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When Luke and Lorelai are talking about his giving directions to Eva, he says that he recommended she take the I-5 back to Hartford. However, the I-5 is on the West Coast and runs from California to Washington State. It does not go anywhere near Connecticut so would be useless for getting back to Hartford. Although it does go through Los Angeles where the show was filmed, so perhaps the writers were making an inside joke.
After the I-5 reference, Lorelai says that Luke should have recommended the I-11, but it does not exist yet (and certainly didn't in 2001, when this episode aired). It is proposed to go from Arizona to Nevada, which, even if it was completed, would also not get Eva back to Hartford.
In the scene where Lorelai comes home from the Chilton benefit, watch very closely when Rory is sitting on the couch. In the shot where she says, "You have pictures in there!" the blue blanket behind her, and the pillow in front of her, are arranged very differently than in the shot taken of her a few seconds later, when she says "Yes I am!"
When Emily gets up and leaves after saying to Lorelai, "It's funny how nicely you seem to be fitting into the world you ran away from," notice that Lorelai kind of just smiles to herself and completely shrugs it off. This is certainly not the first or only time that Emily makes such a comment to her daughter, but it's one of the very rare moments where Lorelai reacts so nonchalantly, like she's not the least bit angry or affected by it.
When the maid answers the door, she tells Rory and Lorelai to meet Emily and Richard outside, but when they get there, Emily is scolding them for being outside.
Emily Bergl makes her first appearance in this episode as Chilton tough girl Francine Jarvis. Emily is good friends with Liza Weil (Paris Gellar) in real life.
In this episode Rory comes into the lunch room with her lunch and instead of going to her usually table she goes over to the Puff table and she is only there for about no more then 5 minutes when the bell rings. Why would lunch be that short?
When Rory comes home after school and sees Lorelai at the table, Lorelai asks Rory to get her a soda. Rory gets a soda and sets it down in front of her. You can see it at the beginning of their conversation, but it disappears throughout the middle and then reappears at the end.
Rory said the deer was a he or she, but in the episode where she hit the deer, she said there were antler prints on her mother's car. If Rory is supposed to be so smart, she would know that female deer don't have antlers.
Lorelai teases Rory for being busted by the headmaster for ringing a bell, and Rory said that's all she was doing. However, they don't seem to consider that maybe they got in trouble mostly because they broke into the school and then into the headmaster's office.
When Luke fills the Gilmores' cups at the beginning of the episode, he picks up Rory's cup to fill it. When the camera changes angles to focus on Rory, her cup is back in front of her without any indication of Luke putting it back.
When Rory takes her backpack off right before she sits to eat lunch, you can tell that it doesn't weigh very much, when a few minutes earlier she was trying to stuff it with all of her books.
When the Puffs bring Rory to Headmaster Charleston's office, it's in the middle of a hallway, when it previously had always been at the end of a hallway.
When Paris sits down at the table with Rory and the Puffs, the color of Rory's soda can changes from purple to green in between camera shots.
(Luke's diner. Lorelai is sitting at the counter)
Lorelai: Hey Luke, ah, I feel a little weird even mentioning this to you.
Lorelai: Well, yesterday I saw you talking to Eva, you know, she's in my Booster Club?
Luke: Yeah, I know who she is.
Lorelai: (slightly annoyed) Oh, good, well, good. So, anyhow, I saw you guys talking alone, and it seemed kind of private and she mentioned earlier that you didn't make her, you know, gag. So, I just figured you guys were making some sort of plans to hang out and, see, the thing is, I just think it would be a little weird if you started dating a Chilton mom. Look, I know I have no right to say anything to you, but it's just, ahm, if you did date her, I'm in the Booster Club with her, which means that I'll hear things and, I don't know, it's just I'd like to keep that Chilton life seperate from my Stars Hollow life. So, if there's any way that you could not date her, that would be really great.
Luke: Boy, I tell you you've got nerve!
Lorelai: Okay, well, I know this is your private business.
Luke: It is my private business.
Lorelai: You don't see any validity to my side at all?
Luke: I am a grown man. You cannot tell me who to date.
Lorelai: I'm not telling you who to date, I'm telling you who not to date.
Luke: You can't tell me that either.
Luke: I will date who I like and if that screws with your plans then sorry! And if you don't wanna hear things, don't listen!
Luke: If you don't like it you can just deal with it.
Lorelai: Okay, I'll just deal with it.
Lorelai: I just thought that if something was going to affect our friendship in some way that you might care about that, because if the situation was reversed then I would care, but hey! That's me. So, go ahead! Date her. Marry her. Make her Mrs. Backwards Baseball Cap. Live happily ever after! See if I care! (upset, she turns around to leave)
Luke: And by the way, I wasn't asking her out. I was giving her directions for the quickest way back to Hartford. It was very romantic. I said you take a right at Deerfield, and you catch the I-5 and you take it south. Oh man, hot stuff.
Lorelai: (very embarrassed but stubbornly trying to hide it) That is so typical of you!
Lorelai: That is not the quickest way back to Hartford. Everybody knows that you take Maine to Cherry to Lynwood and then grab the I-11. Everybody knows that Luke. Everybody, apparently, but you!
(She exits and leaves a smiling Luke behind)
(Luke walks into the inn with his toolbox)
Lorelai: Oh, thank god. You brought Bert.
Luke: Right here.
Lorelai: My men! Follow me.
Luke: By the way, you do tell people that you're the one who named my toolbox, right?
Lorelai: (chuckles) Toolbox. Dirty.
(Paris looks terrible while Rory looks perfect)
Paris: That really how you look when you first get up?
Paris: Nothing in my life is fair.
Lorelai: That's what you got busted for, ringing a bell?
Rory: Yeah, mhm.
Lorelai: That's it, bell ringing?
Lorelai: Were you at least smoking a Cuban cigar while you were doing it?
Lorelai: No. I mean bad girl. How many times have I told you not to ring bells.
Rory: Let's go.
Lorelai: They can dent or scratch. And they make dogs crazy. Who do you think you are, the Hunchback of Notre Dame? Are you French, are you circular? I don't think so.
Lorelai: Wow, busy today. Has Luke been advertising or something?
Rory: He gets good word-of-mouth.
Lorelai: Well, we have to start spreading bad word-of-mouth so we can always have a table.
Rory: Well, that would be wrong, but sure. Vermin?
Lorelai: Or no potable water.
Rory: Or no potable vermin.
Lorelai: That would scare them away.
Rory: Or confuse them away.
Rory: It's just so weird that the one table I sit down at is home to the secret society.
Lorelai: I know. It's like waking up one day and realizing that everyone else in your family can pull their face off.
Rory: Yes, it's exactly like that.
Lorelai: Who the hell names their kid Lemon?
Rory: Someone really into citrus.
Ivy: I hate nepotism.
Lem: But unfortunately it does make the world go round.
Francie: Don't you have a nickname?
Rory: Well. Rory is a nickname. My real name is Lorelai.
Lem: Lorelai? That's a weird name!
Rory: Well Lem.. what can I say!
Rory: (chuckling to herself) Barry Manilow.
Rory: (singing) Looks like we made it.
Lorelai: Oh yeah? Spice Girls!
Rory: Duran Duran!
Rory: Olivia Newton-John!
Lorelai: The Macarena! You and Lane for hours and hours for weeks on end!
Rory: Hey! We were mocking, you can't mock the mocking!
Lorelai: All right, it's getting ugly. Let's stop.
Rory: Let's be friends again.
Lorelai: All right.
Rory: Maybe I am a loner. I mean, you were mocking my backpack today. I might just be one step away from carrying a mysterious duffel bag.
Lorelai: Oh no, no you don't. Don't you go doubting who you are or how you should be. How dare that woman do this to you!
Kirk: It's all fixed. I found a loose terminal. I reconnected the battery and jumped it, so it's set to go.
Lorelai: Oh, thanks Kirk.
Kirk: And I'm not gonna charge you for the time I spent stuck underneath the car.
Lorelai: That's great Kirk.
Kirk: And I just want you to know that I overheard, and you're absolutely right. I carried a duffel bag and ate lunch by myself my entire school career, and I turned out just fine.
Francie: Are you a belle?
Rory: Oh, no, but apparently I command them.
Rory: (startled by Paris) God, you're like a pop-up book from hell!
Brenda Strong (Eva) and Emily Bergl (Francie), are both actresses on Desperate Housewives. Strong plays Paul Young's deceased first wife, Mary Alice, and Bergl plays his current wife, Beth.
Both Desperate Housewives characters ultimately commit suicide by shooting themselves.
German episode title: "Mutprobe", meaning "Test Of Courage".
French episode title: "Mère indigne, indignée", meaning "An Indignant Bad Mother".
Keiko Agena (Lane), Edward Herrmann (Richard), Jared Padalecki (Dean), and Milo Ventimiglia (Jess) do not appear in this episode.
-"Know Your Onion" by The Shins, On Rory's Discman in Cafeteria at beginning of the show.
-"Girls Just Want To Have Fun" by Cyndi Lauper played at the fashion show
-"It's Alright, Baby" by Komeda, On Rory's discman at the end of the show.
-"Looks Like We Made It" by Barry Manilow Rory sings this at Luke's to tease Lorelai
Lorelai: I walked right in there and told him Rory is not a loner, she has plenty of friends and she doesn't even own a black Matrix coat!
The boys responsible for the Columbine shootings, were loners at their high school and at the start of the shootings whipped off their black Matrix coats to reveal their guns.
Lorelai: Hey, I told you not to become a soc, but you didn't listen.
The term "soc" (short for social) is prominent in S.E. Hinton's novel (and the film of) The Outsiders. It refers to a wealthy, influential group of people.
Lorelai: (referring to Luke's unknown romantic liasons) Maybe he has a secret life -- Maybe he's got a little chippie stowed away in Mount Pilot!
Mount Pilot was the nearest town "just over the mountain" from Mayberry on the Andy Griffith Show
Rory: Suddenly I'm living with Zsa Zsa Gabor.
Zsa Zsa Gabor is an actress known for her lavish lifestyle.
Rory: (to the Puffs) It's not exactly "Toto, we're not in Kansas anymore", but it's still pretty darn uncomfortable.
"Toto, we're not in Kansas anymore" is a famous line from the movie The Wizard of Oz. Rory is talking about a draft she felt at her lunch table, meaning it wasn't as bad as the tornado in that movie.
Rory: (to Francie about Paris) I tell ya, she's a regular Gary Mule Deer.
Gary Mule Deer is a comedian with off-beat humor.
Rory: (about the Puffs' oath) Anne Sexton, right?
Anne Sexton is a Pulitzer Prize winning poet who committed suicide in 1974.
Rory: Great movie. Oh wait, that was Coming Home. Sorry.
Coming Home is a movie about a soldier returning back from Vietnam with emotional and physical wounds.
Rory: Paris, it's not the Cosa Nostra.
Cosa Nostra is another way of saying Mafia.
Rory: I end up here with the Ya-Ya Sisterhood.
Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood was a novel by Rebecca Wells that was adapted for the big screen in 2002.
Paris: Maybe someday I'll stumble into a Disney movie and suddenly be transported into your body, and after living there awhile, I'll finally realize the beauty of myself.
Describing the plot of Freaky Friday except it's a mother and daughter who switch bodies.
Francine: So I drop a box of matches on the floor, she can tell me how many there are?
In Rainman, Dustin Hoffman's character could instantly tell at a glance the number of any objects laid out in front of him.
Lorelai: Yeah, look Fat Albert. Get me a soda.
Fat Albert was a cartoon character created by Bill Cosby, known for his catchphrase "Hey, hey, hey".
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