“Kill Me Now”
Season 1, Episode 3
Original airing: October 19, 2000
My Rating: 37
- Michel is in top form with his Charlie Brown joke, and his cheeky Post-It to tell the twins apart.
- Emily’s forceful speech to Richard about the importance of Rory having a good time was a very strong character moment, and definitely raised the stakes of the episode.
- The general conflict of Lorelai being threatened by the idea that Rory might fit into Richard and Emily’s world and enjoy spending time there is a great one if poorly executed in places
- Lorelai and Rory making up at the wedding was a nice scene. After her immature blowup at Rory, it was good to see Lorelai maturely admit that keeping her parents out of Rory’s life might not have been the best call, even though keeping them out of her own life always felt like the right decision. It was also nice to see Rory’s recognition that Lorelai’s childhood was difficult and that Lorelai did a lot to make Rory’s childhood happier than her own.
- The wedding subplot had its moments, but it was pretty flat overall. The joke throughout about the mother hating her spoiled daughters just didn’t really work for me, and most of the Drella stuff wasn’t funny either, with the exception of her pausing on the harp to drink a beer and bob her head.
- The Sookie/Jackson blueberry subplot was a tired shadow of the peach scene from last episode. It wasn’t as funny as the peach scene and there was nothing new there. It felt like filler.
- The country club scenes were very tedious, especially the two steam room scenes and the lunch scene. I enjoyed Rory and Richard’s shy courtship of each other, but the gossiping and the various country club characters were all very dull. They could easily have elevated these scenes with snappier writing.
The scene where Lorelai and Rory make up at the wedding
The Bottom Line:
Basically, this episode drags in a lot of places. It’s not one I’d watch again.