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You know who you are. Surely tonight's episode will be less lukewarm than last week's.

The synopsisy thing:

After Rory (Alexis Bledel) tells Logan (Matt Czuchry) that she can't have a casual relationship with him and they should go back to being just friends, she is amazed when Logan insists he is ready to commit to her. However, when he brings her home to meet his powerful and intimidating family, Rory is shocked by his parents' negative reaction to the relationship. The following day, Logan's father (guest star Gregg Henry) apologizes to Rory and offers her an internship at one of his newspapers. Meanwhile, when Sookie (Melissa McCarthy) is put on bed rest by her doctor, Lorelai (Lauren Graham) calls Luke (Scott Patterson) to fill in as the substitute chef at the Dragonfly Inn.

Yanic Truesdale, Liza Weil, and Sean Gunn also star. The episode was written by Amy Sherman-Palladino and directed by Michael Zinberg.

Sounds good. Although, you really should dump the guy after you end up puking your guts out and sobbing to your mother over him and start dating that nice smarty Marty!


  • At 9:32 PM , Anonymous misschanelno5 said...

    Okay, so I'm tired of being entirely ignorant of popular TV culture and decided to watch some "new" tv (once a week I might plop down for one of those PBS Britcoms -- I'm firmly entrenched outside the loop). So I watched Gilmore Girls. It wasn't bad. I may watch it again. Half the battle will be remembering the channel lineup to relocate the wb.

    Here's my question: should I bother with Desperate Housewives, or is that tripping over the edge?

  • At 9:41 PM , Blogger Chris McLaren said...

    I was surprised Paris pulled off the commitment thing--I was sure she was headed for disaster and comic comparison.

    Loved Luke's "I can't do anything but rant" rant.

    I wonder which Gilmore Girl will realize first that Logan's family have provided an excuse to unleashe the full evil powers of Emily?

  • At 8:18 AM , Blogger Christopher said...

    My favorite bits were Luke in the kitchen, and the revelation that he's an accomplished gourmet (in addition to being an accomplished short order cook, I mean, which are two different skill sets--and you'll remember that in contrast Sukie has demonstrated that she can't "cook down" to differently discerning pallets). Well, _I_ think it's interesting anyway, and I thought the actor that plays Luke did a good job of moving around in a controlled rush like a chef in a commercial kitchen does.

    Logan's family, I don't know. His mom wasn't that bad, just helpless. It's only the grandfather that seems evil. But that said, what do you mean about them being a reason to unleash Emily, Chris?

  • At 8:28 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    If either of the Lorelais were to tell Emily what happened at that dinner, what do you think her reaction would be?

    The Huntzigers may be orders of magnitude more rich, but you don't get any more DAR than Emily, nor any craftier.

    I'm sure she would see Logan as a good match for Rory (unlike Dean--indeed the trailer bit seems to suggest that Logan's dinner at the Gilmore's will stand in pointed contrast to both Rory's dinner at his parents' and Dean's dinner at the Gilmore's) and would start working some kind of crafty scheme to either A) bring the Huntziger's around, or B) destroy them and enjoy the lamentation of their women.

    (It's pretty obvious that the Huntziger objection is based not on stock, despite the "bred for it" comment, but on how Lorelai raised her--if the Huntziger's didn't have at least some respect for the Gilmore's they would hardly have come to the wedding.)

    Agree on all points about Luke in the kitchen.

    C. (posting anonymous from some other computer)

  • At 10:02 AM , Blogger Bill S. said...

    I was wondering whether part of the objection might not have something to do with how Rory was raised, i.e., by a single, working mother. This wasn't the sort of world Rory grew up in.
    It was, however, the sort of world that Lorelai grew up in. After all, this was the sort of treatment that the Gilmore beaus have often had to endure from Richard and Emily. Certainly Luke endured it, and way back when, Dean had to put up with a scenario remarkably similar. It was weird to see Rory in that position. I wonder if part of Lorelai's problem with Logan (and you know the problems are just beginning) is that she sees Rory embracing the sort of life she left behind. And you just know that Richard and Emily will be actively (and intrusively) endorsing Rory's choice, because it brings Rory deeper into their world. Where they failed in trying to engineer a coupling between Lorelai and Christopher, they see success in this new turn of events. Remember that it was their meddling that was the straw that broke up Dean and Rory earlier in the season.
    I sort of like Logan, which puts me at odds with the rest of the local chapter of the Gilmore Gossip Circle. I know that he will probably break her heart, and I also know that Rory would be better off with Marty (I like both Marty and Logan a whole lot more than I ever liked Jess). But part of the college experience (at least it was of mine) is making poor romantic choices.
    The Luke stuff was perfect, just him proving his love for Lorelai once again. When did Luke become bilingual? Funny that a guy who has such problems with verbal communication should be able to speak a second language. Ditto on his ranty rant: I think Lorelai is rubbing off on him.

  • At 11:49 AM , Blogger gwenda said...

    "I sort of like Logan, which puts me at odds with the rest of the local chapter of the Gilmore Gossip Circle. I know that he will probably break her heart, and I also know that Rory would be better off with Marty (I like both Marty and Logan a whole lot more than I ever liked Jess). But part of the college experience (at least it was of mine) is making poor romantic choices."

    ABSOLUTELY! I said the same thing. Any guy she's with at this point in her life will be the wrong guy. That's the whole point of college. But Marty has a Confederacy of Dunces poster! How can she not l-o-v-e him?

    Also, do we think the season will end with a wedding or a cliffhanger proposal? Thematically marriage is such a strong presence this season it almost has to be one or the other.

  • At 1:28 PM , Blogger Bill S. said...

    I'm assuming that any proposal would involve Luke and Lorelai. I think that it is certainly coming, but I just hope that Lorelai doesn't pull another Max Medina. With Luke, that seems unlikely, seeing as how he's in the credits and all, but TV shows have a way of giving the illusion of change without anything ever really changing, so I'm always suspicious of TV engagements. And it doesn't seem like they've been dating long enough -- it will only have been 22 episodes, and for at least a few they were broken up -- even though they've known each other forever. What effect will Dean's tirade last week have on Luke? Surely the writers didn't just throw that in for no reason. Would Emily and Richard ever accept him as a son-in-law? Would Rory get to be Best Man again?

    If the engagement talk involves Logan and Rory, well, then, it would just prove that the relationship is doomed.

    Personally I hope Paris and, uh, Jonathon (I forget the character's name) get married. But that's just me.

  • At 5:17 PM , Blogger gwenda said...

    On Paris and Jonathan: I think that was set up to show us that though we as viewers doubted that Paris would get a commitment, she did. We as viewers saw it work out for Rory, but must have the suspicion now it's not going to. (And of course, it's not going to. But damn, I too, identify with this because what girl wouldn't fall for Logan at that age.)

    Also, the more I think about it, the more I think that what we may see is that Lorelai disapproves of Logan at some point for similar class reasons, just in reverse. Marty is a much more Lorelai-stamp-of-approval kind of guy.

    On the engagement. I'm thinking one of the big set ups we have is the house. Maybe Luke will buy the house and the season will end there, with a proposal. But that might be too obvious. (This show has had a LOT of weddings -- probably more and each unique and funny than any other show I can think of: the twins, Jackson and Sookie, Luke's sister, Richard and Emily, etc.) I really hope they don't go too far with what Dean said because it obviously not the same for Rory and Lorelai. Lorelai is settled; she will live in Stars Hollow and own an inn -- that's what she wants. So it'd just be stupid to go to far with that.

    p.s. Remember when Dean was a reader? I miss the reader Dean, but am so hoping we do not see him at all again this season.

  • At 6:36 PM , Blogger Karen said...

    It's interesting to see Rory, after being raised in the environment of Lorelai's rebellion against her upbringing, now entering that world through her own paths. Logan's father offering her privilege at the very subtle cost to her integrity is a start, a firsthand taste of the kinds of choices her mom had to make. Also, putting up with being judged according to their values.

    Up til now, Rory's been kind of coasting along on the values she was raised with, accepting the choices Lorelai ended up making. But that's not the same thing as making them for herself, so it'll be interesting to see how she handles it and what conclusions she comes to on her own.

    Logan is totally charming and smart and fun, exactly the boy you'd get excited about in college. He's also not really relationship material, but that's something you have to learn from experience. I love that they're putting Rory through this and letting us see it play out so realistically.

    I don't know about Marty for the long run either. He's awfully glum. But he sure would treat her right. Marty looks like a rebound boyfriend to me, poor guy.

    I like Suki but do you guys ever just want to brain her with a rolling pin? Or is that just me?

  • At 10:30 AM , Blogger Christopher said...

    There was an EW interview with the creator of the show and she went on about how she had the final show, final scene, final line of dialog down before they rolled on the first episode of the first season. My guess is double wedding at the end of _next_ season. Not saying who each Gilmore Girl will be at the alter with (oh, well, it'll be Luke and Lorelai, but no guesses on Rory) or that the vows will actually be said, but that's my guess. Write it down!


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