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‘Gilmore Girls’: The 7 most important episodes from season 6

In season 6, weddings are planned and postponed. Jess reappears, dogs are adopted, and children are discovered.

I relived that trip to Martha’s Vineyard, Paris’ descent into madness, and Anna Nardini, all so that I could narrow down season 6 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.

So refill your coffee, charge your Sidekick, put on your fight face, and clutch your Birkin bag closer, because here’s season 6.

Episode 1, “New and Improved Lorelai” (Aired Sept 13, 2005)
Luke and Lorelai are officially engaged. Elsewhere, the judge for Rory’s hearing wants to make an example of her, so she gives her a huge community service sentence. Lorelai doesn’t show up for the sentencing, and Rory realizes how serious their estrangement is.

Episode 5, “We’ve Got Magic to Do” (Aired Oct 11, 2005)
Rory takes over the planning of a big DAR event, and when Mitchum and Shira arrive, Emily and Richard find out that everything Lorelai said about them — the terrible things they told Rory at dinner and after her internship — were all true.

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Episode 8, “Let Me Hear Your Balalaikas Ringing Out” (Aired Nov 8, 2005)
Rory gets a surprise visit from Jess. Then Logan intrudes on their dinner plans and is a total jerk (shocker). Jess storms out (as does Rory), and Jess gives Rory a reality check: She should be at Yale. This isn’t her. Rory’s wake-up call causes her to clash with Emily in the middle of a DAR function.

Back in Stars Hollow, Lorelai has a breakdown about being a bad mother to a sick Paul Anka, and even Luke knows it isn’t really about the dog.

Episode 9, “The Prodigal Daughter Returns” (Aired Nov 15, 2005)
Rory moves in with Lane, causing Emily to freak out because she lost Rory like she lost Lorelai. But Lorelai promises she didn’t lose either one of them. And later, Rory — who’s turned her life back around — reunites with her mom.

Meanwhile, 12-year-old April Nardini (Vanessa Marano, Switched at Birth), shows up to the diner for a sample of Luke’s hair to see if he’s her father. Luke stops by the science fair and discovers that, apparently, he has a daughter.

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Episode 16, “Bridesmaids Revisited” (Aired Feb 28, 2006)
Lorelai watches nightmarish Gigi for Christopher and tells him he needs to stop spoiling her or her behavior will never improve.

Rory goes to Logan’s sister’s wedding, and finds out that Logan hooked up with half of the bridal party over the holidays when they were “taking some time,” so Rory dumps him.

Elsewhere, Zack proposes to Lane in the middle of Luke’s, and Hep Alien is back together.

Episode 20, “Super Cool Party People” (Aired April 25, 2006)
Rory is the only person at the hospital for Logan after he nearly dies during a stunt for the Life and Death Brigade.

Luke brings in Lorelai for reinforcement when the birthday party he throws for April is a disaster. But when her mom, Anna (Sherilyn Fenn), finds out, she’s furious and blames Luke.

Lorelai goes to talk to Anna and clear the air, but Anna doesn’t want Lorelai seeing April at all until she and Luke are married.

Episode 22, “Partings” (Aired May 9, 2006)
Stars Hollow is overrun with troubadours after the regular town troubadour books a big-time gig. Logan finally graduates, so Rory throws him one last blowout before he leaves for London to start working for his father.

An unhappy Lorelai finally confronts Luke. She wants to elope now. She’s been waiting, and she wants to get married; it will solve everything. She gives Luke an ultimatum, and when Luke says he doesn’t want to elope, Lorelai leaves and ends up in bed with Christopher.

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Honorable Mentions and Personal Favorites
Episode 7, “Twenty-One Is the Loneliest Number” (Aired Oct 25, 2005)
Lorelai and Rory are both (separately) bummed that their big plans for Rory’s 21st birthday aren’t happening, but they talk at Rory’s birthday party, so things might be on the mend.

Meanwhile, Richard is finally on board to make Rory go back to Yale, but Lorelai says it has to be her own decision. Emily and Richard move Rory into the main house after they discover she and Logan have been having sex.

Episode 10, “He’s Slippin’ ’Em Bread … Dig?” (Aired Nov 22, 2005)
Christopher comes into a LOT of money after his grandfather’s death, so Rory asks him to pay for Yale so that she doesn’t have to rely on her grandparents.

Hep Alien has the chance to perform for a record label, but Zack completely loses it, and lets down the band and Lane (who dumps him).

Rory finds out that apparently she and Logan have broken up after talking to his sister.

Episode 12, “Just Like Gwen and Gavin” (Aired Jan 17, 2006)
Logan tries to woo Rory back, and Luke starts hanging out with April. Lorelai discovers Luke’s secret when she stops by the diner unexpectedly during one of April’s visits. Luke asks if they can postpone the wedding until he figures out all of this new fatherhood stuff.

Episode 13, “Friday Night’s Alright for Fighting” (Aired Jan 31, 2006)
Rory’s evening with Logan is interrupted when she stops by the newspaper office, only to find out that Paris’ reign of terror has caused almost everyone to quit and nothing is getting done. She takes over to make sure the paper goes out on time, with a little help from Logan.

Friday Night Dinners are officially reinstated, and the four Gilmores spend the evening eating, drinking, laughing, and fighting about everything that has every bothered them.

Episode 18, “The Real Paul Anka” (Aired Apr 11, 2006)
Luke chaperones April’s class trip to Philadelphia, and they stop by an open house for Jess’ gallery/small press while they’re there. Rory also stops by the open house (since Logan is out of town and there’s still lots of tension between them), and she and Jess kiss.

Other Important Tidbits

  • Lorelai adopts Paul Anka (the dog, not the man), and Rory finds out about the engagement from Luke in “Fight Face” (season 6, episode 2).
  • Rory is named editor of the Yale Daily News when Paris is ousted, and a betrayed Paris kicks Rory out, forcing her to move in with Logan in “You’ve Been Gilmored” (season 6, episode 14).
  • Logan and Rory make up, but Rory is still avoiding him, and Lorelai finds out that her parents have been looking at houses in Stars Hollow in “I’m OK, You’re OK” (season 6, episode 17).
  • Lorelai gives a drunken toast at Lane’s wedding, lamenting that she’s never getting married, and Logan is injured on his Life and Death Brigade trip in “I Get a Sidekick Out of You” (season 6, episode 19).
  • Liz announces she’s pregnant, and Emily offers to buy Lorelai and Luke a house as a wedding gift in “Driving Miss Gilmore” (season 6, episode 21).

What are your favorite moments from season 6? Let me know in the comments. I’m trying to figure out how to make a time machine so that last scene never happened.

All 7 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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