EW Community TV Show Episode Guides and Recaps from EW's Community

Image Credit: Netlfix/screengrab

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

In season 7, a pre-Marvel Krysten Ritter appears, babies are born, important, life-changing questions are asked, and decisions are made.

I’m not going to sugar coat it for you guys: Watching season 7 is hard. I cringed a lot and watched several scenes through my hands out of sheer discomfort. But my goal was to rewatch the series, and dammit, I did—all so I could narrow down season 7 to the seven most important episodes. What I’ve done to prepare you for Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, premiering November 25th on Netflix, honestly. You’re welcome.  

So refill your coffee, send out your resume, upgrade to a flat-screen TV, and put on your best hat, because here’s season 7.

Episode 2, “That’s What You Get, Folks, for Makin’ Whoopee” (Aired Oct 3, 2006)

In the highlight of the entire season, Luke drives to Christopher’s apartment solely to punch him in the face. Rory is angry when she finds out Lorelai spent the night with Christopher. Meanwhile, Luke and Lorelai run into each other, and Luke promises no hard feelings. They weren’t meant to be. Elsewhere in Stars Hollow, Lane returns from her disastrous honeymoon pregnant and disillusioned about sex.

Episode 7, “French Twist” (Aired Nov 14, 2006)

Not only is Lane pregnant—she’s having twins! Mrs. Kim insists she move in with Lane and Zack to help out. At Yale, Rory meets Lucy’s (Krysten Ritter) oft-mentioned Boyfriend, who turns out to be Marty. But he pretends not to know Rory, forcing her to play along. Lorelai and Christopher drop off Gigi in Paris and come home married.

Image credit: Netflix/screengrab

Image credit: Netflix/screengrab

Episode 12, “To Whom It May Concern” (Aired Jan 30, 2007)

Sookie doesn’t realize she’s pregnant because she thinks Jackson had a vasectomy, and he won’t tell her the truth. Lorelai writes Luke a character reference for his custody hearing, and when Christopher comes across a copy of it, he is PISSED. And Richard has a heart attack in the middle of Rory’s class.

Episode 13, “I’d Rather Be in Philadelphia” (Aired Feb 6, 2007)

Richard needs bypass surgery, but Christopher won’t answer any of Lorelai’s calls. And naturally, when Christopher finally does grace the Gilmores with his presence, it’s right as Lorelai is thanking Luke for the food he dropped off. Meanwhile, Logan tells Rory he’s investing his own money into a great business opportunity.

Episode 14, “Farewell, My Pet” (Aired Feb 13, 2007)

Christopher and Lorelai finally talk. Christopher admits he pushed her into marrying him, and Lorelai thinks she needs to cut Luke out of her life to make her marriage work. But Lorelai realizes Luke isn’t the only issue, and she ends things with Christopher, tearfully telling him, “You’re the man I want to want.”

Episode 21, “Unto the Breach” (Aired May 8, 2007)

Lorelai tries to figure out her renewed feelings for Luke. In the middle of Rory’s graduation party, Logan proposes. He wants to get married and move to San Francisco, but Rory wants to think about it.  The next day, Rory tells him she isn’t ready to get married; Logan wants all or nothing, so they officially end things.

Image credit: Netflix/screengrab

Image credit: Netflix/screengrab

Episode 22, “Bon Voyage” (Aired May 15, 2007)

Rory gets a job covering Barack Obama’s presidential campaign for an online magazine. She has to leave in a couple of days, so Lorelai cancels Rory’s graduation reenactment party. But Luke decides to surprise Rory (and Lorelai) by moving up the party. He handles all of the preparations—including staying up all night to sew together a rain tarp big enough to cover the entire town square. Rory says her goodbyes, Luke and Lorelai reunite, and I cry so much.

Honorable Mentions and Personal Favorites

Episode 8, “Introducing Lorelai Planetarium” (Aired Nov 21, 2006)

Logan announces he is moving to New York (much closer than London). Lorelai and Christopher tell Rory about their marriage, and when Christopher leaves the room, Rory tells her mom how angry she is. April comes down with appendicitis while staying with Luke, so he calls Lorelai for help and finds out about her marriage in the process.

Episode 10, “Merry Fisticuffs” (Aired Dec 5, 2006)

Christopher continues to be insecure about Luke. He insists he and Lorelai renew their vows and tells Lorelai he wants to have another baby right away. Then he’s furious when she’s hesitant about both things. Later, when Christopher sees Luke, they duke it out in the town square.

Elsewhere, when Rory and Logan go on a double date with Lucy and Marty, Logan refuses to play along with the weird Marty thing, telling Lucy that Rory and Marty have been friends for years.

Image credit: Netflix/screengrab

Image credit: Netflix/screengrab

Episode 18, “Hay Bale Maze” (Aired April 17, 2007)

Logan visits Stars Hollow for the first time (?!), and he and Lorelai reach an understanding over late-night pie. Rory gets a job offer at a small Rhode Island paper but turns it down in hopes of getting the New York Times fellowship. Luke and Lorelai run into each other in the hay bale maze, and both apologize for how things ended between them.

Episode 19, “It’s Just Like Riding a Bike” (Aired April 24, 2006)

Luke and Lorelai become friends again when he helps her go car shopping. Paris gets dozens of acceptance letters but decides on Harvard Medical School; she’s going to be a doctor. Rory, on the other hand, gets a rejection from the New York Times.

Episode 20, “Lorelai? Lorelai?” (Aired May 1, 2007)

April cancels her big boat trip with Luke after getting accepted to a prestigious science camp. Zack gets invited to go on a big tour, and Lane encourages him to go, even though she’s going to stay behind with the babies. Rory panics realizing that everyone has an after-graduation plan but her. Lorelai drunkenly sings “I Will Always Love You” at town karaoke—while making very awkward eye contact with Luke. Logan asks Lorelai for Rory’s hand.

Other Important Tidbits

  • Lorelai tells Luke she slept with Christopher in “The Long Morrow” (season 7, episode 1).
  • Richard gets a teaching job at Yale, and Rory meets Lucy and Olivia in “’S Wonderful, ’S Marvelous” (season 7, episode 4).
  • Lorelai and Christopher have their first fight after Sherry gets in contact about Gigi visiting her in Paris in “The Great Stink” (season 7, episode 5).
  • Everyone in Stars Hollow hates Christopher, Rory moves back in with Paris, Liz has her baby, and Luke sues for shared custody when Anna announces she and April are moving to New Mexico in “Knit, People, Knit!” (season 7, episode 9).
  • Lorelai tells the family about her divorce, and Logan gets word that the company he funded has gone bust in “I’m a Kayak, Hear Me Roar” (season 7, episode 15).

What are your favorite moments from season 7? (Mine is that that it eventually ended.) Let me know in the comments. It’s been so fun rewatching with you all. Let’s catch-up on Twitter post-A Year in the Life, yeah?

Image credit: Netflix/screengrab

Image credit: Netflix/screengrab

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

You May Like