Congrats to Lauren Graham on her newly obtained status as credited "producer" on Gilmore Girls, a title she received for the first time before Tuesday (Jan. 30) night’s episode. Graham has been so routinely under-valued by awards groups over the years that it’s nice to see her get her due in other ways, even if the common conspiracy theory (very likely correct) is that the "producer" nod was meant as not-so-subtle encouragement to sign back up for another season.
Graham was actually multi-tasking all over the episode, titled "To Whom It May Concern," even hosting a commercial break sponsored by her upcoming chick flick Because I Said So. I wonder what kind of finagling went on to get that special treatment for the Universal release and what it would take to make me pay money to see it.
Overall, the episode was less bad than I feared it would be given that it was built around the letter-of-recommendation Lorelai wrote last week for Luke’s custody hearing and Christopher’s subsequent negative reaction, a device so contrived the producers of Three’s Company would have said "Nah, too contrived." While I didn’t approve of the way the writers set up the letter as a clunky device, nor did I understand the ridiculous way they let him find the letter (searching for a carpenter’s level misplaced when Lorelai was trying to hypnotize Paul Anka), I absolutely got why he reacted the way he did under the circumstances. The letter wasn’t all that romantic, but it sure was written in a way to be entirely a slap in the face to Christopher. Even the judge at the custody hearing looked ready to say to Lorelai, "Young lady, you’d better hope your new rebound husband never sees the handwritten notes upon which you based this letter."
Some highlights of the episode:
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