TV Review: Gilmore Girls

 Review: Gilmore Girls — “They Shoot Gilmores, Don’t They?”

Lorelai and Rory Gilmore from the famous 24-hour danceathon episode in season 3.

Confession time: I’m a woman in my mid-twenties who loves teen dramas. Not just shows from when I was a teenager but current shows, as well as those from the ’90’s. When I was a teenager we only had a handful of TV channels so it’s only now that I’ve discovered many shows. Thanks to Netflix, one of those shows is Gilmore Girls.

The great thing about this show is that in every episode I can relate to at least one character. Lorelai, Rory, Lane, Paris and Sookie all have relatable qualities. “They Shoot Gilmores, Don’t They? is one of the most popular episodes of the entire series. Even though this episode aired in 2002, here is your spoiler warning now.

The 7th episode of season 3 centres on a 24-hour dance marathon in Stars Hollow. During the event, Rory and her boyfriend Dean finally break up after many episodes of both of them being unhappy. Rory didn’t want to hurt him but over time she had developed feelings for Jess — the breakup allowed them to finally be together. Dean was Rory’s first boyfriend and this was her first break-up which is a major moment in any girl’s life. Lorelai meanwhile has her own drama to deal with when she gets involved in the marital problems of Sookie and Jackson. She also gets her Cinderella moment with Luke who helps fix her shoe when the heel breaks.

The episode ends with Rory sobbing on her mother’s shoulder. Lorelai comforts her while Kirk, a crazy yet lovable townie runs around the room, celebrating his victory. This is one of the defining moments of the series as it shows us that the core of the series is the mother-daughter relationship. Regardless of the men in their lives Lorelai and Rory can always rely on each other.

-Michelle O’Brien
Junior Girl
Girl Museum Inc.

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