A Meathead Watches Gilmore Girls (“Concert Interruptus” and “That Damn Donna Reed”)

Sam Wilkinson

According to a faithful reader, I'm Ordinary Times's "least thoughtful writer." So I've got that going for me, which is nice.

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  1. LeeEsq says:

    Maybe Rory and Lane are eighties fanatics? There are lots of teenagers that listen to classic rock and pop thanks to exposure from their parents and other loved ones. Since Rory is the daughter of a teenage mother, Lorelai might have exposed her to the hits of the early eighties. Plus, the Bangle were probably relatively cheap compared to more contemporaneous music acts for the the producers.Report

    • Chris in reply to LeeEsq says:

      My son is a big fan of 70s and 80s music, though I’m not sure The Bangles are one of the bands whose music translates well in the 2010s. He’s a big fan of The Runaways and “99 luftballons,” though. And Bon Jovi.Report

  2. Glyph says:

    “how dumb it is to accept drinks from strange men”

    I had a joke involving another famous sitcom personality for this, but it’s just too damned depressing.

    “Rory has planned to dress up like Donna Reed, act like Donna Reed, and generally be Donna Reed for several hours with Dean”

    Maybe it’s just my own dirty mind, but the subtext of all this seems far racier than it’s being described here.

    “This makes perfect sense, as business is fine and everybody seems to love the place…Apparently, they’ve all been telling him what a garbagehole his restaurant his, and to show how serious they are about their criticisms, they’ve kept coming back for food and coffee, day after day after day.”

    This whole paragraph cracked me up. Keep on keepin’ on, Sam.Report

  3. zic says:

    Based on recommendations here, I’ve been watching. (I think I may be ahead of you now; I’ve been working on finishing a massive knitting project for a show, and it’s good knit-watching.)

    I, too, didn’t get the whole Donna Reed thing Rory pulled, until the end; instant mashed potatoes. The joke here is that Donna’s household magic was the new American enterprise of processed foods, not real cooking. Not Sookie or even Luke style cooking.

    First, if we remove the ever-changing household servants, Emily could be my mother-in-law. The value of things, prestigious people, and social obligation drove and shaped her life. The big difference is that my MIL is a child of immigrants (my FIL, too), and their success came in the wake of WWII, the GI Bill, and the industrial growth of America, where my FIL was a financier to the Captains of Industry.

    I could be Rory, growing up with the ever-present fact that my mother had her first child (not me) as a teen. What intrigues me is how freely it’s discussed; in my house, it was a non-topic due to the shame of it all. When we did discuss it, my mother and I, it was alone, not amongst friends and neighbors. The shame of it was never balanced with a notion of Harvard; success was getting to 18 without getting pregnant.

    But most of all, my sweetie and I could be Babette and Morey, though Babette’s about three times my size, and I’m not prone to putting trolls and gnomes around the yard.

    Luke is actually the problem in the show for me. He’s been there all his life, doesn’t want to leave. Yet he’s also set apart from the community in weird ways. I cannot reconcile him in any way that suggests he’s a real person.Report

  4. Mike Schilling says:

    It’s the town busybodies who want the diner redone, not the regular customers. Luke says no because he dislikes busybodies but says yes to Lorelai, for whom he has a secret (in the sense that it’s clear to everyone in the world except for a stone age tribe in the interior of New Guinea who don’t have cable yet) thing for her.Report