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'Gilmore Girls' recap: Love is in the air at Cinnamon's wake

Season 1 | Episode 5 | “Cinnamon’s Wake” | Aired Nov 2, 2000

As a Gilmore Girls fan, I know I’m supposed to hate Dean. And if you give me another few seasons (specifically season 5 and the affair and his general awfulness), I’ll be back to hating him. But in season 1, where he’s so giddy over Rory and totally in love with all of her quirks, I can’t help but root for Dean. Their relationship is just beginning to spark, and I find myself hoping it will last. Who’s with me?

After being deprived of Richard and Emily during last week’s “Deer Hunters” episode, we at least get Emily back for a scene and a phone call this week, while Richard is away on business in Germany.

One of Lorelai’s cousins, Claudia, has died, but no matter what Emily says, Lorelai has no memory of the woman. Because she’s never met Claudia, she can’t pull herself away from the inn, and so she’ll miss the funeral. Emily is appalled.

Side note: I’d almost forgotten how amusing the Friday night dinner cold opens were in this first season. Here’s the punchline from the open of this episode, when Emily proves she can be just as sassy and sarcastic as her daughter:

This episode focuses quite a bit on the men in the Gilmore girls’ lives, forcing both women to admit that they might just feel something for Dean and Max—strikingly similar gentleman callers who’ve popped up for a few flirty scenes in the previous four episodes. Dean follows Rory onto her bus in the morning, and she continues to act as if she’s never seen a man in her life. It’s awkward but adorable, and he jumps off at the next stop with an endearing, “Goodbye, Lorelai Gilmore.”

Rory’s not the only Gilmore being courted this week, and soon we catch up with Lorelai, who runs into Max at the Chilton bake sale. She can’t stop calling him “Mr. Medina” in an attempt to keep things extra-professional, but alas he asks her out on a date. She admits she wants to go, and while she doesn’t agree to it, she does tell him where she’ll be getting coffee and at what time the next day.

Back in Stars Hollow, Rory runs into her neighbors, Babette (Sally Struthers), Morey (Ted Rooney) and their cat Cinnamon. Morey and Cinnamon are both feeling ill after eating some bad clams at Al’s Pancake World. “We had a coupon!” explains Babette.

Rory ditches Lane and runs into Doose’s market, where she scopes out Dean and awkwardly tries to purchase a head of lettuce and a mouse trap. Turns out she only has enough money for the lettuce, but when Dean jokes about how she can hit the mouse with half of it, she scurries out the door. We also see Kirk, the ever-changing character no longer known as Mick, at Doose’s. He’s never met Miss Patty before, so although he has the time, he’s not quite the Kirk we know and love just yet.

Lorelai and Max meet up for their not-a-date coffee date, and they spend the whole time discussing whether or not they should try to actually date. Max argues that they’re attracted to each other and tells Lorelai a sob story about his uncle’s long-lost love, and she finally agrees to go to dinner. As he leaves, she asks whether or not the uncle story is really true, and he responds with only, “Goodbye, Lorelai Gilmore.”

Sookie and Lorelai are busy discussing the Max predicament at Luke’s Diner, and Lorelai explains she’s worried about how dating a Chilton teacher is going to affect Rory. Before she’s made a decision on how or when to tell Rory, or even whether she should really go on the date, Rory runs in and calls her mom to Babette’s house.

The vet is there and Morey is a complete wreck: Cinnamon has died, at the ripe ‘ole age of “260 human years.” (According to the Cat Years Calculator, that means Cinnamon has been around for more than 60 years. Probably not true, but we’ll let this one slide—just like Cinnamon slid across the room and into a lamp after Babette found her body. #BadJoke)

Rory and Lorelai quickly call the town together for a wake in Cinnamon’s honor, and Lorelai completely forgets about her date with Max until he shows up on their doorstep; of course, it’s Rory who sees him from Babette’s house next door, and she can’t possible fathom what one of her teachers could be doing at her house on a Thursday night. Lorelai has to awkwardly tell Rory why he’s there, before running over to tell him why she has to cancel their date. He can’t believe she’s canceling because of a cat, but she promises it’s true and she wants to reschedule. Right from the beginning, we see how much Lorelai will struggle to find a place and find time for Max in her world.

Dean finally catches up with Rory at Cinnamon’s wake and says he’s sorry for bugging her so much. He realizes she’s not interested, and he’s going to back off. Faced with no other option, Rory finally speaks, shouting that she is interested and then running off. It’s awkward and adorable (as usual), and you can’t help but swoon at the way Dean beams after Rory runs off.

As they return home from the wake, Emily calls, and Lorelai admits why she’s been unavailable all night. Emily is completely horrified that Lorelai skipped her cousin’s funeral for a cat and makes a snide comment about her upcoming “raccoon wedding” before hanging up.

Lorelai and Rory are able to chat a bit about the Max situation, and while Rory seems OK with her mom dating her teacher, she keeps Lorelai on edge and won’t confirm that it’s fine. She does, however, ask if Lorelai can keep him out late, because she has an oral exam the day after Lorelai’s date, and it would be great for Rory if Max slept through it. Looks like mom dating the English teacher isn’t such a bad thing after all.

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TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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