The 9 Most Romantic Moments In ‘Gilmore Girls’ History
It’s been almost 10 years since Gilmore Girls went off the air, and we still get into debates about whether Dean, Jess, or Logan was the right guy for Rory. (Sorry, we can’t hang if you’re #TeamDean.) Luckily, we get to revisit the entire Stars Hollow gang on November 25, when Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life drops on Netflix. And we could not be more excited to see how everyone is faring. In anticipation of the new episodes, we’re reliving the most romantic moments from the show's seven seasons:
1. Rory Tells Dean She Loves Him
In the early days of the show, Rory and Dean are pretty darn cute together. After going through a short breakup—Dean says I love you and Rory just says thank you in return—they get back together at the end of season one. That's when Dean comes to visit Rory at her school, Chilton, and sees her talking to Tristan, a jerky classmate who kissed her once (so much drama). Obvi, Dean gets pissed and is about leave when Rory tells him to stop. "Why?" he asks. "Because I love you, you idiot," she says in return.
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2. Max Proposes to Lorelai
We knew Max Medina, Rory's high school English teacher, wasn't endgame for Lorelai. (Her chemistry with diner owner Luke Danes was off the charts, after all). But Max's proposal at the end of season one still left us teary. Toward the end of the season, Max mentions to Lorelai that he thinks they should get married, and she freaks. "It has to be planned," she says. "It should be magical. There should be music playing and romantic lighting and a subtle buildup to the popping of the big question. There should be a thousand yellow daisies and candles and a horse." So, Max takes her words to heart: In the season finale, Lorelai shows up to work at the Independence Inn to find it filled with a thousand yellow daisies. (She accepts his proposal, but sadly they end things for good in season two.)
3. Rory Kisses Jess
When Luke's teenage nephew Jess arrives in Stars Hollow, it’s obvious that he and Rory are perfect for each other. (He may have been rough around the edges, but he could go toe-to-toe with Rory when it came to literary references. Swoon.) Much of season two focused on the love triangle between Rory, Dean, and Jess, with Jess winning out in the end. Here’s how it all goes down: Jess leaves town after getting into a car accident with Rory, but he returns in the season finale. Rory sees him during Sookie and Jackson's wedding and runs off to kiss him. We'll just pretend she wasn't technically still in a relationship with Dean.
4. Lane Meets Dave
Rory's BFF Lane isn’t allowed anywhere near boys. But Lane dreams of being a musician, and in season three she ends up crossing paths with Dave Rygalski, an adorable guitarist who's looking for a drummer for his band. Of course, Lane has a major crush on Dave and vice versa. Since Lane's mom won't let her date, she and Dave concoct a convoluted scheme, pretending he's a Christian guitarist, in the hopes that Lane's mom, Mrs. Kim, will soften her stance and allow the two to be together (it eventually works).
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5. Luke and Lorelai Have a "Moment" at His Sister's Wedding
At the end of season four, Luke invites Lorelai to his sister Liz's Renaissance Faire-inspired nuptials. Lorelai thinks they’re going as friends, but when Luke asks her to dance, it's obvious that the two of them have a romantic connection. Which leads us to…
6. Luke and Lorelai Kiss—Finally
After years of sexual tension, Luke and Lorelai finally (!!!) kiss—and it is hot. In the season four finale, Lorelai is about to open the Dragonfly Inn, so she has her friends and neighbors over for a test run. Luke shows up and sees Lorelai's season four beau, Jason, who says that the two are still a couple (which is a total lie). Luke then confronts Lorelai about it, and they go outside to yell at each other. "When I walked you home from the wedding, there was a moment—I thought there was a moment," he says. Lorelai confirms that she felt it, too, and Luke kisses her. Yas! (Check out these fun lube options from the Women's Health Boutique.)
7. Luke Says He's "All In"
On their first date, in season five, Lorelai asks Luke if she remembers when they first met. Of course, his response cements our place on #TeamLuke forever. Luke says that eight years before, Lorelai came to his diner for the first time. Unhappy with the service, she asked Luke what his birthday was. She proceeded to tear out his horoscope and write the following on it: "You will meet an annoying woman today. Give her coffee and she’ll go away." Luke says that Lorelai told him to keep the horoscope and carry it around with him—it’d bring him luck one day. And it turns out he did just that. He ends the conversation by telling her that he’s "all in."
8. Logan and Rory Take a Death-Defying Leap
As a reporter for the Yale Daily News, Rory pitches an assignment about a secret society on campus called The Life and Death Brigade. Rory finds out that her rich classmate (and future love interest) Logan Huntzberger is a member and scores an invite to one of their events as his guest. While there, Logan convinces Rory to take a risk and jump off a giant structure with him. "Come on, you look like you need a little adventure," Logan tells Rory. "People can live a hundred years without really living for a minute. You climb up here with me, it’s one less minute you haven’t lived."
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9. Luke and Lorelai Get Back Together for Good
Unfortunately, L&L; do not ride off into the sunset after they start dating in season five (that would be too easy, right?). In fact, their relationship goes seriously off the rails in season six, when Luke finds out he has a daughter (April. Ugh.) he never knew about. It isn’t until the series finale, over a year later, that the two find their way back to each other. Rory accepts a job covering Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign after finishing school, and Stars Hollow wants to throw her a graduation party. The town decides they don’t have enough time to organize it, but Luke spends all night setting up so that the shindig can actually happen. When Lorelai finds out what he did, she finds him, and he tells her, "I just like to see you happy." Spoiler alert: We hear they're going strong on Netflix. Phew.
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