[S6E4] Series 6, Episode 4 2021
Directing and writing credits:"Always a Godmother, Never a God" is directed by Robert Berlinger, written by Rebecca Kirshner. Berlinger previously directed "A-Tisket, A-Tasket," the S2 episode where Dean and his puka shell necklace throw a hissy fit after Jess outbids him on Rory's basket. Kirshner was last seen in S5:
[S6E4] Series 6, Episode 4
Most irritating Rory or Lorelai moment:Rory sucks in this episode. I hate the way that she treats the maid who is tasked with updating her wardrobe for the fall season. She was all chummy with Esperanza but can't even be bothered to learn this new woman's name. The rack of summer clothes the nameless maid removes from the closet are like a Rory Gilmore greatest hits collection. There's the dress she wore when she lost her virginity to Dean, the dress from the male Yale party, the blouse she wore from Robert asked her to the dumb Tarantino party, and several other callbacks. We'll get into the rest of her annoying antics later.
Best literary or pop culture references:I love everything about Lorelai's insane collection of home-recorded VHS tapes, including the following: a 1981 episode of "Knots Landing" masquerading as a 1986 episode of "Magnum, P.I." and the first season of "21 Jump Street." Luke wants her to buy the DVDs so that she can save some space, but Lorelai refuses because she doesn't want to lose out on the original commercials. Even though I find her personality damn near intolerable sometimes, this is why I love her.
Best song of the episode:After Rory's DAR mixer, she walks into the pool house to find Logan, Colin, Finn, and Katrinka (Ailsa Marshall), the Dutch milkmaid, listening to "Twin Cinema" by the New Pornographers. This is the only song in the episode and thus, wins by default. I don't understand the character of Katrinka and am flummoxed that none of the writers spent one minute Googling Dutch culture to see if this characterization was even remotely accurate.
Thoughts:Lorelai desperately misses Rory and wants to repair the relationship, but becomes immediately insecure when an attempt to reach out doesn't go as planned. At the start of the episode, we see Lorelai organizing her VHS collection in the midst of her home renovation. As she lands on "Riding the Bus with My Sister" (2005), she comprehends that it's the type of film she would normally watch with Rory. I saw this movie when it came out and remember it being trite at best, offensive at worst, but sometimes that is exactly what you need. If nothing else, it features the delightful Andie MacDowell, and "Angelica Huston directed it. Maerose directed it," so I understand the appeal.
During the ceremony, Lorelai can't stand the tension between them and pulls Rory outside to ask about the phone number change. It's all very tense and nothing gets resolved. Before she leaves the after-party, Rory approaches Lorelai and offers up her new number, but Lorelai is too proud to take it. At the end of the episode, Lorelai finally watches "Riding the Bus with My Sister" alone and mutters to herself, "It's not the same." At this point, it seems like Lorelai wants things to go back to normal but is too stubborn to apologize. She's committed to her tough-love approach and won't change tack until Rory is back in school; however, her resolve is starting to weaken.
On the morning of the baptism, Rory wakes up and goes through the whole "Which [dress] goes better with a baby?" spiel that Lorelai similarly enacted with Luke. The off-white piece she chooses is better than Lorelai's low-cut peach slip dress, but I don't love the seaming on the bodice. Before the ceremony, she stops over at Lane's to stiffly catch up in her amazing bedroom, complete with shag carpet and John Vanderslice poster on the wall. Lane's big drama this episode is that Brian and Zack went behind her back and used the tour money she saved to purchase audio equipment they haven't researched. Lane needs to make some female friends who don't suck and start and start a band with them.
The Good Doctor season 6 episode 4 starts with Shaun and Lea at home. Lea is worried that the rift between Lim and Lea is taking a toll on Shaun. Shaun argues he is okay, that he still has other friends and mentors and he hurriedly leaves for a pancake date with Glassman. Unfortunately, Glassman cancels their date on the pretence that something came up at the clinic.
Now that Echo has opened up about her past, I hope this signals the start of her dealing with some of her present demons. First and foremost: the fact that she maybe-possibly (if we are to take anything away from the psychosis episode) has a soldier complex that diminishes her own self-worth and creates an unhealthy balance of power in her relationship with Bellamy.
In this episode, Octavia continues her journey towards finding her way back to her own values and a fight that makes sense. Rose is a new iteration of the recurring kid character who our main characters reflect themselves and their own lost innocence in: Charlotte, Lovejoy, Soren, Aiden, Adria, Ethan.
As a self-proclaimed coward, he was scared of falling foul of OCG-affiliated prison officers, so he had no desire to speak with AC-12 at any point in this episode. He also had no trust that he'd be safe from reprisals, even in witness protection: "There are people you can't be protected from."
And in this episode... she did tell Jo! Despite Ted deciding that Jo didn't need to be issued with an "osman warning" that Ryan was stalking her, Kate made her own decision to tell her boss/friend Jo that Ryan was keeping an eye on her. She then gave her a heads-up about Ryan's OCG past.
But now Kate has a new reason to be suspicious, going into episode five. At first, Kate was gratified to see that Jo had taken her warning on board, as she told Ryan that he was being transferred off the MIT and Operation Lighthouse. Clearly, Jo was getting rid of a huge potential threat to the integrity of the team.
If you keep deleting or dismissing urgent emails from the occupational health team after a "routine" drugs test, the problem does not actually go away, as Steve will surely find out in the next episode. But how much trouble is he in? And will this affect his dilemma over whether to leave AC-12 or not?
"Book of the Stranger" is the fourth episode of the sixth season of HBO's fantasy television series Game of Thrones, and the 54th overall. The episode was written by series co-creators David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, and directed by Daniel Sackheim.
"Book of the Stranger" received widespread acclaim from critics, who noted the reunion of Jon Snow and Sansa Stark, and Daenerys Targaryen taking charge of all the khalasars as high points of the episode, one calling them "huge, forward moving story elements that harkened back to season 1." Filming of the episode's closing scene was shot at two different locations. In the United States, the episode achieved a viewership of 7.82 million in its initial broadcast. The episode was Emilia Clarke's selection for the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards to support her nomination.
"Book of the Stranger" was written by the series' creators David Benioff and D. B. Weiss. Some material in this episode is taken from the Jon XIII chapter in A Dance With Dragons. Some elements in the episode are also based on the sixth novel in the A Song of Ice and Fire series, The Winds of Winter, which author George R. R. Martin had hoped to have completed before the sixth season began airing.
For the final scene with Daenerys Targaryen emerging from the great fire of the Temple of the Dosh Khaleen, the filming took place in two different locations, with the close ups of Emilia Clarke taking place on a closed set in Belfast, and the large-scale set shots taking place in Spain. In an interview, Clarke had previously indicated she had become reluctant to do nude scenes unless it served the plot. After the episode aired, Clarke made a point to indicate that it was not a body double in the final scene of the episode, stating, "I'd like to remind people the last time I took my clothes off was season 3. That was awhile ago. It's now season 6. But this is all me, all proud, all strong. I'm just feeling genuinely happy I said 'Yes.' That ain't no body double!" She continued, "Taking off my clothes is not the easiest thing, but with the magic of the effects, I don't have to do a season 1 and go on a cliff and do it, I'm in control of it."
"Book of the Stranger" received universal praise from critics, with many citing the reunion of Jon Snow and Sansa Stark, the final scene involving Daenerys Targaryen killing the leaders of the khalasar, and the forward moving storytelling as strong points for the episode. On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the episode has an approval rating of 100% based on 63 reviews, with an average rating of 8.79/10. The website's critical consensus reads, ""Book of the Stranger"'s warm reunions, new alliances, and exquisitely fiery finale is Game of Thrones at its best." It is the highest-rated Game of Thrones episode on the website.
In a review for IGN, Matt Fowler wrote of the episode, ""Book of the Stranger" handed us two very lovely, satisfying moments with the Stark/Snow reunion at Castle Black (and the subsequent vow to defeat Ramsay and rescue Rickon) and Daenerys's conquering of Vaes Dothrak. Both were huge, forward-moving story elements that harkened back to Season 1 and gave viewers something to root for and grab onto as the show itself heads into its final arcs." Fowler also noted, "As a reader of the books with no more books to read, Season 6 has been a very interesting experience," giving the episode a 9.2 out of 10. Jeremy Egner of The New York Times also praised the scenes at Castle Black and in Vaes Dothrak, writing "Game of Thrones lived up to its billing as A Song of Ice and Fire on Sunday, as there was plenty of action in both of the signature halves of the story." Brandon Nowalk of The A.V. Club wrote, "Now that is how you set the table. "Book Of The Stranger" doesn't just check off plot points. In fact, there aren't a lot of plot points to check off. It's an episode of introductions, reunions, and wall-to-wall scheming," giving the episode an A. Eliana Dockterman of Time wrote about the strong female storylines in the episode, stating "The creators of Game of Thrones have been touting the sixth season of the show as the year when women finally wreak vengeance. The fourth episode, "Book of the Stranger," suggests that they will hold true to their word." 041b061a72