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‘Gilmore Girls’: The 7 most important episodes from season 5

In season 5, new couples emerge, discussions of Luke-Lorelai babies are had, Logan runs Rory’s life into the ground, and Christopher completes his descent into being the worst. (I am full of bias, and I won’t apologize.)

I watched Emily and Richard fall in love again, saw Marty get his heart broken, and witnessed Kirk play both an 18th-century prostitute and the lead in an elementary school musical, all so I could narrow down season 5 to the seven most important episodes. And I’ve done this painstaking work just to prepare you for Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, premiering November 25th on Netflix. That’s right folks: WE HAVE A DATE.

So refill your coffee, watch the revival trailer one more time, strain the duck sauce twice, and turn in your ribbons, because here’s season 5.

Episode 3, “Written in the Stars” (Aired Oct 5, 2004)
The whole town finds out about Luke and Lorelai’s relationship after she mistakenly wanders down into the diner wearing only Luke’s flannel shirt. Taylor tries to stop the relationship, but Luke is all in. At Yale, Rory meets Logan Huntzberger (Matt Czuchry) and Paris’ professor boyfriend, Asher, dies.

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Episode 6, “Norman Mailer, I’m Pregnant!” (Aired Oct 26, 2004)
A panicked Christopher calls Lorelai for help with Gigi after Sherry abandons them. But when Rory finds out, she warns Christopher to stay away from Lorelai; she’s happy with Luke and he would ruin it. At the Dragonfly, Sookie realizes she’s pregnant.

Episode 11, “Women of Questionable Morals” (Aired Jan 25, 2005)
Christopher makes amends with Rory right before his own father dies. Lorelai goes to comfort Christopher and they get drunk together, but Lorelai hides it from Luke. Emily and Richard begin to reconcile when they find a stray dog.

Episode 13, “Wedding Bells Blues” (Aired Feb 8, 2005)
At Emily and Richard’s renewal of vows, Lorelai comes clean to Luke about her night drinking with Christopher. Rory sneaks off for a little “alone time” with Logan and is interrupted by all of her parental figures. The incident causes a huge outburst from Christopher who announces that everyone knows he and Lorelai belong together. Luke takes off, and Lorelai tells Emily they’re done.

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Episode 14, “Say Something” (Aired Feb 15, 2005)
Luke officially ends things with Lorelai after the disastrous wedding incident, and the town starts taking sides. Logan and Rory start seeing each other, but Rory is pulled away to take care of a heartbroken, bedridden Lorelai. After Rory heads back to Yale, Lorelai leaves a sobbing message on Luke’s (cassette tape) answering machine, and he rushes over to make sure she’s okay.

Episode 21, “Blame Booze and Melville” (Aired May 10, 2005)
Sookie gives birth to baby Martha, and Luke discovers there’s a competing offer for the Twickum house — from Kirk, who is secretly loaded. And after a party in honor of Lorelai’s cover interview about the Dragonfly (in which she compares Emily to Joseph Stalin), Lorelai has a pregnancy scare.

Mitchum Huntzberger (Gregg Henry) tells Rory, in no uncertain terms, that she’s not cut out to be a reporter. The dismissal sends Rory spiraling, and she and Logan are arrested after stealing a yacht.

Episode 22, “A House Is Not a Home” (Aired May 17, 2005)
Lane and the band prepare to go on tour, with Mrs. Kim as their manager. Luke buys the Twickum house and then tries to sell it back after it seems like he and Lorelai aren’t on the same page.

Rory wants to quit Yale, so Lorelai goes to Richard and Emily for help convincing Rory to change her mind. But when Friday Night Dinner rolls around, they’ve already agreed to let Rory move into the pool house until she figures things out. When Lorelai tells Luke what happened, he promises to do whatever it takes to get Rory back to Yale, and Lorelai asks him to marry her.

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Honorable Mentions and Personal Favorites
Episode 7, “You Jump I Jump, Jack” (Aired Nov 2, 2004)
Richard and Emily demand to “remeet” Luke after finding out that he and Lorelai are in a relationship (of which they vehemently disapprove). Rory blows off Dean to attend an event with Logan’s secret society, the Life and Death Brigade, so she can write an article about it.

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Episode 8, “The Party’s Over” (Aired Nov 9, 2004)
Liz and TJ move to Stars Hollow, and Mrs. Kim discovers Lane and Zack are dating. Emily throws a party full of young, eligible Yale men — including Logan — who are more appropriate boyfriends for Rory than Dean.

When Dean comes to pick Rory up after the party, Rory stumbles out almost an hour late, half-drunk with a gaggle of young, rich guys, and Dean ends things. They don’t fit into each other’s worlds anymore.

Episode 9, “Emily Says Hello” (Aired Nov 16, 2004)
Lorelai invites Christopher to come to lunch — not knowing that Rory has forbade Christopher to contact her. When Rory finds out, she totally freaks out on Christopher. Emily decides she’s ready to date again; her date goes well, but when she gets home, all she does is sob in the foyer.

Episode 16, “So … Good Talk” (Aired March 1, 2005)
Lorelai has abandoned Friday Night Dinners after the wedding. Rory, still obligated to attend, is icy to Emily, who doesn’t understand why everyone is mad at her. Emily tries to make amends by going to Stars Hollow and telling Luke to forgive Lorelai. And forgive he does; Luke and Lorelai reunite after three long episodes apart.

Episode 19, “But I’m a Gilmore!” (Aired April 26, 2005)
Luke fills in as chef at the Dragonfly after Sookie is put on bed rest. Logan and Rory decide to try monogamy. But when she meets his family, his mother and grandfather openly berate her and explain (without shame) that she is not good enough to marry into their family.

Other Important Tidbits

  • Lindsay and Dean very publicly breakup after she finds a letter Rory wrote to Dean, and Lane realizes she likes Zack in “A Messenger, Nothing More” (season 5, episode 2).
  • Jackson runs against Taylor for town selectman — and wins — in “Tippecanoe and Taylor, Too” (season 5, episode 4).
  • Paris and Doyle start dating, and Luke and Lorelai have a huge fight on Luke’s “dark day” in “But Not as Cute as Pushkin” (season 5, episode 10).
  • Emily and Richard announce they are renewing their vows, and Emily invites Christopher to intervene when she realizes that Luke and Lorelai are getting serious in “Come Home” (season 5, episode 12).
  • Marty tells Rory he likes her, but Rory just wants to be friends (and hook up with Logan). Meanwhile Luke and Lorelai pine after each other while volunteering at the Stars Hollow Elementary production of Fiddler on the Roof in “Jews and Chinese Food” (season 5, episode 15).

What are your favorite moments from season 5? Let me know in the comments. I’m still trying to remember how I survived that cliffhanger finale back in 2005.

All seven seasons of Gilmore Girls are streaming on Netflix.

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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