When Gilmore Girls Should Have Ended

Gilmore Girls, as I’m sure you know, was a show about a young mother and her teenage daughter who lived in a small town and experienced all sorts of life events, such as graduating high school (and then university), fulfilling a dream of opening an inn, getting a chance to be a reporter on Obama’s campaign trail – you know, normal stuff.

In light of the recent “reunion”, I – like so many other fans – have had Gilmore Girls on the brain. I spent many years staying up late on Wednesday nights to visit Stars Hollow, even though I knew I’d be tried (and cranky) in the morning, because it was worth it.

It’s one of the best shows to have ever existed. Up until a certain point, at least.

Most of the cast reunited at the ATX Festival in early June.

Most of the cast reunited at the ATX Festival in early June.

For the most part, I loved it. I loved the characters, I loved the plot, I loved the fast-talking and the fact that the girls loved to eat (even if they didn’t always show them putting actual food into their mouths). I did not love the turn it took in season six and, honestly, I think I’ve blocked out most of season seven because it was just so disappointing.

As far as I’m concerned, Gilmore Girls ended at a very specific time – about three quarters of the way through season five’s “Wedding Bell Blues”. The 40-minute mark, to be precise. For you to understand my reasoning, you need to know two things: 1) Luke and Lorelai are one of my favourite TV couples; and 2) I’m Team Logan. I realize that’s not a very popular opinion (people love Jess for some reason), but there’s something about that Huntzberger dude that I absolutely adore (but that’s an entire post for another day).

You are beautiful. You are intelligent. You are incredibly interesting. You’re definitely girlfriend material. I, however, am definitely not boyfriend material. I can’t do commitment, and I don’t want to pretend to you that I can. If I were to date you, there would be no dating. It would be something, right away, and I’m not that guy.
— Logan to Rory

Anyway, forty minutes into this episode, everything is perfect, or at least as close to perfect as the Gilmores get. Luke and Lorelai are still happily together, even though Christopher is shoving his annoying drunk face in their business, and Rory and Logan are finally hooking up after weeks of intense flirting. You know what happens about ten seconds later?

Christopher decides that now's the time to play the “dad card”, even though he wasn’t always there during Rory’s childhood, and gets all up in Logan’s face. Then Luke – who actually was a father-figure for Rory, and therefore, arguably, has a larger investment in this moment – gets in on it. Then Christopher and Luke argue which eventually leads to Luke and Lorelai breaking up (after we waited FIVE SEASONS for them to figure out that they’re PERFECT FOR EACH OTHER) and now I want to cry.

The following episode, “Say Something”, is the saddest thing ever and I can’t even think about it without tearing up.

Sure, Luke and Lorelai eventually get back together, but I’ve always been convinced that this episode – the series’ 100th – marked a turning point, and not in a good way. The end of the season has Rory leaving Yale after getting arrested for stealing a yacht, and her character arc (especially her personality) takes a nosedive. This is followed by season six and the April story line which I’m still convinced was one of the stupidest moves the show made. And don’t even get me started on the Lorelai and Christopher relationship that starts up again because that makes me so mad enough to flip a dozen tables.

So to me, Gilmore Girls essentially ends during season five, episode 13. If I’m re-watching the series, I do watch all the way until the bittersweet end, but I mentally check out at a certain point, which allows me to imagine what these characters are up to without taking into account all the unncessary drama that occurred in the remaining 53 episodes.