I LOVE THEM SO MUUUUUCH.
First of all, Sookie St. James is a brilliant character, and Melissa McCarthy is such a damn chameleon and fits so seamlessly into the part. Sookie’s supposed to the kooky comic relief sidekick to Lorelai, but never once does Melissa McCarthy play her as if she’s not completely important in her own right. Her storylines are always some of my favorites because not only are they freaking hilarious, they’re also usually really interesting. Yes, Sookie’s a little nutty and a klutz, but she’s way talented, an amazing friend, smart, beautiful, down-to-earth, and takes shit from exactly zero people. She is a way nicer friend than Lorelai deserves sometimes, too. AND HER SIZE IS NEVER EVER EVER EVER EVER EVER EVER AN ISSUE OR A PUNCHLINE OR AT ALL A PART OF HER CHARACTER BECAUSE IT DOESN’T FREAKING MATTER HALLELUJAH.
Her and Jackson also have the best relationship on the show, as far as I’m concerned. His proposal always makes me cry. They’re super in-sync and totally get each other’s weirdness. They appreciate each other for who they are. They’re low-key, low-drama, and seem super fun to be around. And they aren’t being sold as this adorkable, funny, sexless couple. But they’re also not always presented as a unit. Sookie’s life isn’t all about Jackson, and vice versa. They fight, they nitpick, they disagree, but they are still rock-solid. They have their own interests and likes and dislikes, but they support each other no matter what. And they aren’t being sold as this adorkable, funny, sexless couple. Despite neither of them being “conventionally attractive” or whatever, the writers never portray them as being anything but totally 100% hot for each other, BECAUSE THAT IS WHAT REAL COUPLES LOOK LIKE PEOPLE. On any other show, some sort of punchline would be made about them at some point (or on the reg), but it is NEVER. EVER. A THING ON THIS SHOW. And I hate that I’m even mentioning this at all, but it’s so jarringly different from the way these kinds of characters are currently treated on television and movies, and that makes me very sad. But this show loves its characters and the writers are writing real people with real relationships and real flaws and real fights and it’s ALL SO GOOD.
Forget Rory/Jess, Rory/Dean, Rory/Logan, Lorelai/Chris, Lorelai/Luke, Richard/Emily, and god knows who else. Sookie/Jackson are the real star couple on this show. This show does such a great job with the relationships of its supporting cast (i.e. Lane/Zack, Kirk/Lulu, Babette/Morie), and it makes me so sad that they can’t write the same kinds of relationships for its main characters.