Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life Recap: The 70 Most Emotional Moments0 Comments

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Posted on 27 Nov 2016 at 2:06am
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Imagine the iconic rain scene in The Notebook where Allie proclaims to Noah, “I waited for you for seven years.” Add two years to that tally and that’s how I felt about the Gilmore Girls revival. Fewer than 365 letters were written to the Palladinos, but the sentiment still stands—and now the time is finally here.

Going into the binge-a-thon, there was some hesitation (and a stockpiling of tissues, Pop Tarts, and Red Vines) to barrel through four seasons in six hours, but now that I’ve come out the other side, there are no regrets. In my small upstate New York town—OK, not as small as Stars Hollow, but still quaint-ish—my dad sat and watched the entirety with me, just as he did back when I was around Rory’s age when the series originally aired. My mom dropped off around the spring season, but dad stayed through to hug through the final four words, even though it was hours past his usual bedtime.

So just how much did we laugh and cry with the Gilmores through four seasons of love and loss? Below is a loose diary of the most emotional moments, presented in order, from the long-awaited return to Stars Hollow.

Warning: Major Gilmore Girls spoilers ahead!

Winter

  1. A single tear when those first la-la-las of the iconic Gilmore music started to play. “Haven’t done that in a while,” Lorelai quips. “Felt good,” Rory replies.
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  1. Seeing Luke cooking a lavish welcome home meal for Rory with all the carbs. A man after my own heart.

  2. When Rory’s new boyfriend Paul is to Gilmore Girls as Ann was to Arrested Development. (Side note: When Mae Whitman shows up later, it all comes full circle.)

  3. Rory first speaks of her late grandfather, Richard: “I miss him.”

  4. Luke printing Rory’s New Yorker piece on the back of all of his menus is too much to handle.

  5. “She abandoned us,” Michel says of Sookie to Lorelai. (And we have to wait three more seasons to see her again…)

  6. Emily’s face as she stands at Richard’s casket alone at the funeral while Rory and Lorelai hug from beyond? Excuse me, I’m a puddle on the ground.

  7. Oh, you didn’t think it could get worse? The larger-than-life portrait of Richard prompting a fight with Emily and the truth coming out about how Lorelai crushed her mother after the funeral had me watching through my fingers.

  8. “I wonder if Luke knew what he was getting into with you,” Emily sneers at Lorelai.

  9. When Luke is invited to Friday night dinner (wait, what?!) and tries to sit in Richard’s chair before everyone silently stops him.

  10. When talking about kids, Luke tells Lorelai, “I’ve always considered Rory to be a little bit mine … No one gets to have everything they want in life. All in all, I think I did pretty good.”

  11. On the flip side, when looking for surrogates with fertility expert PARIS GELLER, she says, “That woman practically raised me.”

  12. Ugh, Logan?! (Repeat every time he’s on screen and cheating on his fiancé for the rest of the seasons.)

  13. Taylor Doose yelling at Luke’s Diner laptop squatters about WiFi is my new pump-up anthem. And then Luke signs his dumb petition for sewage systems.

  14. Which is better: Hep Alien’s performance or watching Paris be unimpressed by Hep Alien? Equally joyful to watch.

  15. “Did you ever imagine a time where there would be a grandma without a grandpa?” Rory says to Lorelai; I scream into a pillow.

  16. Be right back, building a shrine to Emily Gilmore wearing jeans and a Candies T-shirt while she declutters.

  17. Using a similar T-shirt to dry tears after she says, “I’ve forgotten what side of the bed to sleep on. I was married for 50 years. Half of me is gone. I had a real partner for 50 years and now he’s gone.”

  18. Rollercaster of emotions as Emily genuinely thanks Lorelai for advice about going to therapy…and then they go to therapy together and it’s a waking nightmare.

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  1. “In memory of Edward Herrmann.”

Spring

  1. Pour one out for Petal fake dying in Kirk’s second short film.

  2. The first walk into Richard’s study was enough emotion for one episode, but then Emily had to go and tell Luke that Richard left him a trust to franchise the “Luke’s Diner empire.” I like to think Luke was the son Richard never had.

  3. Nostalgia-within-nostalgia to be back at Chilton, even though that definitely wasn’t actually Chad Michael Murray returning as Tristan; I checked the credits.

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  1. Richard’s last words were “get the hell away from me”—directed at the nurses, not the Gilmores.

  2. It’s almost summer and WHERE IS JESS?

Summer

  1. This is more time than we needed with April. Hasn’t she done enough?

  2. Michel is leaving. Michel is having a baby! Lorelai is trying not to cry. I am weeping. Michel is trying not to cry at the secret bar because it’s bad enough that he’s here, anyway.

  3. Luke cooking at the Dragonfly Inn makes me desperately want Lorelai and Luke to open their own inn.

  4. I love you, Sutton Foster and Christian Borle, but you’re wasting the precious time we have with the Gilmore crew.

  5. Shout out to my mom dancing along to Carole King’s cameo.

  6. Jess is probably the Olivia Pope of Stars Hollow, fixing Rory’s problems with a pep talk, a drink, and general good looks. They’re very chill together. Why is Logan around more than Jess?

  7. “You gotta find that thing that makes you feel,” Jess says. “YOU MAKE ME FEEL,” I scream. 33. Had to pause the TV after watching Luke and Jess hug through the window. And then rewind and watch Jess throw Luke’s hat again.

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  1. Watching Rory and Lorelai fight is heartbreaking, even if Rory is being selfish about her book.

  2. Needed Rory and Logan to break up, but hate watching her sad. NOTHING’S FINE, I’M TORN.

  3. Stress-eating popcorn to keep from biting nails off when Lorelai and Luke fight. Repeat as she reveals she’s going on a Wild journey.

  4. Sutton Foster’s beautiful solo and the ending lyric—”somehow it’s never or now”—plays on repeat in my heart. Going to cross-stitch it into everything I own.

Fall

  1. “This is the last one,” I tell my dad. “Ever?” he questions. “EVER.”

  2. The only thing getting me through this Cheryl Strayed moment is Jason Ritter and Peter Krause showing up as Park Rangers. Third Parenthood cameo, and thankfully none of them were Ray Romano.

  3. Here Jess goes, Olivia Pope-ing Luke this time with a good ol’ heart-to-heart about how this is the longest Luke and Lorelai have been apart. When he ripped the router out of the wall, I may have applauded.

  4. We don’t really need another Logan journey, but at least there was a proper goodbye.

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  1. Why are the Gilmore Girls apart so much in these last few episodes?

  2. Pause for full meltdown when Lorelai tells Emily the story about Richard giving her a pretzel and taking her to the movies to see Grease and An Unmarried Woman—”something for me, something for him”—on the “best birthday” she ever had after the worst day she ever had.

  3. When Luke made Paul Anka steak…

  4. …but was then interrupted by Lorelai coming back to tell him she wanted to get married.

  5. …but him thinking she was leaving him and giving the most beautiful speech, which I watched through blurry eyes. “I never thought in my wildest dreams that this would happen, that we would happen,” he says.

  6. Of course he has a ring.

  7. “The only way out is in a body bag,” Luke says. “Now we don’t have to write our vows,” Lorelai replies.

  8. Rory going to her grandparents’ house alone and seeing old memories of Richard is like when Ryan goes through the old house in the series finale of The O.C. and I am emotionally exhausted.

  9. Oh, RORY IS WRITING HER BOOK AT RICHARD’S OLD DESK. SOS.

  10. Classic Gilmore hang where Rory slips Lorelai the book and tells her she won’t finish it if mom doesn’t approve. (All done over copious amounts of junk food, of course.)

  11. Standing ovation for Emily calling bullshit at the DAR meeting.

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  1. Rory and Christopher’s reunion is a lot, but he sums up the mom-daughter relationship perfectly: “From the moment I saw you together, there was no one getting between you two.”

  2. Lorelai is honoring her father’s memory by expanding the inn with Luke’s trust money, Emily is making her spend more time with her at her new Nantucket home, and all of these broken relationships are mending finally.

  3. For one, Dean looks really good, especially for having three kids and one on the way. “You taught me what safe feels like,” Rory tells him, and they share that cornstarch-stealing inside joke, and really that was the ideal way to work him in.

  4. Also, shout out to Gilmore Girls for really driving home Lane and Rory’s bond, not just Rory and Paris’ relationship.

  5. SOOKIE. SOOKIE IS BACK. She made so many cakes! I am making that Milestone Cake at my own wedding.

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  1. Michel’s freakout—”you bitch!”—and forgiving and forgetting once Sookie’s granola comes into play makes total sense.
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  1. “We were supposed to do this together,” Sookie tells Lorelai. “Still best friends!” is the end of that conversation, complete with a long hug, so we’re all OK now.

  2. Emily has transformed into a person who tucks in her hired help and makes them soup when they’re sick, and it’s truly beautiful.

  3. Jess is 100 percent not over Rory, so there better be another year in the life to watch ASAP.

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  1. Paused on Jess peering in at Rory and Lorelai together for long enough for my dad to ask if the Netflix was frozen.
  1. Lorelai giving Rory permission to write the book (but with promise to sue her later if it’s bad) is the perfect middle ground.

  2. Of course Lorelai and Luke are eloping, of course Kirk made it a fairytale for them, and watching the mom-daughter-dad (let’s face it, Luke is her real dad) dance turned into me sobbing.

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  1. Emily kissing Richard’s portrait goodnight? HELP ME.

  2. Only problem with the wedding was that Sookie wasn’t there, but I understand Melissa McCarthy is super busy.

  3. Could not have predicted the last four words if I tried. “Mom?” Rory says. “Yeah?” Lorelai replies. “I’m pregnant.”

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  1. Let me pick my jaw up off the floor.

  2. Wait, THAT’S REALLY IT?

  3. Is there any way Jess could be the father?

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