It’s the 100th episode of Gilmore Girls and Emily and Richard are getting re-married! They have invited “Christopher” to to the wedding in the hopes that he will sweep Lorelai off her feet. There’s only one problem with that plan: That’s not the REAL CHRISTOPHER!

For more on the “Christopher Has Been Replaced By An Android / Wizzard Theory”, then read my review of Season 2, Episode 22

Also, Dean is gone. I know that I have been hard on him in the past but…

..I don’t know how to finish that sentence.

Farewell Dean! See you at the reunion.

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Rory’s final separation from Dean marks a major shift away from her Star’s Hollow life and toward a different one. This different life is represented in two ways:

1-Richard and Emily Gilmore

2- Logan and “The Life and Death Brigade.”

In this season, Richard and Emily represent the worst aspects of this life. Never has their elitist attitude been more pronounced than in the condescending and sneering way that people like them treat people like Luke.

Also, Lane’s mother Mrs. Kim is hosting a Korean Exchange student named Kyon.

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Before we get to the wedding I want to point something out. Early on in this episode, Rory holds up a the album “Funeral” by the Arcade Fire.

This album was a big deal in High School and so me and my friends noticed whenever it got any play in movies or TV. At the same time that season 5 of “The Gilmore Girls” was on TV, so was the 5th and final season of “Six Feet Under”. Two songs from this album get played on that season. It was a great show, and, for me, it was also the first time where I saw a gay character who was also a protagonist.

In the early 2000s there still wasn’t a lot of Gay/Lesbian or Transgender representation on TV. In 2007 Dr. Deborah Fisher of Duke University conducted  a study where she and her team analysed content over the course of 2 TV seasons and coded for the number of gay, lesbian or transgender characters.

“although the presence of gay and lesbian characters may have increased recently on both commercial broadcast and cable networks, it is unclear how frequently television addresses the sexual issues of sexual minorities. When gay and lesbian characters have been included in programs, they have often been portrayed in asexual contexts.” 

She goes on to say that programs that do portray homosexuality in a sexual context will…“likely present such material in a humorous manner and may include stereotypical and negative portrayals.”

Well, in “Six Feet Under”, David Fischer (that’s Fischer, not Fisher) was often portrayed in sexual contexts, and none of these portrayals of homosexuality were done so in a stereotypical or negative way. Instead, David Fischer was portrayed simply as a human being. Watching “Six Feet Under” was when I first realized: “Oh! Gay people are exactly like straight people except they are attracted to people of the same gender.” At the same time that I was being introduced to this radical notion many people were watching “The Gilmore Girls” and were getting exactly what Dr. Fisher’s research describes.

For example, in this episode Luke remarks at how much money the wedding must have cost, he then points to some flowers and says, “those are real orchids!” to which Lorelai replies “a little gayer please.”

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Or this time.

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Or when we met the man who used to work the night shift at The Independence Inn.

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It would be unfair to call “The Gilmore Girls” homophobic. Just as it would be unfair to call the show racist for its depiction of Korean people. But that doesn’t mean that there are not homophobic and orientalist themes occurring throughout it. In 2004-2005 there were some shows that challenged main-stream culture by re-examining these themes, and there were some shows that didn’t.

One of the reasons that I love writing this blog is that gives me the chance to notice the way that the spirit of the times has changed. If we believe that these changes have been for the better, then we can use the past to identify signs of our ignorance and ensure that we don’t repeat them.

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The Wedding!

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The ceremony goes off without a hitch.

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The Reception!

“Christopher” sees that Lorelai and Luke are in love. With time running out, “Christopher” starts to get desperate. Then he starts to get drunk.

He has a brief encounter with Luke and Lorelai. Lorelai quickly goes into damage control mode. She tells Luke that, in a previous episode, she had gone to comfort “Christopher” over the passing of his father. If Luke is rattled by this then he only shows it by becoming surly. Luke is always surly, so no alarms are raised.  All is well. For now.

Logan is at the reception too. He is with a date. This frustrates Rory because she and Logan have been getting closer, but now it looks like Logan is playing games. Both Rory and “Christopher” leave the main reception hall and have a moment together. “Christopher” accesses the data which he gathered from his interrogation of the real Christopher, and then he tells Rory the story of when he and Lorelai first kissed.

Lorelai had walked right up to him and kissed him because “she said she just wanted to know what it would be like.” He tells Rory that her mother is the kind of person who knows what she wants and goes after it. Rory asks, “did you like it that she kissed you first?gg

Well-said “Christopher”. Now tell us, what have you done with Christopher?!

Then this happens!

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Rory and Logan you guys!

The whole thing goes tits-up when Luke, “Christopher” and Lorelai walk in on Rory and Logan making out. “Christopher” starts shouting, then Luke starts shouting, then “Christopher” shouts at Luke because he’s shouting at Rory. “Christopher” then says that Lorelai belongs with him right to Luke’s face. He even drags Emily’s name into it.

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That’s it. All the cards are on the table.

Luke leaves. Lorelai chases after him but it’s too late. She is then pulled into a family picture with Richard and Emily who look very smug indeed. Which makes it even sweeter when Lorelai says this:

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I know I’ve been hard on Lorelai in the past. But in this moment, right here, Loreali is a goddess.

So that’s it. That’s the 100th episode. It’s also the 25th episode on my list which means there’s only 8 episodes left and 18 days until the reunion. Can’t wait to see what’s changed!