Michel Makes A Change In The 'Gilmore Girls' Revival & It Breaks Lorelai's Heart
Throughout Gilmore Girls, Lorelai has many people she can count on in Stars Hollow, including Luke, Sookie, and tell-it-like-it-is concergie Michel (Yanic Truesdale). Lorelai and Michel aren't exactly best friends and colleagues in the most conventional sense, but they have always been there for each other in their own way. There are SPOILERS ahead for in Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, so read ahead at your own risk. In the Gilmore Girls revival, Michel decides to leave the Dragonfly Inn and Stars Hollow for greener pastures — namely, the W Hotel.
Throughout the first half of the Gilmore Girls revival series, which premiered on Netflix on Friday, Lorelai seems to have a sixth sense that something is up with Michel. She predicts that he might be leaving after he takes an extended trip to New York City, even saying, "There are a lot of hotels in New York." In the episode "Summer," Lorelai and Michel finally sit down at the Stars Hollow secret bar (yes, that totally exists and viewers see it in all its glory) and he confesses that he is indeed leaving the Dragonfly Inn for the W Hotel. It breaks Lorelai's heart, but he tells her it's completely necessary for him at this time in his life.
Since the original Gilmore Girls ended in 2007, Michel has grown and has new needs. He and husband Frederick are looking into starting a family. Michel tells Lorelai her insticts were right. "Look, with my experience, my skills, and my charm — don't laugh," he says, "doors are open to me. Good jobs, high-paying jobs." He asks if there's a chance the Dragonfly will expand (with a spa, perhaps), because he needs and wants to do more in his life, but Lorelai says there's no chance. "I can't stay in one place forever," Michel tells her. She tries to offer him more money, but he says he's overpaid as it is. "Part of my pay comes from yours," he says. "I see the books. I need more money. You need someone you can pay less."
And then Lorelai tries not to cry, because it seems like this is it for the dynamic Dragonfly duo that is her and Michel, who holds back tears as well. It's a touching goodbye for two reluctant friends who have a friendship fans have adored for years.
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