Wednesday, February 21, 2007

"Save the Cornish game hens!": Gilmore Girls

This was probably the best Gilmore Girls has been since coming back without Palladino, much better than the last few drama-filled episodes, and I think that's because the mess left by season six has finally been all cleaned up. Well, mostly cleaned up. Christopher is out of the picture, but Lorelai still had to break the news to Emily, who was in hyper-hysterical mode upon Richard's return from hospital.

Lorelai and Emily's dynamic has always been one of the cornerstones of this show, as established firmly in the pilot, and it had taken an unfortunate backseat for most of this season so that Lorelai's marriage could be concentrated on more. Which is a shame, because Graham and Bishop never fail to light up the screen when they're together, even in the weakest of situations. This week's situation was hardly that, actually using a few of my favorite GG conceits--the elder Gilmore house in disrepair (complete with the low-talking maid, who had me flashing back to The Puffy Shirt), Emily and Lorelai pounding back the liquor, and Lorelai displaying her worldly skills to her mother (this time involving her mastery of tax forms). It's all been done before, right down to Lorelai having to reveal some bad relationship news to her mother, but it was nonetheless the most worthwhile the show has felt in a long time.

Rory's plot (celebrating Logan's birthday, with his seeming maturity being dashed by a last-minute revelation that his business gamble had blown up in his face) was a little less interesting, but spiced up by the inclusion of Gregg Henry as Logan's intimidating magnate of a father. Even though he's one of the only unambiguously unlikable characters the show has ever had, Henry is always a delight to watch. Here he sinuously swept aside his past disapproval of Rory and dangled the tantalizing offer of a job at any of his newspapers to her (which had to be tempting). In return, Rory apparently had to take his side and influence Logan to his father's opinion in all matters business-related. Logan's subsequent business failure, where he went against the advice of his father, seemed to affirm that Mitchum is right to try and steer his son's interests, which sent kind of a mixed message for me. Nonetheless, the meat of the plot was fine and Logan has undoubtedly become quite a likeable (if somewhat more bland) guy. What the future holds for him and Rory is murkier, especially if this proves to be the final season. I know that David Rosenthal is a fan of Logan, and I don't want some boring soapy breakup to happen, but I do hope Rory isn't tied to the Huntsberger clan as the show draws to a close.

Finally, there was Luke housing his sister Liz and brother-in-law T.J. (with their new baby in tow) while their house was fumigated. Liz and T.J. can be funny, but their shtick can also wear thin within minutes if not written properly. I'm glad to see their setup at Luke's place was contained within this episode alone (some past arcs have had them floating around for weeks on end) and I was glad to see them influence the plot somewhat, as per the news of Lorelai's breakup. Liz took the romantic point of view, thinking Luke should pursue Lorelai again, whereas T.J. took the more male defensive position thinking he should stay out of that quagmire. Just raising the idea was all that the episode needed, as I can't see the writers ignoring the fan clamor to get the two crazy kids back together, but it was all nicely done, Patterson playing Luke's reactions as quiet and deadpan as usual. Another thing--Luke has the same duvet cover as me. I just noticed that. Weird.

Anyway, a rather heartening episode. Not to say the quality has picked up tremendously, but it was all well and good nonetheless.

1 comment:

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It is better than last episode..
Lorelai and Emily's dynamic has always been one of the foundation of this show. Really awesome series.. I watch Gilmore Girls online whenever i like to..