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‘Gilmore Girls Revisited’ Vol. 4: Lane Kim and Her Loving Rebellion

Today’s GilmoreNews.com discussion comes from “The Deer-Hunters” (1.4) and Lane asking “Was it a four-way stop” after Rory tells her over the phone that she just got hit by a deer.

Perhaps even more memorable than the deer incident itself is our glimpse (the first, if I’m not mistaken) of Lane’s funky little hideout in her bedroom closet.

Though the first thing that occurs to most people is “Why didn’t Mrs. Kim ever discover this hideaway,” it also spoke volumes about the relationship of Lane and her mom. To some extent, their interaction was based on those of Amy’s friend and Gilmore producer Helen Pai and her mom.

“I do know that one of the things that struck me from the way that Amy described Helen was that, even though she completely disagreed with her parents, and had to hide so much of her life, she wasn’t angry and didn’t rebel in the same way that maybe I did, or the way a normal American teenage kid would,” Keiko Agena told me for the book. “Regardless of the difficulty they had, there was a real love and real respect that the character of Lane felt for her.

“I think that was the fun and interesting dynamic of it: these two people who are kind of trapped in the situation, but Lane really loves her mom, of course, and really respects her, and really does want everything to work out if there’s any way for it to. I’m not sure that totally came through all the time in the show, but I think that’s where my point of view was; I know that’s where Emily [Kuroda, aka Mrs. Kim]’s point of view was, too.”

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  1. zoran
    February 21, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    It really depends on the kid’s mindset, if and in what form the “rebellion” will manifest itself. And it’s of some help, if the parent(s) understand the reason for it and are able to provide guidance. On the show we saw what it could look like in Lane’s rebellion. Also, in other settings, with Lorelai’s, Jess’ then Rory’s and in some forms Logan’s, too. In the case of the show a better phrase would be “search for self”. I guess, it’s a normal process in growing up. Another angle that contributed to the appeal of Gilmore Girls, beautifully developed and arranged by Amy.

  2. February 21, 2011 at 5:21 pm

    There’s definitely enough “search for self” on the show, Zoran. I think it was especially interesting to see how Lane’s “rebellion” was part of a grand legacy of rebellion in her family, as Mrs. Kim rebelled against her Buddhist upbringing by becoming a Seventh Day Adventist.

  1. May 12, 2011 at 5:16 pm

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