In ‘Back in the Saddle Again‘, Dean is starting to understand that Rory is pulling away from him, even if she doesn’t yet understand that herself.
When Dean comes to the diner, Rory is annoyed. When Dean calls repeatedly – leaving 10 messages on the machine and 4 with Lorelai – Rory admits to feeling overwhelmed. She says she calls him, spends her free time with him, but it’s just “not normal” anymore. Which, of course, it’s not. Dean is very insecure about Jess. Lorelai encourages Rory to “ride it out”, perhaps because she likes Dean more than Jess. Later, when Lorelai comes home to find Dean washing Rory’s car, she suggests Dean give Rory some space – that he’s perhaps holding too tight.
However, while Dean takes Rory’s advice and backs off, and Rory has a chance to miss him a little, she still doesn’t want to call him. She thinks of going off to Luke’s instead (ahem, Jess!). Lorelai doesn’t seem happy, but keeps quiet. When Lorelai drives home alone, she sees Dean waiting:
This is when he says, so sadly, “She likes Jess, doesn’t she?”, as if Dean has realized that nothing he can do now will make a difference if Rory’s heart has changed. Lorelai just stays quiet. I think she, too, is sad.
Did Lorelai try to coach both Rory & Dean about their relationship because she thought they were good together? Or was it simply because Lorelai didn’t want Rory with Jess?
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