THE TOP 7 GILMORE GIRLS EPISODES YOU NEED TO WATCH BEFORE THE REVIVAL
Season One: Rory’s Dance
Ah, season one. The season that started it all. We meet Lorelai, Rory, and the gang- and the obsession with the sleepy little town of Stars Hollow begins.
The most important episode, (in this reviewers opinion) has to be Rory’s Dance. This is one of the juiciest episodes in the first season as far as the Rory/Dean storyline goes.
Why it’s essential: Rory and Dean head to her formal dance at Chilton and by accident end up staying out all night. Dean and Tristan go head to head, which is great, because who doesn’t love a little early 2000’s Chad Michael Murray. Lorelai and Emily have a spat in their usual fashion, and we see Rory finally engaging with a more grown-up storyline aside from her usual friday night dinners and study sessions. Likewise, we see a new side to Lorelai- a far cry from her “cool mom” routine, she shows she is no different from any other mother when she is unable to find her daughter and goes a little nuts.
Season Two: A-Tisket, A-Tasket
My absolute favourite season, because we are introduced to bad-boy literary lover and Luke’s nephew, Jess. Throughout the season we are teased with the Rory/Jess relationship, all while poor Dean hangs out pining for Rory in the background.
Why it’s essential: BOYS. BASKETS. BIDDING. At the annual “Bid a Basket” fundraiser, men in Stars Hollow are to bid on a basket and in return get a date with the basket maker… all for charity, of course. Rory is “officially not a fan of unpredictability” when Jess outbids Dean on her basket. Lorelai and Luke have their first unofficial “date”, which gets fans excited for the possibility of them forming a real relationship at some point. We see another relationship head to the next level when Sookie says YES to Jackson’s proposal. We get a laugh when the Gilmore’s fill their baskets in their usual culinary style (Two stale poptarts and a SlimJim) and a growing excitement over the Rory/Dean/Jess love triangle that is forming. We see a more sensitive and caring side to Jess, and Rory does too.
Season Three: They Shoot Gilmores, Don’t They?
Season three! Rory is finishing her time at Chilton, and alas, the love triangle continues! What a better way to end it than at an all night long Stars Hollow Dance Marathon.
Why it’s essential: Lorelai is determined to beat Kirk and selects Rory as her one true reliable partner. Luke shows that once again he is always there for the girls, with coffee, advice and glue to fix Lorelai’s broken shoe. The girls strut their stuff in retro dresses and hairstyles, while Dean and Jess watch from the stands. Dean breaks up with Rory in front of the entire town because he can’t deny her attraction to Jess any longer. This is huge for Rory/Jess fans, and for Kirk- who once again claims the win.
Another bonus: Lane and Dave sneak around with their crushes on one another, and Dave wins the heart of Lane’s mom. Because just like Chad, everyone loves early 2000’s Adam Brody.
Season Four: Raincoats & Recipes
Season Four. Hasn’t everyone tried out Rory’s haircut from this season?! Ahead of her time with the blunt LOB… The girls return from Europe and Rory heads to Yale. Go Bulldogs! Finally we see SOMETHING credible in the Lorelai/Luke storyline (after she gets rid of Jason, of course). The Rory and Jess romance has dissolved and the final nail gets put in the coffin when Jess asks Rory to run away with her and she (in her typical A-type fashion, says no.) A sad time for Rory/Jess lovers- Can you tell I’m one of them?
Why it’s essential: This episode is HUGE for character development. Finally, finally, FINALLY, Luke puts the moves on Lorelai with a kiss during the test run of the Dragonfly Inn. Everyone is ecstatic, except for Lorelai, who needs time to sort her feelings… C’mon Lorelai, you’ve had four seasons!! Anywho… Rory and Dean find each other again, get a bit too cozy (if you know what I mean) and Lorelai reminds Rory that she is now a *gasp* adulteress. All this juice leaves fans thirsty for the next season.
Season Five: You Jump, I Jump, Jack
Season Five…. Welcome Logan fans. Lorelai and Rory continue their feud (a sad, awkward time for everyone), Rory continues her studies at Yale and tries to make things work with Dean. “Tries” being the key word here. Luke and Lorelai quickly become everyone’s favourite couple and Rory moves on to test her feelings for Logan.
Why it’s essential: This is the first time we really see the potential of Rory and Logan together as a couple. Following a lead for the paper, Logan pushes Rory to try new things- “in omnia paratus”- at the meeting of his secret society and Rory looks a life from a new perspective for the first time in a long time. Logan charms us all in his usual fashion. Luke is invited to golf with Richard and is overwhelmed by the Gilmores’ controlling nature, finally understanding what Lorelai has said about her parents all of these years.
Season Six: I Get a Sidekick Out of You
So much happening in this season! Luke & Lorelai… Will They, Won’t They! We are introduced to Luke’s daughter which puts a hold on the wedding. Lorelai helps Christopher out with his daughter, which brings them closer and Rory forgives Logan for cheating on her in the past (or did he? Up to you… “THEY WERE ON A BREAK”). WHEW, did you get all that?
Why it’s essential: 58 seats, 62 Koreans! In my opinion, the most entertaining episode of this season is Lane’s wedding to Zack. Who doesn’t love two weddings in one? A Korean one for the family, and an American style for the friends. Hilarity ensues. In true wedding fashion, Lorelai has one too many cocktails and tells the town that there will be no June 3rd (aka the date of Luke and Lorelai’s wedding). Sad guy. 🙁 🙁 🙁
Season Seven: Santa’s Secret Stuff
Ahh… the last and final season. Lorelai and Christopher are together after Lorelai is done waiting forever for Luke. Logan has gone to London after graduating and Rory is upset they had to cancel their travels to Asia.
Why it’s essential: You may think this is an odd choice for the last season. However, it is pivotal. Christopher and his daughter are at the Gilmore residence to celebrate the holidays after Rory returns from London. Christopher is eager to introduce new traditions to the reluctant Gilmore girls. It is during this episode that Lorelai has to write a character reference for Luke to gain custody of his daughter. After many failed attempts, Lorelai writes a letter that is true, thoughtful and heart-melting. Returning hope to all Lorelai/Luke fans that a reconciliation could be in the future.
Where the series ends: We leave off with a single Rory heading into the big wide world to pursue her career in journalism. Christopher is tired of always chasing after Lorelai, so they end things. Luke and Lorelai are assumed to be getting back together for good.
So, what do YOU think?!
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