Monday, March 23, 2015

Podcast #30 - S2E8 - The Ins & Outs of Inns

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  1. I hate Dean in this episode and I hate how Rory is all frantic and panicky because he's mad about something that is absolutely not her fault. He's also obviously blind because Rory and Paris clearly didn't kiss onstage.

    When Lorelai and Rory are having their hypothetical "telling Dean about the kiss"-talk, are we supposed to be on Dean's side? I don't want to go into that one again but Dean broke up with Rory and she has the right to go and kiss people however she wants to. At least this scene gives us another great Dean impression by Lorelai even though I'm not sure Dean worries that much about his hair.

    I also hate Tristan. I'm not sure why they wanted to make him this incredibly obnoxious for what appears to be his last appearance on the show. I'm not going to miss him.
    Apparently they decided to go forward with the Dean/Rory/Jess triangle so they kind of had to get rid of Tristan as the previous rival for Dean. I am glad that they shipped Tristan off instead of having him just disappear, neven to be spoken of again, even though that's what they've been doing so far this season. But otherwise we would probably be sitting here for the rest of Rory's time at Chilton, wondering, hey, where's Tristan? Wasn't he into Rory?
    I also think that around the time this aired, Chad Michael Murray was kind of all over the WB, Gilmore Girls, Dawson's Creek and then One Tree Hill. Maybe that also played a part in the decision to write him off in a more permanent way.

    So I really hate the boys and am really annoyed by everything surrounding them, but I don't hate the episode overall. A few things I love: Paris power waking to the bathroom to check for Tristan. Actually, everything about Paris. Everyone teasing Lorelai about dating the kid. The last scene between Lorelai and Luke. Brad is a fun new minor character.

  2. I'm really intrigued by Rory's "bad" boy whisperer act. Though she's a rule follower most of the time, I think it's fascinating that she can command attention from semi-delinquent boys who just want to be heard. With this in mind, she and Tristan have more chemistry than she ever has with Dean. Am I a bad person for wanting them to do the goodbye kiss thing, even though Dean was watching?

    I didn't understand why Tristan got a good bit of character development in Season One, only to regress in the finale, disappear, and now turn up to get what I can only assume is a farewell episode. The pacing is odd and if he only came back this episode to make Dean jealous, I don't really see the point if he's now off the show.

    I do have to say, I thought Dean had a rare moment of maturity when Rory explained everything to him outside of Doose's. He understood that she wasn't hanging out with Tristan by choice and I thought that was a nice change from his constant whining. Even when he shoehorned his way into rehearsals, I didn't blame him. His typical jealousy was actually well-founded this time. The fact that he doesn't know that Rory and Tristan kissed makes me feel for him, but I completely agree that Rory should NOT tell him. Ever.

    Speaking of jealousy, ah Luke. But okay -- why did we have a scene of Sookie walking Lorelai through Luke's attraction yet again? Sookie has brought this up before -- so has Emily -- even Rory has started making jokes about Luke always flirting with Lorelai. Why did she seem surprised to hear it this time?

    But Luke and Lorelai -- they kill me (in the best way)! Their conversation in the diner near the end of the episode was one long mutual declaration of "I love you." Get it together, kids!

    And every episode should have a Lorelai Dean impression (or five). Each one is more accurate than the last.

  3. They just won't let the Max thing go will they. Lorelai tries to give away the ice creamer maker and says she doesn't want to be reminded of the past with Max. And yea neither do I. So stop it show. Move on. To Luke! Luke's first reaction to Paul is great. Well, everyone's reaction and making fun of Lorelai is great! So Lorelai's still in denial about Luke's feelings for her. How many times do people have to tell her. I did like the scene at the end. It was an almost "maybe some day" thing.

    So they bring back Tristan, give him a rebellious story arc only to ship him off to One Tree Hill, I mean military school. It would have been nice if he had shown up in an earlier episode because the Tristan/Dean rivalry seems old, especially now that we got Jess. Did we really even need this episode of Tristan? Since we hadn't seen him since the finale we could have assumed his character was just done with and moved on. I did feel bad for him when Rory says that the kiss meant nothing and she wished it never had happened. I think that's what changed his mind about saying something in front of Dean. I did like Rory smiling as he left and him calling her Mary one last time.

    Other random things. ''Poor Bunny.'' I thought that was funny. I do like the Lane and Henry subplot and moving forward with that. I love Paris' freak out about the whole play and poor Brad.