Your Seasonal Guide to Watching the Gilmore Girls
We’ve known for a while now that Netflix's upcoming Gilmore Girls revival will be comprised of four 90-minute episodes, each centered on a season of the year. And for true Stars Hollow diehards, this concept makes total sense. Throughout its original run, the series incorporated the changing seasons very effectively, giving the writers an excuse to invent annual town traditions and the wardrobe department to put the Gilmore gang in cozy sweaters and coats. Of course, it also made for some beautiful scenery in the Connecticut-based show—which perfectly lent itself to Lorelai's ongoing love affair with snow over the years.
Before binge-watching Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life when it premieres on Nov. 25, check out our in-depth season-focused refresher below.
Nothing screams fall like going back to school. And since Rory’s main personality trait is bookishness, her love of all things school-related leads her to Chilton Academy. We first see the elite prep school in The Lorelai’s First Day at Chilton. Rory wears a plaid skirt. Lorelai wears cutoffs and cowboy boots. It pretty much sets up the Rory-as-an-outsider theme that will follow her through her years at Chilton. After she blows up her personal life, Lorelai and Rory get out of town in The Road Trip to Harvard. Rory’s dream is to go to Harvard, and the school never looks better than when shrouded in fall foliage.
In Kiss and Tell Rory goes to see Dean at the market and finds him working on a display modeled after the Mayflower. Rory and Lane are dressed like pilgrims, and the setting features bales of hay, pumpkins, cornstalks, scarecrows, and a Thanksgiving-themed dance routine. Then, of course, Gilmore Girls' most autumnal episode ever is A Deep Fried Korean Thanksgiving. Rory and Lorelai attend not one, not two, not three, but four Thanksgiving dinners. There are camel coats, flannel shirts, fall decorations, turkeys, and a charming, drunk Sookie in a plaid shawl. What's not to love?
Lorelai’s Ongoing Love Affair With Snow
Lorelai Gilmore loves her some snow. She can sense its impending arrival and romanticizes it to no end. Viewers first learned this in Season 1’s Love & War & Snow. A blizzard traps Lorelai’s love interest, Max, in Stars Hollow. They spend the evening together and kiss in the snow, natch. Years later, Lorelai and snow hit a rough patch in Women of Questionable Morals. Luckily, Luke is able to smooth things over between them with a sweet gesture, creating a full-on mini skating rink in Lorelai’s front yard.
Rory and Jess, Sitting in a Tree, S-N-O-W-I-N-G
Once again, a winter storm upends life in Stars Hollow in The Bracebridge Dinner. Guests from out of town are unable to attend a dinner Lorelai and Sookie have planned for them, so the townies get to enjoy it instead. The episode is significant because it’s marks a big moment in Jess and Rory’s burgeoning romance: they take a horse-drawn carriage in the snow and Jess admires Rory’s snowman—make that snowwoman—for its resemblance to Bjork. A year later Rory is with Jess, but still kind of entangled with Dean. The three, along with Dean’s cute kid sister, attend the winter carnival. Despite the love triangle drama at its center, the town square looks especially charming with a dusting of snow and twinkle lights aplenty.
Lorelai + Flowers = Love
Just ask the birds and the bees. In springtime, love’s in the air. When Max proposes to Lorelai in the Sesaon 1 finale, Love, Daisies & Troubadours, he gives her—you guessed it—daisies. One thousand yellow daisies, to be precise. Flowers and springtime do go together like…well, flowers and springtime. In Season 4's Last Week’s Fights, This Week’s Tights, Luke takes Lorelai as his date to his sister’s wedding and she wears a floral crown. Luke and Lorelai dance, signaling that their years-long will-they-won’t-they romance is starting to make progress towards will-they.
The Season We Don’t Often See
Gilmore Girls is structured around Rory’s time in school. Generally, the season picks up at the beginning of the school year and closes at the end of the school year. Summer usually gets passed over. But in Those Lazy-Hazy-Crazy-Days we get a glimpse of Rory’s summer trip to D.C., as well as another Stars Hollow fete, the End of Summer Madness Festival. Considering our limited past looks at the Gilmores during the warmest months of the year, we're particularly excited to see what summer has in store for them in the new episodes.
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