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A Choose Your Own Adventure Guide to Watching Gilmore Girls

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    Don’t have time to watch all 153 episodes of the Gilmore Girls before it returns on November 25? Don’t worry, we've got you covered with this handy dandy guide, guaranteed to help you get the most out of the Gilmores before A Day In The Life premieres on Netflix.

    Instead of watching every single episode, marathon through the series by focusing on specific categories that include episodes from the first season through the last. Unlike the revival, the seventh season is included in this catch-up. (Sorry, Amy Sherman-Palladino.)

    Want to look back only at Rory's love life? We've got a crash course that touches on all three of her boyfriends. Wish you could go back and see what Lane was up to before the finale? We've got a condensed marathon for you that is filled with enough Mrs. Kim and Hep Alien moments to keep you occupied before all four 90-minute episodes start streaming.

    If you want to see the highlights (and low lights) of Luke & Lorelai’s relationship, just watch 10 episodes that get at the heart of this couple’s love affair. And if you wish you could see all Kirk's best moments all in a row, don't worry, we've that covered, too.

    The point being, you don’t have to watch every episode of the show to catch up on all things Gilmore. Think of this as the Cliff’s Notes version — a Choose Your Own Adventure marathon that is tailor-made for whatever kind of Gilmore Girls marathon you'd like to have.

    Now, oy with the poodles already, it's time to start watching.



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    Copper Boom: Lorelai & Rory’s Mother/Daughter Bond
    Obviously the relationship between this mother-daughter duo makes us all jealous, so it’s worth looking back at the episodes that sum up their sacred bond through the best of times — and even the worst.

    Oh yeah, we’re going there.

    “Pilot” (Season 1, Episode 1)
    Rory gets into Chilton, Lorelai doesn’t have the money for the private school, but with help from Emily and Richard she finds a way to pay. Unfortunately, Rory isn’t sure if she wants to go to the school after meeting Dean. Hello, first argument between the Lorelais.

    “Kiss and Tell” (Season 1, Episode 7)
    Rory gets her first kiss, which results in her stealing corn starch and Lorelai inviting Dean over for a movie and junk food night that shows that Gilmore stomachs are bottomless pits.

    "The Road Trip to Harvard" (Season 2, Episode 4)
    The Gilmore girls hit the road after Lorelai calls off her wedding to Max. They end up visiting Harvard and staying at a cat-themed bed and breakfast. (Guys, the Cheshire Cat, though.)

    “They Shoot Gilmores, Don’t They?” (Season 3, Episode 7)
    The mother-daughter duo attempt to win a 24-hour dance contest, but end up with a broken heel and a broken heart, respectively.

    "Those Are Strings Pinocchio" (Season 3, Episode 22)
    Rory lays out exactly how much Lorelai means to her, first, by going to her grandparents looking for help paying for college so her mom can afford to open her own inn, and again in her valedictorian speech. You're definitely going to cry.

    "The Lorelais' First Day at Yale (Season 4, Episode 2)
    Rory may have cold feet as she moves into Yale, but Lorelai is there to provide a smorgasbord of local takeout, howl like a wolf and find the best coffee cart.

    “Raincoats and Recipes” (Season 4, Episode 22)
    "I hate you for ruining this for me,” Rory tells her mom after losing her virginity to a very married Dean. And with those words, Rory becomes the angst-ridden teenager she never was before and Lorelai becomes the judgmental mom she never thought she’d have to be.

    "A House Is Not A Home" (Season 5, Episode 22)
    Rory retreats to her grandparents pool house after deciding she’s going to leave Yale, against her mom’s wishes. That look Lorelai gives her daughter as she unpacks her things is as cold as ice.

    “Twenty-One Is The Loneliest Number” (Season 6, Episode 7)
    Rory’s 21st birthday party, thrown by Emily, has Lorelai making steps to reconciling, but it doesn't exactly go as planned. Make yourself a Rory and prepare for some drama.

    “Bon Voyage” (Season 7, Episode 22)
    There just wasn’t enough time for these two to say goodbye, but when Rory tells her mom, who’s trying to impart some last words of wisdom, she’s given her everything she needs, you can’t help but agree with her.

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    Luke & Lorelai Are All In
    Lorelai and Luke’s will they, won’t they romance will give you all the feels. Every single moment is worth re-watching, but here's the condensed version.

    “That Damn Donna Reed” (Season 1, Episode 14)
    While Rory’s off cooking dinner for Dean, Lorelai’s picking paint samples with Luke. Sure, it’s all friendly, until they share that look. You know, the one that lets you know these two won’t be just friends forever.

    “A Tale Of Poes and Fire” (Season 3, Episode 17)
    Lorelai tells Luke about her dream where she’s pregnant with his twins, which puts a smile on both their faces. It would definitely be sweeter if he wasn't dating Nicole at the time.

    "Last Week Fights, This Week Tights" (Season 4, Episode 21)
    That dance the two share at Liz’s wedding is bound to make your heart skip a beat.

    “Raincoats and Recipes” (Season 4, Episode 22)
    After all the years of flirting, Luke and Lorelai FINALLY kiss. They just needed to finally stand still.

    “Written in the Stars” (Season 5, Episode 3)
    On their first official date, we learn that Luke kept the horoscope Lorelai gave him the very first time she walked into his diner looking for coffee, coffee, coffee. If that’s not love, we don’t know what it is.

    “Jews and Chinese Food” (Season 5, Episode 15)
    With a bunch of kids — and Kirk — performing Fiddler On The Roof, Luke and Lorelai share a look that proves they may be broken up, but there's still love there.

    "So... Good Talk" (Season 5, Episode 16)
    With A Star Is Born playing in the background (the Judy Garland version, of course) Luke and Lorelai reunite with a kiss that’s worthy of the movies.

    "Partings" (Season 6, Episode 22)
    Lorelai gives Luke an ultimatum about their wedding that ends up being the end of their engagement.

    "The Long Morrow" (Season 7, Episode 1)
    Luke decides he can marry Lorelai and wants to elope right then and there. He even shows up with his truck packed and ready to go. Too bad she already slept with Christopher.

    “Bon Voyage” (Season 7, Episode 22)
    Luke sewed tarps and tablecloths together just to make sure Rory had the perfect graduation party, which results in a final kiss with Lorelai that was worth waiting for.

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    Rory’s In Love
    Whether you’re Team Dean, Jess or Logan, these episodes will have you reminiscing over Rory’s most romantic highs (and some lows). Because no matter what happens in this revival, you’ll always be #TeamRory.

    “Rory’s Dance” (Season 1, Episode 9)
    Dean is her hero at her first dance that has her staying out way past curfew.

    "Loves, Daisies, and Troubadours" (Season 1, Episode 21)
    Rory loves Dean, you idiot.

    "The Bracebridge Dinner" (Season 2, Episode 10)
    Jess jumps in Rory's sled and ends up having a heart-to-heart that hints at their chemistry.

    “Lorelai’s Graduation Day” (Season 2, Episode 21)
    Rory skips school and heads to New York City, missing her mom’s graduation, all to see Jess, who doesn't seem all that surprised to see her.

    "I Can't Get Started" (Season 2, Episode 22)
    Rory shares her first kiss with Jess that she very soon regrets.

    "Eight O'Clock At The Oasis" (Season 3, Episode 5)
    Jess and Rory share a sweet moment when she can't turn her neighbor's sprinklers off.

    "You Jump, I Jump, Jack" (Season 5, Episode 7)
    Rory may not be dating Logan, but their tandem jump is one of the most romantic moments of the show.

    "Wedding Bell Blues" (Season 5, Episode 13)
    Rory takes her flirtation with Logan up a notch.

    "A Vineyard Valentine" (Season 6, Episode 15)
    Rory and Logan play house in Cape Cod.

    "Partings" (Season 6, Episode 22)
    Rory sees Logan off to London with a mod-themed party that ends in tears.

    “Unto The Breach” (Season 7, Episode 21)
    Logan asks Rory to marry him and her answer certainly surprises him.

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    Emily Gilmore Is A Vicious Trollop (Among Other Things)
    Emily may seem all prim and proper, but her best moments are the ones where she surprises you by letting down her guard.

    “Emily In Wonderland” (Season 1, Episode 19)
    Emily is hurt after seeing where Lorelai and Rory lived when the former ran away from home.

    “The Ins and Outs Of Inns” (Season 2, Episode 8)
    Emily finally meets Mia, the woman who took Lorelai and Rory in, and the exchange is tense to say the least.

    “That’ll Do Pig” (Season 3, Episode 10)
    Emily takes her time eating a couple of peas, all in hopes of getting on her mother-in-law Trix’s nerves. Spoiler, it works.

    “Ted Koeppel’s Big Night Out” (Season 4, Episode 9)
    Everything seems to be going well at the Yale-Harvard game, until Pennilyn Lott shows up. You know, Richard’s ex-fiancée.

    “Scene In A Mall” (Season 4, Episode 15)
    Emily is on a shopping rampage after Digger Stiles seems to take over her role as Richard’s confidant. So. Many. Fabergé. Eggs.

    “The Reigning Lorelai” (Season 4, Episode 16)
    After Trix dies, Emily finds a letter she wrote to Richard begging him not to marry her. It’s then she decides to kick up her heels and let everyone else throw Trix’s funeral.

    "Wedding Bell Blues" (Season 5, Episode 13)
    Emily was always so buttoned-up, that is, until she got drunk on the night before her redo wedding to Richard. It’s then that she hangs with her girls, making friends with Gipsy, and becomes totally mortified by penis-shaped pasta. Basically, she’s the perfect bachelorette. Even sweeter though is the way Emily looks at Richard as he toasts their marriage.

    “We’ve Got Magic To Do” (Season 6, Episode 5)
    Don’t mess with Emily Gilmore’s family because she will eviscerate you. Just ask Shira Huntzberger.

    "The Prodigal Daughter Returns" (Season 6, Episode 9)
    “I lose her like I lost you.” That exchange between Emily and Lorelai after Rory leaves the pool house for Stars Hollow is almost too hard to bear.

    "I'd Rather Be In Philadelphia' (Season 7, Episode 13)
    Emily may be playing it all calm, cool and collected after Richard is rushed to the hospital, ordering fish and re-evaluating her husband’s will, but as we soon learn, she’s really struggling to keep it together.

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    Happy & Sad Tears
    The Gilmore girls sure know how to tug at your heartstrings, which is why we recommend you go and grab the tissues for this marathon.

    “Forgiveness And Stuff" (Season 1, Episode 10)
    How can you not start crying after Richard has a heart attack and Emily tearfully tells him he can’t go first? The answer is, just go with it.

    "They Shoot Gilmores, Don't They?" (Season 3, Episode 7)
    No one can blame Dean for breaking up with Rory since she so clearly had feelings for Jess, but to do it in front of everyone at a 24-hour dance-a-thon is pretty cold. Not to mention, very sad.

    "Those Are Strings Pinocchio" (Season 3, Episode 22)
    Not even Luke could keep it together during Rory’s valedictorian speech honoring her mom.

    "The Incredible Sinking Lorelais" (Season 4, Episode 14)
    When both Lorelais run into trouble — Lorelai needs money for the inn, Rory is having trouble with her workload — and can’t seem to get ahold of one another, the two end up in tears and us along with them.

    "Raincoats and Recipes" (Season 4, Episode 22)
    Sure, Lorelai and Luke finally kiss, but it’s Rory that will have you in tears. When she calls Dean’s phone after sleeping with him, only to have his wife Lindsay pick up? Devastating.

    "Emily Says Hello" (Season 5, Episode 9)
    The sight of Emily, crying alone in her vacant living room, after going out on a date with a man who isn’t Richard, is too much for your tear ducts to bear.

    "Say Something" (Season 5, Episode 14)
    After Luke breaks up with her, Lorelai is down for the count, confined to her bed, convinced she blew it. If that doesn’t make you cry, we bet you’ll lose it when she calls Luke up rambling about The Way We Were.

    “Lorelai? Lorelai?” (Season 7, Episode 20)
    If you’re not bawling your eyes out after Lorelai’s karaoke version of “I Will Always Love You” you may be a robot. Just sayin’.

    “Bon Voyage” (Season 7, Episode 22)
    No matter how you feel about this finale, it’s undoubtedly a tearjerker. There isn’t a dry eye in the house after Rory tells her mom “You’ve given me everything I need.” Pass the tissues, please.