Would You Jump?

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?

Gilmore Girls You Jump I Jump Jack

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)!

Gilmore Girls You Jump I Jump Jack

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?

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    • Nil-Wren

      Long time ago, I was still a child, I learned that my step brother-in law has been parachutist. That impressed me so much, that I decided to jump from one story.
      The jumping has a real mysterious connotation in life, when we have some decision to take, we often act as if we were jumping.
      The romantic aspect now, if it were for women, No no matter how high, I’d jump…
      Literary aspect: In the Fountainhead by Ayn Rand, her heroine, Dominique jump over a barriière, and for her father that witness the jump, it reminds him always an act of pure liberty.

    • mcityrk

      Your comments about Rory’s motivation seem dead on.

      However, the question some fans like me want to know about the mechanics of the episode is if Alexis made the full jump or if there were sufficient editing cutaways to allow for a stunt double to actually fill in for the 80 foot drop. My gut says stunt double because they could not take the risk of injury for one of their co-stars.

      Additionally my limited experience with rapelling down cliff faces only half as high is that neophytes are agonizingly slow to take that first step over even when fully supported by the rope crew below and swear like sailors without even realizing it. In this episode, the closeups of Alexis showed a comfort level comparable to someone who had done the stunt dozens of times before. That seems very unlikely.

    • Suzi Higginbotham

      yep it was a stunt double that did the jump – it was on one of the dvd extras.

      Would I jump – hell no, Im still trying to work up the corage to go for a hot air balloon ride.

    • Arieanna Schweber

      Yeah, I didn’t assume it would be Alexis doing the jump. But I think that’s pretty normal since probably they had to do the shot over and over again to get it just the way they wanted.

    • Michelle

      Your post regarding Rory was spot on in my opinion. That is one of my favorite episodes as well.

    • Wonder Y

      Of course I wouldn’t jump. I don’t even ski. Live Vicariously! That’s my motto.