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Luke and Lorelai - the bed mystery solved?

It’s common knowledge that I have an obsession with Lorelai and Luke’s sleeping arrangement ever since I made the following post a couple of months ago:

Can we talk about the fact that Lorelai and Luke seem to be super flexible on which side of the bed they sleep? I think that’s adorable and makes me like them as a couple even more.

My explanation: They both want one specific side of the bed and used to argue about it a lot, but since they are in a steady relationship now they decided to compromise and take turns with the “right” side of the bed. Sometimes, when one of them has a bad day, the other gives up the “good” side, just to make the other smile and feel a little better.

This post was done BEFORE the revival and therefore is not true anymore, since we now have “official” confirmation that Lorelai sleeps on the right side of the bed and Luke on the left, however, I don’t consider this true to the original series anymore. Wanna take a walk down memory lane with me? Let’s go!

We have, of course, our favorite episode 5x03 “Written in the Stars” with Lorelai on the right and Luke and the left, but that episode doesn’t really count since that sleeping arrangement happened after sex, so… let’s just say which side you end up on is not really predictable, plus it’s their first night ever together (that we know of) and therefore not a reliable source.

Luke on the left and Lorelai on the right: 1
Lorelai on the left and Luke on the right: 0

Then, there’s some sort of drought with Lorelai and Luke in a bed or even close to a bed for a couple of episodes, till 5x10, and Lorelai is on the right again…

In 5x11, she’s again on the right…

5x12 is probably the most interesting one. Since it starts off with Lorelai on the right.

But in the end of the episode, she’s on the left, for the first time ever. There’s a shift, my dears!

intermediate result before the big break-up in season 5 in “Say something”:

Luke on the left and Lorelai on the right: 4
Lorelai on the left and Luke on the right: 1

Even though they lie upside down on the bed in 5x21, Luke is on the right and Lorelai on the left.

Their first night as an engaged couple while the “kids would be good”-talk (*sobs*) in 6x01 Lorelai is on the left and Luke on the right.

In 6x03 Lorelai gets up on the right side of the bed, but there’s no sign of Luke. I’m not sure If I should even count that. Well of well.

Luke on the left and Lorelai on the right: 4 (+1)
Lorelai on the left and Luke on the right: 3

In the same episode, Lorelai stays in Luke’s apartment and she’s on the left again.

The same applies to 6x04: Lorelai on the left, and Luke on the right.

Luke on the left and Lorelai on the right: 4 (+1)
Lorelai on the left and Luke on the right: 5

In 6x07, we see Lorelai on the left, but there’s no sign of Luke.

Luke on the left and Lorelai on the right: 4 (+1)
Lorelai on the left and Luke on the right: 5 (+1)

The following can not be counted, but it’s just too precious, the little fam of Luke, Lorelai and Paul-Anka on a bed. <3

In 6x08, Luke on the right, looking with his foot for Lorelai. Probably one of the sweetest things we ever see with our Javajunkie eyes. <3

Luke on the left and Lorelai on the right: 4 (+1)
Lorelai on the left and Luke on the right: 6 (+1)

After that, there are no scenes with Lorelai and Luke in a bed, but we see Lorelai in that bedroom quite some time. However, we can’t take these scenes in our classification. For integrity, I show them to you anyhow!

6x10

6x11

In 6x12, Lorelai is on the right and Luke on the left. (Look at Luke, who has an arm wrapped around Lorelai while they sleep!)

In 6x13, Luke is on the right side of the bed, indicating that Lorelai was on the left. Look at the unmade bed!

In the same episode, Lorelai is on the left side, the scene takes place just right before they head off to bed, discussing how Luke needs some alone time with Lorelai, and her heart’s breaking, that’s why I display the kiss!

Luke on the left and Lorelai on the right: 4 (+1)
Lorelai on the left and Luke on the right: 9 (+1)

In 6x15, the dreaded Valentine’s episode, we see Lorelai at first on the left, but on the next morning, we see her on the right. I wonder how that could happen… 

Luke on the left and Lorelai on the right: 5 (+1)
Lorelai on the left and Luke on the right: 10 (+1)

In the rest of the season, there is not a single scene of Lorelai and Luke in a bed together. There are a few random scenes, which I will show you anyway.

6x17

6x18

And there’s 6x19: Christopher puts her on the left side. Maybe he knows it’s her side?

Luke on the left and Lorelai on the right: 5 (+1)
Lorelai on the left and Luke on the right: 10 (+2)

Short conclusion for the original series: Unlike my initial post proposes, we can very much say that Lorelai used to sleep on the right of the bed in the beginning of their relationship. As soon as their relationship got more serious, Luke and Lorelai switch sides. Lorelai is now on the left and Luke on the right.

With that knowledge, it’s very interesting to see that Lorelai and Luke found a new sleeping arrangement in the revival. In all the revival scenes, Luke is on the left side of the bed and Lorelai on the right. Every single time. There’s not one exception.

The following is basically the same scene, but I will consider it anyway!

So, with these scenes, we have our final result:

Luke on the left and Lorelai on the right: 10 (+1)
Lorelai on the left and Luke on the right: 10 (+2)

It’s a TIE, with a slight advantage for Lorelai on the left and Luke on the right, which would be the opposite combination, which the revival suggested. And keep in mind that Lorelai on the left and Luke on the right is also the combination was the set-up, which was used more often in the original series.

What do we do with that result now? There’s obviously a switch of their established sleeping arrangement during their first engagement. Maybe they decided on this on purpose, to make it clear to them that their third go with their relationship would not compare to their previous tries? Maybe, Lorelai wanted to be the one sleeping closest to the door, or Luke wanted to sleep closer to the bathroom or the big windows. There are all sorts of reasons why their sleeping arrangement changed, but this breakdown is not the right place for that. This needs to be explored in a fanfiction.

Does this settle this once and for all @freelyvivacious?

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