A Meathead Watches Gilmore Girls (“Cinnamon’s Wake” and “Rory’s Birthday Parties”)

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Sam Wilkinson

According to a faithful reader, I'm Ordinary Times's "least thoughtful writer." So I've got that going for me, which is nice.

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  1. Avatar Kolohe says:

    “Why is a school with a tens-of-thousands-of-dollars-per-year tuition having a bake sale? ”

    Why does a military with a 700 billion dollar budget need to send care packages to Da Troops?Report

  2. Avatar Glyph says:

    Rory’s and then Lorelai’s (entirely appropriate) meltdowns

    Let it go….

    That lower case “g” is, frankly, maddening.

    And thus the descent into insanity begins….Report

  3. Avatar kaitcat says:

    The birthday parties seem to have captured you, hence no more disparaging comments about “is that all that happens?” I think it might’ve happened sooner, your capture, in “Kill Me Now,” when you see Richard and Rory get to know and really care about each other maybe? I’ve read all of these Meathead posts. You keep writing, I’ll keep reading. I can’t wait till you find that exact moment when you despise ASP for jumping the shark with April or you begin to despise Rory for turning into the entitled twit her mother might have become if Lorelai hadn’t been so stubborn. Welcome to our world. 😉Report

    • Avatar Sam in reply to kaitcat says:

      No, I can assure you, additional meltdowns about what does/doesn’t happen and whether it constitutes an episode. Thank you though for reading and for your promise to continue doing so. That is a very nice thing to have taken the time to write.Report

  4. Avatar LeeEsq says:

    Cinnamon’s Wake – One problem with depicting extreme wealth is that the rich are different than you and me but you need characters your audience can relate to. Thats why rich people often behave more like middle class people without income worries rather than rich people.Report

  5. Avatar Saul Degraw says:

    Re: Private Schools and Fundraisers.

    Many Private Schools do have Fundraisers. They tend to be silent auctions with really fancy things:

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/the-daily-truffle/la-private-schools-fundraising_b_2719668.html

    From vacation homes in France or Cabo (The Willows School), to Lunch With the Ladies at Soho House (Buckley School), to wine tasting weekends in Napa Valley (Willows), to tickets to the Hunger Games premiere and after-party last year (John Thomas Dye), these tantalizing live and silent auction items can be yours… all while subsidizing the cost of better school for your kids. Some of these moneymakers rake in six figures and higher!

    But as @leeesq said this not easy to related to so a bake sale it is!

    Interestingly wealthy public schools are also starting to get in on the fancy fundraising game and setting up trusts and endowments for their districts.Report

  6. Avatar Maribou says:

    I beg to differ on the question of Max’s hotness. Add in Lorelai’s deep insecurity about not feeling like she belongs at Chilton, her rejected-these-people-already-they-can’t-reject-me-nyah-nyah thing, her authority figure issues and her daddy issues? Of course she’s hot for teacher.

    I mean, in magical Stars Hollow land where everyone gathers to mourn the death of a cat.

    FWIW, I think people who enjoy stories of this type experience them not as “realistic” but as something as genred as a sci-fi show or an epic fantasy novel would be. There’s plenty of practiced-suspension-of-disbelief going on. As these sorts of shows GO, this one had a lot of cool new features not seen in previous versions. It’s not “Sports Night” for chicks, it’s “Designing Women” or “Newhart” for people who like Sports Night.Report

    • Avatar Maribou in reply to Maribou says:

      PS There’s also the whole “vigorously continuing to avoid recognizing that she has feelings for Luke” thing. Heaven forbid she has free time to think about her actual life path rather than rushing into things. She saves all the thinking for work and child-raising.Report

    • Avatar LeeEsq in reply to Maribou says:

      Your last paragraph raises a very interesting point. Shows like Gilmore Girls should be interpreted as a genre show rather than a realistic drama. I can’t think of a clever name for the genre but it usually revolves around a quaint community filled with charming people and their daily lives.Report

    • Avatar Mike Schilling in reply to Maribou says:

      Sports Night almost never showed the characters outside of work, but they were still the same sort of extended family as the denizens of Stars Hollow. That’s common in work-based sitcoms; it goes back at least to the Mary Tyler Moore Show. Even characters that are otherwise sociopaths (Bill McNeill, Louie DePalma) deep down care about their coworkers.

      And, honestly, while Max was obviously hot for Lorelei from the first, it didn’t seem like the kind of passion he described to her. And she didn’t seem interested until he went on and on about how much he liked her. If this were a more realistic show, I’d think he’s a dishonest womanizer and she fell for his line.Report