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'Gilmore Girls' recap: Make-out in aisle 3

Season 1 | Episode 7 | “Kiss and Tell” | Aired Nov 16, 2000

This is my first Gilmore Girls experience, unless you count the six episodes before this one, which I marathoned to get up to speed. The theme song has not left my head since. It’s the kind of song that should be played on a sky blue boombox as part of a mix CD that also features Macy Gray. Gilmore Girls is definitely a product of its era, but it’s aware of that era in a way that actually makes it kind of timeless. The show is about growing up and moving from one stage of life to the next, so that turn-of-the-millennium sensibility is backed by an understanding that this will pass all too quickly. There will always be more firsts.

One minute you’ve never seen Gilmore Girls, and the next, you’re seven episodes in. One minute Rory hasn’t been kissed, and the next, Dean is planting his lips on hers in the middle of the supermarket.

Rory wasn’t expecting her first kiss to happen in aisle 3, next to the ant spray, so she stammers out a “thank you” and runs off to tell Lane. Lane assures her that aisle 3 is a good one, as any aisle has to be when a cute boy chooses it for kissing. I like Lane. Rory worries about telling her mom, since Dean is the reason she almost didn’t go to Chilton, but Lane reminds her that she’s at Chilton now, and she’s doing well. (Is she? There was that D. I have stress flashbacks to high school when we talk about Rory’s classwork. I just want her to succeed!)

Rory returns home ready to break the news, but Lorelai is in an awful mood. The fridge is squeaking, and she needs a repairman to come when she’s not at work. Adulthood puts such a damper on first-kiss stories. Rory decides to wait for a better time, but Lane’s mom beats her to it; when Lorelai stops by to pick up a chair, Mrs. Kim scolds Rory for being a bad influence. The grocery store is no place for kissing. (“The grocery store. Where we buy our FOOD.”) Lorelai doesn’t know what to do with the fact that her daughter, who tells her everything, hasn’t told her this.


At lunch, Lorelai tries to get the truth out of Rory with the help of the latest General Hospital romance. Rory doesn’t quite see the parallel between her own love life and the love life of a fictional character who was believed to be dead, so she says nothing. Lorelai drags Luke around the supermarket to judge the way Dean handles lemons. Finally, she confronts Rory at home, and although she pretends to be cool about it, Rory knows that she finds it weird. To make matters weirder, the grocery store isn’t easy to avoid. The Gilmore ladies are planning a Willy Wonka movie night, and they have to stock up on important things like bags of marshmallows.

Lorelai plays it cool when she meets Dean in the supermarket, but she just has to forget a box of Red Vines at the register. After Rory runs off to the video store, Dean comes outside to return the forgotten candy, and Lorelai goes off script. She invites Dean to join their movie night. Rory is not happy that her mother is crashing her first date, but she can’t back out now. At least Lorelai has a knack for helping her pick out cute but casual sweaters. Rory admires her mother’s ability to be so effortless with guys.

Lorelai might want to work on handling her daughter’s dating life with the same effortlessness. Practically the whole town knows about this movie night, and everyone wants a peek at Rory and Dean. Once Lorelai pries Dean away from Babette and shoos Sookie out the door, things actually go well—so well, in fact, that she leaves Rory and Dean alone for a while. Rory panics, because Dean smells good. She can’t be left alone with a cute guy who smells that good. Lorelai agrees to buy her daughter some time, so while Rory freshens up, Lorelai and Dean have the Mom Talk. She warns that all of Stars Hollow would come down on him if he hurts Rory. He counters that he’s not going anywhere, but he also says that he wants Lorelai to like him. Dean can already tell that Rory and her mom are best friends, and that Lorelai’s opinion means the world to Rory. Lorelai wants to like Dean in return, and she usually gets what she wants.

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Dean is relatively unfazed by the awkwardness of it all, which bodes well. He kisses Rory on the porch, and this time, Dean is the one who says “thank you.” Inside, Lorelai says that she wishes Rory had told her about the kiss from the start, so Rory hops onto her bed to divulge every detail. The Gilmore women are back to telling each other everything, at least for now.

What did you think of Dean and Rory’s first kiss? And exactly how much do you now want a sugar-fueled movie binge in Stars Hollow?

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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