In the penultimate Season 5 episode, ‘Blame Booze and Melville,’ Rory hits a wall at the paper when Mitchum tells her she doesn’t have that “certain something” for journalism. That being smart makes her a great assistant, not a great journalist. Now, given that he’s had Rory being his gopher, I can’t see how he’s basing his decision on her journalistic skill. Can you?
Should Rory have done more, put herself out there and speak up more, regardless of just being an intern? If so, does having to learn these things make her any less of a good journalist in the long run? If Mitchum is just saying these things to crush Rory, why do you think he’s doing it? What’s his purpose?
What I’d love to know, above all, is why Rory is so crushed by this? She’s hit walls before and overcome them – like how overwhelmed she was at Chilton and then at Yale, at first. Why does this one break her down – why does her world fall apart? And when it does, what the heck prompts her to want to steal a boat?? This always tore at me and I’d love to know your thoughts.
Some other time we’ll talk about the Lorelai pregnancy scare in this episode – that’s a whole topic unto itself!
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