This was the episode I’ve been dreading the most because it meant our trip back to Stars Hollow was soon coming to a close. It has been quite a journey with the Gilmore Girls over “the year in a life” and I am happy that they decided to do this mini series, but it makes you want more. There will never be enough episodes.
Lorelai is trying to find herself in California, with big dreams of hiking the Pacific Coast trail (Wild. The book, not the movie!). Something always seems to deter her from actually hiking, and instead of finding her answers out in the wilderness, she finds it on a grassy knoll behind a general store. It’s the moment of clarity she has been searching for and things don’t seem so hopeless anymore.
Luke has been struggling with the fact that this could be Lorelai’s way of leaving him, and when she shows back up in Stars Hollow he pleads with her not to leave him. He had it all wrong, instead she says it’s about time that they got married. It’s something fans of the show have been waiting for, it’s been a long time coming. Now the only way out is in a body bag. So romantic.
Rory has been on a whirlwind of an adventure herself. She is whisked away by Logan and his friends on the most random outing ever. I had to question whether it was real or just some really messed up dream. It was something she needed, but it wasn’t going to last forever. As she rejected the offer of using one of the vacation homes Logan’s family owns (to write her book), you could tell that this part of her life was coming to a close. It was time to say goodbye for good. Although in this show, we know that nothing is a sure thing.
Emily is coming into her own as well. The world she built with Richard no longer brings her joy like it once did. All of that died along with her late husband, and it’s finally time she strikes out on her own. Nantucket is the place where she is happy now, it’s a new chapter in her life as well.
Even though their worlds are changing, there are still things that desperately want to remain the same, Michel is having a hard time letting Lorelai find his replacement. He doesn’t want to go. So it seems like the perfect opportunity to expand to a larger place. So when Lorelai happened to stumble upon an empty building in the middle of town, it seemed like the perfect fit. New beginnings perhaps?
Rory finally finishes the first three chapters of her book, which Lorelai doesn’t read. She wants to wait to read it once Rory has finished it. That little green light brings a bounce back into Rory’s step. That’s what she wanted all along.
Sookie even makes an appearance. She has filled the kitchen in the Dragonfly Inn with cakes. Lots and lots of cakes. All for Lorelai’s and Luke’s wedding. It was a wonderful moment when they hugged each other. It seemed like a long time coming. Rory also runs into her first love, Dean, in the supermarket. It’s great to see all these characters come back, even if it’s only for a few moments.
Just like anything in Lorelai’s life, it can never be conventional. So when they decided to skip the stress of a wedding day, and just get married the night before, it didn’t come as a surprise. It’s the way it was supposed to happen. And Kirk made this magical wonderland in the centre of town just for them. It was truly a magical moment.
There are so many wonderful things that happened in this episode. I know I teared up for half of it. I couldn’t possibly sum up everything here, and I don’t want to. It is something you should experience for yourself.
The end is a real shocker. And leaves it wide open for another installment of “A Year in the Life”. I don’t want to spoil it for anyone, but those who have seen it. OH MY GOODNESS!
Something tells me this won’t be the last we see of Stars Hollow and the Gilmore Girls.