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A woman from Luke's past comes back to Stars Hollow, and tells Luke that she is here to stay. Rory misses Friday night dinner to go on a three month anniversary date with Dean. At Friday night dinner, Emily tries to set Lorelai up with a family friend, much to Lorelai's disgust. Meanwhile, Dean surprises Rory with a fancy dinner, then shows her a car that he's building for her. But the night takes an unexpected turn when Dean tells Rory he loves her and Rory doesn't answer him back.
This is the first appearance of Lisa Ann Hadley (Rachel, Luke's former girlfriend).
This episode marks the first of three times that
Lorelai: Hey, tomorrow, if you have time, I'm planning on despising everyone who says, "Hey, how's it going?".
Luke: You're on.
(A woman enters Luke's)
Woman: Hey, how's it going?
Lorelai: (to herself) Oh, now that's just too easy.
Lorelai: (to Luke) Your Rachel? (to Rachel) You're Rachel?
Luke: No, I believe you. If you say there's no reason for the mood, then there's no reason for the mood. You're simply nuts.
Lorelai: Or bipolar. That's very big nowadays.
Rory: I had no idea that three months was the car anniversary.
Dean: Four months you get a plane.
Rory: Boy, relationships sure have changed since I was a kid.
Rory: You brought me to Beirut?
Dean: It's a salvage yard.
Rory: Ah. And yet it looks so much like Beirut.
Taylor: This festival is commemorating the founding of our town, young lady.
Lorelai: I know Taylor. I'm sorry.
Luke: She's bipolar.
Miss Patty: Really? But you're so young.
Rachel: So since we're both being blunt, what's the deal with Lorelai?
Luke: What are you talking about?
Rachel: I'm talking about Lorelai, the lady who runs the inn, the one you've told me absolutely nothing about, and been very careful to leave out of every story, anecdote, or gossip about the town.
Luke: There is no deal with Lorelai. We're friends.
Rachel: For now?
Rachel: And in the future?
Luke: Well, Lorelai is, she's just uh…I don't know. I mean, at time it seems like, I don't know.
Lorelai: I miss Max.
Rory: I know.
Lorelai: I had a dream about him the other night.
Rory: Really? Dirty?
Lorelai: No, absolutely not. And when you're 21, I'll tell you the real answer.
Lorelai: So, where's Rachel?
Luke: She's a founder's party punch junkie.
Lorelai: God, even the nice girls aren't safe.
While Luke and Lorelai are sitting on the bench at the festival, each time the camera switches back to Lorelai, her scarf changes positions from off to on her knee.
Episode Title: Star-Crossed Lovers and Other Strangers
The title is a reference to the Shakespeare play Romeo and Juliet, in which the ill-fated couple were described as 'a pair of star-cross'd lovers'.
Paris: Right behind Belle Watling.
In the movie Gone With the Wind, Belle Watling was the character who befriended Rhett Butler.
Lorelai: Mom's gone a little crazy with the figurines here, huh? A little Kathy Bates. Although you probably haven't seen Misery.
Misery is a novel by Stephen King, later made into a movie, about a psychotic nurse, played by Kathy Bates, that rescues a romance writer after a car crash and takes him to a secluded home to care for him. The nurse is the author's number one fan and has no intention of letting him go free.
Paris: What a shame Elizabeth Barrett Browning wasn't here to witness this. She'd put her head through a wall.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning was a poet and writer who wrote the famous opening line: "How do I love thee? Let me count the ways."
Dean: Uh, did you ever see Christine?
Chistine is a horror novel, later made into a movie, by Stephen King about a car that becomes possessed by supernatural forces.
Lorelai: We're having a great conversation, me and Morrie.
Lorelai is referring to the novel Tuesdays with Morrie which detailed the author's weekly conversations with his former college professor and mentor Morrie Schwartz.
Chase Bradford: I'm no Kreskin.
The Amazing Kreskin was a famous mentalist from the 1970s.
I wanna arrange things on a plate so they look like a pretty little hat. I wanna be the Iron Chef!
is a television program where two gourmet chefs compete to make the best dishes using the chosen ingredient.
Lorelai: And he's looking at her like she's Miss September and she's looking at him like he's Johnny Depp.
Johnny Depp is an actor who is considered one of the sexiest men alive. Miss September is most likely a reference to Playboy's Miss Months calendar series.
Rory: Well, that special occasion better include my being relocated to a plastic bubble if my grandmother's going to let me out of dinner.
Rory is referring to the movie, The Boy in the Plastic Bubble in which a boy whose malfunctioning immune system forces him to live in a large plastic bubble to protect him from things that may harm him.
Chase Bradford: That's right, Leopold and Loeb.
Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb were infamous thrill killers who were convicted of the 1924 kidnap and murder of a young boy in Chicago.
As mentioned in the episode "Concert Interruptus
", Rachel, Luke's former longtime girlfriend, returns.