Melancholy January 9, 2017 Share January 9, 2017 (edited) 10 hours ago, Ambrosefolly said: I think that Christopher genuinely loves her and genuinely likes her.He could have been a father that had no contact/interest in teen!baby's life, but Lorelai mentioned in the first season that he does call Rory once a week and Rory was overjoyed to see when he first returned. He wasn't a stranger to her. He is proud of her and ashamed he didn't have more to do with it, which I suspect had something to do with his distance from her, he felt he wasn't good enough for her. My sister once told me that she thought 35 is a time of "healing" for a lot of guys, for them to settle down and get married, and Christopher was 32 when he first born turned 16, so by the time he really thought better of it, Rory was getting ready to go off to college. I put a big emphasis on Lorelai's maybe with the "We hear from him maybe once a week. MAYBE" as Lorelai was arguing to Sookie how infrequently he checks in. And even then, I don't know how often Christopher spoke to Rory instead of just Lorelai in those phone calls. Not often enough to know that Rory had her first boyfriend or her studying routine. It had to be infrequent enough that there was a reason why Lorelai and Rory kept praising Christopher for doing SO MUCH BETTER when it really was clear that Christopher was finally speaking to Rory once a week in S2-3. The fact that Rory was thrilled to see him in S1 means nothing on Christopher's merit as a father. This says far more about Rory's instinctive longing to be connected to more of her family than just her mom. Through the series, she ended up building that connection with her grandparents but becoming more and more disillusioned with Christopher. I think for a rich, privileged boy who had a father in his life and in the lives of his peers, for a guy living in New England or purposelessly drifting away, for a guy who was still in love with Lorelai and had his own romantic motives to flutter about her, he did less than the bare minimum of what I'd expect in terms of fathering. Edited January 9, 2017 by Melancholy 11 Link to comment
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