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When Lorelai and Rory are discussing her dad's new girlfriend being named Sherrie, Lorelai says, "Poor girl is named after a Journey song, that's gotta be rough." Actually, "Oh Sherrie" is 1984 song by Journey's lead singer Steve Perry on his solo albumStreet Talk.
When Jess comes down dressed as Luke, he is wearing the hat that Luke wore in the first half of season 1, before Lorelai gave him the blue hat he currently wears, in episode 10 "Forgiveness and Stuff".
Libby, the girl who is having her fifth "coming out", makes another appearance in Season 6 when Logan and Rory attend Logan's sister's wedding. There she plays one of Honor's bridesmaids, Walker.
In the final scene, when Lorelai drops by her parents' house, she says she went to hang. She clarifies, "Talk. Don't talk. Whatever." This is the exact same quote that Lane says to Rory in ep. 1.17 "The Breakup, Part 2."
When Rory runs out to meet her dad, the first clip shows her running and stopping then switches to another shot where she is stopping again.
When Christopher and Lorelai walk in to Miss Patty's, the music is loud and then when they are talking to Dean and Rory the music is turned down and then it isn't even on. When Lorelai and Christopher start dancing, Christopher turns the music on and it's at the beginning of the song again.
At the diner at the end, Rory's pinkie finger goes up at the request of Lorelai for her to act like a lady. When the camera is behind her, the finger stays up, but when the angle moves around, in split second, it is back on the burger.
In the episode "Love and War and Snow," Rory pulls out a picture album of old photos. Inside that album was a picture of Lorelai in her debutant dress. The dress in the picture looked nothing like the one that Rory was wearing, even though they were supposed to be the same dress. Why are the dresses different?
When Rory is at Luke's after her coming out, her burger changes from 'bitten into' to 'untouched' and back again.
At Rory's coming out, Lorelai does not have a necklace on while sitting down, but does when she walks up to her parents.
To help her mother write down a phone number, Rory gives Lorelai a gum wrapper, which is replaced by a notebook in the very next scene.
Lorelai: See; now only a lady can gracefully walk around a room with a book on her head while eating Kung pow chicken. I mean a great lady can even spit the peanuts back into the container without anyone noticing.
Lorelai: Yeah, well don't be intimidated. You have to practice and practice to get to my level.
Rory: Anyone want the last egg roll?
Lorelai: Hey, where are you going?
Rory: To get the last egg roll.
Lorelai: Getting the egg roll yourself?
Lorelai: No, ladies never get their own egg rolls, ladies never get their own anything they don't even get their own ideas.
Rory: Oh Boy!
Lorelai: They just sit helplessly and wait for some young strong man to come by and assist them. They don't step in puddles, they don't step over puddles, and they can't even look at puddles. They actually need to be blindfolded and thrown in a sack and carried over puddles.
Rory: Isn't there a moratorium on how long ladies are supposed to talk?
Lorelai: Err…no! Now repeat after me "I am completely helpless".
(Jess comes down the stairs drssed in a flannel shirt and a backwards baseball cap)
Lorelai: Uh, Luke...
Luke: What? (sees Jess) What do you think you're doing?
Luke: So, you think this is funny.
Jess: I'm sorry, I thought this was the uniform.
Luke: You know what? That's fine. Have your little joke, doesn't bother me at all. Clean that table.
Luke: I'm ignoring you. You do not exist.
Jess: Okay. (Jess starts to clean table)
Luke: That's it, gets upstairs and change.
Jess: Whatever you say, Uncle Luke.
Luke: It's Luke. Just Luke. Mister Luke. In fact, don't address me at all!
Emily: You don't want your granddaughter admitted to society?
Richard: To hell with society! (to a table of people) And yes, I'm talking about you!
Dean: So what?
Rory: It's good, isn't it?
Dean: It's the Rock-n-Roll hall of fame induction.
Rory: And doesn't Neil Young look cool?
Dean: I guess.
Rory: And you'll notice he's wearing a tux.
Dean: Neil Young looks cool because he's Neil Young, not because he's wearing a tux.
Lorelai:(on phone with Emily) I don't have to ask her Mom, I know the answer... I know the answer... yeah, no, I don't have to... yeah, hold on. (to Rory) Rory, would you like Grandma's hair stylist to come and set your hair before the ball? (Rory makes a face) Oh, I did not coach her, Mom. Go back to talking about gloves!
Rory:(to Dean) I think you're going to look great in a tux.
Lane: Yeah, according to this, all escorts must be properly attired in black tails, white cumberbuns and white gloves.
Rory: I'm sure the gloves are optional!
Lane: Not according to this.
Dean: Tails? Gloves?
Rory: Remember Neil Young. Remember that you love me. Remember that I'll be watching battlebots with you for a month!
Dean: Show me Neil Young again.
Lorelai: I swear, there is nothing in the world my mother is better at than getting someone to agree to something that in any other universe, they would never ever consider.
Lorelai: I am still convinced she had something to do with Lily Tomlin doing that movie with John Travolta
Emily: Oh, Richard, I didn't know you were home!
Richard: Yes, well you learn something new everyday.
Rory: And when I got back from Grandpa's office, they all invited me out onto the patio.
Lorelai: No, no, no! Please tell me you did not go out onto the patio.
Rory: I went out onto the patio.
Lorelai: Oh, Rory, that's like accepting the position as the drummer in Spinal Tap.
Luke: How can you like that shirt?
Jess: It brings out my eyes.
Lorelai: Um, guys, hi, there's a lady up there with a rock the size of Neptune around her neck talking about the debutantes of ancient Greece. It's a lot easier to fall asleep if you're sitting down, trust me.
Lorelai: (walks into Luke's, where Rory is eating a massive cheeseburger while wearing her fancy debutante dress) After all you've been through tonight, I come in here and find you eating like that?? (Rory, holding burger with two hands, puts her pinky up) There ya go!
Rory: Being a lady is hard.
Rory: Battle bots!
Dean: For life!
Rory: So, did you know that you're considered a hot dad?
Rory: Libby said that it's too bad that you're my real dad, because if you were my stepdad, I could steal you away from Mom.
Christopher: That Libby's got a good life ahead of her.
Christopher: May I have this dance?
Lorelai: I don't know. Do you have a trust fund? Always make sure.
Rory: Before I knew it, Grandma was telling me how important it is for a person to be properly presented to society.
Rory: And how every young girl dreams of this day.
Rory: And how there are flowers.
Lorelai: Oh, Lord!
Rory: And music.
Rory: And cake.
Lorelai: Oh yeah, the cake's actually good.
Rory: So what do you think?
Dean: I think you look like a cotton ball.
Rory: Why, thank you, Jeeves.
Dean: But a really cute cotton ball.
Liza Weil(Paris) does not appear in the opening credits in this episode even though she appeared in the previous episode.
German episode title: "Emily in Nöten", meaning "Emily In Difficulties".
French episode title: "Le bal des débutantes", meaning "The Debutante Ball".
Yanic Truesdale (Michel) and Melissa McCarthy (Sookie) do not appear in this episode.
"The Way You Look Tonight" by Frank Sinatra
"Thank Heaven For Little Girls" by Maurice Chevalier
"Jubilee" by Grant Lee Buffalo
"Du Hast" by Rammstein
Rory: At one point Miss Patty thought Dean was gonna get hurt, she made me sit in the corner and watch.
Lorelai: Hey! Nobody puts Baby in the corner.
Lorelai is referring to a scene in Dirty Dancing. Patrick Swazye (Johnny) takes Jennifer Grey (Baby) from her parents (one of whom was played by a younger Kelly Bishop), who were sitting at a corner table, to dance in the resort's final show.
Lorelai: That's like accepting the position as the drummer in Spinal Tap.
In the 1984 Rob Reiner movie This Is Spinal Tap, spoof "rockumentary" about the fictional heavy metal band Spinal Tap, it's not unusual for their drummers to die in a freak gardening accident, to explode onstage, or even to die from choking on someone else's vomit.
Rory: Remember that I'll be watching Battle Bots with you for a month.
Battle Bots is a TV show where people build robots that fight each other in a ring.
Lorelai: (to Christopher about the ball) Now, I know that you would rather sit through Endless Love than ever be a part of this scene again.
Endless Love is a movie about teenagers who fall in love and become very obsessive about each other.
Lorelai: Oh Shecky, you kill me.
Shecky Greene is a comedian and actor.
Libby: You know, they say four out of five debs marry their escorts.
Rory: Kind of like the dentists with Trident.
Trident gum used to advertise the fact that four out of five dentists recommended chewing the sugar free gum.
Emily: I wanted my granddaughter to be presented to society in a beautiful elegant ballroom, not a Shakey's.
Shakey's is a chain of pizza restaurants in the U.S.
Rory: Could be a real Cirque du Soleil kind of night.
Cirque du Soleil is a famous performing troop that does spectacular acrobatic feats.
Lorelai: Look for the toxic cloud of Chanel and Final Net.
Chanel is a brand of expensive perfume and Final Net is a hairspray.
Christopher: All your regular 976 numbers are busy.
In the U.S. 976 numbers are numbers that charge you a higher than normal rate for calling in exchange for certain services, often associated with adult chat lines.
Christopher: Well, did you tell her about Barbara Hutton, Doris Duke, Gloria Vanderbilt?
Lorelai: Yes, and she's perfectly willing to marry Cary Grant, get offed by her crazy butler and start designing blue jeans as soon as the ball ends.
All three women were socialites.
Barbara Hutton was heir to the Woolworth fortune and nicknamed Poor Little Rich Girl by the press. She married seven times, one of which to Cary Grant.
Doris Duke was a recluse in her later years and some believe that her death was caused by overmedication administered by her butler.
Gloria Vanderbilt was an heiress and, later in life, a fashion designer known in particular as one of the chief early names in designer blue jeans.
Lorelai: You'll need shoes, hose, gloves, some mice, a dog, a pumpkin.
In the Disney version of Cinderella, the fairy godmother turns mice, a dog, and a pumpkin into horses, a footman, and a carriage.
Lorelai: I am still convinced she had something to do with Lily Tomlin doing that movie with John Travolta.
Moment by Moment was a film starring John Travolta and Lily Tomlin about a May/December romance which was a critical and box-office bomb... and those were its good points.
Lorelai: Does Terence McNally know about you two?
Terence McNally is a 4-time Tony winning dramatist, and considered one of the leading dramatists currently writing. His most well known work is probably Love! Valour! Compassion!
Lorelai: I think George and Martha are joining us for dinner.
George and Martha are the alcoholic, argumentative couple from Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf.
Lorelai: Okay, Liesl. I'm Brigitta, this is Gretl.
Upon hearing the maid's name is the same as the eldest von Trapp daughter, Lorelai announces herself and Rory with the names of two of the other von Trapp daughters from The Sound of Music.
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