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'Gilmore Girls' recap: Baby, it's cold outside

Season 1 | Episode 8 | “Love and War and Snow” | Originally aired Dec 14, 2000

It’s time for the first snow of the year in Stars Hollow, and Lorelai is ready. The rest of the town has other concerns, like the annual reenactment of one legendary night when the Revolutionary War vaguely considered coming to call. It never did, but 12 men stood in line until dawn just in case. Never forget.

The snow comes, just as Lorelai’s nose told her it would, piling headache on headache. (“Not everyone finds the idea of being pelted with frozen water appealing!”) Rory is stranded at her grandparents’ house in Hartford, and the phone goes dead while she’s on the line with Lane, who’s been feeling left out lately. She worries that she doesn’t fit in with Rory’s new life at Chilton, not to mention her life with Dean.

rsz_gg108_benchLane has a crush of her own on classmate Rich Bloomenfeld, whose hair is so luxurious that she runs her hand through it at band practice before she can stop herself. She leaves practice in horror, and thanks to the phone outage, Rory is now completely unable to help her friend process this trauma. Although really, can high school romance hold a candle to the urgency and angst of a cook stranded in the snow? The storm has claimed its most tragic casualty: Richard and Emily’s dinner.

Rory offers to whip up something in the kitchen, and a frozen pizza should do the trick. To be clear, this is not her grandparents’ pizza. (Emily: “That’s food you eat at a carnival. Or at a Turkish prison!”) It must belong to the maid. I hope someone gives Anna a bonus for sacrificing her pizza to the greater good. With the help of a little fresh parmesan, even Emily has to admit that the pizza is delicious. No one has to go hungry tonight after all.

rsz_gg108_photosAfter dinner, Rory pulls out the photo albums and asks about her mother’s childhood. Richard and Emily have a few stories that make complete sense—Lorelai spilled grape juice all over a nice dress—and some that come as a surprise. Apparently, Lorelai was going to be a debutante, but thanks to her pregnancy, she never made it to cotillion. Rory studies a photo of her mom and dad when they were young and considers the fact that Lorelai was once a lovestruck teen too.

I will say this for the snow: It’s putting relationships into new focus. Luke can’t understand why anyone would reenact the nonexistent Battle of Stars Hollow (please tell me that he’s always this grumpy), but he still brings coffee, tea, and hot cocoa to the men in the snow. His father loved the reenactment so much that he was buried with his musket, and this is how Luke remembers him. While he’s taking orders, he spots Lorelai out walking with Max Medina, whom the storm has conveniently stranded in Stars Hollow. There’s a flicker of something like jealousy on Luke’s face.

rsz_gg108_lorelai_doorLorelai knows how to make this snow work for her. She says that all of the best things in her life have happened when snow is falling, and now, the storm has brought Max to her door. Lorelai even lets him into the house, which she’s never done for a guy before. She always keeps her dating life separate from Rory, because she doesn’t want Rory to feel threatened—but now Rory is out of town, and Max needs a place to stay. He says that all he expects is coffee, but they’re making out within minutes.

Lane interrupts Max and Lorelai as they make their way to the bedroom. She’s been camped out in Rory’s room since she fled band practice, waiting for her best friend to get home. They have a crisis to manage. Since Rory can’t make it out of Hartford tonight, Lorelai listens in her place, taking on the same mom/best friend hybrid role that she takes with her own daughter. Lorelai tells Lane that she’ll have plenty more crises to come, and what matters is how she handles them. That’s the mom talking. She also wants to know if Rich’s hair felt as good as it looked. That’s the best friend. It did feel good, and Lane is going to be fine.

Lorelai tells Max that Lane needs a safe zone for the night, so he takes the couch, which is how Rory finds him when she arrives home the next morning. Her English teacher is asleep in her living room. Even Rory is surprised by how weird she finds it. She knew they were dating; she just wasn’t expecting to see it. Lorelai promises that she never will again, but Rory wants her mother to feel comfortable bringing guys home. She takes a photo of her parents out of her coat. Her mom was young once too, and maybe she still is.

What did you think of our first snow (and first town hall meeting) 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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