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Gilmore Girls: Just Like Gwen And Gavin

by Joel Keller, posted Jan 18th 2006 1:02PM
Gilmore Girls: Just Like Gwen and GavinI seem to learn something new every time I watch Gilmore Girls. Did you know that Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale found out that Gavin had a kid he never knew about? I didn't have a clue, but now I know, thanks to Amy Sherman-Palladino and her knowledge of pop culture minutiae. After Lorelai accidentally finds out about the existence of Luke's long-lost daughter April -- she runs into April at the diner, happily loading the salt and pepper shakers and figuring out experiments on how to keep the salt from clumping -- Rory uses Gwen and Gavin as a means to keep her mother from freaking out. Oh, and she also took the opportunity to take a quick swipe at the pair's singing ability, but that's another matter...

(It was a good aside: "They're people. You're people. I mean, you don't sing and neither does Luke. But really, neither can Gwen and Gavin, but they're still together.")

How'd Luke get himself in this pickle? Well, he goes to visit April in the park, thinking that a smart Rory-esque 12-year-old wants to play in the snow on a 40-degree day. Um, no. April doesn't mind hanging out at the diner though, likes it actually (oh, she's an odd one, that April), so they agree that she'll show up there the next day. Luke gets all nervous and tries to cancel later, only to be upbraided by April's mom Anna; it was his choice to have contact so he can't start backing out on his commitments.

So April's coming to Stars Hollow. Since Lorelai's going to be busy hosting a group of creepy maple syrup sippers at the Dragonfly and setting up a Doggie Swami booth at the Winter Festival (Taylor called an emergency 3 AM meeting about the festival -- he was videoconferenced in from Maine -- and the entire town showed up! Do towns like this even exist?), she won't be making it to the diner when April's there. But Lorelai leaves the inn to escape the syrup drinkers, and runs into April at the diner.

Meanwhile, in Roryville, she's still trying to fend off the olive branches from Logan. Flowers. More flowers. Even more flowers. He even buys the services of the Yale coffee cart to follow her around for the day. No dice. At the same time, Paris is running roughshod over the staff of the Yale Daily News, and the staff is about to, in their terms, "Howell Raines her." They meet to discuss their plans, keeping Rory out of the loop, thinking that she's too close to Paris. But when Rory accidentally interrupts the meeting at the local pub (coffee cart following closely behind), they clue her in. When she tries to warn Paris, who has assigned the staff numbers so she doesn't have to waste time remembering their names, Paris turns right around and deftly clamps down harder on the staff while throwing Rory under the bus at the same time. Smooth. Now they hate Rory, too. Can the palace coup be far behind?

Oh, and did I mention that Logan isn't giving up? He even goes to Lorelai, hat in hand, seeking advice. Lorelai, bless her heart, agrees, admiring Logan for his pluck even though he screwed up her daughter's life. He goes back to Rory's apartment with a dozen Krispy Kremes and a note from her mom. She reads the note, doesn't tell him what's in it, and reluctantly agrees to dinner.

Some other loose plotlines: Zack gets jealous that Lane's hanging about with an "Asian George Clooney" and confronts Mrs. Kim at the festival, thinking she set them up. Lane says that the guy is her brother and Lane's uncle and, in yet another cool moment, says she won't stand in his way of getting her daughter back. Oh, and Taylor comes back from Maine and goes "undercover" to see how good a job Kirk is doing with the festival. How they had room for a "Stars Hollow is so quirky" plot in this eventful episode I have no idea, but it wasn't really all that necessary, even if the Winter Festival was a nice backdrop for the fun.

But back to Luke and Lorelai. She was upset that he waited two months to tell her about April. What else doesn't she know about him? But after hearing about Gwen and Gavin from Rory, Lorelai decides that though things are weird, they can work through it. Luke continues to apologize, and tells her that things are so overwhelming between April and the wedding, that he didn't have the chance to tell Lorelai. She starts to realize that something's not right and offers to postpone the June 3 nuptuals, which Luke agrees to with relief.

Uh oh. Lauren Graham does a great job in this scene, because a look comes over her face that tells you that, even though she offered the postponment, she's not happy that he accepted. Like I said, Uh oh. Stay tuned. Who gets the feeling that we're going to be seeing Christopher rear his head really soon? That guy's timing is uncanny...

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Ruan Caiman

I thought the 8-mile reference was pretty funny.

If you search for 8 mile at pictures.ask.com, you should get some of eminem's outfits from that movie - a lot like what Taylor was wearing...

http://www.salentonline.com/cinema/locandine/8mile1.jpg

January 25 2006 at 1:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jessica Vincent

I am in love with Gilmore Girls! i know every episode, i am a die hard fan, i make sure its t-vo'd and taped if im not home for it, and i must say that this is one of the best episodes i have ever seen in my whole life! i cant wait to see what is next!!! im stoked. but i really hope that Lorilie and luke stay together, i need happiness, and i hate being worried about things like this.....and i agree that i thought i heard taylor's voice, but did anyone think that taylor's voice was maximized from the computer so everyone could hear him? thats just a thought...and how could he see everyone walk out as people were leaving the building?? ( i watched this 5 times in the past 3 days...) and i am wishing for a happy ending....o and i hope rory and logan can find someway to make up, adn prove his parents wrong about her.....and i noticed that lukes daughter...well, the mother....she is the same lady as jess's mom....and while im here, gran (richards mom) has the same wedding planner for the 100th ep., and at grans funeral....

January 23 2006 at 4:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Emily

Ok, this ep had me EXTREMELY worried, what with the current fad of dropping in horrifying dramatic plotlines in perfectly good comedy-dramas...I think my life will cease to exist if Luke and Lorelai don't get it together...

January 22 2006 at 10:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Stirl

Oh, I love this show! The twists and turns and never ending, refreshing, witty cliches. But please Amy SP, give us a wholesome happy and uplifting ending - if this is the last season (hope not). I also am in the camp of Lorelai and Luke to be a definite item so do not spoil that. Here we are in the midst of terrible and real world events, I need respite and entertainment depicting somewhat of a sane if not (just a dream) of a Stars Hollow existence. Always something to look forward to on Tuesday nights. Thanks.

January 19 2006 at 9:38 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
maria

Thank you Angela! Yes I am dying to know what was in that letter from Lorelai to Rory.

January 18 2006 at 5:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
angela

Oh my god, I replayed that line on my DVR several times. One of the funniest moments of the entire season.

Am I the only one who's dying to know what the heck was in that letter from Lorelai to Rory?

January 18 2006 at 4:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
elizabeth

I heard Kirk yelling for the meeting.

Not the best GG ep, but the line you posted was my fave of the show last night.

January 18 2006 at 4:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Niklas

Best line: "Welcome to the S.H., bitch!" Zack

January 18 2006 at 4:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
La Rue

I think it was Kirk but Lorelei thought it was Taylor.

January 18 2006 at 3:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Dave

If someone recorded GG can you check when the 3am bells rang didnt Taylors voice call a town meeting or was that Kirk calling for the town meeting? Taylor was in Maine right.

January 18 2006 at 3:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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