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21 Cool Little Tidbits In The "Gilmore Girls" Revival

Served with a wink and a coffee. (So many spoilers!)

The ENTIRETY of Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life is basically a giant tribute to the original series.

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Literally every inch of it.

But that didn't stop its creator, Amy Sherman-Palladino, from loading up the revival with a ton of specific callbacks to Gilmore Girls. She also made sure to include details about the work she and the cast have done in the years since the show ended.

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Here are some of the best Easter eggs in Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life:

1. "I smell snow."

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A refrain often said by Lorelai — who adores the snow — when she senses it's about to fall. The quotation also serves as the opening to the revival.

2. The basket auction.

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In Season 2's "A-Tisket, A-Tasket," Lorelai and Luke share a nice picnic in the gazebo after she makes him bid on her basket at the town's charity basket auction. In the revival, Lorelai and Luke stumble upon the basket auction and Lorelai bids on another woman's basket to honor the beginning of the couple's origin story.

3. Louise Goffin is the second town troubadour.

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Louise Goffin and her mother, Carole King, sing the Gilmore Girls theme song. So it's kind of fitting that she's in the revival, as the sister of the town troubadour.

4. The Dancing Rabbi.

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We first see the dancing rabbi figure in Season 2 when Lorelai leaves dinner money for Rory beneath it. It's one of the things that meets us as we re-enter the Gilmore home for the first time in the revival.

5. Pictures of the past.

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Peek in the background of any of the Gilmore family homes and you might just see a photo that was either prominently displayed in the original series or that was actually a production still or scene in the original run. ~The past is everywhere~.

6. A box of cornstarch at Doose's Market.

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In the original series, Rory accidentally shoplifted cornstarch from Doose's Market after Dean kissed her for the first time. In the revival, she runs into Dean in Doose's, reminisces about their time together, and points out the cornstarch as he leaves.

7. Rose Abdoo also plays the role of Berta, Emily Gilmore's maid.

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If Emily's beloved maid Berta looks familiar to you, that's because she is: She's played by Rose Abdoo, who also plays Gypsy.

8. The Chuck Berry record and copy of Leaves of Grass at Richard's funeral service.

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In the original series, Richard's wife, daughter, and granddaughter gifted him with several meaningful possessions. We see some of them on the table at his funeral, including the Chuck Berry vinyl record from Rory, and what just might be Lorelai's gift of the Complete History of the Peloponnesian War. Other included prized possessions are Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman, which he lent Rory in Season 5; Points of View, which he was seen reading in Season 4; and Euclid's Elements of Geometry, which he mentions to Rory in Season 6. There are also golf clubs and a big poster of Emily and Richard at their Season 5 vow renewal.

9. All of the Parenthood cameos.

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Jason Ritter, Peter Krause, and Mae Whitman all acted alongside Lauren Graham in NBC's Parenthood; Ritter played her fiancé, Krause was one of her brothers (and is also her real-life partner), and Whitman played her daughter. They all made appearances in the Gilmore revival; two as park rangers on the Pacific Crest Trail, and one as a young woman Lorelai meets in New York City while waiting online for a new, trendy dessert. Eagled-eyed Parenthood fans will also recognize Kelly Wolf as Ida, the woman Emily hires to help Luke expand his diner into a franchise in the revival. She played Max's teacher Mrs. McKindall in Seasons 3 and 5 of Parenthood and is also the real-life mom of Max Burkholder, who played Max in the show.

10. The Bunheads cameos.

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Sutton Foster starred in Bunheads, another series created by Amy Sherman-Palladino. So did several other people who pop up in the revival: Julia Goldani Telles, Bailey De Young, and Stacey Oristano.

11. Violet is the name of Sutton Foster's character.

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Sutton Foster's character's name is Violet, which also happens to be the name of the show that Sherman-Palladino and her husband, Daniel Palladino, produced on Broadway, which Foster also starred in.

12. Le Chat Club.

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We see Le Chat Club a couple of times in the original series, including when Kirk is buying pet supplies for Cat Kirk. In the revival, we learn that the business shut down.

13. Miss Celine as the fashion consultant for Luke and Lorelai's wedding.

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Miss Celine popped up in Season 3 of Gilmore Girls as Emily and Richard's longtime dresser. She pops up again in the revival when Lorelai procures her services for her wedding to Luke.

14. George Bell's quick cameo.

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George Bell acted as the dialogue coach for Gilmore Girls. He also played Rory's professor — Professor Bell — at Yale. In the revival, he plays the man at the graveyard tending to Richard's gravestone during the "Summer" episode.

15. Doyle's a screenwriter.

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In the time since Gilmore Girls ended, Danny Strong (who plays Doyle) has gone on to be a pretty major screenwriting force in Hollywood. He wrote the screenplay for The Butler, for example, and for both Mockingjay movies. He also co-created Empire. Now, in the revival, Doyle is a Hollywood bigwig who hangs out with people like Michael Bay.

16. The Paul Anka dreams.

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Dog Paul Anka is, of course, named after human singer-songwriter Paul Anka. He originally appeared in the series in a dream that Lorelai had in Season 6. In the revival, Lorelai had another dream featuring the real Paul Anka.

17. Lorelai's Jeep.

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Lorelai's Jeep was a background staple of the series; she wouldn't even let it go in Season 7 when it really started breaking down. She's still holding on to it all these years later, making Gypsy repair it once again.

18. Brad Ellis

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Composer and piano player Brad Ellis was seen in the background of the Season 5 Gilmore episode that featured the elementary school production of Fiddler on the Roof. (Yes, you may also recognize him as the piano player from Glee.) He’s also the piano player for the production of Stars Hollow: The Musical in the revival.

19. The song that plays in the background when Luke and Lorelai get married.

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"Reflecting Lights," the song that Lorelai and Luke waltz to at Liz's wedding in Season 4, is the same song that plays in the background of their wedding montage in the revival.

20. The zucchini patch on Sookie's wedding cake for Lorelai.

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When Sookie finally makes an appearance in the Gilmore Girls revival, she explains a little of the symbolism of the "milestone wedding cake" she made for Lorelai, but leaves us guessing at the rest. It seems safe to say we can spot the zucchini patch that Sookie, Lorelai, and Michel all slept in together in Season 4. (Not to mention, there's also an actual dragonfly for The Dragonfly Inn.)

21. Amy Sherman-Palladino's hat.

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During Lorelai and Luke’s wedding montage, Lorelai dons a black hat and glides towards the camera. This could, theoretically, be a reference to the black hats that Gilmore Girls creator Amy Sherman-Palladino is known for wearing. (We're calling it a shout-out, because it's beautiful.)

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