Gilmore Girls – A Year in the Life – Episode 01 – Winter

Written by M.

“Please, Luke, please, please please.
How many cups have you had this morning?
Five, but yours is better.”

“I got kissed.
And I shoplifted.”

“Honestly Lorelai, it’s not your looks that keep them away.
Think about that.”

“People die, we pay.
People crash cars, we pay.
People lose a foot, we pay.
At least you have your new slogan.”

“Did you do something slutty?
I’m not that happy.”

“People are particularly stupid today.”

“Copper boom!”

“Norman Mailer, I’m pregnant!”

“Luke can waltz?
Luke can waltz.”

“I just want you to know I’m in.
I am all in.”

“It’d be like the first 15 minutes of Saving Private Ryan.
But at least those guys got to be in France.”

“I’m not going to Harvard.
I had sex, but I’m not going to Harvard.”

“I stopped being a child the minute the strip turned pink.”

“You jump, I jump Jack.”

“Eternal damnation is what I’m risking for my rock and roll.”

“Oy with the poodles already.”

“Because I love you, you idiot.”

“I smell snow.”

 What a brilliant opening to start this revival. Simple, yet exactly worthy of Gilmore Girls. You’re immediately back at the Gilmore pace of things. However it wasn’t long till Stars Hollow became different. Sure the fast pace and the kind of humor is still the same, which we love, but there are small differences that are starting to irritate.

For instance, since when is the cell reception bad in Stars Hollow? Luke had a ‘no cell phone’ sigh since the beginning of the series, he wouldn’t have that if people never got any reception. I know it’s just a small thing, but since it’s at the beginning of the episode and Rory is racing around town to get reception, it’s irritating. Another thing that irritated me was, when Paul arrives, Luke tells this to Lorelai, making it a name guessing game. Only when he couldn’t get to the name, he turned to Rory, who was in the same room. It doesn’t seem like something that would happen in the original series.

The tribute to Richard, I’m after almost a year I’m still not sure how I feel about it. I loved the scene at the cemetery, but I dislike that it was about how Lorelai screwed up that night. And most of all I hate the fact that Rory left early because she had to go back to London. Did she just go back to see Logan or did she have an actual good excuse. You’d think that given the relationship she had with Richard, she would clear everything to be there. My grandfather died last January and my relation was nowhere close to that of Richard and Rory, in the end he didn’t even know who I was anymore, but I wouldn’t have missed any part of the funeral, not for anything. So I wonder, what the hell was so important in London to leave early.

Emily, what to say about Emily. I loved to see how the death of her beloved Richard affected her, even keeping a maid for months now. Thankfully she’s still Emily, and the only one who questions Rory and her living situation. And she should! God knows I know about not being in the point of your live you want to be at, but not having a place to call home? Unless you’re travelling the world, having your stuff scattered over several places is not healthy at 32.

Though many people hate on Rory for not being successful as she was always set out to be, but I’m kinda digging it. A lot of people of this generation are struggling and it’s nice that it’s represented like this. And it’s not like she’s acting out of character. Remember the Reston fellowship in season 7? She wanted it so badly she blew off other great offers. Or when Mitchum said he didn’t see her as a journalist, she was devastated and stole a yacht. Sure she isn’t stealing anything and isn’t turning down jobs, but she is lying about how it’s going. She makes it look like she has so many options, where she actually hardly has any. But she had her piece in the New Yorker, which in her minds means she made it and any paper would want to work with her, feeling too good to do some ‘lighter’ work. I’m not bothered by Rory not being in the place she wants to be in, or where everybody thought she would be. I am, however bothered by how she’s handling it. How hard it may be, be truthful about the situation, at least to yourself. So your life isn’t perfect, but take little steps, get a place to live, secure an income and don’t be afraid or too proud to ask for help.
How is it that Rory is broke? She got her trust fund from Trix, her always ongoing financial support from her grandparents and Chris. She has no rent to pay. Is she blowing all her money on plane tickets back and forth to London? Oh and then there’s the lying to Lorelai about who she’s staying with in London.

Lorelai, to me Lorelai didn’t seem as in control as she always used to be. She always came across sure about herself, confident and strong willed. But now, she seems nervous and insecure and I’m not loving this transformation. What happened in these 10 years for her to become like this?

Paris, thank God, Paris is still Paris. I’m sad that she and Doyle couldn’t make it work, but I love she hasn’t lost her ‘Paris’. Character wise I think she’s still the same, more than most others and it’s the Paris I love, and sometimes wish I was.

Best quotes;

  • “Ooober”
  • “I found myself thinking, maybe it would be nice to take a cruise. And then I broke a hip”
  • “Why on earth aren’t you on Xanax? It was invented for you”
  • “But after you’ve passed the peyote, what bathroom will you use to throw up in”
  • “What sort of attack are you having?”

And also;

  • Love the fact that the town troubadour is still in Stars Hollow.
  • Seriously, Luke is creepy with his proudness.
  • How is it that Paul doesn’t notice that Lorelai and Luke don’t remember him at all and that Rory forgets about him every 5 seconds?
  • I want to see Frederick! We are invested in Michel, I want to see who he spends his life with.
  • Tattoo of ‘Wino Forever’, who has it and why haven’t we seen it?
  • The food that was served by Bertha at Friday night dinner, any thoughts on what it was? I think it was a ‘minced cordon blue’. It meets the criteria, it’s meat, has cheese, layers and it’s smooshy and crunchy.
  • What was that remark from Lorelai about Jess about? Sure, she didn’t like him when he was going out with Rory, but that’s like 14 years ago. You’d think they would have sorted out their differences by now.
  • So Lane and Zack’s kids are about 10 years old, they should have this family thing going on. But what we see is a living room which has the band equipment in them filling half the room and the other half is filled with Rory’s boxes. How do they live?
  • In the beginning of the episode Rory said she should have labeled her boxes to remember where everything is. Why is it that when she’s going through them, she’s not marking them at that point?
  • Is Rory still walking around without her underwear?
  • Is it me or has Kirk gotten more handsome over the years?