In this episode, Dean tells Rory that he "finally" got his own cell phone. However, in the season 2 finale, the episode of Sookie and Jackson's wedding, Paris calls Rory on Dean's cell phone.
When Rory gets out of Professor Gilbert's office to call her mom, she hangs up while Lorelai's voice mail is playing. Later when Lorelai goes to check her messages she says that there is a hang up referring to the call Rory made, but Rory didn't even make it to the end of the voice mail.
Lorelai wants to take Luke to Silvano's in order to ask him about the loan.
In season 5, "Pulp Friction", Luke will take her there for their first date after they reconciled.
In this episode, Trix berates Richard for not stepping in to help Lorelai when her business is in trouble as she did for him when he was first starting out. Richard points out that he paid back the loan in just a couple months. This is ironic because in season one Trix wanted to give Rory her trust fund early when she learned that Lorelai was borrowing the money for Chilton. She said then that borrowing money from family was inappropriate and should not be done.
This episode has a timing error in regards to when Lorelai, and Emily are to be having lunch with Trix. Emily calls Lorelai while she is at Jason's house and tells her that she expected to be at a luncheon with the family the day after tomorrow (or in two days) and that she needs to get her hair cut.
The following day we see Lorelai at the inn desperately trying to make a hair appointment.
The next day we see her hair appointment interrupted and she is forced to wear a hat for the rest of the day.
It is not until the next day that she has lunch with Trix, even though Emily specifically told her it would be the day after tomorrow (two days later) and it is actually three days later.
While Rory is at her job in the cafeteria, she is suppose to be swiping cards but is reading instead. Glenn comes in first and she swipes his card but she goes back to her reading. When the other students come in they start swiping their cards themselves. Some swipe with the magnetic strip facing away from the camera and some swipe with the magnetic strip facing the camera. Clearly, the magnetic strip must face only one way to work in those machines.
During the lunch with Trix, the distance at the table between Lorelai and Emily and Emily and Richard changes through out the scene.
When Rory is talking to Dean she says, "Everything's falling apart." That is the exact same thing she said to Richard at the end of Season 5.
Trix's hair changes noticeably, at dinner, when Richard is setting her straight. Her pompadour starts out at the left, then switches to the right, and then returns to the left again as the shots change. In addition, the background is different and Trix's rings change hands which indicates that the film has been flipped for a few seconds.
Paris: Oh good. You're all here so we can clear this up. I found this lying around and it must belong to one of you because who else would have clothing here? I ask you. (She holds up Klee's jersey) Anyone? Anyone?
Janet: You know, maybe I misspoke. It may not be a shirt. Anyone lose a car cover? Anyone? Anyone?
Janet: Knock it off!
Paris: I'm just trying to find a nice way to tell you that your behemoth boyfriend is getting a little too comfortable around here. And I speak for everyone.
Rory: Leave me out of this.
Tana: Me too please.
Paris: I just don't want to walk into our bathroom and find him sitting on the john shooting up steroids.
Janet: He does not take steroids.
Paris: You mean that unsightly girth is nature given? He must curse God nightly.
Paris: And the shirt! Stick a pole in it, Cirque du Soleil could start selling tickets.
Rory: He's big, Paris. She got it.
Paris: Why does he have his name written on the back? So it's easy to check when he forgets it? Although if he checks it while he's wearing it he'd have top look in a mirror...and then he'd probably think his name was Dlobeelk and get confused all over again.
Jason: What are you doing?
Lorelai: I'm getting undressed.
Jason: You were already undressed.
Lorelai: Well my mother called.
Lorelai: So, I can't talk to my mother naked.
Jason: How would she know?
Lorelai: She'd know.
Jason: What is it like a superpower? She can hear naked people?
Lorelai: Yes she can. She can hear sin, and depravity and all sorts of lustful things.
Jason: Boy, do I wish I could get bitten by that radioactive spider.
Luke: I mean you look distracted.
Lorelai: Distracted, no. Well, maybe...yeah. Distracted, okay, sure. I'm very distracted.
Luke: Anything I can do?
Lorelai: You know there are very few times in my life when I find myself sitting around, thinking "I wish I was married," but today, I mean...I'm happy. You know? I like my life. I like my friends,.I like my stuff. My time, my space, my TV.
Luke: Yeah, sure.
Lorelai: But every now and then, just for a moment, I wish I had a partner, someone to pick up the slack. Someone to wait for the cable guy, make me coffee in the morning, (voice breaking) meet the stupid sink before it gets sent back to Canada.
Luke: What happened?
Lorelai: I just thought I had everything under control, but I didn't, and the inn is just falling apart. This has been my dream forever and I have it, and it's here, and I'm failing and I can't handle it. I just spend every minute running around and working and thinking. And I thought I would have help, but Sookie has Davey, and Michel has Celine and I'm...I can't do it all by myself. And I don't even have time to see my kid, and hell, forget see her, just even talk to her. And I miss her. And I sat there in my parents' house just listening to my grandmother basically call me a charity case, and I couldn't even argue with her. I couldn't even say anything, because I am. I'm running out of money, and I don't know what do do about it, and I was gonna, I was gonna ask you for $30,000 at dinner tonight. That's how pathetic I am.
Glenn: Hey, Rory, if you're gonna completely ignore me, I'd might as well go hang out with my ex-girlfriend. The same thing.
Rory: Oh, sorry, Glenn.
Glenn: Everyone's gonna be sorry one day. Everyone!
Rory: You really gotta stop watching Taxi Driver, Glenn.
Sookie: (about the horses) Ooh, I love them.
Lorelai: With an unbridled passion. Good one, huh?
Sookie: I love horse humor.
Lorelai's answering machine: Hey, I've got nothing cute to say for my message. …Oh, puppies. There, that's cute. Now leave yours.
Richard: (turns and sees Lorelai for the first time) Lorelai, have you been there the whole time?
Lorelai: Yes, I have.
Richard: Well, I didn't see you.
Lorelai: Well, I had my cloaking device activated, so -
Paris: I'll tell you my problem, Andre. Last time you sat on our couch, your mesomorphic frame carved a four-foot crater in it. I felt like I was sitting in a bucket. Janet: You're so full of it, Paris. Paris: Kids were skateboarding up and down it. Gandalf the Grey is still falling down it. It was a big hole. Kleebold: What does mesomorphic mean? Paris: It means you've got a fat ass, pal. Janet: Just ignore her and sit, Klee. Paris: Do not sit, Klee.
Sookie: We're up and running!
Michel: But you wrote it down on a gum wrapper.
Michel: It's embarrassing. This is an historical document.
Sookie: Who cares what she wrote it down on?
Michel: Big Red wrapper.
Sookie: Juicyfruit would have been better?
Michel: Well, I'm going to go out and get a value pack for when things really start getting busy around here.
Ed: I've been waiting for ten minutes.
Luke: Sorry, not even close to the record.
Lorelai: Sorry for making you get all dressed up.
Luke: That's okay, it's good for me to do once in a while. It reminds me why I'm not an accountant.
Tom: She might be inside. She likes to slip in through the back door and scare a bunch of guys with nail guns.
Lorelai: You're hiding from my grandmother, aren't you?
Jason: She is scarier than Nick Nolte's mug shot.
Mrs. Kim: Hello, Lane.
Lane: Hello, Mrs. Kim. I'm staying at Lorelai's.
Mrs. Kim: Wear socks.
French episode title: "Naufrages", meaning "Sinkings".
In the season 4 DVD set, this episode is entitled "The Incredible Sinking Lorelais".
German episode title: "Land unter", meaning "Completely Snowed Under".
Sean Gunn (Kirk) does not appear in this episode.
This is the first episode in the show's history in which Alexis Bledel (Rory) and Lauren Graham (Lorelai) do not share a single scene together.
Rory: I cannot for the life of me read my own handwriting. Seriously, if I had this analyzed, Charlize Theron would be playing me in a movie...cuz I'd be a serial killer, and pretty girls like to get fat and play serial killers...cuz they win an Oscar...I'm sorry, should I go on, or...?
Rory is referring to the 2003 movie Monster in which Charlize Theron played serial killer Arlene Wuornos, winning the Oscar for Best Actress.
Paris: Nice addition, Potsie.
Potsie was the dimwitted friend to Richie Cunningham on Happy Days
Paris: Not that Brobdingnagian twit's.
Brobdingnag is an island from Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels where all the inhabitants are giants.
Paris: I'll tell you my problem, Andre. Last time you sat on our couch, your mesomorphic frame carved a four-foot crater in it. I felt like I was sitting in a bucket.
Andre is a reference to Andre the Giant, a famous wrestler.
Sookie: Are you suddenly on super fantastic terms with your parents?
Lorelai: As close as the one-armed surfer girl and the shark, absolutely.
Bethany Hamilton is an award-winning surfer who lost her left arm in a shark attack when she was thirteen. Despite this, she still managed to continue surfing competitively.
(Discussing their dwindling finances.)
Lorelai: ........We could drop the horses.
Sookie: Desi and Cletus, over my dead body.
Lorelai: Well, the upkeep is astronomical. Maybe if we dropped one of the horses.
Sookie: And who's making that choice Sophie?
Sookie is referring to the novel Sophie's Choice by William Styron in which the main character Sophie is tormented by a choice she was forced to make while in Auschwitz. A sadistic Nazi doctor ordered her to to choose which of her two children would be taken to the gas chamber and which would be allowed to live in the concentration camp.
Lorelai : Livin' on a prayer, baby!
This refers to a Bon Jovi song Livin' On a Prayer as she is wearing hat with Bon Jovi's name.
Jason: Boy, do I wish I could get bitten by that radioactive spider.
A reference to the original origin of Spider-Man.
Rory: You got to stop watching Taxi Driver, Glen.
Taxi Driver is a 1976 Scorsese film starring Robert De Niro about a Vietnam Veteran who was disgusted with the world around him, and it caused him to lash out.
Paris: Gandalf the Grey is still falling down it.
Gandalf the Grey is the main heroic wizard in The Lord of the Rings trilogy. He dies by falling down a canon in the Dwarf Mountains.
Episode Title: The Incredible Sinking Lorelais
This episode's title is a spoof of the film The Incredible Shrinking Man made in 1957. The movie was about a man who kept on shrinking.
The title may be also an allusion to the title of the CD Incredible Shrinking Dickies released by The Dickies in 1979.
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