Spoiler Warning: This article contains spoilers for Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life.
It's been almost 10 years since our last walk around the quaint town of Stars Hollow but the first episode of the #Netflix revival welcomes us like an old friend: reassuring, warm and as banter-filled as ever. Yet while many things within the #GilmoreGirls universe have stayed the same, there's one aching absence in #AYearInTheLife: Richard Gilmore. And though we're still processing this tragedy, none feel the brunt of loss more than his wife of 50 years, Emily Gilmore.
The gaping hole left in Queen Emily's life shows itself in many ways: She's wearing T-Shirts, spring-cleaning, and she's seeing a shrink; but there's one subtler reference to her changed perspective, and that change comes in the shape of her new housekeeper, #Berta. But, as it turns out, Berta is actually more familiar than you might think.
Fans of the show will know that Emily Gilmore changes maids more often than most people change socks, but it doesn't look like Berta is going anywhere — and I mean that literally, her entire family has moved into Casa Del Gilmore — despite the fact that they don't speak the same language. While you could say that she's simply looking for company after Richard's death, there's another reason these two characters get along so well: They're old friends.
OK, maybe "friends" might be pushing it, but take a look at this shot from A Year in the Life "Winter," and see if you spot anything familiar:
Anything? No? What about now:
Wait, is that Gypsy?! Gypsy in a wig?!
You're damn right it is!
Yep! Sorry Gypsy, you've been fully Gilmored!
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Perhaps it's because Rose Abdoo (Gypsy) has such a good relationship with Gilmore Girls creator Amy Sherman-Palladino — she also starred in another Palladino project, Bunheads — that she was cast to play two separate parts. Or perhaps it's because she was sick of spending her days kicking Lorelai's old car back into shape. My money, however, is on the fact that Abdoo and Kelly Bishop (Emily Gilmore) have awesome on-screen chemistry, and Palladino wanted to make more out of that.
Remember this particular Season 5 scene, where a rum-and-coke fueled Emily Gilmore couldn't stop babbling in Gypsy's general direction:
Although the buckets of booze probably helped, it takes a lot for Queen G to feel relaxed in new company, but evidently Gypsy is more than up for the challenge!
Did you spot Berta's true identity?