Katrina Clarke/Nick Patch | November 25, 2016 | Toronto Star
Episode two picks up in spring with Lorelai and Emily sitting in silence in their therapist’s office — clearly not thawed after their winter blowout fight. Meanwhile, Rory continues to flit in and out of a now-engaged Logan’s bedroom, interrupting their tryst only to babble incessantly about meetings with Conde Nast and the book she may or may not be writing. We also have an appearance by Mitchum Huntzberger, Logan’s father, who infamously told Rory she’d never make it as a journalist.
Katrina Clarke: His presence seemed to send chills up Rory’s spine — and mine. Nick, what are your thoughts on the Rory-Logan dalliance?
Nick Patch: Agreed, and as much as Logan’s return was welcome, his presence always seems to elicit nasty bouts of aimlessness from Rory. I thought this second episode in general could have used more direction — I wasn’t particularly compelled by Rory’s flirtation with Conde Nast or her bumpy transition into biographer. (Also, how does a couch-surfing freelancer spring for regular cross-Atlantic flights?)
In fact, after the rush of the Gilmore Girls’ return, this episode dragged just enough to prompt me to question whether the super-sized 90-minute format is the right way to watch the show. I’ll just go ahead and quote Luke: “Why does everything need to grow? If something’s good, keep it the same.”
Are you having similar pacing concerns, Katrina?
KC: Yes, I too felt the plot meandered too much and seemed to lack a real arc. But I do like that time passes between episodes, leaving me wondering where the characters might be when we return. I was actually wondering if Lorelai might be pregnant in this episode — I presume she wasn’t, due to her high consumption of alcohol.
The ending saved the spring episode for me. Watching Rory — who, as you mention, is a freelance journalist with the unlikely funds to jet off to London every week — crash and burn felt just right. Rory at her best is Rory confronting her epic mess of a life. It makes her Type A, overachieving self seem relatable.
Lorelai, too, seems to be adrift. What’s up with her and Luke?
NP: From the moment I saw Luke listlessly scanning their TiVo queue in the winter chapter, I sensed something was up, and their huffy exchange over expanding the Inn was steeped in tension.
Now that Emily has reason to insert herself into Luke’s business (literally, thanks to Richard’s gift), I can’t imagine anything bottled up between the two staying that way.
Meanwhile, Emily and Lorelai’s scenes together — including their much-overdue therapy sessions — continue to be my favourite thing about the reborn show.
We’re halfway through the show now. Are there any characters you’re still dying to see?
KC: Yes, yes, yes! Jess and Dean. I’m dying to know what Rory’s exes have been up to. I imagine Dean lives in another small town, works as a home builder and has three kids. I predict Jess has Jack Kerouac-ed his life and has no permanent address — a life mirroring that of a certain doe-eyed 32-year-life, perhaps? Any other characters whose lives you’re curious about?
NP: You know, I think we are in for big, emotional scenes with both Sookie and Christopher, and I’m ready for it. I’d really like to see poor, clueless Christopher redeem himself after years of infuriating waffling. But I guess his absence so far can’t be a good sign. (Nor is a recurring dream about Paul Anka, by the way.)
When we pick up in the summer, do you think Rory will be better off?
KC: I think Rory will be back on her feet, but will be sticking around Stars Hollow. She also needs to do two things: Dump Logan. Dump Paul. If she stays home, I can’t imagine that transition will be easy for her.
- Rory, status: “I’m just a big fat wookiee-humping loser with no future.”
- Lorelai’s secret superpower: Line-skipping — giving her immediate access to New York’s most in-demand goods, including the cro-dough cake.
- Richard’s last words: “Get the hell away from me.”
- Katrina’s rating: 2.5/4
- Nick’s rating: 2.5/4