Set in a storybook Connecticut town populated with an eclectic mix of everyday folks and lovable lunatics, "Gilmore Girls" is a humorous multigenerational series about friendship, family and the ties that bind. Thirtysomething Lorelai Gilmore has made her share of mistakes in life, but she has been doing her best to see that her college-age daughter - and best friend in the world - Rory, doesn't follow in her footsteps. That may be easier said than done, considering that the two share the same interests, the same intellect, the same coffee addiction and the same eyes.
01 - Say Goodbye to Daisy Miller
After 19-year-old Rory Gilmore (series star ALEXIS BLEDEL) makes love with her former boyfriend, Dean (recurring guest star JARED PADALECKI)--who is married--she argues bitterly with Lorelai (series star LAUREN GRAHAM), who is disappointed by her daughter's choices. Despite her best efforts, Rory cannot resist Dean, even when she guiltily observes how hard Dean's eager young wife is working to keep their marriage together.
Meanwhile, Lorelai copes with a tricky situation of her own: Eccentric resident Kirk (series star SEAN GUNN) has witnessed her kissing recently divorced coffee shop owner Luke Danes (series star SCOTT PATTERSON) after the gala opening of the new Dragonfly Inn, Lorelai's long-awaited venture with her friend Sookie St. James (series star MELISSA McCARTHY). Despite the gossip, Luke and Lorelai seem to finally be happy together.
The longtime marriage of Lorelai's parents, Richard (recurring special appearance by EDWARD HERRMANN) and Emily (series star KELLY BISHOP), continues to crumble. Impulsively, Emily persuades Rory to join her on a European trip. Also, Rory's friend Lane Kim (series star KEIKO AGENA) bickers with her uncontrollable band mates. And Lorelai orders imperious concierge Michel Gerard (series star YANIC TRUESDALE) to get rid of his mischievous little dogs before they ruin the inn.
Recurring guest star LIZ TORRES plays Miss Patty, the local dance instructor and social commentator. Not appearing in this episode is series star LIZA WEIL as Paris Geller.
02 - A Messenger, Nothing More
While calling Lorelai from Rome, Rory admits that she complicated her relationship with Dean (recurring guest star JARED PADALECKI). Lorelai gives Dean a letter from Rory, but Dean's wife, Lindsay (recurring guest star ARIELLE KEBBEL), finds the letter and makes Dean move out of the house. Rory returns from Europe, and a terrible argument ensues when she and Lorelai encounter Lindsay and her mother. Meanwhile, Luke returns to Stars Hollow after spending several weeks helping his injured sister, Liz (recurring guest star KATHLEEN WILHOITE), on the Renaissance Fair circuit. Luke and Lorelai try to find a private spot to say hello but are interrupted by a town parade.
03 - Written in the Stars
Early in the morning after Lorelai and Luke spend a romantic night together at Luke's place, Lorelai walks into the diner dressed in one of Luke's flannel shirts and discovers that the place is full of customers. Lorelai is a little offended when it appears that no one cares about their relationship--until it becomes a topic of heated discussion at the town meeting. Meanwhile, Rory verbally spars with a haughty, rich student named Logan (recurring guest star MATT CZUCHRY - "Eight Legged Freaks") after he is rude to her friend Marty (recurring guest star WAYNE WILCOX). And Paris holds a wake for her older lover Professor Asher Flemming, who died over the summer.
04 - Tippecanoe and Taylor Too
Rory and Dean have difficulty meeting alone because they live far apart and Dean (recurring guest star JARED PADALECKI) shares a car with his estranged wife. Impulsively, Rory asks Dean if he left his wife because Lindsay found Rory's letter--and she is not completely satisfied with his response. Lorelai and Sookie manage Jackson's (recurring guest star JACKSON DOUGLAS) campaign when he decides to compete against Taylor (recurring guest star MICHAEL WINTERS) for town selectman. Lane tells her band mate Zach (recurring guest star TODD LOWE) that she has feelings for him.
05 - We Got Us a Pippi Virgin
Feeling bad that her relationship with Dean (recurring guest star JARED PADALECKI) has become awkward, Lorelai suggests that she and Luke go on a double date with Rory and Dean. But Lorelai's plans go awry when Luke is unable to disguise the fact that he thinks Dean isn't good enough for Rory. Meanwhile, Emily and Richard are lonely and a little lost without each other, but neither one can take the first step toward reconciliation.
06 - Norman Mailer, I'm Pregnant
Lorelai and Sookie are thrilled when author NORMAN MAILER (himself) and a young reporter, Josh Davies (STEPHEN MAILER, Norman's real-life son), show up repeatedly in the dining room of the Dragonfly Inn, but Sookie's awe turns to annoyance when Mailer refuses to order any food. Working on a story for the Yale newspaper, Rory uncovers evidence of an intriguing secret society to which Logan (recurring guest star MATT CZUCHRY) belongs. Meanwhile, when Rory's father, Christopher (recurring guest star DAVID SUTCLIFFE - "I'm With Her"), appeals to Lorelai for help after his girlfriend leaves him to raise their baby daughter by himself, Rory orders him to leave Lorelai alone. Finally, Sookie realizes that she is pregnant again.
07 - You Jump, I Jump, Jack
Rory is impressed when Logan (recurring guest star MATT CZUCHRY) takes her to an elaborate event staged by his secret society, and she participates in a thrilling--but dangerous--stunt. Meanwhile, when she discovers that Lorelai is dating Luke, Emily insists he come to dinner. Not to be outdone, Richard invites Luke to a game of golf, and Luke is overwhelmed by the strength of the elder Gilmores' personalities.
08 - The Party's Over
Rory is honored when Emily and Richard give a party to introduce her to their Yale alumni friends, but it soon becomes obvious that their ulterior motive is to find her a suitable husband. When Dean (recurring guest star JARED PADALECKI) arrives at the party to pick Rory up, he realizes he doesn't belong in her privileged world. Meanwhile, Luke cooks a romantic dinner for Lorelai, but their evening is interrupted by newlyweds Liz (KATHLEEN WILHOITE - "ER") and T.J. (MICHAEL DeLUISE - "NYPD Blue"), who are feuding.
09 - Emily Says 'Hello'
Rory decides that she and Lorelai should split up at the next Friday night dinner and confront Richard and Emily separately about ending their separation. However, Emily dashes their hopes of a reconciliation by announcing that she is ready to begin dating. Meanwhile, Lorelai invites Christopher (recurring guest star DAVID SUTCLIFFE) for lunch at the inn, unaware that Rory had warned Christopher to stay away from her mother. Feeling guilty that she hadn't told Luke about seeing Christopher, Lorelai confesses that they had lunch, and Luke tries to convince himself that he isn't jealous.
10 - But Not As Cute As Pushkin
Rory is delighted when Headmaster Hanlin Charleston (DAKIN MATTHEWS) from her old prep school asks her to host a young student, Anna (SARAH FORET), who is thinking of applying to Yale. However, Anna is much more interested in boys than academics and runs off to party, leaving Rory to deal with Logan's (recurring guest star MATT CZUCHRY) elaborate practical jokes. Meanwhile, Lorelai and Luke have their first argument when she upsets him by buying an old boat that had previously belonged to his father.
11 - Women of Questionable Morals
Wanting to make peace with Rory, Christopher (recurring guest star DAVID SUTCLIFFE) visits her at Yale, but she rejects his attempt at reconciliation. When Lorelai learns that Christopher's father died, she spends an evening at his home trying to console him but neglects to tell Luke the truth about where she was. Meanwhile, Emily and Richard are briefly reunited when they rescue a lost dog. Luke brings Lorelai her own portable skating pond. And the annual Stars Hollow Revolutionary War reenactment takes on a racy new twist.
12 - Come Home
Rory offers to help Logan (recurring guest star MATT CZUCHRY) write an article for the Yale Daily, but she is disappointed when he doesn't invite her to be his date at a book-signing party hosted by his father. When Richard sees Emily talking to a man she dated, he rear-ends her car, forcing her to ride home with him. The elder Gilmores reconcile and decide to renew their wedding vows. Meanwhile, Emily warns Christopher (recurring guest star DAVID SUTCLIFFE) that Lorelai and Luke are getting serious, and he had better do something quickly if he hopes to end up with Lorelai.
13 - Wedding Bell Blues
In the series' landmark 100th episode, Lorelai and Rory feel obligated to give Emily a bachelorette party on the night before Richard and Emily renew their marriage vows. At the ceremony the following day, Rory tells Logan (recurring guest star MATT CZUCHRY) she wants a relationship with him even though he's not ready to commit. Later, when Lorelai, Luke and Christopher (recurring guest star DAVID SUTCLIFFE) discover Rory and Logan together, half-dressed, the shocking scene leads to an angry confrontation between Luke and Christopher. A furious Lorelai figures out that Emily invited Christopher in an attempt to destroy Lorelai's relationship with Luke.
14 - Say Something
After the disastrous scene at her parents' marriage recommitment ceremony, Lorelai begs Luke not to give up on their relationship. However, Luke's decision that he needs time alone leaves Lorelai devastated. Stranded at Yale without her car and worried about Lorelai's depressed state, Rory borrows Logan's (recurring guest star MATT CZUCHRY) limousine and driver and travels home to Stars Hollow to care for her mom. Meanwhile, Taylor (recurring guest star MICHAEL WINTERS) goads the town residents into taking sides on the Lorelai/Luke relationship.
15 - Jews and Chinese Food
Already upset that she and Luke ended their relationship, Lorelai feels even worse after she discovers that Luke's boat is no longer in her garage. Knowing that Lorelai is the costume designer for the elementary school's production of "Fiddler on the Roof," Luke agrees to build sets in hopes of seeing her. Meanwhile, Rory and Marty (recurring guest star WAYNE WILCOX) plan to spend a day together, but Logan (recurring guest star MATT CZUCHRY) stops by Rory's dorm room and convinces them to go out to dinner with him. After a terrible evening with Logan's clique, Marty tells Rory how much he likes her, but she admits she really likes Logan.
16 - So...Good Talk
Richard and Emily return from their second honeymoon, and Rory attends the customary Friday night dinner. But an angry Lorelai refuses to see or speak to Emily. Rory surprises everyone with a rare outburst directed towards her grandmother for interfering in Lorelai's love life. Miserable without Lorelai, Luke gets into a dark mood that causes him to burn food and throw any customer who complains out of the diner. Emily unexpectedly visits the diner to talk to Luke. Meanwhile, Lane is horrified when she realizes that her mother has more influence over her than she thought.
17 - Pulp Friction
After seeing Logan (recurring guest star MATT CZUCHRY) on a date with another girl, Rory regrets their new agreement to date other people. Later, Rory attends a party with Logan's friend Robert (NICK HOLMES), forcing Logan to admit his jealousy. Meanwhile, now that Lorelai and Luke are happily reunited, Emily can't understand why Lorelai still refuses to come to Friday night dinner. Emily's second visit to speak with Luke at the diner leads to a bitter mother/daughter confrontation. Finally, Michel appears on the game show "The Price is Right" and wins a motor home.
18 - To Die and Let Diorama
When Stars Hollow's oldest resident dies and leaves his house to the town, Luke has an ulterior motive for volunteering to help turn the house into a temporary museum. Dean (recurring guest star JARED PADALECKI) is also working on the project and offers Luke unwelcome advice about the dangers of dating a Gilmore girl. To get publicity for the Dragonfly Inn, Lorelai grants an interview with a travel magazine but immediately regrets the unkind comments she makes about being raised by Emily. Meanwhile, Lane suspects that Zach (recurring guest star TODD LOWE) is having an affair with music store owner Sophie (recurring guest star Grammy Award winner CAROLE KING - composer, producer, singer of the "Gilmore Girls" theme song "Where You Lead"), while Rory and Paris are both devastated by trouble with their respective boyfriends. Recurring guest star JACKSON DOUGLAS (Sookie's husband, Jackson) directed the episode.
19 - But I'm a Gilmore
Rory tells Logan (recurring guest star MATT CZUCHRY) that she can't have a casual romantic relationship with him, and they should return to just being friends. But Logan surprises Rory by insisting he's ready to commit to her. However, when Logan brings her home to meet his powerful and intimidating family, Rory is shocked by his parents' negative reaction to the relationship. The following day, Logan's father, Mitchum Huntzberger (GREGG HENRY "Eyes," "Payback"), apologizes to Rory and offers her an internship at one of his newspapers. Meanwhile, when Sookie is placed on bed rest by her doctor, Lorelai asks Luke to fill in as the substitute chef at the Dragonfly Inn.
20 - How Many Kropogs to Cape Cod?
Wanting to make a good impression with Logan's (recurring guest star MATT CZUCHRY) powerful father, Mitchum Huntzberger (recurring guest star GREGG HENRY), Rory learns everything she can about him before starting work as an intern at one of his newspapers. When Lorelai discovers that Emily and Richard have invited Logan to Friday night dinner, she ends her boycott of family gatherings in order to get to know Logan better. During the evening, Emily and Richard fawn over Logan, but Lorelai sees a side of him that causes her to worry about Rory's involvement with the Huntzberger family. Meanwhile, Lorelai gets an interesting job offer, and Luke tries to persuade Taylor (recurring guest star MICHAEL WINTERS) to close the Stars Hollow museum.
21 - Blame Booze and Melville
Rory is surprised by the performance review she receives at the newspaper from Logan's father, Mitchum Huntzberger (recurring guest star GREGG HENRY). Luke's plan to buy the Twickham house is threatened when Kirk makes a competing bid. Lorelai is thrilled when the travel magazine featuring The Dragonfly Inn appears on newsstands but worries about Emily's reaction to the article. Meanwhile, Sookie begins to have contractions and will soon deliver her baby. And Emily sponsors a ballet dancer.
22 - A House is Not a Home
After spending a night of reckless behavior with Logan, Rory is rescued by her mother. But Lorelai is shocked to hear her daughter's plans for the future. Lorelai first asks Richard and Emily for help but soon realizes that Luke is the only person she can trust.