Every Gilmore Girls fan wanted to go to Stars Hollow and hang out with Babette and Miss Patty. These two were the O.G. tea spillers as the keepers of all the juiciest gossip and hot happenings of Stars Hollow. If there was something going on, these ladies were the first ones in the know and willing to share the news with anyone and everyone walking by. They provided the running witty commentary at town meetings, festivals, their table at Luke’s Diner, and street corners. However, Babette and Miss Patty weren’t just all about the gossip. Whenever there was a town crisis, they were the first ones to jump in and help out, whether it was fielding phone calls when the Independence Inn caught fire or Lorelai needed guests for her mother’s bachelorette party. They knew how to lighten the mood and it everyone with one witty remark. Let’s face it. Stars Hollow wouldn’t be Stars Hollow without them.
Okay, this post is part established cannon and part what I wish would have happened. Fox’s medical drama The Resident has a bevy of pretty awesome BroTPs, with many from the first episode still going strong. However, one of my favorites only lasted a few episodes: Dr. Conrad Hawkins and Dr. Jude Silva. From the moment he was introduced, Conrad was painted as a man who gave everything to his patients at the expense of his personal life. His relationships with his coworkers with friendly but seemingly surface level and his deepest connection was to ex-girlfriend nurse Nic Nevin. When U.S. Marine Corp. buddy Jude showed up, I was excited for Conrad to have an actual friend on the show, especially one tied to his history. He needed someone he could lean on in times of crisis and reel him in when he started taking unnecessary risks. At first, that seemed like the direction the writers were going in. A couple years older, Jude gave off a big brother vibe around Conrad. As they traded barbs, I hoped we would eventually see some deeper conversations about Conrad’s past and issues with PTSD. Jude had some serious potential to be Conrad’s rock, a safe haven who didn’t judge him when he needed to unload after a rough day. (It would have been really interesting to have Jude around during all his daddy drama.) They also shared a mutual love of thrill seeking and bending the rules to help their patients. Just think of the hell they could have raised. Of course, the writers chose to make Jude one more obstacle between Conrad and Nic and wrote him out after he served his purpose. I’m still holding out hope that Jude could reappear one day in Conrad’s life. Hey, a girl can dream…and read fanfiction.
If you haven’t read Being Audrey Hepburn by Mitchell Kriegman, I highly suggest you pick it up. It’s the story of Lisbeth, a Jersey girl who idolizes Audrey Hepburn and longs to escape her boring suburban life. When her best friend Jess, an intern at the Metropolitan Museum of Art comes across the legendary little black dress from Breakfast at Tiffany’s, she convinces Jess to let her try it on. This small act thrusts Lisbeth in the world Manhattan’s elite, allowing her to rewrite her story and transform into her own version of Audrey Hepburn. However, as she quickly learns, pretending to be someone you’re not is no easy task, and she finds herself stuck trying to straddle two completely different worlds. The book is high on soapy drama and flirty romances, but the real heart of this tale lies between the amazing friendship between Lisbeth and Jess. From the start, these girls are in on project Being Audrey together. Discovering a treasure trove of vintage designer dresses and accessories in her grandmother’s storage unit, Lisbeth gets the idea to have Jess rework all the dresses into new reinvented modern looks, allowing Lisbeth to pass as a socialite and getting Jess’ work featured in places like Page Six under pseudonym Designer X. Unlike a lot of other YA/NA books, any drama between Jess and Lisbeth is pretty minimal, and the girls remain pretty tight and super loyal to each other throughout. Lisbeth even goes out of her way try and make a few connections to help Jess launch her fashion career. I don’t want to spoil Being Audrey Hepburn for any of you looking add it your must-read list, but I will say Lisbeth and Jess will become one of the best parts of your reading experience.