In ‘Star-Crossed Lovers and Other Strangers,’ we get to meet Luke’s Rachel! The Rachel! Rachel was Luke’s “very serious ex-girlfriend” who broke his heart. Sookie had shared before that Rachel was an adventurous woman and that Stars Hollow was simply too small for her. Though the town thought Luke & Rachel would get married, it didn’t work out. Except now she’s back – coming to see Luke on impulse. Luke loses himself completely.
So, what is it about Rachel that appeals to Luke? From what I can tell, she’s his complete opposite. She’s spontaneous and adventurous, flitting from place to place. She’s personable and open, though she doesn’t seem conscious that her nature seems to upset Luke. Rachel seems to want Luke to admire and miss her, to love her, despite everything. And maybe he does? He tells Rachel he’s not sure what there is to Lorelai yet, but that he did miss Rachel. And tells Lorelai later that he may “jump in” and give his relationship with Rachel another try, even if she will probably leave him again.
Why would Luke be attracted to someone who probably will end up hurting him? Is it perhaps just knowing that she returns his feelings – in some way – that makes Rachel appealing to Luke?
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