Hammers And Veils originally aired October 9, 2002. It was written by Amy Sherman-Palladino and was directed by Michael Kattleman.
We open Hammers And Veils with Lorelei using newspaper to decide on the right veil length. She asks Rory for her opinion, but Rory is more interested in reading the newspaper on Lorelei’s head than she is giving an opinion.
At Chilton, Rory happens to be in the same area as Paris, Madeleine and Louise. Madeleine mentions a build for a Habitat For Humanity-type company, and Paris starts talking about how Rory wouldn’t like doing the Habitat For Humanity. She runs into Henry (the guy she and Lane met at the Chilton party) and talk about what classes they’re taking. It’s physics, Shakespeare and obscure Russian poetry for Rory and trig for Henry.
I know I’ve said this before, but Chilton…what kind of school is this? It feels more like a college than a high school sometimes! Henry gives Rory his number because he’s scared of Mrs. Kim answering the phone again.
At Friday night dinner, Lorelei is really amused by Rory building a house. She takes off her engagement ring, and still hasn’t told Richard and Emily about her engagement, even though the wedding is in 3 months. Rory is giving Lorelei two weeks, before Rory says something. Seriously, three months to plan a wedding? It’s one of those things that seem like a lot of work…work that takes more than three months. This episode is roughly a week after Sadie, Sadie, so things have moved awfully fast…or the timeline just got really messed up and the writers didn’t notice. Richard apologizes to Rory again, and they really didn’t like fighting.
Meanwhile, Lorelei does tell Emily about her engagement. Emily hopes they’ll be in town. If not, she’ll send a nice gift. After dinner, Lorelei rants about how it was a mistake to tell Emily, and how she regrets mentioning it. I know they don’t have the best relationship, but Lorelei and her unwillingness to see things from Emily’s side is starting to get annoying.
Rory goes off to help build a house, with Lane dropping off instructions for her escape from Korea, and Dean laughing at Rory for wanting to do this. It is a little strange, I’ll admit, Rory building a house. But they make plans for that night. Paris starts talking about all the extra stuff she’d done to get into Harvard- study groups, charity work, and tutoring, to name a few. Rory realizes she is behind on such activities and wants to cancel her plans with Dean. Not surprisingly, this doesn’t go over well with Dean. Remember h0w last week, I felt kind of bad for Dean? Well, it didn’t last very long, because Dean was super-annoying. He thinks summer is a time for relaxing and hanging out, and could care less about Rory getting in Harvard. You’d think by now he’d know how important Harvard is to Rory and that she has a bit of tunnel vision about it.
Lorelei and Max have dinner, where Lorelei’s still frustrated about what Emily said. We do learn how one plans a wedding in a week, for a date 3 months in the future- by having Sookie cook, by having the ceremony at her house, and by having Patty supply the chairs. Pretty impressive, doing all of that planning IN A WEEK.
They make a stop at Emily’s, where Lorelei wants to know what Emily said what she did, and if Emily knows how it felt to hear Emily say what she did. Emily says it’s probably how Emily herself felt when she realized that Lorelei got engaged and told everyone else in her life first, and having to hear from a complete stranger that Lorelei was engaged.
Emily has a good point, and I really feel bad for Emily. Lorelei doesn’t really look good in this scene. Yeah, Emily and Lorelei have a ton of issues, and I do get Lorelei being worried about what they’ll think…but putting it off and wishing she never told Emily in the first place…it’s like Lorelei doesn’t even want to try to work things out or make an effort.
Lorelei learns about the party, Sookie babbles about how she wasn’t sure if she should invite Emily and Richard, but decided to invite them anyway, and we see the engagement party. People dance, Rory and Dean make up, and Lorelei asks Luke to come. A note about Rory and Dean making up- he apologizes, as does Rory. Rory really shouldn’t have to apologize, but she’s Rory, so she apologizes for having tunnel vision, while Dean admits he got jealous of Harvard…even while liking Rory is going to go to Harvard.
We end the episode with Lorelei asking Emily for advice about veils. Emily tells her that she’s capable of making her own decisions. And Lorelei does apologize for not telling Emily, and talks about how she doesn’t know how to tell Emily things. She does admit to maybe being partly to blame for the vicious cycle they get in…which really sounds insincere. Emily tells Lorelei she might want to try a tiara, because it’s what she wore at her wedding.
Favorite Lines Or Scenes:
Rory reading the newspaper veil on Lorelei’s head
Thelma And Louise, The Beatles, Frank Sinatra
This is a pretty interesting episode, and stuff definitely happens. Lorelei and her rant about regretting telling Emily was irritating- and her “I hate my parents, who are evil and horrible” mentality is starting to get annoying and tired. Still, Lorelei does appear to realize she hurt Emily by waiting to tell her about her engagement. Hammers And Veils gets 3.5 mugs of coffee.