The One Sookie Throwback The 'Gilmore Girls' Revival Needs Now That Melissa McCarthy Is In
Bustle devotees and entertainment enthusiasts: I applaud your hard work. After what I presume was prompted by a mass voodoo session across the Bustle readership, the ever-wonderful Melissa McCarthy announced her return to Gilmore Girls for the upcoming revival. McCarthy broke the news on The Ellen Degeneres Show, confirming she would be reprising the role of Sookie in the new four part Netflix series this year. "There was a whole thing and I was going to be out of the country,” Melissa told Degeneres. "And literally about an hour and a half ago we figured out that I am gonna go back and do it! And I am so excited! I'm very happy to go back to Stars Hollow." I think it's safe to say the world is utterly and completely over excited right about now.
The news comes as a welcome relief after months of silence on the issue. Following creator Amy Sherman Palladino's comment to TVLine that McCarthy's "f*cking busy" schedule made it tricky to include Sookie in the action, McCarthy tweeted "Sadly no one asked me or Sookie to come back to Stars Hollow. Wish them all the best!!" This raised concerns that the decision had been intentional. However, now that we know Sookie's definitely in the mix for the Netflix show, let's stop fretting and start looking forward to the Gilmore Girls revival we've all been hoping for — complete with everyone's favorite character. I for one hope this means one extremely significant throwback item will be included: because what's The Lord of the Rings minus the ring? Harry Potter minus the sorting hat? And what would Clueless be like minus Cher's jeep? And by the same logic, what would a Gilmore Girls revival be minus Sookie's ever-present bandana?
I don't know if Stars Hollow has some sort of force field around it that repels hairnets, but unusually for someone working in the field of cookery, Sookie seemed to have never heard of them. Everyone's favorite chef kept her look professional and practical with early 2000s haute couture for hair, a bandana. The bandana offered a pop of color for even the plainest of outfits, and, public opinion be damned, I've got to concede: looked really frickin' cute.
While I can't say I've noticed bandanas dominating the fashion world at the moment (despite articles like this and this claiming the contrary — that bandanas are "now" AF) at some point this endless '90s fashion revival has to come to an end. And when that moment comes, dear readers, and we all burn our newly assembled collection of chokers and brown lipsticks and weep together as one, you know what's next? Boom. Early noughties fashion. I've got a peasant skirt balled up at the back of my closet that Sienna Miller-circa-2001 would cut off her right arm for. And you know what goes perfectly with a peasant skirt? A bandana.
There is only one woman on TV who can show us the way during these difficult fashion times. Our queen of bandanas, Sookie St James. Gilmore Girls stylists, if you're out there, if you're reading this, take pity on us. Give us a Sookie St James with a 2016 wardrobe and her classic bandana. You won't be just doing Gilmore Girls a favour — but the fashion world at large as well.
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