TV Club Classic: A distasteful double Gilmore Girls helping of Digger and Dean

“The Hobbit, The Sofa, and Digger Styles” (season four, episode three, originally aired 10/7/2003)

Let’s get the Digger in the room out of the way first: Digger Styles is a controversial character. It is nothing against the delightful Chris Eigeman, who has a natural way with Palladino dialogue, and even harbors some genuine chemistry with Lauren Graham. Namely, it’s what Digger represents: Not only the posh upbringing that Lorelai is continually trying to get away from, but also his facility as a romantic obstacle to Luke and Lorelai. Personally, I can’t get past his intrusion into one of the most important days of her life at the Dragonfly Inn opening, and his steadfast refusal to accept their breakup, after he sued her own father. Basically he is what Emily hints at this episode, a stilted man-child who is stuck in adolescent rebellion. You could say …

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