I have so many things that I can thank my friend Rebecca for bringing into my life.
CK One perfume, Tim Tam cookies, Filipino egg rolls, World peace.
But the one thing I am eternally grateful to my dear friend for bringing into my life is the television show Gilmore Girls.
Ever heard of it?
In the winter of 2008, I was at home with a then-newborn Ella and wanted a television show to watch during the endless days and nights of feedings.
At first, I was skeptical.
So not Lorelai.
So a year after the last episode aired, Rebecca convinced me I needed the Gilmore Girls in my life.
I wiped tears from my face when Rory made her valedictorian speech that was dedicated to her mom.
I got the uncontrollable shivers whenever Jason bantered with Lorelai because gahhhhhh that annoying voice and just…Jason.
I ugly cry, snot everywhere sobbed when Rory and her mom showed up to the surprise Bon Voyage party.
I would tear through each DVD set within a week and call Rebecca to tell her I needed another one and fast!
It was the medicine that got me through that winter.
Since getting hooked on Gilmore Girls, I have paid it forward.
I like to think she subliminally remembers those early binge-watching sessions of which I now fondly recall because of course they are long behind me and I am not sleep deprived as I write this.
Here are some fun thoughts from the show that saved my wretched soul.
That town, man.
What kind of budget do you have over there? And how come I don’t have a budget over here?
And second, seriously?
But seriously, I do need to find me a Kirk in my town.
I graduated from Yale too, dammit
The people of Stars Hollow are something special.
Speaking of characters, I really need people in my town to get on board and be like the characters in Stars Hollow.
What makes me laugh is that so many people on the Internet want to live in Stars Hollow as I mentioned above, yet this is the same society that constantly shares memes about not wanting to talk on the phone or make eye contact at the grocery store.
Comfort food for the eyes and soul. Did someone say food?
I have said it since I started watching the show: if a television show could be eaten, this show is the only one I would consume fully.
Some people love Channing Tatum or Ryan Gosling.
But then he gets bitter and gruff and becomes less hot.
Some people get annoyed by it.
*by the way, since I now have my “Yale degree”, I know what all of the cultural and historical references are. That and I have seen the show like a gagillion times.
* gagillion is a total Yale term. And I would know because, hello, “Yale degree”.
You will want to throw one of Rory’s many books at the television during your viewing binges because Lorelai needs to get her crap together when it comes to men.
Was it his sweater vests that attracted you, Lorelai?
Did she never listen to him talk?
Don’t even get me started.
When Luke shows up with the truck and ready to elope?
Don’t. Get. Me. Started.
Then Luke and the “they leave us hanging with a kiss because it wasn’t supposed to be the last episode”.
If Lorelai ended up marrying Jess, I am going to California NOT in search of Stars Hollow, but in search of Amy Sherman Palladino’s house.
WHERE IN THE HELL IS SHE GETTING ALL THAT MONEY?
You will ponder this at times.
Do not judge the Pilot episode
When I start the series over for the 100th time again, I am always amazed I even watched the second episode and beyond to begin with just based on the Pilot.
But then I watch the Pilot episode of Friends and feel the exact same way.
How in any alternate planet or universe did these shows ever become a hit?
Were we high?
I liken it to being the same as a rough draft.
In the Pilot episode of Gilmore Girls alone:
– Lorelai isn’t even that funny and has like a New York accent or is trying to be tough or something.
– Sookie keeps dropping things, is really, really clumsy and even catches the kitchen on fire. What the hell is up with that? Is that supposed to be her “thing”??
– Emily’s hair is having a Steel Magnolia’s brown football helmet moment and she looks stoned the entire episode.
– Richard looks like he has the flu. Or maybe he was stoned too.
So don’t ever judge a Pilot, especially this particular one.
They are ironing out the kinks.
It gets much better.
And so much funnier.
It’s like I don’t know who you are
I don’t know about you but Gilmore Girls ruined anything else that Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel were in for me after the end of the show in 2007.
While everyone I knew was completely obsessed with Parenthood, I just could not get into it.
I tried, I really did.
But I just wasn’t feelin’ it and had no good reason for it and I couldn’t really put my finger on it until recently because it was a great show.
So why wasn’t I falling in love with it like everyone I knew?
Lorelai, that’s why.
She wasn’t “Lorelai”.
Lauren Graham was playing a character so far away from Lorelai BUT every time I looked at her, I still saw Lorelai.
Then I would wait for Rory to come into the room but she didn’t have Rory, she had TWO kids and they weren’t anything like Rory and I started to get really homesick.
It totally ruined the Parenthood experience for me.
I KNOW THESE PEOPLE AREN’T REAL.
Same with Alexis Bledel.
I can’t even fully enjoy the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants experience because I SEE RORY.
She plays a Greek girl so far from Rory and I still see Rory.
WAIT! IS SHE CHEATING ON JESS?????
I have issues.
And it is only the two of them.
For example, Melissa McCarthy I absolutely adore and is one of my favorite actresses.
I never see “Sookie” in her when she plays other characters but the lead actors I just can’t get past.
Maybe because they were so much a part of Gilmore Girls for me, I just can’t get past them being in other things.
THEY MOVED ON!
HOW COULD THEY???
With a shrine in my bedroom to Lauren Graham’s armpit hair.
Maybe I need to step away from the GG for a while.
SEE WHAT YOU DID TO ME REBECCA??
Thanks a lot.
Time to stalk the Netflix feed and find out when the revival is coming out again.