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‘Gilmore Girls’: The 7 most important episodes from season 2

In season 2, #TeamJess and a consulting business are founded; there’s a wedding, an unplanned pregnancy, and a car accident; and just so much jealousy and tension.

It was hard to narrow down the seven most important episodes — so much stuff happens — but I’ve done my best to prepare you for the upcoming Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life revival.

So refill your coffee, return your VHS to the rental store, and stop making Brad and Jen references, because here’s season 2.

Episode 3, “Red Light on the Wedding Night” (Aired Oct 16, 2001)
Max and Lorelai struggle to figure out how life will work once they’re married. During Lorelai’s bachelorette party, she drunkenly calls Christopher instead of, you know, her fiancé. And by episode’s end, Lorelai tells Rory to pack. They’re going on a road trip; the wedding is off.

Episode 5, “Nick & Nora/Sid & Nancy” (Aired Oct 30, 2001)
Luke agrees to take in his rebellious teenage nephew, Jess (Milo Ventimiglia). Lorelai urges him to reconsider: Parenting is hard, especially when it’s a 17-year-old boy who’s being moved to a small town against his will. But Luke didn’t ask for her advice, thank you very much.

Meanwhile, Rory’s first assignment on the school paper is a profile on Chilton’s favorite teacher, Max, which gives them the opportunity to get some much-needed closure after his and Lorelai’s breakup.

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Episode 13, “A-Tisket, A-Tasket” (Aired Feb 5, 2002)
At Stars Hollow’s annual basket auction, Jess outbids Dean for Rory’s basket, forcing them to have a picnic lunch together. Dean is furious, but Rory and Jess hit it off, talking books long after their obligatory “date” is over.

Elsewhere, Henry dumps Lane, Jackson asks Sookie to marry him, and Luke buys a desperate Lorelai’s basket to save her from Miss Patty’s recruited suitors.

Episode 14, “It Should’ve Been Lorelai” (Aired Feb 12, 2002)
Christopher and Sherry come to Rory’s debate. Afterward, Sherry convinces Lorelai to get Rory out of Friday Night Dinner so the two of them can get to know each other. Lorelai brings Christopher to dinner instead, but Emily is furious that Sherry is becoming so involved in Rory’s life.

Later, Lorelai thanks Christopher; seeing him happy and grown-up with Sherry made her realize she’s been holding on to the idea of them together. But Chris takes this as Lor blaming him for all of her failed relationships. The fight is on.

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Episode 19, “Teach Me Tonight” (Aired Apr 30, 2002)
When Luke finds out Jess is failing all of his classes, he asks Rory to tutor him. But there’s not much studying going on, especially when Jess and Rory go out for ice cream and crash the car Dean built.

Christopher and Lorelai end their fight — your kid ending up in the hospital tends to do that — but Lorelai starts a new fight with Luke. She told him not to get Rory involved with Jess, that he was bad news. This is his fault. And just like that, Jess is shipped back to NYC.

Episode 21, “Lorelai’s Graduation Day” (Aired May 14, 2002)
Rory skips school to visit Jess in New York, and in the process, misses Lorelai’s business-school graduation ceremony. Rory feels terrible, and comes up with a thousand different punishments for herself, while Lorelai informs Rory that she likes Jess.

At least Emily and Richard come to the graduation ceremony, and their proud moment, watching their daughter finally cross that stage, almost makes the drama worth it.

Episode 22, “I Can’t Get Started” (Aired May 21, 2002)
Christopher ends up tagging along to Sookie’s wedding (he and Sherry are on the outs) and he and Lorelai sleep together. After discussing, they decide to finally try and make things work between them. But then Chris gets a call: Sherry is pregnant. He has to go.

In other news, Luke and Lorelai make up; Paris and Rory win the school election, which means a summer in Washington; and Jess comes back to Stars Hollow. He shows up at the wedding, and Rory kisses him before running off. Oy with the poodles already.

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Honorable Mentions and Personal Favorites

Episode 4, “The Road Trip to Harvard” (Aired Oct 23, 2001)
On their post-breakup road-trip, Rory and Lorelai make an impromptu visit to Harvard, and Lorelai decides to start making moves on that inn she’s been wanting to open.

Episode 6, “Presenting Lorelai Gilmore” (Aired Nov 6, 2001)
As a favor to Emily, Rory agrees to have a cotillion and come out into “society.” Christopher tells Lorelai about Sherry. And weeks of Richard being a grumpy gills culminate in his announcement that he’s being phased out at work.

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Episode 10, “The Bracebridge Dinner” (Aired Dec 11, 2001)
When an already-paid-for party is cancelled at the Independence Inn due to weather, Lorelai and Rory invite all of Stars Hollow to enjoy the feast instead. Richard announces that he retired (and has been hiding it from Emily.) And romantic sleigh rides abound between the Danes boys and the Gilmore girls.

Episode 16, “There’s the Rub” (Aired Apr 9, 2002)
Emily and Lorelai go away for a spa weekend together, which turns out to be a fun bonding experience, much to Lorelai’s surprise. And Rory’s quiet night at home turns into an unexpected hangout session with Jess and Paris (whose weird — but awesome — dynamic is highly underused). Dean is furious when he finds Rory with a houseful of people after she told him she didn’t want him to come over.

Episode 20, “Help Wanted” (Aired May 7, 2002)
Lorelai helps Richard get set up at his new consulting firm, and Lane makes a bargain with the new music-store owner (Carole King) so she can learn to play the drums.

Other Important Tidbits

  • Lorelai says yes to Max’s proposal in “Sadie, Sadie…” (season 2, episode 1).
  • Lorelai and Sookie make moves to buy the Dragonfly, only to get inn-blocked by Fran, who owns the place in “The Ins & Outs of Inns” (season 2, episode 8).
  • Tristin is shipped off to military school in North Carolina (hehe) after causing drama (and jealousy) during a Chilton performance of Romeo and Juliet in “Run Away, Little Boy” (season 2, episode 9).
  • Dean gives Rory her finished car, built from scratch, in “Richard in Stars Hollow” (season 2, episode 12).
  • Dean notices Rory’s bracelet is missing (because Jess has it), and Luke buys the building next door in “Lost and Found” (season 2, episode 15).

Any other forgotten moments or important episodes I’ve neglected? Let me know in the comments. Season 3 begins soon.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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