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Gilmore Girls: Bon Voyage (series finale)

by Joel Keller, posted May 15th 2007 10:15PM
Gilmore Girls: Bon Voyage
This may not have been the way Gilmore Girls was originally supposed to end, but, as it turned out, it was a pretty good way for it to go out.

When I think about it, ending the show in such a "rip off the Band-Aid" fashion was best for everyone, including the fans. We had only two weeks to cope with the show's departure, knowing that the finale was already shot and ready to go. Nothing we could do or say was going to change how we were going to leave Lorelai, Rory, Luke, and the rest of the folks in the Gilmore world. Because of that, there was no speculation, no guessing. And there were also no grand moments, supreme life changes, and the obligatory scenes of someone looking back on an empty room before turning out the lights. It was very understated. And very satisfying.

So we didn't see Luke and Lorelai get married. So what? Yes, this finale was scripted to serve as a season finale if the show happened to go another year, leaving doors open and story possibilities to explore. But, you know, sometimes the best thing to do is to leave those possibilities unexplored. The only thing that's really final in life is... well, you know. So TV show finales don't need to be final either; they should assume the viewers would assume that these people's lives go on in some fictional land; we just won't be there to see it.

That's what we got here. Actually, there was quite a bit of finality in this episode and in the one or two before these, at least in the case of people making life transitions. Zack is going to go on tour while Lane stays home with the twins, for instance. Logan's history, off to San Fran to make his millions. Paris is going to Harvard med, with Doyle in tow. And, as we found out this week, Rory is going to follow the Barack Obama campaign around for an online magazine (though I thought it would have been more interesting if Rory was assigned to follow around Mitt Romney).

The only thing left hanging was Luke and Lorelai. But, then again, we already saw them engaged, and that was near torture to watch. Why have us go through that again? No, this was a good way to end; he goes the extra ten miles to get Rory's party together, she finds out, he tells her, "I just want to see you happy," they kiss, fade to black. We can assume the rest. Yes, Lor said earlier that she wanted a guy who knew how to feel -- and finally admitted that the karaoke performance she directed toward Luke meant exactly what everyone thought it did -- but I think what Luke demonstrated was more than enough to prove that he's at least trying to meet her half-way. Even though the kiss was ruined a bit by the CW's promotion hacks, who showed it during last week's coming attractions, it was still very satisfying to watch. It's too bad they didn't get to this a few weeks earlier.

Gilmore Girls: Bon VoyageThe party was a good opportunity to bring the town together. Babette's ankles predicting rain. Kirk's DJ'ing and sash-sewing skills. Miss Patty and her Miss Pattiness. Jackson and his fruits and veggies. Sookie with her constant cheer. Taylor and his humbuggery. And it was a good opportunity to do a little goofy humor, like when Luke and the town tried to set up in the square, saw Lor and Rory talking about fanny packs, and tiptoed away in unison. Also funny was the Gilmore girls' attempt to quickly recreate the graduation for Babette, Patty, Lulu, and Kirk at the diner, right down to Rory's line that she graduated "summa cum Luke."

The party even got to Richard and Emily... well, at least Richard. He was actually moved by the fact that the entire town came out to pay tribute as much to Lorelai's raising of Rory than to Rory herself. And Emily... boy, I think I'm going to miss her the most. All the eye rolling and berating Richard about being a post-heartattack emotional mess didn't hide the fact that she was concerned that Lor was going to stop going to those Friday night dinners. Quite a nice way for the writers to tease that fact out, with Emily mentioning that Lor should add a spa to the Dragonfly, right at the top of the episode. By the end of the episode, though, we knew where she was going; proposing the loan, saying they could get together periodically to work it out. Give Lorelai credit for being mature and saying she'll keep coming because she's "used to it." Despite the blue-blooded bickering, back-and-forth snideness, and lack of outer emotions, we know that Emily wants to Lor to be in her life, and not just because Rory is around. I think that came full circle tonight.

Lane's speech to Rory about why everyone thinks she'll do great was well-done. Rory voiced what I think every viewer has thought about her at one time or another: why does everyone always think she'll do so well at everything? I liked Lane's answer: it's not because she'll excel at everything right away, but it's because she'll be able to know how to make the right adjustments in order to succeed. That's Rory in a nutshell; as hard a worker as she is intelligent. She may be freaking out over being on the campaign bus, but she'll do fine. Maybe she'll make a Obama documentary just like Nancy Pelosi's daughter made when she followed Dubya around on the campaign trail.

Gilmore Girls: Bon VoyageSpeaking of journalists... who thought that Christiane Amanpour was going to be the one who eventually led Rory to that job? You know, meet the promising Yale grad, give her a business card, then all of a sudden Rory has an interview. That's how I thought it would happen. I'm glad it didn't, though; Rory's working for an online magazine, working her way up from the bottom (almost the bottom... she doesn't have to fetch coffee for anyone). It showed that not everything will be handed to her... and she's OK with that.

It was fitting that Rory's role model waited all the way to the finale to appear on the show. And it was also a good way to get Michel one last condescending monologue, this time reciting Lor's embarrassing behavior in front of celebrity guests. Who knew that many A- and B-listers came through Stars Hollow?

Nice job by Lauren Graham, as usual. What was going through her head in the scene where she finally lost it while watching Rory sleep? Was she thinking it was the end by that point? Anyway, she's been on fire acting-wise since at least the karaoke scene, if not before. Will she finally win an Emmy? Probably not. But damn if she didn't earn one tonight.

On to the final scene. Nice parallel to the first season (the pilot, maybe?) with the camera panning back on Lorelai and Rory talking over coffee in an empty Luke's, Luke happily serving them. Only this time, Rory's going to Iowa, and Lorelai is wearing that necklace Luke got from Liz. Very subtle way to show that connection; a "nice necklace" and a subtle glance between the rekindled lovers.

rating 7It was all very low-key and laid-back. It was as understated a finale as I've seen in many years -- probably because it was only semi-planned as a finale -- but in this case, I think it was appropriate. Funny, emotionally satisfying, and it leaves the viewer wanting to see what happens next in these people's lives. You really can't ask for more. Considering how hard I've been on the show all season, it's good to see it's going out on a high note. I'm giving it a 7.

I've been a fan of this show since the second season, and, recent flaws and all, I'm going to miss it dearly. Thanks to Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel, Scott Patterson, Kelly Bishop, Keiko Agena, Edward Hermann, Melissa McCarthy, and the rest of the cast for making Tuesday nights something to look forward to for seven years. And a special thanks goes out to Amy Sherman-Palladino for creating the warm, homey, quirky world of Stars Hollow and giving the show's stars such a river of great dialogue to say. A show as uniquely funny and emotional as Gilmore Girls won't come around for quite a long time.

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carol teather

wwwhhhhaaaagggghhhh im only up to season5 and know im pissing myself with what to expect argh god help me stay strong enough to want to live. i love the gilmores so much LL is so funny i just adore her quick witt and sookie, kirk mind blowing just absolute treasures, all of them. I love you gilmore show to the core of my being.if only i could have been on stage to watch a show that would be my dream and to meet and hang out with LL. I love you LL, WELL NOT THAT MUCH REALLY, I DONT KNOW YOU. BUT lF I DID KNOW YOU ID LOVE YA! KEEP THAT HUMOUR THAT ROCKS.

August 07 2007 at 10:10 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The Absoulute Best t.V. series of all times. From the first episode I ever saw where Rory started Yale. I saw it as a rerun on ABCFamily and was hooked ever since. the sean finale made my addication to the show just that much better. Thanks to Amy Sherman Pallidino for giving me a show to relate to and kick back with for seven amazing seasons!!!

July 01 2007 at 3:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

im sad to see gilmore girls end. it was a great ending. i think the show should continue on to see what else happens. i miss sit down every tuesday to watch them. i kno the was on for 7 years but some show go to 10 years. the show should of comtinued on.. the other thing is luke & lorelai were a cute couple and luke is cute.

June 12 2007 at 8:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I'm so glad to know there are others who feel the same way about this show.

L&L are definitely taking that boat trip!

And I too would like to know what happened to Lane's father, he wasn't at her wedding, but she always referred to her "parents" as if he existed . . .

I think if Logan loved Rory enough to marry her, he would not have given up on their relationship so easily.

What will I do without this show? ASP, Please create another one like it, and take it to a network that appreciates its fan base!

Juley, Danville, CA

June 04 2007 at 4:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Well, Tuesday is coming up, and the last Gilmore Girls was what, 2 weeks ago. I am still experiencing GG withdrawals, anyone else?

The last episode was sad. The whole thing. That Rory is leaving. That Lorelie's job raising her is done. That Rory took a job on a bus. (who's idea was THAT?)

All in all, though, it was a great episode, and left me to my own imagination as to how life goes on for Lorelie and Rory. And that is ok.

ah, Luke.


Long live the girls! Amy, Carol, Lauren, Alexis, Kelly, Kiko, Paris, sorry can't think of her real name but she was great as Paris! And, Melissa, of course, I did love Sukki! AND the greatest guests ever, Sally Struthers was fantastic, all in all, a very wonderfull show that never got the credit (or the awards) it deserved.

What WILL I do on Tuesday nite?

June 03 2007 at 9:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

awesome finale, awesome review...
this show has never been about complete conclusions, the finale perfectly represented the whole show.
The only thing left to do is say thanks to all the staff and thanks for these review.
and, yeah, oy with the poodles already

May 24 2007 at 7:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

im actually very dissapointed that Loralie didnt stay married or get back with Christopher , Luke was horrible to her he took forever to ask her on a date and she is the one that proposed and he never wanted to marry her he was to into his daughter , whereas christopher adores loralie they were suppose to be together but sheree was pregnant i think Lor and Christopher were perfect for eachother and im very angry they didnt stay together. and does Rory say yes to logan or not , I love LOGAN

May 22 2007 at 9:43 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I know this is about a week late but I had time to ponder on how I felt the Series finale was not what it should have and could have been. I started watching this show when it first aired. I absolutely loved the writing. it was fresh, funny, quick paced and the secondary characters were some of the most interesting ever. The writing was great in the series finale. the cast was wonderfully charming as always, Luke and Lorelai were great together as always. BUT I feel like this was a SEASON finale not a SERIES finale. It seemed like this was setting everyone up for season 8 dealing with Lorelai having empty nest issues (as Rory would be gone for a long time on the campaign trail) and leaving the show open to dealing with Luke and Lorelai finally walking down the aisle. Don't get me wrong, the show was well written and enjoyable (albeit sad) but it seemed like it was unfinished.

May 22 2007 at 1:49 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

As a fan of the Gilmore Girls (I never missed an episode and I own every season on DVD) I was severely disappointed to see the show railroaded to an abrupt ending. The series writers, the cast and the entire team deserved time to give us, who were so appreciative of it's unique creativity and deeply involved in the characters and story line, a well-thought out conclusion. It was so obvious that the CW just decided to end it and gave them no time to conclude this sincerely, top-of-the-line series. HBO would certainly never do this. I'm ashamed of CW for taking away the opportunity to conclude a series that is so well-written. Just like anything ahead of it's time this network is failing because it doesn't back "quality programming". Thank you to the cast, the writers and the whole crew for bringing to the little screen a story-line that gave permission to be oneself in a world that doesn't include personal eccentricities. Lauren Graham is, by far, one of the finest actors we have. I hope she goes on to find herself offered many, exciting roles that let her branch out and display even more of her talents. Writers, please, develop another series that I can enjoy for six years and look forward to every week. I like heavy dramas as well, but the "Gilmore Girls" struck a chord and I will miss this show more than ANYTHING on tv. It made tv worth watching. I am very proud to be a fan!

May 21 2007 at 2:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I absolutely loved the sweet and poignant final Gilmore Girls show. I work on Tuesday PM's, so I had to watch the tape. I've watched it twice already. Yes, it was understated, but so normal. We've grown to love these characters and the quaint town of Stars Hollow for seven years and would love to know what the future holds for all of them. The last scene with Rory and Lane on Lane's front porch was sentimental with them remembering what it was like when they were kids playing together. The town-wide party was amazing, especially because Luke orchestrated the entire thing. The scenes that were especially touching were when Lorelai pulled the covers up over Rory when she was sleeping, and also when Rory asked Lorelai why she wasn't upset about her leaving so soon. The characters remained "real" to the end with no silliness or absurdity. I feel the same way as I do when I've finished a great novel - sad that it has ended - but with happy memories of a great story that I was so fortunate to have picked up. I'd like to believe that these characters lives will go on and can dream about what the future will hold for them.

May 21 2007 at 10:18 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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