01.01 The Pilot

Here we go again! We’re traveling back to Stars Hollow to re-watch and relive the magic that is Gilmore Girls. Let’s start … at the beginning (of course) with the episode that doesn’t quite look the same. Let’s talk about the pilot episode.

In this episode, Stars Hollow is not the storybook town that I’ve grown to adore. It’s busy like a city. There are people and cars and a strange house-like building next to Luke’s diner. I almost thought I was watching an entirely different show, especially when we see our friend, Lorelai Gilmore walking down a street in Stars Hollow as if she doesn’t know a single soul. What happened to the place where everyone knows your name? Ok, I know that’s a different show, but part of the charm (and curse, if I’m being honest) of this show is that everyone knows everyone.

This may be due to the fact that the pilot episode was filmed in Canada rather than California, so I wonder how successful this show would have been if they continued filming in Canada? I mean, we would have lost the coziness of Stars Hollow, but what would we have gained? Food for thought.

So before I get to what I love about the first episode, I have to ask, what’s up with Joey (you know the dude at Luke’s Diner in the teaser who was hitting on Lorelai, then proceeded to do the same with Rory, who “LOOKED LIKE A DAUGHTER.”) The point of the teaser is to set up the episode, so what did this character actually add to the storyline? I’m not being negative here, just something I found interesting.

Some other interesting tidbits about the pilot episode is that Melissa McCarthy was not the first Sookie, and Jared Padalecki was not the first Dean (of course we see them as the first of their character), but in the long lost pilots, Melissa and Jared were not there. Did you also know that Sookie was almost played by Alex Borstein, who wasn’t shown as Sookie in this episode but was shown as Drella (the harp player). I literally realized this after about the fifth time watching the pilot.

This episode was chock full of interesting tidbits, pop culture, and quotes. You name it, Gilmore Girls has it. And since the show was nominated for very few awards (they were nominated for an Emmy award, and won in 2004 for “Outstanding Makeup”), I think there should have been more awards, so here is our own little awards show (untitled at the moment) where we acknowledge our favorite doodads from each episode.

Favorite Line:

Although I tend to gravitate towards motivational quotes, my choice for favorite line in the pilot episode goes to Michel, “People are particularly stupid today. I just can’t talk to any more of them.” And it just so happens that this line is one of Yanic Truesdale’s (Michel) favorites, as well. Oh, how much do I love thee Michel? Let me count the ways … today!

Favorite Song:

One of the many things that I love about this show is the music. My choice for favorite song in this episode is:

Where the Colors Don’t Go by Sam Phillips

Other songs featured in this episode:

There she Goes by The La’s
Try by Macy Gray
My Little Corner of the World by Yo La Tengo

Favorite Inanimate Object:

Strange category, right? But, there are a lot of interesting objects in Gilmore Girls, so why not celebrate those? My choice for favorite inanimate object in episode 1 of season 1 is this poster at Luke’s Diner, “Grow better calves faster!” What now, does this mean?

Favorite Food:

My choice for favorite food is Sookie’s Peach Sauce that is so delectable that Lorelai wants to bathe in it (and the waffles that Sookie is serving with the peach sauce).

Favorite Outfit:

I’m normally all about Lorelai’s fashion, but my choice for favorite outfit in the pilot episode goes to Luke Danes in his blue collared shirt. How do you spell hunk?

Favorite Pop Culture Reference:

I won’t delve too deep into pop culture in this blog because they do that so well over at the “I Am All In” podcast with Scott Patterson.

It’s ironic since I didn’t appreciate the Joey scene, but the award for my favorite pop culture reference goes to Lorelai.

Lorelai: You’re a regular Jack Kerouac.

Jean-Louis Lebris de Kerouac known as Jack Kerouac was a novelist and poet, most notable for his book On the Road, published in 1957, and based on the travels taken by Kerouac and his friends across the United States.

(scroll down for the answers)

1. What city did Dean say he moved to Stars Hollow from?
2. Who was the first person that Rory said she was going to call when she found out that she was going to Chilton?
3. Who said, “Boys don’t like funny girls”?
4. What is the name of the singer for the CD that Rory was looking for at Luke’s?

And there you have it, the pilot episode! Join us next time when we discuss “The Lorelai’s first day at Chilton.”

– Michelle

Trivia (answers):

1. What city did Dean say he moved to Stars Hollow from?
2. Who was the first person that Rory said she was going to call when she found out that she was going to Chilton?
3. Who said, “Boys don’t like funny girls”?
Mrs. Kim
4. What is the name of the singer for the CD that Rory was looking for at Luke’s?
Macy Gray

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