The Best Episodes of Gilmore Girls

Bon Voyage

#1 - Bon Voyage 8.53

Season 7 - Episode 22

Rory lands her dream job as a political reporter in Ohio. Luke enlists the help of everyone in Stars Hollow to throw her a graduation party in order to say goodbye. Luke's thoughtfulness brings out a long-awaited reaction from Lorelai.

Directors: Lee Shallat-Chemel
Raincoats and Recipes

#2 - Raincoats and Recipes 8.44

Season 4 - Episode 22

The Dragonfly Inn approaches opening day. Rory and Dean take a major step forward in their relationship, to Lorelei's dismay. Two suitors go after Lorelai.

Directors: Amy Sherman-Palladino
Those Are Strings, Pinocchio

#3 - Those Are Strings, Pinocchio 8.39

Season 3 - Episode 22

Rory finally learns her mother can't afford to buy the Dragonfly Inn since financial aid for Yale didn't come through. Luke has second thoughts about a trip with Nicole after something Lorelai tells him. Jess makes silent contact with Rory.

Directors: Jamie Babbit
The Prodigal Daughter Returns

#4 - The Prodigal Daughter Returns 8.24

Season 6 - Episode 9

Luke becomes jealous when Lorelai receives a phone call from Christopher. After Rory moves into Lane's apartment, re-enrolls in Yale, and scores herself a job, Rory and Lorelai take the first steps towards reconciliation.

Directors: Amy Sherman-Palladino
I Can't Get Started

#5 - I Can't Get Started 8.22

Season 2 - Episode 22

Sookie's wedding draws near, and both bride and groom are getting frazzled. After Christopher comes to town and confesses that his relationship with Sherrie is over, he and Lorelai rekindle their relationship.

Directors: Amy Sherman-Palladino
The Incredible Sinking Lorelais

#6 - The Incredible Sinking Lorelais 8.20

Season 4 - Episode 14

Lorelai and Sookie explore ways to ease their financial crunch and raise money to pay their construction crew, one of whom is now Dean. Rory is distraught when one of her professors tells her to drop a class because she can't handle her course load.

Directors: Stephen Clancy
A House Is Not a Home

#7 - A House Is Not a Home 8.20

Season 5 - Episode 22

Lorelai picks Rory up after a crazy night with Logan. Rory decides that she will not go back to Yale next year, much to Lorelei's dismay.

Directors: Amy Sherman
So... Good Talk

#8 - So... Good Talk 8.18

Season 5 - Episode 16

When Richard and Emily return from their second honeymoon, Rory attends Friday-night dinner without Lorelai, who refuses to speak to her mother or see her, and plans a girls' night out with Sookie instead. Meanwhile, Luke, who's miserable without Lorelai, takes his anger out on his customers. Meanwhile, Lane has a horrific realization about her mother's inluence.

Directors: Jamie Babbit
You Jump, I Jump, Jack

#9 - You Jump, I Jump, Jack 8.15

Season 5 - Episode 7

Emily demands that Lorelai bring her new boyfriend to dinner so that they can get reacquainted. Logan encourages Rory to participate in a mysterious event.

Directors: Kenny Ortega
Friday Night's Alright For Fighting

#10 - Friday Night's Alright For Fighting 8.12

Season 6 - Episode 13

While Luke deals with the reality of having April in his life, Lorelai tries to pretend she doesn't mind the repercussions the new situation is having on their engagement. Rory's concern over Paris' lack of management skills at the Yale Daily News finally reaches a crisis point. The subsequent Friday night dinner erupts into an emotional confrontation where all four Gilmores finally get their issues out on the table.

Directors: Kenny Ortega, Alexis Bledel, Edward Herrmann, Kelly Bishop, Lauren Graham, Liza Weil, Matt Czuchry, Melissa McCarthy, Scott Patterson, Sean Gunn
They Shoot Gilmores, Don't They?

#11 - They Shoot Gilmores, Don't They? 8.12

Season 3 - Episode 7

Lorelai is determined to win the Stars Hollow Dance Marathon and wrest the trophy from four-time champion Kirk, but has trouble getting a partner until she finally convinces Rory to help her dance her way to victory.

Directors: Kenny Ortega
Lorelai's Graduation Day

#12 - Lorelai's Graduation Day 8.10

Season 2 - Episode 21

Rory gets her excited about attending her mother's college graduation ceremony and secretly invites Richard and Emily, despite Lorelai's assertion that they'd never agree to attend.

Directors: Jamie Babbit
I Get A Sidekick Out of You

#13 - I Get A Sidekick Out of You 8.10

Season 6 - Episode 19

Lane and Zack's wedding is coming up. Rory suggests that Chris go as Lorelai's date and Chris is totally psyched to do it. Grandma Kim is a Buddhist and doesn't know that Mrs. Kim is a 7th Day Adventist. At Lane's wedding, Lorelai collapses and Christopher is there to take care of her.

Directors: Amy Sherman-Palladino, Yanic Truesdale, Sean Gunn, Liza Weil, Melissa McCarthy, Lauren Graham, Keiko Agena, Alexis Bledel
The Lorelais' First Day at Yale

#14 - The Lorelais' First Day at Yale 8.09

Season 4 - Episode 2

While Luke is willing to lend Lorelai his truck to help Rory move into her dorm, he's not too thrilled when the project turns out to take all day. Rory meets her new roommates.

Directors: Chris Long
But Not as Cute as Pushkin

#15 - But Not as Cute as Pushkin 8.09

Season 5 - Episode 10

Lorelai's attempt to do something nice for Luke backfires. At Headmaster Charleston's request, Rory happily gives Anna, a Chilton student and prospective Eli, the Yale grand tour.

Directors: Michael Zinberg
Love, Daisies and Troubadours

#16 - Love, Daisies and Troubadours 8.09

Season 1 - Episode 21

Rachel makes an important decision after she becomes convinced that despite his protests, Luke is in love with Lorelei. Rory finally manages to talk to Dean about her feelings.

Directors: Amy Sherman-Palladino
Wedding Bell Blues

#17 - Wedding Bell Blues 8.08

Season 5 - Episode 13

Emily and Richard renew their vows in front of 100's of their closest friends with Lorelai as Emily's Maid of Honor, and Rory as Richard's Best Man. Luke gets in a fight with Christopher over Lorelai. Logan comes to the ceremony with a girl that looks like his girlfriend, and Rory gets jealous.

Directors: Amy Sherman-Palladino
The Big One

#18 - The Big One 8.07

Season 3 - Episode 16

Rory and Paris compete for the honor of speaking at Chilton's Bicentennial. Lorelai runs into an ex and it's apparent that they're not quite over each other yet. Rory's college acceptance letters finally arrive.

Directors: Jamie Babbit
Dear Emily and Richard

#19 - Dear Emily and Richard 8.06

Season 3 - Episode 13

Sherry goes into labor with only Lorelai and Rory for company. Lorelai reminisces about her pregnancy and Rory's birth. The war between Paris and Rory continues when Paris picks a photo of the "Franklin" staff for the yearbook that has the worst possible shot of Rory.

Directors: Gail Mancuso
Luke Can See Her Face

#20 - Luke Can See Her Face 8.04

Season 4 - Episode 20

Liz returns to Stars Hollow to announce that she's getting married in the town square in a week. Rory tries to hide her discomfort when Lorelai tells her about overhearing a fight between Dean and Lindsay. A self-help tape helps Luke clarify his thinking, and a talk with Jess gets him started on the path to having the relationship he's been looking for all along.

Directors: Matthew Diamond

#21 - Partings 8.02

Season 6 - Episode 22

Stars Hollow needs a new town troubadour and there are many hopeful people trying out, much to Taylor's dislike. Lorelai finally confronts Luke about their long engagement and Rory and Logan spend their last night together before he must go to London.

Directors: Amy Sherman-Palladino, Scott Patterson, Lauren Graham, Kelly Bishop, Edward Herrmann, Alexis Bledel, Matt Czuchry
Say Something

#22 - Say Something 8.01

Season 5 - Episode 14

Lorelai does her best to get Luke to not give up on them after the awful events at the wedding. After taking care of her mom Rory goes back to Yale to work things out with Logan.

Directors: Daniel Palladino
Lorelai? Lorelai?

#23 - Lorelai? Lorelai? 8.00

Season 7 - Episode 20

After getting into a science camp, April tells Luke that she cannot go on the boating trip with him over the summer. Zach is asked to go on tour with another band. A drunk Lorelai serenades Luke at Karaoke night. Logan gets a job in San Francisco.

Directors: Bethany Rooney
Those Lazy-Hazy-Crazy Days

#24 - Those Lazy-Hazy-Crazy Days 8.00

Season 3 - Episode 1

Amidst her sadness about Christopher, Lorelai has an intriguing dream about Luke. Rory returns from Washington to realize that she still may have feelings for Jess. Rory once again guides Paris through the rocky shoals of preparing for a date.

Directors: Amy Sherman-Palladino
Twenty-One is the Loneliest Number

#25 - Twenty-One is the Loneliest Number 7.99

Season 6 - Episode 7

Both Rory and Lorelai are saddened by the fact that their estrangement is keeping them apart on Rory's 21st birthday. Emily takes it upon herself to plan a party for her granddaughter when Rory shows no interest in the event. Lorelai tries to convince Luke to participate in her mad scientist Halloween skit.

Directors: Bob Berlinger