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Lorelai tells Rory not to worry about her PSAT scores because she can always take it again. However, the PSAT is usually taken twice at most, once in sophomore year and once in junior year. Since Rory is a junior, this would be her last time taking the test, and her scores could qualify her for the National Merit Scholarship Program. After this, Rory would start taking the real SAT.
Lorelai repeatedly speaks to a man about a loan and calls him Mr. Rygalski. This is also the last name of Lane's future boyfriend/bandmate Dave, played by Adam Brody.
When Lorelai is at Luke's at the beginning of the episode, Luke tells her that she's late. She then puts her hand under her book and gets ready to close it. A split second later the camera angle has changed and the book is closed and Lorelai is putting it in her bag. Lorelai couldn't have closed her book in a split second because she hadn't started to close it yet, she had merely put her hand under it, getting ready to close it.
Rory tells her mother that her PSAT scores are 740 verbal and 760 math, and each one is scored out of 80. The highest possible score on the PSAT as a whole is 160. Rory should have said 74 verbal and 76 math. When this episode aired the changes made to the SATs/PSATs had not yet taken effect and they were not yet known as the new SATs/PSATs.
When Lorelai takes the ice cream out of Sookie's freezer, she places it on the edge of the table. However, in the next shot it is in the middle of the table on top of a cutting board. Then when Sookie takes ice cream out of the container it is not full, but in the next shot it is almost full.
Lorelai shouldn't have had such trouble getting a 15,000 dollar loan because she could have put her house up for collateral, plus she says she can't even imagine 15,000 dollars. Wouldn't she have had to have had something like that to pay for the house in the first place (when she first bought it)?
There is no reason for Jackson being in the closet when the Gilmore girls come to spend the night at Sookie's. Lorelai called Sookie in advance, so Jackson could just have left or changed out of his picture pyjamas or hidden in a somewhat more comfortable place. There was plenty of time while Lorelai & Rory grabbed some stuff and then walked over to Sookie's place.
Just before Rory and Lorelai leave their home to attend Friday night dinner, Rory is wearing black pantyhose, but isn't when they arrive at Richard's and Emily's house. When Rory and Lorelai return to Stars Hollow, Rory is once again wearing black pantyhose.
Lorelai: Luke, I need fifteen thousand dollars which I can't find, don't have, and if I don't find, the house is gonna fall down.
Luke: I can help you with that.
Lorelai: You can?
Luke: Yeah, I can get a couple guys, we can get in there and do the work.
Lorelai: You can fix this?
Luke: Well, I can help. I know a good contractor. He did some work on the diner.
Lorelai: What about the money?
Luke: Um, you won't have to deal with that right away.
Lorelai: I won't?
Luke: No, you can pay it out in installments if you want. Monthly, bimonthly, whatever - whatever you're comfortable with.
Lorelai: So, let me get this straight. Uh, you and some guys who actually know what they're doing are gonna come over and fix my house, and I can pay them back whenever I want?
Luke: That's right.
Lorelai: 'Cause I'm Tony Soprano?
Luke: Only scarier.
Lorelai: Now Luke, when I finally do make out this installment check, uh, who should I make it out to?
Luke: Well, you can make it out to me if you like.
Lorelai: Oh, so basically you would be fronting me the money?
Luke: Well, yeah, but it's no big deal.
Lorelai: Luke, that's a loan.
Luke: No, it's just a temporary exchange of money for services that will be paid back when you finally have the... it's a loan.
Lorelai: Man, you suck as a liar. Thank you.
Luke: You're welcome.
Lorelai: I can't take it.
Luke: I know, but it was worth a shot.
Rory: You're being stubborn.
Lorelai: Oh no! Have I shocked you?
Emily: If you didn't work so hard you wouldn't have a tension headache.
Lorelai: It's not a work tension headache, mom.
Emily: So, then you are sick.
Lorelai: Actually, I am. I'm sick.
Emily: I knew it. What's wrong?
Lorelai: Consumption with a touch of the vapors. I'm going for a leeching tonight after coffee.
Rory: She's got a case of exterminatoritis.
Emily: What's that mean?
Rory: We have termites.
Emily: Oh, that's terrible.
Lorelai: It's not so bad.
Rory: They're eating our whole house.
Lorelai: But they always say thank you.
Lorelai: You are not seriously sitting there.
Emily: No, it's a hologram. Lifelike, isn't it?
Rory: Maybe I didn't study hard enough. Maybe I got cocky.
Lorelai: Maybe you need a major mud bath/salt glow/chill pill combo.
Louise: (about a boy) What happened? I thought we really connected in that supply closet.
Lorelai: (to Rory) Be sure to gloat a little, it's good for your skin.
Rory: Why aren't you saying anything?
Dean: Words seem to be very dangerous right now.
Lorelai: Hey, I got your note.
Rory: Yeah, well, putting it in the mallomars was a pretty safe bet.
Lorelai: Fill me up.
Luke: That's your sixth cup.
Lorelai: Yes it is.
Luke: How 'bout some tea?
Lorelai: Absolutely, throw it in with the coffee.
Kirk: You have termites.
Kirk: Tens of thousands of them. Subterranean, dry wood, the whole gamut.
Kirk: Four of them crawled up my noise.
Lorelai: Okay, Kirk.
Kirk: It happens all the time when you're upside down. To them the nostril looks just like another hollow passage in the wood. They're not too bright.
Kirk: (about the cost of exterminating the termites) Well, I haven't done the exact estimate, but I'd say somewhere in the neighborhood of fifteen thousand dollars.
Lorelai: (laughs) Tell it to move to another neighborhood.
Kirk: I'm sorry?
Lorelai: Fifteen thousand dollars?
Rory: We're never eating again.
German episode title: "Das Darlehen", meaning "The Loan".
French episode title: "Le pilier de la maison", meaning "The House Mainstay".
Edward Herrmann (Richard Gilmore) and Milo Ventimiglia (Jess Mariano) do not appear in this episode.
When ABC Family aired this episode, they cut out 'still Miller time,' when Lorelai said, "Yeah, well, here. But somewhere in the world it's still Miller time."
"Que Sera Sera" by Doris Day
"Be True to Your School" by Grant Lee Phillips
"One Step Beyond" by Madness
Sookie: Get out the tarot cards, tell fortunes, play twister, make a Haagen-Dazs chocolate chocolate chip ice cream milkshake, and we'll watch Purple Rain...
Purple Rain is a semi-autobiographical movie about Prince who also stars in the movie.
Lorelai: (to Emily) I swear, one of these days, Alice. Pow! Right to the moon!
Lorelai quoted one of the lines often used by Ralph Kramden on the The Honeymooners, which ran from 1952 to 1978.
Lorelai: You will say nothing, you will do nothing, you will sit in the corner and offer no opinions and pull a full-on Clarence Thomas.
Clarence Thomas is an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court and considered to be the conservative wing of the current court. During his conformation hearings, he refused to respond to accusations of impropriety alleged by Anita Hill.
Rory: I liked it. Very John Waters.
John Waters is a filmmaker whose films often combine outrageous subject matter with a sense of humor.
Rory: Yeah, well pinning it to the Mallomars is always a safe bet.
Mallomars are a type of cookie consisting of a graham cracker like base, topped by a marshmallow and covered in chocolate.
Lorelai: Cause I'm Tony Soprano?
In The Sopranos, a TV show on HBO, Tony Soprano is the patriarch of the Soprano mob family.
Lorelai: Hi Mr. Regalsky, it's Lorelai Gilmore. Again, yes, just like the pink bunny with the drum. Uh, anyway, I was wondering if, um, you have had a chance to reconsider my loan? ....Uh, no, I think it's Energizer.
The Energizer bunny was the mascot for Energizer batteries whose commercial parodies had a pink bunny beating on a drum. The bunny kept on going and going to illustrate that the batteries lasted a long time.
Lorelai: Oh, you think I don't know that? You think I sit around all day swapping witticisms with Robert Benchley at the Algonquin?
Robert Benchley was a humorist, drama critic and film actor. He was a contemporary of Dorothy Parker.
The Algonquin is the hotel where Dorothy Parker and her contemporaries would meet for lunch between 1919 and 1929. They became known as the Algonquin Round table.
Emily: What are you taking? Lorelai: Roofies.
Roofies is short for rohypnol which is a prescription sedative/tranquilizer.
Lorelai: It's okay. I won't think about it tonight. I'll think about it tomorrow - at Tara. You ready?
Tara was the plantation in Gone with the Wind. And Scarlett, the main character in the movie/book was always saying that she wouldn't think of ____today. She would think of it tomorrow.
Lorelai: Aw honey, it's not the amount of places that turns you down that matters, it's the quality of the place that turns you down that matters. And when you've got Jacko's Loans and Stuff not wanting your business, you know it's time to hang out with the Coreys.
Corey Haim and Corey Feldman starred in seven movies together. They were two of the highest paid teen stars in the 80s but their popularity declined and Corey Haim had to declare bankruptcy and Corey Feldman was arrested in the early 90s for drug possession.
Lorelai: See, we have to stop talking to people. We have to stay at home with the curtains drawn collecting stacks of old newspapers, muttering to each other, eating nothing but Cup of Soup and Slim Jims.
Slim Jims are desiccated meat sticks.
Rory: And then she chased me halfway down the street with the hose. It was like a scene from Silkwood.
Silkwood is a movie about Karen Silkwood, an employee of a nuclear facility, who was supposed to meet a reporter about worker safety violations at the plant. In one scene, she needs to be decontaminated and they hose her down.
Lorelai: I was thinking about opening a Coyote Ugly lemonade stand.
Coyote Ugly is a bar in which women tend bar, wear sexy clothing and occasionally dance on the bar. It has become a nation-wide chain in the U.S. and was the basis for a movie.
Lorelai: Yeah, well, here. But somewhere in the world it's still Miller time.
Miller is a brand of American beer. For a while they used the slogan 'It's Miller time' in their commercials.
Madeleine: Boys, a Nancy Drew mystery.
Originally a series of mystery books in which the main protagonist is a teenage girl. She was the female equivalent of the Hardy Boys. The books were made into several movies and a couple of TV series.
Lorelai: Okay. So we should celebrate. Hey, how about we get all dressed up tonight and hit The Rocky Horror Picture Show?
The Rocky Horror Picture Show started off as a stage production. It was later made into a film which initially flopped but gained cult status as people would dress up like characters in the movie, talk back to the screen and engage in various antics like doing the Time Warp (a dance in the movie), squirting water pistols during rain scenes or actually act out the movie while it's playing.
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