Countdown to Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life – 22 Days Left

Written by M.

22 DAYS LEFT!!

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Crash Course Lesson #12

Ladies, meet the love of your life.
Men, meet the man every woman wants to be with.

Logan Huntzberger

Logan is Rory’s serious boyfriend in the last seasons of the series. He is the heir of the Huntzberger fortune, the son of Shira and Mitchum Huntzberger and the brother of Honor. His father, Mitchum Huntzberger, is a successful newspaper magnate.

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Logan attended a variety of boarding schools in Massachusetts such as Groton, Rivers, Exeter, and Andover where it is implied that he was kicked out for bad behavior. From which school he eventually graduated is not known. The Huntzberger family is what can be described as “old money.” The family is inspired by the real life owners of the New York Times, the Sulzberger family. It is shown that Logan’s father loves Logan, but at times treats him more like an heir than his son. His mother Shira tends to be snobby, even though she doesn’t come from “old money” herself.

Logan is very attractive, and many girls take notice in this. He is fair with wild blonde hair. He is of average height and is in shape. Logan is usually very well dressed. His casual attire usually includes a classy shirt or sweater and nice pants. He is seen wearing a suit and tie when he comes home from work.

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Logan is a charming, smart, flirty, and witty young man. He is also entitled, rude to others, and over all a bad influence on Rory. But those things are largely overlooked, not unlike how he is seen to be a bit of a player, as he goes out with a lot of girls and doesn’t have a serious relationship until Rory. Emily and Richard take a liking to him because of his charm, education, and family. He prefers to stay away from his family because they are controlling. Logan is also seen as protective, jealous, and kind. These traits are seen when he is jealous when Rory goes to a party with another guy, and he tries to get her to leave with him. He is also seen as kind with many of his romantic gestures and kindness towards Luke when he neglected to get Lorelai a Valentine’s Day present. Logan is also very adventurous and daring. He is a member of the Life and Death Brigade, a secret society that goes on many dangerous excursions. Despite Rory being his first real girlfriend, he treats her very well and does his best to be a good boyfriend.

Logan and Rory Gilmore met while attending Yale. Both Rory and Logan worked at the Yale Daily News. Logan’s appearance in the news room was uncommon and an annoyance to Doyle McMaster, the editor of the Yale Daily News. Doyle sucks up to him in the thought that he might meet Logan’s father. Logan often refers to Rory as “Ace” because she wants to be a reporter. The nickname eventually becomes a sweet term of endearment. Rory enlists Logan’s help on a article about a secret society, to which Logan belongs, called the Life and Death Brigade. He agrees to help her by leaving clues around her suite.

Logan takes Rory to a secret event party in the woods. Through that event, Rory becomes fascinated with Logan. She sees him in a different light after seeing how the other members treated him. Logan convinces Rory to take a dangerous jump with him. The jump strengthened the trust between both of them. When Rory’s grandparents throw her a party at their house, Logan and his buddies attend. They eventually move their own part of the party into the pool house where Rory joins them. She gets tipsy, and when she rushes outside late to meet her boyfriend Dean, he breaks up with her because he realizes they’re no longer right for each other. As Rory softly cries, Logan comforts her and pulls her back to the party to cheer her up.

Colin, one of Logan’s friends, bursts into one of Rory’s classes pretending to pledge his love for her. Logan comes in, and the two pretend to fake fight as a prank. Rory is highly embarrassed and angered at Logan for doing such a thing.Rory later gets him back by enlisting her grandfather to trick him and his friends into thinking that Logan’s parents and Rory’s grandparents were planning for their wedding.

Rory soon develops a crush on Logan and admits it at her grandparents vow renewal. Logan admits he likes her back, but is not a commitment guy. Later that night, Rory and Logan were caught hooking up in a back room during the vow renewal.

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Rory and Logan agree to a no-strings attached relationship that lasts until Rory realizes that she can’t do it and wants to be friends again. However, Logan takes it as an ultimatum and decides to start dating Rory exclusively.

Rory and Logan’s relationship survives many hurdles, first his mother’s and grandfather’s disapproval of Rory because she wants to work rather than stay home and plan parties. However, Logan does not pay heed to what his family says and still stays with Rory. Logan also comforts Rory when his father says that Rory is not cut out to be a journalist. Logan supports Rory when she decides to take a break from Yale even though he believes that she will eventually come back to Yale. During Rory’s break from Yale, Logan help keeps her distracted by involving her in his hedonistic life style, often footing the bill. When Jess visits Rory at her grandparents’ house the worst of Logan’s entitlement and pompousness comes to the fore. He verbally berates and tries to goad Jess into a fight, which doesn’t work but does cause Rory to reevaluate her life and their relationship. This leads to a break, which Logan perceives as a break up. Eventually he uses a series of increasingly thoughtful grand gestures such as massive amounts of flowers to apologize and win Rory back.

After having a disagreement with Rory over Logan technically “cheating” on her while they were on their “break”, he goes to Costa Rica to do a stunt with the Life and Death Brigade. Logan suffers a grievous injury during the trip with The Life and Death Brigade and is flown to a hospital in New York. When Rory finds out where he is, she rushes over and is very worried. While Logan’s in the hospital, Rory realizes how wrong she was to be mad at him, and Logan admits that he should have handled the situation better. After a conversation with Logan’s older sister Honor, Rory learns that Logan’s father, Mitchum Huntzberger, was purposely avoiding Logan in the hospital due to his disapproval of Logan’s participation in the Life and Death Brigade. Rory, then, calls Mitchum and tells him that she “disapproves” of his behavior. This phone call from Rory makes Logan’s father come down to the hospital, which cheers up Logan to see that his father cares about him.

Logan had been strongly encouraged, even forced, by his father to enter the family business. And, as a result, Logan moves to London to start his working life. Rory throws him huge goodbye party and tries to go to the airport with him but he said that if she went he wouldn’t board the plane. Surprisingly, after the conflict he suffers with his father earlier, he takes his new responsibilities seriously, and does his job well. Unfortunately, after he loses money after a badly thought-out investment in a new media company (the company violated another person’s patent rights, and the third company waited until a larger company with deeper pockets bought it to sue for infringement), Logan regresses and acts irresponsibly once more by taking a trip to Vegas with the Life and Death Brigade colleagues, Colin and Finn. He finally tells his father that he won’t be part of the family business anymore, and starts to straighten out again.

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After accepting a job offer in California, Logan approaches Lorelai to ask for her permission for him to ask Rory to marry him. She gives him her permission, and he proposes to Rory at her graduation party in front of her parents, grandparents and a room filled with friends of her grandparents. She pulls him outside, and tells him she needs time to think it over. Logan attends Rory’s graduation ceremony, and after it is over, Rory finds him. She tells him she isn’t ready to marry him, and hopes they can continue their relationship despite this. Logan says he isn’t looking to move backward in their relationship as they’ve done long-distance before, and this is an all or nothing proposal. She sticks with her initial decision, and he bids her goodbye.

Trivia

  • Rory is Logan’s first serious girlfriend.
  • When Logan was ten, he called actress Alyssa Milano his girlfriend, due to a, “weird ‘Who’s the Boss?’ phase,” as revealed by his sister, Honor. She reveals this when Logan introduced Rory as his girlfriend.
  • Logan is notorious for getting into many legal problems where his father and his lawyers always bail him out.
  • He sank his father’s yacht right off of Fiji one time.
  • Logan’s best friends, but worst influences, are Colin and Finn.
  • Logan is beloved by Rory’s grandparents because he comes from a rich, ‘blue-blooded’ family, until Rory doesn’t return to Yale when they begin to treat him as any other guy dating Rory.
  • Lorelai is apprehensive about Rory’s relationship with Logan, but they eventually come to terms with each other.
  • In season 6, Logan becomes a part of the beginning title sequence.

Life and Death Brigade

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A big part of Logan’s college life is the Life and Death Brigade, a secret society at Yale of which his father and grandfather were also a part of. So it seems only fitting that I give you some more information about this as well. Rory encounters upon researching it for a Daily News scoop. The club is shrouded in mystery and infamous for its dangerous stunts and, at times, criminal activities. Logan brings Rory to a few of the Life and Death Brigade events.

We first learn of the club when Rory spots a girl in a ball gown exclaim ‘In Omnia Paratus’ and climb into a black SUV. Intrigued, Rory does some research and learns that Logan’s grandfather was in the club, so she concludes that Logan must be as well. She pesters him for an insider interview, but he disclaims any knowledge of the club. Eventually, he offers her a chance to learn more, but only if she agrees to some unknown conditions.

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Later, Rory finds an envelope stuck to her dorm window with instructions to be in a certain location while blind-folded. Rory then is led by Logan and other members to a mysterious location in the woods that is holding a Life and Death Brigade event. Everyone at the event is dressed in 1930s style outfits and the tents are vintage safari-style.

Rory attempts to question the Life and Death’s Brigade members, but all refuse to answer her questions, because 1) she wasn’t wearing 1930’s clothes and 2) because she wasn’t complying with the game the members were playing. The members were conversing only in words that do not contain the letter ” e ” and refused to answer Rory’s “e”-filled questions.

The next day, the members partook in bizarre activities like a form of polo with girls in sedan chairs carried by the guys and trap-shooting with paintball guns and human targets who leap onto gym mats. The big event is a leap from a seven-story scaffolding with everyone in formal-wear carrying umbrellas. The safety equipment seems pretty dubious and was apparently tested only on potatoes. However, Logan encourages Rory to be less timid and to become involved in her story for the school paper. Along with four other members, Rory and Logan leap off the scaffolding and in what is a once-in-a-lifetime moment for Rory.

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After returning from the event, Rory finds at the doorstep of her dorm-room her  earlier confiscated camera, a gorilla mask and a bottle of champagne. This may imply that she is now part of the Brigade, but her membership is never mentioned nor depicted after this episode. While members of the Life and Death Brigade appear in several later episodes and is mentioned by Mitchum Huntzberger while he is explaining his disappointment in Logan, another LDB stunt is only mentioned again when Logan, Colin, Finn and Robert plan and improperly execute a stunt in Costa Rica prior to graduation, which causes a serious injury for Logan.

Trivia

  • Its motto is ‘In Omnia Paratus’, which means ‘ready for anything’.
  • “In Omnia Paratus” is also part of the motto of the U.S. Coast Guard.
  • In the Brigade Event Rory attends, the members hold a stunt where they jump from a great height wearing formal wear just like the photo she found that she showed Doyle.
  • Dan Palladino based the Life and Death Brigade on a group at Oxford University that spans centuries and actually invented bungee jumping. Dan used the brigade to represent that which could be done when you are smart, witty, and have infinite money at your disposal. The stunts in the episode You Jump, I Jump Jack were based on ideas he got from other outside sources: Dan read a novel where the author attempted to leave out “e”‘s; an issue of Vogue from the 1940’s featured women in sedan baskets; the first night of the stunt is supposed to look like the movie Out of Africa.

Have love,
M

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