“Haven’t you ever done something you wish you could take back later?”

Spoilers for Gilmore Girls episode “Farewell, My Pet.”

So, is it just me, or does it sound like Christopher has been reading my blog? He said all the things I’ve been saying! He even said part of it in a more clever way, like the “disengagement” line. I totally could have thought of that! Lorelai needed to disengage before jumping into a relationship with Christopher! My heart is so sad that Christopher came up with that and I didn’t. I feel I have let you all down.

Anyway, I mostly loved this episode. Because Lorelai gave Christopher the boot. Huzzah! Actually, let me list all the things I enjoyed about the episode before I give my (very few) negatives. Sookie was great in this episode. She was a real friend, asking the hard questions. Being honest. I love it when we get to see that part of their friendship. Michel got a story, and I have to admit that I see how they are paralleling season 1 (Richard in the hospital episode, dead pet funeral episode), but I liked the “Cinnamon’s Wake” Redux. I liked seeing the Dragonfly Inn – we have definitely been missing it. I liked Zack not wanting to sing “My Heart Will Go On.” I like the new cute TA. hee hee. I liked Paris wanting the boys to get tattoos since it would be like branding them.

I liked Lorelai and Christopher all finally saying what they really think and feel, and I like that I was right about that plotline – she does want to want you, Christopher. It would make sense if she did. You’re her first love, her babydaddy (hee), that guy that she always thought she could make it work with. I like that this breakup wasn’t about Luke . . . let me start over. The breakup was about Luke, because it was about how Lorelai’s feelings for Luke make her realize she can’t settle with Christopher. And we, the audience, know that Luke still loves Lorelai. But I don’t think Lorelai knows that. I don’t think she’s expecting to be with Luke now that she and Christopher have called it quits. And I like that. I don’t want her to jump from Luke to Christopher and back again. I want her to figure out why all this happened first.

So, Zack playing Celine Dion is classic Gilmore Girls, I think. And I think it was very effective to have Lorelai “see Luke’s face” then. But . . . it did seem a little cheesy for Gilmore Girls, don’t you think? I think it all came together really well, with the pet funeral helping Lorelai’s realization. But it was a little cheesy. That’s my only complaint, though. Since the winter break, the show has really seemed like it was back on track, with good, strong episodes and good, classic scenes. I know it is nitpicky of me to complain about this one thing. But I have been this show’s biggest cheerleader, so I think I have earned it.

And on that same note, I love that Gilmore Girls never does traditional Valentine’s Day episodes. This season, Lorelai and Christopher ended their marriage. Last season, Lorelai and Luke had a miserable time on Martha’s Vineyard. Two seasons ago, the vow renewal was right before Valentine’s Day and Luke and Lorelai’s big fight/breakup was right after it. In season 4, when the Luke/Lorelai storyline was building, the only nod we got to Valentine’s Day was that he got drunk and talked about his feelings and then gave her some earrings his sister made. Season 3’s episode was Jess showing up at the grandparents’ house with a black eye and Rory telling her mom she was thinking about sleeping with Jess. Season 2, Christopher’s baby was born. And season 1 had . . . nothing. hehe. I bet you thought I was going to say the Firelight Festival, but it aired in March! Tricky! I know you want to know how many of those I knew and how many I had to look up. I knew seasons 4, 5, and 6, and I had to look up seasons 1-3. Anyway, the show doesn’t get all sentimental most of the time, and I like that. So I guess I can forgive a little revelation during Celine Dion. But I did want to note that it made me a little squirmy.

I don’t want to downplay the fact, though, that last night’s episode was really good. That writer? She can stay. (I think her name was Jennie Snyder. Oooh, I just looked, and she wrote the episode earlier in the season where Rory got pissed at Lorelai and Chris for getting married in Paris. She can definitely stay.) It had townies, but not too much quirk. It had humor. It had actual conversations. I didn’t feel ashamed or disappointed to be a fan.

So, from here, I guess what we need to see is Lorelai and Christopher end the “marriage” (find out it’s not real!), Emily and Richard be on Lorelai’s side (like I said last week), and Luke and Lorelai moving toward each other. As far as Rory, I am still not all that into Logan, no matter how cute they are together. I just can’t do it. I am sorry, Susan. But I would like to see Rory get a job or go to grad school or something. And I would like to see her keep hanging out with Paris. And I would like to see her be there when Lane has her babies. And I would like to see more of Lucy and . . . whatever that other girl’s name is. These are not all that much to ask. Please let these things happen.

I am going to have to watch this one again, I think, because I know I have forgotten some things, but these are my disjointed thoughts this morning.

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  1. Theresa

    I liked the airing of real feelings – Lorelai telling Christopher that she was angry because he wasn’t there for her and that it wasn’t okay for him to leave because he was angry. Cool off, yes; take off for several days without checking in at all, no. Good for Lorelai coming out of the weird place to give the smack-down.

    I am also glad that we did not end the marriage with another “affair” type moment, but ended things mutually because they both realized that life had taken them to different places. I like how this episode made me think that there might be hope for Christopher (as a person- not with Lorelai) and that I don’t have to hate him.

    I didn’t really like the Rory – Logan scene except where they decide to go watch Paris belly dance! Come on- that is classic! I’m not sure why I didn’t like it, but I didn’t.

    Those are my thoughts – so when do Luke and Lorelai get back together so he can get his blue hat back out and get rid of the black one? 🙂

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  2. Kari

    Yes, it’s nice to feel as if Christopher might grow up one day, that he may learn how to deal with things and be honest and mature. Every once in a while, he showed glimpses of it this season. I went on and on about how Lorelai needed to get this out of her system once and for all, but maybe that was true for him, too.

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  3. I really ought not to have deleted it, because I should re-watch it. I didn’t particularly enjoy it, mainly because I was really too pissed at Michel to care what was going on in the rest of the show. I didn’t get that this was a reflex back on “Cinnamon’s Wake” … shame on me.

    Maybe I’m just already so over Chris and Lor that I really didn’t care to see them break up? Maybe. I don’t know. Could also be that I felt like crap yesterday.

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  4. Kari

    I wasn’t pissed at Michel at all. His pets are his babies, and . . . I’m not a pet person, but I know that pets are a big deal for some people, and he’s one of those people. He was just trying to get Lorelai to take him seriously, I think – he didn’t know that she also had a lot going on, and it’s true that he probably wouldn’t have cared, but . . . I dunno, it seems fair to me to ask her to take it seriously when he is sad. They said they would plan things and they didn’t, and, yes, it was funny, but I can also see how it wasn’t funny to Michel at all.

    All that to say – I don’t think one of them was right and the other wrong. They were both going through things that were hard emotionally.

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  5. And I am a pet person in general and a dog person in particular, and still I found it more than a bit much.

    But it got us to Zach having to slowly strum “My Heart Will Go On”, which was hilarious and kept up the Michel-loves-Celine-Dion-more-than-life-itself motif, so I’m okay with it.

    I guess I wanted more A plot and less B plot.

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  6. I was pleased to see that they didn’t turn the break-up into a flighty Lorelai thing…that it was, actually, more Christopher pushing for the whole thing, and that she finally, reluctantly, admitted to the feelings that she still had for Luke. Although…my guess is that Emily is going to place the blame squarely on Lorelai.

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