Episode Seventy-One: “An Affair to Remember”
Original Airdate: October 28, 2003
Emily plans a launch party for Richard’s new business and hires Lorelai and Sookie to cater it. And Kirk prepares . . . extensively . . . for a date. But neither affair goes quite as expected.
Again, exactly where is Lorelai getting all the money for the inn renovations? Now she’s getting horses (can’t plant a tulip bulb to save her life, but let’s get horses!) and wants to renovate the stables. $75,000 can only go so far! And thats assuming she had it all. Which is still not clear. Of course, I suppose they probably took out a loan, and a rather big one to the tune of at least $700,000. But still how did she qualify for such a huge loan when in season one she couldn’t even get $15,000 to repair her house from the termites?
I asked my husband all of this and all I got was, “You do realize it’s a TV show, don’t you?” Um, no, it’s not just a TV show. It’s a lifestyle . . . it’s a religion.
Moving on . . .
UGH, move of Digger Stiles. Bleh. And of course his character is a thorn in Emily’s side over the launch party. He’s a thorn in my side too. And now he’s asking Lorelai out? Double UGH. The only part worse than him being around is when Lorelai yells at Emily for firing her as the caterer, which made me mad. I’m glad that Emily told her the truth and she apologized. I do love that she defended Emily to Jason too.
Although, even with the bleh of Digger Stiles, I do like this episode because we are introduced to Lulu! I love Lulu and I love her and Kirk together. They are a great couple, and I love how important the date is to him. So important that he goes to Luke’s and video tapes himself practicing for the date. It is rather endearing how Kirk is shocked that Lulu likes him.
One last thing before I go . . . Umlauts! Have you ever wondered why Jason called Lorelai umlauts? Well, umlauts are the little dots on ë, ï ,ä, ö, and ü, and he was referring to the camp story where he knocked Lorelai off the canoe and got her shirt all wet, and became the hero of the summer. The little dots were her nipples!!!! I think it took me about 10 times of watching this show to even get the joke.
So what did you think of this episode?
EMILY: I saw Mae Richmond at Bay Wellington’s two weeks before Halloween. She had ample time to bring it up then, and nothing – not a word. I think it might be time to go after their ball machine.
RORY: Their ball machine?
RICHARD: They have a ball machine on their tennis court that is extraordinarily loud and unpredictable.
EMILY: Flying, thumping balls all over the place.
LORELAI: Flying, thumping what all over the place?
EMILY: You are four.
LORELAI: And balls are funny.
EMILY: I knew the Richmonds were going to be trouble when they missed the block party last month.
LORELAI: I don’t understand. They gave out full-size candy bars for Halloween. So what?
EMILY: Not full-size candy bars, Lorelai – king-size candy bars.
RICHARD: We’ve been giving out full-size candy bars for years now.
EMILY: And then those people move in and throw the entire balance of the neighborhood off. They made everybody look ridiculous.
RICHARD: It’s very embarrassing.
EMILY: I think we have to do something about this – maybe go to the homeowners association.
LORELAI: Two Halloweens ago, someone painted the Duprees’ Chihuahua orange and nobody went to the homeowners association then.
EMILY: Well, everybody hated Taco.
KIRK: Excuse me, Lorelai.
LORELAI: Oh, my God, Kirk, I forgot you were here.
KIRK: If I had a nickel for every time I heard that.
LORELAI: How did I know he felt comfortable here?
LUKE: I don’t know. All I know is that you talked to him, and now he’s over there talking to a camera.
LORELAI: Oh, come on, Luke. Give him a break. He wants the date to go well. I mean, it’s all any of us wants – to find a nice person to hang out with ’til we drop dead. Not a lot to ask.
LUKE: I guess.
LORELAI: And look on the positive side – if Kirk’s date goes well, he’ll be occupied, and you’ll be seeing a lot less of him at the diner.
KIRK: Cut! Okay, that sucked! Let’s just go again right away. Focus! Focus.
LUKE: I’ll have his monogrammed booth installed tomorrow.
EMILY: It’s the extra little things that set you apart in business, Jason.
JASON: I couldn’t agree more, and that is why I’ve organized a trip to Atlantic City.
JASON: You know, get everybody out, away from business, away from their spouses, away from stuffy cocktail-party music and floral arrangements. Have a little crazy fun – you know, good food, lots to drink, maybe a little gambling, a show, and trust me, nothing bonds two businessmen together more than one of them finding the other hung over with a hooker in their bed the next morning.
JASON: Just a figure of speech, Emily.