This episode is full of historical inaccuracies and inconsistencies. The Bracebridge Dinner is supposedly set in the 19th century, but they frequently mention "Old English" which was actually spoken circa 450-1100. The costumes, music, and attempts at period speech are closer to a mix of the late Tudor period (late 1500s) / early English Renaissance (early 1600s).
When leaving the inn after dinner, Ms. Patty mentions the Biloxi Naval Base to Lorelai when she is explaining her love for men in uniform. There is a Biloxi Air Force Base, but never was there a naval base in Biloxi.
The wig we see Lorelai and Rory use on the snowman is the same one Rory uses in "Pulp Friction" when she goes to Finn's birthday party dressed in her Chilton uniform.
When Rory is greeting Dean and Clara at the Bracebridge dinner, behind Dean we see Jess and Luke come in. The camera is initially on Dean and we see Luke and Jess in the background removing their coats. The camera switches between Dean and Rory several times. At one point, we see Luke without his jacket on, then the camera is on Rory. When it switches back to Dean, Luke is removing his jacket a second time.
When everyone is at the dinner table and Richard is talking you can see Dean sitting there but last time Richard and Dean didn't like each other and then they are sitting there talking like nothing ever happened.
Why does Lorelai tell the people there will be no more than two persons to a sleigh? In the scene where she is asking Luke to join her in her sleigh, you clearly see there's room for four people.
Richard is telling a story about his trip to Prague and it is very clear that Emily was there with him. However, in the episode "Rory's Dance", Emily talks about Prague as if she's never been there..."It's supposed to be lovely, very dramatic castles everywhere.". From that comment it does not appear that she has ever been to Prague.
(About inviting everyone to the Inn)
Lorelai: An out of control, over the top slumber party!
Sookie: I love it!
Rory: Me too!
Lorelai: Done! Spread the word.
Luke: I haven't said I'd come yet so I'm certainly not gonna suddenly become your messenger boy. (Lorelai gives him a glaring look) Eight o'clock?
Luke: Gotta say sleigh rides are a little much but these horses are really beautiful.
Lorelai: Yes, especially from this angle.
Luke: Not just from this angle.
Lorelai: No, seriously don't back track. The horse has got a nice butt there.
Luke: That's not what I'm saying.
Lorelai: Nice firm hine.
Luke: Stop talking about the horse's hine.
(Michel takes a painting off the wall so Rune can clean the top)
Rune: Well, I didn't know you could do that. I thought alarms would go off and guards would pop out.
Michel: That would be if this was a museum and you were the kind of person allowed in a museum.
Lorelai: Excuse me guys, no bickering in the lobby. (walks away)
Rune: Where are we allowed to bicker?
Michel: Stop that.
Rune: Stop what?
Michel: Stop jumping like a Mexican bean.
Emily: The man is so sensitive. He reads so much into every little perceived slight.
Lorelai: Yeah. I remember one time when I was a kid, Dad had put on some weight, and he bought a new suit to try to cover it up. And he wore it for us and he said, 'How do I look?' and I said, 'You look fat.' - but I guess that wasn't really a perceived slight…so, I'll think of another example.
Richard: Lorelai, this is just beautiful. It's like something out of architectural digest, you should be very proud.
Lorelai: Thanks, Dad.
Emily: Lorelai, your dress needs pressing.
Lorelai: Thanks, Mom.
Jess: We should have eaten before we came.
Luke: Shh! And, yeah.
Jess: What's the white stuff?
Luke: I think it's cream ... or cheese.
Jess: How about the green stuff?
Luke: I think it's ... best picked off.
Lorelai: I hate that man with every fiber of my being!
Christopher: (on phone with Lorelai, hearing harps in the background) Where are you, heaven?
Lorelai: Let's invite everyone!
Sookie: Everyone who?
Lorelai: Everyone everyone!
Sookie: Everyone everyone who?
Lorelai: Everyone we know, everyone we like...
Sookie: Let's invite everyone!
Lorelai: Hey Mom, you didn't make it back to the room last night. Did you get lucky?
Emily: Could you be any cruder?
Lorelai: Yeah, I could be cruder. Hey Mom, did you get lai...
Rory: Thanks for coming!
Lorelai: I have a New Year's resolution for you--be more cynical and self-absorbed.
Rory: I'll work on it.
Lorelai: People have too many things.
Rory: Says the woman with 64 pairs of shoes.
Lorelai: Thus proving my point.
Lorelai: Welcome to the first and probably-never-again-because-Sookie's-on-the-verge-of-a-nervous-breakdown Bracebridge Dinner!
German episode title: "Schlittenfahrt", meaning "Sleigh Ride".
French episode title : "Le souper du Seigneur Bracebridge", meaning "Lord Bracebridge's supper".
Edward Herrmann and Max Perlich previoususly co-starred in the movie Born Yesterday together.
"Human Behaviour" by Bjork
Lorelai: Like sands through the hourglass, so are the Gilmores of our lives.
The phrase "like sands through the hourglass" is the first part of the intro to the classic soap opera Days of Our Lives. The entire phrase goes, "Like sands through the hourglass, so are the days of our lives." The soap opera has aired nearly every weekday since November 8, 1965.
Michel: Stop jumping like a Mexican bean.
Mexican jumping beans are novelty items sold in the US and Mexico. They are a type of seed in which the egg of a small moth has been laid. The larva inside makes them characteristically 'jump'.
Rory: Nice looking lady.
Lorelai: Hmm, like a young Tammy Faye Bakker.
Tammy Faye Bakker was the former wife of televangelist and convicted felon, Jim Bakker. She died in July 2007. She was known and often mocked for the heavy makeup she wore.
Lorelai: I'll send him a Def Jam Comedy tape.
Def Jam Comedy is a show on HBO that features stand-up comedians.
Rune: Hey Chuck Mangione, you wanna back up a step?
Chuck Mangione is a flugelhorn player who achieved international jazz-pop success.
Richard: I stood beside them and their boombox and I hummed Mozart's Prague Symphony as loud as I could.
Lorelai: A bizarro Battle of the Bands.
Battle of the Bands is a TV show with a concert setting where bands face off against each other and a winner is chosen based on who the audience likes more.
Bootsy: See ya, thanks. By the way, last night did I sing Hotel California?
Hotel California is one of The Eagles' most popular songs.
Lorelai: They're the Old England Abbot and Costello.
Abbot and Costello are a comedy team from the 40s and 50s probably best known for their 'Who's on First?' routine.
Jess: It definitely has the most personality. Kind of looks like Bjork.
Bjork is an Icelandic singer formerly part of the Sugarcubes who went on to have a successful solo career.
Richard: Didn't we ever go to Coney Island?
Coney Island in Brooklyn is a boardwalk that has amusement rides.
Lorelai: Giddy up. (the sleigh starts moving) Uh! The horses heard me, I speak horse language! I'm Dr. Dolittle!
Dr. Dolittle is a character who had the ability to converse with animals. Later made into several movies, the most recent of which starred Eddie Murphy.
Lorelai: Come on. We can pull a Ben Hur and take down Taylor's sleigh.
Refers to the famous chariot scene in Ben Hur.
Lorelai: The Joy-less Luck Club.
A take on Amy Tan's novel The Joy Luck Club which was made into a movie starring Joan Chen.
Sookie: No! It tastes too 20th century guys. It's gotta shout Washington Irving, not Irving my accountant. It needs something, help me. What is it?
19th century author probably best known for The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Rip Van Winkle.
Rory: Hello there. Hey Clara. Nice, is that a Stella McCartney?
Stella McCartney is the daughter of Paul McCartney and a fashion designer who is friends with Madonna and Gwyneth Paltrow.
Morey: Charlie Parker was late to everything.
Babette: Charlie Parker had more drugs in him than a Rite-Aid. Forget Charlie Parker.
Charlie Parker was a jazz musician who led a troubled life. Clint Eastwood would direct Bird, a movie about Charlie Parker's life.
Rite-Aid is a chain of pharmacies in the U.S.
Lorelai: Woody and Soon-Yi?
Woody Allen was seeing Mia Farrow when he fell in love with her adopted daughter Soon-Yi. Eventually he broke off his relationship with Mia and married Soon-Yi.
Lane: How's that Pixies reunion coming along?
The Pixies were an influential alternative rock band in the 80's. However, due to internal conflicts the band broke up in 1993 and there was much talk in 2001 (the time the episode aired) about a possible reunion tour. The tour didn't happen until 2004.
Lorelai: It would be like The Shining, except instead of Jack Nicholson, we have Rune.
The Shining is a novel by Stephen King about the caretaker of a motel who slowly goes crazy and terrorizes his wife and son. It was made into a movie in 1980 and starred Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duvall. It was later made into a mini-series in 1997.
Lorelai: Yeah, like play Running Charades, and get out that Slip 'n Slide.
Slip 'n' Slide is basically a long piece of plastic stretched out and wide enough to accommodate the average person. Water is placed on the slide and people run towards the "slide", fall down on the plastic and glide along the sheath of water.
Lorelai: We're beyond crazy. We are 'Anne Heche speaking her secret language to God and looking for the spaceship in Fresno' crazy.
In August 2000, actress Anne Heche was found wandering in Fresno, knocking on strangers' door in a confused state. This strange behaviour was a result of the emotional problems Heche went through after she'd broken up with Ellen DeGeneres.
Rune: I thought an alarm would go off like in The Thomas Crown Affair.
Refers to the 1999 version of The Thomas Crown Affair in which Pierce Brosnan plays an art thief who steals paintings.
Rory: We're competing against the Michelangelo of snow.
Lorelai: And we're Ernest Builds a Snowman.
Michelangelo was a famous renaissance artist and sculptor.
Ernest is a hapless but well meaning character played by Jim Varney. He was first seen in tv commercials but as the character's popularity grew, he was eventually featured in a series of Ernest movies.
Rory: Oh, we have to rent Godfather 3 on DVD.
Lorelai: You're kidding.
Rory: In the audio commentary, Coppola actually defends casting Sofia.
The Godfather III is the final movie in the Godfather trilogy and portrays Michael Corleone's decline and final days. Frances Ford Coppola directed all three installments and when Winona Ryder withdrew, he cast his daughter, Sofia, as Michael Corleone's daughter much to public and critical dismay.
Lorelai: Fine, I'll just use the Mrs. Potato Head lips.
Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head are plastic toys shaped like a potato.
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