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The GILMORE GIRLS Rewatch Project: The Best Friday Night Dinner Ever

The Gilmores get out their dukes!

The GILMORE GIRLS Rewatch Project: The Best Friday Night Dinner Ever

Follow along the whole rewatch here!

Last week, on Gilmore Girls...

Although nothing is particularly resolved between Luke and Lorelai, I enjoy these episodes because they reinstate Friday night dinner in the best way possible, and oh, how I've missed Friday night dinner! It's nice having the Gilmores speaking again, even if it's in their own peculiar Gilmore way. 

So let's get to it, but first! A reminder of our drinking game rules: 

The Gilmore Girls Drinking Game Rules

Drink once every time:

Lorelai or Rory drinks coffee.

Emily gets flustered by Lorelai's bizarre sense of humor.

Sookie is controlling about food.

Paris is controlling about anything.

Michel snubs a customer.

Luke is crotchety.

Taylor has an absurd scheme for Stars Hollow.

The girls acquire massive amounts of food and then fail to take even one bite.


Drink twice every time:

Kirk has a new job.

You see a town troubadour.

Emily gets a new maid.

On to the episodes!

6.13 "Friday Night's Alright for Fighting"

This episode has the saddest opening ever. It's 6am and Lorelai is quietly sneaking around her room, trying to get ready without disturbing Luke. He wakes, and wonders why she's up so early, and she's cagey about it - before finally admitting that she has an early appointment to cancel the flowers and tell Sookie the wedding's been postponed. This conversation is so awkward and awful, and Lorelai's just not acting like herself at all. She's trying so hard to act like everything's okay, when she's clearly crestfallen. Luke, to his credit, seems to feel guilty, but he doesn't really do anything about it. Then poor Lorelai goes to tell Sookie, who acts like a Grade-A ASSHOLE about the matter: "What did you do? Why do you always do this?" and then doesn't even apologize when she finds out that Luke has a kid and this isn't Lorelai's fault. In fact, Sookie then makes it all about her by pondering if Jackson has a love child, rather than helping Lorelai deal with the very real fact that Luke does. It's gross and makes me mad at Sookie and mad at Luke, and it makes me want to sweep Lorelai off to Sephora and buy her whatever she wants so she knows somebody appreciates what she's going through. Anyway, Lorelai talks it out with Sookie and decides not to cancel everything after all, because maybe Luke will change his mind in a week or two. SIGH. 

Luke's too busy getting to know April without letting Lorelai meet her - he's being very clear on the matter. "April is coming to the diner tonight from 5:00 to 8:00, so I'll see you here after 8:00" and "I mean, you understand, you're not all over me about this. You get that we need some alone time." UGH. Poor Lorelai is so crushed but trying to deal, but of course the nuttiness of Stars Hollow isn't helping - she spies a little on Luke and April through the window in Taylor's soda shoppe, and Babette and Kirk and Miss Patty and everyone else in town gather around and gossip as her face falls lower and lower. GAH.

Paris is getting crazier by the minute at the Yale Daily News, and everyone quits under her dictatorship, so there seems to be no chance of getting a paper out the following day. The Yale Daily published a paper on D-Day, but they can't survive Herr Geller. Rory has finally decided to forgive a cutely persistent Logan and they have a date planned for that night, but she ends up bailing in order to inspire the troops to get a paper out under the wire. Logan shows up and is completely amazing, pitching in and saving the day alongside Rory. They just get the paper out in time and share a really hot kiss as everyone cheers and Paris, looking like some crazy hobo, stumbles out of her self-made bunker, all "We did it!" while everyone glares at her. 

Finally, one of my favorite scenes in Gilmore Girls history! Rory never told Emily and Richard that Christopher will now be paying her tuition, because she is a selfish ingrate, and of course they're furious and crushed when they hear of it. I love this fight because it leaves Lorelai, usually the instigator, to play the peacemaker, and she does such a great job of it! She sincerely apologizes to Emily and Richard and gives them a wonderful thank you for everything they've done for Rory, and then she schedules Friday night dinner in spite of the fact that no one, least of all her, wants it to happen. But she makes it happen anyway, and it's a five minute montage of the Gilmores screaming about years-old conflicts and eating sorbet and laughing about the time Emily told off Shira Huntzberger and then screaming some more, until finally everything is more or less back to normal. Sheer brilliance. 

How many times do I have to drink?

18.

How many cups of coffee do the Gilmore girls drink?

9!

Flirtation quota:

Logan is KILLING IT this week. As he bends over backwards to win Rory back, he admits: "I'm officially a wuss. If I saw me doing this, I'd beat the crap out of myself." SO CUTE! He also brings a little picnic dinner for them to eat in the newsroom after the crisis is averted. Rory's not wrong when she says, "Boy, when you're on..."

Best/most dated pop culture reference:

Logan, on his plans with Rory: "Okay, great. Thursday it is. 7:30. And do not think of backing out, because I will cry and eat a pint of Rocky Road while watching An Affair to Remember with Rita Wilson."

Sookie's best dish of the episode:

She's dishing out some real crappy friendship. But Lorelai forgives her and Sookie becomes supportive after her first mean-spirited instincts, so I guess I'll forgive her too. 

Lorelai's craziest outfit:

She visits Rory at Yale and says, "I can't believe you didn't dress crazy like we agreed." Rory maintains that they never agreed to that, but at least Lorelai admits this is crazy: 

Outfit MVP:

I love, however, this black and silver brocade skirt she wears to the big brawl. It flares out in the prettiest way. 

Kirk insanity:

He's handing out free samples of European hot chocolate to a frenzied crowd at Taylor's. "It's like mud but chocolate-y."

Michel madness:

He wants to turn the Dragonfly's horse stable into a spa. 

Best Gilmore Gal witticism:

Richard, on learning that Christopher's paying for Yale after he called to complain when Rory's tuition check was returned: "I appreciate the phone call. I simply wish it had come before I called every person in the bursar's office a moron." Lorelai: "Well, if it'll make you feel any better, odds are at least two of them truly deserved it."

Random observation:

I love the flashier editing and camerawork used in the above Friday night dinner scene. It reminds me of wartime films, like the Gilmores are in the shit and that's why the camera's gone all crazy. 

6.14 "You've Been Gilmored"

Friday night dinner is back, but it's still not great. It's pretty strained and poor Lorelai is still playing moderator, but at least it's happening. Emily demands to know the date of her wedding, and Lorelai's too flustered to admit that it's been postponed, so she says June 3rd. Emily then demands that Lorelai bring Luke over the following week so she and Richard can get to know him better, and even though they're both dreading it, they head to dinner and it's...okay. It doesn't seem like Richard and Emily are deliberately demeaning Luke anymore, which is a plus, but they're acting super paranoid about Lorelai's assets in light of April, which is hella rude but Luke and Lorelai don't seem to notice. It's at least nice seeing them act like they're on a team again: 

Paris has unsurprisingly been ousted from the Yale Daily News, and it's up to Rory to tell her. Paris takes it okay, and I love this exchange - 

Rory: And this job, Paris, being editor, you don't need this hassle. You're gonna be a doctor.

Paris: Surgeon.

Rory: And a lawyer. 

Paris: Judge.

It seems fine at first, until Rory is made editor after her Hail Mary the previous week, and Paris decides Rory Machiavellied the whole thing. So she dumps all of Rory's worldly possessions into the hall outside their sketchy apartment and changes the locks. Logan invites Rory to move in with him, and while that seems like a big move after just making up last week, I'd say yes, too. I mean, have you seen that place? Later, when Christopher visits Rory and gets the tour, she has to admit that she just moved in with her boyfriend, and Chris wigs a little, but after getting to know Logan, they really start to like each other (in spite of their first meeting). Those boys are very similar, after all. 

Rory asks Chris not to say anything to Lorelai so she can break the news, but Chris is still kind of the worst, even when he's trying to be good, so he tells Lorelai first because he thinks it's his paternal duty. When Rory calls Lorelai to tell her, Lorelai does a sorta good job of acting like she doesn't already know, but she's way too casual about the whole thing and Rory knows Chris spilled. It's a cute little dynamic, and it's nice seeing everyone getting along again. Well, except Paris and Rory. 

How many times do I have to drink?

12.

How many cups of coffee do the Gilmore girls drink?

3.

Flirtation quota:

Luke's being cute this week, thank god, fixing lots of stuff for free at the Dragonfly and not saying anything I hate, and he got a nice haircut, so it's a relief to enjoy him for an episode again. Logan is still on the very best behavior.

Best/most dated pop culture reference:

Lorelai wants to watch Solaris and Rory won't let her. Lorelai: "I'm telling you, there's a story in there somewhere." Rory: "Yeah, the story is you calling yourself Mrs. Clooney for 2 1/2 hours."

Sookie's best dish of the episode/Lorelai's craziest outfit:

You can see some tastiness happening in the background of the beautiful Dragonfly kitchen, in this picture that also happens to display Lorelai's terrible shirt:

Outfit MVP:

I think I've already chosen this skirt as MVP in a previous post, but I just like it so much!

Kirk insanity:

Nope.

Michel madness:

Aww. So as Luke starts fixing stuff around the Dragonfly, Michel grows surlier and surlier until it's finally revealed that he's upset because normally he and Lorelai go to Westin's Bakery to discuss the maintenance list for their usual fix-it guy. "No! We make the list at Westin's over coffee. That's what we do when we make the list. We go once a month to Westin's together, and we sit, and we decide on the work for the handyman. That's our thing. We get very large coffees, and we split a slice of red-velvet cake, and we gossip, and I eat the whole cake, and you never tell anyone." So sweet! So he and Lorelai continue their Westin's date and it makes me happy. 

Best Gilmore Gal witticism:

Hah! So when Rory asks Lorelai what she thinks about Rory moving in with Logan, Lorelai replies: "I'm sorry, do you remember what happened the last time I piped in with my opinions on your life choices? You don't want to make sure the pool house is clean first?" Burn!

Random observation:

It's true, Chris and Logan are very similar, and that's why, though I really like Logan, I don't think of him as Rory's end-all, be-all. Her Luke is still out there. Of course, Lorelai's Luke isn't even acting like Lorelai's Luke lately, so who knows.

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That's it for this week, folks! Meet me back here next Wednesday morning for "A Vineyard Valentine" and "Bridesmaids Revisited," so that should be a super fun totally heartbreaking time.

And I leave you with a question, dear FYA readers: what do you think about my Chris/Logan theory? It just dawned on me as I started writing this post, and I'd like your input.

Meredith Borders's photo About the Author: Meredith is the Editorial Director of BIRTH.MOVIES.DEATH. and the Alamo Drafthouse, and the Social Media Director for Fantastic Fest.
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