Gilmore Girls is one of those rare shows that you can watch more than once and each time you’ll find something new. The show is littered with so many references that a lot of them tend to get missed.
In particular, I started watching the HBO show The Comeback about a year or so ago, and I really enjoyed it, but I never realized it was referenced in Gilmore Girls. In The Comeback, Lisa Kudrow (Phoebe of Friends) plays Valerie Cherish, a ’90s sitcom has-been who tries to make her comeback in a new reality show that follows her on a new sitcom she’s doing. The first season takes place in the early 2000s when reality tv was becoming quite popular. The show got canceled but then picked up again for a second season ten years later. Apparently it got renewed for a third season, but Kudrow said they’re taking a long break before filming that. Anyway, it’s an interesting show because it’s filmed as though it’s the raw footage of the reality show, which is at first strange but quite enjoyable once you get used to it.
In the new sitcom Valerie stars in, her character has a catch phrase of “I don’t want to see that!”
Then, I was flipping through YouTube and I found this clip where Lorelai references Valerie and does the “I don’t want to see that!” I was so excited, I couldn’t believe I missed that reference the first couple times I saw the episode! I also want to note Lauren Graham’s Valerie Cherish is spot on.