Episode Sixty-Nine: “Chicken or Beef”
Original Airdate: October 14, 2003
After jumping through Taylor Doose’s hoops, Lorelai begins renovating the Dragonfly. Another new start: Dean gets married, despite his boozy, post-bachelor-party confessions to Luke that he still cares for Rory.
Ooff! The awkwardness of this episode.
Between Rory an Dean’s conversation to Dean’s bachelor party. Wow there is a whole lotta stuff going down in the hollow.
So what do I make of Dean’s “confession”? Well, I gotta say, I wasn’t surprised. One thing I’ve never understood though is why we’ve never seen Lindsay or her mom around town except for the episodes Dean is with them. Then again, after the whole . . . I’m getting ahead of myself. But then we never see them again. It’s weird how it’s such a small town, but characters come and then vanish without a trace.
The only really annoying thing about the episode is Taylor. Of course, he’s being, well Taylor, but it’s like “oh come on, dude, just admit what you need from her so she can fix it!” Nope. Instead, he runs her around the town for like three days and tells her that she needs to put a plastic porch over a rotting wood one until she has to corner him. Then, and only then, does he tell her what he wants. To which, he gets in all of 30 seconds. Ugh. Could have saved a lot of trouble! Of course, then we wouldn’t have the comedic drama of the show, so I understand why.
Taylor really is one of those characters you love, but can’t stand all at the same time.
So what did you think of this episode?
RORY: What are you gonna do?
LORELAI: I’m going to talk to him.
LORELAI: Don’t say cool like that. It’s gonna be very pleasant.
RORY: I thought you said you were gonna go talk to Taylor.
LORELAI: I own my own business now, Rory. I’m gonna have to deal with tiny men like Taylor all the time. You can’t go around yelling at people, no matter how historical they might be.
LORELAI: You have to learn to separate the personal from the business.
[they walk outside and head toward the soda shop]
LORELAI: Remember in The Godfather, Michael telling Sonny how he was gonna kill Tattaglia and Captain McCluskey in that Italian restaurant? He lays out the whole thing very calmly, very unemotionally, ’cause that’s what you do in business.
RORY: Yeah, but then he went and shot two guys in the head.
LORELAI: Okay, but I wasn’t describing that scene.
LORELAI: We’ve got to be. Michel, are you okay over there?
SOOKIE: He says the guy next to him has unforgivable B.O.
LORELAI: Michel, you’re French. How can you even tell?
TAYLOR: Could we have a little quiet please?
LORELAI: Sorry, Taylor, we’re just waiting here very patiently, as you can see, all ready and everything.
TAYLOR: Yes, well, um, the next item, people, is a wonderful feather in Stars Hollow’s cap. One of our very own, fourth grader Donny Pass, was named a runner-up in the Connecticut State story-writing contest for his work entitled The Happiest Doughnut.
SOOKIE: I think I’m gonna give birth just out of boredom.
LORELAI: I can’t smell anything.
MICHEL: I’m breathing it all in so it’s not reaching you.
LORELAI: Thanks for taking that grenade for me, pal.
LORELAI: That’s it!
TAYLOR: Lorelai, watch it. I’ve got church later.
LORELAI: What did I do to make you torture me like this, Taylor?
TAYLOR: I don’t know what you’re talking about.
LORELAI: The hoops! The hoops with the jumping and the fire and the hoops!
TAYLOR: It’s just business, Lorelai.
LORELAI: I pay to shop in your store. I eat your banana splits. I’ve never physically hurt you. . .except for that one spit wad in the one town meeting, but I didn’t mean for it to hit your eye and I apologized profusely, so please, please, put me out of my misery and tell me what I need to do to make this thing happen!
TAYLOR: I want an ice-cream truck.