That’s a question I ask myself every time I watch ‘You Jump, I Jump, Jack‘. Could I jump? I am pretty sure I could climb the scaffolding, but I’m not sure if I would take the leap of faith and jump off. It’s a step into the unknown. Could you jump?
In the episode, Rory’s not sure if she could jump either. In fact, Rory’s gut reaction to Logan’s offer was a flat refusal, saying the ‘press’ don’t participate. However, Logan knows his journalism and is able to shoot that down, getting under Rory’s skin by saying she looks like she could use some adventure. That she’s “sheltered.”
“It’ll be fun, it’ll be a thrill. Something stupid, something bad for
you. Just something different. Isn’t this the point of being young? It’s your choice, Ace. People can live a hundred years without really living for a minute. You climb up here with me, it’s one less minute you haven’t lived.”
Perhaps because Logan has heckled her or perhaps because she’s crushing on him, Rory says she’ll do it. I think the real reason is that Logan hit home – Rory does feel sheltered. She’s always been the good girl, the reporter looking from the outside in on the action. She sees Logan as carefree and part of that appeals to her.
Once Rory is up there, she’d lose a lot of face to climb back down. She knows it, and I think part of Rory wants to prove something to herself. And the last moment on the scaffold was that of romance – something that’d make your heart flutter even if the height didn’t! Logan asks Rory if he trusts her, and Rory comes back with the wit, ‘You jump, I jump, Jack’ (a line used many times in Titanic). And, holding hands, they leap (ok, not before Logan tries to psych her out about the test drop)!
Here’s the scene where Logan gets Rory to jump:
And here’s another question for you – if the physical leap from the tower was just a representation of Rory making a choice – taking a leap – what could it mean for her?
Watch “Gilmore Girls” ‘You Jump, I Jump, Jack’
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