Countdown to Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life – 4 Days Left

Written by M.



Time for Crash Course Lesson #26

The Gilmore Guide to Season 3 and 4

As season three unfolds, both Gilmore girls are growing up fast. Lorelai faced a heartbreaking disappointment when her rekindled romance with Rory’s father, Christopher, was thwarted by the unexpected pregnancy of his girlfriend. Trying to move on with her love life, Lorelai now faces the prospect of life without Rory as the dream of Harvard starts to become a reality. Lorelai continues to manage the historic Independence Inn and to nurture her dream of one day opening her own inn with her best friend, the fabulous chef Sookie St. James, who is now adjusting to married life.

For Rory, the failed reconciliation between her parents was a crushing blow and led to her first angry confrontation with Christopher over his failures as a parent. She tries to overcome her disappointment by immersing herself in the demanding curriculum at Chilton Academy and the uneasy alliance she has formed with her intense schoolmate Paris Geller. Rory and Paris spent the summer together at a leadership conference in Washington D.C., where Rory managed to temporarily avoid the turmoil of her own love life. Now back in Stars Hollow for her senior year, she will finally have to choose between Dean, her sweet, safe and steady boyfriend of over a year, or the smart, not-so-safe new boy in town, Jess. The possibility of a romance between Rory and Jess continues to be a strain on Lorelai’s long-standing friendship with Luke Danes, the owner of the local diner and the Mike Nichols to Lorelai’s Elaine May. Also there to help Rory sort out her teen life is her friend Lane Kim, who has now turned her music obsession into action. She has joined a band. Of course, her mother has no idea.

Senior year meant some surprising changes for the Gilmore girls, as both Lorelai and Rory wrestled with their pasts in order to figure out what the heck they were going to do with their futures. In the wake of finding out that her relationship with Rory’s dad was not to be rekindled, Lorelai endured a variety of suitors as she attempted to keep her life on an even keel–not easy when her former flame’s girlfriend was pregnant (and clueless), her former fiancé shows up unexpectedly, and her beloved inn suffers some unforeseen damage.

If it was major drama for Lorelai, it was full-fledged soap opera for Rory, who broke up with longtime boyfriend Dean in the wake of her attraction to the moody bad-boy Jess, only to find her new relationship fraught with difficulties. Add to that the pressure of getting into college (Harvard or Yale?) and stressful senior class politics at the snooty Chilton private school and it’s a wonder she still had time to crack wise at breakneck speed with her mom and the rest of Stars Hollow.

But here’s Kirk

Must watch episodes to know the story?

Episodes 2, 7, 8, 9, 11, 13, 15, 16, 17, 19, 20, 21, 22

But the best episodes of this season are.

  • Episode 1 – Those Lazy-Hazy-Crazy Days
    “Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer
    Those days of soda and pretzels and beer
    Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer
    You’ll wish that summer could always be here”
    Anyone who’s ever seen this episode has this song stuck in their head for the rest of their lives.
  • Episode 4 – One’s Got Class and the Other One Dyes
    Lane goes purple! And then back to black when she freaks out.
  • Episode 6 – Take the Deviled Eggs…
    Rory and Lorelai throwing deviled eggs at Jess’ car!
  • Episode 7 – They Shoot Gilmores, Don’t They?
    Dean breaks up with Rory, part 2.
    Oh and Lane and Dave, the early days.
  • Episode 8 – Let the Games Begin
    Rory and Jess are now a couple and Luke freaks out about it.
  • Episode 9 – A Deep-Fried Korean Thanksgiving
    4 Thanksgiving Dinners and the girls can still eat!
  • Episode 12 – Lorelai Out of Water
    Lorelai goes fishing, ‘nough said.
  • Episode 16 – The Big One
    Paris has a public mental breakdown
  • Episode 17 – A Tale of Poes and Fire
    Harvard, Yale, Harvard, Yale, Harvard, Yale…
  • Episode 18 – Happy Birthday, Baby
    Yale! And one giant pizza!
  • Episode 22 – Those Are Strings, Pinocchio
    Rory’s valedictorian speech still makes me cry.


Episode 1 – Those Lazy-Hazy-Crazy Days

Lorelai: I’m lying in bed and I’m sleeping and I’m wearing this fabulous nightgown, and like thirty alarm clocks go off, and so I get out of bed and I walk downstairs, and there, standing in the kitchen, is Luke!
Rory: Was he naked?
Lorelai: No! He was making breakfast.
Rory: Naked?
Lorelai: Okay, you’ve been in Washington way too long.

Episode 2 – Haunted Leg

Lorelai: My life stinks. Hey, let’s look into each other’s eyes and say “I wish I were you” at exactly the same time — maybe we’ll pull a Freaky Friday.
Rory: Or we can just pretend that we did and you can go around acting really immature. Oh, wait…
Lorelai: I can’t believe you won’t switch bodies with me.
Rory: Forget it. Then I’d have to date Kirk.

Episode 4 – One’s Got Class and the Other One Dyes

Lorelai: Lane can’t quit the band. She has to get famous and introduce me to Bono.
Rory: I told her that.
Lorelai: All right, let’s go eat… see if we can figure out a way to salvage my future as a groupie.

Luke: Hey, wait now. You’re talking crazy talk trying to confuse me now, aren’t you?
Lorelai: Aren’t you!
Luke: What?
Lorelai: Who?
Luke: Stop it!
Lorelai: Bye!

Episode 7 – They Shoot Gilmores, Don’t They?

Rory: I can’t even open my eyes.
Lorelai: That’s okay, there’s nothing to see. Kirk’s in a Speedo, Taylor’s in a skirt, Al’s in assless chaps.
Rory: Oh my God, stop. I’m never gonna be able to close my eyes again.

Episode 8 – Let the Games Begin

Jess: Hi.
Rory: Hey.
Jess: Hi.
Lorelai: Hi.
Jess: Hi.
Luke: Hi.
Rory: I have to get to school.
Jess: Yeah, me too.
Rory: Bye
Jess: Bye. Bye.
Lorelai: Bye.
Rory: Bye.
Lorelai: Bye.
Rory: Bye.
Luke: Bye.
[Jess and Rory leave.]
Luke: What the hell was that?|
Lorelai: That was episode one of “Rory and Jess: The Early Years”.

Episode 10 – That’ll Do, Pig

Lorelai: Okay, so monkey lamp’s in the closet, singing rabbi’s in a drawer, and all Spice Girl memorabilia’s under your bed. How do I look?
Rory: Like a woman who does not own any Spice Girl memorabilia.
Lorelai: You look pretty, too.

Episode 11 – I Solemnly Swear

Emily: That was our lawyer calling to inform me that one of our former maids is suing for wrongful termination.
Lorelai: Hm.
Emily: You might at least act surprised.
Lorelai: It’s not the first time, is it?
Emily: It most certainly is.
Lorelai: Really?
Emily: Yes, Lorelai, really.
Lorelai: Well, then, I’m surprised.

Episode 12 – Lorelai Out of Water

Lorelai: I look adorable! No one ever told me that if you fish, you get to buy an outfit. I’ll do just about anything if I can buy an outfit!

Episode 13 – Dear Emily and Richard

Lorelai[about a package] It’s from my mother.
Rory: What is it?
Lorelai: It’s heavy. Must be her hopes and dreams for me.
Rory: I thought she discarded those years ago.

Episode 15 – Face-Off

Lorelai: It’ll be fun. There’ll be cheerleaders and clowns, people doing the wave.
Rory: You have no idea what a hockey game is, do you?

Rory: If I had known sports were so much about eating, I would’ve come to a lot more of these.
Lane: I know. There’s something deeply satisfying about watching other people exercise while eating junk food.

Episode 17 – A Tale of Poes and Fire

Lorelai: Okay. [to kids] Hey, guys, go on over to the diner and have breakfast with your families, and then ask the nice man in the baseball hat and the flannel shirt to do sock puppets for you. And if he says no, just ask him louder – it’s part of the game!’

Episode 22 – Those Are Strings, Pinocchio

Rory: Headmaster Charleston, faculty members, fellow students, family and friends, welcome.  We never thought this day would come.  We prayed for its quick delivery, crossed days off our calendars, counted hours, minutes and seconds and now that it’s here, I’m sorry it is, because it means leaving friends who inspire me and teachers who’ve been my mentors, so many people who’ve shaped my life, and my fellow students lives impermeably and forever.
I live in two worlds.  One is a world of books. I’ve been a resident of Faulkner’s Yoknapatawpha County, hunted the white whale aboard the Pequod, fought alongside Napoleon, sailed a raft with Huck and Jim, committed absurdities with Ignatius J. Reilly, rode a sad train with Anna Karenina and strolled down Swann’s Way. It’s a rewarding world, but my second one is by far superior.  My second one is populated with characters slightly less eccentric, but supremely real, made of flesh and bone, full of love, who are my ultimate inspiration for everything.  Richard and Emily Gilmore are kind, decent, unfailingly generous people.  They are my twin pillars, without whom I could not stand.  I am proud to be their grandchild.  But my ultimate inspiration comes from my best friend, the dazzling woman from whom I received my name and my life’s blood, Lorelai Gilmore. My mother never gave me any idea that I couldn’t do whatever I wanted to do or be whomever I wanted to be.  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.  Thank you, Mom: you are my guidepost for everything.

The sum of its parts was definitely greater than the season whole as Gilmore Girls kicked off its fourth year by separating its high-powered mother-daughter duo. After years of toil at snooty private school Chilton, Rory was finally off to the greener pastures of college as she began her first year at Yale. The not-so-long distance put a crimp in her relationship with her mother, Lorelai, as the two were forced to continue their chatty conversations via phone–not exactly the same as trading barbs face-to-face.

While Rory adjusted to college life with cranky roommate Paris in tow, Lorelai found herself without a daughter but gained a boyfriend in the form of Jason “Digger” Stiles, a childhood acquaintance and now her father’s business partner. But the lure of Stars Hollow, the Gilmores’ cherished country town, would prove too hard to resist as Lorelai finally made plans to open her own inn and the two ladies found themselves attracted to town residents–for Lorelai, an intensifying of her friendship with diner owner Luke and for Rory, a return to old boyfriend Dean, which put a decided tension into a show that sorely needed it.

Take it away Kirk!

Must watch episodes to know the story?

Episodes 2, 3, 4, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 16, 18, 19, 21, 22

But the best episodes of this season are; 2, 7, 9, 11, 15, 17, 22

  • Episode 2 – The Lorelais’ First Day at Yale
    What to do when you get to college? Rate the delivery boys!
  • Episode 7 – The Festival of the Living Art
    The title gives the reason away.
  • Episode 9 – Ted Koppel’s Big Night Out
    Richard in his Yale-element
  • Episode 11 – In the Clamor and the Clangor
    Lane’s secret comes out
  • Episode 15 – Scene in a Mall
    Emily goes shopping crazy
  • Episode 17 – Girls in Bikinis, Boys Doin’ the Twist
    Paris kisses Rory!
  • Episode 22 – Raincoats and Recipes
    Lorelai and Luke and Kirk’s night terrors.


Episode 1 – Ballrooms and Biscotti

Lorelai: It’s a boy! Oh, I know nothing about little boys!
Sookie: Me neither.

Episode 2 – The Lorelais’ First Day at Yale

Lorelai: Well, I can’t take it back to Yale.
Luke: I’m not storing your microbe mattress, forget it.
Lorelai: Well, then I’m stuck here.
Luke: Fine, because I need my truck back.
Lorelai: Fine, but that leaves you with the mattress.
Luke: I’m not taking the mattress.
Lorelai: Then let me take the truck.
Luke: But that means you take the mattress.
Lorelai: I can’t take the mattress.
Luke: Then you can’t have the truck.
Lorelai: But that sticks you with the mattress.
Luke: If you take the truck, it comes with the mattress.
Lorelai: I can’t take the mattress.
Luke: Then you can’t have the truck.
Lorelai: And that sticks you with the mattress.
Luke: We’ve been here before.
Lorelai: I recognize that tree.

Episode 5 – The Fundamental Things Apply

Emily: I just found out that Sookie was pregnant!
Lorelai: Don’t look at me, I had nothing to do with it.

Episode 8 – Die, Jerk

Lorelai: So, Davey, beautiful day, huh? What would you like to discuss? Middle East peace, the space program? I’m sorry, what’s that? Oh, my God. He said, “The answer to the problems in the Mideast is, ‘I have to poop.'”
Sookie: He got distracted.

Episode 9 – Ted Koppel’s Big Night Out

Richard: I like that boy.
Lorelai: Prove it. Drop your pants!

Episode 10 – The Nanny and the Professor

Lorelai: Marzipan’s not candy! It’s a unique substance unto itself, like Velveeta or plutonium.

Episode 11 – In the Clamor and the Clangor

Lane: You told me the Cookie Monster was one of the Seven Deadly Sins.
Mrs. Kim: Gluttony.

Lorelai: You want me to call you at Yale in the middle of the night so I can say, “Hey, drive 20 miles to stand in the snow with Mommy”?
Rory: Yes.
Lorelai: And then we take the “Craziest Mother-Daughter” title from Judy and Liza.

Episode 12 – A Family Matter

Lorelai: Was she at the professor’s again last night?
Rory: Yes, but she claims she was up all night cramming.
Lorelai: Well, she was.
Rory: Oh, ick!

Episode 17 – Girls in Bikinis, Boys Doin’ the Twist

Episode 18 – Tick, Tick, Tick, Boom!

Lorelai: College is loud!
Rory: Yes, it’s part of our training. It’s right up there with the bad food, the sleep deprivation, and how to hold your own hair while throwing up.
Lorelai: Awww.

Episode 20 – Luke Can See Her Face

Man on Cassette: Complete the following sentence — I feel angry because…
Luke: I am listening to this tape.
Man on Cassette: I feel hopeful because…
Luke: This tape must end eventually.
Man on Cassette: I feel helpless because…
Luke: I wonder if anyone’s ever kicked an audiotape’s ass.

Episode 21 – Last Week Fights, This Weeks Tights

Sookie: If they’re small enough to shove up our son’s nose, they’re too small!
Jackson: No way could you shove one of these up Davey’s nose.
Sookie: Bet you five bucks.
Jackson: Get him in here!
Lorelai[entering] Hey, guys. You probably shouldn’t shove a radish up your son’s nose. Just thinking out loud.

Have love,

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