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July 2016

My books look sad…

I’ve been on hiatus for a few days binge-watching Gilmore Girls without writing about the episodes because my sweet cat, Fatty Moo lost his battle with cancer this weekend.  I may be out a few more days because right now, even my books look sad, but fear not, I’ll be watching the show (it always puts me in a better mood) and back to writing soon!

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“My books look sad. Can books look sad?” – excerpt from You’ve Been Gilmored

S2:E18 Back in the Saddle Again

 

How exciting that Michel’s mother is also the Fresh Prince’s aunt! (No, I’m getting my wires crossed here.) It’s also exciting to see another side of Sookie: anger. However, we well know that event planning can bring an interesting brand of stress to even the sweetest of people. A simple typo can cause complete meltdown.

I like that Lane and Rory are both talking business and careers even though they are at different schools. It has to be difficult to maintain their friendship without that bond that comes from sharing classes.

Let me interject now: Good gravy Dean, how can someone do their homework and watch a sports event? Lay off, Clingy. Except for the car washing, keep that up. Who can argue with a shiny car?

I love-love that Richard gets to be in a large portion of this episode! As far as the business fair project goes, I like the idea of a lipstick LoJack more than a dazzling first aid kit, just saying. I noticed Rory and a few other group members didn’t even get to share their ideas, but Richard knows best on this subject.

Richard really went all out for their fake Board Meeting of the StyleAid company – a logo, projector and white board! And a nice, random shout out to Jane magazine. Richard should’ve actually started this company instead of being retired, or starting his new insurance business.

Man, oh man, Hanlin (Schnickelfritz) Charleston is really stingy about helping his friends out! I think he probably purposely didn’t pick Rory’s team because his personal friend, Richard, helped. This is just like how hard Charleston was on Rory when she first came to Chilton. He even specifically told her that his friendship wouldn’t be any help to her.

Even though I give Dean a hard time, I really do feel bad that his first high school relationship is going down the tubes. *Brief moment for Dean.*

Side note: Funny how Richard is working on an antique car after all of that car rebuild argument he made about Dean in a recent episode.

S2:E17 Dead Uncles and Vegetables

In the opening, I noticed that the phone is on different tables sometimes. There are times when it’s really close to the stairs on the desk, then times where it’s by the monkey lamp. Are there multiple phone jacks in the living room?

 

Lately, I’ve been really on Emily’s side. I guess I took a trip to “Emily Land” where we find Sookie when she goes all out planning her wedding with Emily’s help. It makes me upset that Emily doesn’t realize that she’s going beyond a budget that Sookie and Jackson could handle. It’s a sweet sentiment to help, but Emily really was not using her head on this one.

Speaking of of people helping each other in this episode, how lovely of Lorelai and Rory to lend their time to Luke to make the diner run smoothly while he plans his Uncle Louie’s funeral. My query here is how can Lorelai leave her job to do Luke’s job, and when is Rory studying for all these killer assignments and tests Chilton doles out? Remember when she first went to Chilton and struggled to get all her work done and pass that test for Max?

I have a hard time believing Taylor wasn’t aware of the long-haired fellow’s Cart, Kiosk, Cart-Kiosk permit. He tells Taylor he went through the proper channels, but wouldn’t that be Taylor? Isn’t he the channels? Doesn’t he approve everything? Well, I say, “Who cares? I’ll take any excuse for a town meeting!” I love to see Patty.

I think the parallels drawn between the personalities of Luke and Uncle Louie are evident, but then negated when the reenactment fellas come to the grave side service. They didn’t come to celebrate Louie. They came because of Luke, because he really isn’t exactly like his uncle.

I have to say my favorite moment in this episode is the town troubadour singing his rendition of Wham!’s hit, “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” because it seriously made me rewind a couple times to hear it again.

Wham! Cover

S2:16 There’s the Rub

So many things happening, where do I begin!

So, Emily is basically begging to bond with Lorelai, who’s just not having it. Emily pulled the old, “I won certifcates to a spa, but I don’t want to go until you say you do” trick. I wish Porelai would’ve just chilled out at the spa, but Emily was really overzealous. The most interesting part of their story line is the bar scene, well to me anyway. I totally agree with Emily about the sudden uncomfortable feeling she got from the bar fly turned bar creeper. I mean he was fun and flirty at first, but when he pressed his cheek to hers, I cringed.

Bar fly

Then, we see Paris turn into a friend for Rory. I thought it was really sweet of Jess to bring over food for Rory under the guise that it s from Luke. Although, he should probably be respecting Dean and Rory’s relationship, they are just high school kids, so what’s the harm? It’s kind of glossed over, but poor Paris, her family ignores her (except Nanny, of course), uses her as a pawn, and won’t even allow her to indulge in macaroni and cheese! It was really nice to see Jess, Rory and Paris discussing literature.

Luke's Care Package

We also see Dean becoming increasingly pushy. Rory asked for space, he didn’t give it to her, and then he got mad at her. He wouldn’t listen to her explaination, although she was really fumbling through it anyway. Ugh, chill Dean, chill.

And lastly, did Rory’s Indian food ever come? They said 40 minutes when she ordered, yet Paris had been there an hour and it hadn’t showed by then. What’s up with that Delivery service?

S2:E15 Lost and Found

On the surface this episode seems to be about the bracelet Dean made for Rory and Luke’s hunt for a bigger space to share with Jess, but there’s really a lot going on here. The episode really eludes to many deeper feelings.

First, I see Luke seemingly annoyed with the way Jess and his possessions make a huge mess in his tiny apartment above the diner. Then, what I realize is that Luke is almost afraid for when Jess will leave him, but he pretends that he just doesn’t want all the extra space when it is just him. I do appreciate his purchase of the building next door to block Taylor. But I think it was a three-fold decision: block Taylor, keep Jess comfortably and get to stay above the diner. I also don’t know how much I would like Taylor being my landlord, so smart move, Luke.

All of this talk about Luke living about the diner makes me curious about what happened to the house he grew up in. I’m sure he and Liz didn’t grow up living above his Dad’s hardware store in the office. Where is their house? Where did Luke live before his father passed away?

Next, looking at Rory, she seems desperate to find the bracelet Dean made her, even though she didn’t realize it was missing for two weeks. (Poor Dean, he hung around forever at the book fair for her.) I think Rory’s desperation obviously was guilt over her crush on Jess. I don’t understand why Jess just didn’t tell her he found it after she left their basket lunch and he just hadn’t given it to her yet. Of course, her first instinct was to lie to Dean about having a rash, made worse by the bracelet.

I am way surprised about Lorelai’s high-school-girl reaction to Jess when she accused him of stealing the bracelet. Going on and on about Rory loving Dean seemed pretty nutty and immature to me. I’m sure it all springs from her desire to keeping Rory from liking a “bad boy” type.

The deepest feelings in the episode come from Jess. He clearly doesn’t want to get to know Lorelai or like her because of his relationship with his own mother. I think he’s suspicious of her close relationship with Rory. He doesn’t understand it and is probably actually jealous of it. Thus, he doesn’t like Lorelai, but likely isn’t in tune with the real reason behind his feelings.

Coolest moment? Luke and the sledge hammer.Jess's Room

 

S2:E14 It Should’ve Been Lorelai

Let me start by saying, I miss pay phones! I am not surprised that Lane knows the number to the pay phone Rory walks by. I suspect she knows all the pay phone numbers in Stars Hollow since she is always engaged in some kind of subterfuge.

I am surprised Sookie has been friends with Lorelai for years, but has somehow never met Christopher! How has she never even seen his photo? That’s absurd. My best friends have seen photos of every old boyfriend I’ve ever had!

I do appreciate Paris and Rory doing something besides working on the Franklin newspaper, but this seems to be the only debate they have ever mentioned. Maybe there isn’t a regular, organized debate team.

OHMY. I don’t like Sherry. What nerve she has to tell Lorelai she doesn’t need to know anything about her. She is also very strange and pushy wanting to know all about Rory. Pushy, pushy, pushy.

I’m in total agreeance with Emily, “this woman” seems suspicious.

I wonder how Rory got Michelle to participate in the CD drop off scheme to Lane!

Zero hour. CD drop.

I hate that Christopher left being pretty sore at Lorelai. I think he was hoping she would say she liked him.

S2:E12 Richard in Stars Hollow

I find it interesting that Lorelai and Richard both agree on kicking the same person out of their eternal resting place, but they can’t get on the same page during Richard’s visit to Stars Hollow!

I love Richard and I just want he and Lorelai to bond. Or maybe I just like his relationship with Rory. My grandpa and I were very close and I find similar relationships endearing. I find it sweet that Richard tries to give Lorelai advice at work. I want to give him a big hug when he tells her he will be “right over there” if she needs him.

All that said, I also agree with Richard when he is concerned when a high school age boy builds a car without help. He hasn’t even taken auto shop! Nice thought Dean, but I wouldn’t let me granddaughter drive that bucket of bolts either if he just rolled up and said he built it. Rory sees a sweet ride and Richard sees and insurance nightmare.

The story of Paris blowing the lid off small town censorship and The Rory Curtain, hilarious.

My final note is that I need to start wearing thick headbands again! They have been tucking hair back the entire episode!

Headbands

S2:E11 Secrets and Loans

This episode starts out so cheery and spreads the infectious happiness to me. Then, Lorelai puts her foot through a termite infested board in her porch and everything goes south. The song should’ve been a major clue all was not going to be well. Que Sera, Sera.

I will say I would’ve reacted like Kirk by moving off the porch. I hate any creepy-crawly insects. Particularly those causing silent damage.

I don’t know why Lorelai just wouldn’t take the loan from Luke. Well, I suppose her credit will get stronger through the loan Emily co-signed with her. Forget my argument. Talking about loans throughout the episode stresses me out.

I really enjoy Paris pursuing Rory’s PSAT results though. I only had to take the ACT, which seemed to be an easier process, so I can’t exactly compare my own scores. I do appreciate the desire to compare though. I was very competitive in high school, like Paris, but less aggressive.

Last but not least, my favorite joke of the episode is Rory’s recount of Mrs. Kim chasing her with a hose being akin to a scene in Silkwood.

S2:E10 The Bracebridge Dinner

Well, what can one point out about the Bracebridge Dinner? It is a hilarious episode filled with some over the top and unlikely situations. Namely that Dean’s mother bought Clara a dress especially for the dinner no one even knew they were having in advance. From Walmart, no less, which I have never heard mentioned being anywhere close to Stars Hollow. Did Dean’s mom hear about the dinner that morning, then pop over to Walmart?

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I also find it unusual that Mrs. Kim makes a comment on people having “too much stuff” even though she runs an antique shop filled to the brim in her own home. Who am I to judge?

I do love this episode for one reason: Jess jumps into Rory’s sleigh! Melt my heart. I enjoy watching their young puppy eyes. Poor Dean though, Clara really ruins things for him in this episode because she really blocks him from Rory.

The harp player also makes me wish that they could’ve kept the Drella character.

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