Episode Thirty-Two: “Secrets and Loans”
Original Airdate: January 22, 2002
Stop bugging me. Lorelai’s house has termites—and the girls have no money for repairs. Emily offers a loan, but Lorelai balks at becoming even more indebted to her. Lane starts shaking her pom-poms.
Ugh. Having been through the turmoil of termites this year, this episode just hit way too home for me. Luckily, however, the termites in Oklahoma are different than the termites on the east and west coasts. In Oklahoma our termites live in the ground. They come up into the wood, eat, then go back into the ground. Their whole circle is every 24 hours. So because of this, how we treat them is not to tent the house, but to drill chemical into the ground around the foundation all for the low, low cost of $900. I guess it could have been worse.
I know I mentioned this before, but this was the episode I was talking about when I was confused as to why Mrs. Kim had a problem with Lane going to a concert or joining a band or being into music that wasn’t religious music, but was okay with her becoming a cheerleader. ???? I don’t get it. Dancing around in a tiny mini shirt to music. ???? So confusing.
Another thing that confused me was why Lorelai didn’t ask her parents for help with the house. I understand her stubbornness not to go to Richard and Emily with things, but come on. Sometimes I think she just takes it too far. And yelling at Rory over her telling her grandparent’s was just wrong.
One last thing, does anyone else recognize the loan officer at the bank that Emily knows? Need a hint?
Come on knock on our door . . . We’ve been waiting for you . . .
Yep. That’s right. Richard Kline, or better known as Larry, from Three’s Company.
So what do you think of this episode?
Lorelai: You are not seriously sitting there.
Emily: No, it’s a hologram. Lifelike, isn’t it?
Lorelai: Hey, I got your note.
Rory: Yeah, well, putting it in the mallomars was a pretty safe bet.
Lorelai: Fill me up.
Luke: That’s your sixth cup.
Lorelai: Yes it is.
Luke: How ’bout some tea?
Lorelai: Absolutely, throw it in with the coffee.
Kirk: You have termites.
Kirk: Tens of thousands of them. Subterranean, dry wood, the whole gamut.
Kirk: Four of them crawled up my noise.
Lorelai: Okay, Kirk.
Kirk: It happens all the time when you’re upside down. To them the nostril looks just like another hollow passage in the wood. They’re not too bright.
Kirk: (about the cost of exterminating the termites) Well, I haven’t done the exact estimate, but I’d say somewhere in the neighborhood of fifteen thousand dollars.
Lorelai: (laughs) Tell it to move to another neighborhood.
Kirk: I’m sorry?
Lorelai: Fifteen thousand dollars?
Rory: We’re never eating again.