S1:E5 – “Cinnamon’s Wake”

Babbette and Morey’s cat dies. Lorelai misses her date with Max because of the funeral. She also discovers that Rory is keeping a secret from her, namely Dean.

PCR Count for this Episode: 36

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As in: “Location’s top secret?” “Oh, Germany.”
Auf wiedersehen!

Germany is high on my international travel bucket list. There is so much important history there…and not to mention the brats and beer. Germany is home to over 82 million inhabitants and is the second most popular immigration destination in the world, behind the United States. If you’re looking to visit, I would start with their travel website, as well as Fodor’s Germany. Fodor’s Travel Guides have been a favorite starting place for international travel for me and my fiance as of late, so I would highly recommend them.

As in: “Is dad’s firm insuring Nazis?” – “Your father doesn’t know any Nazis.”
Or does he...

Okay, so I’ve spent many a blank stare thinking about how to write about this reference. Honestly, if you don’t know what Nazis are, you should probably be spending some quality time at your local library or bookstore, not at home reading this blog…

As in: “We went to her house in Groton to see the first moon landing.”
Must've been a really unmemorable small step...

Groton, Connecticut these days is primarily a U.S. Navy town. The Naval Submarine base is located there, as well as the U.S. Navy Submarine Force Library and Museum, which includes the USS Nautilus, which you can tour.

“One small leap for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind” – those famous words from Neil Armstrong as he stepped out onto the surface of the moon changed exploration of space forever. Apollo 11 was the fifth manned mission from NASA’s Apollo program and launched from Kennedy Space Station in in Merritt Island, Florida on July 16, 1969, with the moon landing on July 20th. Lorelai would have been 1 year old at the time. Watch a video of the moon landing here.

As in: “She had just gotten a new Philco.”
Famous for Quality the World Over!

Reference Description: Philco is actually a brand, but in this case, the characters are referring to a television set used to watch the moon landing on. You might recognize Philco better from their large, now vintage-style radios. The company got its start in 1892 in lamps, then batteries, then radios in 1928. Philco actually filed for bankruptcy in 1960 and was purchased by Ford, who kept the company going until it sold Philco to a number of companies in the 70s and 80s, until the last of those companies became Philips. The actual Philco name in modern times is seen more in foreign countries where the brand scaled better than in the U.S.

As in: “We stayed with him once in Munich.”
Germany’s Secret Capital

The city of Munich has a very interesting history! Rather than trying to summarize here, I found this enjoyable iteration of a quick history of the city’s many nicknames. And TripAdvisor has a wonderful site with varying types of travel guides based on your interests if you’re looking to visit.

As in: “They expect things to be homemade…by someone other than Dolly Madison.”
Too bad Lorelai couldn’t reincarnate Dolly Madison from the grave for the bake sale...

Dolley Madison was the wife and first lady of President James Madison, who governed from 1809 to 1817, who was known for her social graces and hospitality. However, the reference noted here is to the baked goods brand, Dolly Madison, owned by Hostess Brands. Dolly Madison snacks were actually mostly associated with the Peanuts comic strip by Charles M. Shulz, because the bakery was one of Peanuts animated television specials’ sponsors. See a Dolly Madison commercial with Peanuts characters here!

As in: “Where does your mom think you are?” “On a park bench contemplating the reunification of two Koreas.”
Mrs. Kim has unreasonably high expectations.

Korean reunification refers to the potential future reunification of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (commonly known as North Korea), the Republic of Korea (commonly known as South Korea), and the Korean Demilitarized Zone under a single government. The process towards such a merger was started by the June 15th North–South Joint Declaration in June 2000, where the two countries agreed to work towards a peaceful reunification in the future. However, the process of reunification has met many difficulties due to ongoing tension between the two states, which have become politically and economically different since their separation in the 1940s. [From Wikipedia]

As in: “Not here, skanking to Rancid?”
But seriously, where does Mrs. Kim think you really are?

Ah, skanking. A unique dance move I learned in college when performing in a ska band. Not kidding. It’s a dance move that takes very high energy, high leg lifts, and plenty of personal space. It’s also something that would probably throw my hip out of joint nowadays… If you want to learn how to become a skanking pro yourself before attending your next Reel Big Fish concert, try this video tutorial. (BTW, this video is AH-mazing, hahahaha!)

Rancid is an American punk rock band most known for their hit song “Time Bomb”. Lane is seen in this scene skanking to Rancid in Rory’s bedroom. Definitely not Mrs. Kim approved.

As in: “Passeggiata, that’s Italian for ‘a nice walk’.”
Man, does Morey sound sexy when he says that. No wonder Babette loves him so!

Apparently, la passeggiata isn’t just an Italian word, it’s a entire tradition. It is a time of day in Italy that “marks the end of the workday and offers a moment of sociability before the family dinner” or on the weekend, “the passeggiata often becomes the main social event of the day, when entire families take to the streets.” Read more about it on Fodor’s here.

As in: “Sir, I am just a simple country boy from Texas.”
The stars at night are big and bright!

Texas, Texas, Texas…a state that size deserves repetition, right? I’ve never been, but my parents have visited San Antonio twice and say it’s wonderful. They always rave about the food and the riverwalk. But like I said, the state is huge, so pop on over to their tourism website and explore. You might just find your next vacation destination.

As in: “Very Henry VIII.” “Well we’re not into subtle.”
Who loves drama more - the Tudors or the Gilmores?

Henry VIII, known for his many wives and changing the course of the English church, ruled England for 38 years before his death in 1547. In his youth, he was considered to be quite attractive and athletic. Based on his portraits, I’m not entirely sure I agree, but then, I never met him. The television show The Tudors is a modern and interesting dramatic look at Henry’s time as king, and dives deep into his relationships with his six wives, as well as the political and religious changes of the time. It’s worth the watch if you don’t mind some of the heavy political discussions and nudity.

As in: “Away from the ivy, away from the gargoyles, away from here.”
Stone by day, warriors by night

Perhaps I’m dating myself, but the first image that seems to come to mind when I think of Gargoyles are the three characters, Victor, Hugo, and Laverne from “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”. But on a more serious note, the term “gargoyles” is derived from the French word “gargouille”, which translates to throat or gullet. Their architectural purpose is actually as a water spout, and the length of the neck of the carved creature is dependent upon how far water needs to be thrown from the wall of a building. And apparently, if a gargoyle is purely decorative, it should be referred to as a grotesque, chimera, or boss. Interesting! Read more about their history and various legends on Wikipedia.

As in: “If you could live in any city in the world, you’d pick Philadelphia?”
It’s because of the cheese steaks, right?

Home of the Liberty Bell, Philadelphia was founded by William Penn in 1682. Did you know that the city served as a temporary U.S. Capital during the construction of the Washington, D.C. It is also where the Declaration of Independence was signed. A city full of history, it’s home to 67 National Historic Landmarks. And it’s where the Fresh Prince of Bel Air was born and raised…sorry, I had to.

14. M. Night Shamalayn
As in: “M. Night Shamalayn lived there.” “Who?” “The guy who directed The Sixth Sense.”
I see dead people

M. Night Shamalayn is pretty much known for his kind of quirky and maybe a little bit hokey thrillers that tend to end with some type of twist. Films of note would include Signs – about crop circles and aliens; The Mist – about deadly creatures that roll in with a fog; The Happening – about killer air; and of course, the classic, The Sixth Sense – about a dead man who thinks he’s still alive and a little boy who sees dead people. The Sixth Sense was all people could talk about in 1999, and it’s seen no shortage of parodies over the years.

Seen in: Doose’s Market at the check-out counter
Do aliens really glow?

I’m not sure if these were ever super popular, I don’t remember actually ever eating one. But the basic concept is it’s a lollipop that glows. And you can still buy them, but they’re pretty expensive.

As in: “I want to be in The Bangles, but it doesn’t mean I quit my job and go get a guitar and ruin my life to be a Bangle.”
Walk like an Egyptian...

I mean, if I had the opportunity to be a Bangle, I might take it. That could be pretty cool! Their most known hits include “Walk Like an Egyptian”, “Manic Monday”, and “Eternal Flame”. I have to share this music video gem, including some live footage, with you all, because, just look at those 80s get-ups! And the hair!

As in: “Do you have any hemlock back there? Arsenic? Something quick?”
Arsenic - a Cell Block Tango weapon of choice

Hemlock is a poisonous plant, while Arsenic is an inorganic compound. Hemlock is poisonous to both humans and animals, and digestion by pregnant animals can result in deformation of their babies, which is ultimately fatal. The flower on Hemlock looks very similar to the weed, Queen Anne’s Lace. There is no antedote for poisoning by Hemlock, and the most famous case of its being used as poison was of the great, Ancient Greek philosopher, Socrates. As for Arsenic, it is often a by-product of the processing of other ores, such as arsenopyrite. Read more about the science of it all here.

As in: “I love that Jim Carrey.”
Allllllllllrighty then!

Probably most known for his performances in Liar, Liar, There’s Something About Mary, Ace Ventura, Dumb and Dumber, and The Mask – Jim Carrey has been providing the laughs for a career spanning over thirty years. Some of my favorite films of his include The Truman Show and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Here’s a link to his IMDB page so you can check out his roster and watch some clips!

As in: “Oh, very serious face, John-Paul Sarte.”
It's a different kind of mask.

Jean-Paul Sartre was “a French philosopher, playwright, novelist, political activist, biographer, and literary critic. He was one of the key figures in the philosophy of existentialism and phenomenology, and one of the leading figures in 20th-century French philosophy and Marxism.” He was also known for his relationship with Simone de Beauvoir, a writer, existentialist philosopher, political activist, feminist, and social theorist. He was awarded a Nobel Prize in 1964 and refused to accept it. Talk about not being in it for the glory!

20. PERM
As in: “It’s like, to perm or not to perm.”
That is the question.

A perm is a chemical treatment done to one’s hair to make it curl and last for several months. I remember a few girls doing this in high school when they wanted a change for their hair. The first day or two were always a dramatic look, but it loosened up some after that. It was trendy in the 80s and 90s and seems to have gone mostly out of style now. These days, people are going to for the opposite look, using relaxers to super straighten their hair. My how times have changed!

As in: “You don’t do yoga on the Dalai Lama’s mat and you don’t come behind my counter!”
Ooooh oh oh, Luke’s whoop your ass!

Love that Luke is comparing the level of respect people should have for him to that of the Dalai Lama. His behind the counter space must truly be something sacred, indeed. There is an entire webpage dedicated the to the significance of the Dalai Lama, you can find it here. The site is quite thorough and contains a bit too much information to try to summarize here. If you’re more into quotes from the Dalai Lama, follow the current one on Twitter @DalaiLama.

As in: “Cross my heart, hope that no other neighborhood pets die on that day.”
Cross my heart, hope to die, stick a needle in my eye.

This phrase is actually a bit hard to find the origin of. Adora’s Blog goes into some detail about it, saying it stems from Catholicism. Check out the full version of the poem here (sorry it’s on Yahoo! Answers, best I could find).

As in: “It’s like a scene from the kitty version of ‘Valley of the Dolls’.”
Neely, you know it's bad to take liquor with those pills.

Lorelai’s comment is in reference to all the drug and alcohol use in the film, which is based on the book of the same name by Jacqueline Susann. Judy Garland was apparently supposed to play the role of Helen Lawson, but allegedly showed up to work drunk and was fired, and later replaced by Susan Hayward. And appropriately enough, there is a cat-fight in the movie, too!

As in: “I saw on Oprah a few weeks ago, she had on couples who lost a child, most of the marriages went belly up.”
You get a million dollars! And you! And you!

See previous post on Oprah.

As in: “It might even be that stud that drove out of here in that Mustang.”
Vroom vroom!

Max Medina drives a vintage blue Mustang convertible. Almost doesn’t seem to fit his character all that much, but it’s still a nice car. I mean, Babette definitely approves! I can’t find exactly what year the car is that’s shown, but if you’re in the market for one, here’s one online shopping option.

As in: “Information that would have come out like the Iran-Contra Scandal.”
Don’t do bad things folks, it never turns out well.

There is a great deal of information about the Iran-Contra Affair/Scandal or Irangate as it’s sometimes known, which occurred during the second term of Ronald Reagan’s presidency. If our modern day government drama isn’t enough for you, feel free to read up on this historical issue here.

As in: “So you’re Oliver North?” “No, I’m Fawn Hall.” “Mom.” “Well, she was much prettier.”
Famous accomplices.

Fawn Hall was Oliver North’s secretary and helped him destroy confidential documents during the Iran-Contra Scandal (see previous PCR). Hall was fired during the height of the scandal. North formulated the second half of the plan to provide arms to rebel groups and divert the proceeds. He served on the National Security Council during that time, and resigned from the National Guard after his trial, which led to his charges being ultimately dismissed.

As in: “You can’t always control who you’re attracted to. I think the whole Angelina Jolie, Billy Bob Thornton thing really proves that.”
And luckily, it didn’t last. Along with most of Angie’s relationships, apparently.

Angelina and Billy married in 2000 after only two months of dating. They adopted a child together, but divorced in 2003. Angelina alleges that they split because they had nothing in common…perhaps if they had dated for longer than two months before tying the knot they would have figured that out? Just my $0.02.

As in: “Let’s stay outside awhile baby, look for the Big Dipper.”
Such a romantic!

The Big Dipper is an asterism consisting of the seven brightest stars in the constellation Ursa Major. In Ireland, it is referred to as the Plough, the symbol of which has become a representation of Irish Republican and left wing movements. There’s much more information about The Big Dipper, its individual stars, and even how to use it to find the North Star here.

30. VCR
As in: “If I wanted to talk to a machine I’d talk to my VCR.”
If you can find one.

This reference reminds me I need to take some video tapes to be transferred to DVDs…because otherwise I’ll never be able to watch some great memories again! Who still has a VCR? Anyone? Do today’s youth even know what one is? *Sigh* If not, a VCR (Videocassette Recorder) is basically what came before a DVD player, which you can still get, but most people buy Blu-Ray players nowadays, right? Anyway, you used to insert a large VHS (Video Home System) tape into it that you would have to rewind and fast forward to get to the spot you wanted or back to the beginning when you finished a movie. The worst thing ever was going to watch a movie that someone, usually yourself, didn’t rewind when they finished watching it! Ugh, the nerve! But what a weird concept now, it’s almost as though I’ve blocked having to do that from my memory. Feels like eons ago.

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Soundtrack: Rancid – “Time Bomb”
Rancid is an American punk rock band most known for their hit song “Time Bomb

Soundtrack: Morey! – “Cinnamon’s Song”

“Cinnamon’s Song” played on piano by Morey with Miss Patty on bongos. For the GG fanatics out there, it’s the jam session that starts about 33 and half minutes into the episode.


Soundtrack: Grant Lee Buffalo – “Truly, Truly”

Here’s a live version as performed on David Letterman. Very different sound than what we’re used to hearing from our beloved Town Troubadour.



  • Lorelai is wearing an Eiffel Tower sweater to greet the French group at the inn.
  • Michel thinks it’s ridiculous that the town is throwing a cat a wake until much later in the series when one of his dogs passes away and he demands a funeral.



  • Assistant Store Manager at Doose’s Market

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