Monday, September 14, 2015

Podcast #50 - S3E5 - Eight O'Clock at the Oasis

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  1. I still don't think Sherry is a terrible monster person. She's really pushy and trying way too hard and she's incredibly self-centered, so she doesn't realize how Lorelai reacts to what she's saying. But she has no idea what happened between Lorelai and Chris and I think she honestly means what she's telling Lorelai and is not intentionally trying to hurt anyone.
    I'm not sure I needed all of the scenes at the baby shower but they didn't bother me too much either.

    Lorelai's reaction to Sherry is really immature, messing up the bathroom and all that. But at least she has somewhat of a reason to be upset and by having Rory trying to talk her out of it the show at least seems to acknowledge that this behaviour is ridiculous.
    Where this stops working for me then is at the end, when Rory is the one who convinces Lorelai to deviled egg Jess' car. Like Shane two episodes ago, Jess has done nothing wrong to deserve this here. And yet, we're apparently supposed to root for the girls and thinks it's funny and cute, but it's not.
    I liked the friendly scene with Jess and Rory under the sprinklers a lot and it looked like they made some progress, but taking these last three episodes in a row, it doesn't really fit in because it's soo different. I don't see how Jess having a car and a bra in the backseat pushes Rory from that back to the mean and immature behaviour here and that's the only maybe-reason we see.
    One minor thing that also bothers me is at the end when the girls tell Jess that they were at home the whole night. I mean, could they be any more obvious?

    Luke is great in this episode, especially when he's making fun of Jess about working at Walmart and at the end when he comments that whovever deviled egged Jess' car must really hate him. One of the funniest moments to me is when Luke is questioning Jess and you can see how his brain is working before asking, "Jess, are you a gigolo?" as if that's a real option.

    I think this episode had a lot of funny moments and some good townie stuff, like the town meeting at the beginning. I also really like the rabbi and the reverend together and their talk with Taylor was a highlight to me, "Do you have a god phone, Taylor?"
    The town loner protest is a nice little subplot and I feel a little sorry for him that it didn't work out so well.
    I'm totally with Rory and Lane in their discussion about where babies come from. That does seem like a big cosmic joke.
    I hope we find out how Miss Patty's date with Jesus went.

  2. I agree with Mareike: it’s hard to hate Sherry when she’s unaware that she’s being so hurtful to Lorelai. This is the third episode in a row where Lorelai rejects another person’s goodwill and decides she doesn’t like them, but I understand this one the most. It’s clear that Sherry has every kind of support for her baby, and Lorelai had very little – I highly doubt Emily threw her a baby shower. But still, there are cracks in Sherry’s façade that make me sad for her. She is trying so hard to make things okay between herself and the Gilmores, and she can’t see that everything she’s doing to extend an olive branch is only making things worse.

    Everything about the Wal-Mart reveal scene is perfect. We see some of Jess’ ambition in this episode, which was great, and one of the reasons why the deviled egging of his car made me so annoyed. I think the prank only works in an episode where Jess needs to be taken down a peg, and that really wasn’t the case here. The prank itself isn’t clever and it’s especially mean considering Jess worked hard on his own for a car that denies him the “cool” image he tries so hard to cultivate.

    In that same way, I don’t understand Lane’s vitriol towards Jess or how little prompting it takes for Rory to yell at him, too. Back in “Teach Me Tonight,” Lane and Rory talked about the accident but neither seemed angry. I have no idea where the yelling is coming from, here. The worst part about it is that it’s a complete desecration of the nice sprinkler moment from last week. Even if Rory is still jealous of Shane, she knows Jess is capable of being helpful towards her again, so I would think she would try to restrain herself more.

    And, just pointing this out: Kirk orders his patty melt at what I can only assume is 7:30 in the morning. Bravo to Luke for not batting an eye.