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Friday Night Dinner 13

The 13th in a weekly look at the progress of The Gilmore Girls Companion as we round the bend on this 2+ year adventure.

First, on the (very) off chance that anybody missed it, you’ll want to check out the photos (here and here) and interview from Entertainment Weekly’s reunion feature on Gilmore. (The ol’ ticker nearly stopped when I saw the words “Gilmore Girls” and “reunion” together until I realized this was just an article concept rather than an actual event.) Cheers to Gilmore News for spreading the word on this one.

The book (you remember the book) is just about done; all that remains is for art director Pamela Norman to work her beautification magic on it, and for yours truly to give it one more read through.

Which actually brings me to what’s been going on here at Chez Berman-Norman (or Chez Norman-Berman) this last week. Pamela’s parents came to visit from Florida, and had never seen Gilmore Girls! (Cue dramatic music!) Naturally we had to remedy that. We started them off with “They Shoot Gilmores, Don’t They” (the dance marathon one), and from there they were hooked. Or extremely polite; either way, they blew through the first three discs of Season 1 in a couple of days.

That actually got me to thinking: What do you think is the best episode to show somebody who’s never seen the series before? Thoughts?

  1. zoran
    October 22, 2010 at 11:15 am

    My first thought: Life’s short, so read fast, Aaron!
    I further hope you’re getting along well with your /not-yet or already/ in-laws.
    Next thing, I see you have a new profile pic. Are you, by any chance, planning on attending Chilton? Emily would be thrilled. 😉
    As to what episode someone should watch, the plot bulids itself up, episode by episode, so definitely nothing from the later seasons. Maybe “Double Date” (1.12), “That Damn Donna Reed” (1.14), “Nick & Nora, Sid & Nancy” (2.05) or “Happy Birthday, Baby” (3.18). It also depends on whether you’re planning to lure the person into the Gilmore cult or not. 😉 smiley#2

  2. October 22, 2010 at 12:14 pm

    Ah, the Gilmore cult. That’s really what we’re talking about here, aren’t we, Zoran? Which episode will pull them in until they’re finally left babbling about Luke & Lorelai/Lorelai & Christopher/Lorelai & Max/Lorelai & that guy Alex who just sort of evaported…

    Yep, that’s a genuine Chilton uniform, though the Chilton patch remained elusive. With my grades, even getting into Stars Hollow High might be a bit of a stretch.

  3. shadowhillway
    October 27, 2010 at 6:42 pm

    I’d start a GG neophyte with “Rory’s Birthday Parties”. The show is really about three generations of Gilmore girls, not just two, and this episode is rich with the pain and strain of Lorelai; Em in Hartford and the improbable delight of Lorelai; Rory in Stars Hollow. Not to mention fine dialogue and sentiments like “individual bags”, “porterhouse steak”, and “I don’t know my daughter at all”. Hmm, those memorable lines are all Emily’s!

    • October 28, 2010 at 6:14 am

      A really good pick, that one, and easily in my personal top 5 of the whole series.

  4. October 30, 2010 at 10:30 pm

    To sell GG to newcomers, I either show the pilot, “The Deer Hunters” or “Take the Deviled Eggs” (for the town protester). I think these episodes really incorporate the unique spirit and energy of the show. “Rory’s Birthday Parties” really brings it as well.

  5. October 31, 2010 at 7:13 am

    I really need to go back and watch “The Deer Hunters” again; all I remember is Rory on the phone with Lane after she gets hit by the deer. That might be because it follows “Kill Me Now,” which I think is one of the best of the season.

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