Kirk Gleason (Episodes 44 - , recurring previously)
While the patrons of Luke's Diner are listening to Luke and Nicole fight, you can see Miss Patty standing a few feet outside the door, waiting for her cue to enter.
Given the great friendship Luke and Lorelai share, it's very weird that not once in the entire episode does Luke present his condolences to her.
He's always there for her, even in season 7 while they're broken up and have nearly zero contacts, he rushes to the hospital to check on her after he finds out that Richard has been admitted.
Rory finds out that Gran met Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon. These are the same presidents that Forrest Gump met.
At the end of the episode Richard says "that the mantle is not the right place for Grans ashes". Obviously an oversight on the writers part because she was Richards mother not grandmother and for that matter he would not have called her mom either because from the first appearance on the show he called her "Trix"
Trix's Letter to Richard:
My dearest Richard it is with heavy heart that I write you this letter tonight but I cannot stand by and let you make a terrible mistake. Until now I had thought, hoped, prayed that you would come to the same conclusion I have. But you have not and therefore I feel it's my duty as your mother to beg you to reconsider your impending marriage. I'm sure that Emily is a very suitable woman for someone but not for you. She will not be able to make you happy. She does not have the Gilmore stamina or spark, she is simply not a Gilmore. I don't know the circumstances surrounding your breakup with Pennilyn Lott but it is still my belief that she is much better suited for you than Emily. I know that the timing of this is particularly awkward, since you are to be married tomorrow but your happiness is too important to me so timing be damned.
On the day of Gran's funeral, Emily comes downstairs with a book in her hand and gave Lorelai a synopsis, and then says everything is on the back cover of the book. This is weird because it is a hardcover book, which usually has the information on the inside flap.
An interesting note about the name Lorelai. The German origin of the meaning behind the name is "siren" which is definitly descriptive of the Lorelai that Lauren Graham portrays, and the Irish origin of Rory (as long as were speaking of the Reigning Lorelai's) means "spirited and brilliant", which fits Alexis Bledel's character to a T. Makes me wonder if Amy thought of this when creating the names of her characters and the demeanor they would posses, Hmmm...
When Lorelai is talking to Emily, who is drinking and smoking, Emily's hair switches from behind her ear to over it in between shots.
When Lorelai is about to leave her parents' house after bringing Richard soup, she zips up her jacket in the background as her mother talks on the phone in the foreground. Lorelai's jacket is closed as she walks towards Emily to say goodbye. As she walks out the door, however, her jacket is open and she zips it closed again.
(Lorelai is having a meltdown at a underwear store)
Lorelai: Hello the woman is dead, she is dead. she can't tell if it's the right size. She wanted fresh cloths and I'm here buying her fresh cloths so if she has a problem with the size or the strawberry print she can rise from the dead and came back here and yell at me herself. Because, you know what?, if any one could that tough old crazy wonderful broad would be the one. You take VISA right?
(Emily and Lorelai are organizing Trix's papers and they run across an old letter)
Emily: This is to your father. It's a carbon copy of a letter she send to your father.
Lorelai: Oh it's nice.
Emily: "My dearest Richard, it's with heavy heart that I write this letter tonight but I can not stand by and let you make a terrible mistake. Until now I've thought, hoped, prayed that you would came to the same conclusion that I have. But you have not and therefor I feel it is my duty as your mother to beg you to reconsider your impending marriage. I'm sure that Emily is a very suitable woman for someone but not for you, she will not be able to make you happy. She does not have the Gilmore stamina or spark, she is simply not a Gilmore."
Lorelai: Well sure 'cus you weren't directly related to him.
Emily: "I don't know the circumstances surrounding your break up with Pennilyn Lott but it is still my belief that she is much better suited for you than Emily. I know that the timing of this is particularly awkward since you are to be married tomorrow!!!"
Lorelai: No way!
Emily: "But your happiness is to important to me so timing be dammed."
Lorelai: She wanted dad to leave you in the alter.
Emily: She begged him to leave me at the alter, she begged in writing and then she saved the carbon.
Glen: My month lasts a month. Your month lasts three days. That, people, is the story of my life!!
Rory: I cannot believe that story.
Lorelai: Yeah. Well, trust me, the Brothers Grimm were over in the corner yelling,"No way!,"
Rory: And she just walked out?
Rory: Jewelry appraisal?
Lorelai: Hand it to me.
Rory: Why don't you just tell me where to put it?
Lorelai: No. Because, I have a system
Rory: hm. That letter sounds awful
Lorelai: It was
Rory: And really cruel!
Lorelai: So cruel! So completely cruel that I'm kind of wondering if Gran didn't know Mom was gonna find it.
Rory: Stop. It's too mean. I don't wanna think that there's that meanness in my genes...I don't wanna inherit something like that.
Lorelai: Yeah well, who knows what we've inherited from that woman, count your toes lately?
Rory: What are you talking about?
Lorelai: Well, I've been saving the best for last.
Rory: You're kidding
Lorelai: Do you know what Gran's maiden name was?
Lorelai: Gilmore. Grandpa Charles was her second cousin!
Rory(completely grossed out): Noo!
Rory: What does that mean about us? What if that's caused, like, a horrible genetic mutation that hasn't shown up yet? Oh! Our eyes!
Lorelai: What?! We each have two of them!
Rory: I always thought it was neat that our eyes look kind of similar but now I don't know! Is it creepy??
Lorelai: I don't know, is it?
Rory: I think it's creepy
Lorelai: Okay, just hand me some more stuff and stop staring at my eyes. Come on
Lorelai: Oh, and then there's the obituary, I almost forgot about the obituary.
Rory: What about the obituary?
Lorelai: The paper wrote something, but Dad thinks it's not good enough. So I have to rewrite her death announcement. I should let Mom do it, I believe it would go "yay".
Lorelai: A slimy thing by any other name...
Lorelai: Dad had a Winona in the family? How cool.
Kirk: I don't know why everybody in this town always thinks I'm crazy.
Kirk: I read lips. My girlfriend taught me. It's so we can have quiet time and keep the conversation going at the same time. Okay, she just said, "Hardwood sponge is the authority of the hostile biographer." And then he responded, "Just phone cords to original samovars."
Emily: [Gran] is to be cremated and have her ashes divided in two -- half to be buried with her husband in the family crypt, and the other half to be put in an urn and placed on our mantelpiece.
Lorelai: Half of Gran is going to be on your mantel forever.
Emily: Staring at me, judging me, disapproving of me.
Lorelai: So apparently, it's the top half.
Lorelai: Keeping the bloodlines closed. Is that what we're calling it?
Emily: Well, what would you call it?
Lorelai: Oh, I don't know. How about "Good morning, Appalachia, I got a mighty cute sister and an extra set of toes."
Lorelai: I'm happy to do it. I'll bring coffee, a Danish. You've never had so much fun with death in your life.
Rory: (flirting with a boy) Yeah, philosophy is one of my favorite subjects right now.
Lorelai: (walking by) Second cousin.
Rory: Gotta go.
Marilyn: You look absolutely stunning! Please, tell me you're an idiot.
Lorelai: Well, I have my moments.
Jason: Did you see that hug?
Lorelai Yes, I did.
Jason: It didn't end!
Lorelai: Oh, my God. I delivered Gran's clothes to the funeral home, but I forgot to include underwear.
Rory: Gran's going commando?
Emily: (after Lorelai presses her to reveal why Emily's deceased friend Melinda had the nickname Sweetie) All right, fine. Sweetie's father was a very poor man -- so poor that Sweetie and her four siblings all had to sleep in a hollowed-out tree trunk because the house was only big enough for their parents. One winter, there was no food, so Sweetie crawled out of her trunk, wrapped her feet in newspaper, and walked forty miles in the snow to the nearest town, where she stumbled into a candy store. The owner took pity on her and gave her bags of candy, a dill pickle, and drove her back to her family. He promptly offered a job to her father, who gladly accepted and eventually owned that store and turned it into one of the most important candy emporiums in the world. And that is how she got the name Sweetie. There, how was that?
Rory: They're a little nutty.
Lorelai: Yeah, with extra nuts on top.
Jason: And he was crying. I am really, really bad at comforting people. I say completely inappropriate things - bad jokes with words like Nantucket in them.
Emily: What do you think Penilyn Lot would do? Personally, I think we just toss some cheese cubes in the coffin, stuff some toothpicks in her mouth, and let the people go to town.
German episode titel: "Ein Trauerfall", meaning "Bereavement".
French episode title: "La Reine Lorelai", meaning "The Queen Lorelai".
In the scene where Michel is trying to tape the dog show, he mentions something about Charlie's Angels 2: Full Throttle. At the end of that movie, during the bloopers, it shows Bernie Mac's character talking to Melissa McCarthy, who plays Sookie.
Recurring guest star Marion Ross, who played Trix, settles into her new role as cousin Marilyn.
Doyle: Breeding ground for the next Jayson Blair!
Jayson Blair worked for the New York Times and was caught committing journalistic fraud. He faked entire interviews, faked quotes, and stole from other newspapers.
Doyle: Can you say Stephen Glass?
Stephen Glass was a reporter for The New Republic and was caught basing stories of fake quotes, sources and events.
Lorelai: A slimy thing by any other name...
Lorelai's line is based on a famous quote from William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, in which Juliet says, "A rose by any other name would smell as sweet." Lorelai is implying that no matter what Emily calls them, they are still snails.
Lorelai: Dad had a Winona in the family? How cool.
When Emily tells Lorelai that sometimes things disappear at Gilmore family gatherings Lorelai refers to Winona Rider's 2001 shoplifting escapade in which she was caught stealing at a Saks fifth Avenue.
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