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Stopping by Stars Hollow: A Critic’s First Watch of 'Gilmore Girls' - Season 1, Episode 18

"God lives in London?"

Did you know that sometimes, when you apply for jobs, they’re fake? And that people try to get your telephone number in order to scam you into going to a fake company? Who knows what will happen when you go there! Maybe you’ll become a sex slave! Or have your kidneys removed! All I know is that I am absolutely exhausted of dealing with fake companies that waste my time as well as companies who try to lure you in with perks only to reveal that their salaries are painstakingly low.

If you are in charge of a business and handle the hiring please make note: just list the salary and benefits flat out it will make your hiring process so much easier.

But enough ranting, let’s stop by Stars Hollow!

Season 1, Episode 18: “The Third Lorelai”

The cycle of awkward mother-daughter relationships that crumble to the touch due to a lack of communication and expression continues! It’s an absolute delight to watch Emily experience the same frustrations with Trix as Lorelai experiences with Emily. It makes it even better that Emily can’t even fathom that her daughter feels that way about her.

This development of the Gilmore family dynamic is just wonderful because it makes Emily a more sympathetic character. In fact, this entire episode casts Emily in a sympathetic light. This is because, for the first time, we truly get to see Emily experience true frustration and fear and have her actions be driven by those emotions. We see her struggling with the fear of losing her daughter once again and because of her previously established character mannerisms she has trouble voices her concerns.

The cycle of the Gilmore girls bottling their emotions then exploding in grand ways or slowly chipping away at the foundations of good things continues. While this repetitive nature could drive audiences away out of boredom or predictability, Amy Sherman-Palladino builds upon her past work and molds it into a brand new being. The heart of the dynamic is still the same but the way it presents itself is ever-morphing, which helps drive the show to its success. The audience is waiting with baited breath for the day that communication is made. While Lorelai and Luke’s relationship may be our romantic slow burn arc, the resolution of the Gilmore family relationship drama is our ultimate goal.

And then, you know, you have the absolutely unnecessary and frustrating Paris, Rory, Tristian plot. Life’s all about balance, isn’t it?

Compared to beautifully crafted dynamics of the Gilmore girls cycle of miscommunication, the cycle of Rory and Paris going back and forth between friends and enemies is absolutely maddening. The frustration felt with Paris once again blowing up a great friendship over an absolutely minor transgression is horrific. It’s not a slow burn yearn for the audience, it’s beating a dead horse. It makes the strong-willed, intelligent Paris seem more like your run of the mill awkward, boy-crazed teenager, and in the past episodes, she has evolved into so much more than that.

It took as much willpower as I could muster to not skip through these scenes. I would have much rather watched paint drying or ram my head into a wall than to watch the absolutely brilliant and dynamic Paris be reduced to a screaming, whining, entitled bitch baby for forty-five minutes. But unfortunately, my integrity as a critic means more to me than my sanity.

I’m awaiting the satisfaction felt when Emily and Lorelai reach a middle ground amidst their differences to happen with Paris and Rory. If anything, let their relationship evolve past this trivial point like it should have by now.

But let’s keep hoping as we move…

Onto Season 1, Episode 19: “Emily in Wonderland”

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