Gilmore Girls 3×2: Haunted Leg

Haunted Leg originally aired October 1, 2002.  This episode was written by Amy Sherman-Palladino and was directed by Chris Long.

Gilmore Girls Season 3 Graphic

This episode opens with Friday night dinner, where things are still weird between Emily and Lorelei.  Rory tries to get a conversation going between all three of them, but it doesn’t work until Lorelei looks at the paper and sees that someone she knew killed her husband after she found him cheating on her.

In this episode, it’s back to school for Rory, who is busy with student council.  Francie, the senior class president, wants the skirts to be raised an inch-and-a-half, and Paris will “consider” it.  Which doesn’t go over well with Francie, because she pulls Rory into the bathroom, and tells her that she can make Paris ineffective as student body president, because Francie has more power than Paris, and Rory needs to make sure that Paris does what Francie wants.  And naturally, Francie has her own spin on what happened in the bathroom.  Rory convinces Paris to give in on the hemline issue, because no one is going to remember it by the end of the year.

Kirk asks Lorelei on a date, and she turns him down.  She also has lunch at Emily’s, where we learn that Emily called Chris, and that Chris still wants to be with Lorelei. Emily wasn’t going to sit by and watch things happen, because Chris and Lorelei belong together, and Sherry is just a complication.  Lorelei wants Emily to stay out of it, because Sherry is more than a complication.  Lorelei leaves the diner.

We have another Friday night dinner, in which Chris shows up to talk to Lorelei.  She hasn’t returned his calls, and him showing up at Emily’s is the only way for him to talk to her.  He never thought he would keep Rory from him, because he was always able to talk to her no matter what was going on between him and Lorelei.  This is when Rory comes in and tells him that Lorelei didn’t push her into this this, and they he promised at Sookie’s wedding that it would work, and he betrayed that.  She doesn’t need him because she has Lorelei and he can go be someone else’s dad.

Chris wants something different, but since Sherry is still pregnant, and Chris is still with her and planning on marrying Sherry, so things will have to stay as they currently are.  Emily asks Chris to leave, and he does.  Lorelei and Rory go back to Stars Hollow and decide to have a junk-food filled night at home.  Rory doesn’t want to go to Chris’ wedding but Lorelei tells her that she might want to reconsider because she might regret it one day.

Rory runs into Jess, who doesn’t seem to like that Rory is put out by him and Shane because she never wrote him letters or called him, and she was still with Dean.  He also wasn’t going to wait around for her like Dean would have.  The episode ends with Rory and Lorelei going home.


I really liked this episode.  As usually, the really interesting stuff doesn’t happen until the end.  It’s not surprising Emily would call Chris and I don’t blame Lorelei for being upset about this.  It has to be hard seeing Chris have what they never did.  But I think Emily did go a little overboard with it, even though her intentions were good.  And I think Lorelei might not have seen that Emily does what what’s best for her and Rory, even if they have very different ideas on what that is.

I also don’t blame Rory for not wanting to talk to Chris after what’s happened.  I am pretty irritated that he’d blame Lorelei- although I suppose I can understand why he’d think it was her doing.  Because it’s understandable that he’d mess up one too many times, and that eventually, Rory would get tired of understanding.  I think Lorelei was spot-on when she said Rory would forgive Chris eventually.  She is Rory, and she does have a pretty good capacity for forgiveness.

Rory and Jess: I don’t have much to say, but Jess does have a point when he said he wasn’t going to wait for her like Dean would.  Also: she is with Dean, so Rory shouldn’t be put out or annoyed that Jess is with someone else.  And while she may have started a letter to Jess, she clearly never called or sent anything to Jess.

And it’s been a while since I’ve said this but: what kind of school is Chilton?  I mean, I don’t remember student council ever having the ability to change much of anything. Granted, I was never involved in student council in school. but it just seems weird that they’d be able to get the librarian to resign or change the hemline of the school-required skirts.

Favorite Moment:

Emily looking at her watch during Paris’ speech

Pop Culture:

Jimmy Carter, Margaret Thatcher, Charlie Sheen, Annie Oakley, Noam Chompsky, Freaky Friday, the ice-skating scandal involving the French judges

Episode Rating:

This is a pretty good episode, and I’m glad there’s some resolution to the Chris/Lorelei thing.  And the whole thing with Emily and Lorelei was done really well, even though it irritated me a little.  This episode gets 4 mugs of coffee.

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