Unless you like watching Lorelai and Chris have jet lag for what appears to be 100 hours, the only valuable part of “French Twist” (granted, you really have to look for it), is Rory’s breakdown (and cute pink hair). I guess it’s understandable that someone on such a straight-and-narrow path would be a but undone by the end of that path: It’s why she dropped out of Yale in the first place, and is such a mess in the revival. (I was so sick of people asking about post-college plans I went to England to become a bingo parlor hostess; when I finally got a job as an editorial assistant, it was for minimum wage with no insurance.) So Rory’s anguish rings quite true, even as Christopher and Lorelai’s romance falls flat despite the lights of Paris.


Of course, then Rory’s segment in this episode is practically spoiled by the reappearance of Marty as the horrifically title “Boyfriend.” We should be glad that Marty has done so well: gone from dorky to dishy, has a fun girlfriend, still works hard for everything he has. But unfortunately he is felled by the show’s belief that no man can cross Rory Gilmore’s path and not still be in love with her three years later.

“Introducing Lorelai Planetarium,” season seven, episode eight, originally aired 11/21/2006 

The horror of the marriage kicks off almost from the get-go, as Christopher cackles over stealing Lorelai’s favorite T-shirt for several years and immediately wants to add a flat-screen TV and a waterfall to the Gilmore girls’ humble abode. Then he immediately starts throwing Rory out of her own home to make room for Gigi, with idiotic Christopher thoughts like, “She won’t care, she’s graduating from college!”

Rory is upset about her parents’ marriage, but not for the proper reason, which would be that it is a travesty of the entire nuptial institution. Rory-like, she’s just mad that she wasn’t there. But she and Lorelai both admit that if she had called Rory, her daughter would have been able to talk her out of it: which appears to be proof positive that no one except for the clueless groom seems to think this union is a good idea.


Rory has similar difficulty fitting into Logan’s post-grad life, which is a nice switch for the two of them: He’s the one on a clear path, and she’s floundering, skewering the entitled guests at Logan’s launch party in an article even as, he rightly points out, she’s as entitled as any of them. The Gilmore girls may both be romantically involved for once, but the seeds of these relationships eventually unraveling are everywhere.

Stray observations