SPOILER WARNING: This article contains spoilers for Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life
If you made it through Richard's funeral in the first episode of #Netflix's #GilmoreGirls revival without shedding a tear, then you're a stronger man than I — but sometimes, having a heart of stone has its benefits. Those without cloudy eyes will have noticed that hiding in plain sight to the right of Mr. Gilmore's coffin were a number of Easter Eggs: references that harked back to his influence over the show's previous seven seasons.
Here's a closer look:
To break your heart even further, we've looked at (and numbered) the biggest references individually and recapped them for you below — so the next time you binge on Gilmore Girls and one is mentioned, it'll be all the more bittersweet.
Warning: This breakdown may be triggering for some (or maybe just me).
1. Chuck Berry: Live At The Fillmore
- Where: Season 3, Episode 10 — "That'll Do, Pig."
The Chuck Berry vinyl you see propped to the left side of the table is a reference to Rory's birthday gift to Richard in Season 3; while Lorelai struggles to find a gift for her father, purchasing a set of bathroom scales and a coin organizer, Rory keeps it simple and nails it.
2. Emily And Richard's Wedding Vow Renewal
- Where: Season 5, Episode 13, "Wedding Bell Blues."
Behind the table of memorabilia is a large framed picture of Emily and Richard at one of their happiest moments together during the Gilmore Girls series: their wedding vow renewal. It was a beautiful moment in an otherwise drama-filled episode, complete with drunken Christopher, furious Lorelai, and Rory and Logan caught (almost) in the act.
3. Richard's Book Collection
a) Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
- Where: Season 5 Episode 16, "So...Good To Talk."
This copy of Leaves of Grass was a gift from Richard to Rory in Season 5, after he and Emily return from their second honeymoon: it's leather-bound, over 100 years old and filled with beautiful engravings.
b) Points Of View by W. Somerset Maugham
- Where: Season 4, Episode 19, "Afterboom."
When Lorelai pays Richard a visit to confront him over double-crossing Jason, he's found in the living room reading a copy of Points Of View — the last selection of essays and observations Maugham published before his death.
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c) Euclid's Elements by Euclid
- Where: Season 6, Episode 5, "We've Got Magic To Do."
Trying to engage Rory in a conversation about books over dinner (one of the few times she isn't up for chatting literature; she was too busy organizing events for the D.A.R at this point), Richard mentioned Euclid, and refers to it as "dry."
4. Golf Clubs
- Where: Mentioned throughout
The phrase "I'm going to the club," (or variations of that) was sprinkled throughout all seven seasons of Gilmore Girls. For both Richard and Emily, "the club" was the epitome of high-class socializing: here they mingled, gossiped, and Richard conducted business meetings — most of which took place on the golf course. Our favorite golfing scene happened with his granddaughter in Season 1 — purely because of the god-awful hat Rory wears, which you can judge in the clip below:
Did you notice any other Easter Eggs on Richard's memorial table?