Another favourite. Beautiful scenery and lighting. I didn’t realise how nice the grounds of the independence Inn were but there you go. I don’t see how revival Rory could have forgotten everything that was between them. I know she’s moved on and its been years, but theres always been a magnetic chemistry between Rory and Jess, I felt like we lost that a bit in the revival.
You know what show I would seriously pay to watch? Young Lorelai working as a maid at the Independence Inn. Young Lorelai taking care of Rory and dealing with Emily and Richard in the aftermath of her leaving. And befriending Sookie in the beginning. And Sookie before she was head chef trying to keep her job because yeah, she cooks great but there is an accident every other week. And the two of them covering for each other. Young Luke being completely befuddled by Lorelai. And this obnoxiously smart little kid she has with her. Luke befriending Rory. Getting her unicorn themed objects for her birthday. Rory going through her ballerina stage. And her little cheer leading stage cheering for Harvard. Lorelai making her way up from maid to manager. Lorelai taking on shitty, up tight Stars Hollow moms who are snippy because she got pregnant so young. Lorelai trying to make Mrs. Kim trust her more so Rory and Lane can hang out. I realize there is absolutely no need for a prequel Gilmore Girls show AND YET…..I want it. Mostly because I have now made myself obsess over it.
In honor of Gilmore Girls’ 15th Anniversary, here’s a list of 15 of its most iconic episodes.
1. Pilot (Season 1, Episode 1)
This list would not be complete without the episode that started it all - where Lorelai reconnects with her estranged parents, Rory meets Dean, and we meet all of the characters we’d grow to love over the next seven years.
2. Kiss and Tell (Season 1, Episode 7)
Rory has her first kiss, and the whole town’s excited. When Lorelai finds out about it, she does what any mom would do - invites the guy over for junk food and movie night.
3. The Bracebridge Dinner (Season 2, Episode 10)
The Bracebridge group gets snowed in which results in a lavish 19th century feast for the townspeople of Stars Hollow, hosted at the Independence Inn. With a night that includes Jackson ridiculously dressed as the Squire of Bracebridge as well as Jess and Rory discussing snowman snobbery and Bjork, it’s quite an unforgettable gathering.
4. A-Tisket, A-Tasket (Season 2, Episode 13)
It’s the town bid-a-basket festival and nothing seems to be going according to plan. But things have a way of working out, and soon enough Lorelai and Luke are enjoying a begrudgingly nice picnic, Sookie and Jackson are getting engaged (in the most adorable way possible) and Rory and Jess are bonding over their mutual love of literature.
5. There’s the Rub (Season 2, Episode 16)
Emily and Lorelai have a very (un)relaxing weekend away at a spa together and bond over stolen bathrobes. Meanwhile, Rory’s night alone turns into burgers, fries and book debates with Paris and Jess (and a very angry Dean).
6. They Shoot Gilmores, Don’t They? (Season 3, Episode 7)
The show’s 50th episode is widely lauded as one of its best. The episode is set during another wacky Stars Hollow tradition - a 24 hour dance marathon - which just goes to show how much can happen in a single day. At the start of the dance Rory was with Dean, and by the end she was with Jess.
7. A Deep-Fried Korean Thanksgiving (Season 3, Episode 9)
The girls get roped into going to four Thanksgiving dinners. There’s plenty of tofurkey and tension, not to mention a first kiss and a very vicious cat. The night ends with a deep-fried shoe, a hilariously inebriated Sookie and a confrontation between Jess and Dean.
8. Those are Strings, Pinocchio (Season 3, Episode 22)
Rory graduates high school with a speech that makes everyone (including those of us watching at home) blubber. Lorelai and Sookie finally buy their inn, and Luke starts thinking about his relationship with Lorelai before a big cruise with Nicole.
9. The Lorelais’ First Day at Yale (Season 4, Episode 2)
Rory’s off to college, and it’s a day full of ups and downs (and one mattress too many). From meeting the new (and not-so-new) roommates to not quite being ready to say goodbye, this episode resonates with anyone young person who has ever moved away from home.
10. Raincoats and Recipes (Season 4, Episdoe 22)
The Dragonfly Inn holds a test run, and relationships are front and center. Emily and Richard finally admit to their separation, a desperate Jason shows up to try and win Lorelai back, Luke and Lorelai finally kiss and Rory sleeps with a married Dean.
11. Written in the Stars (Season 5, Episode 3)
Lorelai and Luke’s attempts to keep their relationship under wraps from the town fail miserably - and now that it’s out in the open, everybody has an opinion about it. Rory’s at a crossroad of boys - stuck between her ex Dean, her friend Marty and her new acquaintance Logan.
12. You Jump, I Jump, Jack (Season 5, Episode 7)
This is the episode where Rory jumps, both literally and metaphorically. She’s grown out of her sheltered Stars Hollow life and wants to experience more of the world - and Logan is there to show it to her.
13. Wedding Bell Blues (Season 5, Episode 13)
The 100th episode centers around Emily and Richard’s vow renewal. Tensions are high as Christopher shows up, driving a wedge between Lorelai and Luke. Meanwhile, Rory boldly makes a move on Logan, deciding that she’s ready to try a “no strings attached” relationship.
14. Friday Night’s Alright for Fighting (Season 6, Episode 13)
This episode is remembered almost exclusively because of its iconic last scene (seriously, does anyone even know what happens in the rest of the episode?) which rings painfully and hilariously true for anyone who has a rather complex relationship with their family (so basically everyone).
15. Bon Voyage (Season 7, Episode 22)
Despite the last Palladino-less season receiving mostly mixed to negative reviews, the finale episode is still remembered fondly. It may not have been perfect, but we did get to see the town gathered for one last shindig, Rory spreading her journalistic wings and Lorelai (finally) reconciling with Luke.