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.
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Paris Geller Is My Best Friend
Paris Geller starts out as Rory’s enemy, a competitive rival who just can’t bear to be No. 2 at Chilton, but ends up being Rory’s confidant, champion and best friend — even if she can’t stand her some times. Paris may be a supporting character, but these are the episodes where she truly steals the show.

“Paris Is Burning” (Season 1, Episode 11)
Paris spills the beans about Lorelai and Max Medina’s relationship to make Rory’s life at Chilton even harder. Oh, she’s good.

"Like Mother, Like Daughter" (Season 2, Episode 7)
Paris really, really, really wants to get into the Puffs.

“Run Away Little Boy” (Season 2, Episode 9)
Being the director of Romeo and Juliet for a school project brings out Paris in all her Paris glory. Poor Brad.

“There’s The Rub” (Season 2, Episode 16)
Paris shows she’s not so bad after all when she covers for Rory after Dean shows up to see Jess and Paris hanging out on a night Rory swore she was just doing laundry.

"Those Lazy-Hazy-Crazy Days" (Season 3, Episode 1)
While in Washington D.C., Paris goes on her first date with a little help from Rory.

"The Big One" (Season 3, Episode 16)
Somehow, Paris doesn’t get into Harvard and has sex, launching her into meltdown mode. Too bad it happens live on C-SPAN.

"Girls in Bikinis, Boys Doin' The Twist" (Season 4, Episode 17)
Rory and Paris go down to Florida for spring break, but they’re not quite sure they’re doing it right. (Theirs does include way more The Power Of Myth than most.) But the girls start to get the hang of it with a drunken voicemail to an ex and a surprise kiss.

“But Not As Cute As Pushkin” (Season 5, Episode 10)
At the suggestion of her life coach Terrence, Paris decides to go speed dating, where she ends up hooking up with Doyle.

“To Live and Let Diorama” (Season 5, Episode 18)
After some very potent Founder’s Day punch, we get drunk Paris, which is a real sight to behold.

“We’ve Got Magic To Do” (Season 6, Episode 5)
After Paris’ family loses all their money, she decides to get a job catering for Rory’s DAR celebration. Her rants about the rich will have you raising your fist in solidarity.

“Friday Night’s Alright For Fighting” (Season 6, Episode 13)
Paris is having trouble keeping it together as the Editor-in-Chief of the Yale Daily News.

"Unto The Breach" (Season 7, Episode 21)
Paris and Rory graduate and tell each other how they really feel.
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This Tastes Good: Sookie St. James’ Most Delicious Moments
Before Melissa McCarthy was well, Melissa McCarthy, she was Sookie, Lorelai’s best friend and Star Hollows resident chef who was could make you laugh, cry, and work up an appetite.

“The Deer Hunters” (Season 1, Episode 4)
Sookie is a perfectionist, so when a food critic doesn’t love her magic risotto, she ends up visiting his home with a piping hot dish of it.

“Double Date” (Season 1, Episode 12)
Sookie’s first date with Jackson also included Lorelai and Jackson’s cousin Rune.

“A-Tisket, A-Tasket” (Season 2, Episode 13)
Sookie makes the most delicious basket for Jackson to bid on, but after she implies she doesn’t want to move in with him, he refuses to partake in the game.

“I Can’t Get Started” (Season 2, Episode 22)
Sookie gets married (to Jackson — they made up) and walks down the aisle to the saddest song ever.

"A Deep-Fried Korean Thanksgiving" (Season 3, Episode 9)
Is she laughing or crying? It’s the question Sookie asks after downing one too many margaritas as Jackson and his family deep fry a turkey (and anything else they can find) on her lawn

“The Hobbit, The Sofa, and Digger Stiles” (Season 4, Episode 3)
A very pregnant Sookie isn’t really sure she knows how to properly parent. She doesn’t know how to cater a children’s party, that’s for sure.

“Tippecanoe and Taylor, Too” (Season 5, Episode 4)
Sookie easily steps into the role of first lady after Jackson runs for Town Selectman against Taylor. We’re talking pantsuits, and all.

“But I’m a Gilmore” (Season 5, Episode 19)
Sookie is put on bed rest and can’t be in the kitchen, so Luke takes over. Sookie isn’t having it though, and the lengths she goes to stop him will surprise and entertain you.

"Norman Mailer, I'm Pregnant" (Season 5, Episode 6)
Yep, she sure is. Unfortunately, Sookie ends up yelling at Norman Mailer for drinking way too much iced tea and taking up a table during lunch hours.
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We Can All Use A Luke Danes In Our Life
Get a better sense of who Luke is with these episodes that highlight the guy who does way more than serve Lorelai’s coffee.

"Forgiveness and Stuff" (Season 1, Episode 10)
Luke makes Lorelai a Santa burger before taking her to see Richard after he ends up in the hospital. There, he gets the third degree from Emily.

"Nick & Nora/Sid & Nancy" (Season 2, Episode 5)
Jess arrives in town and we see a new paternal side of Luke.

"Lost and Found" (Season 2, Episode 15)
Luke looks for an apartment and shows us how he really feels about Taylor.

“Dead Uncles and Vegetables” (Season 2, Episode 17)
Luke's late uncle Louie dies, and no one wants to attend his funeral, which sends Luke into a crisis of his own. Is he his uncle Louie, destined to be alone?

“Tick, Tick, Tick, Boom!” (Season 4, Episode 18)
Luke comes to Kirk's rescue after he forgets to make a map for the Easter egg hunt.

“Luke Can See Her Face” (Season 4, Episode 20)

Luke finally realizes something everyone else already knew: He has feelings for Lorelai. But the fact that this realization comes from self-help audio cassettes makes it even better.

"Last Week Fights, This Week Tights" (Season 4, Episode 21)
Luke can waltz, as we learn at his sister Liz’s Renaissance-themed wedding. He can also surprise Lorelai by asking her out on a date.

"Written In the Stars" (Season 5, Episode 3)
Luke is all in with Lorelai.

"We Got Us a Pippi Virgin" (Season 5, Episode 5)
Luke is not a fan of Dean’s slacks, or Dean himself for that matter. But, after a less than stellar game of Bop It (what Lorelai and Rory bring out when things are going off the rails at parties) Luke explains to us all how Rory is like Pippi Longstocking, which is enlightening.

“You Jump, I Jump Jack” (Season 5, Episode 7)
Luke gets dragged to a dinner at Emily’s where she spends her time insulting him, but in the sneakiest way ever. Tip: don’t drink beer in front of Emily. Oh, and don't go golfing with Richard, he'll try to franchise you.

“The UnGraduate” (Season 6, Episode 3)
Things don’t go as planned when Luke decides to take care of Paul Anka.

"The Real Paul Anka" (Season 6, Episode 18)
Whether you like April or not, this episode has Luke acting like a total dad and it's pretty cute.

"Bon Voyage" (Season 7, Episode 22)
Luke proves he'll do anything for Lorelai and Rory — even sew.
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A Natural At Falling: Classic Kirk
Kirk is hard to ignore. Mostly because he’s always around, working one of his 15,000 jobs. These are the episodes where Kirk gets to be the star we always knew he was. Sort of.

“Teach Me Tonight” (Season 2, Episode 19)
A Film By Kirk is all you need to know about this one.

"Haunted Leg" (Season 3, Episode 2)
Kirk asks Lorelai out on a date.

”They Shoot Gilmores, Don’t They?” (Season 3, Episode 7)
Kirk is peak Kirk in this episode where he works to defend his title as dance marathon champion. His slow jog around the dance floor to the Rocky theme, trophy raised above his head, is too perfect.

"A Deep-Fried Korean Thanksgiving" (Season 3, Episode 9)
This is the one where we all get introduced to Cat Kirk, who definitely isn’t a fan of Human Kirk.

"The Festival of Living Art" (Season 4, Episode 7)
Kirk gets to play Jesus at the Last Supper during the Festival of Living Art, where the inhabitants of Stars Hollow portray famous works of art. No surprise, Kirk really didn’t take a liking to Judas.

"Scene in a Mall" (Season 4, Episode 15)
Kirk starts a dog-walking service and accidentally loses a dog.

"Tick, Tick, Tick, Boom!" (Season 4, Episode 18)
Kirk hides the Easter eggs around town and can’t find them, to Taylor’s and the town’s horror, since it really, really smells. It’s a helpful reminder to always make a map.

"Blame Booze and Melville" (Season 5, Episode 21)
Kirk gets to play a new role in this one: the villain. When he puts in a competing bid against Luke for the Twickham house, we get to see the darker side of the guy who’s saved up quite a lot of money over the years.

"I Get a Sidekick Out of a You" (Season 6, Episode 19)
Kirk's Yummy Bartenders are just too yummy at Lane and Zack's wedding.
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The Ballad Of Lorelai & Christopher
First loves are hard to get over. Just ask Lorelai, who never seemed to get over hers.

“Christopher Returns” (Season 1, Episode 15)
Our first introduction to Chris is him riding into town on his motorcycle to see the girls.

“Red Light On The Wedding Night” (Season 2, Episode 3)
At her bachelorette party before she's set to marry Max Medina, Lorelai calls Chris to talk. Nothing good can come from that.

"Presenting Lorelai Gilmore" (Season 2, Episode 6)
Christopher shows up for Rory's cotillion and shares a dance with Lorelai, who is liking this new responsible Chris.

“It Should’ve Been Lorelai” (Season 2, Episode 14)
This is what Emily tells Lorelai when she shows up to dinner with Chris while his girlfriend Sherry takes Rory out for a girl’s night. But the real bombshell of this episode is Lorelai telling Chris he’s the reason she can’t find a steady guy. Nope, he doesn’t like that at all.

“I Can’t Get Started” (Season 2, Episode 22)
The timing seems perfect — and then it’s just not. That’s the best way to describe this episode in which Christopher struts into town before Sookie and Jackson’s wedding.

"Haunted Leg" (Season 3, Episode 2)
Chris shows up unexpectedly to Friday night dinner leading to a shouting match that only Emily can break up.

"Wedding Bell Blues" (Season 5, Episode 13)
Christopher attempts to win Lorelai back at her parents wedding. It doesn't go well.

“Partings” (Season 6, Episode 22)
Lorelai turns to Christopher after giving Luke an ultimatum. The morning after is a doozy.

“’S Wonderful, ’S Marvelous” (Season 7, Episode 4)
Chris pulls out all the stops for his perfect date with Lorelai that includes a convertible and some Audrey Hepburn. Unexpected bonus? They also get to bail Emily out of jail.

“French Twist” (Season 7, Episode 7)
After a romantic trip to Paris, the couple returns as Mr. and Mrs. Hayden.

"To Whom It May Concern" (Season 7, Episode 12)
Chris finds Lorelai's letter about Luke and it's all downhill from here.

"Farewell, My Pet" (Season 7, Episode 14)
Lorelai and Christopher get real about their marriage.
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Bible, Kiss, Bible: The Best Of Lane Kim
As Rory’s best friend, Lane was relegated to second banana status, but that doesn’t mean she didn’t have a life of her own in Stars Hollow that was totally worth paying attention to.

“Double Date” (Season 1, Episode 12)
Lane gets Rory and Dean to set her up with Todd, who wears band shirts without really knowing the band. This is a real no-no in Lane Kim’s book.

"One's Got Class and the Other One Dyes" (Season 3, Episode 4)
Lane decides to rebel against her mom by dyeing her hair purple, only to decide that may not actually be a good decision.

"A Deep-Fried Korean Thanksgiving" (Season 3, Episode 9)
Lane shares her first kiss with new bandmate Dave Rygalski and comes up with the best band name ever in the process: Bible, Kiss, Bible.

“Keg! Max!” (Season 3, Episode 19)
Lane plays her first gig with her band, which should be a great night, but the fact that Dave isn’t happy about her fake boyfriend Young Chui being in real love with her puts a damper things. It ends with her drunkenly calling Mrs. Kim and throwing up in her backpack.

“In The Clamor and the Clangor” (Season 4, Episode 11)
After she sneaks out of the house for a 1 a.m. show with Hep Alien, Lane has to reveal her secret life to her mom, including what’s underneath those floorboards.

“Afterboom” (Season 4, Episode 19)
Lane’s relationship with her mom is strained, but she realizes how much she misses her when Mrs. Kim takes in a Korean exchange student who she thinks is here to replace her.

“You Jump, I Jump, Jack (Season 5, Episode 7)”
Lane has her first date with Zack, which includes a night in watching Stop Making Sense, and a kiss which occurs with a sleeping Brian thrown over Zack’s shoulder.

“He’s Slippin’ Em Bread…Dig?” (Season 6, Episode 10)
When a showcase for Hep Alien doesn’t go well (Oh, that wireless mic), Lane has to make a decision about the band and Zack.

"I Get a Sidekick Out of a You" (Season 6, Episode 19)
Lane and Zack get married, twice, complete with a cake that looks like the White Stripes’ cover of Get Behind Me Satan. How fitting.

"Will You Be My Lorelai Gilmore?" (Season 7, Episode 16)
Lane asks Rory to be the godmother of her twins and now we’re all crying.
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Mommy Dearest: Lorelai & Emily’s Most Memorable Moments Lorelai and Emily’s relationship is complicated, to say the least. But, for all their fights and disagreements, they have had their fair share of sweet moments — all accounted for here.

“Rory’s Dance” (Season 1, Episode 9)After hurting her back, Lorelai gets an unexpected visit from Emily that includes a terrible mashed banana concoction and a fight over Rory staying out too late.
It’s pretty brutal.

"Hammers and Veils" (Season 2, Episode 2)
At first, Lorelai doesn’t tell her mom she’s engaged to Max Medina, but when she finally does, Emily acts unimpressed by the news. Turns out, Sookie already told her, something we learn after Lorelai angrily drags Max over to Emily’s house to yell at her.

“Like Mother, Like Daughter” (Season 2, Episode 7)
All you need to know is the two take part in a mother/daughter fashion show that has them wearing matching red suits. It’ll bring a smile to your face, for sure.

"There's the Rub" (Season 2, Episode 16)
Lorelai and Emily go away together for a spa weekend that includes a lipstick called Vicious Trollop, a 40-60 bar and some hotel robe stealing.

“Lorelai’s Graduation Day” (Season 2, Episode 21)
Emily brings her own camera crew to Lorelai’s graduation, which is totally embarrassing. But, it’s all worth it once you see Richard and Emily’s face as they watch their daughter graduate. Not to mention, some sweet mother/daughter moments.

“Dear Emily and Richard” (Season 3, Episode 13)
This flashback-filled episode gives us a look at how Emily found out about Lorelai’s pregnancy, and her subsequent labor.

"Wedding Bell Blues" (Season 5, Episode 13)
This episode, where Emily and Richard renew their vows, encapsulates Lorelai's relationship with her mom perfectly.

“Friday Night’s Alright For Fighting” (Season 6, Episode 13)
Fast forward to the last few minutes of this episode for the most entertaining Friday night dinner you’ve ever seen.

“Driving Miss Gilmore” (Season 6, Episode 21)
After a botched eye surgery, Lorelai becomes Emily’s personal chauffeur.

“I’m a Kayak, Hear Me Roar” (Season 7, Episode 15)
With Richard on the mend after his heart surgery, Lorelai and Emily break out the booze and talk about why Lorelai doesn’t need a man in her life because she can do it all herself. Basically, she’s a kayak.

“Gilmore Girls Only” (Season 7, Episode 17)
Emily, Lorelai and Rory go on a road trip to North Carolina for Mia’s wedding and attempt to mend some past wrongs.
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Think How Dull Life Would Be Without Jess Mariano
Whether you thought Jess was good for Rory or not, it’s hard to deny that Jess made his mark on Luke, the Gilmores and the town of Stars Hollow. Jess' arc is one of the most complete and worth revisiting before he returns for the revival.

“Nick & Nora/ Sid & Nancy” (Season 2, Episode 5)
Jess arrives in Stars Hollow and immediately starts writing notes in the comments of Rory’s copy of Howl.

"The Bracebridge Dinner" (Season 2, Episode 10)
Jess shares a sleigh ride with Rory and impresses her with his spot-on detection of her and Lorelai’s Björk snow (wo)man.

“A-Tisket, A-Tasket” (Season 2, Episode 13)
Jess outbids Dean for Rory’s basket and earns a lunch date that includes pizza and Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead. How romantic.

“There’s The Rub” (Season 2, Episode 16)
Jess shows up at Rory’s while her mom is out of town and ends up teaching Paris a thing or two about condiments and Jack Kerouac.

“Teach Me Tonight” (Season 2, Episode 19)
Rory agrees to tutor Jess, but gets more than she bargained for, including a fractured wrist.

“That’ll Do Pig” (Season 3, Episode 10)
Jess may have got the girl, but Dean isn’t going down without a fight. For the first time, Jess is on the defensive.

“Swan Song” (Season 3, Episode 14)
Jess shows up late to dinner at Emily’s with a black eye that he didn’t get in a fight with Dean. (A swan attacked him!)

“Keg! Max!” (Season 3, Episode 19)
Not a shining moment for Jess. After pressuring Rory to have sex (she turns him down), he ends up in a brawl with Dean.

"Nag Hammadi Is Where They Found the Gnostic Gospels" (Season 4, Episode 13)
After leaving Rory high and dry, Jess returns to Stars Hollow to fix his car, but his plan to keep a low profile doesn’t exactly pay off, thanks to a startling confession.

“Last Week Fights, This Week’s Tights” (Season 4, Episode 21)
After making up with Luke at his mom’s wedding, Jess attempts to make up with Rory in the most spontaneous way possible.

“Let Me Your Balalaikas Ringing Out” (Season 6, Episode 8)
Jess returns to knock some sense into Rory. Oh, and show off his novel.

“The Real Paul Anka” (Season 6, Episode 18)
Jess’ final episode gives us a sense of what he’s up to in Philadelphia and also has him playing the fool for Rory.
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Rory’s On The Career Track
Sure, Rory’s love life is something we’re all interested in, but her drive to become the next Christiane Amanpour was the real reason we all tuned in.

“The Lorelais First Day At Chilton” (Season 1, Episode 2)
Lorelai’s outfit — tie-dyed shirt, jean shorts, brown trench — may be all you remember from this episode, but it also has Rory realizing she’s not in Stars Hollow anymore.

“The Deer Hunters” (Season 1, Episode 4)
When a deer hits Rory’s car on her way to take an important English test, we see the youngest Gilmore have her first freak out, which has her calling out Tristan (remember him?) and Paris. All because she got a D.

"Hammers and Veils" (Season 2, Episode 2)
Rory gets obsessed with finding extracurriculars for her college application.

“The Road Trip To Harvard” (Season 2, Episode 4)
Rory sits in on a class and proves she’s the overachiever we all expected.

"Teach Me Tonight" (Season 2, Episode 19)
Rory lays out her career plans for Jess, which include reporting from the front lines.

"Application Anxiety" (Season 3, Episode 3)
Nervous about her college applications, Rory has dinner with a Harvard alumni whose interests are right up her alley. Lorelai, not so much.

"Those Are Strings, Pinocchio" (Season 3, Episode 22)
Rory graduates at the top of her class.

"Die, Jerk" (Season 4, Episode 8)

Turns out, Rory does have a knack for cutthroat journalism, just ask that ballerina.

"You Jump, I Jump, Jack" (Season 5, Episode 7)
Rory attempts to be George Plimpton in her first big feature for the Yale Daily News.

"Blame Booze and Melville" (Season 5, Episode 21)
Mitchum Huntzberger tells her she just doesn't have it. Guess, how she takes it?

"The Prodigal Daughter Returns" (Season 6, Episode 9)
Before heading back to Yale, Rory works hard to get a job at a local paper. That's our girl!

"Friday Night's Alright for Fighting" (Season 6, Episode 13)
Rory takes charge when Paris' meltdown jeopardizes the release of the paper.

“Bon Voyage” (Season 7, Episode 22)
Rory gets to meet her idol Christiane Amanpour before earning real credentials like a real journalist.
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