This episode originally aired on February 12, 2002 on The WB
Relationships are at the forefront of this episode as past choices and future decisions converge. The catalyst for much of the emotional introspection is Christopher Hayden’s return to Stars Hollow.
Christopher’s new steady relationship with a woman named Sherry creates a mix of feelings for Lorelai. This is especially prominent when Sherry expresses her desire to be friends and goes on to discuss her plans for a future with Christopher, including children. This leads Lorelai to confront her lingering feelings about what might have been had she and Christopher ended up together.
Rory, feeling the changes in her relationship with her father, finds comfort in discussing the complexities of life with Luke at the diner. Luke, always the paternal figure in her life, offers Rory perspective and solace.
Parallelly, Emily, sensing that Christopher might be “the one who got away” for Lorelai, pushes Christopher to evaluate his feelings for her daughter. This results in a heartfelt, albeit difficult, conversation between Christopher and Lorelai about their shared past and separate futures.
In the midst of these heavy emotions, there are lighter moments, such as Miss Patty’s dance recital preparations and the always entertaining town meetings.
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