Thursday, February 16, 2017

Podcast #102 - S5E5 - We Got Us a Pippi Virgin

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  1. I really liked Rory in this episode. Her little freakout about how far behind she is and maybe regretting going to Europe without even thinking about working in the summer felt very real. And I liked Lorelai's pep talk that she's going to work hard and catch up because that's what she does. We have not always seen the greatest work ethic from Rory, but that part is true, she has done it before. And I like that she actually goes and does it then, putting in the work at the paper and finding a good story. We haven't really seen that much of her journalism and the work at the paper, aside from that terrible ballerina piece, so I liked that we really saw some of this instead of them just talking about it. I also thought the scene when she's confronting Logan was really fun. You can see that she prepared this, she knows what she's going to say, she's got this, but as soon as he starts pushing back, she's thrown off her tracks and doesn't quite know how to deal with that anymore. Also, I didn't want to punch Logan anymore. Maybe slap him. Once. That's still a step up.

    I'm curious to find out what everyone thinks about Rory's talk with Chris at the end. On one hand, she has a point, everything she says is true, she even acknowledges that Chris never does it on purpose, and she's looking out for her mother. On the other hand, Chris and Lorelai have this relationship that has existed long before Rory did and maybe Lorelai should get a say in this too. I'm curious to see what happens after this. Will Chris stay away? Will Lorelai find out about this and how would she react?

    I wasn't a big fan of the Sookie stuff though. All the scenes with Norman Mailer were rather boring and Sookie was just too insane after a while. Plus, the title already says that someone is pregnant, and from the episode, it's not that hard to guess who it is, so you're just kind of waiting for the characters to figure it out.

  2. I wasn’t terribly impressed with this episode. It felt really disjointed because it’s basically all setup, and none of it is done in a particularly interesting way. Rory’s story improved near the end, and I’m interested to see where it goes from here, but all the stuff at the beginning with the downloading story was a big drag. Sookie’s story was just painful to watch. She seemed genuinely distressed throughout the episode, so her outlandish behavior didn’t make me laugh, it made me feel bad for her.

    The Christopher plot was the worst part of the episode for me. The whole set up irritates me because it is 100% contrived to get Sherry out of the picture and make it possible Christopher to create drama in Luke and Lorelai’s relationship. After waiting 4 years for them to get together, I’m not ready for them to start having major problems, and unfortunately, Christopher has a knack for blowing in and out of Lorelai’s life like a whirlwind and leaving everything in shambles. I also hate how completely unrealistic it is. From what we’ve seen of her, Sherry might be a bit quirky and high-strung, but she is not the kind of person who would abandon her baby just to take a job, no matter how stressed out she was or how awesome the job. Child abandonment is a very, very serious thing to do, and it’s usually the result of serious mental health issues (like maybe an untreated case of post-partum depression), not simple selfishness, so it feels really thoughtless to use this as a plot device without considering the implications. I realise this is kind of a nit-picky complaint, since clearly Sherry herself isn’t important to the story, only her absence, but I really hate the thought of Christopher creating drama this early in Lorelai and Luke’s relationship, so if they’re going to go there, they could at least give us a plausible story for why Sherry left.

    As always, Paris is a bright spot in the episode. My favourite moment is when she tells Rory, “We’re close, like…friends.”