I made it through the wilderness. Somehow I made it through.
Yes, my friends this is the final episode of “The Gilmore Girls” on my list. It’s been a long and sometimes painful road, but it has been rewarding also. I hope now that we can all walk away having learned things about ourselves and each other…and the Gilmore Girls.
We begin this episode with a look at Lorelai who is spending the eve of her great Wild pilgrimage in a shitty motel.
It is clear form the start that Lorelai is woefully unprepared for this journey. It is also clear that Lorelai is not the only woman who has been inspired by the novel and movie (I guess there’s a huge difference between the novel and movie and this difference will form the back-bone of a recurring joke for the first half of the episode. Even Jess get’s in on it!)
Speaking of books, there is a really great book called “The Rites of Passage” by Arnold van Gennep which was published by Psychology Press in 1960.
In one of the chapters, Arnold (I can call him Arnold) deals exclusively with the topic of pilgrimage. It’s been a while since I read it and so I am probably mis-representing his thesis (Arnold won’t mind), but what he basically says is that an official pilgrimage is a sort of appropriation of one man or woman’s unique spiritual/character defining experience.
Let’s take Wild as an example. Cheryl Strayed went on a life-changing journey on the Pacific Coast Trail. This was her unique experience.
Then she wrote a book about it, and then many other people have tried to duplicate the experience that she had. This is the appropriation of that experience.
All the women who want to have the exact same experience as Cheryl did (and there are a lot of them in this episode) believe that the location of the experience (Pacific Coast Trail) is the key component in their own personal growth.
I really like Lorelai’s story in the first half of this episode because it ridicules this notion and emphasizes that powerful revelations can occur no matter where it is that you happen to be walking. Indeed, Lorelai doesn’t even make it through the first leg of the trail–she gets turned away by a park-ranger because she cannot find her permit.
She is feeling like a failure and wonders about the outskirts of the park until the off-beat path that she takes leads her to a lovely spot looking out on this scenic vista.
In the quiet of this peaceful place we see another great moment in Lorelai’s life where she has nothing to distract her from all of the issues which keep her awake at night, addicted to coffee, and always talking talking talking. And in that silence she hears something that we cannot hear.
It brings her clarity, and she calls Emily Gilmore.
During this phone conversation Lorelai gives Emily what she asked for in the first of the reunion episodes: she tells a heart-felt Richard Gilmore anecdote. It’s powerful stuff.
Mother daughter issues resolved! The circle is Complete!
Also, that park ranger was played by Peter Krause who played Nate Fisher on “Six Feet Under”!
I must have mentioned “Six Feet Under” at least 3 times during this blog. And here’s the lead actor from “Six Feet Under” playing a small role in the final episode of the show that this blog is all about!
Well you guys, I imagine you’ve already seen these reunion episodes so there’s no point in saving it for the end: Rory is pregnant.
The Circle is complete!
Rory is pregnant and that’s actually how the show ends. A lot of people were not happy about it. I honestly don’t understand why people were so upset. People have babies all the time! Whose the father? Not that it matters, but my money is on this guy:
Written in the stars indeed!
Why was Logan even in Stars Hollow? Well, that’s a difficult question. Why would a man who is engaged to another woman keep adding to the strings that bind him and Rory together? Under the pretense of a good-old Life and Death Brigade rampage, Logan and his pals kidnap Rory, and the five of them rip through Starts Hollow and New Haven until– surprise surprise they buy out a bed and breakfast. And guess whose room is right beside Rory’s? Logan’s.
Who could resist this charming mother fucker!? Not Rory. They have sex and I’m pretty sure that that is where babies come from.
I don’t like the fact that Logan featured so prominently in these episodes. For one thing, it’s clear that he is very much in love with Rory and that she is in love with him also. Throughout these reunions we keep seeing the two of them happily snuggled together in Logan’s London apartment.
But they can’t be together. Why? Because Logan’s family has deemed Rory to be an inappropriate match for the Huntzberger Dynasty. Because of this, Logan is arranged to marry some French Heiress.
So, the reason why Logan and Rory cannot be together is predicated entirely on the fact that, apparently, the Huntzbergers have royal blood and Rory is a commoner. It’s like a Disney movie! Only at least the Disney Prince would have told his parents to go to hell by now. Since they can’t officially be together Logan does some pretty manipulative things to keep those strings between him and Rory tight–like constantly inviting her to London, and giving her the keys to a house he owns so that she can write the book that Jess told her to start writing in the last episode.
I understand why a lot of people think that Logan is a scum-bag for the way he treats Rory in these episodes. But I can’t be angry at a character whose story has been so poorly written. It’s almost as bad as when Padme couldn’t fuck around with Anakin “because she’s a senator”.
What else? Oh yeah we meet Dean.
Dean and Rory are definitely over one another now. I’m glad. If Dean still had any lingering feelings after all the times that he had been burned, then I would….write something about that. Instead, I’m happy to say that the two of them greet one another as friends. Rory assures Dean that he’ll have a good place in her book and then they part ways.
Well, Jess definitely still has some lingering feelings. But Rory’s interaction with Jess is almost in the exact same friendly tone as her interaction with Dean. For once it seems that Dean and Jess are on the same page. They’ve both been ousted by a man who clearly did 20 push-ups just before his scene.
And yet, something tells me that, given time, Rory could end up with Jess. The similarities between Christopher / Luke & Jess / Logan are deliberate. If there was ever going to be a fresh season of Gilmore Girls, then we would see this new generation go through the tried and tested Lorelai/Christopher/Luke love triangle.
Godspeed Jess. Now get back to Goodlife and do more pull-ups!
Something else happens in this last scene with Jess that I want to mention. Rory completes the first 3 chapters of her book. She excitedly shows them to Jess and then runs back into the house.
Before she showed it to Jess she gave it to Lorelai, and Lorelai makes what really is my favorite pop-culture reference in all the original seasons and reunion episodes combined. Rory has entitled her book “The Gilmore Girls”.
Lorelai’s only suggestion is that Rory should “Drop the ‘the’. Just ‘Gilmore Girls’. It’s cleaner.”
This of course is a word-for-word reference to David Fincher’s 2010 film “The Social Network.”
I love that film, and I love that scene in the film. To have it dropped into this episode of “Gilmore Girls” felt like meeting an old friend in an unexpected place.
I can’t really think of anything else to talk about you guys. Emily gets remarried and basically quits the DAR. She even sells the old family house and moves to a lovely house by the sea. Once again her house is filled with fun, food and laughter.
Nice one Emily.
Oh yeah, Luke and Lorelai get married and Sookie returns to bake the cake–I mean what else was she going to do?!
And that’s it. Keep your ear to the ground for any updates to the site. I may go over all the posts again to make some changes or add a few things here and there. If copyright issues don’t get in the way then we might even be making something that you could fit on your shelf.
Thank you so much for reading. But now I regret to announce that this is the end. I am going now. I bid you all a very fond farewell. Goodbye.