12 Days of Christmas Episodes – Day Ten: Gilmore Girls
I don’t like Christmas. But in an attempt to be less of a Scrooge, I have decided to spend the 12 days leading up to Jesus’ birthday doing one of the few Christmas-related activities that doesn’t make me want to run away and hide: watching Christmas episodes of television shows. And I’m going to write about it, because that’s just what I do. Will this activity instil the spirit of Christmas within my cold, uncaring heart, or will I grow even more bitter toward the festive season? Only time will tell…
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Season 1, episode 10: “Forgiveness and Stuff”
With a soundtrack of Christmas music, “Forgiveness and Stuff” manages to cover the typical Christmas themes of family, friendship and forgiveness without coming across as overly preachy. It’s a fine example of Gilmore Girls‘ ability to tell touching stories with the right combination of wit and humour.
Richard Gilmore, there may be many things happening in this hospital tonight, but your dying is not one of them. I did not sign onto your dying, and it is not going to happen. Not tonight, not for a very long time. In fact, I demand to go first. Do I make myself clear?
– Emily Gilmore
Interesting early-season-one observations: the foundations of Luke and Lorelai’s relationship is right here in this episode – he knows her. Dean, now known as “Narcolepsy Boy”, is still being shown as quite intelligent – Rory buys him a book for Christmas, and he’s able to hold his own in a quippy back-and-forth with Lorelai. It’s a pity that this part of his character was abandoned once Jess came on the scene. Emily Gilmore is Emily Gilmore, but this is the first time we see her “softer side” (refer to the above quote). Also, Jane Lynch is in this episode. Ooh, and we can’t forget the Santa burger:
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To steal a question from Mellzah, nom or vom?