‘Gilmore Girls’ episode 4 recap: ‘Fall’ gives us the final four words, and plenty of tears

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This recap contains spoilers for episode 4 of Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, titled “Fall.” And if you already need a refresher, check out our recap of episode 3.

“Mom?” 

“Yeah?”

“I’m pregnant.”

Those are the heart-stopping final four words that Gilmore Girls creator Amy Sherman-Palladino always planned to end her beloved series with. 

When you consider the show was supposed to end almost one decade ago, with no possibility of a Netflix revival at the time, it seems impossibly cruel — right up there with The Sopranos in terms of a cliffhanger ending. 

As Lorelai might say, “full freakin’ circle” — especially since, if the Palladinos had been involved with Season 7, Rory would’ve been 23 when she dropped the pregnancy bombshell on her newlywed mom. That’s not quite as young as Lorelai was (16) when she became pregnant with Rory, but it’s certainly young enough to disrupt Rory’s life and career.  Read more…

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‘Gilmore Girls’ episode 3 recap: Everything falls apart in ‘Summer’

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This recap contains spoilers for episode 3 of Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, titled “Summer.” For your reading pleasure, here’s our recap of episode 2.

The seeds of discord that were planted in “Winter” are starting to bear bitter fruit in “Summer,” as we finally see Lorelai and Luke confront everything that’s been left unsaid between them for the past few months. 

Lorelai challenges Luke about going to see real estate with her mother and not telling her, and Luke questions Lorelai on her decision to keep her therapy a secret. They’re both insignificant gripes in the grand scheme of things — the tip of an iceberg of insecurities that neither of them want to voice because their status quo has been comfortable, if not ideal, for the past nine years. Read more…

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‘Gilmore Girls’ episode 2 recap: ‘Spring’ sees Rory spiraling

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This recap contains spoilers for episode 2 of Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, titled “Winter.” Check out our recap of episode 1.

If the first episode of Netflix’s Gilmore Girls revival was designed to show Emily in turmoil, episode 2 is all about Rory’s descent into madness. 

As Lorelai points out late in the episode, life has been pretty good to Rory so far; she’s had a privileged life with a supportive family, enviable education and an eclectic array of men literally fighting over her through the years, so she hasn’t really had to try hard at anything. 

Indeed, as “Spring” proves, whenever the going gets tough, Rory’s default setting is to throw a tantrum and quit — just as she did when Logan’s father, Mitchum, told her she wasn’t cut out to be a journalist in Season 5, which prompted her to drop out of Yale and move in with her grandparents.  Read more…

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‘Gilmore Girls’ recap: ‘Winter’ brings snow, secrets and the worst fight in Gilmore history

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This recap contains spoilers for the first episode of Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, titled “Winter.”

Welcome back to Stars Hollow, friends; we’re all a little bit older — if not much wiser — since the last time we visited the best fictional town on the planet, but the talk is still fast, the coffee’s still hot, and our titular girls are still just as perfectly imperfect as they were before. 

Times have changed out here in the real world, but it’s comforting to know that in Stars Hollow, the song remains the same — right down to the faithful town troubadour and Sam Phillips’ distinctive “la-la” score, which may be the best form of time travel outside of a DeLorean, since hearing it instantly transported me back to the living room couch where I’d cuddle up with my mother to watch the original iteration of the show. Read more…

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