‘Gilmore Girls’: Fans Found Luke’s Secret Love Child Unbelievable

Gilmore Girls fans were largely happy with how the series played out, but one storyline seems to stick out to fans as almost entirely unbelievable. During season 6, Luke Danes discovers that he has a secret 12-year-old child. The discovery leads to the end of Luke and Lorelai Gilmore’s engagement. While the end of the engagement didn’t sit well with viewers, many fans had a bigger issue with how the April Nardini storyline was written into the series.

April Nardini was introduced to ruin Luke and Lorelai’s relationship

Luke and Lorelai’s relationship was going swimmingly until April showed up on the scene. After her sudden appearance, things went downhill for Luke and Lorelai pretty quickly. In the end, her existence in his life is what caused Lorelai to give Luke an ultimatum about their marriage. That ultimatum led to the end of their engagement.

April Nardini and Rory Gilmore in 'Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life'
April Nardini and Rory Gilmore in ‘Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life’ | Netflix

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April was written into the show by Amy Sherman-Palladino to ruin Luke and Lorelai’s relationship. The secret child and the way Luke handled it was the only thing that could have broken up the pair. While most fans understand why she was added to the show, they find the way she was added largely difficult to deal with.

Fans don’t buy the way April popped up in the series

April showed up at Luke’s Diner to ask for a paternity test. April wasn’t interested in actually finding her father. Rather, she wanted to win a science fair. Her mother, who must have carefully curated her life to ensure she never ran into Luke, despite living within biking distance of his diner, apparently had no clue about April’s project. Eventually, Luke finds out he is April’s father and sets out to have a relationship with her. In doing so, he decides to hide April’s existence from Lorelai then pushes Lorelai away when she does eventually uncover the big secret.

There are a ton of problems with the storyline. Aside from the many, many plot holes, the story just doesn’t fit. The April storyline seems to be ripped from the pages of a soap opera script instead of a sitcom script about a mother-daughter duo. The fact that Sherman-Palladino didn’t take the logistics of the situation into account bother’s fans, but most agree that a secret child storyline could have worked, just not the way Sherman-Palladino employed it.

Fans could have accepted a secret child if it had been done differently

Fans seem to agree that Luke’s secret child wasn’t the problem. Instead, they largely agree that the way it was written into the series was questionable. Gilmore Girls viewers would have found the storyline easier to swallow if it had been done in a completely different way.

Lorelai Gilmore andf Luke Danes in 'Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life'
Lorelai Gilmore and Luke Danes in ‘Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life’ | Netflix

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One Reddit user suggested having Rachel come back with a secret baby would have made a ton more sense. At the very least, it would have been a bit easier for fans to deal with. Rachel, Luke’s girlfriend during season 1 of the show, was at least known to fans. It would have been believable for her to have had a child after she left Stars Hollow. The fact that Luke dated Anna Nardini before the show started troubled viewers. Add in the fact that she raised a child for 12 years, just two towns away without anyone knowing it, seems largely unbelievable. Overall, the storyline felt like a missed opportunity.