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-bound 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. After a painful emotional separation, Lorelai and Rory are once again turning to each other for support as they navigate their respective complicated romances.
01 - The Long Morrow
In the storybook Connecticut town of Stars Hollow, thirtysomething Lorelai Gilmore (series star LAUREN GRAHAM) and her college-age daughter, Rory (series star ALEXIS BLEDEL), have been growing up together. Lorelai's elation over her engagement to diner owner Luke Danes (series star SCOTT PATTERSON) recently turned to frustration when he learned that he has a 12-year-old daughter, and unable to wait for Luke to come to terms with this life-changing discovery, Lorelai left him. Rory also faced a tumultuous year, dropping out of Yale after her dreams of becoming a journalist were dashed by a newspaper mogul who just happens to be the father of her boyfriend, Logan Huntzberger (series star MATT CZUCHRY). Rory's reckless behavior led to an unusual and painful parting of the ways between mother and daughter, with Rory moving in with Lorelai's patrician, old-money parents, Emily (series star KELLY BISHOP--not appearing in this episode) and Richard (special appearances by EDWARD HERRMANN--not appearing in this episode). But Rory has now realized that she belongs back at Yale, and she and Lorelai have joyfully reunited. At the same time, Rory begins her senior year and continues as the Yale Daily News editor without the supportive presence of Logan, who has been forced by his father to move to London and take his place in the family's newspaper empire.
Continuing to add to the unmistakable style of Stars Hollow is a colorful roster of town characters, including Lorelai's friend and business partner, Sookie St. James (series star MELISSA McCARTHY); Miss Patty (recurring guest star LIZ TORRES), the local dance teacher and social commentator; Michel Gerard (series star YANIC TRUESDALE), the haughty concierge of the Dragonfly Inn; and Kirk (series star SEAN GUNN), the town's jack-of-all-trades and master of none. Rory's two best friends are her intense classmate Paris Geller (series star LIZA WEIL) and childhood pal Lane Kim (series star KEIKO AGENA--not appearing in this episode).
In the seventh season premiere, on the day after the finale of the sixth season, Lorelai wakes up in bed with Christopher (recurring guest star DAVID SUTCLIFFE). Confused and mortified, she makes a hasty exit, ignoring Christopher's pleas that she stay. Once at home, Lorelai tries to get rid of everything that reminds her of Luke and ends up practically emptying her house. Rory receives a toy rocket ship as a parting gift from Logan and is baffled as to its meaning. She decides she should join him in London for the summer, only to learn he has bought her a ticket for a visit at Christmas. Kirk and Taylor Doose (recurring guest star MICHAEL WINTERS) cause a bizarre accident that damages Luke's diner. Finally, Luke shows up at Lorelai's door and asks her to elope with him.
02 - That's What You Get, Folks, For Makin' Whoopie
Rory is upset over Logan's absence and the fact that they had to cancel their long-planned trip to Asia. Wanting to cheer Rory up and distract herself from her own sad love life, Lorelai turns her house into an Asian-themed wonderland. Lane returns from her disastrous honeymoon. While repairing the damage to the diner, Luke tells his brother-in-law, T.J. (recurring guest star MICHAEL DeLUISE), about his breakup with Lorelai, prompting T.J. and Luke's sister, Liz (recurring guest star KATHLEEN WILHOITE), to insist that Luke come over for dinner and sympathy. When Luke and Lorelai run into each other in town, Luke can't hide his anger over their breakup. And Rory is furious when she learns that Lorelai slept with Christopher (recurring guest star DAVID SUTCLIFFE).
03 - Lorelai's First Cotillion
When Richard and Emily display no real reaction to the news of her breakup with Luke, Lorelai realizes that most of her emotional life has been based on doing and feeling the opposite of whatever her parents want. Later, when Michel forces Lorelai to attend Emily's beautiful cotillion dance, Lorelai discovers that some things her parents wanted for her weren't really that terrible. Meanwhile, Rory has a tough time making her long-distance relationship with Logan work. And after taking Rory out for a father/daughter dinner, Christopher (recurring guest star DAVID SUTCLIFFE) makes a startling confession to Lorelai.
04 - 'S Wonderful, 'S Marvelous
Lorelai and Christopher (recurring guest star DAVID SUTCLIFFE) have resumed their relationship, and although Lorelai is finding it difficult to fully commit to him, Christopher keeps coming up with romantic dates to win her over. Meanwhile, at Yale, Rory meets some eccentric new girlfriends at an art exhibit, and Richard becomes a guest lecturer. Also, April (recurring guest star VANESSA MARANO) comes to stay with Luke for a few weeks while her mother, Ana (recurring guest star SHERILYN FENN), is out of town. And when Emily gets arrested, Lorelai must bail her out of jail.
05 - The Great Stink
Emily and Richard are delighted when Lorelai and Christopher (recurring guest star DAVID SUTCLIFFE) attend Friday night dinner together as a couple. After Christopher reveals that his ex-wife, who lives in Paris, wants him to send their daughter, G.G. (recurring guest star NICOLETTE COLLIER), there for a visit, Lorelai argues with him over dinner. Meanwhile, in town on business to acquire an Internet company, Logan visits the surprised Rory. Although she is thrilled, Rory realizes during a dinner with Logan's colleagues that she has no connection to his new business world--and she is especially threatened by one of his beautiful co-workers. Also, Stars Hollow is plagued by a terrible odor when a train with a full load of pickles derails, and Taylor refuses to pay for the cleanup.
06 - Go Bulldogs!
After Christopher (recurring guest star DAVID SUTCLIFFE) persuades Lorelai to visit Rory at Yale during Parents' Weekend, Lorelai is surprised to find that Richard and Emily are also there. Trying to impress Rory's co-workers at the Yale Daily News, Christopher invites them to an expensive lunch, where they all drink too much. The meal ends abruptly when Rory insists that everyone has to leave and cover a breaking story. Meanwhile, Luke meets April's (recurring guest star VANESSA MARANO) swimming coach, who convinces him to take her adult swimming class. When the coach flirts with him, Luke asks her out on a date.
07 - French Twist
Christopher (recurring guest star DAVID SUTCLIFFE) and Lorelai take his daughter, G.G. (recurring guest star NICOLETTE COLLIER), to visit G.G.'s mother in Paris. Despite severe jet lag, Christopher and Lorelai manage to have a wonderful, romantic time enjoying the city and each other. Back in Connecticut, Rory comes to the end of her tenure as editor in chief of the Yale Daily News and suddenly finds herself unsure of her future. Her new friends Olivia (recurring guest star MICHELLE ONGKINGO) and Lucy (recurring guest star KRYSTEN RITTER) suggest a trip to Stars Hollow for a girls' night while Lorelai is out of town. Upon returning, Rory is surprised to find that Lucy's new boyfriend is Rory's old friend Marty (recurring guest star WAYNE WILCOX), who pretends not to know Rory. And later, Christopher and Lorelai return home with a surprise for everyone.
08 - Introducing Lorelai Planetarium
After Lorelai invites Rory to dinner and tells her that she and Christopher (recurring guest star DAVID SUTCLIFFE) got married in Paris, Rory pretends to be thrilled while Christopher is in the room. But she later tells Lorelai how hurt and angry she really is. Meanwhile, back in town for the startup of his new Internet company, Logan invites Rory to the launch party, where she meets a magazine editor who suggests that she write an article on the event. But when Rory writes a judgmental article, describing the guests as spoiled elitists, Logan accuses Rory of hypocrisy, considering she is living rent-free in his apartment. Defensive at first, Rory eventually realizes that she is living a double standard and decides to find her own apartment. Meanwhile, when April (recurring guest star VANESSA MARANO) faces a medical emergency, Luke frantically turns to Lorelai for help.
09 - Knit, People, Knit
When Christopher (recurring guest star DAVID SUTCLIFFE) asks Lorelai why she has avoided involving him in the daily life of Stars Hollow, she admits that she is concerned her old friends will not accept him. In an effort to help him bond with the townspeople, Lorelai brings Christopher to the town knit-a-thon, where his well-intentioned gesture brings the event to an early end. Meanwhile, when Olivia (recurring guest star MICHELLE ONGKINGCO) hosts a 2002-themed birthday party for Lucy (recurring guest star KRYSTEN RITTER), Rory gets a chance to confront Marty (recurring guest star WAYNE WILCOX) about his coldness toward her. Also, Luke is touched by the birth of Liz (recurring guest star KATHLEEN WILHOITE) and T.J.'s (recurring guest star MICHAEL DeLUISE) baby, and when he learns that Anna (recurring guest star SHERILYN FENN) is planning to move to New Mexico with April (recurring guest star VANESSA MARANO), he demands equal rights as a parent of April.
10 - Merry Fisticuffs
While introducing Lorelai to his sister's new baby, Luke shares a sweet moment with her. But when Christopher (recurring guest star DAVID SUTCLIFFE) witnesses the scene, he becomes concerned that Lorelai isn't fully committed to their marriage. Later, the two fight over whether or not they should exchange vows at the elaborate wedding party that Emily is hosting for them. And Luke and Christopher have an ugly confrontation on the streets of Stars Hollow. Meanwhile, upon discovering that Rory and Marty (recurring guest star WAYNE WILCOX) have been pretending that they just met, rather than admitting their previous friendship to Rory's friend Lucy (recurring guest star KRYSTEN RITTER), Logan reveals the truth to her. Also, Emily gives Lorelai a warning about her marriage. And Luke contacts a lawyer over his custody troubles with Anna (recurring guest star SHERILYN FENN).
11 - Santa's Secret Stuff
Instead of celebrating Christmas while Rory was in London, Lorelai and Christopher (recurring guest star DAVID SUTCLIFFE) put their holidays on hold. Once Rory returns to Stars Hollow, they decorate several Christmas trees, do their shopping and even bake Christmas cookies for the first time as a family. After showing up unexpectedly at the inn, Luke asks Lorelai to write a character recommendation letter to help in his custody battle over April (recurring guest star VANESSA MARANO). Lorelai struggles to write the letter, until she and Rory run into Luke and April at the mall, and Lorelai suddenly remembers how important Luke has always been in Rory's life. Meanwhile, Rory decides to write an apology letter to her friend Lucy (recurring guest star KRYSTEN RITTER), explaining why she and Marty (recurring guest star WAYNE WILCOX) kept their past friendship a secret.
12 - To Whom It May Concern
After noticing Sookie's recent odd behavior, Lorelai forces Jackson (recurring guest star JACKSON DOUGLAS) to tell her the reason for it. Meanwhile, Luke and Anna (recurring guest star SHERILYN FENN) attend a hearing to decide their custody battle over April (recurring guest star VANESSA MARANO). With help from Paris, Rory finally makes amends with Lucy (recurring guest star KRYSTEN RITTER), who tells her that she and Marty (recurring guest star WAYNE WILCOX) have broken up. While attending Richard's economics class at Yale, Rory witnesses a frightening scene. And Christopher (recurring guest star DAVID SUTCLIFFE) finds the character reference that Lorelai wrote for Luke and confronts her.
13 - I'd Rather Be in Philadelphia
In a hospital waiting room, Lorelai, Rory and Emily anxiously await word on Richard's condition. When Logan hears what is happening, he borrows a helicopter to be by Rory's side, but Lorelai is unable to reach Christopher (recurring guest star DAVID SUTCLIFFE), who is still angry over their fight from the night before. Upset because Emily is attempting to remain calm by dealing with her social calendar, Lorelai is relieved when Luke shows up unexpectedly and volunteers to run errands for Emily. Christopher finally arrives to be with Lorelai, but the scene at the hospital is more than he can take.
14 - Farewell, My Pet
Two days after his heart bypass surgery, Richard is on the road to recovery. When Rory returns to Yale, she finds that Richard's economics class is now being taught by an attractive young professor, Tucker Culbertson (CAMERON BENDER), who flusters Rory with his charm. Meanwhile, trying to distract herself from the issues in her marriage, Lorelai joins Sookie in focusing on the funeral of one of Michel's beloved dogs. After Christopher (recurring guest star DAVID SUTCLIFFE) returns ready to talk, he and Lorelai discuss the main problem that has haunted their marriage: Lorelai's feelings for Luke.
15 - I'm a Kayak, Hear Me Roar
At a Friday night dinner, Lorelai prepares to tell her parents about the end of her marriage, but she is derailed by their argument over the policy of healthy meals and no alcohol that Emily has instituted to help Richard recover from his heart attack. Lorelai enlists Sookie to bring healthy and delicious meals to Richard and then helps Emily organize Richard's business affairs. Over a shared bottle of scotch, Lorelai finally tells her mother about the breakup. Meanwhile, Rory attends an awkward birthday dinner for Logan with his father, Mitchum (recurring guest star GREGG HENRY), who asks her to help steer Logan in the right direction. Later, Logan receives disturbing news about the online company he purchased. Also, Luke shares his home with Liz (recurring guest star KATHLEEN WILHOITE), T.J. (recurring guest star MICHAEL DeLUISE) and their baby daughter while their house is being fumigated.
16 - Will You Be My Lorelai Gilmore?
In the midst of planning Lane's baby shower, Rory receives a long-awaited call from The New York Times offering her an informational interview. Lorelai takes over the shower-planning duties and finds herself brokering peace between Lane and Mrs. Kim (recurring guest star EMILY KURODA) over how Lane plans to raise her twins. Meanwhile, Logan finally admits his business disaster to Rory, who offers him her full support. But when Logan announces that he is flying to Las Vegas to blow off steam with his old college pals, Rory is disappointed and worried. After Luke discovers that Liz (recurring guest star KATHLEEN WILHOITE) and T.J. (recurring guest star MICHAEL DeLUISE) are trying to sell his boat, he decides to make some changes in his life and take April (recurring guest star VANESSA MARANO) on a long boat trip over the summer. And Lane is ordered to rest, resulting in her being wheeled through Stars Hollow in her bed to attend the shower at Miss Patty's (recurring guest star LIZ TORRES) place.
17 - Gilmore Girls Only
Lorelai and Rory plan a road trip to North Carolina to attend the wedding of Mia (KATHY BAKER - "Picket Fences"), a woman who served as their surrogate mother/grandmother for many years. Emily invites herself on the trip in an effort to get away from Richard, who is driving her crazy while he recuperates at home. At the wedding, Emily becomes upset by the close relationship Mia shares with Lorelai and Rory. Lorelai learns that Emily had visited Mia during the years they were estranged to ask for pictures of Lorelai and Rory. And Logan makes a surprise appearance to ask Rory to forgive him for his immature reaction to his business disaster. Meanwhile, Lane and Zack (recurring guest star TODD LOWE) ask Luke to be the godfather of their twins. When Lane goes into labor, Luke helps everyone get to the hospital.
18 - Hay Bale Maze
As Stars Hollow prepares for its annual Spring Fling festival, Rory brings Logan to her hometown and shows him around. When Lorelai sees how serious the relationship has become, she worries that Logan is too irresponsible for Rory. Meanwhile, Taylor (recurring guest star MICHAEL WINTERS) angers the town by spending the entire Spring Fling budget on a huge hay bale maze. During an unexpected encounter in the maze, Lorelai and Luke apologize to each other and admit they both made mistakes that led to the end of their engagement. Also, Rory gets a job interview with the Providence Journal-Bulletin and struggles with decisions about her future.
19 - It's Just Like Riding a Bike
When Lorelai visits Luke's diner for the first time since their breakup, she finds that they are awkward and uncomfortable together. Later, Lorelai's Jeep breaks down, and she asks Luke to help her shop for a new car. But Lorelai and Luke's irritation with each other finally explodes into a fight--which Lorelai secretly takes as a good sign. Meanwhile, after Paris is accepted into numerous law schools and medical schools, she decides she must break up with her boyfriend so their relationship won't influence her choice of graduate school. And Rory gets a surprising letter that impacts her future plans.
20 - Lorelai? Lorelai?
As her final examinations approach, Rory has a scary dream about her future. Richard and Emily announce that they are going to buy a pied-à-terre in New York City--but Rory has some news that might change their plans. Later, Lorelai rocks a karaoke bar with a serenade to Luke.
21 - Unto the Breach
On the eve of Rory's graduation, Emily and Richard host a party and perform a song in her honor. At the fete, Lorelai and Christopher (recurring guest star DAVID SUTCLIFFE) reunite for the first time since their separation, and both are relieved to find that they can still be friends. Logan surprises everyone by proposing marriage to Rory--but she is too shocked to give him an answer and begs Lorelai to help her decide what to do. On graduation day, Rory and Paris receive their diplomas, and Rory finally gives Logan her answer. Meanwhile, Lorelai is embarrassed about her recent karaoke serenade to Luke, and he is hurt when he overhears her saying it didn't mean anything.
22 - Bon Voyage
In the emotional series finale, after Rory lands her dream job as a political reporter, Luke enlists the help of everyone in Stars Hollow to throw her a graduation party. Emily and Richard attend the huge gathering, at which Rory makes a speech thanking Lorelai and the whole town for giving her such a great start in life. Luke's thoughtfulness brings out an unexpected reaction from Lorelai. Finally, on the morning that Rory leaves Stars Hollow to start her career, Luke opens the diner before dawn to share a celebratory breakfast with the Gilmore girls. CNN journalist CHRISTIANE AMANPOUR makes a cameo appearance as a guest at the Dragonfly Inn.