Gilmore Sounding Board no. 150

The Pre-Game Show

Gilmore Girls is new again — tonight at 8 on The CW — with its 150th episode, “It’s Just Like Riding a Bike.”

Let’s all meet back here — at the bottom of the post — to talk about it after it airs.

In the meantime, The CW describes it like this:

Lorelai (Lauren Graham) stops into Luke’s (Scott Patterson) diner for breakfast for the first time since their break-up, but finds they are awkward and uncomfortable together. Later, Lorelai’s Jeep breaks down and she asks Luke to help her shop for a new car. While they look at cars, Lorelai and Luke’s irritation with one another finally explodes into a fight, which Lorelai secretly takes as a good sign.

Meanwhile, Paris (Liza Weil) gets accepted to numerous law schools and medical schools, and decides she must break up with Doyle (guest star Danny Strong) so their relationship won’t influence her choice of a graduate school. Finally, Rory (Alexis Bledel) gets a surprising letter that will impact her future plans.

Melissa McCarthy, Yanic Truesdale and Sean Gunn also star. Lee Shallat Chemel directed the episode written by Jennie Snyder.

You can watch a preview of tonight’s episode — or go behind the scenes with a short director’s clip — right here.

Or maybe you’d be interested in taking a tour of Stars Hollow with Kirk.

And. Did you ever read this report from Michael Ausiello at TV Guide, who talks about the possibility of another — albeit shortened — season? The new Entertainment Weekly (with the Spider-Man cover) also mentions this possibility; hopefully an official announcement will be coming soon (though I’m sure they’ll keep us guessing as long as possible).

The CW has released this photo of Lauren Graham from the episode:

Oh, Lauren. There’s a lot of love in this tired old heart, and it’s all for you. Come see about me, won’t you?

In other news, Lauren is starring alongside one of my other heroes — Mr. Steve Carell — in this summer’s Evan Almighty. You can check out the trailer here.

Previous Gilmore Girls coverage:

Gilmore Sounding Board no. 145

Gilmore Sounding Board no. 146 and 147

Gilmore Sounding Board nos. 148

Gilmore Sounding Board no. 149

See you here tonight after the show.


The Review

“Doorknobs.”

“As in, dead as?”

Ha! I love it.

First things first, Lorelai’s outfit in the first scene when she goes to Luke’s diner. Flabbergasting with a side of SHAZAM! The scarf thingy. The boots. My heart. Oh my.

And in typical Stars Hollow fashion, Kirk’s spouting off the usual (but always endearing) Kirk nonsense, and Babette and Miss Patty are doing their usual (though ultimately loving) gawking, which throws Lorelai off a bit, which throws Luke off a bit, and it’s a disaster from top to bottom. Which is why I think sending them car shopping together was brilliant, because it got them together in an environment where they could both really be themselves and, more importantly, where they could annoy each other to the point of arguing. Watching Luke get fired up is always fun, and I loved watching Lorelai beaming at each of Luke’s frazzled escalations because she was seeing not only Luke but the Luke that Luke is when he’s with Lorelai. I think they’re both still holding a lot in. Especially Luke, so it was good to see him in particular getting some of that stuff out of his system. (I could learn a lot from that myself; I do more bottling than Coca-Cola.)

Even better than the fight itself was its hours-later conclusion, with Luke showing up at Lorelai’s house in typical Luke fashion with a typical Luke solution to a typically Lorelai problem. Brilliantly played, especially by Ms. Graham, who was so adorable in her bickering with Luke. I particularly enjoyed the whole bit about Luke insisting on a bell and Lorelai yelling “I want a horn!” like a spoiled teenager. It’s so good to see them bickering, and it’s cute that Lorelai realizes that all the picking and bickering means that things are heading back to normal between them.

Because, quite simply, these kids need each other. And they’re perfect for each other. It’s why I haven’t minded all of the detours that David Rosenthal has taken the characters on this season, because in the process they each survived their own separate but equally meaningful journey to get to where they are now. I’ve felt that they’ve been slower in bringing Luke back around, but the ending of tonight’s episode was a major Luke Danes victory on par with the scene several episodes ago where he showed up at Anna’s house to let her know that he was by-God gonna fight to keep April in his life. (Moments like that are what good television is made of.)

I watched this one with my friends Sarah, Melissa, Courtney and Bob. When Lorelai was asking Luke about his upcoming boat trip with April, Courtney said that a great final scene for the show would be the boat trip. Luke and April and Lorelai and Rory — on a last little hurrah with her mom before going off on whatever adventure she finds — all drifting away from the dock on Luke’s boat would be a sweet little ending indeed. (The final episode of this season — and possibly the series — is called “Bon Voyage.” That’s a very nautical title. Interesting.) And Luke and Lorelai wouldn’t even have to be together together yet, but we’d know that it was inevitable. I guess it all depends on a) whether this is truly the final season and b) how much they can/should/will accomplish in the last three episodes we have this season (and maybe forever).

I’m getting dizzy just thinking about it all.

So.

In the meantime.

Other highlights: I loved it that Luke wasn’t even fazed by Jackson answering Lorelai’s door in pajamas. That was so funny, and so very Stars Hollow. (And it’s always good to see Jackson.) I’m also glad they didn’t beat us over the head with the “every broken house can be fixed” metaphor they were getting at with Lorelai’s accidentally demolished doll house. (The band-aid on Jackson’s forehead got a big laugh from being so subtle.) And I liked the acting — particularly from the criminally underrated Melissa McCarthy — in the scene where Sookie and Jackson had their nicely written heart-to-heart about her fears about being a mom again so soon.

Lorelai biking around was adorable. (And it made me wonder what I’ve got to do to ride bikes with Lauren Graham. I mean, seriously. This could be the best courtship ever.) I think it’s hilarious when Doyle gets exasperated, and I loved his defiant speech to Paris about how she’s “exciting” and “infuriating.” So good. I love how everything with them is so melodramatic.

And then the heart-breaker of an ending, with our girl Rory Gilmore not getting the internship she so desperately desired. That was some excellent direction, too; we’d gotten so used to every one of Paris’s letters starting off with “We’re please to inform you …” earlier in the episode that part of me actually expected the slow camera pan to land on those exact same words on Rory’s. It hurts to see Rory hurting, but she’s the sweetest kind of dreamer with the talent to make anything happen. Which in itself can be kind of a curse; in a world full of options, where do you even begin to figure out which path — much less a particular outcome — is the right one?

As the season draws to a close, I think that, for once, Lorelai’s future is more certain than her daughter’s. Lorelai has learned a lot from Rory this season, and I hope she takes the time to let Rory know that as they work through whatever’s coming up for Rory.

I love this show.

What did you think? (And when you get a chance, stop by here to read what WordPress’s resident Gilmore has to say in a way that my words couldn’t even hope to approach.)

0 comments

  1. katymerritt says:

    I don’t think I need to tell you how excited I am about tonight. I loved the director’s cut and would confide exactly what things got my heart going, but I won’t, in case your blog brings in frequent spoiler-haters. Let’s just say the weather report is looking good.

    Oh, and by the way, I’m not sure your heart can take the hilarity of Steve Carell and the beauty of Lauren Graham all rolled into one fabulous film.

  2. John says:

    As usual, Katy speaks the truth. :)

    I’m really excited about this one, too; the Luke/Lorelai reunion — whatever that ends up being — has been a long time coming.

    But I’m sure going to miss her Jeep.

    I’ll catch up with you again after tonight, Katy. Thanks for the comment. Can’t wait to read what you’ve got to say!

  3. John says:

    Remember when it got hit by a deer? (Or did it? I think Rory was driving the Jeep when she got hit by a deer. That’s the same episode where she blows up at Paris. “What’s up? What’s up, Quippy?” I need to watch that one again.)

    And! I started watching the director’s cut clip but had to stop because I want to try to savor however much is left of this show as it airs. I’ll revisit it later tonight. :)

  4. katymerritt says:

    Yep, Rory was driving the Jeep when she was hit by a deer. And yes, in the very same episode with the brilliant Quippy line you mentioned. (I watched all the Season 1 DVDs just this past summer.) So many of Lorelai and Rory’s heart-to-hearts have happened in that Jeep, and now it’s going to be gone. Why couldn’t they have Luke fix it instead? (The way I’m talking, you’d think it was MY Jeep!)

    I hear you on the director’s cut. A little voice in my head told me to stop and wait for tonight throughout the whole clip, but I couldn’t resist. I should’ve known better than to even go to the CW’s site. I admire your restraint. :)

  5. John says:

    Also, Steve and Lauren in one movie … whammy! I love it. I think Steve Carell is right up there with Steve Martin and Bill Murray — guys who can be hilarious without even having to do anything, but who can then turn around and hit you in your heart when you least expect it. That’s why I think The Office is so brilliant. It’s funny and hilarious, but it’s got so much heart (that sometimes shows up in the oddest of places). Brilliant.

  6. katymerritt says:

    I couldn’t agree more. I love, love, love The Office. I laugh so hard every week, but I also get wrapped up in Jim and Pam and my heart breaks just a little bit for Michael in almost every episode. Steve Carell is so good. There’s no arguing about it; all the writing and acting on that show is downright amazing.

  7. Katy says:

    “Wordpress’s resident Gilmore?” Wow. John, I dare say you deserve Ms. Lauren Graham. You have my recommendation, at least. :)

    You underestimate your words. I loved your review. I loved that I could hear your dizzying excitement as I read. And, of course, I agree with every wonderful point you made. (Although I was understandably not nearly as excited about Lauren’s adorableness as you were. I actually thought of you the moment she walked on screen in that dress. Did you notice that we haven’t seen a neckline quite that plunging since the night she proposed to Luke? Coincidence?)

    Gaahh, there is so much to say, and I don’t have the time to say it! Stupid packing. Stupid sleeping. I was more excited about tonight’s episode than I have been in a very long time, and needless to say, I was not disappointed. So many things reminded me why I love the Gilmores: Paris and Doyle, Sookie and Jackson, Luke and Lorelai. I too liked their argument at the car dealership, but I agree, that porch scene was phenomenal. It was so Lorelai and so Luke. They may not be together, but they’re back. And there’s no denying Luke’s the Luke we’ve always held dear and he loves Lorelai as much as he has since season one. I couldn’t stop smiling for ten minutes after the show ended. (Yes, Rory, my happiness for your mother caused me to literally smile through the biggest disappointment of your life so far. I’m sorry.) What is it about that porch? Remember when they ran into each other there after their first break up when Lorelai had left the message saying that Luke was her best friend and that she needed him to please come to her? And then several episodes later when he showed up and kissed her without a word when she answered the door? Or even when Lorelai arrived home to find Emily waiting to give her the warning about Christopher and marriage? Yeah, I love the Gilmore front porch. Love it.

    And Luke DID fix the Jeep. It’s not gone! That one little thing makes my heart so happy, because sadly, I think I’m almost as attached to it as Lorelai is. This, my friend, is why I connect with the Gilmores. This is what television is all about.

    Thanks for paying me such a high compliment and sending your readers my way. As soon as I get a chance, I promise to dedicate an entire post to “It’s Just Like Riding a Bike,” in which I’ll address each of your points and give my favorite highlights and such. But for now, I’ll just say, rock on Gilmores. Rock on.

  8. John says:

    It was so much fun! Take your time, Katy. I know the results will be well worth the wait and then some. Can’t wait!

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