Episode Seventy-Six: “In the Clamor and the Clangor”
Original Airdate: January 27, 2004
Here the tintinnabulation. New church bells set everyone on edge. More edginess: When Lorelai discovers Luke has moved, she freaks. When Mrs. Kim discover’s Lane’s secret rock ‘n’ roll life, she throws her out of the house.
Oh the church bells. They would drive me crazy too. Twice a day, okay. Every 30 minutes? No way.
I still don’t know why Zack doesn’t like Gil. I know he’s older and all, but he seems to have connections in the music business. I do have to say it was nice to see actor Rami Malek. I want to say it was his first role, but I’m not sure.
Moving on . . . I hate it when Luke and Lorelai fight, and honestly, I don’t really know why they were fighting in this episode. But I do love how they make up over breaking the bells.
As for Lane . . . I probably would have done the same thing. Couldn’t think of a lie so she just leaves and goes to New York. I have to say, I love her showing up at Yale and the episodes where she stays there. Even if it’s weird, it was nice to have Lane and Rory in the dorm together.
So what did you think of this episode?
KIRK: Actually, that’s not true. The other day I stood too close to the bells and they rang so loud that there’s now a persistent ringing in my ears. Now I can’t tell which are the church bells and which are the Kirk bells.
LORELAI: [Mock concern] Oh, no. Did you go to the doctor?
KIRK: Yes, he said I have tinnitis. I looked it up on the web at “Celebrities Who Share Your Disease” and found that William Shatner is likewise afflicted.
LORELAI: Really, Kirk and Captain Kirk?
KIRK: The irony wasn’t lost on me. [He hears Luke place two plates onto a table. Looking up,] Was that them?
LORELAI: Yes, but I thought we were ‘friend’ friends, and apparently we’re just coffee friends. I buy the coffee and he’s my friend. It’s like a dog and a liver treat. If you have a liver treat, the dog will like you and, that’s us.
SOOKIE: Which one are you, the dog or the liver treat?
LORELAI: Well, I was the liver treat, and I thought I was a collar or at least a really cute leash and I’m not.
SOOKIE: I wanna chime in and be supportive, but I don’t know what you’re talking about.
[Lorelai and Luke walk up to the church. Lorelai tries the door but it is locked.]
LORELAI: [Gasp] What, they lock the door to a church, are they serious? What if I need to do something holy?
LUKE: Like commit vandalism?
LUKE: Well, let’s just say you can wait your whole life waiting for bells to fall into disrepair. Sometimes they need a push.
LORELAI: No way! You broke the bells.
LUKE: You’re welcome. It’s a little narrow up there, so we should just take the tools that we need, leave the toolbox down here.
LORELAI: God, these things are heavy. Don’t you have a smaller toolbox?
LUKE: No, why would I have two toolboxes?
LORELAI: ‘Cause then you’d have a big one and a small one.
LUKE: Well, if you have a big one you don’t need a small one. [Lorelai opens her mouth to speak] Don’t say ‘dirty’, it’s too easy. Hold these. [Gives her tools]
LORELAI: So, um, why wasn’t your toolbox at your new place?
LUKE: I needed it here.
LORELAI: Huh. Usually moving requires lots of tools; hanging things, putting things together.
LUKE: Nicole hired a professional picture-hanger and we didn’t have anything to put together. Hand me a screwdriver.
LORELAI: Phillips or flathead? [Luke looks at her in surprise] I know things.