Countdown to February sweeps.

Rebecca Rand Kirshner, people. Didn’t I tell you? Rebecca Rand Kirshner.

In an interview, CW president Dawn Ostroff recently said, regarding Gilmore Girls, “[T]he first half of the season was a little rocky. [Dave Rosenthal] was painted into a story-line corner [from last season]. I think the second half of the season will be a lot stronger.” Take that, Palladinos!

I kind of felt like the show was suddenly in my head, checking off the things I said I wanted. Good Rory/Lorelai time? Check. Adult conversations between them as well as the usual quirk? Check. Luke getting more screen time? Check. Lorelai and Luke having a scene together (this was one I didn’t really dare to hope for)? Check. TWO scenes? Double check. Christopher still not fitting in the girls’ lives? Check, check, check. Lane? Check, and . . . hilarious.

I even like that Chris wasn’t such a bad guy. The scene at the end was pretty much what I tried to say in the State of Stars Hollow address – it was a picture of the “perfect” life Lorelai thought she wanted, but it turns out that’s not what she wanted at all.

I think you may recall that in November I put forth the theory that April would have to be the one to bring Luke and Lorelai back together. I repeated it last week. And now it looks like it’s going to come true. I like that it’s all coming together, finally.

I could go on and on about the Discovery Store (that’s what it was supposed to be, right?) scene and how much I love these glimpses of Luke’s involvement in Rory’s life that we get from time to time, but let’s just say that, for me, what I have been saying was summed up when Lorelai said that Rory had been out of town at Christmas so they were celebrating Christmas in January, and Luke said, “Of course you are.” That was it, right there. He knows them, both of them, in a way that Christopher can’t because he wasn’t around. The one thing I would have liked in that scene [and Mike pointed this out, so kudos to him] was that, when Rory listed all the presents Luke had given her, she should have ended with the necklace from last season. Though maybe they didn’t do that because the necklace should probably be April’s. But, still.

It’s just a matter of time, now, before Lorelai and Christopher call it quits. We must just be patient. To quote Lorelai from season 4: “Things are happening! Big things, wow things!”

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