The following story contains spoilers about the “Fall” edition of Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life. Proceed at your own peril.
The bulls–t really hit the fan in “Fall,” the fourth and final installment of Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, when Emily Gilmore took advantage of Netflix’s decidedly loose standards and practices and dropped a handful of bulls–ts during what would be her final meeting with the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR).
Kelly Bishop, the actress spouting the expletives, tells me in the following video that the crowd-pleasing S-bombs were “so much fun” to deliver, before conceding that the sequence was not the easiest to shoot given the number of Gilmore newbies involved.
“Picking up the Gilmore speed — the clip on the dialogue — is always tricky for actors who aren’t around all of the time,” she explains. “So it got a little hard at times. It’s scary because the words are really flying.” (Bishop goes on to liken the show’s demanding pace to playing a game of double-dutch jump rope, which, for the record, I feigned ignorance of because I wanted to see where this bit was going. I was also beyond flattered she deemed me too young to know what the concept was!)
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Cougar Town‘s Carolyn Hennesy, whose DAR figurehead Toni led the charge to oust potty-mouthed Emily, seems to back up Bishop’s account of the shoot in the second video below, telling me that Gilmore‘s grand dame, “Takes no nonsense from anybody,” adding that she was “razor sharp with her lines and razor sharp with every nuance” in the scene.
“She’s one of the great, great, great broads,” Hennesy adds, effusively. “She’s beautiful and smart and wise and so funny. Her sense of humor is like stepping in a big pile of leaves. It just crackles. She’s delicious in every way.”
Press PLAY below as Bishop and Hennesy reflect on my No. 5 favorite moment from the Gilmore Girls revival.