Lauren Graham carried this show on her shoulders for seven years. The subtlety in her dramatic moments and the comedic timing of the lighter ones was always on point. Lorelai’s imperfections are what make her a fascinating character to watch throughout the show. She makes mistakes and learns lessons and apologizes and sometimes doesn’t do any of that like an actual person. Her dislike of her parents' lifestyle remains, while her love for her actual parents ebbs and flows. Meanwhile, she does pretty much everything to make sure her daughter has a good life. You can argue all day about her privilege or her annoying quirks, but Lorelai is a character who handles struggles of varying stakes and complexity in a way that always feels real.
Most heart-wrenching speech given to Emily: "And why is it that when your only daughter tells you that she is getting married, you can't muster up even a little enthusiasm? Even a little fake enthusiasm. Why don't you pretend that you care? I mean, this is the biggest thing to happen to me possibly for the rest of my life, and you dismissed it like I said, 'Hey, I'm thinking of getting a Honda, what do you think?' ... Why don't you care? Why have you never cared? No matter what has happened to me my entire life, you've never been happy for me, and that hurts, Mom, it really hurts!"