In the kitchen at the Inn, Lorelai finds Michel sorting his ration of twelve daily walnuts. "I hate to see you bingeing like this," Lorelai tells him, before launching into the reason for her visit: "Let's talk about your little spat with Luke, today." Michel rolls his eyes, calling Luke a crybaby. Lorelai insists that Luke is not a crybaby, but that he doesn't like getting screamed at by people he's doing favors for. "Did you check his diaper?" Michel asks. "Maybe he's just upset because you forgot to change him today." SNAP! Good one, Michel. He adds that he used to yell at Parker all the time, and that Parker never complained. "What is this thing with you and Parker?" Lorelai asks. "Did he save your life in 'Nam?" Michel snipes that Parker, unlike Luke, is a professional. "Parker," Lorelai says, "is a clumsy, forgetful, sixty-five-year-old, semi-lucid, not that handy handyman." Flustered, Michel says that Luke wears a hat indoors. "So did Parker," Lorelai retorts. Michel says Parker's hat was a wool knit cap, which is completely different. "So," Lorelai says, trying to understand, "this is a hat thing?" Michel says that he just does not like Luke's system -- that he misses many things that need not be missed. Lorelai repeats that, in that case, Michel needs to jot down a list for Luke. "That's not how we make the list," Michel says. Lorelai says that they'll type it up, then. "NO!" Michel says, finally breaking down. "We make the list at Westin's over coffee. That's what we do when we make the list. We go once a month to Westin's together, and we sit and we decide on the work for the handyman." Lorelai looks stunned while Michel rants on. "That's our thing," Michel says, his voice cracking. "We get very large coffees, and we split a slice of red velvet cake, and we gossip and I eat the whole cake and you never tell anyone." Lorelai is moved. She says that she has always enjoyed their trips to Westin's. "Oh, yes," Michel says. "That is what I do when I like something -- I cut it out of my life completely." Lorelai insists that she didn't cut coffee with Michel out of her life, but that it's just been crazy around the place and she felt like having Luke do the odd jobs would save them money. She asks what Michel is doing that afternoon. "I was going to yell at Doreen," he says, morose, "about the soap spots on the bathroom floor tiles." Lorelai says they should go to Westin's, but Michel says he doesn't want her "pity cake." She insists it isn't pity cake, and as a matter of fact, it's so delicious, he has to get his own this time because they are not sharing. Placated, Michel agrees. My God, what an endless scene. Cute, yes, but endless -- I am never going to complain about Michel being in an episode, but it's painful to see him used purely as filler in an hour full of filler.
Episode Report CardAl Lowe: A | 413 USERS: C+
YOU GRADE IT