Gilmore Girls Project: Season One, Emily in Wonderland

Season One Episode Nineteen: "Emily in Wonderland" Original Airdate: April 26, 2001 Rory and Emily's tour of Stars Hollow provides the other woman with new insights into Lorelai's first years as a single mom. Rootless Rachel wants to put down roots. Can Luke trust her? I have to say for some reason I love this [...]

Gilmore Girls Project: Season One, The Third Lorelai

Season One Episode Eighteen: "The Third Lorelai" Original Airdate: March 22, 2001 The original Lorelai, with attitude and check-book in tow, visits from London and offers a trust fund to pay for great granddaughter Rory's education--a turf grandmother, Emily, fiercely intends to keep for herself. I have a love/hate relationship with seeing  Emily having a [...]

Gilmore Girls Project: Season One, The Breakup, Part II

Season One Episode Seventeen: "The Breakup, Part II" Original Airdate: March 15, 2001 Tales of two loves: Rory attempts to overcome her loss by creating and tackling a daunting list of things to do, and Lorelai has a one-night relapse of her feelings for Max. This episode was always one of my lease favorites. I [...]

Gilmore Girls Project: Season One, Star-Crossed Lovers and Other Strangers

Season One Episode Sixteen: "Star-Crossed Lovers and Other Strangers" Original Airdate: March 8, 2001 The town's romance-themed Founders Firelight Festival is near, and it seems almost everyone is in love. But Lorelai is faced with her mom's matchmaking, and Dean calls it quits with Rory. Ain't love grand? So this episode exposes a major plot [...]

Gilmore Girls Project: Season One, Christopher Returns

Season One Episode Fifteen: "Christopher Returns" Original Airdate: March 1, 2001 Now that Christopher Hayden, Lorelai's old flame and Rory's father, is a guest in the girls' house, enough time has past for the Haydens and Gilmores to enjoy a reunion dinner at the Gilmore mansion, right? Wrong. Very Wrong. Ah, Christopher, the man who [...]

Gilmore Girls Project: Season One, That Damn Donna Reed

Season One Episode Fourteen: "That Damn Donna Reed" Original Airdate: February 22, 2001 After Dean expresses approval of the meatloaf-and-pearls domesticity portrayal in The Donna Reed Show, Rory surprises him with a 1950s-styled Donna night. An unexpected visitor shakes up Lorelai's home. Crazy cat lady, here, *waves hand*, I wish they would have shown the [...]

Gilmore Girls Project: Season One, Concert Interruptus

Season One Episode Thirteen: "Concert Interruptus" Original Airdate: February 15, 2001 Lorelai takes Rory and three girlfriends to a concert by The Bangles---and takes action when two of the girls sneak off with some college guys. Lorelai's home is the drop-off point for a town rummage sale donations. I actually have always liked this episode. [...]

Gilmore Girls: Season One, Paris is Burning

Season One Episode Eleven: "Paris is Burning" Original Airdate: January 11, 2001 A very Lorelai moment during the Chilton Parent's Day crystallizes her misgivings about her relationship with Rory's teacher. Paris accepts Rory's offer of friendship . . . sort of . . . kind of . . . well, maybe. I have to say [...]

Gilmore Girls Project: Season One, Forgiveness and Stuff

Season One Episode Ten: "Forgiveness and Stuff" Original Airdate: December 21, 2000 If the holidays can't patch up some of Emily and Lorelai's differences, perhaps a medical emergency can. It may even bring Luke and Lorelai a little closer, too. I think, hands down, my favorite part of this episode is that it's filmed around [...]

Gilmore Girls Project: Season One, Rory’s Dance

Season One Episode Nine: "Rory's Dance" Original Airdate: December 20, 2000 Events at Chilton's formal dance convince Rory and Dean that they, as Rory might say, are very boyfriendy-girlfriendy. But something unexpected happens that sets the town buzzing and puts Lorelai in a motherly frenzy of concern. I've never really cared for this episode. From [...]

Gilmore Girls Project: Season One, Love & War & Snow

Season One Episode Eight: "Love & War & Snow" Original Airdate: December 14, 2000 Rory's out of town. The first snowfall of the years blankets Stars Hollow. And Lorelai invites Max into her home after their spectacular first date. One problem: an unexpected guest---Lane---is there. "I smell snow." Just as with the autumn episodes, I [...]

Gilmore Girls Project: Season One, Kiss and Tell

Season One Episode Seven: "Kiss and Tell" Original Airdate: November 16, 2000 Right there in Doose's Market: Dean and Rory kiss. Everyone in town seems to know about it. Everyone, that is, except Lorelai, and she's a littler weirded out because Rory didn't tell her. My thoughts: I love that they are finally bringing Dean [...]

Gilmore Girls Project: Season One, Rory’s Birthday Parties

Season One Episode Six: "Rory's Birthday Parties" Original Airdate: November 9, 2000 What a difference a day makes. The swanky birthday celebration Emily hoses is a freaky Friday for Rory. But Lorelai's Saturday party is way cool---not counting the big blowup between Lorelai and Emily. So, I was a bit confused writing that episode blurb, [...]

Gilmore Girls Project: Season One, Cinnamon’s Wake

Season One Episode Five: "Cinnamon's Wake" Original Airdate: November 2, 2000 Must be love. Or at least a very strong like. Rory acts awkwardly around Dean. And the death of Morey and Babette's beloved cat brings the whole town together for a memorial. Finally Kirk is named! Too bad he's given the name, Kirk the [...]