Gilmore Girls
Say Goodnight, Gracie

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MamaLane and Lane work on refinishing a chair. Lane chatters on about how great the chair is. There's a knock at the door. Lane answers. It's Dave, in a suit. He asks to talk to MamaLane. He walks in and says a very long speech. He says that, a few weeks ago, MamaLane told him that Lane had a crush on him. He admits that he has a crush on Lane as well. He says he knows MamaLane has strict rules, but he wants MamaLane to know that he's a good person: "I don't smoke, I don't drink, I've never gotten a ticket. I'm healthy. I take care of myself. I floss. I never watch more than thirty minutes of television a night, partly because I think it's a waste of time and partly because there's nothing on. I respect my parents. I do well in school. I never play videogames in case they do someday prove that playing them can turn you into a serial killer. I don't drink coffee. I hate soda because the carbonation freaks me out. I'm happy to give up meat if you feel strongly about it. I don't mind wearing a tie. I enjoy playing those hymns on my guitar. And I really, really want to take your daughter to the prom." Lane beams a proud smile. Aside from Dave's list making him a bit of a joykill, it's the sweetest thing this show has done in a while. MamaLane thinks it over and goes back to the chair. Dave begs her to not make him repeat that list again. She stands and says to Dave: "'Let never day nor not unhallowed pass, but still remember what the Lord hath done.'" Dave very carefully says, "Okay. Thank you." He leaves. Lane follows him outside.

Dave asks what that meant. Lane doesn't know. They aren't sure if it's a yes or a no. Dave says he's sure it's from The Bible, so he'll go home and do some research -- check the internet and let her know when he finds something out. He goes to leave, and Lane turns to go back inside, but Dave suddenly pulls her back and kisses her. As he leaves, Lane says, "I'm so writing him a song tonight." Why can't Dave and Lane have the spinoff, where they travel the country trying to make their band work? It's all about being young and in a car, free for the first time, trying to find out if two good kids can stay good in the big, bad world. At least it would have an ounce of hope.

Let's all ignore the fact that Luke could figure out from Neverwood's wallet what motel room he was staying in. Let's also ignore the fact that of all the places Lorelai has said house tourists in Stars Hollow, she's never mentioned a dingy motel. Anyway, Luke's knocking on Neverwood's door. I love that Neverwood got himself a double, too. Who are you expecting, Nev? A platonic lady friend? Luke tosses Neverwood his wallet. Neverwood thanks him. Luke walks in. Neverwood talks exactly like Jess, as if they took lines they never used on Jess and gave them to Neverwood. It doesn't look like Rob Estes is too comfortable with the dialogue, either. Anyway, he babbles that he likes this driver's license picture, and he'd hate it if he had to get it replaced. Luke asks what Neverwood's doing there. His name is Jimmy, but I'm still calling him "Neverwood." He says he's just passing through from California. ["'Passing through' to where? Nova Scotia?" -- Wing Chun] "He hasn't missed you," Luke says. "Never says a word about you." Luke calls Neverwood a loser. Luke informs all of us that the last time he saw Neverwood was in a very clichéd moment right after Liz gave birth; Neverwood went out to buy some diapers for Jess and never came back. Neverwood says that a lot of time has passed and things have changed. He's changed. Luke asks if he needs money. Neverwood says he doesn't need money. "So the look is a choice?" Luke asks. Neverwood says he just wanted to see Jess. He thought it was time. Luke says he's trying to give Jess a future and he's not doing so well, and that the last thing he needs right now is a "special appearance" by his father, who still can't be there for him. Neverwood says he doesn't have a plan to make a life in Stars Hollow or get a job; he just wanted to pop in and see the old boy. "I don't know!" Neverwood screams. Luke threatens to put his head through a wall if he does anything to make it harder for Luke to raise Jess. Luke storms to the door. "I just wanted to see him," Neverwood whines. "Well, you saw him," Luke says. "Now get out of here." Oh, man. This is some tedious spinoff work, isn't it?

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