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August 2016

S2:E21 Lorelai’s Graduation Day

How sweet it is for Sookie to make breakfast for our Gilmore Girls in light of Lorelai’s fight with Luke. I am totally surprised to find Jackson rather sleepy in her kitchen though. In my head, if Jackson is a produce man, he’s a farmer. Don’t farmers rise with the sun? Surely he should’ve been awake and on his way earlier. I also think it’s humorous that Sookie is wearing a chef’s coat at home!

I need to interject that we are now seeing a new “my life is rock” story arc open for Lane. The obsession with drumming leads her from now on. I also feel like it begins to lessen Lorelai and Rory’s focus on listening to good music. It just seems to take a backseat for them at this point.

Watching Lorelai cramming for her final test makes me shudder. I know the feeling of maximum capacity well. I like this scene because it reveals to me that the Gilmore Girls don’t just love coffee in quantity, but they also have a little coffee snobbery happening, hence the French press! To me, that’s fancy coffee. Also, maybe too much like cooking for them. If they ground their own beans for this I would be shocked.

Howdy French Press

Something else I’ve noticed about things around their house is that they must pull the tv out to watch it for movie nights. When Lorelai is celebrating the completion of her finals with margaritas, I notice that their tv is pushed off to the side of the fireplace! Although, my main focus during this scene is the random and seemingly mysterious call from Jess, who is in New York.

You can actually see the idea of skipping school to venture off to New York forming in Rory’s head while Paris complains when walking through the Chilton gates. I can hardly blame her though, I feel like the vague call from Jess the night before was practically an invitation to come and find him! It’s completely confirmed when Jess looks calm and pleased when she finds him in Washing Square Park!

Jess WSP

I think it’s wonderful that Emily wanted to take a video of Lorelai’s graduation ceremony. If she really didn’t want to be there, she wouldn’t have wanted to tape it to watch it again!

I know Lorelai really wanted Rory to be at her graduation, but in a way she ended up having a a really nice moment with her parents all to herself, watching her graduate. They have a real proud moment that almost brings tears to the eyes. I am sad she and Luke were in a fight because I feel like he would’ve attended otherwise.

Frankly  the saddest bit is that Rory left the Belinda-signed Bangles record on the bus! Insult added to injury!

 

S2:E20 Help Wanted

For starters, I still think it’s a lovely concept that Lorelai and Rory get up early enough to go to breakfast together every morning. I only drank a glass of chocolate milk for breakfast when I was in high school, so this wouldn’t have ever been a priority for me. But man, they have dedication to get up SO early that they can manage breakfast, even with Rory’s commute to Hartford.

So WHERE is The Hungry Diner? Is it in Stars Hollow? How did they not know it was there? Does the owner come to town meetings? So many questions about this place!

So, being Margie is my dream job. I would love to be Richard Gilmore’s secretary/ assistant/ right hand gal! I understand Lorelai not wanting to give up her power at the Independence Inn, but really? I mean he pretty much told her she was Radar from MASH! I’m sure Richard was hurt that he was finally getting to bond with Lorelai, although under the pretenses of work, and had to let that go. I think they have trouble find common ground. I think his curt manner with her when she left was really him trying to cover up his feelings. All is redeemed during the Richard and Lorelai Father-Daughter moment after Richard “bags the Swede” and then melts my heart.

Dean definitley has anger issues. I can’t believe he kicked his own bag when he read Rory’s letter! Man, I say it so often, but chill out, Dean! Also, how did Dean know his Mom was making roast before he even got in the house? Clairvoyance. The best part about seeing Dean this episode was that I THINK I SAW HIS DAD! Is the fellow he drives up in the Dodge with his father? He greets Rory and heads into the house so he must be!

Dean and his Dad

Also…Carole King! So glad she was on the show; just talking about her makes the theme song jump into my head! Her presence sends Lane down the path to her new storyline. She was really into listening to music before, but since Carole let her sit at a drum set, Carole gets the credit!

S2:E19 Teach Me Tonight

We have two major events in this episode: Jess and Rory get in a car accident and Luke and Lorelai have a serious fight. My favorite part of the episode, however, is the running storyline about “Movie in the Square” night in Stars Hollow. Of course, we also get some Christopher moments and I never argue about those!

When the opportunity to tutor Jess falls into Rory’s lap, I feel pretty excited for her. He’s obviously going out of his way to turn the study session into a date, steering the conversation towards mutual interests, like music. When he won’t study and she finally lets loose getting ice cream and going for a car ride, I feel even more excited for her until the wreck because that sets off a series of disappointing events. It triggers the fight between Luke and Lorelai.

I have to say I think it’s reasonable of Lorelai to be upset that Rory was in an accident, but once she found out that her daughter wasn’t hurt, I think it would’ve been nice of her to ask Luke if Jess had been hurt as well. I think she went a little nutty having extra X-rays on Rory as well. At first, I was surprised that Luke sent Jess back to his mother, but I think he really did it because he loves Lorelai.

My heart does fall to the pit of my stomach when they show the damage Rory’s car incurred. I still think it was really inconsiderate of Lorelai to go looking to cause physical or mental damage to Jess when he could’ve been hurt as well. As for Jess, I don’t think he should’ve left Rory at the hospital alone. I suspect he hasn’t seen a good example of what it is to be responsible for another person. In the end, I feel bad for Luke. He no longer has Jess at home and no longer has Lorelai as a friend, for now at least.

Now a list of the best parts:

The running list of movie possibility between Lorelai and Rory is hilarious, but seeing Kirk’s short film is better. He’s really a staple on the show.

.Kirk's Film

Interesting that Christopher shows up when Lorelai and Luke are in a bad place in their friendship and they mend their own fight.

Patty choreographed Kirk’s dance.

What DID Jess do with all the baseballs?

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