Katrina Clarke/Nick Patch | November 25, 2016 | Toronto Star
Nick Patch: It’s summertime in Stars Hollow, so naturally Lorelai and Rory are overdressed and underwhelmed at the bustling town pool. As Lorelai becomes the town’s only sane theatre critic, Rory takes pains to tell everyone who will listen that she’s not really back — much to the chagrin of the tragic “30-something gang” — but of course no one will listen, and their skepticism seems validated when Rory agrees to become editor of the moribund Stars Hollow Gazette.
Ultimately, we learn that a different writing project has caught her eye — and her mom’s ire — but before we get there, what we really need to talk about is the episode’s big return: April.
No really, what did you make of the resurfaced and still quite literary Jess?
Katrina Clarke: Jess’s reappearance was one of the highlights of this episode for me. I just hope this isn’t the last we’ll see of him. Perhaps he was just meant to be the character who steers Rory back on course and then slips away?
I also enjoyed the references to the 30-something gang who, in Babette’s words, went “to college then out in the real world and it spit ’em out like a stale piece of gum and now they’re all back in their old rooms.” Millennials might find their storyline hitting a little too close to home.
One drawn-out scene I could have done without? The play. The pained expression on my face mirrored that on Lorelai’s.
My question to you: Will Rory write that book without her mom’s blessing?
NP: That’s a great question, but first, can I just say: oh my God, the play. It went on forever. Was it all just an elaborate excuse for a Bunheads crossover?
Back to the matter at hand: I can’t imagine Rory proceeding without Lorelai’s approval, but in a world where I’ve heard Taylor Doose say “RZA and Busta Rhymes,” anything’s possible. It does seem that Rory is driven more by desperation than inspiration at the moment, and springing this whole scheme during a trip to Richard’s grave seemed deeply insensitive.
That said, I suspect Lorelai’s mood could change with the seasons, and this book could morph into a collaborative project (I pity whoever has to transcribe their discussions).
What do you think — is a Gilmore memoir around the corner?
KC: A Gilmore memoir would tie up the revival nicely, wouldn’t it? Considering Lorelai is about to “do Wild” and find herself, I bet she’ll have a change of heart.
Let’s move on to Michel, the true star of this episode. “Fatherhood is going to be a lot of pretending for me,” he says after cracking a child molestation joke. I like that the writers kept Michel’s humour sharp while injecting him with heart — it was sweet watching him plead with Lorelai to expand the Inn. He can’t leave!
Lorelai seems to be at a crossroads. Where do you think we’ll see her in fall?
NP: I’m expecting a more decisive Lorelai than we’ve seen in the revival so far. It almost seems she has too many stray threads to realistically tie in one episode — we need closure on the book, the baby and the Dragonfly, not to mention her progress with Emily. And like Michel, I’m just not ready to leave Stars Hollow.
We have only 90 minutes left. Is there one storyline you’d really like to see decisively dealt with in the finale?
KC: If you’d asked me that question before, I’d have said I was dying to know who Rory ends up with. Now? I don’t care!
I’d read that creator Amy Sherman-Palladino didn’t want the revival to focus on Rory’s beaus and I think she did a good job of giving Rory a more complex storyline. What I do want to know is how Rory builds her life back up from here.
Dare you take a shot in the dark at the last words in the finale?
NP: At this point, I’m hoping they’re “see you next week!” I don’t want it to end yet. But I tend to think it’ll be something more sly than sentimental. Do you have a theory?
KC: “I love you, Paul.” Just kidding.
- Pop culture references: Man buns, Hamilton, Tori Spelling, Game of Thrones, Narcos.
- Rory, status: “I don’t need Lipitor; I need to be 20 again.”
- Lorelai, status: “I’m going to do Wild.”
- Katrina rating: 2.5/4
- Nick Rating: 2.5/4