2009-05-17

Gilmore Girls' DVD End Darkens Household

A dark cloud has descended upon the household as two female co-occupants mourn the end of their DVD playback of the (for them) fabled TV series Gilmore Girls. Setting aside for the moment the obvious mother-daughter, mother-teen, Ivy League college aspirant parallels, Gilmore Girls scripts did sometimes merit Wikipedia's accolade for "fast dialogue and endless run-on sentences." Some of the more notable dialog has been captured for posterity at Bookrags, for example, a recollection by Luke of when he and Lorelai first met.

Lorelai: I was just trying to remember the first time we met. It must have been at Luke's, right?
Luke: It was at Luke's, it was at lunch, it was a very busy day. The place was packed. And this person...
Lorelai: Oh, is it me? Is it me?
Luke: This person comes tearing into the place, in a caffeine frenzy...
Lorelai: Ooh, it's me!
Luke: I'm with a customer, she interrupts me, wild-eyed, begging for coffee. So I tell her to wait her turn. Then she starts following me around, talking a mile a minute, saying God knows what. Finally I turn to her, and tell her she's being annoying. Sit down, shut up, and I'll get to her when I get to her.
Lorelai: You know, I bet she took that very well, 'cause she sounds just delightful...
Luke: She asked me my birthday. I wouldn't tell her, she wouldn't stop talking, finally I gave in. I told her my birthday. She went and got the newspaper, opened it up to the horoscopes page, wrote something down, tore it out, handed it to me. So I was looking at this piece of paper in my hand, and under Scorpio, she had written: 'You will meet an annoying woman. Give her coffee, and she'll go away.' So I gave her coffee.
Lorelai: But she didn't go away!
Luke: She told me to hold onto that horoscope, put it in my wallet, and one day it would bring me luck.
[Luke takes his wallet out and shows Lorelai the horoscope.]
Lorelai: Boy, I will say anything for a cup of coffee! (long pause) I can't believe you kept this. You kept this in your wallet? You kept this in your wallet...
Luke: Eight years.
Lorelai: Eight years...

Which is to say, seven plus or minus two years.

Though the household elder is tempted to cite instead Timothy Busfield's Elliot Weston and Peter Horton's Gary Shepherd in Thirty Something or Don Cheadle's John Littleton in Picket Fences, these now-ancient references have left said housemates unpersuaded. Which leaves, for comparison purposes, the more recent memory of high-minded but admittedly implausible court elocutionist Alan Shore (James Spader) in Boston Legal to carry the mantle of prose aimed several literary meters above common parlance.

Lauren Graham photo from Wikipedia.

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