January 30th, 2011

Pilot Episode: Humility Is A Virtue

It is in the Pilot episode of Gilmore Girls that we are introduced to the quirky characters of Stars Hallow, as well as Lorelai’s parents, Richard and Emily. Rory is accepted to the elite private school, Chilton, which comes with a hefty price tag. The price tag is so hefty that Lorelai herself cannot come up with the payment that is required immediately. After trying to come up with every possible way to pay, Lorelai breaks down and goes to her last resort: her parents. It becomes obvious that Lorelai does not have a good relationship with her parents, thus the sting of this request. The Gilmores agree to loan Lorelai the money, but there is a string attached. Lorelai and Rory must come to dinner at the Gilmores’ every Friday night, thus begins the series’ infamous “Friday Night Dinners.” As we see at the first dinner, this stipulation pains Lorelai to the core. But it is a bargain she keeps for the benefit of Rory’s education. 

We see just how much pride Lorelai really has. At dinner, Lorelai and Emily get into a fight over Lorelai making a life for herself without her parents’ help. Emily points out how much pride Lorelai really has. But does that pride go to benefit the life of Rory? It is obvious that it does not. Had Lorelai not put her pride aside in effort to excel Rory’s education, who knows how Rory’s future might have been? 

Sometimes we must put our pride aside, and it is not always as easy as it seems. But we must consider the benefits of stepping down from our pedestal. How can it help us in the long run? Will our future be for the better?

Consider Lorelai’s lesson next time you come in conflict with your pride.