If you missed yesterday's post Gilmore Girls is going to be on Netflix soon. Some people around the web are making overview lists of episodes not to miss. I don't think you should miss any, but I am pretty partial. I was going to try and do this in 18 episodes just like their list, but it’s kind of a short end of the stick kind of deal. There are seven seasons to get through and that just doesn’t play fair with the number 18. I mean an entire season is 22 episodes long and these people don’t think Gilmore Girls deserves at least a seasons worth of episodes?
Heck, I am not even asking for a seasons worth, but I am playing fair and giving you 3 episodes per season that if you watch in order will still give you a pretty good overall taste for the show and it’s major plot points. 21 episodes isn’t really too much to ask right? Here we go. (I also included a runner up in case you feel like you could maybe watch 28 episodes.)
Season 1, Episode 1: “Pilot” I actually agree here with their list. If you bear in mind that all pilots are just foreshadowing of what’s to come on a show, this one still holds up pretty well. Obviously the episode is slightly off-kilter from the normal Gilmore experience but it’s a pretty darn good introduction.
Season 1, Episode 13: “Concert Interuptus” We would be remiss to skip over the bond of Rory and Paris, and this is a pretty good example of of that relationship’s start. In this episode we also start to see the Lorelai/Luke relationship and their feelings towards one another. Plus, The Bangles.
Season 1, Episode 19: “Emily in Wonderland” The relationship between Emily and Richard and the girls is incredibly important to the overall arc of the show. This episode has Emily visiting Stars Hallow and digging up the past and old emotions.
Runner Up: Season 1, Episode 22: “Love, Daisies and Troubadours” I generally think the season finales are pretty great and this one is no exception. However you can glean all the information of what happens here from the next bunch of episodes. Still totally worth a watch but not enough to bump it up into the top 3 of the season.
Season 2, Episode 3: “Red Light on the Wedding Night” Picking up Season 2 from Lorelai’s Bachelorette party, this episode covers the Max portion of the show as well as some more Emily/Lorelai relationship woes. This also introduces you (if these are the only ones you’re watching) to Christopher and all that he brings.
Season 2, Episode 10: “The Bracebridge Dinner” This episode has everything: Dean, Jess, Luke, Emily, Richard, Paris and all the townies. Pretty much an excellent representation of the Stars Hollow world and all that Gilmore has to offer.
Season 2, Episode 22: “I Can’t Get Started” Yeah, I know the season finale thing is kind of a cop out but this one really is good and pivotal for both of our Gilmore Girls. (And Sookie and Jackson of course.)
*Runner Up: Season 2, Episode 13 “A-Tisket, A-Tasket” This is my favorite episode of the season but that alone isn’t enough to stick in the 3 most important episodes of the season. But this does offer some great town humor, Dean and Jess, Lorelai and Luke, excellent Kirk. All in all a winner.
*Season 3, Episode 13: “Dear Emily and Richard” We’re jumping way forward into Season 3 because you can. This episode is heartbreaking and heartwarming all at the same time. Right as GiGi is making her world debut we flashback to Rory’s entire birth story.
Season 3, Episode 17: “A Tale of Poes and Fire” Where the HuffPost’s list shows you where Rory gets into school, my list shows you Rory figuring out where she wants to GO to school. Plus some major life changes for Lorelai as the Independence Inn takes on a special fire. Plus, great town action.
Season 3, Episode 22: “Those Are Strings, Pinocchio” I know. I know. Season Finales. But this one is one of the only tearjerker episodes and is incredibly moving. Plus, you know Rory manages to graduate and move on from Jess. Lorelai and Sookie buy the Dragonfly and a bonus highlight: Brad’s Graduation Song. Hilariousity ensues moments before the tears fall.
Runner Up: Season 3, Episode 7 “Deep Fried Korean Thanksgiving” This episode is making a lot of the lists floating around out there. It doesn't move the plot of the show forward much but it sure is funny.
Please Note: Season 4 is Gilmore perfection. To have me choose just 3 (sort’ve 4 episodes) is incredibly hard and I am pretty darn sure that if you wanted to skim the other seasons and dive in for Season 4 you would not regret that decision. But I digress.
Season 4. Episode 2: “The Lorelais’ First Day at Yale” This episode is also making the rounds on the lists because, well, it’s pretty great. Major life moments, good Luke/Lorelai banter. Funny, funny fast talk.
Season 4, Episode 9: “Ted Koppel’s Big Night Out” We meet Jason. It’s THE GAME. And the Emily/Richard drama begins.
*Season 4, Episode 22: “Raincoats and Recipes” This is the episode. My most favorite, the most pivotal and all in all the very best episode of all. It has everything. We lose Jason, we gain Luke. We make major life changes and the Dragonfly opens.
Runner Up: Season 4, Episode 21: “Last Week Fights, This Week Tights” Liz and TJ have been vastly under-represented in my little episode guide. Their wedding is a wonderful glimps into the crazy. Add some town fun, Yale finals week fun and this is an all time favorite. Episode 21 and 22 are on their own disc in the DVD set and there is a reason it is referred to as “The Disc” Great episodes all around.
Season 5, Episode 3: “Written in the Stars” Luke and Lorelai finally get together. If you are one to squee and get excited about long time coming relationships, well this is the episode for you.
Season 5, Episode 13: “Wedding Bell Blues” It is the 100th episode of the show. Emily and Richard are renewing their vows. Christopher wiggles in between Luke and Lorelai. Rory has a frank talk with Logan.
Season 5, Episode 21: “Blame Booze and Melville” What happened in half a season? Rory goes off the deep end, or off on a yacht. Same thing really. Plus some good Stars Hallow stuff and Gilmore family drama. Oh and a new baby. Who doesn't love a new baby?!
Runner Up: Season 5, Episode 15: “Jews and Chinese Food” Luke and Lorelai reconcile over the elementary school’s production of Fiddler on the Roof, Rory likes Logan and Marty likes Rory.
Season 6, Episode 5: “We’ve Got Magic to Do” Ed Herman's finest acting moment on the show, Paris loses her money and marbles, DAR darlings and A Miss Patty Recital? This episode is a winner in all respects.
Season 6, Episode 8: “Let Me Hear Your Balalaikas Ring Out” I have never been a Jess girl, but for the first time ever he is not screwing up Rory’s life he is helping it. Paul Anka is acting strange and Lorelai knows things are a brewing.
Season 6, Episode 22: “Partings” I was trying to stay away from the season finale this time around but as the Palladinos last episode it needs to be watched and respected. Plus it really is pretty good foreshadowing of what’s to come and recap of the season all in one.
Runner Up: Season 6, Episode 14: “You’ve Been Gilmored” Major Yale Daily News drama and Luke gets to have some fun with Emily. Very funny episode all around. Rory and Logan take a big step in their relationship.
Season 7, it should be noted is not that great. The Palladinos really brought Gilmore it’s charm and the show struggles. But if we have to narrow it down to the best episodes I can do that.
Season 7, Episode 9: “Knit People Knit!” This jumps into the Christopher and Lorelai married in Stars Hallow bit. We meet Rory’s new friends and Marty returns.
Season 7, Episode 16: “Will You Be My Lorelai Gilmore?” Lane’s baby shower is full of drama. Lorelai helps patch things up. Logan’s career has taken a major hit and Rory can’t really help out. The beginning of the end really.
Season 7, Episode 22: “Bon Voyage” Rory is off on the campaign trail with her new job and has to say goodbye. A tearful episode that still magically ends the way it should. It’s hard to say goodbye after seven years. Emily and Richard are the
Runner Up: Season 7, Episode 20: “Lorelai? Lorelai?” Lorelai sings karaoke. Logan asks a pretty important question. Luke finds out April isn't coming with him in the summer.
My list is a fairly comprehensive overview of the show. All major relationships are at least touched upon: Max, Jason, Luke, Christopher. Dean, Jess, Marty and Logan. Plenty of Chilton, Stars Hallow, Yale and both Inns. Emily and Richard. The one aspect that is glossed over is April, Luke’s daughter. Why on Earth they brought her in, I’ll never know. But they did. But since she can’t act and is frankly, annoying she is basically skipped over on this list.
If you really want a skim through and pretend I’ve seen it list, mine is the one to use. I still think you should watch the whole shabang but whatever. I’m a fan.
If you are looking for my FAVORITE episodes of each season... well. (*If bolded, they are on my overview guide as well.)
- Season 1, Episode 22: “Love, Daisies and Troubadours”
- Season 2, Episode 13 “A-Tisket, A-Tasket”
- Season 3, Episode 13: “Dear Emily and Richard”
- Season 4, Episode 22: “Raincoats and Recipes”
- Season 5, Episode 4: "Tippecanoe and Taylor Too"
- Season 6, Episode 16: "I Get a Sidekick Out of You"
- Season 7, Episode 13: "I'd Rather Be in Philadelphia"
And thus ends my Gilmore diatribe. Though I can talk Gilmore all day so... if you need more lemme know kay?