And on that note, a summary: Emily is antique shop-hunting and goes to Stars Hollow, per Rory’s suggestion and to Lorelai’s horror. Rory takes Emily to her house, to the antique store, to walk around town, to Lor’s workplace, to the shed she grew up in when her mom fled Emily and Richard’s house…. Oooops. Family awkwardness, family drama, family hilariousness. And Rune!
“What time does the Judgmental Express arrive?” Nice, Lor. I get you.
SPOILER ALERT. I have seen all the seasons before, so I am reviewing retrospectively. SPOILER ALERT.
I appreciate Rory’s relationship with her grandmother. They are smart, funny women who love each other a lot.
“Alright! But I won’t wear anything with rhinestones or zebra stripes or anything that has batteries or that sings or makes animal noises or moves on its own…” This line by Emily after Rory suggests she should wear a pair of Lorelai’s shoes is perfect. This is exactly how Emily thinks of Lorelai, or probably anyone who doesn’t buy all their clothes at Carolina Herrera. As wacky style-less mismatching wild creatures.
Emily looks classy as hell, all the time, even with those sneakers. Of course Emily would love Mrs Kim. They are both fantastic actresses playing these intense, smart women. Their exchange is hilarious and I kind of wish they had become friends at some point. Can you imagine? It’d be 50% bickering, 50% complaining about Lorelai’s lifestyle choices.
This is the episode in which Lorelai discovers (or rather, Rachel does) the Dragonfly Inn! This is so exciting! The way Sookie panics about there not being a kitchen is so cute! And am I the only one who finds it interesting that the origial Dragonfly didn’t have a kitchen?
Oh that toolshed
Awwww, Rory, my baby. Did she really think that showing Emily the tiny, kind of shitty place that Lorelai “preferred” over their parents’ place would do any good? Has she met Emily? I can imagine how many feelings that would bring up in Emily, especially the way she sees things and her side of the story. Emily feels Lorelai abandoned them, and does not see at all that Lorelai needed her space and to build from the ground up to find herself. She thinks that Lor made a hurtful, inexcusable, wrong choice in fleeing, and like Lor betrayed her and her family. And for what? A dusty, tiny shed? In Emily’s standards that is just beyond unacceptable.
Rory just wanted to let her grandmother in and make her feel more included, but man! That kid wants to erase years of baggage with her puppy eyes and that is unfortunately not how it works. I’ve tried. Rory thinks that they haven’t tried sorting things out but, gah, have they. And the following time they really, really try, well… Friday Night’s Alright For Fighting happens. That episode is super fun but even I felt emotionally drained.
I will discuss Luke x Rachel later because, let’s face it, I don’t care that much.
Oh and Rune reappears and continues to be a burden to us all.