"If you're out on the road...feeling lonely and so cold..." 

You guys. We are so CLOSE! It's almost TIME! 

GILMORE GIRLS HATH RETURNED! Well, next week it will hath returned and the timing could not be more perfect. Now that the Death Eaters run the country, are we all supposed to just CHILL this Thanksgiving?

You clearly don't have any chill if you came here for some opinions on GILMORE.

Let's get to it! 

Here's the 5 episodes of Gilmore Girls to check out before you binge watch Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life!

1. Pilot (Season 1, Episode 1)

A pilot episode can be....well...ROUGH. But the pilot of Gilmore Girls really sets the tone for everything we love about the show. We meet Lorelai and her teenage daughter Rory having coffee at... where else? LUKE'S, ya dummy! 

We see that the two of them aren't just mother and daughter, they're best friends. It's cute. We see Rory in peak awkward Rory-ness as she gets accepted into Chilton, (#NetflixAndChilton), she tries to figure out how to work a pleated skirt, and she meets her first boyfriend Dean. 


Oh, Dean. Your hair on this show went so many places! All of them terrible. Just like you. #teamjess. Fight me.

2. They Shoot Gilmores, Don't They? (Season 3, Episode 7)

When we talk about Gilmore Girls, we can't leave out the people that make up the town of Stars Hollow. Taylor, Lane, Sookie, Ms. Patty, BABETTE...also, Stars Hollow is always having a friggin' Button Contest or something and I am all about it. 

In this episode, it's The Stars Hollow Dance Marathon, y'all! But, everyone is dressed like it's 1940? And we hired a swing band? 

Oh, and the triage is located in the BARN: Stars Hollow does not play. Of course this is all just a distraction for the love triangle that is Dean-Rory-Jess, which comes to a head in the middle of the dance floor.

3. Raincoats and Recipes (Season 4, Episode 22)

Boy, does Gilmore know how to do a season finale! Here we have Lorelai doing a test run of the Dragonfly Inn for friends and family, so of course hijinks ensue. 

We've got Rory home from Yale to help out, Kirk experiencing night terrors, and oh HELL yeah: things are happening with Luke! They finally kiss! But FRACKING DIGGER shows up! No one likes you Digger, GO HOME! 

But the big moment from this episode is of course when Rory loses her virginity to Dean, who is now MARRIED (to some girl named Lindsay, who probably deserved better than this but we will truly never know). He is officially the worst. 

And Lorelai and Rory have their first real fight. Thanks, Dean. Fix your hair!

4. Friday Night's Alright for Fighting (Season 6, Episode 13)

While everything SHOULD be going well for Luke and Lorelai, there's a little lady named April here to fudge it all up! Any April-haters in the house? Anyone else here loathe a child? Cool. 

This episode also sees the Yale Daily News staff protesting the reign of my girl, Paris (screw #teamjess, #teamparis FOREVER). Rory and... Logan ...save the day! But the best scene in this episode, and one of the best scenes in GG history is Friday night dinner. 



Gilmore relies a lot on subtext: Emily and Richard are polite folks who would rather sit through an entire meal without speaking than deal directly with conflict. But finally, for once, the four Gilmores lay all their issues out on the table. 

It's beautifully written, acted, and directed and best enjoyed with a gin martini - with an olive.

5. Bon Voyage (Season 7, Episode 22)

While season 7 is vastly different in tone from prior seasons due to the departure of creator Amy Sherman-Palladino, it feels right to include the network finale on here. 

While at the time it aired, it didn't feel like a satisfying conclusion to one of our favorite shows, it feels nice to go back and watch, knowing that we are going to get a chance to tie up those loose ends.

It's also the last time we see Edward Herrmann (Richard Gilmore) on the show, as he sadly passed away in 2014. His last onscreen moment on Gilmore Girls is with Kelly Bishop (Emily Gilmore) and Lauren Graham (Lorelai Gilmore) at an epic surprise party the town throws for Rory, who is about to hit the campaign trail for Barack Obama. 

Richard gives an all-time great Richard quote with 'I think this party's a testament to you, Lorelai. And the home you've created here. It takes a remarkable person to inspire all of this." SOB!

Of course, the key player in planning the party was Luke, Of course it was. Because he just wants to see her happy. Cue kiss. Cue us counting the minutes until November 25th.

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