8 Times The Gilmore Girls Were Actually The Worst

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While TV has recently been overrun with characters you love to hate, settling in to the sounds of Carole King for a Gilmore Girls marathon pretty much equals a lovefest for the two Lorelais.

As a teen, you wanted a mom as cool as the elder Lorelai. You also wanted to posses the same bookish charm as Rory. These two have S.O.s who adore them and friends who'd do anything for them. Plus, they earn the kind of general affection from friendly townsfolk that seems more supernatural than anything on Buffy.

But, in spite of their glowing reps, the titular girls are often far from model citizens. In the early seasons, Lorelai's childishness is jarring next to Rory's maturity. In the later ones, Rory seems to think she's done enough good deeds to earn her the right to stomp all over multiple relationships, romantic and platonic. Here are some of their most problematic moments.
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That time Rory misses her mom's graduation to hang out with a guy.
"Lorelai's Graduation" Season 2, Episode 21 (2002)

Seasons before Rory's larger, more iconic discretions, she hops on a bus to chase after a guy who isn't her boyfriend, missing her mother's graduation in the process. Rory, who's suppose to be valedictorian and Ivy League-smart, doesn't account for NYC traffic, meaning she's either not really all that bright, or really, super selfish.
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That time Rory fat-shames a ballerina.
"Die, Jerk" Season 4, Episode 8 (2003)

If a one-star review is warranted, rip the performance apart — but you never need to insult a dancer's appearance. That's not a critical review, it's unnecessarily cruel.
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That time Lorelai reminds her BFF that she's a dateless loser.
"Paris Is Burning" Season 1, Episode 11 (2001)

Just one of the many instances illustrating that Sookie is the best and Lorelai is the worst. Lorelai uses poor Ms. St. James as her own personal catering service, even just ever Sookie has given birth. This scene is particularly sad, because rather than get understandably mad at the dig, Sookie just offers up excuses for her friend while filling her foot soak. And in that moment, you realize Sookie has become Mr. Smee.
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That time Lorelai runs away from her wedding.
"Red Light on the Wedding Night" Season 2, Episode 3 (2001)

Realizing she doesn't love Max quite enough (and, of course, standing under the handmade chuppah, knowing that she is deeply in love with Luke) is actually a fairly mature decision. Needing to actually skip town to avoid a conversation that 100% should have happened in person — not so much.
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That time Rory sleeps with a married man (and doesn't get that it's wrong).
"Raincoats and Recipes" Season 4, Episode 22 (2004)

Everyone should be team Lindsay. Poor Lindsay, who's always nice to Rory, and marries seemingly nice guy Dean — who is still completely hung up on Rory the night before his wedding.
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That millionth time Lorelai underestimates Sookie.
"The Ins & Outs of Inns" Season 2, Episode 8 (2001)

Sookie is clumsy. Sookie is scattered. Sookie runs a kitchen and raises several children and is basically Lorelai's de facto personal assistant. But the instances when Lorelai remembers that she's Sookie's partner, not her boss, are few.
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That time Lorelai doesn't tell her parents that she's getting married.
"Sadie, Sadie" Season 2, Episode 1 (2001)

Lorelai's continuing beef with her parents makes for good television, but re-watching the earlier seasons, the language she uses about their terrible, terrible ways (they made me go to a nice private school! And wear a pretty dress!) seems extremely childish. They aren't always warm and fuzzy, but in the end, they always try to help her. They deserve to hear her big news from her, not Sookie.
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That time Lorelai freaks out because her grown daughter is making out.
"Wedding Bell Blues" Season 5, Episode 13

Mama Gilmore is super fun and fancy free — until she's not. While a sudden lay-down-the-law moment worked when Rory was a minor living under her roof, a sudden shift into angry-judgey mode when Rory's a sophomore in college is just weird. And Lorelai can't even say she objects to parental-adjacent hookups; in an earlier season, she has sex with Christopher while her parents are eating dinner downstairs.
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