Gilmore Girls 3×1: Lazy-Hazy-Crazy Days

Lazy-Hazy-Crazy Days originally aired September 24, 2002.  This episode was written and directed by Amy Sherman-Palladino.

Gilmore Girls Season 3 Graphic

This episode opens with Lorelei having a dream that she’s with Luke and is expecting twins.  She calls Rory for a dream analysis, and at first, Rory jokes about how Lorelei is secretly in love Luke and wants to have his children.  But then Rory tells her that it’s probably about how Lorelei is still upset about Chris having a child with Sherry.

There is an end-of-summer festival planned, and Sookie wants to re-decorate her house because she thinks it’s too girly for Jackson.  He insists the house is fine the way it is, but Sookie doesn’t believe him.

Rory is still in Washington, D.C. for her leadership thing, and there’s some sort of mixer or something with members of Congress.  Senator Barbara Boxer and Congressman Doug Ose make appearances as themselves.  Paris gets asked out on a date and doesn’t realize it until Rory points it out and is later seen freaking out when she’s getting ready.

Kirk is selling a skin-care line that turns out to go horribly wrong, and Lorelei gets Rory out of Friday night dinner.  Rory and Lorelei still aren’t talking to Chris, and they don’t know when they’ll talk to him again.  Lorelei still hasn’t told her parents about her and Chris not being together.

At the end-of-summer festival, Rory is looking around, and finally sees Jess making out with some blonde girl.  Rory is really upset with this, and this is when Lorelei finds out Rory kissed Jess.  Lorelei pretty much tells Rory to make up her mind, because Rory is being really unfair to Dean and is treating him like dirt because he doesn’t deserve it.  Dean manages to get back in town earlier than Rory expected, as he shows up when Lorelei and Rory are talking about the kiss with Jess, and Lorelei gives them some alone time.

Lorelei goes to Friday night dinner, where she tells her parents that she isn’t with Chris because he’s back with Sherry because she’s pregnant.  Emily wants a solid, adult reason for why Lorelei and Chris can’t be a family,, and how it affects Rory. Which Lorelei is aware of and isn’t something she’s taking lightly.  The right thing for Chris to do is be with Lorelei and Rory because they’re his family, not Sherry and his child with her.  It is agreed on that Chris is going to do the right thing with someone who will let him.  According to Richard, that’s something he never had with Lorelei, because she pushed him away.

Lorelei leaves while Richard and Emily are talking and she goes into Luke’s to have a cup of coffee.  Lorelei is pretty upset about everything and can’t believe that this is the second time she let herself hope for love and security and the whole package.  The time with Max was her fault, and this time, with Chris, the universe conspired against them.  And now, Chris gets to be there for Sherry while she’s pregnant, and he’ll be there for his child with Sherry.  Luke thinks she’ll find someone.  She goes home to Rory, who agrees that Lorelei is right and she was unfair to Dean, and wants to make things right with him.

Thoughts:

I totally want to talk about the Emily-Lorelei conversation and the Lorelei-Rory conversation in this episode, because those are the two things that I found really interesting.  I think I’m going to tackle the Rory-Lorelei conversation first.  So, I’m not the biggest fan of Dean, but I think Lorelei does have a good point in that Rory needs to make up her mind, and that Rory isn’t being fair to Dean.  He really doesn’t deserve it, and while I think Dean is a little too insecure/jealous of any guy that Rory talks to, he does have some pretty good qualities that I tend to ignore.  And at this point, I feel like it’s pretty obvious that Rory likes Jess but doesn’t want to admit it.

As for Friday night dinner…Amy Sherman-Palladino really likes to throw in some doozies, doesn’t she?  It’s not that big of a surprise that Emily wants Lorelei, Chris and Rory to be a family, and she’s never liked the idea of Chris and Sherry, so it’s no surprise that Emily would think that Chris should be with Lorelei and not Sherry.  it would be ridiculous to not be with Sherry after all of the stuff that’s happened with Lorelei.

While Richard and Emily (but mostly Emily) still think Chris and Lorelei should be together because of Rory, is it really that good of an idea? It never seems to work out for them, and if it hasn’t worked out yet, it probably isn’t going to happen.  Also: Richard and Emily are being kind of unfair.  I get the whole thing was really embarrassing for them, but Lorelei apparently didn’t want Chris involved in Rory’s life. I don’t know how accurate their statements are, but I can see a 16-year-old Chris potentially not being involved with Rory’s life…but now I’m not sure what to think of Lorelei not wanting Chris involved in Rory’s life.  Again, I kind of wish someone would straight up say what happened, as opposed to all of the hinting and the different sides to everything.  Or maybe this just goes to show that sometimes, there are different perspectives and that there is no one (really easy) answer.

Favorite Lines/Scenes:

Paris, to Rory, when Jamie comes to pick her up: “Now get in the closet.”

Congressman Ose seeing Paris and sneaking back out

Pop Culture:

Senator Boxer and Congressman Ose appearing as themselves, Archie Bunker’s chair at the Smithsonian, Bono, Carson Daly, Freddie Prinze, Jr.

Episode Rating:

Amy Sherman-Palladino can really be counted on to make things interesting, especially at the end of each episode.  This season premiere starts off the season really well, and gets 4 mugs of coffee.

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