In Gilmore Girls episode ‘The UnGraduate,’ Rory continues to slide along in her new life, slowly morphing into Emily Gilmore. Because that’s exactly what I see happening while this whole Rory-crisis period. When she doesn’t know what to do, Emily steps up to solve all her problems, and slowly we see Rory fade away under the Emily veneer.
In the last episode, Emily presents Rory with a job with the perfect flexibility at the DAR, an organization she chairs. Rory seemed sad and confused, but in this episode she’s already talking like she loves her job and is now Emily’s “inside man.” She tells Logan she’s happy with her life now, that Yale was a good chapter but she likes her job and her “pad” in the pool house.
Paris is not talking with Rory. Lorelai is not talking with Rory. And yet Rory seems to have easily morphed into the perfect DAR worker, the perfect volunteer and the perfect granddaughter. Is this Rory’s dissatisfaction with herself showing itself by over-excelling in other ways? And do you think Rory is willingly adopting her grandmother’s life?
And what do you think of Rory’s reactions at the end of the episode – seeing the orientation at Yale then being a part of the initiation into the DAR?
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