I know I'm taking it too seriously, but this episode always makes me angry that anyone would think it's a good idea to send a 4-year-old to a foreign country to visit the mother who left her over 2 years ago.
Agreed! There's ample evidence that the people writing this series have no knowledge of how children work, but this one is particularly blatant.
I don't feel that was at all the reason she decided to sleep with him that night. I think it was a mixture of attraction, feeling close to him after a wonderful date, and the post-Luke confusion/need-to-be-cared-for.
Completely agree, MsTaken
. I'm sure they would've slept together very, very
soon afterward anyway, but it seemed like that attraction was
genuinely there. It just happened to be mixed with that "run to comfort" urge that Lor sometimes gets. In the past, that comfort was quirky outings with Lorelai, or coffee at Luke's. Now, she has the man she always fancied but who could never be a great dad, and now - by virtue of Rory's absence - they've removed the need for the latter, so she can just have the former.
I think it's understandable that she didn't want to see him. Most of us don't want to see our ex's after a break-up and it's hard for them since they live in such a tiny town.
I think this is fair. While I totally
agree that Lor wasn't ready to date, after what must be the most important mature relationship of her life, I think this doesn't necessarily equate with her desire not to see Luke. She's never really been one to handle awkward situations (and this would be particularly awkward as everyone in the room would know what was going on!), and it seems fair that she'd stay away.
I'm just going to go ahead and I admit that I kind of love the town's odd/slightly negative reaction toward Christopher.
I have to side with the majority on this one, I'm afraid! The only bit that rings true is the awkwardness after Chris pays for everything in Knit, People, Knit
. If that had happened first
, it might've shown the town that he's at odds with them. Instead, it feels like they're just being petty.
Alright, I'm gonna bite the bullet...Go, Bulldogs!
Love the teaser. It's such a silly, season one thing of Lorelai to keep her mother on the phone like that, but it got me.
The Sookie subplot feels like it never really gets off the ground. It reminded me (inevitably, I think) of that season 2(?) story where she ponders another man other than Jackson, only this one wasn't fleshed out. I enjoyed Michel's pettiness over who is in charge, though.
I have to say, I really like most of the parents' weekend stuff. Lor and Chris are so cute together, and I enjoy their ridiculous provost banter. It's nice to get the little moment where they realise Emily and Richard have been coming for years. ("A grand piano is a type of piano." "Well, you got me there, Riddler.") I was the type of kid who also mocked parents' weekend, so it made sense to me that the girls would ignore it.
Everything with Christopher realising that he missed out on so much in Rory's life is a little on the nose. Very S7. I don't mind it, because those kinds of conversations do happen - particularly, I'd assume, among parents of "high achievers" - but the plot didn't really interest me, particularly when it veers off into the lunch with the YDN staffers. I think Rory overreacts, really. For a girl who has so few friends, she sure wants to be haughty with those around her. I was the elected head of the theatre company at my university (which prided itself on professionalism, like the YDN), and I had no qualms about hanging out with even the newest of students. In fact, I encouraged it! Yes, there's a chain of command at times, but I can't imagine Rory Gilmore would run the kind of newspaper where the hierarchy trumps friendship outside of work. Isn't that Paris' thing? Without any real logic to Rory's actions, the entire lunch is just reduced to the one "comedy of errors" that is Christopher assuming they're Rory's friends. Not much to work with. Also, given they had a whole "Parents' Weekend" special to put out, it was Rory
's fault that she let her staff get drunk anyway!
Still, it was nice to see Christopher so interested in the lecture, and the simple way the tension between father and daughter is resolved is quite nice.
Also loved? The brief moment where Luke orders Kirk to go back to Lulu. I'm in a bit of a Luke situation right now, and I can't tell you the number of times I've wanted to recite his speech to people considering the end of their relationships!
Yikes, it seemed like I really liked most of this episode after all. Maybe I'm not thinking it through?
The only jaw-droppingly bad subplot was that of Luke and the swimming teacher. April is as lovely as ever, but the whole plot just rings false. Maybe it's because I'm a swimming, old-movie loving vegan, but I feel as if Coach Bennett gets kind of shafted by the writers. Fair enough, she's not necessarily Luke's type, but a) the jokes at her expense, well-meaning as they are, feel like simple stereotypes rather than anything more, and b) Luke's not a complete social idiot. He should be able to at least keep up a decent conversation. To the best of my knowledge, this is all of the dating that Luke does in S7, and it would have been nice to see him explore his options. Or, really, do anything
Plus, this episode continues the poor continuity regarding Luke. Sometimes, he's never seen a movie; other times, he'll surprise you with his knowledge (and, after two years of dating Lorelai, he should be able to name at least one classic movie actor!). And for someone who is apparently a bit of a health freak (who sometimes can run an entire hotel restaurant, and other times has never eaten lobster), you'd think he'd be less snobby about occasionally eating something vegan. Ho-hum.
But, worse than any of that by far, the Luke plot is a rare sin for GG: it's just painfully boring.
Edited by Sebastian90012, Dec 28, 2011 @ 6:34 AM.