Gilmore Girls: Merry Fisticuffs
Gilmore Girls: Merry Fisticuffs
Any episode of television that ends with two grown men brawling on top of a Christmas tree can't be all bad. Saying that, I struggled with last night's episode of Gilmore Girls. It moved too slow, there wasn't near enough Lorelai-Rory interaction, and a couple of the characters acted a little strange. I still enjoyed the episode, for what it's worth. Lorelai's relentless anti-Wedding party nagging was, while at times annoying, mostly entertaining. "Merry Fisticuffs" provided viewers with the first chink in the Christopher-Lorelai armor. Their conflict boils down to Lorelai wanting her life to remain the same while in Stars Hollow and Christopher wanting to move on. After Lorelai runs into Luke and his new niece, Christopher almost immediately tells her he wants to make a baby.
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The planning of the wedding party is forcing both Christopher and Lorelai to take a step back and question what it is they really want. Emily is a key figure in this, even giving Lorelai some surprising advice near the end of the episode. The thing I can't get over is the degree to which Lorelai mocks and refuses everything to go with this wedding party. How long has this joke lasted? Three weeks now? Christopher's character suddenly changed somewhere in the middle of the episode and he became a jerk. Which I guess is fine, but there didn't seem enough going on to trigger this attitude. One moment he's happy, the next he's bitter and pissed off. Rory's story was the most interesting; it would've been nice to have a little more screen time with it. Luke spoke to a lawyer about the difficulties of gaining even partial custody of April. Unfortunately, this is the sad truth in custody battles. I like the story, and it should have some legs as the season progresses. The fight between Christopher and Luke was enjoyable, but it didn't end up doing much. Nothing was settled, and the two walked away after it ended. For countless Gilmore Girls fans, this was a turbulent half of a season, but I continue to have faith. When the show returns in January, it may be for the last time. If it is, let's all hope it goes out with a bang. -Oscar Dahl, BuddyTV Senior Writer

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