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‘Gilmore Girls’: 3 Small Issues With the Series That Still Infuriate Fans

'Gilmore Girls' showrunner Amy Sherman-Palladino created a highly detailed world in Stars Hollow, but some minor details of the series make very little sense. For example, why was Richard Gilmore buried in a cemetery plot instead of the family mausoleum? How did Lane Kim learn the drums so quickly, and why didn't health inspectors shut down the Independence Inn?

Gilmore Girls fans are loyal rewatchers. After more than a few rewatches of any show, you’ll start picking up minor details that seem off. While Gilmore Girls has some glaring issues, such as Lorelai Gilmore’s magical finances, there are many more minor problems that are incredibly infuriating. Do these issues bother you? 

‘Gilmore Girls’ fans can’t figure out why Richard Gilmore was buried where he was 

Richard Gilmore’s death in Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life was an incredibly emotional moment for fans of the series. The loss of Richard also left Emily Gilmore, Lorelai Gilmore, and Rory Gilmore reeling. It should come as no surprise that fans didn’t immediately notice something was very wrong with Richard’s final resting place. But it didn’t take long for them to catch on. 

Kelly Bishop as Emily Gilmore in 'Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life'
Emily Gilmore in ‘Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life’ | Netflix

In the season 2 episode “Richard in Stars Hollow,” the Gilmores discusses the family mausoleum. Emily notes that there is enough room for her and Richard and Lorelai and Rory but no one else, so they need to discuss how to deal with the mausoleum if Lorelai were to get married. Based on the episode, Richard’s burial plot was in a mausoleum. However, in Gilmore Girls: A Year in the life, he is not buried in the mausoleum. What happened to it? 

Sookie St. James should have been shut down by health inspectors  

Sookie St. James is supposed to be a celebrated chef. She mentions cooking for big celebrities, such as Billy Joel, and her risotto is supposedly renowned. Still, her decisions in the kitchen aren’t decisions a trained chef would make. Sookie regularly does things that would make Gordon Ramsey or a health inspector cringe. 

Sookie regularly appears to taste her food with cooking spoons and utensils. Those spoons never go directly into a sink, leading viewers to assume that Sookie continues to cook with spoons that have already been in her mouth. She’s also forgetful and a danger to herself. Sookie regularly falls in the kitchen and cuts herself. Aside from being clumsy, she doesn’t appear to keep up with basic kitchen maintenance. The Dragonfly Inn was less than a year old when a grease build-up in the ducts led to a kitchen fire. 

Are ‘Gilmore Girls’ fans supposed to believe that Lane Kim is a drumming prodigy? 

Lane Kim, Rory’s best friend, was a music fiend. She made it her business to buy pretty much every CD she could get her hands on. While music was her life, she didn’t show any considerable musical prowess — until suddenly she did. That all changed in season 3 when she suddenly knows how to play the drums. Not only does she learn how to play the drums, but she also knows how to play them exceedingly well. Generally, her level of play would take most musicians years to work up to. 

Todd Lowe plays guitar while Keiko Agena plays drums on 'Gilmore Girls- A Year in the Life'
Todd Lowe plays guitar while Keiko Agena plays drums on ‘Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life’ | Neil Jacobs/Netflix

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Gilmore Girls fans might point out that she did play an instrument as a kid. She had some musical training. She played the trumpet in the high school band, but that doesn’t equate to drumming know-how. She had no drumming experience before joining Hep Alien. So how did she get so good so fast?