Of all the things I was annoyed by in the revival, upon my 548th rewatch, there’s the constant mention of Lorelai’s happiness. Throughout AYITL Lorelai gets asked if she’s happy or asserts herself that she’s happy. Jason asks her if she’s happy, she tells the therapist that she’s happy, Emily tells her she looks happy. Good God.
At first I found it extremely odd, like why would anyone ask a woman who’s literally just lost her father if she’s happy? Who does that?
But now I can see the bigger picture. The master plan. Boy, can I see it.
Allow me to explain.
Lorelai’s life is not exactly perfect at the beginning of “Winter”, her dad has recently passed away, Sookie has upped and left making all the Inn’s responsibilities fall on her shoulders, her daughter is all over the place (quite literally) and things are not exactly great. And yet Amy makes sure the viewer never questions, right from the start, that Lorelai is, indeed, happy.
At first I found it redundant, anachronistic at best. I wouldn’t expect her to be happy given the circumstances. Not really. Like, It’s okay if she’s not breaking into a song or a dance number every other scene. We weren’t exactly expecting her to anyway. It’s cool. She’s also the only one whose happiness is of Amy’s concern in the revival. No one asks Rory if she’s happy or Emily or Luke. And why would they? Richard has just died. They’re all in mourning. So why is Amy so hell-bent on making sure the viewer knows Lorelai is happy? The last time I remember any character asking about Lorelai’s happiness was in “Norman Mailer, I’m pregnant”, when Rory and Lorelai were on the phone. So, yes a long time ago. In the revival Amy did everything but have Lauren Graham appear on screen with a big bright yellow neon sign attached to her forehead that spelled h-a-p-p-y. Why?
I didn’t understand it really. And I just added this whole Lorelai happiness subplot to the list of superfluous things I could have done without in the revival. I didn’t get one “I love you” exchange between Luke and Lorelai, but they made room for three “Lorelai is happy” scenes. We got it, she’s happy. * eye roll *
I must admit I’ve struggled a bit with Luke and Lorelai’s storylines in the revival. Please, don’t get me wrong. I was bawling my eyes out sputtering ”M-M-Mah b-ba-babies!” through hiccups watching the wedding right along with you all, I was just unimpressed with almost everything leading up to that moment. When the revival starts they’re living together, have been together for nine years, as far as the Gilmore Girls fan was concerned I had already hit the jackpot. But my hardcore Javajunkie shipper wasn’t exactly satisfied and things only got worse from there: the idiotic surrogacy storyline, the lack of communication between them, the absolute zero growth as a couple, the what’s-mine-is-mine-what’s-yours-is-yours attitude, the dealing with the same issues over and over again. I could write about each and every one of these things for the next three hours, but I’ll spare you. I was disappointed, plain and simple. I didn’t necessarily need them to have children or be married in the revival (although THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN NICE!), but I certainly didn’t need to see them regretfully weighing those options nine years later either. Like, you could have thought about this a tad sooner, guys.
But hey! Lorelai is happy! It’s all good. *eye roll*
And why is she so happy anyway, Amy? What is it that makes her happy exactly?
And then, just like that, right in the middle of yet another inner monologue about AYITL I had an epiphany! It was all clear as day. How could I have not realized this before? Silly me! It all makes sense now. Amy, you genius!
What is that makes Lorelai happy?
Lucas. Freaking. Danes.
You guys, it was that simple!
In AYITL everything else was falling flat in her life, but it’s when things with Luke hit a rough patch that Lorelai finally decides to go on her Wild journey and sort of reassess. And what is the first thing she does when she comes back? Does she go straight to Rory or Sookie or whomever else? Nope. She goes home. To Luke. Because that’s her happy place.
Allow me to make my case.
Exhibit A: The therapy session. What does Lorelai say to the therapist? “We’re happy. Luke and I, we’re happy.” Because her happiness depends on him, and vice-versa. It’s the togetherness that creates the happiness. Exhibit B: Emily and Lorelai’s last scene. Emily doesn’t ask Lorelai if she’s happy, she simply states, “You look happy”. It’s the week of her wedding to Luke, Lorelai is basically radiating happiness at that point, if she grinned any wider she’d start throwing up rainbows. Exhibit C: post-funeral reception. Lorelai is holding two glasses of scotch when Jason asks her if she’s happy. Odd question to ask to somebody who’s just laid her father to rest a couple hours ago. Lorelai says yes, in general she’s happy. And then what does she do? She walks right over to Luke and hands him one of the glasses. And what is Luke doing in that scene? Fixing a screw loose in the heating vent. Because that’s what he does, our dear old Luke…he fixes things and he fixes her. Always has. He screws her life back in its rightful place whenever things start going bad or simply get loose.
I REST MY CASE.
The fucking symbolism, people!
We didn’t need any I love yous or big love declarations with fireworks going off in the background. This is better than any I love you we could have ever gotten. Every “yes” to the simple “Are you happy?” question is Lorelai’s I love you to Luke, because he is her happiness. And Amy makes Lorelai say it time and time again, not to Luke, but to us, to the viewers.
YOU SUBTLE BASTARD, ASP!
The only two times we’ve heard Luke and Lorelai say I love you to each other were in the second half of season 6 and we all know Lorelai crawled into Christopher’s bed approximately five minutes and thirty seconds after saying the words, so yeah…we don’t have exactly fond memories of Martha’s Vineyard and the infamous Ultimatum outside the diner. As shippers we haven’t had the greatest luck with I love yous in the past. But what says I love you better than “you make me happy”? Honestly.
When Rory speaks on the phone with Lorelai in season 5 and Luke bumps his head while trying to fix her oven and Lorelai laughs, Rory asks her mom if she’s happy and she says, “I am, kid.” That’s when Rory realizes her mom truly is in love with Luke, that she’s in for the long haul.
When Rory goes to Christopher’s to tell him to stop calling Lorelai and asking for her help, she doesn’t say Lorelai is in love with another man or whatever. She just says “She’s happy.” Which was just as good as saying, “her heart belongs to someone else now.”
When Emily goes to Luke’s to tell him to go back to Lorelai and get back together, there’s no mention of the word “love” whatsoever, but guess what is mentioned? “Lorelai has her own ideas about what she thinks will make her happy. She wants you, Luke.”
And what does Luke say when Lorelai thanks him for throwing Rory a Bon Voyage party? Does he tell her that he loves her? Does he tell her that he can’t live without her?
HE SAYS HE JUST LIKES TO SEE HER HAPPY!
HAPPY IS HIM! LUKE MAKES LORELAI HAPPY!
ASP TOOK HAPPILY EVER AFTER TO HEART, YOU GUYS!
I don’t know why it took me over a month to realize this, but I finally got here and it’s beautiful and ASDFGHJKL!!! Just bury me here, okay?
(Please send screwdrivers in lieu of flowers)
okay so I’m re watching The Perc'ahlia Episode and during twin talk Taliesin keeps whispering over to Marisha and Sam and can we please just all agree that that’s actually Percival being a nervous little shit and planning with Scanlan and Keyleth what he should do about the Vex Situation and like getting advice and all that jazz and literally that’s why no one has commented on the new status of their relationship
Also just… Imagine Keyleth being on both sides not being able to openly tell the other that they’re into the other because they both made her swear to keep secret (and godsdamnit her word is her bond but really they deserve one another) but if she can’t tell them then at least she can push them together with the Exandria equivalent of The Parent Trap damn it
But all of that planning and careful strategy goes out the window per Vox Machina style when he sees her in those woods in her natural element and she’s talking to him about forgiveness and all he can think about is how she’s the pinnacle of it all since he was literally the reason that she died (and no he still hasn’t forgiven himself for that one and maybe he never will but for her he’ll work on it like he always does for her) and she’s smiling at him and talking about forgiveness like he didn’t see her almost die once for his sake in his idiotic quest and then die because of his idiotic impulses and she’s just so damn beautiful that it actually hurts him sometimes and when she stops talking he’s not sure if she can hear his heart thumping in his chest as he makes up his mind and just kisses her and y'all I just really love my idiot tinkerer So Damn Much