Friday Night Dinner 2
The second in a weekly look at the progress of The Gilmore Girls Companion as we round the bend on this 2+ year adventure.
This week, the book’s art director, Pamela Norman, and I spent a lot of our evenings rewatching some key episodes from Seasons 5 and 6.
What surprised me most was how some of the ones I remembered as being exceptional were merely OK (6.10 “He’s Slippin’ ‘Em Bread, Dig!” for example), while those I didn’t really remember fondly at all (e.g., 6.7 “Twenty-One is the Loneliest Number”) I found extremely interesting this time around. Part of this I attribute to the last several weeks I’ve spent poring over every detail of these episodes while writing the chapters about Seasons 5&6. Yet another factor is the whole Lorelai/Rory estrangement.
That initial breakup of mother and daughter when Rory was living with Richard and Emily was extremely traumatizing to watch the first time around, making those episodes that much harder to revisit. It actually reminds me of a similar arc that Buffy the Vampire Slayer took. (The comparisons between the two shows doesn’t end there, and will be touched upon in the book.)
Finally, after fighting it for the better part of a year, I decided that I had to go back and include a little something about Emily’s maids in each episode. To ignore this running joke would be as egregious as turning a blind eye to Kirk’s many, many, many jobs.
OK, gang, you can stop fidgeting. Gerta’s just put the souffle in the oven and I have all of these tapes of championship ballroom dancing set up for your viewing pleasure in the den. You weren’t planning on going anywhere, were you?