Gilmore Girls Episode Guide
Elizabeth, January 2005
Season One (2000 - 2001)
Rory is accepted to Chilton, a private school that is too expensive for her
mother to afford on her own. Lorelai is forced to go to her estranged parents
for financial help in paying for her daughter's school. The Gilmoreís (Richard &
Emily) gladly give the money to Lorelai & Rory in exchange for a family dinner
every Friday night. During her last week at public school Rory meets Dean. This
new development makes her doubt wanting to attend prep school and causes an
argument between her and Lorelai.
2. The Lorelais' First Day at Chilton
Lorelai embarrasses both her daughter and her mother on Rory's first day at
Chilton. Rory seems overwhelmed by the amount of work she has to catch up on
from the first week of school.
3. Kill Me Now
Rory spends some time with her grandfather and discovers that they get along
better than she anticipated. Lorelai freaks out when she finds out that her
daughter enjoyed spending time with her father. Lorelai is busy at work with a
double wedding for twins.
4. The Deer-Hunters
Rory gets a low grade (her first ever) on an English paper and is teased by
Paris. This gets Rory even more stressed out about an upcoming English exam.
Lorelai helps her daughter study and on the day of the test the two oversleep.
On the way to school Rory gets into a car accident and arrives too late to take
her test. Rory gives both Paris & Tristan a well deserved tongue lashing.
Lorelai pleads with the headmaster on behalf of Rory which doesn't help. When
the girls get home Rory's English teacher has left a message telling her that
he's spoken with the headmaster and that Rory can have some extra credit work in
order to bring up her grade. Sookie gets an amazing review in a magazine,
but focuses on a minute aspect of the article. When she finds out the problem
she arrives at the critic's home with the corrected meal.
5. Cinnamon's Wake
Sookie makes food for a Chilton Bake Sale and draws the attention of Rory's
English teacher (Max) to the table. He asks Lorelai out on a date and she agrees
to meet for coffee. The two have a wonderful time. Lorelai finally talks to Rory
about Max. Dean and Rory continue to run into one another in town. Dean finally
tells her that he's interested in her and that if she wants him to leave her
alone that he will. She tells him that she's interested and then runs away.
Babbette & Morey's cat, Cinnamon dies. Lorelai ends up skipping out on the
funeral of a cousin to attend the funeral of Cinnamon.
6. Rory's Birthday Parties
Rory is about to turn 16, and Emily & Lorelai argue over what kind of birthday
party Rory should have. Emily argues that her granddaughter should have a
'proper' party while Lorelai is in favor of a more informal gathering. They
agree to have two parties for Rory. Emily's party does not go well when she
invites classmates of Rory's without checking with her. Rory tells her mother
who feels badly. Lorelai and Emily argue over how Emily treated her
granddaughter. When Emily & Richard attend Lorelai's party for Rory, Emily
realizes that she doesn't know her daughter at all. Dean makes Rory a bracelet
for her birthday.
7. Kiss and Tell
Dean and Rory have their first kiss in public, at the grocery store where Dean
works. Rory gets home and decides not to tell her mother who is in a bad mood.
Lorelai finds out about the kiss from Mrs. Kim, who thinks that Rory is a bad
influence on her daughter, Lane. Lorelai is upset that she had to hear about the
kiss from someone other than Rory. Lorelai decides to invite Dean over to watch
movies with them, which bothers Rory at first. Lorelai warns Dean to treat her
daughter the right way. Dean and Rory share a second kiss on the front porch.
8. Love and War and Snow
Rory becomes stranded at her grandparentís house after a snowstorm. Lorelai runs
into Max whose car has died in Stars Hollow on his way home. Max and Lorelai
watch movies and have burgers on their first date. Luke looks less than pleased
when he witnesses the two of them walking around town together and then sees
them kiss. Lane is already at Lorelai's house, waiting to talk to Rory. Lorelai
talks to Lane who is embarrassed by something that happened at school. Rory
comes home in the morning to find Lane in her bedroom and her English teacher on
the couch. Lorelai and Rory talk about Lorelai beginning to date again.
9. Rory's Dance
Lorelai finds out about a Chilton dance from her mother who receives the school
newsletter. Rory doesn't want to go and her mother convinces her that it might
be a good idea. Lane helps give Rory the courage to ask Dean to the dance and
even though he's not the 'dance type' he agrees to go. Emily is invited to see
Rory leave for her first dance and ends up staying in Stars Hollow after Lorelai
suffers from a back spasm. Lorelai and Emily share some bonding time. Dean
almost gets into a fight with Tristan at the dance. Dean and Rory finally have
the 'boyfriend/girlfriend' talk. The two fall asleep at Miss Patty's reading to
one another which cause Emily & Lorelai to argue the next morning. Lorelai and
10. Forgiveness and Stuff
Lorelai and Rory are still arguing as evidenced by their avoidance of one
another. Lane tries to help Rory give Dean the perfect Christmas gift for Dean.
Emily and Lorelai argue about Christmas dinner, and Rory has to go alone.
Richard collapses. Luke helps Lorelai out and drives her to the hospital. Emily
has a near melt down at the hospital and is impressed with how her daughter
helped save the day. Emily and Lorelai call a truce after hearing the Richard's
collapse was angina.
11. Paris is Burning
Lorelai and Max get closer. Rory becomes used to the idea of her mother dating
Max. Sookie and Lorelai have a talk about relationships and Lorelai
inadvertently insults her best friend. During Parent's Night at Chilton Max and
Lorelai end up kissing in his classroom, which Paris ends up witnessing. Soon
Lorelai is at the center of the Chilton rumor mill and Rory is embarrassed.
Emily finds out about the kiss and berates Lorelai for it. Paris apologizes to
Rory for spreading gossip and Rory offer to listen to Paris about her parents
divorce. Max realizes that the kiss at Chilton could have ended his career and
opts to back off things with Lorelai. Sookie asks Jackson, the produce man out
on a date and he happily accepts.
12. Double Date
Sookie sets up a definite date with Jackson, whose cousin is in town. That means
one thing - Lorelai is going as the date for Jackson's cousin. Rory goes to Dean
for help in setting up Todd, Dean's friend and Lane. Lane lies to her mother so
that she can have a double date with Todd, Rory and Dean. Sookie's double date
with Jackson, his cousin and Lorelai starts off badly and ends at the diner.
Mrs. Kim finds Lorelai and demands that they find Rory and Lane immediately.
Mrs. Kim drags Lane home and grounds her. Lorelai decides to talk to Mrs. Kim
the next day to see if she can help with the situation.
Lorelai buys a sweatshirt at a Stars Hollow rummage sale that was donated by
Luke. He freaks out by her wearing the shirt and she later finds out that it
belonged to his ex-girlfriend, Rachel. Lorelai ends up giving the shirt back to
Luke. Sookie scores tickets to the Bangles concert which happens to be in the
city. Rory gets stuck working on a school project with Paris, Madeline and
Louise. The girls end up in Stars Hollow and when Lane can't go to the concert
they go to the Bangles concert (Sookie and Lorelai end up with seats in the
nosebleed section that they bought at the door). Madeline and Louise take off
with some college guys that they meet at the concert, while Rory & Paris stay to
enjoy the music. After the concert Lorelai eventually tracks down the girls.
14. That Damn Donna Reed
Lorelai suggests that perhaps the diner needs a new paint job and gets
commissioned to help out with the job. Dean and Rory argue over a womanís role
in the household. Rory baby-sits Babbette's new kitten and makes Dean a 'Donna
Reed' type dinner. While Rory is cat sitting Lorelai looses Rory's school
project and has to call Luke to help her find it. Both Sookie and Emily press
Lorelai for dirt on her relationship with Luke. Christopher, Rory's father shows
up in town and needs a place to stay. Rory insists that her father stay at the
house with the girls.
15. Christopher Returns
Rory gives her father the grand tour of her town and learns that he wants to be
more involved with her life. Lorelai warns her daughter not to get her hopes up.
Emily arranges a dinner with Christopher, his parents, Lorelai and Rory which
turns out to be a mistake. Emily reminds her granddaughter how much she is loved
and wanted. Lorelai realizes that although her father is willing to defend her
he is not willing to forgive her. Christopher and Lorelai relive some of their
past outside of her old bedroom. Luke is hurt when he finds out that Lorelai
blew him & a 'painting date' off to be with her ex. Christopher asks Lorelai to
marry him and she turns him down. Christopher heads back to California and
promises the girls to be in their lives more.
16. Star-Crossed Lovers and Other Strangers
Dean plans a romantic night for his and Rory's 3 month anniversary. Emily tries
to set Lorelai up with a single man at the Friday night dinner. Rachel, Luke's
ex girlfriend arrives in town and makes Lorelai feel inadequate. Richard helps
his daughter 'escape' the house & bad date. Dean presents Rory with her
anniversary gift, a car he's restoring for her and then he tells her that he
loves her. Rory doesn't respond and Dean is so hurt that he breaks up with her.
17. The Breakup, Part 2
Rory is in denial about her breakup with Dean. Lorelai finds out that Rachel is
staying in town for a while. Luke and Dean wrestle. Rory decides to go to
Madeline's party and drags Lane along with her. Lorelai borrows Skokieís car in
order to make a bold move in regards to Max. Lane meets Henry, a nice Korean boy
at Madeline's party. Max and Lorelai get closer and then decide to talk on the
phone regularly until they figure things out. Tristan kisses Rory at the party.
18. The Third Lorelai
Richard's mother, Lorelai I is coming to Hartford to visit the family. Emily is
less than thrilled to hear about their new house guest. Lorelai fins her mother
stressing out about her mother in laws visit. Lorelai admits to Rory that she
knows very little about her grandmother. Rory convinces Tristan to ask Paris out
on a date. At dinner with Lorelai I there the girls watch as Richard's mother
berates Emily. Paris turns to Rory in getting ready for her date. When Rory
isn't around Lorelai I tells Lorelai II that she has set up a trust fund for
Rory. She agrees to arrange it so that Rory can use the money to pay school.
Emily is upset and fears that she will never see her daughter again if she gets
the money. She convinces her daughter that it will drive a wedge between her and
Rory as well. Lorelai I witnesses the fight between her granddaughter and
daughter in law and retracts the offer.
19. Emily in Wonderland
Rory invites her grandmother to Stars Hollow to check out Mrs. Kim's antique
store. Rachel and Lorelai check out an abandoned building called 'Dragonfly.'
Lorelai gives Rune (Jackson's rude cousin) a job at the Independence Inn as a
favor to Sookie. Rachel admits to Lorelai that she's ready to settle down with
Luke. Rachel asks Lorelai for help in convincing Luke that she's in town for
good. Luke makes it clear the he doesn't like Rachel & Lorelai hanging out.
Henry calls Lane. Emily takes a room in her house and fills it with the things
Rory loves so that she will have a space of her own. Emily & Lorelai argue over
20. P.S. I Lo ..
Rory finds out from Max that he and her mother are dating again. Luke goes to
Lorelai for help when it comes to getting a present for Rachel. Dean and Lane
are partners for a school project. Rory argues with Lane and then argues with
her mother. Rory runs to stay at her grandparentís home for the night.
21. Love, Daisies and Troubadours
Tristan invites Rory to a concert and she tells him she can't go. Tristan then
lies to everyone and tells them that he has a date with Rory. Luke avoids
Rachel. Rachel leaves town telling Luke not to wait to tell the person he cares
for how he feels. Dean and Rory make up. Max proposes to Lorelai by filling the
Independence Inn with yellow daisies.
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