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The Ending 'Gilmore Girls' Deserves

Kent Martinez |
October 30, 2015 | 12:51 p.m. PDT


Rory (Alexis Bledel) and Lorelei (Lauren Graham) during Gilmore Girls (Warner Bros)
Rory (Alexis Bledel) and Lorelei (Lauren Graham) during Gilmore Girls (Warner Bros)

Rory Gilmore (Aexis Beldel), Stars Hollow's most beloved daughter, is the co-star of Lauren Graham's character Lorelai Gilmore. Rory is a sweet kind hearted girl whose lifetime dream is to become a journalist and attends Harvard University on her way to that goal.

However, towards the end of her senior year, she decides that Yale is a better fit for her and ultimately becomes a “handsome Dan.” She has an amazing best friend relationship with her mother Lorelai Gilmore all throughout the show which is polar opposite of the type of relationship that Lorelai has with her mother Emily Gilmore (Kelly Bichop). Though Rory and Lorelai were practically inseparable and had pretty much the same taste in music, books and TV shows, they had their moments of conflicts and strong disagreements which led to a harsh separation throughout most of season five. During the last season of the show, Rory goes on to graduate from Yale University with an internship awaiting her, ready to take on the real world.

Rory looks as if she just came out of a colorful Tim Burton fairy tale movie. She is really beautiful, soft spoken, helps out those who are in need and puts up with people who aren’t always the nicest. She's the best friend a person could ask for.

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However, her love life hasn’t always been the greatest as she's mainly at fault for that. Rory has always been given a pass for every relationship she ever ruined and every heart she ever broke. Dean Forrester (Jared Padalecki) was her first boyfriend and a very good guy. He treated her incredible great and was always honest with her which is a quality that Dean always had. As time went by, a young man by the name of Jess Mariano (Milo Ventimigla) came along and began wooing Rory to romantically like him. Jess was what you would call a "bad boy." Rory began to neglect Dean and underappreciate him once she began having feelings for Jess which she pretty much had from the moment she met him. On the last episode of season two, she kisses Jess at her friend’s wedding while still in a relationship with Dean and never tells him about it.

Dean, after seeing that Rory began to develop feelings for Jess, had no choice but to break up with her in a very heartbreaking and humiliating way for him. Shortly thereafter, Rory begins a relationship with Jess. She tries apologizing to Dean a few days after the break up, do to the horrible way she began treating him once she started developing feelings for Jess. But even throughout her apology, she doesn’t tell him about her infidelity. Her relationship with Jess was an awful one. Though she had more in common with Jess than Dean in that they had similar taste in music and books, Jess never treated her right. He was always bored, mean and angry toward her every time she wanted to go out with him and do something fun.  I will say however, that the show does begin to push the audience toward accepting and liking their relationship even though we know their relationship is headed to a complete disaster. They ultimately break up as he decides to leave town unannounced, without even telling Rory that he had decided to break up with her. 

Rory (Alexis Bledel) (Warner Bros)
Rory (Alexis Bledel) (Warner Bros)

As the years go by, Dean gets married to a young lady by the name of Lindsey Lister (Arielle Kebbel). Dean however cheats on his wife (whom he had been having marital problems with) with Rory, which led to Deans divorce. A few weeks after he divorces Lindsey and begins dating Rory for the third time, Rory meets Logan Huntzberger (Matt Czuchry), a guy who she begins to like romantically little by little.

When Dean sees the kind of chemistry that could possibly build between Rory and Logan, he realizes that Rory and he are too different to merge lives. So Dean breaks up with her. After, Rory begins dating Logan, a rich guy who is spoiled and over privileged. She then begins to have problems with Logan and finds out that while they were apart (although Rory didn’t see their time apart as a break up), Logan slept with five other girls.

She decides to leave to New York to see her ex-boyfriend Jess. Moments after arriving, they kiss. Rory now, has cheated on Logan and what’s worst, wooed Jess into thinking that she was single and had gone to New York to possibly begin a romantic relationship with. Jess at this point in the show by the way, had made an immense change for the better and was a completely new person, becoming a great man. She doesn’t tell Logan about her infidelity either. Logan however, progressively begins to change for the better as well as asks Rory to marry him during the last few episodes of the show. She sits on it, but ultimately decides not to marry him as she feels that the timing  isn't right. She ends up alone, but with a job in journalism like she always wanted.

Overall, it seemed as though Rory always liked going out with the bad boy, as two out of the three guys she dated fit that description. This is what at times ruined her character throughout the show. She could’ve been an A+ character but instead she is like an A- which is not bad, but it could’ve been a lot better for her. 

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Again just to reiterate, is Rory the best’s friend a person could have? Yes! Is she the best daughter a mother could ask for? Yes. Is she the kind of neighbor a person would want? Yes. But would I be hesitant to asking Rory out and falling in love with her? Absolutely! Because she is the kind of girl who seemed to change her mind, always wanting the bad boy, leaving the good guy broken hearted.

"Gilmore Girls" is a friendly, fun dialogue filled show featuring two ladies whom are best friends that empower women through their lifestyle and success in life. This show has some of the best constructive, creative, witty dialogue in any show I have ever seen. These characters' lines will at times reference a historical figure or ancient literature book and it is done with such great timing and style that one can't help but to point at the tv and appreciate such creativity and cleverness. The show mainly consist of Lorelei and Rory’s relationship with each other, as well as the romantic relationships they have with their fellas. Luke Danes (Scott Patterson) is Stars Hollow’s diner owner and a very beloved, respect citizen of the town who Lorelai since the beginning of the show, has had a crush on. 

At the end of season four, Luke who for weeks has being wooing Lorelai little by little to like him romantically by buying her candy, flowers and inviting her to his sister’s wedding, finally makes his move by telling her that he has feelings for her and has been trying to woo her all of this time. He kisses her and she kisses him back. This was a great moment in the show and the climax everyone had longed to see since season one.

However once we finally see these two date, they begin to have a lot of problems all throughout season seven (which was the last season). Lorelai begins to date and marries Rory’s dad, Christopher Hayden (David Sutcliffe). Toward the very end of the season, however, Lorelei divorces Christopher realizing that the two just weren’t meant to be. On the last episode of the show when Lorelei finds out that Luke is responsible for throwing Rory a surprise graduating party, her heart melts and kisses Luke as a sign of appreciation and love that she has always had for him. With this kiss it is implied that these two characters end up together, but the fact is, it's really unclear as to whether they really do or don't. The show ends horribly, as neither Rory nor Lorelai end up with the ones they were meant to be with.

Jess (Milo Ventimiglia) attempting to get though to Rory (Alexis Bledel) after she drops out of school (Warner Bros.)
Jess (Milo Ventimiglia) attempting to get though to Rory (Alexis Bledel) after she drops out of school (Warner Bros.)
 If Netflix makes a final season, the same actors should be used and Lorelai should definitely not just end up with Luke, but marry him and we should get to see them together throughout the entire season and not just on the last episode.

As for Rory, even though I have been critical of her romantic relationships, do think she should end up with someone, and that someone should be Jess. As much as I may have disliked their relationship, the moment that Jess changed for the better, he became the right guy for her. He was the guy who tried talking sense to her at a time when she had dropped out of Yale, one of the greatest, most sincere moments in the history of this show. Out of all the guys she went out with, he had the most chemistry with her, but more importantly, knew her better than any guy she ever loved. 

Retro Movie Reviews is a weekly column by Kent Martinez, published every Friday. Read other Retro Movie Reviews here.

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