We meet spunky sweatpants Lorelei and adorable bookworm Rory. They are mother and daughter, but Lorelai had Rory when she was 16, and so they are also best friends! What a hook!
Important Season 1 Moments
- Rory’s dream is to go to Harvard and be a journalist. She applies to a fancy private school called Chilton and gets in, but it is essentially a pond for spoiled rich people. This sucks, but it’s also the sort of place that breeds Harvard grads, and so mom and daughter try to figure out a way to make this education possible. Lorelai was raised in a wealthy family, but since she got preggo at 16 and was kinda slut-shamed, she barely speaks to her parents. She bites the bullet and asks them for money. The parents agree, but only if Rory and Lorelai hang with them for fancy dinners once a week.
- Rory meets Dean, the new boy at school who wears leather jackets and reads Hunter S. Thompson, so like MOTHER MAY I?? He becomes her first boyfriend.
- Rory meets Paris Gellar, the other ultra-smart girl at Chilton. Paris is hyper-competitive and kind of a bitch to Rory because she’s a victim of the patriarchy and believes that there’s only room enough for so many women in the world.
- Luke is important! He is the grumpy diner owner who is secretly in love with Lorelai. They eat breakfast at his place everyday and it is always sort of unclear as to whether or not they pay him.
- Lorelai gets engaged to one of Rory’s teachers, but this eventually fizzles out. This moment wouldn’t be worth mentioning if not for the infamous “thousand yellow daisies” scene, where Max proposes by filling Lorelai’s house (or some room at the Inn??) with a thousand yellow daisies. Super cute, but the attraction just isn’t there in the long run.
In this season, we see Rory in her groove. She’s at a good school, she’s dating Dean, and she’s making nice with the grandparents. Lorelai is working hard to achieve her dream of opening up her own inn. Shit goes awry when bad boy Jess Mariano, Luke’s nephew, moves to Stars Hollow.
Important Season 2 Moments
- Rory and Jess start hanging out. He’s a dick to everyone but Rory. He also reads a lot. ASP (Amy Sherman Palladino, show-runner)really dumbs down Dean in this season, and we all start rooting for Jess.
- Lorelai and BFF Sookie (Melissa McCarthy) start solidifying plans to open their own Inn.
- Lorelai starts hooking up with Rory’s dad and her high school sweetheart, Christopher.
- Rory and Paris start becoming friends. It’s really sweet and one of the best relationships in the series, IMO. Paris, who is very power hungry, runs for student body President and makes Rory VP, and they win.
- Sookie gets married to her vegetable producer, Jackson. The night before the ceremony, Lorelei has sex with Christopher (it’s really touching guys, I’d say making love, but I’m not drunk enough yet), and they decide to get back together. Everyone is REALLY HAPPY including Lorelai’s parents, who don’t know about the sex, but they do know Christopher is back in the picture. Then minutes before the ceremony Rory kisses Jess (she’s still dating Dean) and Lorelei finds out Christopher’s “ex-girlfriend” is pregnant. Christopher says he’s going to try to make it work with his ex. Rory is confused about her Jess/Dean dilemma and decides to go to Washington D.C. with Paris to postpone actually dealing with problems.
Rory’s senior year of high school! Time to really buckle down and get them grades for HARVARD! Also begins “The Jess Years.” (I should mention that Rory has a best friend named Lane. She loves rock-n-roll but her mom is hardcore Christian and traditional Korean, so Lane has to hide all this shit from her mom. This is the season where Lane starts to rebel.)
- Rory still likes Jess, and comes back from Washington to see that he has a girlfriend. She is pissed but decides to use this as an opportunity to better commit to Dean.
- This doesn’t last long…Rory and Jess are constantly little flirty birdies and trying to make one another jealous. In one episode, Dean catches on and dumps Rory at the town dance. Rory cries, but this paves the way for Jess and Rory to be boyfriend/girlfriend.
- Everything is going well until Jess finds out he won’t graduate, and can’t take Rory to the prom. This hurts his fragile badboy ego and so he hops on a bus to Venice Beach to find his real dad.
- Lorelai and Sookie buy their inn!!!
- Lane starts playing the drums and is rull good.
- Rory gets into Harvard AND Yale AND Princeton. It’s also Paris’s dream to go to Yale, but she doesn’t get in, and has a breakdown on CNN, telling everyone that she had sex and because she had sex she didn’t get into Harvard. (Lots of slut-shaming in these early seasons.) Rory and Paris both decide to go to Yale, Rory graduates, and makes a really sad and sweet speech about her mom. Jess tries to get back with Rory and she’s like NAH BOY!
This is a turning point in the series because Rory and Lorelai are now living in separate zip codes, which sort of changes the energy of the show. (Not bad or good, they just have to try harder to see one another, which the show ultimately addresses.) We also see lots of development in the Luke/Lorelai partnership.
- Rory and Paris are roommates at Yale. Lorelai and Sookie are working on opening their inn.
- Luke listens to some self help tapes and realizes he’s in love with Lorelai. He starts taking her on dates.
- Lane’s mom finds all her rock-n-roll stuff and Lane gets kicked out. :(
- Rory comes back to Stars Hollow and sees ex-boyfriend, Dean, who is now married. The marriage isn’t going well, and unresolved sexual chemistry between Dean and Rory starts to surface.
- Lorelai and Sookie open the Inn! The night of the test-run, Luke and Lorelei kiss for the first time. BUT ANOTHER FIRST…Rory has sex with married Dean!! Lorelai finds out and is like, “WTF, kid??” and Rory is very sad because she loves Dean and wants to savor the loss of her virginity, but can’t because Dean has a wife.
Welcome to the Logan years! Rory and Dean start dating, Luke and Lorelai start dating. It’s pretty swell, until it’s not.
- Dean’s wife, Lindsay, finds out about how Rory and her hubbub put the ol’ banana in the fruit salad. They get divorced and Rory and Dean are back together.
- The grandparents become separated. :(
- Rory gets more involved with the paper and meets Logan Huntsberger. In the infamous “You Jump, I Jump, Jack” episode, Logan wins Rory over at a secret society party when giving her a huge lecture about how she should take more chances. Logan starts to seem like less of an entitled douchebag and more like a fearless hot dude with inspiring, off-the-cuff speeches.
- Luke and Lorelei are really hitting it off!!!
- That is, until Richard and Emily get back together. At their vow renewal ceremony, Emily tells Chris to come back to Lorelai, and he gets drunk and ruins everything. Luke and Lorelai break up. (OH, and by this point, Rory and Dean have broken up, because they were mostly fueled by lusty, first love possession, and it wouldn’t have worked anyway. Rory and Logan start to make out at the renewal ceremony, and get caught by Christopher. Uh-oh!!!)
- Logan and Rory start dating. Logan’s dad hires Rory for a prestigious journalism internship and then tells her “she doesn’t have it.” Rory is so sad she steals a yacht.
- Lorelai proposes to Luke and he says yes! Too bad her kid is in jail.
For many people, this is when Gilmore Girls took a slight plunge. I have to agree, but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth going over.
- Rory drops out of Yale and Lorelei and her get in a big fight. They stop talking.
- Luke and Lorelai are planning their wedding, but Lorelei won’t pick a date until she and ROry are speaking again. (I should also mention that Rory is living with the grandparents, which like, destroys Lorelai, since all she wanted was to raise Rory on her own without their meddling.)
- Jess (remember him?) has gotten his shit together. He lives in Philly, works at a publishing house, and wrote a book. Jess meets Logan, and Logan is a huge dick to him. Then Jess is all, “Rory?! Why are you dating this asshole?? WHY did you drop out of Yale?? WHAT ARE YOU DOING??” And she’s like, “…I dunno.”
- Rory decides to go back to Yale! She tells Lorelei and they are best friends again! Lorelai can pick a date for the wedding!!!
- UHHH, jokes on you, Lor, we just found out that Luke has a secret 12-year-old daughter no one knew about.
- Rory’s best friend Lane marries their band’s drummer, Zach, and we’re all like….rock and roll???
- Lorelai finds out about April (Luke’s daughter) and he demands he marry her ASAP. Luke says no and it is unclear as to whether or not they break up.
- Lorelai has sex with Christopher. :(
- NOW THEY ARE DEFINITELY BROKEN UP AND EVERYONE IS SAD.
Amy Sherman-Palladino has left the series! This season of Gilmore Girls sort of reads like sad fan fiction, but it’s aight. We’ll just cover the basics.
- Chris and Lorelai go to Paris and get married.
- Luke is LOVING being a dad, but all goes south when April’s mom decides they are moving to New Mexico and Luke won’t be able to see her. They get into a custody battle.
- As part of the battle, needs a character witness, and he asks Lorelai. Lorelai writes a really, really, really nice letter about how awesome Luke is and how he helped raise Rory.
- Christopher finds the letter and is like, “WTF? You love him?” And Lorelai is like, “No, I love you!” But it doesn’t work. Christopher runs away.
- Lorelai’s dad has a heart attack and Chris doesn’t show up, but Luke does They break up. (Grandpa lives, btw.)
- Rory is super nervous about her future. She applies for a fellowship at the New York Times and doesn’t get it, and she has no idea what to do next.
- Zach and Lane have TWIN BOYS! Steve and Kwan.
- Logan is working for his dad’s company and loses millions of dollars. He quits and gets a job in San Francisco. He asks Rory to marry him. Rory says no and they break up.
- Rory gets a job on the Obama campaign! She has three days before she needs to leave Stars Hollow!
- It’s predicted to rain the night before Rory’s going away party, and Luke spends the whole night building a giant tent out of raincoats and table cloths that they can still have the party. (I don’t know why they couldn’t move it indoors, but whatever.) When Lorelai sees this, she melts. Luke is like, “I just like to see you happy.” They kiss. End of series.
- Coffee with pop-tarts. Pop-tarts and coffee are the fuel of the Gilmore Girls. These sugary stacks, while void of nutrition, are essentially the mascot of the girls’ diet, and should be represented at some point during your viewing party.
- Mallomars, which Rory once filled the kitchen table with for Lorelei’s birthday.)
- Spike whatever with some whiskey from a “fun flask!" (In the Harvard v. Yale football game episode, Emily and Richard drank from a “fun flask” and surprised everyone with their tailgating capabilities.)
- Santa-shaped pancakes, which Luke once made for Lorelei even though he kind of hates Christmas, but he still wanted to make her happy.
- “Try a plum, they’re better than sex,” was an infamous line from Ms. Patty. You can eat a plum, and that will probably be the only thing from nature on this menu.
- A frozen pizza topped with frozen tater tots. Because Lorelei once did this and it was horrifying.
- “Founder’s Day Punch,” Ms. Patty’s homemade tropical rum-based beverage so alcoholic that you cannot light a match while in it’s presence. Rory got super drunk off this and cried on the floor of a bathroom because a boy wasn’t texting her back. (Been there, babe.)
- Ritzy gin and soda or vodka martinis, just like they do a the Grandparent’s. Preferably from a bar cart.
- Chinese food from a place that should not sell Chinese food. (Rory and Lorelei ate General Tso’s from “Al’s Pancake World. :/)
- Dessert sushi. Lorelei made this for Rory when she had to cancel her trip to Asia with Logan. Wrap a Swedish fish in a rice krispie treat and then wrap that in a dark green fruit-by-the-foot, and voila!!!
- Pie. Specifically because Lorelei “I’m attracted to pie, but it doesn’t mean I need to date the pie.”
Alright, silly gillies, happy viewing party! Remember your poptarts, jammies, and tissues.