the independence inn

So I have “A Year in the Life” on the brain again, and because I am in Hermione mode, here’s another really long essay on the revival revolving around the little-discussed fourth main storyline.

And, yes, there were four main storylines in AYITL. I love how each of them addresses something different:

Lorelai’s storyline has to deal with everything in her life changing, and she is finding that she is stuck in time. Her father has died. Her best friend has left the business they started together. Her longest-serving employee wants to leave. Her daughter is drifting. Her mother is throwing every mistake she ever made in her face. Everything is happening so fast, and she can’t quite keep up, and it’s terrifying her. By the end of the revival, Lorelai has learned how to move forward with her life.

Emily’s storyline deals with the changes in her life after Richard’s death, of how to start living alone - truly living alone - after 50 years of marriage. She has to deal with her relationship with Lorelai in a way she could avoid before, because she had Richard to fall back on in regarding her opinions about her daughter. Emily learns throughout the year to become independent and learn to live for herself.

Rory’s storyline deals with drifting and the displacement a lot of Millennials have in the world. Life wasn’t what was promised her in high school, and through a combination of her own choices and the changing industry, her chosen career has left her behind. Rory has to find her identity all over again, and you see her stumbling through life as she comes to terms with it. This is the one storyline that’s left open when everything is said and done.

But there’s that fourth, because there were four people listed in the opening credits after all, and this storyline is so subtle and so entangled with Lorelai and Emily’s that you don’t realize it for what it is until the very end of the revival, and that’s Luke’s storyline. His storyline deals with the opposite of what everyone else does, and that’s the fear of getting left behind.

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Another favourite. Beautiful scenery and lighting. I didn’t realise how nice the grounds of the independence Inn were but there you go. I don’t see how revival Rory could have forgotten everything that was between them. I know she’s moved on and its been years, but theres always been a magnetic chemistry between Rory and Jess, I felt like we lost that a bit in the revival. 

Gilmore Girls Rory/Logan Fanfiction

For those of you who’ve finished the show on Netflix and want some more Gilmore Girls in your life!

I’ve Got Your Number Son

Set in S4. When Rory impulsively asks out a boy at the coffee kart she gets more than she bargained for.


While helping Lorelai out at the Independence Inn, Rory finds herself being chatted up by an attractive guest. What happens when that chance meeting turns into more?

The Unexpected

Rory unexpectedly runs into Logan while on Spring Break. Set in “Girls in Bikinis, Boys Doin’ the Twist”

In Between (one shot)

Set at the Male Yale Party. A lot happened between Dean leaving and Rory stumbling out of that limo.

Party Crashers (one shot)

Rory and Lorelai crash one of Mitchum Huntzberger’s parties. Set in “Come Home”.

Payback (one shot)

Set in “But Not As Cute As Pushkin”. A Rory and Logan conversation after her and Richard’s scheme.

The Last Resort (one shot)

Set in “But Not As Cute As Pushkin”. When Rory cannot get a hold of Marty or Lorelai after Anna goes missing, she is forced to go to her last resort.

You know what show I would seriously pay to watch? Young Lorelai working as a maid at the Independence Inn. Young Lorelai taking care of Rory and dealing with Emily and Richard in the aftermath of her leaving. And befriending Sookie in the beginning. And Sookie before she was head chef trying to keep her job because yeah, she cooks great but there is an accident every other week. And the two of them covering for each other. Young Luke being completely befuddled by Lorelai. And this obnoxiously smart little kid she has with her. Luke befriending Rory. Getting her unicorn themed objects for her birthday. Rory going through her ballerina stage. And her little cheer leading stage cheering for Harvard.  Lorelai making her way up from maid to manager. Lorelai taking on shitty, up tight Stars Hollow moms who are snippy because she got pregnant so young. Lorelai trying to make Mrs. Kim trust her more so Rory and Lane can hang out. I realize there is absolutely no need for a prequel Gilmore Girls show AND YET…..I want it. Mostly because I have now made myself obsess over it. 


Seventeen year old Lorelai Gilmore had a plan. Well, at least she was improvising a plan. She’d taken as much as she could, but this was the last straw. Living under the Gilmore roof was no longer an option. Ever since Rory was born things had just gotten worse. They weren’t just trying to tell her what to do anymore, now they were trying to tell her how to raise her kid.

She may be only seventeen, but she was mother now. Rory was her daughter, and Lorelai was not going to let anyone dictate how she raised her. Not Emily Gilmore, not anyone. So, with that, she had gathered up some money. She didn’t have much. But, her parents provided her with a weekly stipend for anything she might need for Rory. She used it to buy a bus ticket for her and Rory, as far as it would take them from Hartford.

They ended up about thirty miles away, in a very small town. Lorelai noticed the sign that said Stars Hollow. As she left the bus, holding Rory close, she looked around. She had no idea where she was, or what to do. She needed to find accomodations and a job. Spotting a local hardware store with the name, William’s Hardware emblazoned on the front, she went inside, grateful to be out of the cold. It was the middle of December, and she noted the Christmas decorations on all the storefronts.

A man, presumably William, noticed her. The shop was small, quaint, and Lorelai loved it instantly. As he approached her, Lorelai instantly decided she liked William. She asked him if he knew of a place to stay, as she and her baby daughter had just gotten to town. She was going to be looking for a job, as well. William called for his son, Luke. “Lucas! Take these two to the Independence Inn. Tell Mia I sent them. Go now, before the weather gets worse.” He said. Lorelai smiled grateful. “Thank you, I appreciate the help.”

15 Classic 'Gilmore Girls' Episodes

In honor of Gilmore Girls’ 15th Anniversary, here’s a list of 15 of its most iconic episodes.

1. Pilot (Season 1, Episode 1)

This list would not be complete without the episode that started it all - where Lorelai reconnects with her estranged parents, Rory meets Dean, and we meet all of the characters we’d grow to love over the next seven years.

2. Kiss and Tell (Season 1, Episode 7)

Rory has her first kiss, and the whole town’s excited. When Lorelai finds out about it, she does what any mom would do - invites the guy over for junk food and movie night.

3. The Bracebridge Dinner (Season 2, Episode 10)

The Bracebridge group gets snowed in which results in a lavish 19th century feast for the townspeople of Stars Hollow, hosted at the Independence Inn. With a night that includes Jackson ridiculously dressed as the Squire of Bracebridge as well as Jess and Rory discussing snowman snobbery and Bjork, it’s quite an unforgettable gathering.

4. A-Tisket, A-Tasket (Season 2, Episode 13)

It’s the town bid-a-basket festival and nothing seems to be going according to plan. But things have a way of working out, and soon enough Lorelai and Luke are enjoying a begrudgingly nice picnic, Sookie and Jackson are getting engaged (in the most adorable way possible) and Rory and Jess are bonding over their mutual love of literature.

5. There’s the Rub (Season 2, Episode 16)

Emily and Lorelai have a very (un)relaxing weekend away at a spa together and bond over stolen bathrobes. Meanwhile, Rory’s night alone turns into burgers, fries and book debates with Paris and Jess (and a very angry Dean).

6. They Shoot Gilmores, Don’t They? (Season 3, Episode 7)

The show’s 50th episode is widely lauded as one of its best. The episode is set during another wacky Stars Hollow tradition - a 24 hour dance marathon - which just goes to show how much can happen in a single day. At the start of the dance Rory was with Dean, and by the end she was with Jess. 

7. A Deep-Fried Korean Thanksgiving (Season 3, Episode 9)

The girls get roped into going to four Thanksgiving dinners. There’s plenty of tofurkey and tension, not to mention a first kiss and a very vicious cat. The night ends with a deep-fried shoe, a hilariously inebriated Sookie and a confrontation between Jess and Dean.

8. Those are Strings, Pinocchio (Season 3, Episode 22)

Rory graduates high school with a speech that makes everyone (including those of us watching at home) blubber. Lorelai and Sookie finally buy their inn, and Luke starts thinking about his relationship with Lorelai before a big cruise with Nicole.

9. The Lorelais’ First Day at Yale (Season 4, Episode 2)

Rory’s off to college, and it’s a day full of ups and downs (and one mattress too many). From meeting the new (and not-so-new) roommates to not quite being ready to say goodbye, this episode resonates with anyone young person who has ever moved away from home.

10. Raincoats and Recipes (Season 4, Episdoe 22)

The Dragonfly Inn holds a test run, and relationships are front and center. Emily and Richard finally admit to their separation, a desperate Jason shows up to try and win Lorelai back, Luke and Lorelai finally kiss and Rory sleeps with a married Dean.

11. Written in the Stars (Season 5, Episode 3)

Lorelai and Luke’s attempts to keep their relationship under wraps from the town fail miserably - and now that it’s out in the open, everybody has an opinion about it. Rory’s at a crossroad of boys - stuck between her ex Dean, her friend Marty and her new acquaintance Logan.

12. You Jump, I Jump, Jack (Season 5, Episode 7)

This is the episode where Rory jumps, both literally and metaphorically. She’s grown out of her sheltered Stars Hollow life and wants to experience more of the world - and Logan is there to show it to her.

13. Wedding Bell Blues (Season 5, Episode 13)

The 100th episode centers around Emily and Richard’s vow renewal. Tensions are high as Christopher shows up, driving a wedge between Lorelai and Luke. Meanwhile, Rory boldly makes a move on Logan, deciding that she’s ready to try a “no strings attached” relationship.

14. Friday Night’s Alright for Fighting (Season 6, Episode 13)

This episode is remembered almost exclusively because of its iconic last scene (seriously, does anyone even know what happens in the rest of the episode?) which rings painfully and hilariously true for anyone who has a rather complex relationship with their family (so basically everyone).

15. Bon Voyage (Season 7, Episode 22)

Despite the last Palladino-less season receiving mostly mixed to negative reviews, the finale episode is still remembered fondly. It may not have been perfect, but we did get to see the town gathered for one last shindig, Rory spreading her journalistic wings and Lorelai (finally) reconciling with Luke.

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