Rory is all about reunions these days. After dishing about those last four words in the Gilmore Girls revival, actress Alexis Bledel revealed that there may be another Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants movie in the works on The Tonight Show Monday night. "We talk about it. I think we should absolutely do it. We’re working on it, so we’ll see if it happens," she said, referring to her sensational squad of co-stars including Blake Lively, America Ferrera, and Amber Tamblyn. But I do have concerns, because how can you have a Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 3 without the most important member of the sisterhood: the pants?
Last we left off, the pants were AWOL, and Fallon was quick to reunite the girls with the fabled garment. "I seriously think you come out with a third one, you guys are all talking to each other, you’re older now, and you go, ‘Wait, who has the pants?’" He said. Fallon imagined them trying to FedEx the last location, or randomly finding it on a relative. "Maybe someone’s kid is wearing the pants, maybe someone’s mom is wearing the pants. Maybe it’s been put on a scarecrow and turned into a horror movie," said Fallon.
Do... do you think this is a joke?
Let's not be flippant: the Traveling Pants are lost and gone. At the end of the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 (Attack of the Traveling Pants), Lena's little sister Effie steals the pants and somehow loses them in Greece. They were left out on a clothesline, and were either blown away or hijacked by someone with impeccable taste in denim. Lena goes to Greece to look for them (adorable), and the rest of the squad joins her, but to no avail. The film ends with the sisterhood staring out into the ocean, realizing that the traveling pants were in their hearts all along.
No, not really. But the girls figured that they could finally let go of the jeans, as the pants' "final gift" to them was bringing the band back together. The point is, though, the pants were last seen flapping in the Grecian wind, and mysteriously dissipated from there. True, they couldn't have walked very far, but trying to hunt them down in Santorini was always going to be a failure mission. And if Lena, Tibby, Carmen and Bridget couldn't find it nearly a decade ago, who knows what European thrift shop the pants may be in now? How on earth would the sisterhood find them now?
The short answer is: magic. Those were magical, size-adjusting, fate-determining pants, and maybe the universe would force them back into the sister's lives. But that feels utterly contrived even for this series, and, at the same time, do we really expect four grown woman to disperse across the country to hunt the traveling pants?
Maybe. The real focal point of the sisterhood, was, well, the sisterhood, and subsequently the real-life actresses have maintained such close ties over the years. Reall,y the pants were a plot device to connect them all together, as they dispersed. Through heartbreaks, hardships, and missed emails, the sisterhood has always maintained that tie, without or without the pants. And, oh, the ladies definitely love to travel with or without the pants too, so they could survive without it.
Still, I feel very weird with the movie going forward without it's titular hero, and the mind boggles at all the ways the jeans could get back into the fold. I guess time will tell if the sisters will reunite one more time... and if they're going to do it pantsless.
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