
(Rory kisses Dean and goes running out of Luke's diner)
Luke: Wow, fast runner.
Dean: Must be the coffee.
Luke: Not your face?
Luke: Nothing, just missing my youth years. OK, I'm back.
Lorelai: (to Rory about getting into Harvard after having talked to Emily) All those people coming from China and India and God knows where else, they're all nuts for traveling – that's why they're traveling here! And jobs are dropping and dot-com bombing and something's acting like a yo-yo, I don't know what, but it's not good! And over my dead body is Kate Hudson getting your spot, let me just say that right now!
Lorelai: (to Rory about her meeting with Headmaster Charleston) Well, we spent the first ten minutes on him bugging me to volunteer for more stuff at school, or in lieu of that to make a donation to build the new basketball court, and then another couple of minutes of me convincing him that what sounded like me going "Ha!" was really me clearing my throat, but after that we had a very pleasant, productive conversation.
Rory: He's gonna be expecting Chilton High School senior Trixie McBimbo.
Lorelai: And her mother, Bambi McBimbo.
Paris: (to Rory) What the hell did Romaine mean when he was going on about weeding out the hyper intense in the interview process? He stopped just short of calling me by name. I'm losing it!
Emily: So, she's meeting you here?
Lorelai: Yeah, she had a thing after school, a rumble or something. She said she'd be over after.
Emily: A rumble?
Lorelai: Yeah, a bunch of kids meet in an alley, they pirouette, they pull knives, it's a whole to-do.
Luke: Taylor, no, no, no, no, and every day from now on 'til the end of my life, I am gonna come in here and say, "Taylor, no!" And when I die, I'm gonna have them freeze me next to Ted Williams, and when they find the cure to what I died of and they unfreeze me, my first words are gonna be, "How's Ted?" followed closely by, "Taylor, no!"
Taylor: But the space is empty!
Luke: Not for long.
Taylor: And what are your plans for it?
Luke: A skateboard and pop bottle shop.
Taylor: That's not funny.
Luke: With in-house experts to teach the craft of street slaloming.
Taylor: Still not funny.
Luke: Well, I'm not in a very funny mood!
Kirk: Luke, are you taking applications for jobs at your skateboard and bottle shop?
Luke: Yeah, I'm interviewing people today, Kirk.
Kirk: Great. Shall I go home and change or will casual suffice?
Luke: I like the going home part.
Kirk: I don't understand.
Lorelai: We need perspective.
Rory: We need therapy.
Lorelai: And booze! (pause) For those of us over 21, of course.
(while filling out a college application together)
Lorelai: State your full name. Better not get that one wrong, and nickname if any.
Rory: That would be Rory.
Lorelai: Or Droopy Drawers.
Rory: That was never my nickname.
Lorelai: Wrong! I called you that as a baby.
Lorelai: That's right. Once you had these little Oshkosh cords and they were way too big. Once at the mall they fell right down to your knees and I said "Whoa there Droopy Drawers". I'm just afraid if we don't answer every thing accurately the Harvard police will come an hit you with an Atlas and say something mean in Latin.
Lorelai: This is an uncontaminated area. I even cleaned the table with something other than the sleeve of my sweater and spit!
Rory: Lovely image.
Rory: (to Lorelai) Hold your horses there, little Miss Horsy-Holder.
Lorelai: You know, they're going to expect a higher level of wit over at Harvard.
Rory: Can you keep a secret?
Lorelai: Not so far, but hey, there's a first time for everything.
German episode title: "Collegefieber", meaning "College Fever".
French episode title: "Candidature Pour Harvard", meaning "Harvard Application".
Rory's Book List:
Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol
Edward Herrmann (Richard Gilmore) and Milo Ventimiglia (Jess Mariano) do not appear in this episode.
When this episode was reaired on May 27, 2003, Paris' dialogue about 'video screens in '63' was redubbed to 'video screens in '65.'
"Tiny Cities Made of Ashes" by Modest Mouse
"I Wanna Be Sedated" by The Ramones
"Big in Japan" by Tom Waits
"Smile" by Grant Lee Phillips
Taylor: I am telling you Luke, if we don't quickly furnish these skateboarding Z-boys with a moral distraction they are going to turn Starshollow into Dogtown.
Dogtown is an area in Santa Monica, California made famous by original skateboarding group known as the Z-boys.
Rory: You're no Danny Gans.
Danny Gans is a performer in Las Vegas who impersonates musicians.
Rory: You went alphabetically.
Lane: It seemed tidy.
Lorelai: And a little OCD.
OCD stands for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.
Rory: Sylvia Plath?
Lorelai: Might send the wrong message.
Rory: The "sticking her head in the oven" thing?
Poet Sylvia Plath committed suicide using the gas oven in her kitchen.
Lane: That's five months of Minwaxing end tables at my mom's store.
Minwax is a brand of wood-finishing products.
Lorelai: So what do we call this guy? Alumnus Darren? You know, like you'd say Farmer John or The Butcher Lazar Wolf?
The Butcher Lazar Wolf is a character in Fiddler on the Roof.
Rory: Your parents just made it sound like....
Carol: Like I was holed up in the Chelsea with a needle sticking out of my arm screaming "Sid!" at the top of my lungs?
The Chelsea is a hotel in NYC; this is a reference to the life of Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen.
(Talking to Lane about cutting down on her drumming paper)
Rory: Wax on, wax off.
Rory is refering to the movie Karate Kid in which the teacher tells Daniel to put the wax on his car with his left hand, and take it off with his right hand.
Lorelai: Yeah, a bunch of kids meet in an alley, they pirouette, they pull knives, it's a whole to-do.
Lorelai is referring to the movie West Side Story. The Jets and the Sharks have a rumble where they pirouette and pull knives, which results in the killing of the leaders of both gangs.
Rory: So, what are you doing Saturday?
Dean: Just my usual chores.
Rory: Your usual chores, John Boy?
John Boy is a character from the TV show The Waltons, which tells the story of a farm family through the eyes of John Boy, the oldest son.
Luke: What other putz would want to open an old-fashioned soda shop?
Putz is a Yiddish word for a fool or idiot.
Lorelai: I do know Istanbul is Constantinople, so if you've got a date in Constantinople, she'll be waiting in Istanbul.
Lorelai is quoting a line from the song Istanbul (Is Constantinople) which was first recorded by the Four Lads in 1953 and later by They Might Be Giants in 1990.
(about the TV show they're watching)
Rory: It's on my top fifty best.
Lorelai: Yeah, right after Holmes and Yoyo and Hee Haw Honeys.
Holmes and Yoyo is a TV show about Detective Holmes who gets partnered with an android, Detective Yoyonivich.
Hee Haw Honeys is a variety show hosted by Buck Owens featuring country music and humor with 'Kornfield Kounty' as a backdrop.
Paris: It's boring and predictable. I wanted Charlie Rose.
Charlie Rose is a PBS television show with interviews and discussions
Rory: Man, this morning I was reading Dead Souls - it couldn't have come then?
Dead Souls is an 1842 Russian novel written by Nikolai Gogol.
Luke: And when I die, I'm gonna have them freeze me next to Ted Williams.
Ted Williams is a baseball player whose body was frozen in order to attempt to bring him back to life upon unfreezing him.
Taylor: I'm telling you Luke, if we don't quick furnish these skateboarding z-boys with moral distinction, they're gonna turn Stars Hollow into Dogtown.
Z-boys were a group of skateboarders from Santa Monica who are credited with popularizing skateboarding.
Dogtown is the nickname for Venice Beach in California which is famed for its surfing and skateboarding culture.
Emily: And now it's the in thing for young Hollywood celebrities to go to universities. What do they call themselves, the Brat Pack?
The Brat Pack is a group of eight actors in the '80s including Anthony Michael Hall, Rob Lowe, Andrew McCarthy, Demi Moore, and Molly Ringwald.
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