The crime? Grand theft on the high seas. (Actually, the judge says it’s “criminal mischief in the third degree, which is a misdemeanor.)
The motive? Losing her damn mind after her boyfriend’s dad attempts to destroy her. And honestly? Fair! As much as I am not a Rory Gilmore fan, as much as I wish she would enunciate and show more interest in her friends’ lives and stop being so infuriatingly cutesy, this is very relatable.
In episode 21, Rory, who is sadly wearing a T-shirt under her dress, sits down with her boyfriend’s dad, Mitchum Huntzberger, who is also her boss. Rory’s lifelong dream is to be a reporter; Mitchum is one of the most powerful media men in the world. The Huntzberger family has shown her the cold shoulder (because Rory’s family rode second class on the Mayflower or something), but Mitchum has given her a summer internship and a chance to prove herself.
“I’ve worked with a lot of young people over the years,” Mitchum, who is handsome and scary, tells her, smiling. “I’ve got a pretty good gut sense for people’s strengths and weaknesses. Whether they have that certain something to make it in journalism.” He goes on, “And I have to tell you: You don’t got it. Now guts can be wrong—mine’s been wrong before, but not often…I just don’t think you really have the drive.”
“You’d make a great assistant,” he adds.
Rory defends herself (impressive, I would be weeping uninterrupted strands of snot at this point) and the next thing we know, she is down at the marina, accusing Logan of flirting with other women, snarling about sexism, and convincing him to help her steal a yacht, using the sweet, sweet words of Moby Dick. This is the Rory I have been waiting for, through almost six seasons of comfortable narcolepsy.
First, Rory asks if they can take a trip on Logan’s family’s yacht. He politely points out there are dozens of people on the yacht, since that is where his sister is hosting her birthday party. Then Rory, champion of the people (sort of), says, “Oh. Well don’t you have another one?” (Of course the answer is yes, but it’s “far away.” What is the point of having a billionaire boyfriend if he can’t even keep his yachts organized?)
Logan suggests a road trip to New York. Rory reacts as if he’s suggesting they go foraging in the city dump and insists they take to the ocean.