Guest Post by: DiDean
So, it’s finally the end. No more Gilmore Girls.
I thought I was prepared, given our two-week notice and the slow decline in quality, but really, can a fan be prepared for the end of one of the best TV shows of all time? I’m sniffling and puffy-eyed, but let’s get to it, shall we?
In deference to the beauty that was 6.5 years of smart, witty, fun, romantic, charming TV, I’m not going to even mention the bad. No “Beginning of Season 7,” “Christopher,” “Luke has a surprise kid,” “Rory drops out of Yale,” “Digger” etc. Instead we’re going to keep this completely positive because, in the end, our girl Rory—book-loving, intelligent, romantic girl that she is—grew up and left her cozy Stars Hollow world for a rewarding career as a political journalist. And our other girl Lorelai—independent, zany, coffee-loving single mom that she is—raised a terrific daughter, started her own business and found true love. Where’s the negative in all that?
My verdict: I loved it! This finale was as great as anything post-ASP could be. After reading about the cancellation and the fact that this episode could serve as either a series or season finale, I was worried. Would this show be sent off in a way that did its greatness justice?
Without ASP at the helm and her infamous “four final words?” I had my doubts that DR could do it. But, after this last episode, I have to say, our worries were unfounded. He sent our show off with the understated grace, subtle humor and heartwarming relationships that we’ve come to expect.
In the teaser, Rory comes face-to-face with her idol, Christiane Amanpour. Lorelai (back in her jeep, YAY!) brings a PJ-clad Rory to meet her Christiane. In his last “snarcastic” exchange ever, Michel tells Lorelai to not be “embarrassing” in front of their esteemed guest, like she usually is in front of celebrities. Ah, Michel. You will be missed. Rory gets some words of encouragement from Christiane and also snags her business card. Score!
Rory and Lorelai plan to take a roller coaster trip while she continues to look for a job. While attending Friday Night Dinner (the last one we will see, SNIFF!), Emily tries to encourage Lorelai to put a spa at the Inn, but Lorelai is hesitant. Rory (in a fab outfit…oh, how I will miss the beautiful dresses these girls wear to FND) comes in to announce that she got a job as a political reporter for an online magazine, following the campaign trail of Barack Obama, and she’s leaving in three days.
Although they are all encouraging, Emily, Richard and Lorelai are also upset and if you’re not crying yet, the tears in first Lorelai’s and then Richard’s eyes will do it to you. Emily says “So, this is it?” and Lorelai prolongs the night a bit by agreeing to stay for after-dinner drinks.
Liz (sans the annoying TJ, YAY!) visits Luke to see how he did giving the necklace to Lorelai. He tells her he bought it as a back-up gift for Rory and that he and Lorelai are just friends. We all know this is so not true, but Liz lets it go, instead prompting Luke to whip up a banana/sweet potato meal for his niece, Doula. I like fatherly Luke. He’s still gruff at times, but the sweet Luke and in several instances tonight, even excited Luke we see is a testament to the progression his character has gone through over seven seasons.
In the diner, Lorelai breaks the news of Rory’s impending trip to the townsfolk, who are bummed not to see a re-enactment of her graduation. Lorelai and Rory improvise a humorous one, with Lorelai giving Rory a “diploma” (Luke’s menu) and Rory accepting saying, “Summa Cum Luke.” Luke has a half smile on his face as the townies look upset, and you just know he’s going to don his invisible tights and cape and do something to save the day.
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