[Caution: There are MAJOR SPOILERS about Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life below. Don't say we didn't warn you!]
Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life was emotional, bittersweet, and maddening, but Melissa McCarthy's return as culinary sparkle fairy and crack BFF Sookie St. James couldn't have been more appropriate.
Due to all-star actress and master comedienne McCarthy's busy schedule, our time with Sookie was fleeting. She's absent for most of the show's four episodes as we're informed by her husband Jackson that she's been so obsessed with her own pet projects (sprouts, roots, and backyard garden shenanigans) she missed Stars Hollow's international food festival.
A lot has changed since we last saw the crew, and Sookie has left the Dragonfly Inn in favor of Dan Barber's Blue Hill Farms, where she's free to experiment with all the edible greens and fruits of her dreams. While she initially left the Inn for a six-month sabbatical, she's still absent two years later, leaving the possibility for a grand return totally open. Please, Melissa McCarthy? Please?
It's not until shortly before Lorelai's long-awaited wedding to Luke in "Fall" that Sookie shows her pretty face. No strange baker would be whipping up any strange wedding cake for her best friend. No, in true Sookie form, she's baked multiple options for Lorelai's big day.
Special emphasis is put on one cake in particular, which Sookie has decorated with tiny life milestones made of fondant. Every special memory from that time Lorelai drove her to the hospital after she cut off her finger (only a true friend would protect a bloody finger with a brand new purse) to Lorelai's Jeep to a tiny Lorelai and baby Rory has been included in all their impeccably crafted frosting-y glory. It truly is everything. Also, where can we get baker BFFs like her?
Shortly afterward, Michel (Yanic Truesdale) enters the kitchen with a grand "You beech! Two years? Two years before you deign to waltz back in here?" but Sookie has brought him fat-free granola, so naturally, any contention is quickly alleviated, and all is as it should be.