The episode last night was truly amazing. Keep reading for my lengthy (?) rant.
***Note: I may have forgotten a few things since last night (my brother was hogging the internet, so I couldn't get on); check for edits.
Before the show even started, I had already worked myself in to a respectable sniffle. I thought Rory meeting Christiane Amanpour (I really hope I spelled that correctly) was a nice touch, but a bit forced. I mean, yeah, it was a great way to really bring the show completely full circle, but the writing wasn't great.
The beginning credits started to roll, and I think this was the first time I really lost it.
It was almost back to regular Gilmore with Lorelai looking up roller coasters on the Net, and teasing Rory about being a "screamer."
Friday Night Dinner, for the last time, was sentimental. I thought (this goes for the whole episode) that Emily's wanting of a spa at the Dragonfly was very strange. Was she only doing it because she wanted the dinners to continue? I think the writers could have expressed this a different way. For the last episode, I thought we had to focus on a not-so-important event with Emily. But I loved how Lorelai said she would stay for "after dinner drinks." It showed that, finally, has come to some sort of relationship with her parents that she doesn't completely resent, and she wants to spend time with them.
Once again, the commercials provided just enough time for me to compose myself.
I loved how Luke went to Sookie and told her that he wanted to keep the party, just move it up. He seemed...strange, though. I'm not sure if it was the writing, or Scott Patterson himself, or what. But something seemed off with him. I'm don't know. Maybe it was just me?
I liked the secret town meeting, and how Taylor still tried to keep the town rules together. It was nice how Luke really took charge. Oh, and was it just me, or did it kind of look like Lane (well, Keiko) had gained weight? I know Lane just had twins, but wouldn't she have lost most of the pregnancy weight by now?
Lane and Rory's talk made me completely, totally start bawling. I couldn't believe it. The line that really killed me was: "Who misses their mom when they go off?" "The lucky kind." (or something close to that, argh.) It really reminded me of how close Lorelai and Rory are and how important they are to each other. Their (Lane and Rory) whole conversation was really, really sad, but so true and so good.
My heart really, really started to break when Rory came home and asked Lor why she wasn't acting more upset. That's really how Lorelai acts, usually, when something's upset her, and I knew this would be really upsetting.
I thought the whole ordeal of it raining in the Hollow was a bit .. off. Was it just to show how dedicated Luke was (that he would stay up all night sewing just for the Girls)? Because I think that could have been handled in a much better way. Since when did Luke have such great seamstress skills?
It was unbelievably sad when Lor when in and sat next to Rory. That was one of the most heartwrenching parts of the whole episode, because it showed that she truly was broken-hearted over having to part with Rory so soon in the summer.
Oh gosh, by the time they got to the party, I was so far gone, it was incredible. It showed how much the town really loves the Girls, and how sad they are to see Rory go off into the "real world" and away from their little, intimate town. The party was bittersweet, because everyone was so happy and showing all of their love for Rory, but also upsetting because they knew they had to let her go (and, it was the finale). Richard's comment to Lorelai was a bit awkward, but the thought and idea of it was amazing.
Taylor's speech was a nice attempt at some humor, but the truth is, there's no way this episode could be laugh-out-loud funny. We were all too busy tearing up.
From reading the previews, I expected Rory's speech to be so much more in depth.. all we really got was one meaningful look to Lorelai (which was short, by the way) and that was it. Where was the speech about how much everyone really meant to her, and how deeply they had affected her in all those years? I wanted that, and we didn't get that.
Lorelai and Luke's kiss was nice, but a bit over-due. I felt that it was shoved in at the end, in a desperate attempt to "give us an ending," to their relationship. It wasn't an ending. It was one kiss. We're supposed to take that and assume... what? They get together? I don't know.
I loved, loved, a thousand times over loved how the show ended the exact same way it began. Nothing hit me quite as hard as that.
It was such an emotional night, but really, such a great one. I was crying my eyes out, so much that I can't even remember the scenes they showed in the after-show "Thanks for seven great seasons, Gilmore Girls." (that was really, truly, the end of it for me. I knew it was over by that point.) I had to watch the first fifteen minutes of Veronica Mars just to let the puffiness and redness of my eyes go down.
Its been seven amazing, spectacular, hilarious, outstanding, and heartwarming seasons, Gilmore Girls. We love you.
***Edit: I can't believe how long this turned out. Oy.