Episode Sixteen: “Star-Crossed Lovers and Other Strangers”
Original Airdate: March 8, 2001
The town’s romance-themed Founders Firelight Festival is near, and it seems almost everyone is in love. But Lorelai is faced with her mom’s matchmaking, and Dean calls it quits with Rory. Ain’t love grand?
So this episode exposes a major plot error. In the beginning of this episode, Miss Patti tells a story about how Stars Hollow came to be with two young lovers wandering the dark forest looking for each other with only the stars to guide them. However, in the episode where Taylor turns the Wickam mansion into a museum, there is a different story about a family with a mute boy who founded the town.
“The stars, so bright; this forest, so hollow!”
Later in the episode Taylor and Miss Patti are in Luke’s diner arguing over why the young couple built the fire. Taylor said it was to throw themselves on when their parents found them and Miss Patti said it was just to keep them warm. Whatever the case, though, I guess it doesn’t matter as long as we have Stars Hollow. Right?
Okay, back to the episode, not only to we have the start of my not to great episodes dealing with the Rory and Dean breakup, but the mysterious Rachel, Luke’s ex girlfriend, comes back. I guess her story line was better than that lawyer lady, Nicole, that Luke dated (and married on the cruise), I never did like her, but I never cared for the Rachel storyline either. I don’t know why. She wasn’t a bad character. She just never fit. Never fit with Luke. Never fit with the town. I guess that’s why she ultimately ended up leaving again.
And back to the episode again, and my favorite part when Emily had that boring guy come over to have dinner with them, setting Lorelai up with him. As the evening progressed you could see how, not only Lorelai was utterly bored with the guy, but so was Richard. And when Lorelai snuck off to her bedroom and was in the middle of fleeing out her window, Richard caught her. She asked him please not to tell anyone she was there and to let her go. He turns and walks from the room, saying, “Emily, she’s not up here.” Then gives her that smile for a total dad/kid bonding moment.
Of course, with that great scene the next one is Dean and Rory breaking up . . . UGH.
So what do you think about this episode?
Rory asks Lorelai to call Emily and tell her that she can’t make it for Friday night dinner. Lorelai teases Rory while dialing)
Lorelai: Nothing. It’s just, “Oh, hey Mom, uh, Rory and Dean are having their three month anniversary on Friday.” (She imitates Emily’s tone) “Really Lorelai? Why that’s wonderful. I’m thrilled.”
Lorelai: “Three months. Well, woohoo. Hold on, I’m going to cartwheel.”
Rory: Forget it.
Lorelai: Oh, no wait. She’s telling my dad now. Why, I think they’re cabbage patching.
Lorelai: I don’t know what is wrong with me. This is a beautiful festival. People should be enjoying it.
Luke: It’s a crazy festival based on a nutty myth about two lunatics who in all probability did not even exist and even if they did probably dropped dead of diphtheria before age 24. The town of Stars Hollow probably got its name from a local dance hall prostitute or two rich drunk guys who made up the story to make it look good on a poster.
Lorelai:: You are full of hate and loathing and I got tell you, I love it!
Luke: It’s so good to have someone to share this hate with.
Lorelai: I miss Max.
Rory: I know.
Lorelai: I had a dream about him the other night.
Rory: Really? Dirty?
Lorelai: (embarrassed) No, absolutely not. And when you’re 21, I’ll tell you the real answer.