Episode Fourteen: “That Damn Donna Reed”
Original Airdate: February 22, 2001
After Dean expresses approval of the meatloaf-and-pearls domesticity portrayal in The Donna Reed Show, Rory surprises him with a 1950s-styled Donna night. An unexpected visitor shakes up Lorelai’s home.
Crazy cat lady, here, *waves hand*, I wish they would have shown the kitten! And more than just that little snip-it of the tiny orange (have ai ever mentioned that I have three gingers?) fur ball. Seriously. I wanted to see the kitten!!!! It’s my one gripe about this episode. Show the dang kitten!!!
I also have to say, I’ve had chicks before. Several times. And might I add, that every time, I always say no more chicks. They are a pain in the rear. Anywhoo, as a owner of chickens, who has had my fair share of chicks, there is no way Rory could have kept that chick in that bird cage for 4 weeks to watch it for a school assignment. Chicks grow fast. At 2 days old they are already at the feed store on sale, and they are feathered out between 4-5 weeks. Meaning they are big enough and active enough that they can go outside in the coop with the rest of the chickens.
There is no way a 4 week old chick could stay for an extended period of time in a tiny bird cage. I mean, sure, I guess it “could” but the cage would need to be cleaned at least twice a day, if not more (read: chickens are gross and beyond dirty birds), and it would be loud, and borderline animal abuse to keep something in a pen that small.
Okay, so chicken rant over, I’ll not get back to the show. I really like how we get to know Luke a little more in this episode and how he started the diner, and I love the the spot where his dad wrote down the order on the side of the cabinet. It’s one of those little details that are just nothing but gems to the plot, and I think my favorite part is Luke and Lorelai looking for the chick. I laughed so hard when he leaps across the room and all you hear is a big crash and the chick cheep.
So what did you think of the episode?
(Lorelai is trying to convince Luke to paint the diner)
Lorelai: Come on. We’ll drink a couple beers, we’ll sing painting songs!
Luke: Painting songs?
Lorelai: Yeah, painting songs like, um, you know, the song that goes:
Grab your brush and grab your rollers, all you kids and all you bowlers – We’re going paintin’ today!
Say yes or there’s another verse!
Luke: Well, I guess maybe if I had help.
Rory: My favorite episode —
Lorelai: Mm, mm…tell me, tell me.
Rory: — is when their son, Jeff, comes home from school and nothing happens.
Lorelai: Oh that’s a good one. One of my favorites is when Mary, the daughter, gets a part-time job and nothing happens.
Rory: Another classic.
Rory: Where are you going?
Lorelai: To Luke’s. We’re picking out paint colors tonight, so it’s gonna be hours of “yes, no, yes, no, yes, no,” until my world-famous perseverance wears him down and he winds up in a ball on the floor crying like a girl. Wanna come watch?
Rory: What’s in there?
Dean: A salad.
Dean: Yeah, it’s a quaint dish sometimes used to precede large quantities of pizza.
(Lorelai and Rory give him strange looks)
Dean: It’s for me.