Ahhh, the good old days of filling out paper applications for college admission! It was so stressful to carefully write on the application IN INK. I’m about the same age as Rory Gilmore, so I sympathize with the college anxiety she has in the episode, although Harvard was never on the table for me. What would’ve been on the table for me is watching the Brady Bunch Variety hour.

“Small thing, but if your printing is bad, that says something we don’t like.” – Panel Member, Gilmore Girl S3:E3

I’m stressed just watching this episode with the dot.com bust and the stock market going up and down like a yo-yo, Emily Gilmore has me all twisted up, just like Lorelai.

If anxiety is the major theme in this episode, aggression comes second. Luke is most definitely against Taylor renting his next door space to make an old fashioned soda shop. (Or “shoppe” if we are being old fashioned.)

Meeting the Springsteen family of brainiacs makes me anxious, or maybe just gives me an ultimately awkward feeling, because they strike me as very odd with their dinner quizzes. Also, because I do find the brother and sister to be very strange.

Springsteens

I do love the parallel drawn between the black sheep daughter of the Springsteen family (Carol) and the teenage years for Lorelai. It’s good for Rory to see that daughter and get a better glimpse of what it must’ve been like for Lorelai to grow up in the Gilmore household, where Rory would fit so well if she had to.