Most of Lorelai's snappy cultural references are of the reach-for-the-low-fat-chips-and-you-missed-it variety. But when a cheesy TV-movie comes up twice in one ep, you pay close attention. So I did some basic research on Riding the Bus with My Sister. Turns out that the Rosie O'Donnell pic (directed by Anjelica Huston, no less) was based on a memoir about a woman who takes the bus every day with her mentally challenged sister. Ooookay, not exactly seeing the similarities. But after reading several reviews, I think I've got it: In order to reconnect with her sister and mend their damaged relationship, the author literally has to go along for the ride. And along the way, she discovers that her sister is a strong, stubborn, independent woman with very specific ideas about how to live her life. (Hmmm, now that sounds familiar.) By the end of the book, the author has new appreciation and respect for her sister. So if symbolism plays a hand here (and we Gilmore fans know it always does), will Lorelai will eventually let Rory back in? And will Rory choose to share her new life with mom? Right now things aren't looking so good. The two Gilmores could not have been frostier at the baptism. And the cell-phone argument in the middle of the ceremony was way harsh. Then again, Rory did wave a truce-flag of sorts when she offered up her new number. So why didn't Lorelai take it? Would she rather be all alone with her Red Vine licorice (don't ask me to explain the meaning behind that one) on bad-movie night? The look on her face and the heavy sigh at the end of this ep both say no. So here's a solution, Lorelai: Be the bigger person, the parent, and give in!
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