8 Times Lorelai and Rory Gilmore Defined Mother-Daughter Goals
Ever since the news of the Gilmore Girls revival on Netflix dropped earlier this year, we’ve been dealing with sporadic excited outbursts. Our show is back! And even though it's been nearly a decade since the program went off the air, it's impossible for us true die-hards to forget the quirky characters and all the intricacies of the GG universe. After months and months of patiently waiting, the new series is so close we can smell it—and it smells like freshly brewed coffee.
From their takeout extravaganzas, to their movie marathons, and their fast talking funny girl acts at Stars Hollow town meetings, Lorelai (Lauren Graham) and Rory Gilmore (Alexis Bledel) have always exemplified mother-daughter goals. After all, they're more than mother and daughter; they're best friends! There are too many precious gems to count, but we did our very best to recount the moments when they hit us right in the feels with their relationship's awesomeness. Check out eight of the best instances where our two favorite ladies embodied major mother-daughter goals, and don't forget to stream Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, available to stream Nov. 25 on Netflix!
The Time they pretended to be Harvard Students
When an impromptu road trip saw the Gilmore girls making a pit-stop at Harvard (the university Rory had planned to attend her whole life), it was only fitting that the two ladies (one high school student, one thirty-something year old) fully immerse themselves in the experience by impersonating students. Rory even briefly sat in on a lecture, while Lorelai entertained a flirtatious college boy.
The time they accidentally committed to four thanksgiving dinners
Leave it to the ladies Gilmore to sign up to attend not one, not two, not three, but four Thanksgiving dinners. Hey, it's not easy being beloved by all! But if anyone can handle the colossal challenge of an all day eating marathon, it's Lorelai and Rory—even if that means stuffing Mrs. Kim's Tofurky into their purses instead of actually eating it.
The time Rory dedicated her high school valedictorian speech to Lorelai
Bring on the water works. Rory's graduation from Chilton was emotional for many reasons, but above all, it was her valedictorian speech that brought a tear to everyone's eyes. She shouted out her mom, Lorelai, with such high praise that any mother with a pulse would immediately be reduced to a blubbering fool (and Lorelai def was!). "As she guided me through these incredible eighteen years, I don't know if she ever realized that the person I most wanted to be was her," Rory said. And there wasn't a dry eye in the audience—not even the ultra butch Luke, who was left clammoring for a Kleenex!
The time they backpacked together through Europe
Even though we didn't actually get to see the Gilmores take Europe, we can only imagine that our favorite mother-daughter duo had a blast on their long awaited trip overseas.
The time they (deviled) egged Jess's car together
If there's one thing we learned throughout this series, it's that no one messes with the Gilmores and gets away with it. So when the ladies found themselves with a plate of deviled eggs just as they crossed Rory's on-again off-again boyfriend Jess's junky car, of course they pegged the hunk of metal with the appetizer. Rory and Jess were, of course, off at the time, and he totally deserved it!
The Time Lorelai Slept on the floor of Rory's Dorm Room on her first night at Yale
There isn't a more quintessentially Gilmore Girls moment than Lorelai flippin' a u-turn to return to Yale after moving Rory into her dorm, to stay the night with her distressed daughter. And the considerate momma even slept on the floor; you know, so Rory's brand new mattress wouldn't form to Lorelai's taller body. Duh.
The time they made up after a blowout fight
Remember that one time when Rory and Lorelai got into a fight? Eek, we know—we've tried to forget about it, too. The Gilmores got into knock down, drag out fight that saw Rory drop out of Yale and move in with her grandparents. A distraught Lorelai just couldn't take it, and the girls didn't speak for what felt like forever. The only good thing about this dark period? When they finally reunited! Lorelai and Rory leaping into each other's arms after all that time was one of the most tender (and tear-jerking) moments of the entire series.
All the Times they consoled each other after a breakup
The Max, the Dean, the Jess of it all! Any time one of the Gilmores went through a breakup, the other was always right there, ready to wallow alongside her. Bring on the ice cream!