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Gilmore Girls: Here's Why Logan Called Rory Ace

Rory Gilmore's (Alexis Bledel) three major boyfriends on "Gilmore Girls" make up one of the show's most hotly contested topics, with viewers pledging alliance to Team Dean (Jared Padalecki), Team Jess (Milo Ventimiglia), or Team Logan (Matt Czuchry). Dean, her high-school boyfriend, ends up returning for a bit in college, but their relationship ends up fizzling out. Jess is a great change of pace for Rory, but it's ultimately short-lived. Logan is, in terms of longevity and the seriousness of their relationship, probably the most formative for Rory — and as a bonus, he also gives her a really cute nickname.

In Season 5, while Rory is covering the Life and Death Brigade — a secret society at Yale to which Logan belongs — the two end up bonding at one of the group's over-the-top parties, which Rory covers for the Yale Daily News. Impressed by her writing talent and go-getter attitude, Logan starts calling Rory "Ace" a few episodes later, clearly referencing the term "ace reporter." This is, ultimately, a really sweet gesture; Logan knows that Rory's professional idol is Christiane Amanpour and that she wants to be a reporter after she graduates from Yale, and he's entirely supportive of her goals. Plus, he knows she's a serious person, whereas he leads a carefree existence, so it's also a little in-joke about their respective drives, or lack thereof.

Logan is Rory's best boyfriend, without question

When Logan and Rory start dating, he definitely doesn't seem like the ideal boyfriend. He's afraid to commit, he's definitely kind of a playboy, and he doesn't always carefully consider Rory's feelings. Once he commits himself to her, though, he gives it his all, and most importantly, he's honest about who he is. He's not always going to be perfect, but he never pretends otherwise, and in that way, Logan and Rory's relationship is the most mature one she's a part of during the original series.

Sure, he's not great in the Netflix revival "A Year in the Life" — where he's carrying on an affair with Rory despite being engaged — but Logan is, overall, a sweet and caring boyfriend to Rory. He's supportive of her goals, genuinely respects her intelligence and work ethic, and for God's sake, he buys her a Birkin bag. Logan even proposes to Rory at the end of the original series, and she's the one to turn him down, proving that he was definitely serious about her. Logan is a solid boyfriend who really loves Rory, and his nickname for her is a big part of that.

"Gilmore Girls" is streaming on Netflix now.