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''Gilmore Girls'': Two Little Words

By RD Heldenfels Published: July 18, 2006

I've been gathering string about ''Gilmore Girls'' for a piece about the show later this week. Went to the press conference, risked a body-cavity search (see ''Scrumming Lauren,''  below) and at The CW's party last night I talked to Liza Weil, Keiko Agena and Sean Gunn. Most of that talk involved last season and the one ahead, but there's been one larger question I've been thinking about.

At the press conference, Lauren Graham said that, if and when the show ends, series creator Amy Sherman-Palladino has an idea for what the ending should be. Sherman-Palladino is no longer with the show, but it might still honor her idea, which Graham said ''is apparently two words.''

While I have no inside knowledge, I had an idea about what those two words should be. Think for a minute about the dialogue in this thing, the mammoth, sprawling, nonstop burst of words in every episode. Only two words could end it.

''Shut up.''

Now, I am not thinking of that in a mean way. More of a ''shut up and kiss me'' kind of delivery. That the show has come to a point where the love among key characters is not only evident but at last satisfying. When, for at least a moment, words are no longer needed -- and even if everyone is running at the mouth, someone has the good sense to say ''shut up.''

And now I will.

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