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The Eleven Best Gilmore Girls Episodes.

On my umteenth re-watch in preparation for the new episodes. I tried to narrow it down to ten, but honestly it’s just too difficult.

Brace yourself for an abundance of Jess Mariano. Spoilers ahoy.  

#1. Bon Voyage.

Hated by many, wept at manically by me, I actually rather liked the Gilmore Girls finale. I like a TV finale that makes me feel sadhappy, and boy does this do that as Rory bids a fond farewell to Stars Hollow to go and conquer the world of investigative journalism.

My main quibble with the finale was that the Luke/Lorelai reunion wasn’t quite enough closure for me – I wanted to see more from the couple I’d spent seven seasons routing for. However, now we know that we’ll be seeing them both again, I can watch it with even more joy than usual.

#2. They Shoot Gilmores, Don’t They?

All of the strange festivals and traditions used to make me absolutely yearn to live in a town like Stars Hollow, and my favourite event of all was the 24 hours dance marathon. Not only did it see the Gilmore Girls looking absolutely divine in vintage clothing, but it also saw full of drama as it was finally, FINALLY out with the Dean (yawn) and in with the Jess (hurrah!)

#3. Pulp Friction.

Logan was a bit of a numpty, but overall I really enjoyed Rory’s Yale days, and one of the best times was the Tarantino themed party. There are movie references aplenty in Gilmore Girls, and this was one of the most fun. The Vega/Wallace dance, the Gogo costume…everything was just spot on for a Tarantino fan like myself.

#4. A Tisket, a Tasket.

In which Rory and Jess share one of their first proper, nice, lovely chats after he outbids Dean for a picnic basket full of disgusting food. I wasn’t at all surprised when I found out Bledel and Ventimiglia were dating in real life, because their chemistry is on point.

#5. Teach Me Tonight.

Yep, Jess again! But the car crash episode is when sparks are properly flying between the pair. I just love watching them flirt and fall in love. I never get into this shipping malarky much, but when it comes to Gilmore Girls I am Jess & Rory, Luke & Lorelia TIL I DIE. <3

#6. Lorelai’s graduation Day.

The Gilmore Girls are famous for their long winded ranting dialogues, but one of the best came when Rory grounded herself after accidentally missing her Mothers graduation by skipping to New York to meet – yep, you guessed it – Jess. It was also one of the best at showing the relationship between Lorelai and her parents.

#7. Those are strings, Pinocchio.

The Chilton graduation. The speech. The tears. THE TEARS. Absolutely bloody lovely.

#8. Girls in Bikinis, Boys Doing the Twist.

Despite that this sees the beginning of Dean’s re-emergence (ew) it’s also a pretty jam packed and fun episode. Rory flirts with a stranger! The Shins make a cameo! Paris kisses Rory! And Madeline and Louise (two of the most underrated characters) make an appearance. As I’ve stated previously – and in detail – I hope they’re back for the revival.  

#9. Raincoats and Recipes.

Yes. This is it. The one we have all waited – WAITED – for since day one. We knew it had to come, we knew our patience would be rewarded and finally – FINALLY – Luke and Lorelai kiss!!! I know I’ve been all about Jess thus far, but my fangirl heart skips just as eagerly for Luke and Lorelai and this brought joy and sunshine to even my cold, dead heart. Bonus: it also led to that brilliant fall Lorelai does when she’s feeling awkward in the diner after.

#10. The Prodigal Daughter Returns.

Boy, that half season where Lorelai and Rory weren’t speaking just wasn’t the same, was it? And because of that, their eventual – inevitable, but still emotional – reunion was lovely. Made me feel a bit watery, if I’m honest.

#11. Lorelai, Lorelai.

The classic drunk with the ex-situation, only instead of 17 barely readable text messages and a hysterical voicemail, tequila infused Lorelai accidentally winds up serenading ex (BOO!) Luke with a rendition of I Will Always Love You at a karaoke one. It was the episode, where I knew, JUST KNEW, that they were getting back together.

GUYS, someone talk to me until the revival lands. I can’t wait!