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Recap / Gilmore Girls S 05 E 18

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Season 5, episode 18

To Live And Let Diorama

Old Mr. Twickham dies and leaves his house to the town to make a museum of for a couple of months. Rory and Paris both wait around for their boyfriends to call, until they decide that they want to be able to read an in-depth biography about their lives and not puke. The town meeting discusses where to put Kirk, who doesn't want to be a burden, but finds Miss Patty's studio too cold and that the Morris kids put things up his nose while he's awake.

Character whose last name we learn: Sophie Bloom.

Provides examples of:

  • The '60s:
    • Paris laments that all the people in a movie she watches are dead. Rory points out that it's a sixties movie so some are probably still alive.
    • Taylor includes a bit about that decade in the diorama.
  • Absurd Phobia: Kirk is creeped out by goldfish. He finds them too golden and unblinking.
  • Blatant Lies: Drunk Paris tries to convince Rory that she's going to the bathroom in a public restroom by leaving her shoes and socks behind.
  • Captain Obvious:
    • Rory comments that recently deceased old man Twickham has never died before.
    • Taylor asks if the person Luke means to start a family with is Lorelai.
  • Cliffhanger: Parodied. The dramatization of the history of Stars Hollow tries to leave it up to interpretation what they named the hollow, from where they could see stars. Lorelai complains about leaving them on a cliffhanger.
  • Comically Missing the Point:
    • Lane doesn't catch that Sophie's suspiciously specific criteria for having coffee with her is a rejection.
    • Taylor thinks Luke is joking when he volunteers for a community project.
  • Continuity Nod: Luke asks Dean if he still has a problem with him because of "Pippi"-night and the bop-it.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: "But I know what cleaning products he likes" is one of Lane's arguments that she's better for Zach than Sophie, who she suspects of having an affair.
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  • Cute Mute: Joseph, the pilgrim child born without speech.
  • Earworm: The Buff Rite inc. song. Sookie keeps humming it.
  • Foreshadowing: Lane angrily states that she and Zach are hypothetically lovers if they ever get married.
  • Funny Answering Machine: Logan's voicemail assumes the person calling is Finn.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar:
    • Inverted. Kirk and his friend find it hilarious that a mannequin has an "end", and there is no way they'll let the radar miss it.
    • But Kirk also does his best not to see anyone naked.
    • Lorelai claims to have found two dirty words that rhyme with "Emily".
    • Gypsy says she will "liaise" with Luke as long as it doesn't involve anything dirty.
    • Paris flips off several cars.
  • Godwin's Law: Lorelai compares Emily to Mussolini and Stalin, and claims they both come out looking pretty good. She admits to Rory that she called her "the female Pol Pot".
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  • Implausible Deniability: Paris tries to convince Rory that she isn't going to lok for a payphone to call Doyle by leaving her shoes behind, but her cover story is that she's going to the bathroom, and it's hard to believe that anyone would willingly go barefoot in a public bathroom.
  • Like Mother, Like Daughter: Invoked and inverted by Dean. He insists that Lorelai won't be happy with just Stars Hollow, because Rory isn't.
  • Manchild: Kirk sleeps over at rotating houses, and when he crashes at Lorelai's she takes a very motherly tone, which proves useful when he builds a cereal box fort and defiantly watches tv when he has to put on his jacket.
  • Non Sequitur: When the mother mannequin in the diorama says she loves making dinner for her family, her daughter chimes in with "and I love Jesus!"
  • Noodle Incident: The limerick Lorelai made about Emily. It contains at least two dirty words.
  • Product Placement: Paris reenacts the Maxell tape add.
  • Punny Title: Merging the phrase "to live and let die" and the word "diorama".
  • Rule of Three: Rory, Paris, and Lane all get drunk on Miss Patty's homebrew and get more upset about their evasive boyfriends.
  • Running Joke: Kirk keeps asking the town not to just leave his corpse there if he dies of homelessness.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Right before he died, Mr. Twickham mumbled something about Lori Loughlin.
    • Andrew says old man Twickham was tivo-ing Summertime.
    • Sophie thinks Lane gets to the point like Garrison Keillor.
    • Superman's Fortress of Solitude was a Jamaican beach compared to Lorelai's childhood home.
    • Emily dialled back is Benito Mussolini, who dialled back is Pol Pot.
    • There is a funny story about Jimmy Carter in the same hotel as Emily.
    • Joshua Twickham has an old letter that Taylore figures could be from George Washington.
  • Slapstick: Luke apparently threw a frying pan at Taylor's head (after instructing him to duck) and Lorelai thinks it would have been fun to watch.
  • Spit Take: Averted. Lorelai is glad she wasn't drinking coffee when the journalist said Emily was a good mother.
  • Take That!:
    • According to Lorelai, the only people who don't love Muzak are people who love music.
    • Taylor doesn't find the Theory of Evolution too plausible.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Averted. Zach only wants to play banjo.


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