This episode originally aired on February 13, 2007 on The CW
Rory quickly develops a crush on Richard’s replacement TA and feels compelled to confess the attraction to Logan. But she feels really bad about it and he completely understands and the two of them reassure each other that in the end they are crazy about each other. Meanwhile, Lorelai distracts herself from thinking about Christopher by arranging a memorial service for Michel’s dog. Christopher seeks her out, however, and the two are forced to face their problems. Christopher feels like he’s been trying to get Lorelai to fall in love with him, and Lorelai realizes that she can’t make the marriage work.
This episode swirls into motion with a poignant beginning as Stars Hollow says goodbye to one of its own – Michel’s beloved Chow Chow dog, Chin-Chin. The town gathers in a quirky, heartfelt funeral, capturing the unique, empathetic spirit that embodies Stars Hollow. Michel, despite his usually stoic exterior, is deeply affected, which showcases a vulnerable side to him that’s seldom seen.
Amidst this melancholy backdrop, Lorelai finds herself navigating through the uncertain waters of her marriage with Christopher. The tension and disconnect between them that has been building over the previous episodes reach a breaking point. Lorelai, in a heartfelt, emotional exchange, admits to Christopher that their marriage isn’t working, leading to a painful yet necessary separation. The dissolution of their union brings forward a myriad of emotions, chiefly among them being a sorrowful acceptance.
Rory, on the other hand, is in the midst of a career crossroads. When she receives a rejection letter from The New York Times for a prestigious internship, she wrestles with disappointment but doesn’t allow it to dismantle her determination. It’s Logan who steps in to be her steady, providing support and encouragement that uplifts her spirit during this professional setback.
In the latter part of the episode, we see Luke, who finds a new, unexpected companion. Upon discovering a neglected, injured dog, he takes it under his wing, providing care and ultimately finding a new friend who he names Paul Anka, a nod towards Lorelai’s dog of the same name.
Memorable quotes from this episode of Gilmore Girls:
- Michel: “People grieve in their own way, Lorelai, and mine is through insults and anecdotes.”
- Lorelai to Christopher: “I think I went into this marriage with a lot of unresolved stuff.”
- Rory: “I got a rejection letter from The New York Times. The universe is mocking me.”
- Luke to Lorelai: “I think I adopted a dog.”