Gilmore Girls: That’s What You Get, Folks, For Makin’ Whoopee
Season 7, Episode 2
Episode 2 of the seventh season, That’s What You Get, Folks, For Makin’ Whoopee, was pretty good, although the new production staff seems to be still finding their footing in the absence of the Palladinos. The episode opens with Luke’s typical angry reaction to bad news, driving over to Christopher’s apartment and punching him in the face for sleeping with Lorelai.
After the necessary focus on Rory / Logan / Luke / Lorelai for the season premiere, this episode re-introduces the supporting cast: more time with Kirk, Sookie, Lane, Zack, and Luke’s moron brother in law, TJ. We get to see Liz and TJ’s great house, covered with kitchy dolls and Renaissance Faire memorabilia. Cute!
Although Lorelai’s gaudy Asian movie party for Rory with junk food candy sushi was fairly funny, I was a bit concerned that a Yale student didn’t realize the political incorrectness in the air. The pop culture references were a bit obvious; I’m still waiting for the Gilmore-trademark rapid fire stew of dialogue that only Google (and the as-of-yet unwritten Gilmore-pedia Reference Manual) can shed light on. Still, one point for the mention of Mr. Yunioshi, the Mickey Rooney character in Breakfast in Tiffany’s, and another for the Gwyneth Paltrow digs. However, if you’re going to mention an unseen Paltrow movie, how about “the one where she sings a song with Huey Lewis”?
But back to Luke and Lorelai. An unusual long shot with both of them crossing the street in profile leads to sassy fur flying and blunt words from Luke. Later on, the two bump into each other in a grocery store, and Luke claims he’s already moved on. Lorelai’s pursed lips and unusually weepy silence during the final minutes of the show were very sad.
Note: I noticed the Sam Phillips background music during the episode’s final minutes featured a solo violin; something new. If you’re not familiar with Sam, she’s worth checking out. Probably best known for her album Martinis and Bikinis, she’s had two sparse, minimalist albums since then, Fan Dance and A Boot and a Shoe. Music from both has been featured on Gilmore Girls.
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