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Gilmore Girls

Television Show
First Aired October 16, 2001. Episode "Red Light on the Wedding Night", Season 2, Episode 3.
Daniel Palladino [Cheers]
Principal Cast:
Lorelai Gilmore.....Lauren Graham [Law & Order; Seinfeld; One True Thing]
Lorelai Leigh "Rory" Gilmore.....Alexis Bledel
Emily Gilmore.....Kelly Bishop [Dirty Dancing; Six Degrees Of Separation; Private Parts]
Richard Gilmore ..... Edward Herrmann [MichaelVox Number One Drama Of All Time Homicide: Life On The Street; The Practice; The Paper Chase; Reds; The Purple Rose Of Cairo; Compromising Positions; The Lost Boys; Big Business; Hero]
Lane Kim..... Keiko Agena [ER; Felicity]
Sookie St. James..... Melissa McCarthy [Go]
Michel Gerald.....Yanic Truesdale
Luke Danes.....Scott Patterson [Seinfeld; Will & Grace]
During a wild bachelorette party thrown by Sookie, Lorelai makes an impulsive phone call to Rory's dad Christopher and sadly realizes that Max is not the man for her.

U2 Pop Culture Reference:
[Showtime 40:53 with commercials] At a bachelorette party, Lorelai has ordered a huge Long Island Ice Tea and is buzzed. Her mother, Emily, recounts the story of her life a week before her wedding when she would wake up in the middle of the night just to try her wedding dress on in front of her mirror. This story causes tears to be shed and Sookie calls her boyfriend, Rory pages her boyfriend, and Lorelai leaves the table to make a cell phone call. She speed dials but she isn't calling her fiancée, she's calling Rory's father, Christopher. Spandau Ballet's TRUE is playing at the bar as she calls and announces her pending wedding.
Christopher: Well, who's the lucky guy?
Lorelai: You don't know him. His name is Max.
Christopher: Right. Max.
Lorelai: You do know him?
Christopher: Rory mentioned him. She didn't mention it was serious.
Lorelai: Well it wasn't. We hooked up and then it was goin' good and then we broke up because one of us kinda freaked out...
Christopher: You freaked out.
Lorelai: I freaked out and then we got back together and it suddenly got very serious.
Christopher: So, is he worthy?
Lorelai: Is anyone?
Christopher: Bono maybe. Bryan Ferry?
Lorelai: Get serious
Christopher: A young Tom Waits.
Lorelai: Now, you're talking.
Christopher: So, what's he like?
Lorelai: He's great.
Christopher: Could you be a little more vague?
Lorelai: I don't know. He's Max. He's great.
Christopher: Well, what's his CD collection like?
Lorelai: Don't read into his CD collection.
Christopher: Jazz? Classical? What's his story?
Lorelai: It's a kind of a general collection.
Christopher: Uh Oh.
Lorelai: Christopher.
Christopher: Are we talking a dozen soundtracks, a few Beatles, a Bob Dylan plus a generic 50s.
Lorelai: I said don't.
Christopher: Alanis Morrisette?
Lorelai: Hey. A lot of people knee-jerked about that first one of hers. Cut him some slack.
Christopher: Dave Matthews?
Lorelai: A couple of his things are good.
Christopher: Buena Vista Social Club?
Lorelai: Stop it.
Christopher: Enya?
Lorelai: I'm gonna hit you.
Christopher: We're on the phone.

Besides U2, is it worth watching?
I'm a straight man in my 30s and I can't believe how much I like this show. It is chock full of pop culture references and witty banter. The show takes place in one of the fictional New England towns that you instantly want to move to. The mother and daughter get along a bit too well, but nothing ever happens to insult your intelligence and that's saying something for a television show. Both mother and daughter are too attractive to be true, but isn't that why we watch TV. Look at this scene for a second and count the unique things that you don't often find in television. Lorelei is drunk when she calls; Christopher (and Lorelei to some degree) disses the musical taste of Max by singling out Alanis Morrisette, Dave Matthews, The Buena Vista Social Club, and Enya. Now I own several of those CDs, but am not offended. It's sort of like the record store clerks in HIGH FIDELITY come to life. The quote from that book/film that most resembles this show "It's not what people are like, it's what people like." You can tell a lot about someone by what they listen to. Don't we all think we have the best taste in music/film/books/humor, etc.?

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