Season 2, Episode 13
Original airing: February 05, 2002
My Rating: 81
- I'm always a fan of episodes that center around a unique town event, and this is one of the best examples, deftly interweaving stories centering on four of our five favorite ladies.
- Sookie and Jackson making up and deciding to get married couldn't have be played any better. The was Jackson kisses Sookie in the makeup scene is so great, and her emotion and playful joking in the engagement scene makes it a really memorable moment.
- Kirk is particularly funny here, and I love Jackson's, "You better be as pathetic as you sound."
- Keiko Agena's performance when Henry says he's taking another girl to prom is heartbreaking, and I love Mrs. Kim's "That is not calming down!" and "Are you sure he was Korean?"
- We finally get to spend some more time exploring Rory and Jess's connection. It's enjoyable to see their chemistry and also to watch the conflicts that it creates.
- I'm glad the show focusses on the conflict Jess creates between Rory and Lorelai instead of devoting too much time to Dean stomping around in a huff. It's much more interesting this way and it provides an opportunity for the conflict to be more in line with the show's overarching themes, especially when Emily gets involved.
- Overall, this episode was on point throughout, but there were a couple small things that took me out of it.
- Why are there still so many baskets behind Taylor when he announces that the auction is over?
- Why was Luke picking carrots out of his salad?
- Who was that woman Lorelai was talking to and then gave her cup to at the auction? Couldn't they have had her talk to someone we've seen before?
- I'm kind of confused about the timeline. This episode was released in early February and there's been no explicit mention of a lot of time passing since the last episode, and yet it is quite clearly spring in Stars Hollow now. There are floral garlands all over the center of town and Henry says prom is coming up. What?
- Although I loved the Lane plot overall, it would have had a better payoff if we'd built up to it more in the past.
Sookie and Jackson decide to get married
The Bottom Line:
This is, without questions, one of my favorite episodes of the series so far.