When discussing Gilmore Girls’ notorious Logan-Rory-Jess love triangle, it has change into shorthand to say it is identical to the collection’ different notorious love triangle — Christopher-Lorelai-Luke.
Those similarities and parallels exist.
However, in addition to Luke, there’s another person that Jess shares many similarities with — none apart from Lorelai herself.
The similarities between Lorelai and Jess had been current from the start. Both of them had been troubled, sad teenagers who discovered themselves in Stars Hollow.
Lorelai tried to make use of these similarities to bond with Jess on Gilmore Girls Season 2 Episode 5. Jess wasn’t in any temper to listen to it, so like magnets with the identical polarity, they repelled one another.
Their relationship appears to have improved by the point of Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life. Their one in-person interplay was pleasant.
However, they made disparaging remarks (extra Lorelai than Jess, although) about one another all through the revival. It’s apparent the 2 of them by no means truly cleared the air.
Despite this, Gilmore Girls by no means stopped highlighting the similarities between Lorelai and Jess.
On Gilmore Girls Season 2 Episode 6. Jess wore a Metallica t-shirt. Although Lorelai thought the shirt was gross, she mentioned the band was good.
This wasn’t the primary time Gilmore Girls talked about Lorelai’s ardour for Metallica.
Back on Gilmore Girls Season 1 Episode 15, Lorelai cited her love for Metallica and Christopher’s love for The Offspring for why they would not work as a pair.
Later on, Gilmore Girls Season 8 Episode 4, Lorelai and Jess shared the identical opinion of Wild; the guide was fully completely different and significantly better than the movie adaptation.
Both of them had the identical response (telling Rory she would wish to burn the home right down to get the scent out) to the takeout Rory ordered on Gilmore Girls Season 2 Episode 16.
Not as humorous, however extra importantly, each of them are fully supportive of Rory however aren’t afraid to inform her the onerous truths.
Meanwhile, there isn’t any getting across the similarities between Christopher and Logan. They childishly rebelled in opposition to their wealthy households. They brazenly despised the concept of being pressured into the household enterprise. They caved and had been final seen working for his or her households.
While there’s all the time romantic pressure in any scene Rory shares with Jess or Logan, Gilmore Girls: A Year within the Life confirmed the romances had been irrelevant.
Jess and Logan’s true operate in Rory’s life was to behave as her guides, with each of them appearing as stand-ins for the respective philosophies Rory’s mother and father have come to reside by.
While this angle does not make Rory and Logan’s affair extra sympathetic, it does make the the explanation why Rory seeks out Logan as a refuge extra obvious.
Despite Loralei and Rory’s legendary closeness, it is Christopher who Rory gravitates in direction of when she’s feeling susceptible.
When Rory was uncertain about dealing with her emotions for Logan on Gilmore Girls Season 5 Episode 13, Christopher impressed her to make her transfer.
When Rory was reeling from the information of her being pregnant, it was Christopher she went to for steerage on Gilmore Girls Season 8 Episode 4.
Similarly, Rory appears to hunt out Logan when she’s feeling overwhelmed and susceptible.
It is probably going as a result of, in comparison with Lorelai and Jess, Christopher and Logan are softer and extra indulgent with Rory.
Christopher and Logan like being the enjoyable guys who grant needs.
Christopher purchased Rory the Compact Oxford English dictionary she needed on Gilmore Girls Season 2 Episode 6. He additionally made it a standing provide for Rory to ask him for something, even a fort.
On Gilmore Girls Season 8 Episode 4, Logan and his Life and Death Brigade buddies took Rory out on a wild, state-crossing night time in town — full with costumes and a montage — to cheer her up.
Plus, Logan provided to help Rory financially whereas she was writing her guide.
Since Christopher and Logan themselves are likely to resort to escapist techniques as an alternative of tackling their issues head-on, they’re extra understanding when Rory does the identical.
In distinction, Lorelai and Jess are the extra sensible downside solvers, therefore why Lorelai took a job as a maid on the Independence Inn after leaving her mother and father’ home, and Jess labored at Wal-Mart to earn cash for a automotive.
Both of them urge Rory to be extra accountable and work in direction of fixing her issues as an alternative of operating away from them.
Compare Jess and Logan’s reactions to Rory dropping out of Yale.
Logan abided by Rory’s choice and let her have the area she needed.
Jess, like Lorelai, advised Rory it was a horrible thought, and she or he wanted to return to highschool.
Although Rory usually lets herself get suckered into the better life-style Christopher and Logan continuously provide for much too lengthy, she does finally understand Lorelai and Jess are those who’re finally in the appropriate.
Unlike the Christopher-Lorelai-Luke love triangle, the driving query of the Logan-Rory-Jess love triangle was by no means who Rory ought to find yourself with.
The query was all the time, who’s Rory going to be?
The reply is all the time Lorelai Gilmore.
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Becca Newton is a workers author for TV Fanatic.