Gilmore Sounding Board: Bon Voyage!

The Pre-Game Show


“Which way to the sunset, kid?”

And so it is, with a heart both heavy and happy, that I begin the Gilmore Sounding Board for “Bon Voyage,” the series finale of Gilmore Girls that airs tonight at 8 on The CW. Heavy because I’m going to miss the show dearly, but happy that a good, good thing is coming to what I hope will be a fitting end filled with heart and possibilities.

I’m really excited about this one! The season got off to a slow start, but as I’ve said many times before, I’m proud of the gourmet omelet new writer/producer David S. Rosenthal has made from the rotten eggs handed to him at the end of last season by departing show-runner Amy Sherman-Palladino. And in all fairness to Amy, she created and maintained a show that I loved for many years. But as last season drew to a close, the stories stopped serving the characters and creative decisions were made in a way that turned TV’s brightest, breeziest hour into something frustrating and downright unpleasant.

But rather than slapping together a bunch of quick, shoe-horned fixes, Rosenthal chose instead to take his time and work things out in unpredictable ways with awesome results. Particularly over the course of the last few episodes, Rosenthal has handsomely rewarded those of us who’ve hung in there with him and trusted his storytelling instincts. He’s done an amazing job, and I can’t wait to see how he lowers that final, glorious curtain on Stars Hollow, CT.


David S. Rosenthal with Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel

Per tradition I’ll post The CW’s description of “Bon Voyage,” but I’m going to white it out (below that adorable picture of Alexis Bledel as Rory Gilmore) so that you can only read it if you swipe your mouse over it:

[BEGIN HIDDEN SUMMARY]

Just as Rory (Alexis Bledel) lands her dream job as a political reporter, Luke(Scott Patterson) enlists the help of everyone in Stars Hollow to throw her a graduation party. Emily (Kelly Bishop) and Richard (Edward Herrmann) attend the huge party, where Rory makes a speech thanking Lorelai (Lauren Graham) and the whole town for giving her such a great start in life.

Luke’s thoughtfulness brings out an unexpected reaction from Lorelai (Lauren Graham). Finally, on the morning that Rory leaves Stars Hollow to start her career, Luke opens the diner before dawn to share a celebratory breakfast with the Gilmore girls.

CNN journalist Christiane Amanpour makes a cameo appearance as a guest at the Dragonfly Inn.

Melissa McCarthy, Keiko Agena, Yanic Truesdale and Sean Gunn also star. Lee Shallat Chemel directed the episode written by David Rosenthal.

[END HIDDEN SUMMARY]

Please don’t read it. I did, and I wish I hadn’t. It doesn’t reveal anything specific, but it says enough that you can pretty easily figure out where the episode ends, if not necessarily how.

You’re also not allowed to watch the extended trailer here, which definitely gives away too much, or the Director’s Cut clip here, which I’m not even going to go near (and you shouldn’t, either).

TV Guide’s Michael Ausiello has been posting all kinds of Gilmore articles over the past few weeks. Most notable are his exit interviews with Lauren Graham (which I told you about last week) and Stars Hollow’s very own Luke Danes, Mr. Scott Patterson (which was just added).

The bad news is that you’re not allowed to read these truly excellent interviews until after tonight’s episode has aired, because there are details in each interview that hint very strongly at how the series ends.

The good news is that by reading the interviews after the series finale has aired tonight, you’ll still have something new and fresh to read and look forward to. Trust me on this.

As a teaser, however, I’ll let you read some of Scott Patterson’s comments about my dream job, aka working with Lauren Graham:

Lauren has always been pretty much the rock of that whole production. She did the lion’s share of the work, and she did it with real aplomb. I wouldn’t have wanted that schedule. Not for 10 minutes would I have wanted that schedule. I mean, that schedule would’ve broken a workhorse, and she just plowed through it every day and it was pretty amazing to watch.”

And I like this part:

“I enjoyed doing scenes with her because I knew she was going to hit the ball back over the net as good as she got.”

Elsewhere in the article, Scott defends Mr. Rosenthal’s decision to keep Christopher and Lorelai together (at Luke’s expense) for as long as he did and sings the praises of Vanessa Marano, who plays Luke’s daughter, April. He also talks about some of the projects he’s already got lined up.

Something you can read right now, if you’d like, is Ausiello’s interview with Matt Czuchry, who played Rory’s recently (and poorly) jettisoned boyfriend, Logan Huntsberger. Matt gave us an incredible season this year as Logan, and his responses to Ausiello’s questions suggest that he’s just as thoughtful and as well-spoken as his character.

My favorite of Matt’s answers is this one, about how he found out the show was ending:

“I checked my cell-phone messages and one message referenced the official word regarding the end of the show. As I was listening to the message, my niece was calling for me in the other room. She was saying, ‘Uncle Matt, do you want to color with me?’ These are the moments in life that make it all so beautiful.”

Well said, sir. He goes on to speak very highly of the show and his co-workers. And though it seems Matt’s tour of duty in Stars Hollow is over after least week’s episode, all of us here at the Gilmore Sounding Board would like to thank him for the dedication and craft he brought to the table as Logan Huntsberger.

Elsewhere in the same Q&A that yielded the Matt Czuchry comments, Ausiello shares something Lauren Graham told him about how well she thinks tonight’s finale wraps up the show’s storylines:

“Had we come back, I think it would’ve been a little bit like, ‘Oops, never mind!'”

That’s what I like to hear!

However, Lauren does share something we might have seen — involving Lorelai’s mother, Emily, played so superbly by Kelly Bishop — had the show gone on:

“Kelly Bishop said to me, ‘If we come back, I think Emily should buy half of the inn, so that we have to work together.’ It was such a great idea. Lorelai would have a new level of irritation.”

As much fun as that would have been to see, I’d still rather see the show end on a good note now than come back and try to force a few more episodes simply for the sake of making them.

And finally, in his latest video blog, Ausiello plays an audio clip from his weeks-ago chat with Lauren where he asks her about the chances for a Gilmore reunion movie. I transcribed her answer so that you don’t have to wade through the whole video for one little clip:

“This is like when you break up with someone and then somebody says, ‘Do you think you guys are gonna get married?’ It’s like, ‘I don’t know, we just broke up.’ You know, I really don’t know. There have been people that have done those things in a way that I like. I think the X-Files movie was really cool, you know, but they weren’t done. They were sort of still in the thing. I don’t know if there is a reason, you know, to go back.”

Oh, Lauren Graham! I love The X-Files, too! I got to interview David Duchovny and you can come over tomorrow night and I’ll cook you chicken/broccoli linguine from scratch — I make my own alfredo sauce! — and we can listen to my interview because it’s still in my machine. And then we can build a leaning tower of blankets and have an all-night X-Files marathon. I want to watch the one with the genie, because it’s hilarious. You can pick the rest, but if you pick a bunch of scary ones I just might need to hold your hand.

And so the final Gilmore Sounding Board pre-game show comes to an end!

Enjoy the show tonight, kids. Make the most of it. Watch it with good friends and lots of food, because that’s what Lorelai and Rory would do.


Previous Gilmore Girls coverage:

Gilmore Sounding Board no. 152

Update: No more Gilmores!

Gilmores no more? Or maybe so? The latest (sort of) news!

Gilmore Sounding Board no. 151

Gilmore Sounding Board no. 150

Gilmore Sounding Board no. 149

Gilmore Sounding Board no. 148

Gilmore Sounding Board nos. 146 and 147

Gilmore Sounding Board no. 145

And please check out my friend Katy’s incomparable Gilmore news, musings and reviews right here.

I’ll see you back here tonight after the show for discussion and an important announcement about the future of the Gilmore Sounding Board.


The Review

Until I watch it again and write a review that’s more worthy of its infinite greatness, all I can do now is ramble incoherently about all the things I loved about what I truly feel to be one of the finest, sweetest endings in television HISTORY.

What I loved the most about “Bon Voyage” is that it ended in a way that will allow Stars Hollow’s inhabitants to live on as far as our hearts and imaginations can take them.

LUKE AND LORELAI! The kiss was EPIC. I almost wish they’d said absolutely nothing to each other, and just let that kiss say it all.

And when Luke opens the diner for them before Rory goes away on her dream job, and Lorelai’s wearing the necklace! Amazing! It told us everything we needed to know.

Here’s what I know:

Luke has a hotel reservation for two, and a dinner reservation for two at Barnacle Billy’s, both at Lorelai’s suggestion.

But Luke’s daughter can’t go with him on the boat trip, because she got a dream-come-true opportunity to do a summer museum program.

And now Lorelai’s daughter can’t go with Lorelai on their tour of America’s roller coasters, because she got a dream-come-true job as a political reporter on the campaign trail with Barack Obama.

And Cesar has made it very clear to Luke that even though April had to back out of the boat trip, he’s still ready and able to run the diner in Luke’s absence.

And I know in my heart that Luke and Lorelai are going to go on that boat trip together. They’re going to stay in the hotel that Lorelai likes, and they’re going to use that reservation for two for the best seafood of their lives at Barnacle Billy’s, and they’re going to bicker and argue and get on each other’s nerves and love each other for the rest of their lives.

David S. Rosenthal didn’t show us any of these things because he didn’t have time to and he didn’t even have to. Because he set everything up so perfectly, in such beautiful ways, that we know where the story is going to go next.

And remember the line I quoted way up there, where Lauren Graham told TV Guide that Kelly Bishop had an idea that Emily should buy up half of the Dragonfly, and how funny that would be as a future plot?

Here’s what I know:

In my heart, I know that’s going to happen. Because in this episode we had Emily talking about how nice it would be to add a spa at the Dragonfly, and we had that wonderful scene of Emily and Richard offering Lorelai money to help with the inn, and we had Lorelai telling Emily that they can talk about it over Friday Night Dinner.

And again, that’s the brilliance of this ending. It didn’t hammer us over the head with any forced, finite endings. It left us with a sense of direction for our beloved characters. Rosenthal gave us all the pieces we need and ended the episode exactly the same way the first episode ended, with Rory and Lorelai sharing a moment in Luke’s diner.

And you can even tell by the body language between Lorelai and Luke in that last scene — a masterpiece of knowing subtlety by Lauren Graham and Scott Patterson — that things have changed between Lorelai and Luke. (And Rory noticed it, too, with that quick little smile she gave Lorelai.) Rory can go off into the world knowing that her mom’s going to be okay, because she’ll always have her Luke in shining armor to be there for her.

Luke sewing all those tents together was AWESOME. Best guy ever.

And LAUREN GRAHAM, you take my breath away. For every star there is in the sky, there’s an Emmy that Lauren Graham deserves for her seven-year portrayal of Lorelai Gilmore. Tonight she showed us why about every other second.

Other moments I loved:

Zack and Jackson marching out into the rain with umbrellas to escort Rory and Lorelai into Luke’s makeshift party tent.

Emily telling Rory how proud she is to be her grandmother.

Richard telling Lorelai what a remarkable woman she is for doing so well with Rory.

The fact that I’ve got tears in my eyes all over again just writing about some of these things.

The scene between Luke and Sookie! They need to open a catering business called Lookie’s. Maybe they can work on that when Lorelai gets back from the Barnacle Billy’s Boat Trip that I can guarantee you she’ll be going on with Luke.

Kirk and his sashes!

“I’ll iron, you fold.”

Everything about Luke Danes in this episode.

Everything about Lorelai Gilmore in this episode.

Everything about Richard and Emily in this episode.

Rory meeting Christiane Amanpour in her pajamas.

The totally hilarious physical comedy moment of the whole town carrying the party stuff into the square behind Rory and Lorelai, and then carrying it away when they saw the girls there, without Rory and Lorelai even noticing. That’s the kind of thing Amy Sherman-Palladino used to do in her glory days on the show, like the whole town running from ceremony to ceremony for Lane’s wedding, or Sookie chasing Jackson in the street over strawberries.

The truly wonderful moments Rosenthal wrote for Sally Struthers as Babette.

What I keep coming back to is the notion that this world is going to go on forever, and that Rosenthal gave us everything we needed to know about where Rory and Lorelai and Luke — and Lorelai and Luke — are going without beating us over the head with something forced and absolute. We’ve been given everything we need to keep the show going on in our hearts.

Thank you, Amy Sherman-Palladino, for creating this world and these characters.

Thank you, David S. Rosenthal, for picking up a waning torch and carrying it to a gold-medal finish.

Thank you to all the other writers and directors and crew members, and huge thanks to the cast — especially you, Lauren Graham, because you know I love you the most — for making something special that will go on forever thanks to the perfect, beautiful ending we were given tonight.

I’m going to watch it again and write a more formal review. Until then, I have to say that I couldn’t have imagined a better ending.

One more thing.

Just because the show is over, the Gilmore Sounding Board will continue! Any time I watch an episode on DVD, I’ll write up a short Gilmore Sounding Board for it. And expect to see some occasional Reasons Why I Miss Gilmore Girls, like the ones I sometimes do for Arrested Development. Big thanks to all of you out there who’ve read it and commented. Please keep the comments coming! All viewpoints are welcome, and all posts will be appreciated.

That really was a beautiful hour of television tonight, wasn’t it?

Please let me know what you’re thinking.

0 comments

  1. Katy says:

    There’s so much here that I’m not allowed to touch! :)

    You’re killing me, John Bierly. You’re killing me in the best way possible.

    1. Sign me up for that heavy and happy heart syndrome. I think you and Lauren are right about this one. Now is the best time to see the girls go, and I’m trusting Rosenthal to send them off right.

    2. Not that I would expect working with Lauren to be anything less than what Scott described, but it was still good to hear him speak so highly of her. (I promise; I only read the snippets you provided!) Knowing that the real people have the kind of respect and admiration for each other that they’ve always shown on the show helps ease the blow of losing them as characters. And knowing they have good memories just like we do gives more weight to the how I think Rosenthal is going to preserve the characters tonight.

    (I also liked the Ellen clip from last week’s Sounding Board. I always love seeing Lauren Graham acting just as smart and funny as Lorelai Gilmore. And, in this case, getting just as bad a case of the nervous giggles as I would if I ever get to showcase my sarcasm with Ellen Degeneres.)

    3. I read Ausiello’s email chat with Logan when I you provided the link. (You did say “right now, if you’d like,” and you knew I’d like.) When I got to the part about his niece asking him to color with her, I just about teared up and thought, “See. This is why you played Logan so well. This is the guy we’re sad to see go.” And, of course, when I returned to the Sounding Board, there you were singing his praises for the exact same line. :)

    I also appreciated him saying how hard Rory and Logan’s last scene was for him and Alexis. And, “But at the same time, it’s hard to believe that that’s really it. It’s all done.” I do understand how tough that goodbye had to be on the two of them as real people, and I can accept him being pleased with his acting in it, but I’m still severely disappointed in the writing. I too sat on my couch thinking, “That’s really it?” But not in the “I can’t believe it’s over” kind of way. I may have been a little too tough on Rory last week. But still. It was just so out of character. So awful. (Maybe I’ll change my mind if I rewatch “Unto the Breach” in context of the finale, but I doubt it.)

    4. I love Lauren saying that being asking about a Gilmores movie is like being asked if you’re going to marry someone with whom you just broke up. Brilliant. But for the record, as much as I love the Girls and as much as a I would so watch their movie, I can’t imagine a Gilmore Girls movie being anything but cheesy and disappointing. But I’d be willing to let them surprise me.

    5. True Story: I saw The X-Files in the theater with a group of friends. I was sitting by a guy named Jacob. Remember that scene when they’re out in that field walking toward that huge, white building and then hear that strange, loud buzzing noise? During that scene, I leaned over to Jacob with wide eyes and whispered, “IT’S BEES! That building is FILLED WITH BEES!!!!” To which he responded, “No, Katy, don’t worry. It’s way too loud to be bees.” Ha! (Let the record show that I’m always right when it comes to bees.) When Mulder stepped in the door and that first little terrifying honeybee slipped out of the floor vents, gaaah!! I not only held Jacob’s hand, I buried my face in his chest and just about crawled all the way into his lap. So. If you somehow find out that Lauren Graham has an irrational fees of bees, I’d recommend adding the movie to your Mulder and Scully marathon. (Although, I’m sure after a night of you, your sweet talk, your undying adoration, and your homemade chicken/broccoli linguine she’d pretend to be afraid of just about anything if it meant getting to hold your hand. :) )

    Okay. That’s it for now. But! More to come! I was excited about tonight’s episode before. But, as usual, after visiting the Sounding Board, I can’t wait! See you then.

  2. John says:

    There’s so much here that I’m not allowed to touch! :)

    That’s NOT what she said, ha!

    You’re killing me, John Bierly. You’re killing me in the best way possible.

    Just don’t die before the show tonight! I’m going to need my support network.

    1. Sign me up for that heavy and happy heart syndrome. I think you and Lauren are right about this one. Now is the best time to see the girls go, and I’m trusting Rosenthal to send them off right.

    Amen, sister.

    2. Not that I would expect working with Lauren to be anything less than what Scott described, but it was still good to hear him speak so highly of her. (I promise; I only read the snippets you provided!) Knowing that the real people have the kind of respect and admiration for each other that they’ve always shown on the show helps ease the blow of losing them as characters. And knowing they have good memories just like we do gives more weight to the how I think Rosenthal is going to preserve the characters tonight.

    Amen all over again. I still can’t forgive how poorly written the Logan/Rory ending was, but then I think about to the Sookie/Jackson and Lane/Zack scenes and I feel better. Not to mention how Rosenthal has been setting Luke and Lorelai back in the right direction. I think they’ll be moving in the right direction after tonight.

    (I also liked the Ellen clip from last week’s Sounding Board. I always love seeing Lauren Graham acting just as smart and funny as Lorelai Gilmore. And, in this case, getting just as bad a case of the nervous giggles as I would if I ever get to showcase my sarcasm with Ellen Degeneres.)

    (I’ve always thought Ellen was hilarious. I love the kind of deadpan humor she’s such a master of. I never get to watch her show, but when I do, it’s hilarious.)

    3. I read Ausiello’s email chat with Logan when I you provided the link. (You did say “right now, if you’d like,” and you knew I’d like.) When I got to the part about his niece asking him to color with her, I just about teared up and thought, “See. This is why you played Logan so well. This is the guy we’re sad to see go.” And, of course, when I returned to the Sounding Board, there you were singing his praises for the exact same line. :)

    I really hope this guy gets lots of great roles in the future. Watching Logan mature over the last few episodes was really inspiring to watch, and Matt’s performances really brought it all home. Which brings us to …

    I also appreciated him saying how hard Rory and Logan’s last scene was for him and Alexis. And, “But at the same time, it’s hard to believe that that’s really it. It’s all done.” I do understand how tough that goodbye had to be on the two of them as real people, and I can accept him being pleased with his acting in it, but I’m still severely disappointed in the writing. I too sat on my couch thinking, “That’s really it?” But not in the “I can’t believe it’s over” kind of way. I may have been a little too tough on Rory last week. But still. It was just so out of character. So awful. (Maybe I’ll change my mind if I rewatch “Unto the Breach” in context of the finale, but I doubt it.)

    … the Rory/Logan scene from last week. I watched it again, and there’s just no saving/justifying how poorly it was done. A critical fumble indeed, but I’m hoping for nothing but fireworks tonight.

    4. I love Lauren saying that being asking about a Gilmores movie is like being asked if you’re going to marry someone with whom you just broke up. Brilliant. But for the record, as much as I love the Girls and as much as a I would so watch their movie, I can’t imagine a Gilmore Girls movie being anything but cheesy and disappointing. But I’d be willing to let them surprise me.

    When you wrote “But for the record,” I heard Ron Howard’s voice in my head from when Michael said something about “arrested development” to Rita, and the narrator/Ron Howard said, “Hey, that’s the name of the show!” Only this time, Ron Howard said, “Hey, that’s the name of her blog!” (I so miss that show!)

    5. True Story: I saw The X-Files in the theater with a group of friends. I was sitting by a guy named Jacob. Remember that scene when they’re out in that field walking toward that huge, white building and then hear that strange, loud buzzing noise? During that scene, I leaned over to Jacob with wide eyes and whispered, “IT’S BEES! That building is FILLED WITH BEES!!!!” To which he responded, “No, Katy, don’t worry. It’s way too loud to be bees.” Ha! (Let the record show that I’m always right when it comes to bees.) When Mulder stepped in the door and that first little terrifying honeybee slipped out of the floor vents, gaaah!! I not only held Jacob’s hand, I buried my face in his chest and just about crawled all the way into his lap. So. If you somehow find out that Lauren Graham has an irrational fees of bees, I’d recommend adding the movie to your Mulder and Scully marathon. (Although, I’m sure after a night of you, your sweet talk, your undying adoration, and your homemade chicken/broccoli linguine she’d pretend to be afraid of just about anything if it meant getting to hold your hand. :) )

    I have so many true stories about the X-Files movie. I remember the first time I saw the trailer in a theater. There were all these helicopters and actiony things happening, but nothing to identify it as The X-Files. And then the screen went black, and the only sound in the dark theater was … “Mulder?” in Scully’s voice, and I yelled “YES!” out loud, and it cut right into Mulder and Scully running through a corn field. So amazing.

    And I love it when they finally get out of the bee building, and Scully’s hair is all screwed up and messy. So hot. :)

    And when I saw the movie for the second time, with my friend Gabe, we went to the cinemas at Indiana University where the seats are way too small and the rows are way too close together. There was an old man sitting in the seat in front of me, and every time something scary would happen, he would yelp out loud and jump back in his seat which would, in turn, slam back into my knees. Since I’d seen the movie before and knew when the big scares would be, I could predict when he would jump and brace myself, but it never helped. He still got my knees anyway, and they were bruised when the movie was over.

    What an awesome friggin’ movie. And yes, it’s officially now on the list of stuff to watch with Lauren Graham. :)

    Okay. That’s it for now. But! More to come! I was excited about tonight’s episode before. But, as usual, after visiting the Sounding Board, I can’t wait! See you then.

    Til then! Thanks for the awesome pre-show comments, and I can’t wait to discuss it with my favorite new Gilmore buddy. Woot!

  3. Melissa says:

    John, if Lauren could read all the lovely things you write about her, she would be yours forever. I just wish I had her personal e-mail.

    I am glad to hear that you will continue to make Gilmore Girl posts here and there. I always love reading what you have to write about it.

    My suggestion for further Tuesday night gatherings would be to start from the beginning and watch 2-3 episodes a week until we have them all re-watched. If we cease Gilmore night, I will truly miss getting together.

  4. Katy says:

    OH, JOHN!

    You know I’m still too worked up to say anything intelligent about last night’s finale, especially after having read your “informal” review for the third time and informally getting caught up in the rush all over again. So. For now, I’d like to put a gigantic check mark beside every single item on your list of loved moments. And I’d like to add:

    * Lane & Rory’s goodbye

    * Lorelai fighting back tears as she watched Rory sleeping in her childhood bedroom for the last time

    * John Bierly’s perfectly wonderful informal review, which although not featured in the finale, was inspired by it and is as much a part of the finale for me as anything that actually made it on the screen

    * The fact that this series finale was so friggin’ good, I couldn’t help but dream myself right into Stars Hollow last night after I finally calmed down enough to fall asleep

    I’d also like to say, you and I know all the exact same things. (In fact, if we ever have some downtime, I wouldn’t be opposed to putting all our knowledge of future Stars Hollow on paper together. Just for fun, of course. :))

    “Lookie’s?” You just keep giving me reason after reason to believe you really must be a Gilmore writer in disguise. Brilliant.

    LUKE AND LORELAI! The kiss was EPIC. I almost wish they’d said absolutely nothing to each other, and just let that kiss say it all.

    YES! That’s probably the only thing I maybe would’ve changed about the episode. Lorelai’s face was enough of a lead-in. And those two have always been able to give us a kiss that says a thousand words.

    And you can even tell by the body language between Lorelai and Luke in that last scene — a masterpiece of knowing subtlety by Lauren Graham and Scott Patterson — that things have changed between Lorelai and Luke. (And Rory noticed it, too, with that quick little smile she gave Lorelai.) Rory can go off into the world knowing that her mom’s going to be okay, because she’ll always have her Luke in shining armor to be there for her.

    AMEN! Those two nailed the subtlety factor. Things HAVE changed between them. And things will never be the same and yet still always be the same in some way. Lorelai’s been waiting her whole life for her very own “Luke in shining armor” (I LOVE that, by the way) and Luke’s been keeping his armor polished and ready for her. Now, they finally both have their dreams right in their hands. And since we’ve seen the two of them grow so much over the years, we can trust that they won’t be letting those dreams slip through their fingers again.

    And again, that’s the brilliance of this ending. It didn’t hammer us over the head with any forced, finite endings. It left us with a sense of direction for our beloved characters. Rosenthal gave us all the pieces we need and ended the episode exactly the same way the first episode ended, with Rory and Lorelai sharing a moment in Luke’s diner.

    Let the amening begin again. If you’re a Gilmore fan and you didn’t at least almost get tears in your eyes at that closing scene, then I don’t even know what to do with you. What a perfect circle, right down to the fact that in the first episode, Rory and Lorelai where talking (but Rory was doing her best not to talk) about Rory’s crush on Dean and in the final episode, they were “talking” (but not directly) about Lorelai and Luke. Gaaah! I can’t even get into right now without crying. Rosenthal DID do a brilliant job providing just enough closure for every relationship on the show, without stealing from us the joy of being able to imagine the future of Stars Hollow in our own hearts and minds. Brilliant. Beautiful. Breathtaking.

    And, on that note, I’ve got to feed Caelyn. I’ll be back for more soon and even be doing some Gilmore posting on For The Record before long too. But! Right now, I want you to know how crazy-filled with excitement I am over these future “short” Gilmore Sounding Boards. I’m so pumped that I’d even be willing to watch the same episode on DVD while you’re watching it if you told me what and when. And that I, of course, still have responses to your comments on my pre-game comments, like . . .

    “WHAMMY! Did you really just compare something I wrote to Arrested Development?!?”

    And!

    “Right back atcha with the ‘my favorite new Gilmore buddy’! And now that the Girls will be living on only in syndication and on our DVD players, will you promise to let me still be your favorite new buddy of something else?” :)

    Okay. I’m really going now. Sorry for all the incoherent rambling. I’m just a flurry of excitement. Back soon!

  5. Katy says:

    Melissa speaks the truth, John. One of the days, after another gorgeous woman has snatched you up, Lauren’s going to Goggle her own name (I’d do it if I was a celebrity) and find all your beautiful posts about her and then spend a lifetime kicking herself for missing out on you. (Of course, if Melissa can get her hands on Lauren’s email address in time, all this heartache could easily be avoided.)

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