Meet Luke Danes, my ex-television-boyfriend

Discussion of the Gilmore Girls episode “A Vineyard Valentine” below. Beware, those of you who haven’t seen it. This means you, Dawn. hehe.

I have to confess that I was not a big fan of this week’s episode. Mike watched it on Tuesday night, but I didn’t get to watch it until last night. He said that it was pretty painful for the first 45 minutes or so, but then there were some redemptive parts at the end, even if it wasn’t completely redemptive. And, I agree with that. The only problem with the “Luke and Lorelai are going to be okay” list is that I hated Luke so much in this episode that I wanted Lorelai to break up with him. I yelled down to Mike that I was breaking up with Luke, that he would no longer be my television boyfriend. He yelled back that Noah Wyle is back on ER, so maybe I could look for love there. hehe. Where was the romantic Luke who kept a horoscope in his wallet for eight years? Where was the guy who said he “could be a movie guy?” Where was the man who brought flowers and waltzed and let his actions speak because “that’s the romantic way to do this, dammit?” I miss old Luke.

Anyway. I still have reasons they are going to be fine. Even if Luke and I are on a break.

1. Sure, Luke was a jerkface this whole episode, when Lorelai finally expressed her feelings about the wedding being postponed, he responded well. They talked about the wedding, and, I was right last week! The wedding discussion wasn’t a big blowup! They took it in another direction! Point for Kari! And things seemed more normal, they were spending time together, having a good conversation. That one scene was really nice. As far as the wedding goes, we don’t have Luke and Lorelai drama, even with the newspaper announcement. Now we have Emily drama. Emily drama is fun, and gives us no need to worry.

1.5. Remember the season 1 episode in which Lorelai talks about how hard it’s been for her to say that she loves anyone? The whole time that Luke and Lorelai have been together, they have never said I love you onscreen. But Luke said it this week. That’s a good sign. (Yes, I am freakish for paying attention to that, but they made such a big deal about it in the first season that I really thought it was important to watch.)

2. It sure would have been nice to end it on a happy note with Luke inviting Lorelai to spend time with April or Lorelai letting Luke know she wanted time with April. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen. However, I’ve never been worried about April threatening their relationship. I think after they talk about her, it will be fine. The April drama will just take some time to smooth out, but it’s not going to be that big of a deal.

3. I think I’ve been right all along about the parallels between the first half of the season and the second half. In the first half, we had Luke saying, “Are we ever going to get married?” Now we have Lorelai saying that to Luke. So, unless Lorelai also has some long-lost kids she’s not aware of, we’ll get this straightened out and they’ll be back on track.

That’s it. That’s all I’ve got. Other than Luke being a jerk, I’m not worried. And I feel like all of that’s been written so out of character that I don’t even know how I feel about their relationship anymore. Way to go, Palladinos. Way to take my favorite television relationship and crap on it. Anyway. I think they’ll elope (to keep Emily out of the plans) and be fine. The end.

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