We’re so close! The ‘Gilmore Girls’ revival is only a few days away. To get ready for the ‘Gilmore’ binge-a-thon, HollywoodLife.com has the 12 best episodes you need to watch to get into the ‘Gilmore Girls’ spirit. From Rory’s high school graduation to Luke and Lorelai’s first kiss, these are the episodes you need to revisit!
*Pilot (Season 1, Episode 1)
It’s the Gilmore Girls episode that started it all. The first episode premiered on Oct. 5, 2000, introducing us to Lorelai, Rory, and the rest of the Stars Hollow gang. Rory’s accepted to Chilton, and Lorelai is forced to go to her estranged parents for financial help. The pilot lays the foundation for one incredible show.
*”The Lorelais’ First Day At Chilton” (Season 1, Episode 2)
Rory’s first day at Chilton doesn’t go according to plan. First, Lorelai oversleeps sand has to take Rory to school in a t-shirt, jeans and cowboy boots. The episode also introduces us to the one and only Paris Geller.
*”Christopher Returns” (Season 1, Episode 15)
Christopher makes his first appearance in this episode. You learn how Lorelai fell for him in the first place. He’s just so utterly charming. After a dramatic dinner, Lorelai and Christopher end up having sex on the balcony. Christopher proposes out of the blue, and Lorelai rejects him.
*”Nick & Nora, Sid & Nancy” (Season 2, Episode 5)
This is the episode where Jess is introduced. Nothing was the same after Jess came to Stars Hollow.
*”They Shoot Gilmores, Don’t They?” (Season 3, Episode 7)
Oh, the 24-hour dance-a-thon. The episode provides fans and Stars Hollow with the most drama the show had ever seen up to that point. After Rory pines over Jess in front of Dean, he breaks up with her right then and there. The Jess-Dean-Rory love triangle comes to a shocking climax in this epic episode.
*”Dear Emily & Richard” (Season 3, Episode 13)
This flashback episodes reveals how Lorelai became estranged from Emily and Richard after getting pregnant with Rory.
*”The Big One” (Season 3, Episode 16)
No one will ever forget Paris Geller’s breakdown speech. After she doesn’t get into Harvard, Paris loses it at Chilton in speech that is broadcasted on C-SPAN. The fact that Liza Weil never won an Emmy is truly astounding.
*”Those Are Strings, Pinocchio” (Season 3, Episode 22)
The season 3 finale is quite possibly the best episode of Gilmore Girls. Rory graduates from Chilton and gives a heartwarming tribute to Lorelai. Rory’s speech will make you laugh and cry. It’s a true testament to Lorelai and Rory’s unbreakable bond.
“My mother never gave me any idea that I couldn’t do whatever I wanted to do or be whomever I wanted to be,” Rory says. “She filled our house with love and fun and books and music, unflagging in her efforts to give me role models from Jane Austen to Eudora Welty to Patti Smith. As she guided me through these incredible eighteen years, I don’t know if she ever realized that the person I most wanted to be was her.”
*”The Incredible Sinking Lorelais” (Season 4, Episode 14)
Lorelai and Rory just aren’t the same when they’re not together. The separation between them, with Rory being at Yale, finally comes to a head in this episode.
*”Raincoats & Recipes” (Season 4, Episode 22)
So much went down in the season 4 finale. The opening of Lorelai’s Dragonfly Inn — a huge deal — is the least important thing to happen. Luke and Lorelai finally act on their feelings and kiss. But the most shocking moment is when Rory loses her virginity to a very married Dean.
*”A House Is Not A Home” (Season 5, Episode 22)
No one ever really thought Lorelai and Rory could fall apart like they did in the season 5 finale. Rory tells Lorelai that she’s taking a break from Yale, and Lorelai is understandably furious. By the end of the episode, Rory and Lorelai have never been further apart, and Rory moves in with Emily and Richard.
*”Bon Voyage (Season 7, Episode 22)
The series finale was perfect ending to a perfect show. Rory gets a last-minute job covering Barack Obama’s campaign and has to leave right away. Luke brings the town together to throw Rory an amazing going away party. Luke and Lorelai share a sweet moment, implicating they get back together in the end.
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