1) The Father Abstinence
Lane’s father is probably the most mysterious character in the GG saga. We know Lane has a dad and he must even live in the States as it is mentioned that he talks to Lane’s mother various times (S02E01 when Lane explains she’s heard her parents whisper behind their bedroom door); however, we NEVER see him (apart from in the A Year in the Life episode, but it doesn’t explain where he’s been all these other times).
2) The Gran Resurrection
In S01E03 the Gilmores talk about Richard’s mother in a way which clearly indicates she is dead. When Rory points out the prettiness of the plates, Emily answers “They were your great-grandmother’s”. Richard says about her: “Lorelai the first was my mother. She was an extremely accomplished equestrian, a distinguished patron of the arts and she was also world-famous for her masquerade balls - she was quite a woman, my mother.” I don’t know about you, but to me that sounds as if she was as dead as a doornail. However, only mere episodes later (S01E18), Gran visits from London quite alive and nearly drives Emily into insanity. Definitely not cleverly planned, writers.
3) The Doppelganger Recurrence
There are various doppelgangers in GG you might not have noticed. There are some minor roles as well as the Kirk/Mick ambivalence, but the two most promiment are probably Gran/Aunt Marilyn and Sasha/Anna. After Gran dies, Aunt Marilyn appears and - even if you have to look twice - it is evident that she is the same actor of the just passed Gran (namely Marion Ross). And do you remember Sasha? Jimmy’s girlfriend (portrayed by Sherilyn Fenn)? The cool dog lady with blonde, short hair and the slightly disturbing daughter? Well, we see her much later again (and again with a slightly disturbing daughter), namely as Anna Nardini, mother of Luke’s daughter April. It is, however, quite hard to notice first-hand, as as Anna Nardini, she sports long brown hair and an elegant style. Still, she’s not as cool as Sasha…
Also, do you remember Drella, the mean harpist from the Independence Inn? I am sure you couldn't guess where she re-occurs, but do you also remember Celine - the style advisor of the Gilmores? Yes, Drella and Celine are both portrayed by Alex Borstein, but it even took me several looks to figure it out.
4) The Hatrack Reposition
When Gran visits the Gilmores in S01E18, Emily states she was here the last time when Lorelai was 12 years old, which must be about twenty years ago. Emily calls Lorelai to bring the hatrack Gran gave Emily five years ago and Emily obsesses about it being in the very same spot whereas Lorelai replies “It might have moved an inch in the past five years.” If Gran was there twenty years ago, she can’t have seen the hatrack standing there in the first place, so why would she know it had been moved?
5) The Autumn/Spring Uncertainty
In the episode where Rory and Emily go antique shopping in Stars Hollow (S01E19), Emily meets Michel, saying “J’adore Paris, Nous y allons chaque printemps”, which translates to “I love Paris, we go there every spring.” However, only five episodes before, Richard and Emily are upset about not getting their house on Martha’s Vineyar. When Lorelai suggests to go somewhere else, for instance, Europe, Emily responds they never go to Europe in spring, but in autumn to which Lorelai says they could still go in spring. Emily condescendingly answers what there is in Europe in spring...so what is it now, spring or autumn?
6) The Decade Leap
When Jess arrives in Stars Hollow, Luke tells Lorelai his father left Liz two years ago even though, a bit later, it is stated that his dad went out to buy cigarettes when he was a baby. Did Jess jump from age two to age seventeen in two years?
7) The Regalski Disappearance
Remember Dave Regalski? He was Lane’s boyfriend at some point and member of Hep Alien, Lane’s band. Dave eventually moved to California to study there but Lane and him are still together. At some point, they’re suddenly not together anymore and it is never mentioned why or when it happened! Suddenly Lane is crushing on Zack and we’re left to assume what happened between Lane and Dave…
8) The Prom Inconsistency
Sometimes I really wonder if too many people wrote one episode because they’re so incoherent sometimes. In the prom episode in season 2, (E06), Lorelai speaks about her father, stating he should be exhilarated to see Rory participate in the debutante ball as she never did, only, when speaking to Christopher at the event later, they reminisce about their debutante balls. So did she now go or not? This inconsistency is also pointed out earlier in season 1 when Rory is stuck with Emily and Richard during a snowstorm. She gets down an album with pictures of Lorelai in one of which she is wearing her prom dress whereupon Emily and Richard react uptight, hurt that she never went. Later on, it sounds as if she attended hundreds of these balls - so what is it now?
9) The Photo Reappearance/Disappearance
In S01E19, Rory asks Emily for baby photos of Lorelai to which Emily says there aren’t any because Lorelai burnt them as a little kid; however, in earlier in the season (E08) when Rory is stranded with her grandparents due to a snowstorm, they all look at Lorelai’s christening picture, Emily remarking that Lorelai spilt juice over her christening dress mere minutes after the picture was taken. Additionally, you see part of another baby picture on the other side, so there ARE baby pictures of Lorelai and the writers knew that when they decided to change the story.
10) The Penelin Lott Exchange
In episode 8 of the first season, Rory is stuck with her grandparents during a snowstorm and they talk about wedding dresses whereas Emily states she had already known as a little child what her marriage should have looked to which Richard responds she wanted to marry Eroll Flynn and had a thing for pirates. He then states that, luckily, he took fencing lessons in college or he’d be married to Lucinda Leicester now. However, later, in the fourth season, it is explained that he was engaged to Penelin Lott when Emily appeared on his screen - which then is also the reason for their split-up. Penelin, Lucinda, Emily - Richard you really are a stud!
11) The Date Insufficiency
In season 4, when Rory goes on her first college date, she states she has no experience with dating, as she’s only been in relationships. Lorelai wants to advise her upon which Rory says Lorelai has no dating experience either, as Christopher and her had Rory - therefore, relationship, then Max, another relationship, and then Chris again. Relationship. Does she really imply Lorelai only had relationships with Chris and Max? From the reputation sold to us of Lorelai the teen, she must have had hundreds of dates with guys and this notion is simply stupid.
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