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S3:E8 Let the Games Begin

It’s safe to say that there are a lot of great moments to point to in this episode. Mostly from Lorelai. From her ability to hang out the window of her parent’s car just so she can drink her travel mug of coffee to her ingenuity with a paper clip to repair Emily’s skirt on the fly. But…

The real stand out moment to me is the smug look on Luke’s face when he believes he has really laid down the law to Jess about how he should conduct his relationship with Rory. See?

Smug Luke

Honorable mention moment goes to Richard. I appreciate his effort in thinking he would have to bamboozle Rory into the interview he set up for her at Yale. He’s so cute when he first talks about it to her after sneaking to the kitchen so they can eat chocolates together.

Finally, Jess and Rory, so cute to be so timid around each other after they are really free to pursue their relationship. I mean, I’m so excited about Jess when he puts the cigarette down and kisses Rory outside of Gypsy’s! Why, oh why would she ditch that and go try to apologize to Dean? Must be guilt.

Rory and Jess Kiss again!

S3:E7 They Shoot Gilmore’s, Don’t They?

It’s interesting how this intro scene directly pertains to the storyline in this episode. It’s not usually so up front.

“Madeline, or may I call you, “Spicoli”? — Paris Geller

Early in the episode, we get to see Jamie again and how Paris handles it when a boy actually likes her. It’s quite a change for her to be dazzled by a boyfriend. Especially enough to distract her from the 75th edition of the Franklin school newspaper. It’s good for Madeline and Louise, but not for Paris!

Ah, Lane calling and hanging up on Dave just to see if he’s home is so reminiscent of a simpler time of land lines without caller ID.

.Lane Call and Hang Up

The real beef of this episode happens during the dance marathon. Things get crazy, probably from lack of sleep! Sookie and Jackson fight over how many kids they should have, Andrew yells at this date, Taylor thinks he’s a magician, and Lorelai’s old/ new shoe breaks! Most intriguing though, we see the tension between Rory and Jess bubble over. Jess stares at Rory, Rory stares back. Dean stares at them, staring at each other. Tense, tense, tense! Also, I love the period costumes all the dancers are dressed in!

It’s hard for me to believe that Rory didn’t realize that she liked Jess. Very sad that Dean had to point it out to her. However, it was really terrible of him to dump Rory in front of everyone who was still awake at the dance marathon! Dean, always reacting in anger. Is the hour countdown board at the dance foreshadowing the end of Rory & Dean?  It certainly seems to be!How Long Will They Last?

I can’t help but be terribly excited for Rory and Jess when it’s all confirmed that they both like each other!

I also have a theory that Mrs. Kim knew all along that Dave was not a sandwich-loving, Christian boy. She is far too smart for that. I think she knew about Lane all along.

Did I mention I am also really happy Kirk won the dance marathon?

S3:E6 Take the Deviled Eggs

Squeegee Beckenheim! Tookie Clothespin! This is my favorite episode intro in the history of Gilmore Girls. It’s not only hilarious, but it also stirs up feelings of weekends when I was young enough that my older sister still lived at home. She and I have a Lorelai-Rory relationship. I could revel in the sentimental feelings elicited from this episode intro all day!

Im not sure how much Jess could’ve possibly paid for his car. Saving around what, $600? I can’t imagine it would be more than that…but Luke does have a good point with the insurance and extra expenses.  While watching,  I noticed that Kirk and I have the same level of car knowledge.

I have to point the guy busing tables at Luke’s out! Is this the original Caesar?

Caesar 1

I can’t say if I were Rory that I would want to go to a baby shower for Sherri if she’s the least but uncomfortable. I do know that if I were Lorelai, I would absolutely NOT attend! She’s too nice on this one. Back to if I were Rory, I would’ve let Lorelai rearrange anything she chose. In what weird world does Sherri think Lorelai would think of herself as Gigi’s aunt?

I agree with Rory’s idea that devil-egging the car would make her feel better. Nothing makes me laugh quite as hard as Lorelai and Rory making the noises of peeling out after devil-egging Jess’ car!

Devil egg

Oh! I wish someone would’ve run over to check out what the Town Loner was protesting!

Top quote of the episode:

 “I’m not afraid of your Bubbies, Rabbi.” — Taylor

S3:E5 Eight O’Clock at the Oasis

Does the Independence Inn really need any more antiques? Does Lorelai really need to go to the auction? I guess if Emily “Cobra” Gilmore wants her there, she will be. Oh well, Michel’s enthusiasm makes up for Lorelai’s lack.

Dwight the neighbor seems a little bit like a murderer, popping up out of nowhere, claiming to live in Beanie Morrison’s old house. Then, luring Lorelai over in the pretense to water his lawn. Nah! Not in Stars Hollow! I’m not sure why Dwight didn’t ask Babette to water his lawn instead of Lorelai though. It seems more like something Babette would even volunteer to do and then tell everyone about his house decor. Of course, if that had happened, we wouldn’t have one of my top 5 Rory and Jess scenes.

What a great “meet-cute” over one glass of wine between Lorelai and Don Draper. Whoops, I meant Peyton! Too bad they didn’t work out, or that they didn’t wait for the Bowie concert to be their first date. Things probably wouldn’t have gone south after a Bowie concert. She also could’ve introduced the use of his nickname, Shamu and avoided a terrible row with Emily.

Oh my! (I’m fanning myself.) You could cut the tension with a knife in the scene where Jess and Rory get soaked from the lawn sprinklers. Young love! What a gesture for Jess to turn the water back on so Rory could still feign a need for Dean’s help.

Now, I’m going to go think about Peter Cutler all night.

Oh yeah, and…How about that schnitzel?!

S3:E4 One’s Got Class and the Other One Dyes

I think the band practicing softly was a good idea since it worked so well for Lane. If Dave already likes Lane so much that he says he doesn’t want her to be their Pete Best, he needs to help her stay in the band! Also, I am so into Lane’s hip/moody closet hide out. I want to go in our walk-in right now and hang my very own, tiny disco ball and pull out a lava lamp.

Deb! The woman’s blonde hair must be a wig, but it cracks me up. One thing is for sure, she is definitely medium height. What is there really to say about her?

By the way, I have to comment on how beautiful Lane’s hair looks in this episode!

Lane pretty hair

Too bad Lorelai didn’t really even get to give the speech because she really made a ton of notecards for it. She probably should’ve just shut it down when all the kids started theorizing on whether Rory would’ve been Rory if Lorelai wasn’t pregnant in high school. No one wants helicopter moms on their tail! Luckily, Butch Danes was there to take over.

Back to Lane’s hair… That bleach and dye job, and second dye job should’ve destroyed the beauty of Lane’s hair… I’m glad it didn’t and that she got to momentarily rebel, if only in secret.

I should also touch on the overly obvious competition over mates building between Jess and Rory. Get on with it already! (Consider this my comment.)

My favorite part of this episode is Lorelai’s impression of Louis Armstrong.

 

S3:E3 Application Anxiety

Ahhh, the good old days of filling out paper applications for college admission! It was so stressful to carefully write on the application IN INK. I’m about the same age as Rory Gilmore, so I sympathize with the college anxiety she has in the episode, although Harvard was never on the table for me. What would’ve been on the table for me is watching the Brady Bunch Variety hour.

“Small thing, but if your printing is bad, that says something we don’t like.” – Panel Member, Gilmore Girl S3:E3

I’m stressed just watching this episode with the dot.com bust and the stock market going up and down like a yo-yo, Emily Gilmore has me all twisted up, just like Lorelai.

If anxiety is the major theme in this episode, aggression comes second. Luke is most definitely against Taylor renting his next door space to make an old fashioned soda shop. (Or “shoppe” if we are being old fashioned.)

Meeting the Springsteen family of brainiacs makes me anxious, or maybe just gives me an ultimately awkward feeling, because they strike me as very odd with their dinner quizzes. Also, because I do find the brother and sister to be very strange.

Springsteens

I do love the parallel drawn between the black sheep daughter of the Springsteen family (Carol) and the teenage years for Lorelai. It’s good for Rory to see that daughter and get a better glimpse of what it must’ve been like for Lorelai to grow up in the Gilmore household, where Rory would fit so well if she had to.

S3:E2 Haunted Leg

I think Kirk was extremely polite and flattering in his own way. On one hand, I feel like Lorelai should’ve accepted his date…but on the other hand, that could’ve been the wrong kind of encouragement.

Side note: This is the best robe I’ve ever seen. Speaking of Rory’s clothing, again with the black panty hose with the Chilton uniform  instead if knee socks! I am forever shocked about this. Forever.

Best robe ever

I have to ask, what is up Rory’s sleeve in the first Student Council meeting? Literally, what is in her sleeve? I went back to check because I thought I spied a wrist tattoo!

Why is Francie Acting like she barely knows Rory and Paris? They were practically Puffs many moons ago! I think Rory should’ve just gone to Paris in the first place to tell her Francie had an agenda. Big mistake not to!

Speaking of talking to the wrong person, Lorelai should’ve just called Christopher and that would’ve cut Emily off at the pass. Although Emily’s heart was in the right place, her actions were out of line.

More side notes: How sweet is that photo of Richard and Rory from their golf-at-the-club day sitting by the answering machine?

Emily telling Christopher to get out is one of the best things we ever see her do! But I’m also a little sad because I like Christopher so much.

The confrontation between Jess and Rory and at Dosie’s Market sets the scene for the tense new version of their relationship.

S3:E1 Lazy-Hazy-Crazy Days

I like the dream sequence between Lorelai and Luke because it would’ve been really cute for them to have twins and fight over coffee all of the time! I know I tend to be in the Christopher or Max corner for Lorelai, but this kind of Luke I can settle for! Plus, we hear some hilarious phrases from Paris when she talks in her sleep in the opening.

In Washington, D.C., when Jamie first came on the scene, I thought for a split second he was going to be Rory’s new love interest until I saw his face light up at Paris. I’m glad to see an extended story for Paris. I have to say that I think her date outfit looked better before the addition of the sweater. And how sweet it is that Rory was talking about Jess while giving advice to Paris about liking people. I wish she would just wrtite that letter to him!

My favorite line in the episode is uttered by Paris:

“Not at night, when it’s dating time…”

Rory could not want to see Dean less and I don’t blame her because she’s been thinking about Jess all summer! I would change my plane riding clothes to see Jess too…and not just because I’m always skeezy after a plane ride. I’m sure it was crushing to see Jess and Shane kissing at the festival, but I’m sure Dean would be crushed to see her kissing Jess. Interesting that Jess has gone for someone completely opposite from Rory in looks and interests.

It is quite the bummer for Lorelai to have to admit to her parents that Christopher has reunited with his pregnant girlfriend. I wish they had been a little sympathetic instead of bringing up the past. At least it spurred Lorelai to try to make up with Luke, even though she said she didn’t come in to do so, and even if she did pretend her name was Mimi.

The Lazy-Hazy-Crazy song does get stuck in my head feels for days when I watch this episode, but I like it!

S2:E22 I Can’t Get Started

I’m with Sookie on the wedding song. Very melodic and I too cannot imagine anyone listening to the lyrics when they are staring at everyone walking down the aisle at her wedding. So, now I must say…

“Oy, with the poodles already!”

That’s probably the most memorable line of the entire series and here we find it uttered in Season 2! It’s also fitting because there is so much to cover in this episode.

I am kind of sad that Luke isn’t being very friendly to Lorelai, although I understand his position after she flew off the handle and practically made him kick Jess out. However, I am also distracted because I’m fairly certain I have the same sweater from the GAP that Lorelai’s wearing. I also still wear it, so I’m doing a little math on the age of the sweater at this point in time.

On the subject of clothing during this episode, I am curious as to how Rory managed to get these panty hose on without runners while sporting the cast on her hand and wrist.

Clothing notes!

How random of Christopher to show up at Rory’s cast removal. Strange or convenient? Odder still if you notice Rory’s t-shirt has “strange” written across the front. I’m really surprised that Sookie accepts the kilt Jackson is supposed to wear in their wedding so quickly, but the subject does lead to a little flirtation between Christopher and Lorelai.

I couldn’t be more confused about what time it is when Lorelai comes downstairs and Rory accuses her eating table 5’s almonds. Lorelai seems to be wearing pajamas and Rory looks like she ready for Chilton. I see freshly brewed coffee (which means nothing for the time of day of a Gilmore Girl) and I could venture that’s morning light in the back window. The confusion is why is Paris calling while she is at school? Would kids be voting before school even starts? Seems odd to me for Paris to be at school, but that Rory isn’t.

This is such significant episode- there is so much to say:

– I absolutely think Christopher came to town to woo Lorelai since his relationship with Sherri is going down the tubes.

– I’m surprised Sookie shows up at the inn in her wedding dress and in full makeup. I do realize those dresses look more right when you have the makeup on though.

– Looking at Christopher and Lorelai together made me think about how Rory’s name could’ve/ maybe should’ve been Rory Hayden! (I can’t  believe this thought has never even crossed my mind over the years.)

– The exchange between Luke and Jess during his bid to return to Stars Hollow is pretty sweet. They clearly have a mutual like for one another. I wonder if Jess wants to be where Rory is, if he misses Luke, or wants to be away from his mother that much.

The saddest and most exciting moments of Season 2 happen in this episode! They lead everyone down different paths. Yes, I’m am referring to Lorelai being left by Christopher because Sherri is pregnant and the tears it brings to my eyes. Jess and Rory’s kiss is exhilarating because who would’ve expected her to initiate it! It sets the scene for future episodes.

Finally, the song “Waking After Midnight” performed by Lane, Maury and Kirk certainly lifts the spirits though.

 

 

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