Friday Night Dinner 5
The fifth in a weekly look at the progress of The Gilmore Girls Companion as we round the bend on this 2+ year adventure.
Starting on the 17th episode of Season 7 today; huzzah, there IS an end in sight! When you really focus on this season with the intensity necessary to pull it apart, you begin to see a pattern. (Ugh, c’mon Aaron, enough with Season 7, already. I know, but this is the last post about that season, I promise!)
For starters, there are actually some episodes therein that aren’t half bad, and would’ve been just fine if we’d never seen the previous seasons. A good case in point: I’m a Kayak, Hear me Roar (7.15).
Though watching Richard behave like a petulant child is pretty rough going, the scene between Emily and Lorelai while they’re struggling to sort out his finances is the closest we’ll come this season to a return to Gilmore greatness. This is not the two-dimensional Emily who gets banged up for driving while using her cell phone, but the three-dimensional Emily who’s still trying to find her place in the world, and still trying to understand her daughter.
It also gives both Kelly Bishop and Lauren Graham material they can actually sink their teeth into. It’s so easy to forget how good Graham can be when she’s given scenes that actually ring true to her character. From the moment she married Christopher, Lorelai’s been obsessed with playing the part of a good wife. And Graham has been stuck playing the part of somebody playing a part, which is one of the toughest types of acting to carry off convincingly.
For comparison, there is the episode that precedes it: “Farewell My Pet” (7.14). As nice as it is to gain a little more insight into Michel (his constant comparisons of his chows to Sookie’s kids are pretty funny), it is something of a Frankenstein’s monster of an episode.
It spends part of its time trying to erase the insanity of Lorelai’s marriage to Christopher, and the other justifying it in the first place. That said, it does give David Sutcliffe a chance to really tell us what Christopher’s been thinking all this time, the irony being that everything Liz said about Luke and Lorelai being out of phase actually applies to Chris and Lorelai.
Guess it’s time to get back to it. With any luck, next Friday Night Dinner, I will be able to tell you that every season chapter is complete, and I will begin filling in the extraneous bits and pieces. By FND 7, I really hope I’ll be able to declare that the rough draft of the book has gone to layout, meaning the end truly is in sight.
Now, if you don’t mind, would you please pass the salmon. Yes, we’re having salmon AGAIN, Richard…