Emily and Richard are delighted to see Lorelai and Christopher are dating. Sherry has contacted Christopher regarding visitation with Gigi. Logan returns to town for a surprise visit. Rory is thrilled until she meets his colleagues. Meanwhile, Stars Hollow is plagued by a terrible odor.
Lorelai meets Christopher and G.G. for lunch in Christopher's neighborhood. However, Christopher still lives in Boston, and Lorelai lives in Stars Hollow. Even if Stars Hollow was located right on the Connecticut/Massachusetts border (and throughout the series, various geographical reference points to actual Connecticut towns indicate it is farther away from Massachusetts), the drive into Boston would be at least an hour. It is unrealistic that Lorelai would drive over two hours just for lunch... even if Stars Hollow did smell like pickles!
When Lorelai and Christopher drive to Friday-night dinner, Chris puts on the radio and the song that's playing is Skid Row's "18 and Life". The lead singer of Skid Row is Sebastian Bach who appears as Gil the guitarist of Lane's band in the show.
Although Luke is still wearing a black hat (not the blue one Lorelai gave him) this episode marks the beginning of Luke wearing a different black hat that has a plastic size adjuster like his old blue one.
Emily says that Lorelai and Christopher drank the 1975 wine that Richard had been saving for ten years, making the year 1985. Since Rory's 16th birthday was in 2000, she would have been born already, making it unlikely that Lorelai (who grew up fast after being pregnant) would steal wine and drink with Christopher.
When Richard gets up to see Emily's jail pictures he throws his napkin down twice.
Christopher says that Gigi is now four years old, but in the season 6 episode, "Bridesmaids Revisited" which aired in February 2006, Gigi was only three and in the season 3 episode "Dear Emily and Richard", when Gigi was born, that episode aired in February 2003, which makes her fourth birthday, next February.
Christopher mentions that he and Sherry were married and are now divorced.
Lorelai: The town smells like pickles, because a pickle train was derailed.
Rory: A train full of pickles, who knew there was such a thing?
Lorelai: Well, pickle train conductors, for one. Sounds so fun. I would have been the greatest pickle train conductor. Can you see me? 'All ... all aboard, you ... pickles!'
Rory: Hm, clearly you missed your calling.
Lorelai: Well, luckily there's you, you're young, you're clever, you are our great pickle train conducting hope!
Rory: I can't believe I'm missing this.
Lorelai:Well, you can celebrate next year on the anniversary. Now, what's going on with you?
Rory: Well, I can't make it to Friday night dinner tonight, but I have a very good excuse!
Lorelai: Pickle train conducting seminar?
Rory: Logan's in town!
Lorelai: No way!
Rory: Yeah, he showed up last night. It was a total surprise!
Lorelai: I can't believe you let me go on and on about pickle train conducting when you had actual news!
Rory: You had news! Stars Hollow smells like pickles. I can completely see that scrolling along the CNN crawl.
Lorelai: Logan in town is totally pre-pickle news! How long is he here for?
Rory: 6 1/2 more hours. He flew in yesterday, bought a company and he's flying back out tonight.
Lorelai: Oh my God! What are you guys gonna do with your precious remaining hours or don't I wanna know?
Lorelai: Well because you might be farming rutabagas or something and I wouldn't wanna know 'cause ... boring!
Rory: Well, tonight I'm meeting him in Manhattan to celebrate.
Lorelai: Fancy restaurant?
Rory: Rutabaga farm, actually! Well, but I'm sorry about dinner, I did not mean to abandon you in your time of need!
Lorelai: No worries, I'm not going to be totally defenseless, I'm bringing your Dad!
Rory: Really!? Wow!
Lorelai: Yeah, thought it was time he meet the parents!
Rory: OK, that is pre-pickle news, my friend!
Lorelai: Aw, this conversation has been a disaster, hasn't it?
Rory: Yes, it has!
Lorelai: Alright! Bring, bring. Hi Rory, how are you?
Rory: Hi Mom, Logan's in town!
Lorelai: Oh my goodness! That's wonderful!
Rory: We're farming rutabagas!
Lorelai: Oh, you're a filthy child! I will disown you, bringing your father to dinner! Pickles, pickles, pickles smell, pickle train conducting!
Rory: Alas! Alack!
Lorelai: Good talk!
Rory: The best!
Lorelai: 'Not saying what I think is not what I'm known for, if you know what I mean.'
Sookie: 'No, no, I don't, it's not what you're known for, it's what you're not known for, I mean, you're not what you're not ... (she gestures helplessly) ... you're usually quite frank.'
Rory: You are smiling at me. Why are you smiling at me?
Logan: Because you are very cute when you're jealous.
Rory: I'm so happy.
Logan: Me to...(he kisses her head) You know you can't do this in London? The city lights are so bright you almost never see the stars.
Rory: Yeah, but it's London.
Rory: Wait are you tired of London?
Logan: I'm tired of not being around you.
(Logan is trying to leave for a meeting and Rory is in bed trying to pull him back in)
Rory: Work dork
Logan: Did you just call me a work dork?
Rory: Admit it, just admit you are a work dork.
Logan: I'll admit I'm a work dork if you admit that you love that I'm a work dork.
(He kisses her)
Logan: Now I really have to go.
Rory: Hey I have ways of making you stay, you know?
Logan: I know, I know but take pity on me please.
Rory: ...And most of all I hate the fact that in a few seconds you will be in that car leaving me again.
Logan: That's a hell of a long way to go just to say I miss you.
Rory: Any thoughts in response?
Logan: I miss you too, Ace.
Rory: Five words. You only used five words.
Logan: Yeah well I'm not done yet. (He kisses her while they stand on the street)
Rory: Work dork!
Logan: Work dork lover!
Rory: I can't believe that you're leaving in only 26 hours and 45 minutes.
Logan: Come on, think positive that's an entire lifetime to a fruit fly.
Rory: Actually you're thinking of a mayfly, fruit flies can live for up to months, so what do you say can you stay for a month?
(Christopher is trying to get his TiVo remote from Lorelai)
Christopher: Gimme that.
Lorelai: No, no
Lorelai: No! Not until you explain your choices.
Lorelai: The View, Girlfriends, Sabado Gigante? Who controls this thing, you or Pedro Almodovar?
Christopher: It's the nanny!
Lorelai: Sure, it's a likely story.
Christopher: Gimme, gimme, gimme.
Lorelai: Uh, tennis balls!
Christopher: I actually have tennis balls.
Lorelai: Penn or Wilson?
Christopher: You're joking?!
Lorelai: Paul Anka's must be Penn, they must be new, they must be green, NOT orange and green just green.
Lorelai : Pickles.
Rory: Pickles pickles?
Lorelai: Pickles pickles.
Michel: If all the air around you smelled like pickles and there was no where to run, no where to hide, would you find that at all bothersome?
Lorelai: I don't think we are having a communal massive heart attack.
Italy - October 16, 2007 on Italia 1
Spain - September 21, 2007 on FOX TV Spain
Germany - November 16, 2007 on VOX
David Sutcliffe (Christopher Hayden) is credited as a Special Guest Star.
This episode was watched by 4.7 million viewers.
- "Save Your Soul" by Jewel
- "Come On feel The Noize" by Slade
- "Come a Little Bit Closer" by Jay and the Americans
- "18 & Life" by Skid Row
- "Fresh" by Daft Punk (played in the background during Rory and Logan's dinner with his co-workers.)
It is the first time that Lorelai does not attend a town meeting.
This is really the second time, she wasn't at the town meeting in "Those Are Strings, Pinocchio".
Keiko Agena (Lane) does not appear in this episode.
Sookie: Friday afternoon in the park with Christopher.
An allusion to the Sondheim musical "Sunday in the Park with George," about the Impressionist painter Georges Seurat.
Emily: The way Bunny Ferguson grunts -- oh! I mean, it's one thing if you're Maria Sharapova and you're 120 pounds and a 7-foot blond teenager.
Maria Yuryevna Sharapova is a Russian professional tennis player and model. She is a former World No. 1 ranked player and is currently the second ranked female tennis player in the world. As of the end of 2006, she is the world's highest-paid female athlete.
Sookie: Milton Berle, are you saying my kitchen smells like Milton Berle?
Milton Berle was an American comedian and actor. As the manic host of NBC's Texaco Star Theater (1948-1955), he became known as Uncle Miltie to millions during television's first golden age.
Bill: Experience that led to a mutiny. It's not like anyone ever gave Captain Bligh another ship after the Bounty.
William Bligh was an officer of the British Royal Navy and Colonial Administrator. He is best known for the famous mutiny that occurred against his command aboard HMAV Bounty, and the remarkable voyage he made to Timor, on the Bounty's launch, after being set adrift by the mutineers. Many years after the Bounty mutiny, he was appointed Governor of New South Wales.
Rory: But by invitation only. And it'll be like an online version of the Algonquin group, like throwing a party in your head where everyone you've ever wanted to talk to is there The Algonquin Group is a global venture development firm that delivers solutions and advice for businesses in a rapidly changing world. We are committed to meeting the needs of our clients with insight, innovation and integrity.
Rory is talking about the Alconquin Round Table which was a group in the 1920's composed of famous writers, playwrights and other wits who met for lunch at the Algonquin Hotel. These included Dorothy Parker and S.J. Perleman.
Rory: Yeah, but you can't be tired of London. Samuel Johnson said, "When you're tired of London, you're tired of life".
Samuel Johnson was one of England's greatest literary figures: a poet, essayist, biographer, lexicographer and often considered the finest critic of English literature. He was also a great wit and prose stylist whose bons mots are still frequently quoted in print today.
Lorelai: Wow, how Dangerous Liaisons of her. She doesn't call. She doesn't e-mail. Then she sends you a letter with a wax seal that weighs roughly the same as a porterhouse.
Dangerous Liaisons is a 1988 film directed by Stephen Frears. It is based upon a play by Christopher Hampton which in turn is based on the classic eighteenth-century novel Les Liaisons Dangereuses, by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos. The original English-language film, which has characters speaking American English, strives for an authentic French sensibility: conversations are hushed, almost whispered, in an effort to evoke the grace and reserve of eighteenth-century nobility.
Lorelai: Who controls this thing, you or Pedro Almodovar?
Pedro Almodovar is a two-time Academy Award-winning Spanish filmmaker.
He is known for making movies for and about women, which usually show a deep understanding of women.
Lorelai: The Ice Hotel.
There are a couple of ice hotels around the world, for instance in Canada and Sweden. Lorelai doesn't mention which one she's talking about but since she's talking about reindeer meat and vodka, she's most likely referring to the one in Jukkasjärvi, Sweden. In northern Sweden, quite a few people make a living out of owning reindeer and Sweden is also famous for its Absolut Vodka.
Rory: Oh, well, he's talked my ear off about you, too. All of you. I'm practically Van Gogh with my earlessness.
Vincent Van Gogh was a famous Dutch painter, best known for his works "Starry Night" and "Sunflowers." In a famous 1888 incident, he became so angry that he slashed off his left earlobe with a razor.
Episode Title: The Great Stink
The Great Stink or The Big Stink was a time in the summer of 1858 during which the smell of untreated sewage almost overwhelmed people in central London, England.
In this episode, "The Great Stink" refers to pickles that fell out of a train near Stars Hollow. The pickles got hot from the sun, and started to smell.
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