It’s interesting how this intro scene directly pertains to the storyline in this episode. It’s not usually so up front.
“Madeline, or may I call you, “Spicoli”? — Paris Geller
Early in the episode, we get to see Jamie again and how Paris handles it when a boy actually likes her. It’s quite a change for her to be dazzled by a boyfriend. Especially enough to distract her from the 75th edition of the Franklin school newspaper. It’s good for Madeline and Louise, but not for Paris!
Ah, Lane calling and hanging up on Dave just to see if he’s home is so reminiscent of a simpler time of land lines without caller ID.
The real beef of this episode happens during the dance marathon. Things get crazy, probably from lack of sleep! Sookie and Jackson fight over how many kids they should have, Andrew yells at this date, Taylor thinks he’s a magician, and Lorelai’s old/ new shoe breaks! Most intriguing though, we see the tension between Rory and Jess bubble over. Jess stares at Rory, Rory stares back. Dean stares at them, staring at each other. Tense, tense, tense! Also, I love the period costumes all the dancers are dressed in!
It’s hard for me to believe that Rory didn’t realize that she liked Jess. Very sad that Dean had to point it out to her. However, it was really terrible of him to dump Rory in front of everyone who was still awake at the dance marathon! Dean, always reacting in anger. Is the hour countdown board at the dance foreshadowing the end of Rory & Dean? It certainly seems to be!
I can’t help but be terribly excited for Rory and Jess when it’s all confirmed that they both like each other!
I also have a theory that Mrs. Kim knew all along that Dave was not a sandwich-loving, Christian boy. She is far too smart for that. I think she knew about Lane all along.
Did I mention I am also really happy Kirk won the dance marathon?