Countdown to Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life – 33 Days Left

Written by M.



Crash course lesson #5.

Friday Night Dinners

Friday Night Dinner is the weekly dinner of Emily, Richard, Lorelai and Rory Gilmore in the Gilmore Mansion in Hartford. It was originally a requirement of the loan Emily and Richard provided Lorelai for Rory’s Chilton tuition. According to Emily, if she was going to be financially involved in Lorelai’s and Rory’s life, she wanted to be personally involved in their life as well.


Rory seems to adjust quickly to the commitment, Lorelai on the other hand, bristles at attending every week and has often tried to get out of it by using extravagant excuses. The dinner frequently becomes a platform for airing current grievances on both sides, sometimes ending in shouting matches. Lorelai often ends up being utterly exhausted by the end of the dinner.

It is known that the only way that someone would be able to opt out of the dinner would be if you were sick of it was an emergency. However Lorelai has been able to persuade Emily about allowing Rory to avoid a dinner when the opportunity arose, for instance her three month anniversary with Dean.

The evening usually commences at around 6.30, dinner prefaced by cocktails in the living room, where the Gilmores talk about recent developments in their lives.

A number of times, maids will hinder Emily’s strict adherence that dinner be served precisely 7 PM. Protocol must be upheld at all cost in Emily’s view. One exception to this is when Richard and Emily have just separated and are bewildered by Lorelai and Rory coming to dinner – dinner is ready early and Emily tells the girls to bring the cocktails to the dinner table, at which Lorelai is aghast. Usually dinner takes place with a starter, main meal and then dessert and coffee following. Then there are after-dinner drinks in the living room.

Of course, there is the best Friday night dinner off all. In ‘Friday Night’s All Right For Fighting’ the dinners are reinstated, after Rory moved out of the Gilmore Mansion. It’s starts with Lorelai trying to calm Rory right outside the mansion, with this lovely story.

“Once upon a time, there was a big house with thick glass windows and heavy stone walls and a slightly pornographic fountain in the driveway. And all the animals in the forest were scared of the house ’cause they thought that the house was haunted, and so did all the villagers in the small hamlet of Hartford.. shire… ville. ‘Maids go in, but they never come out’ they would whisper on the street. One day, a beautiful young cowherderess walked by the house. And suddenly she felt the unbearable need for a strand of pearls and a snifter of 100-year old scotch. So, abandoning her cows, she climbed over the high walls and dropped onto the just-redone tiled walkway and rushed toward the enchanted French doors that the queen had never been happy with because the hardware was not what she had picked, and she refused to pay that idiot designer that she hired off of a recommendation and…
Okay, seriously, this didn’t work when you were 4. I am not sure why you thought it would do any good now.”

And it continuous inside, at times they have a good time and at times they fight. So if you don’t have time to watch all the videos underneath, just watch this one, trust me, it will be worth your time.

I’ve selected a video of each season to give you a true feeling of the Friday Night Dinners, see how they started of awkward and transformed into something more Gilmore, because there is just no other word it.

Season 1

Season 2

Season 3

Season 4

Season 5

Season 6

Season 7

See you tomorrow,
Have love,

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