If you haven't seen the television show "Gilmore Girls" you are missing on out on some fast talking, diner food eating, book reading goodness. This blog is about celebrating the book reading aspect, but you might also find additional references to "Gilmore Girls" or reading in general throughout. Some awesome soul compiled a list of 349 books read or featured on "Gilmore Girls", and this blog is my attempt to read all of them in two years. Join me for the good, the bad, the oh-my-gosh-i-don't-wanna-read-that, and more. For every book I complete, I will be donating books to children.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Gilmore Girls ~ Season 1, Episode 4: "The Deer Hunters"

Rory Gilmore Reading List

In Season 1, Episode 4 of The Gilmore Girls, called “The Deer Hunters,” Rory suffers a major setback at Chilton when she scores a D on an essay in her English class. Of course, her troubles don’t stop there. She’s further tormented by classmates who insist on calling her “Mary”, as in Virgin Mary. And, of course, there is a huge exam on Shakespeare at week’s end that will count for 20% of her grade. After the D, there’s no way Rory can possibly relax and enjoy her learning experience or even her life outside of school. Naturally, she is late for the test and then has a huge meltdown — I would have freaked out too! As happens in many episodes, roles are somewhat reversed and Rory acts as the responsible part while her mom acts as the impulsive teenager.

Other highlights:

  • A deer runs into the Jeep while Rory is driving to school — not Rory hits a Jeep (and she is late for her test that has no make-ups).
  • While Rory is at the intersection where the deer ran into the car, either the stop sign is facing the wrong way or she’s driving the wrong way. It’s the same later when Lorelai is driving them home from school later in the episode.
  • Lorelai wears an awesome B-52s t-shirt (feel free to find the shirt and mail me one!).
  • Max Medina, one of Lorelai’s future love interests, makes his first appearance.
  • Lorelai calls the headmaster of Chilton, Rory’s school, Il Duce — there are a few people I wouldn’t mind calling Il Duce if I thought I could get away with it.
  • The best quote in the whole episode: “What’s up, quippy? Why so silent?” when Rory freaks out in class and begins yelling at her nemesis, Paris Geller.
  • This episode highlights the pressure Rory puts on herself and how much Luke cares for Rory.

This episode is packed with books, but the titles of most aren’t visible. However, I feel like I discovered a literary gold nugget! I paused, rewound, played, paused and repeated numerous times during a scene in which Lorelai and Rory are in their living room studying for Rory’s test. The living room was strewn with books. As mentioned, most of the titles aren’t actually visible or readable, but...! I was able to read one title that I haven’t seen in ANY list of books from the show! The book is Who’s Who and What’s What in Shakespeare by Evangeline M. O’Connor.

Writers mentioned:
Christopher Marlowe
Francis Bacon
Ben Johnson
John Webster

Books discussed, visible, or being read:
The Oxford Shakespeare
The Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare
Richard III by William Shakespeare
Who’s who and what’s what in Shakespeare by Evangeline M. O’Connor
Shakespeare’s sonnets
Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain

Want to buy copies of the Season 1, Episode 4 books for your own Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge? Just follow these links: 

Check out my post for Season 1, Episode 1, "Pilot" HERE.
Check out Season 1, Episode 2, "The Lorelai's First Day at Chilton" HERE.
Check out Season 1, Episode 3, "Kill Me Now" HERE.

I have started a Facebook reading group to go along with the Reading Rory's List challenge. If you are serious about the challenge and love reading, you may request to join HERE. I have done very little with the group so far, but I have big plans!

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1 comment:

  1. Hey, I just found this post and I try to collect all books of the show. I have to pictures of books I don't know. Maybe you can help me?

    Sarah ♥