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5.17.2005

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Following tonight's 8 p.m. season finale.

The WB sez of "A House is Not a Home":

Rescuing Rory (Alexis Bledel) after a night of reckless behavior with Logan (Matt Czuchry), Lorelai (Lauren Graham) is shocked to hear her daughter's plans for the future. Lorelai first turns to Richard (Edward Herrmann) and Emily (Kelly Bishop) for help, but soon realizes that Luke (Scott Patterson) is the only person she can trust.

Keiko Agena also stars. The episode was written and directed by Amy Sherman-Palladino.


Finally, an ep written and directed by Amy Sherman-Palladino. Anyone seen any word on whether she's coming back next season?

See you later. Prediction bunnies feel welcome to start early.

Bonus: Amy Sherman-Palladino on Fresh Air.

Updated:
Zap2it sez: LOS ANGELES (Zap2it.com)
Amy Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Palladino, the married showrunners of The WB's "Gilmore Girls," have won a six-episode order from the network for a new series. As for what that series will be, that will come later.

The couple have also extended their contract with "Gilmore Girls" producer Warner Bros. TV (a Time Warner sibling of The WB) and will remain at the helm of the show for next season. The network hasn't formally picked up the series for a sixth year, but it's a pretty much a sure thing.


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12 Comments:

  • At 4:27 PM , Blogger Karen said...

    No predictions, just psyched! Thanks for letting us know AS-P is writing and directing, so I can look forward wholeheartedly to tonight's ep.

     
  • At 5:42 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I believe AS-P has recently inked a deal to be back for two more seasons.

     
  • At 6:52 PM , Blogger gwenda said...

    Well, that would certainly be cool, anon. That would bring us up (theoretically) through Rory's graduation, which is always what A S-P has said she visualizes the last episode as... (Am I remembering that right?)

     
  • At 9:01 PM , Blogger Chris McLaren said...

    Possibly it's because I am incredibly sick, but I have just about had it with Rory's spoiled bitchiness.

    Does she even realize that all she's doing is proving Mitchum right?

    And what's with the Incredible Lorelai Betrayal?

    On the plus side, "Big Hole", and the twist at the end was lovely.

     
  • At 10:15 PM , Blogger Karen said...

    Do you see it as spoiled bitchiness? Rory fell to pieces over one obstacle, but it was a pretty big blow to her whole life plan, it's the kind of thing that could make anyone depressed, not to mention a highly driven nineteen year old. She's over-reacting but people do that at nineteen. They flounder around and screw up and figure out what they want to do.

    It would be nice if she could figure it out while she's in school, but it seems to me she's making a decent choice here. Yale should let her take a year off and then return, so why should she waste a lot of time and money going through the motions of college just to stay on some kind of scheduled track? For Rory, school has always been about goals and achievement; if she's not sure why she's there anymore, I think it's actually kind of mature of her to decide to take time to find her way and get a grip on what she wants to do. It's just a shame she's feeling so lost. But she's always been so level-headed, and she's never had to really question who she is or what she's doing. I think she needs to fall off the track and go through some stuff and build a little character, if she's going to pull herself together and get more backbone.

    Apologies to the cycling enthusiasts in the Bond-Rowe house, but my favorite moment in this episode was Luke striding across the road blithely causing havoc as the bikes spun out all around him.

    No wait, my favorite moment was the final one. Because, yeah.

     
  • At 8:08 AM , Blogger Christopher said...

    Well, I was going to write a couple of hundred words about how bad a job they did portraying a cycling race--the real Tour of Connecticut is, in fact, one of the bigger stage races in the States--but have now decided not to.

    I'm not sick, but yeah, I agree that Rory's getting on my nerves. The immaturity (sorry, Karen, that's what I'm seeing) and bitchiness are perfectly understandable given her age and situation. No, what gets me is the complete and utter betrayal of Lorelai. Makes me think that what what's-his-name saw/didn't see in her in his little performance evaluation wasn't so much a lack of fire and grit as a lack of character.

     
  • At 9:10 AM , Blogger Karen said...

    I guess I don't see what the big deal is about dropping out of college for a year to figure out what she's doing there. People do it all the time, especially when they're conscious of how much money they're spending to get an education and want it to have some practical focus. It might be a better choice for her to work things out while she's in school, but it's not the end of the world if she wants to do it this way.

    It's her life, and Lorelai wasn't giving her much room to make the decision, so Rory went and worked out her own arrangements. Yeah I'm pissed that she didn't deal better with her ultra-fabulous mom, but after all, that mom is her role model for making your own way in the world despite what your parents think is best. Even Lorelai needs to be rebelled against somehow.

    I give Rory a lot of leeway for having spent her teenage years being the best kid in the world. I think she gets to fall apart and screw up a few times. That's how she'll build that character (which she definitely needs to do).

     
  • At 11:03 AM , Blogger Bill S. said...

    I agree with Karen: I don't honestly think that Rory would never go back to finish her degree, even if it's not a degree in journalism. Of course it's immature: I don't know about you, but I was incredibly immature at 19, although I was certain I really wasn't. I ended up dropping out myself, and then transferring to another university. Best decision I could have made. The idea that somehow at 19 you ought to know exactly what you want out of life has always seemed inconceivable to me, and it has always seemed vaguely unrealistic that Rory never for a moment questioned what she wanted. Well, she did once, but that was just deciding between Harvard and Yale.

    Isn't Richard and Emily's decision to take in Rory based largely on the fact that they desperately wish that they could have helped Lorelai when she got pregnant? It's as if they suddenly have a do-over available to them, to help in a way that they couldn't with their own daughter. I don't think that they are going to encourage the relationship with Logan -- the bit about the Gilmores not being good enough struck too close to home. But the idea that they could keep their granddaughter out of trouble just begs the question, since they couldn't keep their own daughter out of trouble.

    Usually when Emily interferes in Lorelai's life, she has that infuriatingly imperious attitude, a dismissal of anything Lorelai could possibly say. But as Richard was making his explanations to Lorelai in the dining room (and I think it was significant that Richard did most of the explaining), I couldn't help but watch Emily. She honestly looked like she was pleading for her daughter to understand. She didn't have that look of triumph that she often has in these sorts of situations. I have my suspicions that this incident will, in the long run, bring Emily and Lorelai closer together: I think Emily honestly sympathizes with Lorelai right now, and (eventually) will do everything in her power to try to prevent the sort of rift between Rory and her mother that there is between Emily and her daughter. I remember, way back in an early season, when Emily confronted the woman at the Independence Inn who took Lorelai and Rory in when they left. The woman said she tried to take care of Lorelai the way she would want someone else to take care of her daughter; Emily responded that what she really wanted was someone to send her daughter home. I wonder if Rory had appeared at the house when only Emily was there, if the outcome wouldn't have been much different.

    Of course Lorelai was the one to propose. Could it have been any other way? I just have to say that by the end of the episode, I had tears in my eyes.

     
  • At 12:42 PM , Blogger gwenda said...

    Since I've had to wait to get a chance to weigh in, my thoughts have migrated somewhat from last night's episode to the season as a whole.

    One of the big trends we saw building this season was a change (temporary?) in Rory and Lorelai's relationship. Rory keeps trying to put Lorelai in the mother pod instead of the girlfriend pod. Even with Lorelai's actions the morning after the arrest, and Rory's reaction... it signals some sort of shift. Just as Rory having held things back from her all season has. And especially more typically nasty behavior you'd see toward a parent, like Rory's "well, you didn't go to college" moment at Westins.

    I understand why Rory's acting the way she is. I'm not sure I think it's all that innocent. I think she's finally realized how she can manipulate those around her, not necessarily in a bad way, just as a fact. (Like she manipulated Logan into entering into something with her, the into committing.) It's not even 100 percent conscious.

    I am disappointed though that she's shutting her mother out and that she seems to have forgotten a big piece of this -- that Lorelai sacrificed a big chunk of her life so Rory could have this shot. Rory's disregard of that is believable, but still disappointing.

    This seems to me, plotwise, to be the blip that makes it meaningful when Rory does become a journalist... A S-P has hinted strongly that the final episode is Rory coming into her own and has described her in that context as "Christiane Amanpour."

    Yes, yay! on the last moment. Yay for spoilers!

     
  • At 8:05 PM , Blogger gwenda said...

    I just rewatched the episode and am somewhat mellowed on Rory's behavior. It seems much more measured on second viewing. I still don't like it when she and Lorelai don't talk though... and maybe this season has been Lorelai wanting to talk to Rory not, and all of a sudden that's flipped. Lorelai does not want to discuss this, just to stop it. But I can completely understand that.

    Yay for Luke bicycle scene; I thought it was funny.

     
  • At 10:04 AM , Blogger Bill S. said...

    While I do think the character shift was awfully abrupt, I also appreciated the sudden enthusiasm of Mrs. Kim. (Is there a Mr. Kim?) I liked the fact that Lane and her mother were reconciled, at the same point that Lorelai and Rory were estranged. It also made me wonder if Mrs. Kim had ever heard "Erotic City".

     
  • At 1:38 PM , Blogger Celia said...

    I missed most of the season, but did manage to catch this one, and I a) really liked it over all and b) didn't actually see it as a horrible Lorelai Betrayal. I know that Lorelai sees it as such, but I don't think that it was necessarily any more fair for her to get her parents to agree to side with her against Rory than for them to switch sides when presented with the whole story (granted, I kind of got the feeling her grandfather would have promised her anything to make her stop crying, but that's not the point). I think there's also a place where this is an area that they'd understand what Rory's going through more than Lorelai might--she, for example, never had the odd disconnect that you get when you first come back from college and you're still a child to your parents, even though you're all grown up otherwise.

     

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