Gilmore Girls, Season 1, Episode 5 Recap: Cinnamon’s Wake

This episode originally aired on November 2, 2000 on The WB

The episode revolves around the unexpected death of Babette and Morey’s beloved cat, Cinnamon. While this might sound like a mundane event, in the close-knit town of Stars Hollow, it becomes an occasion for community mourning and bonding.

Rory finds herself in the midst of a budding romantic triangle. She has started tutoring Dean in literature, leading to the two of them spending more time together. At the same time, there’s Tristan, the rich and somewhat arrogant boy from Chilton, who keeps teasing Rory, but there’s an underlying tension suggesting he might have feelings for her.

During Cinnamon’s wake, the entire town gathers at Babette’s house, offering support, food, and stories. It’s here that we get a deeper look into the quirky residents of Stars Hollow, as they share their unique relationships with the cat. The wake also serves as a backdrop for Lorelai’s personal life. While there, she receives a call from Max Medina, which Rory witnesses, and it becomes clear that their relationship is intensifying.

Sookie spends her time at the wake trying to avoid Jackson, after mistakenly believing he’s interested in another woman. However, Jackson, with some pushing from Lorelai, eventually clears up the misunderstanding, hinting at the potential for a deeper relationship between him and Sookie.

The episode concludes with Rory and Lorelai on their porch, debriefing about the day, as they often do. The town’s reaction to Cinnamon’s death showcases the heart and unity of Stars Hollow, even amidst their idiosyncrasies.

Memorable quotes from the episode:

  • “Babette ate oatmeal?” – Lorelai
  • “It’s not school, it’s the real world. I can date whoever I want.” – Rory
  • “That cat was like a dog. She’d fetch; she’d come when you called, she used the potty.” – Babette
  • “Dating is a lot more complicated than I remember it to be.” – Lorelai
  • “I can be a casual dater. I can keep it light. Just because I can plan a menu doesn’t mean I can plan my life.” – Sookie
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