She's also an addict. And Luke is her dealer.
OK, so it's only coffee, but those of us who can't function without our daily dose recognize the significance of the relationship we have with the person who gives it to us.
In all serious, throughout the show Gilmore Girls, as much as we fans loved watching Lorelai and her daughter Rory make faster-than-the-speed-of-sound pop culture references, we also loved watching Luke and Lorelai fall in love, realize they were in love and do something about being in love.
Things are about to get all spoilery up in here, so if you haven't seen the show and plan to organize a binge-watching session, go ahead and pause right here, get in touch with Netflix, watch the show, then come back to read this.
Are we all we caught up now? Good.
So picture it. Sixth season. A lot of hours, days, years invested in these characters, and at last Luke and Lorelai are together. They're engaged. Luke is making renovations to Lorelai's simple, but lovely home. They're talking about maybe having a kid or two together. They're in luvre.
But when Luke learns he has a child from a previous relationship, he's a little distracted, and Lorelai gets upset. It's more complicated than that, but basically, the two start arguing. Ultimately, at the end of Season Six, Lorelai gives Luke an ultimatum: Let's just get married already; what are we waiting for?
Luke, a guy who lacks the impulsive gene and took several seasons to even work-up the courage to ask out the woman he'd been silently pining for doesn't jump at the idea. So what does Lorelai do in this ill-fated finale?
SHE GOES AND SLEEPS WITH CHRISTOPHER, HER DAUGHTER'S FATHER AND HER HIGH SCHOOL BOYFRIEND, AND BREAKS. LUKE'S. HEART.
When Caroline Fardig asked me to share my TV Do-Over, I knew this one had to be it, because... THIS WAS THE WORST THING THAT EVER HAPPENED TO THIS SHOW.
Phew. It felt good to say that. Even though things ended up OK for Luke and Loralei eventually, I still haven't forgiven her, and I hate-watched the final season of the show. Obviously I'm not as over this, even more than eight years later. But maybe fixing this now and forever will help.
So, here's what going to happen. Instead of Lorelai going to Christopher (who she ultimately elopes with in Season Seven, only to turn right around and divorce him a couple of episodes later), she's going to go home and spend a dark evening watching Pretty in Pink and Sixteen Candles. She'll probably eat some awful junk food (which really isn't like a coping mechanism so much as the norm for her). During that night, she'll stop to think about what she's done and said and realize she needs to chill the eff down.
When Luke shows up the next morning (and this is how the episode ends, not how the next season begins), tells her he does want to marry her, and let's go do it, she still says NO. She understands, and has been understanding, of the fact that his life has completely changed. But she's also realized she's deserving of love and attention, too.
So instead of spending Season Seven watching both of them suffer apart, because she cheated on him, and then her dealing with a hasty marriage and divorce, they both take a big old inventory of their lives, and they decide to elope at the end of the show.
It's not that big of a change really, right? It's nothing huge or grand or even really out of character. But it saves us fans--and these characters--a whole lot of heartache. And it keeps me from developing serious and major hate for a character I once loved.
Be sure to visit Monique McDonell, tomorrow, to read her TV Do-Over, and in the meantime check out the rest of the blog hop here.
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