List of Gilmore Girls episodes

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Gilmore Girls is an American comedy drama series created by Amy Sherman-Palladino. Sherman-Palladino shares executive producer duties with David S Rosenthal, Gavin Polone, Daniel Palladino. It is produced by Dorothy Parker Drank Here Productions, Hofflund/Polone and Warner Bros. Television.

The show follows single mother Lorelai Victoria Gilmore (Graham) and her daughter Lorelai "Rory" Leigh Gilmore (Bledel) in the fictional town of Stars Hollow, Connecticut, a close-knit small town with many quirky characters, located roughly thirty minutes south of Hartford.

Between October 5, 2000, and May 9, 2006, the first six seasons of Gilmore Girls aired on the American television network The WB, before it merged with UPN in 2006 to form The CW, the broadcaster since September 26, 2006.[1] All seven seasons are currently available on DVD in Regions 1, 2, and 4. Since the series premiered, it has averaged 5 million viewers per episode over its seven seasons.

The show placed No. 32 on Entertainment Weekly '​s "New TV Classics" list,[2] and in 2007 it was listed as one of Time magazine's "All-TIME 100 TV Shows."[3] The show is known for its fast dialogue with endless run-on sentences.

Over the course of seven seasons, Gilmore Girls aired a total of 153 episodes.

Series overview[edit]

Season Episodes Season premiere Season finale
1 21 October 5, 2000 May 10, 2001
2 22 October 9, 2001 May 21, 2002
3 22 September 24, 2002 May 20, 2003
4 22 September 23, 2003 May 18, 2004
5 22 September 21, 2004 May 17, 2005
6 22 September 13, 2005 May 9, 2006
7 22 September 26, 2006 May 15, 2007

Episodes[edit]

Season 1 (2000–01)[edit]

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1 1 "Pilot" Lesli Linka Glatter Amy Sherman-Palladino October 5, 2000 (2000-10-05) 226730 4.6
Rory Gilmore (Alexis Bledel) is accepted into the elite Chilton prep school and dreams of attending Harvard. This is bad news for her mother, Lorelai Gilmore (Lauren Graham), as she must reconcile with her parents Emily (Kelly Bishop) and Richard (Edward Herrmann) in order to borrow the money for Rory's tuition. Rory meets Dean (Jared Padalecki) and has second thoughts about attending Chilton.
2 2 "The Lorelais' First Day At Chilton" Arlene Sanford Amy Sherman-Palladino October 12, 2000 (2000-10-12) 226701 2.8
Rory's first day at Chilton is stressful, as she meets a new rival, Paris Gellar (Liza Weil). Lorelai sleeps late and rushes to drop Rory off for her first day at Chilton.
3 3 "Kill Me Now" Adam Nimoy Joanne Waters October 19, 2000 (2000-10-19) 226702 2.9
Rory takes up golf to fulfill a school athletic requirement and, to Lorelai's dismay, grows fond of her grandfather when he takes her to his country club for a day on the links. The inn staff prepares for a double wedding involving sets of identical twins.
4 4 "The Deer Hunters" Alan Myerson Jed Seidel October 26, 2000 (2000-10-26) 226703 3.1
After receiving a "D" in English, Rory crams for an upcoming Shakespeare test. After a late night of studying, followed by a mishap en route to Chilton, Rory misses the test with disastrous consequences.
5 5 "Cinnamon's Wake" Michael Katleman Daniel Palladino November 2, 2000 (2000-11-02) 226704 3.2
Rory discovers Lorelai and Max's budding relationship. Cinnamon, the cat of the Gilmores' next door neighbor Babette, passes away. The town comes together to throw a wake. Rory and Dean make progress in their own budding relationship.
6 6 "Rory's Birthday Parties" Sarah Pia Anderson Amy Sherman-Palladino November 9, 2000 (2000-11-09) 226705 3.5
Emily throws a Friday night birthday party for Rory and students from Chilton attend. Emily, Lorelai and Rory confront each other in front of the guests. On Saturday, Lorelai hosts a birthday party for Rory which her grandparents reluctantly attend leading Emily to a shocking realization; she missed out on Lorelai's life.
7 7 "Kiss and Tell" Rodman Flender Jenji Kohan November 16, 2000 (2000-11-16) 226706 3.7
Rory has her first kiss with Dean. Lorelai is upset Rory didn't tell her about it. Dean attends movie night with the Gilmore Girls.
8 8 "Love and War and Snow" Alan Myerson Joan Binder Weiss December 14, 2000 (2000-12-14) 226707 3.6
The first snowfall prompts Lorelai and Max's first date while Rory is stuck in Hartford with Richard and Emily. Lane is upset with Rory for being distracted with Chilton and Dean.
9 9 "Rory's Dance" Lesli Linka Glatter Amy Sherman-Palladino December 20, 2000 (2000-12-20) 226708 3.9
Chilton hosts a dance which Rory and Dean attend, confirming they are "boyfriend-girlfriend." Emily sleeps over at Lorelai's to take care of Lorelai's injured back. Rory and Dean fall asleep accidentally, causing Rory to arrive home at 5 a.m., which pushes Emily to think they had sex. This causes another blow up between Lorelai and her mother.
10 10 "Forgiveness and Stuff" Bethany Rooney John Stephens December 21, 2000 (2000-12-21) 226709 3.6
Richard has a heart attack during a Christmas party that Lorelai was uninvited to. The medical emergency causes Emily and Lorelai to forgive each other and brings Luke and Lorelai closer. Jane Lynch plays a nurse at the hospital.
11 11 "Paris is Burning" David Petrarca Joan Binder Weiss January 11, 2001 (2001-01-11) 226710 3.7
Lorelai attends Chilton Parents' Day and Paris sees her kissing Max. Paris spreads the news, but when Rory turns on her and offers friendship they declare a truce. Sookie asks Jackson on a date.
12 12 "Double Date" Lev L. Spiro Amy Sherman-Palladino January 18, 2001 (2001-01-18) 226712 4.4
Lane, convinced that Dean's best friend is the boy for her, convinces Rory to double date with her. Lorelai reluctantly accepts a double and blind date with Jackson, Sookie, and Jackson's cousin, Rune.
13 13 "Concert Interruptus" Bruce Seth Green Elaine Arata February 15, 2001 (2001-02-15) 226711 3.6
Lorelai, Sookie, Rory, and Lane plan to attend the The Bangles concert, but when Lane's mother finds out the truth, she bans her from going. Lorelai and Sookie offer up the three tickets so Rory can take Madeline, Louise, and Paris which backfires when Madeline and Louise take off with two mysterious boys (including Brandon Routh) for a party. Lorelai learns about Luke's ex-girlfriend Rachael from a long time ago.
14 14 "That Damn Donna Reed" Michael Katleman Daniel Palladino, Amy Sherman-Palladino February 22, 2001 (2001-02-22) 226715 3.6
Dean and Rory fight about his approval of the 1950s, pearls-and-meatloaf domestic antics of Donna Reed, which prompts her to set up a meal in this light when she cat-sits for Babette. Lorelai admits to Emily she might have feelings for Luke when Emily pesters her about her and Luke's friendship. The episode ends with Rory's father, Christopher Hayden (David Sutcliffe), showing up in Stars Hollow.
15 15 "Christopher Returns" Michael Katleman Daniel Palladino March 1, 2001 (2001-03-01) 226713 4.0
Christopher, Rory's father and Lorelai's old flame, pays a short visit to Stars Hollow. After a dramatic dinner between Richard, Emily, Straub, and Francine (Christopher's parents), Lorelai and Christopher make love on the balcony. Christopher proposes spontaneously to Lorelai, who rejects him and tells him he is not ready for them full time.
16 16 "Star-Crossed Lovers and Other Strangers" Lesli Linka Glatter John Stephens, Linda Loiselle Guzik, Joan Binder Weiss March 8, 2001 (2001-03-08) 226714 3.8
Rory and Dean celebrate their three months of being together, but this ends abruptly when Rory is unable to say three words. Lorelai realizes her feelings for Max are still there. Luke's old flame, Rachael, comes to stay. Later on at a festival going on in Stars Hollow, Lorelai, who still has feelings for Max seems very anxious to know if Rachael is staying and if Luke wants her to, when the only answer given by Luke is "I don't know." Dean and Rory break up.
17 17 "The Breakup, Part 2" Nick Marck Amy Sherman-Palladino March 15, 2001 (2001-03-15) 226716 4.5
Rory attempts to overcome her sorrow of losing Dean by not wallowing and getting up early on a Saturday morning and keeping her brain busy off the subject. She buys things and she goes to a party and takes Lane with her. At the party she kisses Tristan and then comes home and starts to wallow. Lorelai and Max share a one-night relapse, and decide to start "talking".
18 18 "The Third Lorelai" Michael Katleman Amy Sherman-Palladino March 22, 2001 (2001-03-22) 226717 4.8
Richard's mother, the first Lorelai, with much-too-much attitude visits, sending Emily into peril due to her disapproval of Emily. To make matters worse, she makes Lorelai an offer that may free her of her parents forever and upsets Emily. Paris and Tristan go out on a date after Rory suggested Tristan ask her out.
19 19 "Emily in Wonderland" Perry Lang John Stephens, Linda Loiselle Guzik April 26, 2001 (2001-04-26) 226718 3.7
Rory gives Emily a tour of Stars Hollow, accidentally upsetting Emily by showing her the garden shed at the Inn, where Rory and Lorelai first lived after Rory was born.
20 20 "P.S. I Lo..." Lev L. Spiro Elaine Arata, Joan Binder Weiss May 3, 2001 (2001-05-03) 226719 3.5
Rory and Lorelai fight, leading Rory to run off in a cab to Emily and Richard's. Lorelai confronts Dean, and learns the cause of their break-up which prompts her to confront Rory about her inability to say "I love you".
21 21 "Love, Daisies and Troubadours" Amy Sherman-Palladino Daniel Palladino May 10, 2001 (2001-05-10) 226720 4.1
Love goes: Rachael leaves yet again, but this time because of suspicions of Luke. Lorelai, which Luke does not deny having feelings for her but he does tell her they are just friends, which they are but he can barely get it out. Rachel, just before walking out the door tells Luke "Don't wait too long" to tell her his feelings. Rory finally says the three words Dean needed to hear and it brings them back together. Max has 1,000 daisies and a question for Lorelai.

Season 2 (2001–02)[edit]

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22 1 "Sadie, Sadie" Amy Sherman-Palladino Amy Sherman-Palladino October 9, 2001 (2001-10-09) 227451 5.0
Lorelai accepts Max's proposal. Lane is being sent to Korea, with fear of no return in sight. Dean joins Rory and Lorelai at Friday Night dinner, at which Dean is interrogated about his education and his intentions by an angry Richard. Emily finds out about Lorelai's engagement...from Sookie.
23 2 "Hammers and Veils" Michael Katleman Amy Sherman-Palladino October 9, 2001 (2001-10-09) 227452 5.0
Rory volunteers to help build a house, hosting panic due to her lack of extracurricular activities. Lorelai tells Emily about her engagement yet Emily responds coldly since she heard it through someone else and was told at the last minute. Sookie throws Lorelai and Max an engagement party. Lane departs for Korea.
24 3 "Red Light on the Wedding Night" Gail Mancuso Daniel Palladino October 16, 2001 (2001-10-16) 227453 4.5
Lorelai and Max continue planning their wedding, until Lorelai's bachelorette bash...a different kind of signal gives Lorelai second thoughts...Luke builds Lorelai a chuppah. A new traffic light is installed in front of Lukes' diner. Lorelai and Rory leave Stars Hollow for vacation...
25 4 "The Road Trip to Harvard" Jamie Babbit Daniel Palladino October 23, 2001 (2001-10-23) 227454 4.8
...After canceling the engagement, Rory and Lorelai take a road trip. After staying at a B&B, a visit to Harvard is a must, where Rory feels at home and Lorelai feels a few pangs. Lane returns from Korea and her trip wasn't as bad as she thought it would be.
26 5 "Nick & Nora/Sid & Nancy" Michael Katleman Amy Sherman-Palladino October 30, 2001 (2001-10-30) 227455 4.8
When Luke's rebellious 17-year-old nephew, Jess (Milo Ventimiglia) moves in with him, Lorelai offers unwelcome parenting advice. Rory's on the school newspaper staff, but editor Paris is still mad due to her supposed "date" with Tristan.
27 6 "Presenting Lorelai Gilmore" Chris Long Sheila R. Lawrence November 6, 2001 (2001-11-06) 227456 5.6
Rory, under obligation to her Grandmother, formally comes out to society. Lorelai gets a second surprise when Christopher agrees to fulfill his fatherly deb duties. Richard, growing increasingly hostile, vents his frustrations about being "phased out" of his job. A third surprise hits when Christopher tells Lorelai about Sherry, his new girlfriend.
28 7 "Like Mother, Like Daughter" Dennis Erdman Joan Binder Weiss November 13, 2001 (2001-11-13) 227457 5.1
Rory is told that her antisocial tendencies at Chilton are frowned upon and she must better socialize herself. She does so, accidentally tangling herself up in a secret sorority known as The Puffs, and however unwanted the connection is; it reconciles Paris and Rory's damaged relationship. The inn crowd hosts a school fashion show that features Lorelai and Emily in matching outfits... Sookie and Lorelai decide to move forward in opening their own inn.
29 8 "The Ins and Outs of Inns" Michael Katleman Daniel Palladino November 20, 2001 (2001-11-20) 227458 4.4
Lorelai and Sookie cheerfully make plans for opening their own inn, and look into the Dragonfly and find out that Fran Weston owns the property and doesn't want to sell it. But when the Independence Inn's owner, Mia (Elizabeth Franz), comes for a visit and Lorelai learns the Inn might be sold, she has second thoughts that cause a fight between her and Sookie. Emily meets Mia for the first time.
30 9 "Run Away, Little Boy" Danny Leiner John Stephens November 27, 2001 (2001-11-27) 227459 4.9
Tristan and Rory must play Romeo and Juliet in a school project, and Dean is peeved on the matter; yet the night of the performance Tristan is sent to military school. Meanwhile, Lorelai dates a much younger business school classmate, much to Luke's amusement.(Last appearance of Chad Michael Murray.)
31 10 "The Bracebridge Dinner" Chris Long Daniel Palladino, Sheila R. Lawrence December 11, 2001 (2001-12-11) 227460 5.0
At the last moment, a Chicago snowstorm strands guests who paid for a fabulous dinner at the inn, so Lorelai invites most of Stars Hollow to the feast, along with Emily and Richard. The evening goes awry when Richard reveals he quit his job a few days ago.
32 11 "Secrets and Loans" Nicole Holofcener Linda Loiselle Guzik January 22, 2002 (2002-01-22) 227461 5.3
Lorelai's house has termites, and despite Lorelai's protests, Rory spills the financial aspects of the situation to Emily, who offers a loan, but Lorelai balks at becoming even more indebted to her. Lane has become a cheerleader, which shocks Rory and creates a fight between them.
33 12 "Richard in Stars Hollow" Steve Gomer Frank Lombardi January 29, 2002 (2002-01-29) 227462 5.3
Newly retired Richard is driving Emily crazy, so Lorelai agrees to fathersit for one day. Paris looks to expose the corruption she's sure she's seeing and finds something in Stars Hollow: Censorship.
34 13 "A-Tisket, A-Tasket" Robert Berlinger Amy Sherman-Palladino February 5, 2002 (2002-02-05) 227463 5.0
A yearly festival (Bid-A-Basket) in which the women make picnic lunches and men bid on them and enjoy the lunch and the basket-makers presence. All couples go awry; Kirk bids on Sookie's, Jess bids on Rory's, and Luke buys Lorelai's. Jackson proposes to Sookie. Emily agrees with Lorelai on her opinion of Jess and gives her parenting advice.
35 14 "It Should Have Been Lorelai" Lesli Linka Glatter Daniel Palladino February 12, 2002 (2002-02-12) 227464 4.9
Christopher visits, bringing his girlfriend Sherry to Stars Hollow. Sherry is desperate to spend time with Rory, Lorelai is a bit uncomfortable...but Emily is furious. Lorelai and Christopher have a fight when Christopher feels that Lorelai blames him for her relationships.
36 15 "Lost and Found" Gail Mancuso Amy Sherman-Palladino February 26, 2002 (2002-02-26) 227465 4.8
Rory, who lost her bracelet in episode "A-Tisket, A-Tasket" which was found by Jess, gets panicked when Dean notices its absence on her wrist. Lorelai assumes Jess had stolen it. Luke looks for a larger apartment for him and Jess.
37 16 "There's the Rub" Amy Sherman-Palladino Sheila R. Lawrence April 9, 2002 (2002-04-09) 227466 4.8
Lorelai and Emily spend a weekend at a luxurious spa which goes awry. Rory has the night to herself which also takes a turn for the worse when Dean discovers Jess at her house, and Paris stays the night making them friends. Lorelai and Emily steal bathrobes together.
38 17 "Dead Uncles and Vegetables" Jamie Babbit Daniel Palladino April 16, 2002 (2002-04-16) 227467 4.5
Luke's uncle dies, but the funeral is poorly attended, as nearly everyone has a grudge against the antisocial old man; Luke worries he has followed his uncle's example. Emily helps Sookie plan her wedding, and it becomes too much for Jackson. Emily tells Lorelai that she and Luke are a match made in heaven.
39 18 "Back in the Saddle Again" Kevin Dowling Linda Loiselle Guzik April 23, 2002 (2002-04-23) 227468 4.8
Richard helps Rory with a project for her business class, and it confirms how much he misses the business world. He wants to start his own company.
40 19 "Teach Me Tonight" Steve Robman Amy Sherman-Palladino April 30, 2002 (2002-04-30) 227469 5.1
Rory, attempting to tutor Jess, ends up with a fractured wrist when Jess crashes her car that Dean made her. Lorelai and Luke get into a fight while she looks for Jess. Luke sends Jess home to New York.
41 20 "Help Wanted" Chris Long Allan Heinberg May 7, 2002 (2002-05-07) 227470 4.6
Richard starts an insurance consulting business, and Lorelai helps him find a new secretary, which brings them close together. Lane decides that drums are her destiny. Carole King guest stars as music store owner Sophie Bloom.
42 21 "Lorelai's Graduation Day" Jamie Babbit Daniel Palladino May 14, 2002 (2002-05-14) 227471 3.4
Lorelai graduates from business school, but Rory misses the ceremony because she skipped school to visit Jess in New York and find out why he never said goodbye.
43 22 "I Can't Get Started" Amy Sherman-Palladino Amy Sherman-Palladino, John Stephens May 21, 2002 (2002-05-21) 227472 5.2
It is Sookie's and Jackson's wedding day. Christopher breaks up with Sherry, and spends a romantic night with Lorelai at the Inn, after which they make plans to reunite and be a family. When Chris discovers the next day that Sherry is pregnant with his child, he tells Lorelai he cannot fail the new baby the way he did Rory. Lorelai tries to make amends with Luke, but fails. Rory is surprised to see Jess at the wedding; she kisses him and runs off, telling him to keep it all a secret.

Season 3 (2002–03)[edit]

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44 1 "Those Lazy-Hazy-Crazy Days" Amy Sherman-Palladino Amy Sherman-Palladino September 24, 2002 (2002-09-24) 175001 5.7
Lorelai has a strange dream in which she is pregnant with Luke's twins, which Rory interprets as either: Lorelai subconsciously wants to marry Luke and have his twins or that she is jealous that Sherry's pregnancy has doomed Lorelai's hopes with Christopher. Rory comes back from her internship in Washington, where Paris meets and starts dating a Princeton student, Jamie. Rory is surprised to see Jess making out with another girl and is instantly jealous, but resolves to appreciate her relationship with Dean. The town hosts a summer festival, including a barbershop quartet who only sings "Those Crazy Hazy Lazy Days of Summer" over and over, much to Lorelai's irritation. Lorelai tells her parents about the breakup with Christopher and walks out on Friday night dinner. Luke and Lorelai make up.
45 2 "Haunted Leg" Chris Long Amy Sherman-Palladino October 1, 2002 (2002-10-01) 175002 5.8
Lorelai turns down a date with Kirk and goes back to Luke's Diner after the reconciliation. Rory and Jess quarrel in Doose's market when he points out that she has no right to be jealous, having not contacted him while she was away. Christopher shows up unannounced at Friday-night dinner, having talked with Emily, but is sent away by all three Gilmore women.
46 3 "Application Anxiety" Gail Mancuso Daniel Palladino October 8, 2002 (2002-10-08) 175003 5.2
Rory is scared that she may not get in to Harvard after a panel of admissions consultants visits Chilton and emphasizes the competitive process. Rory and Dean start talking about what would happen when Rory leaves for college. Lane joins a rock band, and Taylor wins the town's backing of his plans to open an old-fashioned soda shop.
47 4 "One's Got Class and the Other One Dyes" Steve Robman Daniel Palladino October 15, 2002 (2002-10-15) 175004 5.4
Lorelai and Luke are invited to speak about success at Stars Hollow High, but the kids just want to hear about Lorelai's teenage pregnancy – and their mothers blame Lorelai. Lane, driven to rebellion, dyes her hair purple but loses her nerve and immediately dyes it back. Rory confronts Jess' new girlfriend, Shane.
48 5 "Eight O'Clock at the Oasis" Joe Ann Fogle Justin Tanner October 22, 2002 (2002-10-22) 175005 5.5
An irritatingly cheerful new neighbor, partial to board games and kitsch, gives Lorelai detailed instructions for watering his lawn and violets during his business trip; when Rory takes over the watering, however, disaster strikes, which causes Jess to come to her rescue. Lorelai meets a guy at an auction Emily organized, but their subsequent date does not go well.
49 6 "Take the Deviled Eggs..." Jamie Babbit Daniel Palladino November 5, 2002 (2002-11-05) 175006 5.5
Rory and Lorelai attend Sherry's baby shower. Lorelai is jealous because Sherry seems to be living the life she was unable to have with Christopher. Sherry gives Lorelai and Rory left-over deviled eggs from the party, which they proceed to throw at Jess's new car.
50 7 "They Shoot Gilmores, Don't They?" Kenny Ortega Amy Sherman-Palladino November 12, 2002 (2002-11-12) 175007 5.7
Lorelai is desperate to win the annual Stars Hollows Dance Marathon in which Kirk has won four times previously. Lorelai convinced Rory to be her partner after she fails to find anyone else suitable. Dean comes to watch. Jackson and Sookie fight over his hopes for four children in four years which Sookie, Lorelai and Luke find ridiculous. Jamie visits Paris at school during his break and convinces her to go out for coffee with him. Jess comes to watch the Dance Marathon with his new girlfriend, Shane. Rory will not stop talking about Jess and how much he annoys her and so Dean snaps. He announces to the entire dance hall that Rory and Jess like each other and everyone knows it and that he is done with Rory. Lorelai loses to Kirk once again. Rory and Jess finally admit their feelings to each other.
51 8 "Let the Games Begin" Steve Robman Amy Sherman-Palladino, Sheila R. Lawrence November 19, 2002 (2002-11-19) 175008 5.7
Richard guilts Rory into coming with him to Yale. When Rory tells Lorelai, she is angry at her father for tricking Rory into it when he knows Rory only wants to go to Harvard. But Rory convinces her that she does not mind looking around and asks Lorelai to join them and Lorelai grudgingly accepts. Rory and Jess awkwardly begin dating, which Luke is very happy about but Lorelai is wary about Jess. Kirk parades around town, bragging about his Dance Marathon trophy but like every year, someone steals it. Rory, Lorelai, Emily and Richard head to Yale where they look around and Richard then tricks Rory into doing an interview with the Dean of Admissions, whom Richard knows well. Lorelai is extremely mad at Richard for tricking her daughter once again. She goes to get a cab, which Emily tries to talk her out of. When Rory comes out, she is mad at Richard for not preparing her and springing the interview on her. Lorelai and Rory leave, angry. Emily is also mad at Richard, although she tried to defend him. Rory and Jess have their first real kiss and Rory goes to Dean's house to tell him she is sorry about the way she treated him and that she hopes he will not hate her one day. At bedtime, the Gilmore girls each secretly read promotional material from Yale.
52 9 "A Deep-Fried Korean Thanksgiving" Kenny Ortega Daniel Palladino November 26, 2002 (2002-11-26) 175009 5.4
Rory and Lorelai are expected to be at four different Thanksgiving meals. First the Kim's, then Sookie's, followed by Luke's and finally Richard and Emily's. They decide that Luke won't mind if they miss his, but when they tell him they won't be able to come, he seems very disappointed, and so they pretend to change their plans so they can go. Rory is uncomfortable being affectionate in public with Jess since she just recently broke up with Dean. Kirk gets a cat, named Kirk who eventually drives Human Kirk from his home. The Gilmores attend each Thanksgivings meal and when they make it to Richard and Emily's, Rory lets it slip that she had applied to Yale, which Lorelai seems angry about and blames on Richard and Emily. Lane gets a kiss from Dave. After he sees Rory and Jess kiss, Dean confronts Jess.
53 10 "That'll Do, Pig" Jamie Babbit Sheila R. Lawrence January 14, 2003 (2003-01-14) 175010 5.5
Paris has a boyfriend, and is not herself. Lorelai gives Emily tips on coping with Richard's mother, Trix. Rory runs into Dean and they become friendly. Jess initially refuses to attend the Winter Carnival, but when Dean asks Rory to join him and his little sister Clara, Jess becomes jealous and decides to escort Rory after all.
54 11 "I Solemnly Swear" Carla McCloskey John Stephens January 21, 2003 (2003-01-21) 175011 4.8
Francie tricks Paris into believing that Rory is plotting against her in the Student Council. Lorelai and Sookie attend a lecture on running an inn; it is a total waste, but Sookie meets an old friend Joe, and sparks fly between Lorelai and Joe's business partner Alex. Emily, sued by a fired servant, presses Lorelai to give a deposition, and is outraged at the result.
55 12 "Lorelai Out of Water" Jamie Babbit Janet Leahy January 28, 2003 (2003-01-28) 175012 4.9
Alex invites Lorelai on a fishing trip, so Luke teaches her how to fish without embarrassing herself. Luke also meets Taylor's attractive lawyer, Nicole. Paris escalates her one-sided feud with Rory, and both are reprimanded by the headmaster. Lane is thrilled that her mother said maybe to her request of going to the Prom — that is, until her mother picks out her date.
56 13 "Dear Emily and Richard" Gail Mancuso Amy Sherman-Palladino February 4, 2003 (2003-02-04) 175013 5.3
Rory receives an invitation to Sherry's C-section. Sherry goes into labor early, and Rory is the only one present. Lorelai has flashbacks about her own pregnancy and, realizing anew what her mother suffered, makes a reconciliatory gesture toward Emily.
57 14 "Swan Song" Chris Long Daniel Palladino February 11, 2003 (2003-02-11) 175014 5.1
Jess comes to Friday night dinner with a black eye, and Rory accuses him of having a fight with Dean, which he denies. Later, Jess admits to Luke that he was attacked by a swan. Rory stays the night at her grandparents' house. Emily yells at Lorelai for letting Rory go out with Jess. Luke gives Jess a talk about the importance of communication in his relationship with Rory. Rory and Jess make up after Dean confirms there was no fight. Rory later tells Lorelai that she might have sex with Jess soon. Zack and Brian guess that Lane and Dave are hiding a secret, but think that the secret is their religious faith.
58 15 "Face-Off" Kenny Ortega John Stephens February 18, 2003 (2003-02-18) 175015 5.3
When Jess does not call, Rory goes to a hockey game and sees Dean with his new girlfriend, Lindsay. Emily gets revenge for Trix's slights when she finds her making out with a man in a purple jogging suit. Lane and Dave convince her male friend Young Chui to become Lane's fake boyfriend. Rory leaves an angry message for Jess, but after discovering that he was out preparing a surprise for her, she asks him to delete it without listening.
59 16 "The Big One" Jamie Babbit Amy Sherman-Palladino February 25, 2003 (2003-02-25) 175016 5.7
On the eve of presenting joint speeches over C-SPAN for the school's bicentennial, Paris has a heart-to-heart with Rory, confiding that she had sex with her boyfriend and getting Rory to admit she is still a virgin (to an eavesdropping Lorelai's relief). The next day, Paris has a meltdown on live TV, announcing her rejection by Harvard as judgment upon her premarital sex and predicting the virginal Rory will be accepted. Lorelai runs into Max and sparks fly. Sookie discovers she is pregnant. Rory arrives home to find she has been accepted to Harvard, Princeton, and Yale.
60 17 "A Tale of Poes and Fire" Chris Long Daniel Palladino April 15, 2003 (2003-04-15) 175017 4.0
The Independence Inn catches fire during a meeting of the Poe Society, so guests move into Lorelai's house, and she spends the night with Luke and Jess, where she tells Luke about her strange dream of months before. Lane discovers Young Chui may never initiate the breakup that would free her to date Dave. Rory must choose among Harvard, Princeton, and Yale, but is torn when her pro-con lists points her away from the lifelong dream of Harvard and towards Yale, where Lorelai didn't even want her to apply. Luke is concerned that Jess is spending too much time at work and not enough time at school.
61 18 "Happy Birthday, Baby" Gail Mancuso Amy Sherman-Palladino April 22, 2003 (2003-04-22) 175018 4.6
Rory has decided to attend Yale and tells her grandparents about it, bringing happiness to them, and she plans Lorelai's big birthday blowout, including a town-sized pizza. Richard gives Lorelai the $75,000 payout from an investment he had made at her birth. Lorelai, in turn, writes a check to her mother to repay the loan for Chilton and end the Friday dinner agreement, then is shocked when her mother is angry at being repaid. Luke's adventures in parenting also go badly when he cannot convince Jess to prioritize school, then scares off Nicole's parents by raving about the situation.
62 19 "Keg! Max!" Chris Long Daniel Palladino April 29, 2003 (2003-04-29) 175019 5.3
Jess agrees to attend Stars Hollow prom with Rory. Jess learns he does not get to graduate. Rory, Jess, Dean and Lindsay attend a party where Lane's band is playing. A drunken Lane calls her mother and admits all her deceptions as she despairs of ever having the relationship she wants. Depressed at his failure, Jess is withdrawn at the party and he and Rory fight when she tries to find out what's upset him. She leaves the room crying, which Dean sees, leading him to start a fight with Jess and destroy their host's home. Lorelai, meanwhile, invites Luke and Nicole to stay at the inn, then is distressed by a close look at their coziness.
63 20 "Say Goodnight, Gracie" Jamie Babbit Janet Leahy, Amy Sherman-Palladino May 6, 2003 (2003-05-06) 175020 4.9
Jess's father appears, meets Jess, then vanishes after Luke warns him off. Dean and Lindsay get engaged, upsetting Rory. Fran Weston dies, meaning Lorelai and Sookie may have a chance to buy the Dragonfly Inn and make it their own. Mrs. Kim agrees to let Dave take Lane to the prom, but only after a mysterious quote that he cannot find anywhere in the Bible. After days of mutual avoidance with Jess, Rory finally tells Lorelai what happened at the party. Jess fights with Luke over how they will handle his failure to graduate, with Luke suggesting he retake his year, and when Jess refuses Luke kicks him out. Jess then leaves for California in search of his father, but sees Rory on the bus as he's leaving. Jess tells Rory he can't take her to prom, but doesn't tell her he's failed out of school and he's leaving town.
64 21 "Here Comes the Son" Amy Sherman-Palladino Amy Sherman-Palladino May 13, 2003 (2003-05-13) 175021 5.0
Jess goes to live with his dad in Venice Beach (in a backdoor pilot for a show that was to star the Jess character). Rory stresses over graduation, while Lorelai ponders how to break the news that Jess has left for good.
65 22 "Those Are Strings, Pinocchio" Jamie Babbit Daniel Palladino May 20, 2003 (2003-05-20) 175022 5.5
Rory's graduation day from Chilton has arrived. With the Independence Inn set to close, a newly unemployed Lorelai plans to use her inn-buying funds to pay for Yale, until Rory goes behind her back to make a new deal with her grandparents and reinstates Friday night dinners. Lorelai and Sookie buy the Dragonfly Inn. The Gilmore Girls get ready for their European adventure, and Luke decides to go on a cruise with Nicole prompted by a conversation with Lorelai. Jess repeatedly calls Rory and keeps hanging up. Even though he doesn't speak back, Rory says goodbye to Jess, telling him she loved him but she has to move on. Lorelai tells Luke not to get engaged.

Season 4 (2003–04)[edit]

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66 1 "Ballrooms and Biscotti" Amy Sherman-Palladino Amy Sherman-Palladino September 23, 2003 (2003-09-23) 176151 5.2
The Gilmore girls return from their summer holiday and find out they have to cram one-and-a-half weeks of activities into three days before Rory's Yale orientation. Meanwhile, Luke and Nicole have surprising news from their vacation, and Sookie has found out the sex of her baby. Emily takes advantage of Lorelai's skipping of the Friday night dinner, and monopolizes Rory's last night before Yale.
67 2 "The Lorelais' First Day at Yale" Chris Long Daniel Palladino September 30, 2003 (2003-09-30) 176152 3.9
Rory and Lorelai prepare to leave for Yale, packing and with Lorelai taking photos of Rory heading off. Lorelai borrows Luke's truck to take Rory's things to Yale but doesn't mention to Luke that she can't drive a stick. Luke tries to teach her but his efforts are wasted and she leaves. Rory arrives at Yale and begins her Orientation. She meets one of her new roommates who is only sixteen and quite strange. Rory soon finds that someone she knows is her other roommate. It's Paris, with her new life coach, Terrance. Rory finds that Paris requested a room with her as they have a history together. Rory is shocked. After seeing what other students have got in their dorms, Lorelai leaves to find better things for Rory's dorm. She brings Rory the things and then leaves again. Just as Lorelai gets back to Stars Hollow, she gets a page from Rory saying to come back and go she heads for Yale again. When she gets there, Rory gives Lorelai a hug and tells her how she missed her after only being away for five minutes. She goes on about how she is pathetic being a mommy's girl and asks Lorelai why she doesn't hate her and want to be away from her like most kids do when they go off to college. Lorelai calms her down and suggests staying the night. Rory accepts and Lorelai begins to order every kind of food for them and Rory's roommates. When the pizza arrives, there is far too much and so Lorelai calls other girls in for a party. They all have a good time and remember Rory for having a really cool mom. Lorelai leaves and Rory feels better, knowing more people at Yale.
68 3 "The Hobbit, the Sofa and Digger Stiles" Matthew Diamond Amy Sherman-Palladino October 7, 2003 (2003-10-07) 176153 4.9
Lorelai and Sookie begin a catering company, starting with a Lord of the Rings-themed children's party that leads Sookie to doubt her abilities as a mother. Richard goes into business with his former associate's son, while Emily surprises Rory with unrequested furniture. Rory has her first college party.
69 4 "Chicken or Beef?" Chris Long Jane Espenson October 14, 2003 (2003-10-14) 176154 5.5
Lorelai begins renovations on the Dragonfly Inn after dealing with Taylor's approval. Dean invites Rory to his wedding, but Luke later tells Rory not to go after Dean makes a drunken and shocking confession to Luke on the night of his bachelor party.
70 5 "The Fundamental Things Apply" Neema Barnette John Stephens October 21, 2003 (2003-10-21) 176155 5.5
Rory tries to start dating again, and is disappointed. Lorelai wonders if she should keep her designer after finding out about her previous employer...Emily. Lorelai invites Luke, the "uber-monk," over for movie night.
71 6 "An Affair to Remember" Matthew Diamond Amy Sherman-Palladino October 28, 2003 (2003-10-28) 176156 5.2
Emily plans a launch party for Richard's new business and hires Lorelai and Sookie to cater it. And Kirk prepares – extensively – for a date. But neither affair goes quite as expected.
72 7 "The Festival of Living Art" Chris Long Daniel Palladino November 4, 2003 (2003-11-04) 176157 4.7

The whole town gets involved posing as famous artwork for a festival. Lorelai is nervous about a possible repeat performance of her flinch several years ago in the same role, and Kirk as Jesus in The Last Supper is warring with Grant, the town troubadour, who is playing Judas. While the show goes on, Luke's about-to-be ex shows up, and Sookie's baby is a no-show, days after the due date.

Note: This episode won the show's only Emmy Award, for Outstanding Makeup for a Series (non-prosthetic).[8]
73 8 "Die, Jerk" Tom Moore Daniel Palladino November 11, 2003 (2003-11-11) 176158 4.9
En pointe and in print. To get a story published in the school newspaper, Rory blasts the Yale ballet... and earns the wrath of the lead ballerina, who leaves a note on Rory's door saying "DIE, JERK". Jason wrangles an invitation to the Gilmores' Friday dinner.
74 9 "Ted Koppel's Big Night Out" Jamie Babbit Amy Sherman-Palladino November 18, 2003 (2003-11-18) 176159 5.2
When the four Gilmores run into an old acquaintance at the Harvard-Yale game, Emily fights with both Richard and Lorelai, prompting Lorelai to accept a dinner date with Jason. Meanwhile, Lane begs Luke to let her replace his new employee.
75 10 "The Nanny and the Professor" Peter Lauer Scott Kaufer January 20, 2004 (2004-01-20) 176160 4.1
Sookie's new nanny turns out to be Michel's old rival, who has child-phobic Michel so paranoid he offers to play Mary Poppins to Sookie's new baby, Davey. Meanwhile, one of Rory's professors shows a penchant for women 40 years his junior...Paris Gellar.
76 11 "In the Clamor and the Clangor" Michael Grossman Sheila R. Lawrence, Janet Leahy January 27, 2004 (2004-01-27) 176161 4.4
Hear the tintinnabulation. Restored church bells set everyone on edge, prompting Lorelai and Luke to a late-night escapade. When Lorelai discovers Luke has "moved" to another town with Nicole, she freaks out. Rory has an embarrassing run-in with a fellow student who turned her down for a date. When Mrs. Kim discovers Lane's stash of rock-'n'-roll music — after a failed gig at the famous CBGB club in New York — she discovers Lane's secret life and kicks her out.
77 12 "A Family Matter" Kenny Ortega Daniel Palladino February 3, 2004 (2004-02-03) 176162 4.9
Luke is wary when his flaky sister Liz unexpectedly visits. Then the other shoe drops: Jess is back in Stars Hollow to pick up his junky car. Paris dumps Jamie for her new flame, Asher Flemming.
78 13 "Nag Hammadi Is Where They Found the Gnostic Gospels" Chris Long Amy Sherman-Palladino February 10, 2004 (2004-02-10) 176163 4.6
When Luke wants to do something about Liz's latest boyfriend, who seems to be yet another loser, Jess accuses him of being a know-it-all buttinski... and Luke takes the criticism to heart. Also, Jess runs away from Rory every time he sees her, but later has a surprising proclamation to make.
79 14 "The Incredible Sinking Lorelais" Stephen Clancy Amy Sherman-Palladino, Daniel Palladino February 17, 2004 (2004-02-17) 176164 4.8
Things fall apart. Humiliated when she has trouble keeping up with her course load, Rory turns to Dean for support. Running out of time and money to renovate the Dragonfly, and reeling from being labelled as a failure by her grandmother, Lorelai turns to Luke for a loan.
80 15 "Scene in a Mall" Chris Long Daniel Palladino February 24, 2004 (2004-02-24) 176165 4.8
Conspicuous consumption. Hurt that Richard spends so much time on business and so little time with her, Emily hits the mall, dragging Lorelai and Rory with her when she runs into them on their mother-daughter day. Lane moves into an apartment with her band mates, Zack and Bryan.
81 16 "The Reigning Lorelai" Marita Grabiak Jane Espenson March 2, 2004 (2004-03-02) 176166 5.0
Trix, Richard's mother dies. In the process of attending to every little detail of the plans Trix left for the funeral, Emily finds an upsetting letter that Trix wrote to Richard the night before his and Emily's wedding that states her disapproval of Emily and her preference for Pennilynn Lotte as a daughter-in-law. Emily abruptly halts planning the funeral, leaving the task to Lorelai, who gets help from Rory.
82 17 "Girls in Bikinis, Boys Doin' The Twist" Jamie Babbit Amy Sherman-Palladino April 13, 2004 (2004-04-13) 176167 4.5
Rory and Paris go south for a rite of passage: spring break! While there, they hang out with Madeline and Louise. Jason awkwardly performs the rite of giving Lorelai his house key. Luke is read his rights after attacking a suspicious car outside the house that belongs to him and Nicole.
83 18 "Tick, Tick, Tick, Boom!" Daniel Palladino Daniel Palladino April 20, 2004 (2004-04-20) 176168 4.2
Taylor returns to Stars Hollow looking a little different, and Kirk panics about a mistake he made during the Easter egg hunt he planned in Taylor's absence. Former business associate Floyd, Jason's father, slaps a lawsuit on Richard and Jason's partnership, simultaneously revealing Lorelai's secret affair with Jason to her astonished parents.
84 19 "Afterboom" Michael Zinberg Sheila R. Lawrence April 27, 2004 (2004-04-27) 176169 4.3
What happens after an explosion? Everything is in pieces. The crisis in Richard and Jason's business dramatically affects Richard and Emily's marriage as well as Lorelai and Jason's relationship. Lane's band get a gig. Travel agents come to view the Dragonfly Inn. Lane meets her replacement in her Mother's house.
85 20 "Luke Can See Her Face" Matthew Diamond Amy Sherman-Palladino, Daniel Palladino May 4, 2004 (2004-05-04) 176170 4.2
Luke tracks down Jess to convince him to attend Liz's wedding to TJ. The least-likely person to buy self-help tapes buys self-help tapes. And what do you know? They help. Thanks to the voice from the boom box, Luke finally realizes who will make him happy... Lorelai Gilmore. Feeling better, Luke completes his journey by handing over the tapes to a flummoxed Jess, who still loves Rory.
86 21 "Last Week Fights, This Week Tights" Chris Long Daniel Palladino May 11, 2004 (2004-05-11) 176171 4.6
Wedding day at Stars Hollow - and Liz and T.J.'s Renaissance-themed ceremony seems to have an effect on Luke and Jess. Mrs. Kim and Lane begin a tentative reconciliation. Meanwhile, Rory and Dean share another secret conversation. Jess shows up at Yale and asks Rory to run away with him to New York and tells her that they're meant to be together, but Rory harshly rejects him. Jess leaves.
87 22 "Raincoats and Recipes" Amy Sherman-Palladino Amy Sherman-Palladino May 18, 2004 (2004-05-18) 176172 N/A
Rory has come home for the summer. The Dragonfly hosts a test-run weekend, and it seems everyone Lorelai knows is there (including someone she does not invite). Richard and Emily continue to fight, Kirk suffers from night terrors, Taylor offers up his commentary in classic Taylor style, Michel proposes some changes to the inn, and Luke and Lorelai have a serious discussion ending with a kiss to start their relationship. Rory and Dean have sex for the first time, and Lorelai's disapproval sparks a fight between her and Rory that ends the season.

Season 5 (2004–05)[edit]

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88 1 "Say Goodbye to Daisy Miller" Amy Sherman-Palladino Amy Sherman-Palladino September 21, 2004 (2004-09-21) 2T5301
Rory and Lorelai are still quarreling about her affair with married Dean. Rory gets an offer to go to Europe for the summer and accepts. Lindsay tries to find a way to make Dean happy. Emily admits the separation with Richard and their agreement. Luke leaves to be with Liz and TJ.
89 2 "A Messenger, Nothing More" Daniel Palladino Daniel Palladino September 28, 2004 (2004-09-28) 2T5302
While touring Europe with Emily, Rory writes a letter to Dean, hoping to fix the mess she made, but only makes it worse when Lindsay finds the letter and kicks Dean out of the house, and the town witnesses it. Lorelai and Sookie take a day off from the Dragonfly and relax, while Lorelai and Rory reconcile.
90 3 "Written in the Stars" Kenny Ortega Amy Sherman-Palladino October 5, 2004 (2004-10-05) 2T5303
Luke and Lorelai finally go on their first date, where Luke shows Lorelai a horoscope she gave to him when they first met 8 years ago and tells her he wants a relationship with her. After sleeping with Luke, Lorelai goes downstairs in Luke's plaid shirt to look for coffee, and finds the diner full of townspeople. Rory meets Logan Huntzberger.
91 4 "Tippecanoe and Taylor, Too" Lee Shallat-Chemel Bill Prady October 12, 2004 (2004-10-12) 2T5304
Frustrated with Taylor's obstructionism, Jackson runs for town selectman and wins.
92 5 "We Got Us a Pippi Virgin" Stephen Clancy Daniel Palladino October 19, 2004 (2004-10-19) 2T5305
A double date between Lorelai and Luke and Rory and Dean goes terribly wrong.
93 6 "Norman Mailer, I'm Pregnant!" Matthew Diamond James Berg, Stan Zimmerman October 26, 2004 (2004-10-26) 2T5306
Norman Mailer visits the Inn. Sookie learns she is pregnant again. Christopher calls Lorelai in a panic when Sherry leaves him and Gigi. Rory does research on the "Life and Death Brigade" for the Yale Daily News, which leads her right back to Logan Huntzberger.
94 7 "You Jump, I Jump, Jack" Kenny Ortega Daniel Palladino November 2, 2004 (2004-11-02) 2T5307
Rory gets an overnight inside scoop on the "Life and Death Brigade". Emily insists on meeting Luke, and finds him unsuitable. Luke plays golf with Richard, who proposes franchising Luke's Diner – explaining to Emily that Luke would only be a figurehead.
95 8 "The Party's Over" Eric Laneuville Amy Sherman-Palladino November 9, 2004 (2004-11-09) 2T5308
Emily and Richard host a party for Yale alumni (and their sons) but Rory is the unknowing guest-of-honor and it ends her relationship with Dean for good. Luke, Lorelai, and T.J. have a complicated dinner.
96 9 "Emily Says Hello" Kenny Ortega Rebecca Rand Kirshner November 16, 2004 (2004-11-16) 2T5309
Emily goes on a date. Christopher visits Stars Hollow with baby Gigi and has lunch with Lorelai, which upsets Rory and causes him to leave.
97 10 "But Not as Cute as Pushkin" Michael Zinberg Amy Sherman-Palladino November 30, 2004 (2004-11-30) 2T5310
Rory shows a student from Chilton around Yale. Lorelai learns of Luke's "dark day". Rory is embarrassed by Logan and his friends during a class.
98 11 "Women of Questionable Morals" Matthew Diamond Daniel Palladino January 25, 2005 (2005-01-25) 2T5311
A dog temporarily brings Emily and Richard back together; Stars Hollow holds its annual Revolutionary War reenactment with some strange changes; Chris attempts to make amends with Rory. Christopher's father dies and gains support from Lorelai and Rory.
99 12 "Come Home" Kenny Ortega Jessica Queller February 1, 2005 (2005-02-01) 2T5312
A fender bender reunites Emily and Richard, and plan a vow renewal ceremony. Emily and Christopher plot to break up Luke and Lorelai.
100 13 "Wedding Bell Blues" Amy Sherman-Palladino Amy Sherman-Palladino February 8, 2005 (2005-02-08) 2T5313
Richard and Emily renew their vows with an elaborate ceremony and party. Christopher tries to get together with Lorelai, even though she has brought Luke to the reception. Rory is caught by her parents and Luke in the midst of an intimate encounter with Logan. Luke walks out mad after Christopher tells him he is only temporarily with Lorelai and that he and Lorelai are destined to be together.
101 14 "Say Something" Daniel Palladino Daniel Palladino February 15, 2005 (2005-02-15) 2T5314
Lorelai deals with her break-up with Luke, and Rory deals with her complicated nonexclusive relationship with Logan.
102 15 "Jews and Chinese Food" Matthew Diamond Amy Sherman-Palladino February 22, 2005 (2005-02-22) 2T5315
Lorelai helps with costumes for the elementary school's production of "Fiddler on the Roof" while Luke helps with props. Rory finally reveals her feelings for Logan, as Marty reveals his feelings for her.
103 16 "So...Good Talk" Jamie Babbit Lisa Randolph March 1, 2005 (2005-03-01) 2T5316
Lorelai ignores Emily for driving Luke away and interfering with her love life. Rory faithfully keeps her Friday dinner agreement with her grandparents, but is cold to Emily, making her furious. Emily talks briefly to Luke and says she will stay out of the relationship with Lorelai. Lorelai hears a knock at the door, and Luke reunites with her.
104 17 "Pulp Friction" Michael Zinberg James Berg, Stan Zimmerman March 8, 2005 (2005-03-08) 2T5317
A Quentin Tarantino-themed party marks a new phase in Logan and Rory's relationship. Lorelai celebrates her reunion with Luke, but continues to freeze out Emily. Michel wins a motor home on "The Price Is Right". Lorelai tells Emily that she needs time away from her after she haults into Luke's Diner and interrogates him.
105 18 "To Live and Let Diorama" Jackson Douglas Daniel Palladino April 19, 2005 (2005-04-19) 2T5318
Luke helps Taylor Doose renovate an old house into a museum. Rory, Paris, and Lane become intoxicated at the opening of the house and speak their minds on their love lives. (Last appearance of Jared Padalecki.)
106 19 "But I'm a Gilmore!" Michael Zinberg Amy Sherman-Palladino April 26, 2005 (2005-04-26) 2T5319
Rory lets Logan know that she is a "girlfriend-girl," and Logan takes it as an ultimatum. He is scared at the thought of leaving her, and he decides to commit to a public relationship. He takes her to his parents' house where his family does not exactly accept her.
107 20 "How Many Kropogs to Cape Cod?" Jamie Babbit Bill Prady, Rebecca Rand Kirshner May 3, 2005 (2005-05-03) 2T5320
Rory begins working as Mitchum Huntzberger's intern at the Stamford Gazette. Emily and Richard have Logan over for dinner, and Lorelai decides to forgive Emily and goes back to Friday night dinners.
108 21 "Blame Booze and Melville" Jamie Babbit Daniel Palladino May 10, 2005 (2005-05-10) 2T5321
Sookie's baby arrives early, and forces Jackson to get fixed. Lorelai insults Emily with her insensitive remarks in an article about the Dragonfly. Kirk outbids Luke for the Twickham house, but Luke gets it anyway because of his wanting it for Lorelai. Rory is upset when Mitchum Huntzberger tells her she wouldn't cut it as a professional journalist. Rory and Logan steal a yacht.
109 22 "A House Is Not a Home" Amy Sherman-Palladino Amy Sherman-Palladino May 17, 2005 (2005-05-17) 2T5322
Lorelai picks Rory up from jail and discovers the truth behind the stolen yacht incident with Logan. Rory decides to take a year off from Yale and upsets Lorelai who goes to her parents who agree to help, then stab her in the back. Lorelai then asks Luke to marry her...

Season 6 (2005–06)[edit]

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110 1 "New and Improved Lorelai" Amy Sherman-Palladino Amy Sherman-Palladino September 13, 2005 (2005-09-13) 2T6301
Luke says "yes" to Lorelai's question. Rory goes to court for stealing a yacht and gets 300 hours of community service to be completed within six months. Luke goes to Kirk to buy an engagement ring. Lorelai tells her parents she is finished with them after what they did to her.
111 2 "Fight Face" Daniel Palladino Daniel Palladino September 20, 2005 (2005-09-20) 2T6302
Rory gets into a fight while doing community service, which has an ugly turn. Luke and Lorelai decide they are not going to buy a new house, but expand Lorelai's house instead. Rory finds out about Lorelai and Luke's engagement. Lorelai buys a dog and names him Paul Anka.
112 3 "The UnGraduate" Michael Zinberg David S. Rosenthal September 27, 2005 (2005-09-27) 2T6303
Rory completes her 125th hour of community service, while Paris terrorizes everyone at The Dragonfly Inn. Lorelai's house is under construction, and Lorelai entertains the workers with pizza, beer, and breakfast. Paul Anka eats baking chocolate and Luke takes him to a vet.
113 4 "Always a Godmother, Never a God" Robert Berlinger Rebecca Rand Kirshner October 4, 2005 (2005-10-04) 2T6304
Sookie and Jackson's children are getting baptized, and Jackson's family is coming to The Dragonfly to stay for a few days. Lorelai and Rory are made the children's godmothers, forcing them to meet again and break the silence instilled from the fight.
114 5 "We've Got Magic to Do" Michael Zinberg Daniel Palladino October 11, 2005 (2005-10-11) 2T6305
Rory hosts a WWII-themed DAR function, Paris goes broke, and Richard and Emily learn the truth about the Huntzbergers and realize that Lorelai was right about how they had treated Rory. Emily faces off and has a talk with Shira Huntzberger.
115 6 "Welcome to the Doll House" Jackson Douglas Keith Eisner October 18, 2005 (2005-10-18) 2T6306
Taylor changes Stars Hollow's street names to their historical predecessors, much to the displeasure of the staff of the Dragonfly Inn. Logan gives Rory an extremely expensive gift. Rory tells Logan she loves him. Richard shows up on Lorelai's front door with her doll house.
116 7 "Twenty-One is the Loneliest Number" Robert Berlinger Amy Sherman-Palladino October 25, 2005 (2005-10-25) 2T6307
Rory and Lorelai are unhappy because, due to their estrangement, they cannot carry out their plans for Rory's 21st birthday. Emily and Richard become wary about Rory and Logan becoming serious. Emily throws Rory a party and finds out that Lorelai is engaged.
117 8 "Let Me Hear Your Balalaikas Ringing Out" Kenny Ortega Daniel Palladino November 8, 2005 (2005-11-08) 2T6308
A visit from Jess and his recent success makes Rory rethink her relationship with Logan and her recent life choices. Rory and Logan fight and decide to take some time apart. Lorelai deals with her and Rory's estrangement by taking care of her dog.
118 9 "The Prodigal Daughter Returns" Amy Sherman-Palladino Amy Sherman-Palladino November 15, 2005 (2005-11-15) 2T6309
Rory decides to go back to Yale and she gets a job at the Stamford Gazette. Rory and Lorelai reunite. Luke finds out that he has a daughter; he does not tell Lorelai.
119 10 "He's Slippin' 'Em Bread...Dig?" Kenny Ortega Daniel Palladino November 22, 2005 (2005-11-22) 2T6310
Christopher offers to share a recent inheritance with Lorelai and Rory, so Rory asks him to pay for Yale. Zach throws a tantrum during an important concert for the band after Brian writes a song called "Lane." Zach ends his relationship with Lane. Rory finds out that Logan has broken up with her through Logan's sister.
120 11 "The Perfect Dress" Jamie Babbit Amy Sherman-Palladino January 10, 2006 (2006-01-10) 2T6311
Lorelai and Sookie manage to plan Luke and Lorelai's wedding in just one day. Luke goes to have a talk with his former girlfriend Anna Nardini, mother of his daughter April. Rory has a breakdown while talking to the school psychologist while Logan tries to win her back.
121 12 "Just Like Gwen and Gavin" Stephen Clancy Daniel Palladino January 17, 2006 (2006-01-17) 2T6312
Lorelai and Rory volunteer to man a carnival booth called "The Amazing Doggy Swami". The staff at the Yale Daily News try to rise against Paris. Lorelai finds out about Luke's daughter, but not from Luke himself. Luke and Lorelai postpone the wedding so Luke can get to know his daughter.
122 13 "Friday Night's Alright for Fighting" Kenny Ortega Amy Sherman-Palladino January 31, 2006 (2006-01-31) 2T6313
Logan helps Rory with a paper crisis that saves their relationship and puts them back on track. Lorelai tells her parents about Christopher paying for Yale. They feel insulted, but Lorelai agrees to have Friday night dinner with them. During Friday night dinner, all four Gilmores vent their frustrations with each other.
123 14 "You've Been Gilmored" Stephen Clancy Jordon Nardino February 7, 2006 (2006-02-07) 2T6314
Luke attends Friday night dinner with Lorelai. Rory becomes the Yale Daily News' editor and moves in with Logan after Paris banishes her from the apartment after feeling betrayed.
124 15 "A Vineyard Valentine" Daniel Palladino Daniel Palladino February 14, 2006 (2006-02-14) 2T6315
Lorelai and Luke spend some time with Logan and Rory in Martha's Vineyard during Valentine's Day weekend.
125 16 "Bridesmaids Revisited" Linda Mendoza Rebecca Rand Kirshner February 28, 2006 (2006-02-28) 2T6316
Rory attends the wedding of Logan's sister and finds out some upsetting things about how Logan spent his time during their separation. Zach seeks to reunite the band and spontaneously proposes to Lane. Rory and Paris reconcile after Paris dumps Doyle.
126 17 "I'm OK, You're OK" Lee Shallat-Chemel Keith Eisner April 4, 2006 (2006-04-04) 2T6317
Logan comes to explain his actions to Rory. Both couples—Logan and Rory and Paris and Doyle—make-up. Zach and Mrs. Kim team up to write a hit song for Hep Alien. The Gilmore girls face romantic problems.
127 18 "The Real Paul Anka" Daniel Palladino Daniel Palladino April 11, 2006 (2006-04-11) 2T6318
Rory becomes worried about Logan's constant drinking and partying. Luke chaperones April's field trip to Philadelphia and visits Jess at his bookstore café. Rory sees and kisses Jess, but then apologizes to him for using him to get back at Logan. (Last appearance of Milo Ventimiglia.)
128 19 "I Get a Sidekick Out of You" Amy Sherman-Palladino Amy Sherman-Palladino April 18, 2006 (2006-04-18) 2T6319
Lane and Zach get married and Lorelai realizes that at this rate, she may never be in Lane's shoes.
129 20 "Super Cool Party People" Ken Whittingham David S. Rosenthal April 25, 2006 (2006-04-25) 2T6320
Logan is hospitalized and Rory rushes to be by his side. Rory tells Mitchum off over the phone. Lorelai helps throw a birthday party for April with unexpected results and meets Anna Nardini.
130 21 "Driving Miss Gilmore" Jamie Babbit Daniel Palladino, Amy Sherman-Palladino May 2, 2006 (2006-05-02) 2T6321
Logan comes home from the hospital and Paris and Doyle take care of him. Emily has laser eye surgery and asked Lorelai to drive her around while her eyes heal. Jackson finds out that a half acre of his field has been planted with cannabis plants and struggles to decide how to dispose of the plants.
131 22 "Partings" Amy Sherman-Palladino Daniel Palladino, Amy Sherman-Palladino May 9, 2006 (2006-05-09) 2T6322
Lorelai pours her heart out to a therapist and gives Luke an ultimatum that breaks them up. Logan prepares to leave for London.

Season 7 (2006–07)[edit]

This is the only season to not have Amy Sherman-Palladino or Daniel Palladino as a show-runner or a writer due to being let go over a salary dispute with the newly formed CW network.

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132 1 "The Long Morrow" Lee Shallat-Chemel David S. Rosenthal September 26, 2006 (2006-09-26) 2T7751
Lorelai wakes up next to Christopher after her fight with Luke. Rory receives a model rocket as a going-away present from Logan and struggles to decode its significance. Christopher calls Lorelai and says, "That other night was incredible and I hope it can happen again." Lorelai replies, "That night was a mistake and it cannot happen again."
133 2 "That's What You Get, Folks, for Makin' Whoopee" Bethany Rooney Rebecca Rand Kirshner October 3, 2006 (2006-10-03) 2T7752
Lane and Zach return from their less-than-perfect honeymoon in Mexico. Lane reports to Rory that sex is overrated; learning that she is pregnant does not help her opinion. Luke and Lorelai begin to deal with their break-up.
134 3 "Lorelai's First Cotillion" Lee Shallat-Chemel Rina Mimoun October 10, 2006 (2006-10-10) 2T7753
Lorelai begins to wonder if all the choices she's made have been due to her trying to rebel against her mother. Christopher tells Lorelai that he loves her.
135 4 "'S Wonderful, 'S Marvelous" Victor Nelli, Jr. Gayle Abrams October 17, 2006 (2006-10-17) 2T7754
Lorelai and Chris begin to date. Rory returns to Yale for the fall semester of her senior year. April is staying with Luke temporarily while her mom, Anna, is out of town. Richard starts at Yale as a guest lecturer. Rory covers an art exhibition for the Yale newspaper and meets her new friends, Lucy and Olivia.
136 5 "The Great Stink" Michael Schultz Gina Fattore October 24, 2006 (2006-10-24) 2T7755
Logan returns to town on business to acquire an internet company and pays Rory a surprise visit. Rory is thrilled but, during a dinner with Logan's colleagues, realizes that she has no connection to his new business world.
137 6 "Go, Bulldogs!" Wil Shriner David S. Rosenthal, Rebecca Rand Kirshner November 7, 2006 (2006-11-07) 2T7756
Lorelai and Chris attend Yale Parents' Weekend. Chris takes Rory and all her friends out for dinner. At the end, she shows her commitment to her duties as editor of the newspaper by gathering the troops to report on a story.
138 7 "French Twist" Lee Shallat-Chemel David Babcock November 14, 2006 (2006-11-14) 2T7757
Lorelai and Chris fly to France to take Gigi to see her mother, Sherry. Once there, Chris proposes to Lorelai and the couple return to Stars Hollow as Mr. and Mrs. Hayden. The joy of Rory's trip to the country (Stars Hollow) with Lucy and Olivia is dampened by Rory's breakdown regarding her fears for the future, and the unexpected appearance of a past friend who disavows having known Rory. Zach and Lane break the news of their impending parenthood to Mrs. Kim, with unexpected consequences.
139 8 "Introducing Lorelai Planetarium" Lee Shallat-Chemel Jennie Snyder November 21, 2006 (2006-11-21) 2T7758
Rory is angry that she could not attend Lorelai and Chris's wedding. Logan is moving from London to New York City. He and Rory fight about an article she wrote. April develops appendicitis and Luke takes her to the hospital.
140 9 "Knit, People, Knit!" Lee Shallat-Chemel David Grae November 28, 2006 (2006-11-28) 2T7759
Chris and Lorelai tell Emily and Richard about their marriage. Lorelai becomes determined to make Christopher liked by the people in Stars Hollow. Rory moves in with Paris, after moving out of Logan's apartment. She attends a party at Lucy's apartment; Marty reveals to Rory that he still has feelings for her. Luke's evident feelings for Lorelai are still apparent in his behavior.
141 10 "Merry Fisticuffs" Jackson Douglas David S. Rosenthal December 5, 2006 (2006-12-05) 2T7760
Luke and Lorelai share a moment when Luke introduces her to Liz's new baby, and Christopher witnesses the scene. Lorelai and Christopher get into a fight over what Lorelai wants versus what Christopher wants. Luke contacts a lawyer over his custody troubles with Anna. Christopher and Luke fight in the town square. Logan discovers that Rory and Marty have been pretending that they just met, and he reveals the truth to Lucy. Emily gives Lorelai advice about her marriage.
142 11 "Santa's Secret Stuff" Lee Shallat-Chemel Rebecca Rand Kirshner January 23, 2007 (2007-01-23) 2T7761
Luke asks Lorelai to be a character reference in his custody case. Rory comes back from London, where she and Logan have made amends. The Gilmore girls celebrate Christmas a month late. April sneaks out to see Luke.
143 12 "To Whom It May Concern" Jamie Babbit David Babcock January 30, 2007 (2007-01-30) 2T7762
Rory makes amends with Lucy while Christopher finds the letter Lorelai wrote for Luke's character reference. Rory witnesses a frightening sight while at Richard's Economics class. Sookie is acting weirdly so Lorelai makes Jackson confess: Sookie is pregnant again, even though Sookie told Jackson to get a vasectomy.
144 13 "I'd Rather Be in Philadelphia" Lee Shallat-Chemel Rebecca Rand Kirshner February 6, 2007 (2007-02-06) 2T7763
Richard is in the hospital with Emily, Lorelai and Rory in the waiting room; Logan comes to be by Rory's side. Lorelai calls Christopher to let him know, but cannot reach him. Luke hears about Richard and comes running to help.
145 14 "Farewell, My Pet" Jamie Babbit Jennie Snyder February 13, 2007 (2007-02-13) 2T7764
Richard is feeling better and preparing to leave the hospital. Michel's dog Chin Chin dies and Michel guilts Lorelai into holding his memorial at The Dragonfly. Rory has a crush on the teacher's assistant that is filling in for Richard and confesses her "self-destructive" feelings to Logan. Lorelai and Christopher end their marriage after he calls her out on still having feelings for Luke.
146 15 "I Am Kayak, Hear Me Roar" Lee Shallat-Chemel Rebecca Rand Kirshner February 20, 2007 (2007-02-20) 2T7765
Lorelai is having a hard time confessing her breakup to Emily but to her surprise encounters sympathy when she does. Rory prepares a "Gilmorish-birthday" for Logan to show him that a birthday can be fun as opposed to the way they get celebrated in the Huntzburger family. Logan learns that his company's patents aren't valid due to prior art.
147 16 "Will You Be My Lorelai Gilmore?" David Paymer Gina Fattore, Gayle Abrams February 27, 2007 (2007-02-27) 2T7766
Lorelai and Rory throw Lane's baby shower, but Lorelai has to settle a fight between Lane and her mother first. Rory has an interview with the New York Times. Luke sells his father's boat to Kirk and buys a new and bigger one. Logan finally tells Rory about his business situation, and she tries to help out even though there's nothing she can do. She offers to come home from Lane's baby shower early to be with him, but Logan decides to go to Las Vegas with Colin and Finn to blow off some steam.
148 17 "Gilmore Girls Only" Lee Shallat-Chemel David Babcock March 6, 2007 (2007-03-06) 2T7767
Lorelai plans a road trip to attend the wedding of Mia, the woman who served as a surrogate mother/grandmother to the girls for years. Rory has a fight with Logan over his immature reaction to his business disaster, and agrees to go on the trip with Lorelai. Emily invites herself along in an effort to get away from Richard, who is driving her crazy while he recuperates at home. At the wedding, Emily is upset by the close relationship Mia shares with Lorelai and Rory. Lorelai learns that Emily came to see Mia five years earlier to ask for pictures of Lorelai and Rory during the years they were estranged. Logan makes a surprise appearance and asks Rory to forgive him. Meanwhile, Lane and Zack ask Luke to be the godfather to their twins Steve and Kwan. Finally, Lane goes into labor and Luke helps get everyone to the hospital.
149 18 "Hay Bale Maze" Stephen Clancy Rebecca Rand Kirshner April 17, 2007 (2007-04-17) 2T7768
When Taylor spends all of the Spring budget on a hay bale maze, it forces Lorelai and Luke to reunite while in the hay bale maze. Rory and Logan come to Stars Hollow for the Spring fair and Rory learns that she was given a job offer for a newspaper. When she evaluates what she truly wants she decides to reject the job offer and wait on an internship at the New York Times.
150 19 "It's Just Like Riding a Bike" Lee Shallat-Chemel Jennie Snyder April 24, 2007 (2007-04-24) 2T7769
Lorelai tries to reacquaint herself and Luke by visiting the diner, but the reunion results in an awkward silence. Paris freaks out over too many opportunities when she gets accepted to a quite a few graduate programs. Rory's hopes get squashed when she gets rejected for the internship at the New York Times. While staying with Lorelai, Jackson accidentally destroys her dollhouse.
151 20 "Lorelai? Lorelai?" Bethany Rooney David S. Rosenthal May 1, 2007 (2007-05-01) 2T7770
After getting into a science camp, April tells Luke that she cannot go on the boating trip with him over the summer. Zach is asked to go on tour with another band. Lorelai serenades Luke at Karaoke night. Logan comes to Lorelai's home to ask permission to propose to Rory and take her to San Francisco.
152 21 "Unto the Breach" Lee Shallat-Chemel David Babcock, Jennie Snyder May 8, 2007 (2007-05-08) 2T7771
At Rory's graduation party, Logan proposes to her. Rory is caught off-guard and says she needs time to think about it. After Rory graduates from Yale, Logan tells her it's all or nothing and Rory decides to decline the marriage proposal and Logan ends their relationship. (Last appearances of Liza Weil & Matt Czuchry.)
153 22 "Bon Voyage" Lee Shallat-Chemel David S. Rosenthal May 15, 2007 (2007-05-15) 2T7772
Rory lands her dream job as a political reporter. Luke enlists the help of everyone in Stars Hollow to throw her a graduation party in order to say goodbye. Luke's thoughtfulness brings out a long-awaited reaction from Lorelai.

Ratings[edit]

These were the most watched episodes of the series in the original view in the United States.

Title Season Episode U.S. viewers (million)
"The Third Lorelai" 1 18 4.8[9]
"Presenting Lorelai Gilmore" 2 6 5.6[9]
"Application Anxiety" 3 3 5.8[9]
"Chicken or Beef?" 4 4 5.6[9]
"Wedding Bell Blues" 5 13 6.3**[9]
"He's Slippin' 'Em Bread...Dig?" 6 10 6.3**[9]
"Bon Voyage" 7 22 4.9[9]

Note: ** They are the most watched episodes in the history of the series.

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