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June 2016

S2:E9 Run Away, Little Boy

Run Away, Little Boy is, to me, an episode of transition. We see the process of closure on the relationship of Lorelai and Max, Tristan’s exit, and a new page in the relationship of Luke and Lorelai.

First of all, poor Fernando the Ice Cream maker. I relate closely to Lorelai’s tendency to personify inanimate objects, so I really felt for the little guy. Trying to return the ice creamer maker to an unknown wedding gift-giver shows Lorelai’s determination to clear her conscious of ending her relationship with Max. Ultimately this leads her to share some warm words with Luke at the end of the episode. Of course, she has to date a younger man and be teased about it first.

Which leads me to discuss the feelings of jealousy pulsing throughout the episode. Luke becomes jealous of the young man Lorelai casually dates and his behavior clearly shows it. Then, we switch to the tension between Rory and Dean over Tristan’s pursuit of Rory. We have witnessed Dean becoming increasingly jealous of the boys Rory keeps company with occasionally. I feel that the last couple of episodes have been set up to replace the impending void of Tristan with Jess in that we see Jess becoming more mischievous and aggressive about Dean and Rory’s relationship. When we first were introduced to Jess, he was more into reading and sort of mysterious. They need a character to cause a little trouble with Dean and it seems that Jess will fit the bill.

This also leads to my thoughts about Dean’s transition to Total Hothead. There was a glimpse of his temper early on in the series when Rory took Dean to her dance and Tristan started an altercation. He’s fully moved on to the ready-to-fight mode. I think Dean gets bent out of shape over everything. I would think that would make him less attractive to Rory. I also believe she had every right to kiss Tristan at the party after Dean broke up with her, she shouldn’t feel bad about it or like she should’ve disclosed it at an earlier time.

S2:E8 The Ins and Outs of Inns

Lots of things are happening all over the board in this episode! A portrait is painted, the Independence Inn owner shows up, Jess is involved in a fake crime, and Emily basically has a showdown. All events are laced with humor, of course, but much is realized emotionally during the course of the episode.

I love the end result of Rory’s portrait, although it’s curious to me why it was part of this episode. Maybe just to juxtapose Rory and Emily’s relationship with Lorelai and Emily’s.

The most hilarious part is absolutely Fran. We are all very excited that Sookie and Lorelai want to take a leap to own their own inn, but the Fran interaction really bursts their bubble. It made me laugh out loud that Fran would not entertain the idea of her death and thus would never sell her family’s old inn.

The second humorous happening is obviously Jess creating a fake chalk outline of a body in front of Taylor’s market, even if he does get reemed by Rory for doing it.

I think the real meat of this episode is Mia and the feeling of home she brings for our Gilmore girls. We see a dramatic difference  between Lorelai’s attitude towards Mia and towards her mother. I also really like this Mia. (Later in the series we see another actress in the role and I think she plays the character totally different and also appears to be younger.) This Mia is sweet and fun loving. The showdown between Mia and Emily makes me uncomfortable. They both have valid points on the situation Lorelai was in as a teenage mother. Still, who’s side to be on?

In his episode, Lorelai has second thoughts  about leaving the Independence Inn because she views it as her home-home. I think this sentiment is mirrored in Fran’s reluctance to give up ownership of her own parents Inn. Deep thoughts.

 

S2:E7 Like Mother, Like Daughter

What an episode of foreshadowing and parallels! From the pre-opening credits scene we see suggestions of what will unfold. First, Lorelai’s diner talk with Rory about Luke never dating suggests that the episode will cast a light on the subject. Second the placement of the giant bell on Headmaster “Schnickelfritz” Charleston’s desk. Hardly something one would want in front of them all day. Must be an object of importance in the episode.

Bell

We get to see both Rory and Lorelai being brave enough (forced) to interact with groups of women they wouldn’t necessarily have joined on their own. Lorelai with the Boosters and Rory with the Puffs.

Lorelai’s interaction with the Boosters also lows us to see a flit of jealousy when it comes to the romantic interests of Luke. In the diner at the top of the show, Lorelai mused that he would be alone forever only to have her fellow Booster develop a crush on him later in the episode! Interesting.

I have to ask how the Puffs have never been caught ringing Charleston’s bell before. I wonder if he’s been onto them for years and that maybe he just installed a security camera to catch them this year. I also loved the lack of enthusiasm on Rory’s part before she gets caught ringing the bell.

Other notes:

My heart was full of joy when I saw how much Emily enjoyed walking in the fashion show with Lorelai.

All the references to famous Puffs members through Chilton’s history made me laugh.

Was that Jamie from Charles in Charge at the Boosters meeting?

 

Go Emily

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