I’ve been re-watching Gilmore Girls for the past couple of months. I love the show when it was on the air, it started when I was 16 and Rory was 16 and I felt a lot of the things she and her friends were going through.
I re-watched it with my mother when I was in my 20s and loved it the same. Now I’m 35 and I’m re-watching it as someone closer to Lorelai’s age, a mother with a daughter. I had no idea that it would affect my reactions to the show so much. I thought maybe I’d feel closer to Lorelai, but I find myself empathizing deeply with Emily. She has a husband she loves, a daughter she loves – and as a wife and a mother some of the things I see Lorelai do to her mother hurt me as a mother who only wants the best for her child.
(My growing respect for Emily may also stem from my growing adoration for Kelly Bishop who plays her – the woman was one of the original cast members of A Chorus Line, for which she won a Tony, and that made her perfect as a cast member on Bunheads, another show by Amy Sherman-Palladino that I loved dearly before it was stupidly cancelled).
Now I am almost done. I am rounding the corner on season seven, but now I know that there is more coming – and the more that is coming will be how it was all meant to be. Those last four words that she promised us all those years ago. I kind of hope it goes “Hockey puck, rattlesnake, monkey monkey underpants,” or maybe “Oy with the poodles already.”
Rory will, once again be my age – will she be married? Will she have children? Will she have parlayed her job following the Obama campaign into a position in the Washington press corps?
Everyone is talking about Dean, Jess or Logan – or maybe Marty and all I can say is: None of the above. Let Rory have lived some more. Let Lorelai have her inn thriving. Show us Emily’s strength. Let us mourn for Edward Hermann and for Richard Gilmore. Let Paris and Doyle rule the world. And Sookie, dear Sookie – the best Melissa McCarthy ever was. Bring them all back and let us love them again.
Every time I re-watch this show I realized how much I have missed these women. Every time. Now there will be more to love, more to re-watch.
I will follow.