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Life With Father, 03.01.01 ...

As television shows about families go, the WB's Gilmore Girls stands out from the pack because it's just so darn smart. The dramedy focuses on the trials and tribulations of Lorelai Gilmore (Lauren Graham), a 32-year-old single mom raising her 16-year-old daughter, Rory (Alexis Bledel).

Lorelai is an independent woman with beauty, charm, charisma and a mouth that seems incapable of closing. That last trait would normally be a nuisance if it weren't for Graham's deft performances and the series's strong scripts. Gilmore Girls creator Amy Sherman-Palladino likens the fast-paced and clever dialogue between the characters to the rapid-fire patter of Spencer Tracy/Katharine Hepburn movies. "They're talking so fast that they're talking all over each other," she says.

Much of the program's charm lies in the depth of the characters. They come across as real people. Lorelai is not an omnipotent, lesson-spouting, peacemaking parental unit. She consumes coffee like water; she oversleeps on her daughter's first day of school at an expensive academy; she dates her daughter's English teacher and gets caught kissing him in school. June Cleaver she ain't. Lorelai became a mom at 16, and as she grows up with her daughter, she tends to treat her like a best friend.

"She doesn't know how to be a mother," says Sherman-Palladino. "She doesn't have the same life skills that some other single parents on television have." However, she learns to put her child's needs before her own like breaking up with said English teacher when the situation becomes too creepy for Rory. In fact, much of the show's conflict, according to Sherman-Palladino, comes from Lorelai's attempts to "figure out when [she's supposed to be] a best friend [to Rory] and when [she's] supposed to be a mother."

Rory is a hardworking high-school student with visions of attending Harvard University. But she's a typical teenage girl, too. She spends her time listening to Macy Gray CDs, hanging out with her best friend Lane (Keiko Agena), going to rock concerts, and dating a boy named Dean (Jared Padalecki). Unlike her counterparts on other WB shows like Dawson's Creek and Popular, Rory doesn't have all the answers, and her character isn't portrayed by a twentysomething actor. Just 18 years old when the pilot was shot, Bledel lends authenticity to the role.

"There's an innocent quality to Rory that's so important," reflects Sherman-Palladino. "You believe this kid is sixteen, you believe that she doesn't know the slightest thing about boys or dating."

Where is Rory's father in all this? He finally arrived in the small town of Stars Hollow, Conn., at the end of last week's episode, roaring into the sleepy burg on a motorcycle and taking the girls by surprise. Rory was glad to see him, but Lorelai was less than thrilled at the sudden appearance of her former beau. In tonight's installment, the distant dad makes himself comfortable in Lorelai's home and explores the town with Rory at his side. They take in the sights of Stars Hollow and watch Dean play in a softball game with the townsfolk. All the while, Lorelai wonders how long he'll stay and how Rory will react when he takes off again.

Whatever happens to television's best mother-daughter duo, one thing is for sure: They'll face it together and make us laugh along the way. Isn't that what families are all about?
Credit: TV Guide Online

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