Michael J. LaRue is planning on opening Rue La Rue Cafe, a Golden Girls-themed restaurant, in memory of his best friend, actress Rue McClanahan, who played Blanche Devereaux on the beloved series. According to DNAInfo, the restaurant is slated to open in Washington Heights, Manhattan, this September and will be decorated with memorabilia from the show that LaRue inherited from McClanahan after she passed away in 2010.
The entire run of Gilmore Girls, from 2000 to 2007, stretched the whole arc of my really bad years, when I was really no good to anybody, including myself. The show was a sort of beacon during a dark period when I wasn’t much fun, enjoying my twenties a little too much, and finding new and interesting ways to lose jobs and damage relationships.
Buried deep in the seventh season of Scrubs is a reference to the cultural phenomenon of breakfast for dinner, or brinner. “Are you ready for presents?” Carla asks her husband Turk on their sixth anniversary, revealing a skimpy negligee. Turk looks stunned. “Baby, you already made me brinner!” The subtext is clear: There is no greater gift.
In Star Trek, a Starfleet vessel is like a 24-hour IHOP. In space there is no such thing as morning, so breakfast can be eaten anytime, at all times. Likewise, members of Starfleet guzzle caffeine like long-haul truckers: unbound from diurnal rhythm, fighting to stay awake in an unchanging now, an eternal night. Of all sci-fi visions of the future, Star Trek is perhaps the most boring—or, rather, it’s the one most interested in the details. Star Trek is as much office sitcom as space opera. What happens in the mess hall matters.