Gilmore Girls: Last Four Words

SPOILER ALERT!!!! Do NOT read this if you don’t already know the last four words!!!!

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Everyone on Twitter is losing their minds over Lorelai and Rory’s last four words. They’re outraged! They want more episodes! They’re mad they didn’t get closure! As a self-proclaimed Gilmore girls connoisseur, I completely disagree. I thought it was actually a perfect (non)conclusion to the cycle of who our Gilmore girls are.

Rory: “Mom.”

Lorelai: “Yeah?”

Rory: “I’m pregnant.”

Since Amy Sherman-Palladino didn’t write season 7 and she originally wanted 8 seasons, the entire time I watched this revival I kept imagining how she would have written it back then. (I read that she never even WATCHED season 7, which explains a few of the plot loopholes.) At the end of season 6, Luke & Lorelai had just broken up and Lorelai went back to Christopher. In my head, I see their relationship failing throughout season 7, while in season 8, Luke and Lorelai realize they should finally get married.

If we’re keeping with this theory, I don’t believe Logan would have ever proposed. These episodes pick up with him still in London, like the end of season 6. (And btw, did you SEE him shirtless? Time has been good to our boy.) So, it’s far more likely that the “dynastic plan” as he painstakingly refers to it, caused him and Rory to develop a no strings, long distance type thing, thus explaining their current relationship. Also, Rory would find out she’s pregnant at the end of season 8, but she’d only be 23, instead of 32. (Which makes WAY more sense in keeping with the show’s theme.) She’d still be trying to find her way in the world, would end up writing the same book, and would be tossed in love between Logan and Jess.

Now for the beauty of this show: Logan is to Christopher as Jess is to Luke. I’ve never been great at analogies, but I got this one.

Rory goes to see her dad, and asks a lot of questions about Lorelai raising her on her own. You think it’s just research for her book and Christopher has a great line when he says “Try not to make me too big a villain, I was stupid, but I loved her… and you.” When you rewatch it, it’s like you can SEE Logan’s face saying that same thing to his kid one day.

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I was very curious how this would play out because fans were pretty split down the middle for #TeamLogan and #TeamJess. (#TeamDean shouldn’t even be a thing.) And honestly, I think Amy intended it that way. She wrote the show where there were times I was like wait… Am I rooting for Christopher and Lorelai?? She made me doubt my own Luke loving self. Which is the same thing she’s done to us with Rory, Logan and Jess. (Bonus: Logan and Jess even hate each other! I mean, could it be more obvious?) I am HARD CORE #TeamJess, but I found myself not wanting to part with Logan in these episodes. This show was brilliantly written because the way I feel about Logan is EXACTLY the way I feel about Christopher.

I don’t think Netflix should make any more episodes, because we know what’s going to happen. It’s a repeat of what we’ve already seen. Logan will be in and out of Rory and their kid’s life, just like Christopher was. They love each other, but they will never quite figure it out. Jess will stick around helping Rory with whatever she needs. Encouraging her, supporting her, being a best friend, all while denying he loves her. (I mean, that look through the window, COME ON. He looks at Rory, the way Luke looks at Lorelai.) Someday, Rory will realize she loves him, just like Lorelai did with Luke. (Hopefully, it doesn’t take near as long.) We don’t NEED to watch it. I mean, I totally WANT to, but we don’t NEED to. We have the satisfaction of knowing Rory will end up with Jess, because we saw Luke finally get what he always wanted.

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The Twitter outrage is saying things like “But Rory was supposed to be better! Lorelai sacrificed so much for her to not have the same life!” Are we supposed to think after watching 157 episodes of this show that somehow Lorelai’s life would have been better WITHOUT Rory? Everyone acts like a kid ruins your life, but have we not been told over and over that Lorelai’s current (happy) life exists solely BECAUSE of Rory? Yes, there was heartache. But there was oh so much more joy.

Watching this show as a teenager, I didn’t fully understand it. But watching this as a 30 year old woman, I’ve come to realize that each one of our characters is fundamentally flawed. And that really life is a constant cycle of trying to overcome our flaws, but never fully being able to do so. In my perfect teenage head, the Emilys and Lorelais would learn to get along, the Lukes and Jess(s) would be able to articulate their feelings and the Christophers and Logans of the world wouldn’t make such selfish decisions. But that’s not how life works, and this show is a beautiful picture of that. Life doesn’t end with each storyline tied up in a neat little bow- Life just keeps on going. Which is why I think the ending is perfect, even though it’s not really an end. It’s yet another chapter in the Gilmore girls book.

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Post Script:

If Netflix IS going to make more episodes, could we PLEASE have a spinoff with the Life and Death Brigade, starring Logan, Robert, Colin and Finn? I NEED FINN IN MY LIFE. Rory and her lost boys are straight up adorable, hilarious, and wildly entertaining. I cried for almost the entire Fall episode anyway, but I sobbed my eyes out when Rory and these guys had to say goodbye. In Omnia Paratus! We’ll miss you, boys.

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Favorite Gilmore Girls Episodes

In honor of this Friday’s GLORIOUS event, I’ve listed my favorite episode from each Gilmore Girls season. If you don’t have time to re-watch all 153 episodes before Friday, because like, you have a job- you should make time to watch these in preparation for A Year in the Life. 

Season 1, Episode 6: “Rory’s Birthday Parties” 

In the juxtaposition of Rory’s two VASTLY different birthday parties, we learn quite a bit about our Gilmore Girls. This episode marks a shift toward Emily, Lorelai and Rory learning to understand each other and repair broken family ties.

Bonus: One of the best mother/daughter moments on the entire show when Lorelai wakes Rory up at the exact time she was born and lovingly/dramatically retells her birth story.

Season 2, Episode 22: “I Can’t Get Started”

I love this episode for one reason: RORY KISSES JESS AND WE ALL FORGET WHO DEAN EVEN IS. (#TeamJess) Sookie’s wedding and responsible/adorable Christopher Hayden also make an appearance.

Bonus: This episode boasts the world famous “Oy, with the poodles already!” scene.

It’s a tie because I can’t choose: 

Season 3, Episode 7: “They Shoot Gilmores, Don’t They?”

The 24 hour dance marathon is CLASSIC Stars Hollow. Hilarity ensues by the towns people, the gloves come off in the Rory-Dean-Jess love triangle and Kirk puts on his finest performance.

Season 3, Episode 9: “A Deep-Fried Korean Thanksgiving”

This episode has all the makings of a perfect Gilmore adventure. Jess and Rory’s new relationship, Sookie’s in-laws, and four Thanksgiving dinners to “eat and eat and eat and eat.” Don’t skip the rolls.

Bonus: Cat Kirk.

Season 4, Episode 22: “Raincoats & Recipes”

SO MUCH HAPPENS in this episode and honestly, it’s the only one in Season 4 that’s not super boring. Rory sleeps with married Dean (I don’t love that) and LUKE KISSES LORELAI OMG.

Bonus: The test run at the Dragonfly. Pure. Gold.

Season 5, Episode 7: “You Jump, I Jump, Jack”

I am obsessed with the Life and Death Brigade. Logan & company are admittedly charming and I would have TOTALLY been talked into jumping off the scaffolding with just an umbrella too. This episode is great because it’s our first glimpse into Rory and Logan’s budding relationship.

Bonus: Luke golfs in jeans.

Season 6, Episode 8: “Let Me Hear Your Balalaikas Ringing Out”

I love this episode because: Jess. But also because it’s when the lightbulb finally comes on for Rory. Our girl has been making VERY questionable decisions, quitting Yale, not speaking to her mother and getting sucked into the rich, privileged life of Logan & company. There’s no one better to snap her back to reality than her old flame, Jess.

Bonus: The Jess & Logan feud.

Season 7, Episode 22: “Bon Voyage” 

I don’t really love any of Season 7, but the series finale gives us one last look at a full Stars Hollow cast to see our beloved towns people send Rory off. Luke spends all night sewing a tent so rain won’t ruin their party and Lorelai realizes how much they still love each other. They kiss and we’re left to hope/assume they end up together.

Bonus: When Rory says to Lorelai “You’ve given me everything I need.” Get your tissues ready, folks. This one brings out all the feels.

It’s important to note that Amy Sherman-Palladino, because of contract negotiations (read: fighting) did not write Season 7, so for almost 10 years we’ve been wondering how the show was really SUPPOSED to end. Amy and our Gilmore Girls will finally get the ending they deserve with the Netflix revival and their long awaited last four words.

GET READY, people. It’s THIS. FRIDAY.