Gilmore Girls A Year in the Life Episode 2 Spring

Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life Recap: 'Spring' Is For (Troubled) Lovers

Warning: This recap will tell you what happens in the Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life‘s second episode, “Spring.” If you don’t want to know, click elsewhere.

Remember how Rory lost her mind a little during that rough patch a few years back? She fought with Lorelai, ditched Yale and moved into her grandparents’ pool house, only to spend her days organizing parties for the Daughters of the American Revolution?

Well, add in “one-night stand with a Wookiee,” and you’ve got a pretty accurate idea of the Rory Gilmore Freak-Out Level we’re at in the Gilmore Girls revival’s second installment, “Spring.” (Click here for a recap of the first episode.)

A Year in the Life‘s second episode finds the youngest Gilmore in a place she’s visited before but probably thought she’d never see again: mediocrity. Though her New Yorker piece has opened doors, most of them aren’t leading anywhere — at least not yet — and after a series of professional letdowns (and a big personal one), she’s “flailing,” she cries to Lorelai in the aftermath of the aforementioned intergalactic hook-up with a cosplayer, “and I don’t have a plan or a list or a clue.”

“Spring” brings us right to the ledge of Rory’s undoing and then has us hop off alongside her. She gets angry. She shouts silly things. She makes desperate phone calls to magazine editors. She loses a job she deems beneath her. And finally, she moves back home in a flurry of self-disgust, surprising her mom (who’s got some unhappiness of her own we’ll address momentarily).

For those of us who like our Rory a little ruffled, a little frazzled, a little less serene and a lot more relatable, the development is a godsend: We’ve got two more episodes to watch our girl figure it all out! (Not to mention, the last time Rory needed to be reminded of how amazing she was, Jess showed up like a hunky Jiminy Cricket. Dare we hope Mr. Mariano graces us with his presence in the next episode?)

Read on for the highlights of “Spring.”

ANALYZE THIS | We open on Lorelai and Emily silently sitting across from their therapist, Claudia, in the session alluded to at the end of Episode 1. Claudia doesn’t mind that her clients aren’t talking, because “A lot is being said in the silences.” (Heh.) That makes both Gilmores wonder what she’s writing in her notes. Is she keeping score? “Who’s winning?” Lorelai wonders, and Emily soon joins her in demanding to know who’s on top.

When the hour is up, Lorelai says she’s never coming back… until Emily calls herself a “raw nerve appealing to my only child to help me through this period.” So, guess who’s got a regular double date with Claudia?

In subsequent visits, we see the pair in various forms: cackling with laughter, icing each other out, and addressing past wrongs both real (yes, Emily is very much still angry with her daughter for getting pregnant and then leaving without any notice) and imagined (Emily is ripped about a birthday letter she thinks Lorelai sent one year, though Lorelai says she never wrote one). And when I start to get a little sad that Emily is still holding on to so much anger about Lorelai’s pregnancy after all these years, I distract myself by focusing on Lorelai’s pretty, pretty wrap dresses. I’ve even missed the wrap dresses!

Emily quits after six joint sessions, mainly because Lorelai hasn’t changed at all. But Lorelai learns this as she shows up for an appointment, so she winds up staying. And talking. That’s how we learn how Richard died — another heart attack, which put him into the intensive care unit before he passed — and that his last words, “Get the hell away from me!” were directed at some nurses. As such, neither Lorelai nor her mom got a proper goodbye with him.

And when the topic of Luke and Lorelai not being married comes up, Lorelai jokes that she’s not interested in formal commitment because “I just don’t do things like my mother.” But it’s not a joke. And when Claudia asks about her relationship, Lorelai responds, “We’re happy. He’s very happy. Luke and I are happy.” Uh, once more with feeling, please?

Need more signs that there’s trouble in Stars Hollow-dise? Later, as they tour properties for Luke to franchise his diner, thanks to a trust from Richard’s will that the flannelled one does not want, Luke learns from Emily that she’s stopped attending sessions… though when he asks Lorelai how the appointment went, she lies and says her mother was there. He lets her think he believes her. Oh guys, this is not good. How about we touch on some lighter fare before heading into Rory’s Sturm und Drang, ok?

TALK OF THE TOWN | The International Food Festival is set up in the center of town at the start of the episode, and that’s where we run into Lane, Mrs. Kim and a new crop of Korean choir members, and… wait, that’s Mr. Kim! I feel like I just saw Elvis riding Bigfoot’s shoulders!

A while later, we watch as Lorelai and Luke attend town meeting. Taylor is in his element when he sadly announces that Stars Hollow’s first gay pride parade will have to be cancelled because the town only has three gay people in it. Of all the many very funny pieces that make up this scene, I am most amused by Luke having absolutely no idea what is going on and by Gypsy using the opportunity to discern whether or not Taylor prefers the company of men. (If you’re wondering, it seems like he does not.) Also funny: Taylor’s reference to his “little birds” informants. How very Varys of him!

Over at the Dragonfly, which is filled with B-list actors from a movie shoot in a nearby town, Michel complains that they’re not getting A-listers because their rooms are too small, and the inn doesn’t have a gym, spa or mini-fridges. A bummed Lorelai goes into the kitchen to shoot the breeze with the newest chef in residence, Rachael Ray; I’m sorry that I can’t remember much of what is said, but Ray’s tendency to act with her hands is so distracting, I really can’t be held accountable. Something about “sammies”? Anyway, Lorelai fires her, because none of the actors are eating her food. Ray points out that they probably wouldn’t eat anyone’s food, but whatever.

And in other surprising cameos news: Lorelai has a dream about her dog Paul Anka, in which the role of Paul Anka is played by the actual Paul Anka.

I’M WILLING TO WAIT FOR IT | OK, on to Rory. She’s being courted for a job by the founder of a site called SandeeSays, which seems like a nascent BuzzFeed with a feminine bent. The founder, Sandee, is played by Bunheads alum Julia Goldani Telles, which makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Amy Sherman-Palladino loves her people! Sandee’s aggressive campaign to get Rory on staff only serves to push the journalism snob father away. Remind me: How’s that meeting with Condé Nast coming again, Rory?

Oh right, it’s been pushed back. Again. And after the book deal with the not-just-fun-crazy-but-actually-crazy Naomi Shropshire falls through, Rory realizes that she’s rapidly running out of leads. So she cold-calls a GQ editor with whom she took a meeting and agrees to write a silly, on-spec story about waiting in lines in New York.

But I’m getting ahead of myself. Before all of this goes down, Rory returns to Chilton — as does Paris — to speak to current students. The headmaster wonders if Rory has ever considered getting a masters and teaching at the school; while flattered, Rory all but leaves skid marks trying to distance herself from the idea.

But all of this pales in comparison to the absolute freak out Paris has when she thinks she sees Tristan. She drags Rory into the girls’ room and reveals that she feels like she’s “a phony,” right down to the empty briefcase she’s carrying to make people think she’s important. Liza Weil’s athletic lunge at the door is hilarious; the brief appearance by Francie, against whom Paris still holds a grudge, is a hoot. Also? I kinda forgot how exhausting peak Paris is.

THIS ISN’T THE RORY YOU’RE LOOKING FOR | You might be wondering about Logan. He’s still doing his golden boy thing in London… and he’s engaged to a French woman named Odette. Yes, Rory knows — though if she didn’t, a run-in with Logan’s dad would’ve changed that right quick. I am unabashedly not #TeamLogan; let’s just say that the scene where he takes a late-night call from Rory while Odette is snoozing in his bed does nothing to change my affiliation.

Rory carries on like everything is great, bringing Lorelai to New York with her so she can do some reporting for the GQ piece. This little section of the episode features cameos by Parenthood‘s Mae Whitman, who plays a woman waiting in line for some trendy new baked good, and TVLine’s own Michael Ausiello, who — as you may already know — plays a devastatingly handsome and incredibly intriguing guy eating salad in a stairwell. I hear there’s already Emmy buzz afoot.

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Eventually, Lorelai goes back to the hotel to rest. And when Rory follows hours later, she walks in and agitatedly announces, “I slept with a Wookiee.” (Ha!) It was a one-night stand that stemmed from getting too chummy (and drinking too much) with some cosplayers she met while reporting, but the incident just lights a fuse that turns Rory’s constant, low-level anxiety about the future into a full-on freak-out explosion.

“I have no career, no apartment,” a flustered Rory says as she paces the room. And when she complains that her love life is a mess, she has to clarify that she’s referring to Logan — then plays it like Lorelai should have known that she was still seeing him. (Side note: Lorelai takes that revelation — as well as the fact that her kid and best friend has been lying to her for a while — a lot better than I thought she would have.)

“I’m just feeling very lost these days,” Rory continues. “I’m just a big, fat, Wookiee-humping loser with no future.” Of course Lorelai bucks her up and suggests that maybe she go see what SandeeSays has to say. “Go, work. Be wanted. Be adored. So what it’s not The Washington Post? You’ve got time.”

Too bad Lorelai doesn’t add “And maybe prepare a little for that meeting?” to her list of advice, because Rory rolls into SandeeSays like she’s doing them a favor. And when the (admittedly) ridiculous founder asks her to toss out a few ideas for future stories, Rory’s got nothing and she flounders, HARD. It ends quickly, and Rory’s not even out of the lobby before Sandee calls to tell her they’re going in another direction. This leads to a shouting match that ends with Rory yelling, “Get Shorty!” (There’s context, but we’ve gotta wrap up this puppy and get on to “Summer,” right?)

Lorelai is watching the movie Swing Time at home when Rory shows up, unannounced, with her things. “Moving home!” she angrily shouts. “Pick Yourself Up” from the movie’s soundtrack plays in the background: “”I pick myself up, dust myself off and start all over again.”

Now it’s your turn. Grade “Spring” via the poll below, then hit the comments to let us know what you thought of the episode!

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35 Comments
  1. Eddie Ginsburg says:

    I’m a horrible person, I skipped ahead to the last 4 words. All i will say is “so appropriate”

  2. Nicole says:

    I’m currently on Summer and, so far, Spring has been my favorite.

  3. Spring was very, very good!

  4. Disillusioned says:

    Ho hum. Yes, Lane has a father. We didn’t see him in 7 seasons and didn’t need to see him now. Rory is even more promiscuous. Cheap, cheap, cheap. Everything, except Paris’ wigout seems forced. I expected better.

  5. Rebecca says:

    The therapy scenes with Emily and Lorelai are the best.

  6. Jennifer says:

    The ending of the episode was better. But overall the first two episodes lack pace…

  7. Neha says:

    Ugh, I hate that Rory is a cheater and “the other woman”. And no one is even calling her out on it! This is worse than when she slept with married Dean.

    • Sara says:

      And when she randomly slept with the guy dressed as the Wookie. Seriously, WTF?

      This isn’t Rory.

      • Ed Ginsburg says:

        In case you haven’t seen FALL
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        The Wookie is probably Rory’s baby daddy.

      • Jessica says:

        @Sara Isn’t it, though? Look at what she’s done throughout the first series. She does whatever feels good to her and doesn’t care about how it effects anyone else. Although, I must say a consenual one night stand doesn’t bother me. But maybe you specifically mean the Wookie part? That is kind of weird for her, but she’s impetuous when it comes to non-scholastic things.

    • Jessica says:

      @Neha it really is worse. She was a teenager and it was the first time she had done that. Everybody gets one. lol

  8. Rdub says:

    Ausiello Cameo!!!

  9. ChrisGa says:

    This was the best episode of the four imo, thanks in large part to Liza Weil’s Paris and all the Chilton stuff (and since Chad Michael Murray didn’t come back, for whatever reason, I’m very happy that Faux Tristan got no lines). Also, if I got nothing else from this revival, it’s that Logan is a world class d-bag(Matt Czuchry is still a beauty to behold though). And I have to say too, Alex Kingston was Hi-Larious as Naomi.

    • Jessica says:

      @ChrlsGa I really don’t understand why people are team Logan! I had really hoped she had moved on from him and he would just be a douchey lesson in her past. But, I guess she is also pretty self-involved and immature, so maybe they’re perfect for each other!

  10. Wooster182 says:

    My only complaint about this season is that it’s pretty white people with pretty white people problems. She was offered 3 different opportunities in this episode and blew all of them. She’s too old to be this ridiculous.

    And whatever happened to the Condé Nast interview? Did Logan’s dad fall through?

    • FatherOctavian says:

      1) This show has always been about pretty white people with pretty white people problems.

      2) The interview with the GQ editors WAS the Condé Nast interview. GQ is a Condé Nast publication.

      • Wooster182 says:

        Well, yeah, but it’s easier to watch pretty teen problems than pretty adult problems. And what worked 15 years ago doesn’t always work now. It’s a different time with different perspectives.

        2). Thanks. I thought that to be the case but after she met with them, someone asked her about the Nast meeting, so I assumed it was too separate things.

      • Jessica says:

        That was pretty vague, thank you for clearing that up. I actually found this article by googling the Conde Nast interview question. lol

    • Jessica says:

      I agree she is pretty ridiculous, however, after recently losing my own grandmother, grief can really derail your life. But I’m not sure she was super together before that, either.

  11. DD says:

    They just dropped that letter storyline. Who wrote the letter that Emily remembers?

    • Tee says:

      Yes!!! Who wrote that? Why mention it if you aren’t going to use it later down the road? I honestly thought that phone call in Fall was going to be an explanation of the letter. I’m guessing it was a maid who wrote it? I was half expecting Emily to pull it out of her purse and show everyone in therapy. Thankfully the phone call was about Lorelei seeing Richard at the mall, but it would have been nice to know who wrote that evil note.

      Also, what’s the consensus: LorElai or LorAlai? It was spelled with an A in the microfiche of the Gazette.

  12. blah says:

    I watched the first two so far but did not understand the “Get Shorty!” reference. Could someone explain it please?

  13. Cmdr_Shepard says:

    Paris’ meltdown in the ladies’ room was like an arrow through the heart. I’m actually surprised so little has been commented or written about it. I can’t be the only person it spoke to so deeply. Well, bravo, the Sherman-Palladinos and Liza Weil.

    • Jessica says:

      @Cmdr_Shepard I thought it was great. I feel the same way about certain people/places – no matter how old I get or what I’ve been through, they can turn me into a crazy, insecure little girl in an instant!

  14. felinegroovey says:

    Nice salad, Michael. ;-)

  15. I thought Gypsy’s comments about the gay pride parade were about HER and how clueless Taylor was not to have figured that out by now.