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3.01.2005

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Well, not really, but y'all had such great things to say last week, let's try it again. I'll post some thoughts after the episode (or later tonight). You let me know what you thought about it.

Let's hope this train gets back on the tracks.

Updated: Whew.

And major applause for the crafty misdirection in the "scenes from next week" voiceover last week. You got us.

And I say again: whew.

10 Comments:

  • At 12:43 AM , Blogger Chris McLaren said...

    Some thoughts:

    1) Rory can really be a total passive-agressive bitch when she wants to be, huh? (Not that Emily didn't deserve it, of course).

    2) Does Richard really think that what Emily did was right, or was that him smoothing things out with her during her mood? I'm leaning towards him actually thinking Emily did nothing wrong.

    3) Interesting that it seems that Rory is the thing that pushes Emily into acting--she was fine with things so long as only Lorelai was pissed off with her, but she couldn't take it when it was Rory as well.

    4) When Rory had "the talk" with Lorelai, I was worried that Lorelai was going to be all over-protective Mom (Lauren actual did some really great expression work in that scene) but apparently the writers are back on track. The "I feel like I should buy you a shot or something" line and the expression change that came with it, from worried Mom to gal pal, were perfect.

    5) OH THANK GOD. When that doorbell rang I turned to Trish and said: "I hope it's not Emily, because if it's Luke the breakup storyline will be ending". I will be glad to see the end of the break-up and move on to the more interesting stories about Lorelai/Luke and Emily/Richard trying to deal with each other. And while I thought the break-up was out-of-character, I suspect I will be delighted to watch the relationships change with this incident as part of everyone's history now.

     
  • At 12:43 AM , Blogger Chris McLaren said...

    Oh, one other thing.

    I worked in a bookstore once. For a very short time. Same problem that Rory had.

     
  • At 7:18 AM , Blogger Karen said...

    Mr. McLaren pretty much hits it. OH THANK GOD.

    In retrospect, I think the real function of this aggravating breakup plotline was more than just the usual one (creating drama between lovers, whatever). The biggest thing that happened here was that Emily stepped in to play an entirely new role in Lorelai's life. The thing with L&L was a temporary blip for them, but the change in dynamics between Lorelai and Emily may be more far-reaching.

    It's interesting. For so long their relationship has been in an uneasy static holding pattern that it's exciting to see real motion. I hadn't realised this was something I cared about until it happened, so it was a genuine plot twist.

    re: Mr McL's question, I get the impression Richard doesn't fully form independent opinions about these things; if he did, he couldn't possibly stay in that marriage. Most of the time he seems content to let Emily handle the relationship stuff, accept her decisions as his own, and stay out of it except to smooth things over.

     
  • At 11:22 AM , Blogger Bill S. said...

    I think that Richard agreed with what she did (witness how he tried to get Luke to franchise his diner and get an art dealer in an earlier episode). Which sort of makes it unfair that he's receiving all this goodwill from his daughter and granddaughter.

    The most interesting relationship on the show has always been for me the one between Emily and Lorelai. Watching the DVDs, it becomes clear that there are these intermittent periods of an improvement in their relationship, followed by Emily just doing something awful to set it bad again, usually doing it with what she thinks are the best of intentions for her daughter. And all last season, the relationship seemed to be improving considerably (and this season, Emily has been a good deal more sympathetic). So it was just a matter of time, and Emily had a seasons-worth of goodwill to undermine, so it had to be big. It should be interesting to see how (and if) Emily tries to repair the relationship.

    Speaking of which, was it just me, or did her discussion with Luke seem a little -- smug? It wasn't an apology, and she certainly didn't seem contrite, and I don't think she believes she did anything wrong. What's that woman up to?

    I was confident that Luke and Lorelai would get back together, although I didn't think it would be so soon. Dramatically, it just makes sense. In some ways, this seemed like more of a triumph than their first kiss last season. It just made me very happy.

     
  • At 3:06 PM , Blogger Karen said...

    I think you're right that the relationship between Lorelai and her mom is one of the more interesting and distinctive things on this show, which I tend to forget. I fall into thinking of it as a cliche "difficult mother" thing. But it's shaped so much of the lives of all these characters.

    That's what was neat for me about this week's ep, apart from the happy Oh Thank God ending: the way it shifted my attention from the obvious surface focus (L&L) to the deeper thread that's been running underneath all the storylines this whole time (L&E).

    It's a neat moment in any story, when the reader/viewer goes "Oh! I thought this was just about X, but it's really about Y." I like being brought to that realization and I think it was skillfully done. Good writing not only in the dialogue as usual, but in the story's structure.

     
  • At 3:20 PM , Blogger gwenda said...

    One shoe I keep waiting for the dropping of is for the reason why Emily and Richard split to be shared with Lorelai -- so far as I'm able to remember Lorelai still has no idea that it was largely because of her... because Emily was not willing to support Richard in any action that would take the girls away from her again, such as his torment of Jason.

    I'm thinking that information may yet be part of some reconciliatation or at least conciliatory moment for L and E.

    What you've all said much more eloquently about the upsetting of expectations. So happy to see this show do what we all knew it was able to -- avoid cliche even while indulging in a cliche storyline. There seems to be applicable commentary in the way this was handled to the trope itself and especially the way it typically played out in the '30s and '40s screwballs that the dialogue and sensibility of the show is so reminiscent of. And I think Bill made an AWESOME point last week about how Lorelai handles things verbally and Luke handles them with action. I'm wondering if as a result this all has something to say about the different ways men and women process breaks ups.

     
  • At 3:23 PM , Blogger gwenda said...

    Or break ups, even.

     
  • At 4:20 PM , Blogger Bill S. said...

    The reason that Emily acted only when confronted by Rory is because Rory is her link to Lorelai; Rory's the reason Lorelai re-entered Richard and Emily's lives in the first place. The only hope for reconciliation is to maintain Rory (who has often had to play the diplomat in Emily and Lorelai's various fights) as a conduit to her daughter.

    Luke's reconciliation with Lorelai was non-verbal, too; he knew that if he tried to explain things (or, god forbid, even hinted that her mother had come to the diner) that it would derail the reconciliation completely. Whether the generalization about modes of communication is applicable beyond the scope of the show isn't for me to say. After all, these are pretty extreme examples of verbal and non-verbal.

     
  • At 4:30 PM , Blogger gwenda said...

    You're probably right that it's unfair to make such generalizations, but I do see some heightened versions of what are considered the classic coping strategies of men and women here. The woman's outward need to get over it, the guy's wallowing. These may not be _true_, but they are standard depictions carried to extreme and funny/sad levels.

    I love reading what you guys have to say about this. We are the Gilmore Geeks! T-shirts?

     
  • At 6:58 PM , Blogger Karen said...

    Okay, but I draw the line at tattoos.

    I'm just so glad you're giving us a space to talk about it, because otherwise I'd be talking at Pär, and I think I already drove him to the edge of what he can stand in the final season of Sex and the City.

     

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