Before the world got to watch Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life in its entirety the day after Thanksgiving, Jimmy Fallon announced that he had begun the series with the intent to catch up. You know, to get in on the national conversation. Or to find out which non-Gilmore characters were his favorite. (Both very high priorities.) Turns out Luke (Scott Patterson), Kirk (Sean Gunn), Paris Geller (Liza Weil), and Taylor (Michael Winters) are in his "Gilmore Girls Top 4," an idea that sprung the hashtag #GilmoreGirlsTop4 (which by the way, is still very much happening on Twitter). So when Fallon had the Rory Gilmore on Monday's The Tonight Show, it was only fair that he inquire about Alexis Bldel's own four favorite Gilmore Girls characters.
Channeling the perfectionism of Rory, Bledel did not disappoint with her choices. She listed Caesar (Aris Alvarado), Babette (Sally Struthers), Miss Patty (Liz Torres), and Kirk. She even had a reason for each. (Except for Kirk, but does he really need a reason?)
"I think Caesar (Aris Alvarado) is awesome. He works at Luke's. I think he kind of runs the place," the actress said. "He’s underrated, he’s amazing.” Hear, hear. More love for Caeser, always. Then, Bledel went on to discuss Struthers and Torres, the brilliant women behind Babette and Miss Patty. "They were on All in the Family together,” Bledel said, describing their dynamic before telling Fallon, “They were on the show for years and years, so every time they would come to set they would get together and sing show tunes. It was such a raucous day on set every time they were there, so I have to appreciate them.”
Let us all appreciate these two. Struthers, who played Babette on the show was Lorelai and Rory's well-meaning neighbor. Patty was the unforgettable dance show instructor. The two of them together were unstoppable and inseperable onscreen, and often times served as the Greek chorus of the show. (If the Greek chorus said things like "Try a plum. They're better than sex.") You could find Babette and Miss Patty gossiping at Patty's dance studio, or at Luke's diner, or just out on the Stars Hollow streets. They always knew what was happening in Stars Hollow before anyone else, and, though they mean to be helpful, they'd often say inappropriate (read: hilarious) things in front of Rory.
To learn that these fictional characters are just as entertaining — and attached at the hip — behind the scenes as they are on screen will only heighten the kind of irrefutable love Gilmore Girls fans have for them.
Speaking of racuous behavior, also on Fallon's agenda was a brief and necessary discussion of Bledel's ability to hold objects. “They are saying you don’t know how to hold things,” Fallon teased, as he brought out a promo pic of her and on-screen mother Lauren Graham with flowers in their hands. She didn't have a rebuttal for this one, but when Fallon brought out the photo with oversized coffee mugs, Bledel put everyone's mind at ease.
The actress reached for her normal sized Tonight Show mug to prove that she had enough motor skills to give it a proper hold. "I mean this is normal-sized so it's no problem," she said, happily. "I got it." Rory Gilmore, everyone. Always overachieving.