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Gilmore Girls Season 4 Episodes

22 Episodes 2003 - 2004

Episode 1

Ballrooms and Biscotti

Tue, Sep 23, 2003 60 mins

Rory and Lorelai return from their European backpacking trip full of plans for Rory's last week in Stars Hollow before she leaves for Yale. Unfortunately, a scheduling error leaves the college freshman with just two nights at home, and her final evening booked for dinner at Emily and Richard's. Elsewhere, Luke fills Lorelai in on his vacation cruise with Nicole; and Sookie reveals the sex of her unborn child.

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Episode 2

The Lorelais' First Day at Yale

Tue, Sep 30, 2003 60 mins

Lorelai helps Rory move into her Yale dorm, a mission somewhat complicated by a stubborn stick shift, countless photo ops, a shopping emergency and a troublesome mattress; Rory also meets her suitemates, one of whom needs no introduction.

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Episode 3

The Hobbit, the Sofa, and Digger Stiles

Tue, Oct 7, 2003 60 mins

To offset expenses for their new inn, Lorelai and Sookie become caterers. Their first gig: a "Lord of the Rings" kids' party. At Yale, Rory returns from class to find that Emily has redecorated her suite; and Paris pesters Rory to throw their first party. Elsewhere, Richard mulls a business proposal from a surprising source.

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Episode 4

Chicken or Beef?

Tue, Oct 14, 2003 60 mins

Home for the weekend, Rory bumps into Dean on the day before his wedding. The encounter proves awkward for both of them, and Dean ends up inviting his ex to the event. Elsewhere, Lorelai and Sookie pay a visit to Michel at his trendy new workplace; and Luke hears something he wishes he hadn't.

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Episode 5

The Fundamental Things Apply

Tue, Oct 21, 2003 60 mins

After blowing off his initial invitation, Rory makes a date with a classmate; Lorelai considers firing her interior decorator after finding out about one of her former clients; Luke is schooled in the rules of movie night at the Gilmore house; suitemates Paris and Janet engage in a war of wills.

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Episode 6

An Affair to Remember

Tue, Oct 28, 2003 60 mins

Lorelai swallows her pride and accepts Emily's job offer to cater the launch party for Richard's new business venture, but it's Emily's ego that gets bruised when plans suddenly change. At Yale, Rory's suitemates interfere with her studies.

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Episode 7

The Festival of Living Art

Tue, Nov 4, 2003 60 mins

As the town prepares to serve as last-minute host to the Festival of Living Pictures, Kirk takes Method acting a bit too far and Lorelai tries to rewrite a bad review. In other events, Lane works to convince the rest of the band that she has found their new guitarist; an overdue Sookie opts to have her baby at home and hires a midwife; and Luke is surprised by a proposition from Nicole.

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Episode 8

Die, Jerk

Tue, Nov 11, 2003 60 mins

After her editor at the Yale Daily instructs her to express an opinion in her articles, Rory writes a review of a student ballet that impresses her boss and elicits retaliation from an angry reader. Elsewhere, Lane is caught off guard by a gift her mother intends to send to Dave; Lorelai is blindsided by an encounter at Luke's; and Jason finesses his way into attending a Friday-night dinner at Richard and Emily's.

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Episode 9

Ted Koppel's Big Night Out

Tue, Nov 18, 2003 60 mins

Rory and Lorelai attend Richard and Emily's posh tailgating party at the Yale-Harvard football game, where an encounter with Richard's old sweetheart exposes an upsetting secret he's been keeping for more than 30 years. Elsewhere, Paris tries to score an interview with a distinguished faculty member; Rory has reservations about Luke's new waiter; and Lorelai finally accepts Jason's dinner invitation.

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Episode 10

The Nanny and the Professor

Tue, Jan 20, 2004 60 mins

Rory returns early from winter break and is surprised by the arrival of Paris, whose clandestine personal affairs could endanger her future at the Yale Daily News. Elsewhere, Lorelai learns more about Jason when she spends an unusual evening at his place; Michel is jealous of Davey's nanny and offers to babysit the infant; and Lane gets a job.

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Episode 11

In the Clamor and the Clangor

Tue, Jan 27, 2004 60 mins

Lane risks exposing her secret social life when her band lands a 1 am gig at a New York club and she lies to her mother about her whereabouts on the night of the show. In other events, Rory confronts a campus gossip; Lorelai discovers that Luke neglected to tell her that he and Nicole are living together; and the residents of Stars Hollow are being driven batty by a restored belfry.

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Episode 12

A Family Matter

Tue, Feb 3, 2004 60 mins

Family affairs flummox Luke when his flighty sister Liz returns to town to attend her high-school reunion and Jess subsequently appears to reclaim his missing car. At Yale, Rory's caught in the middle when Paris tries to dodge a visiting Jamie; and Lane gets a taste of dorm life.

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Episode 13

Nag Hammadi Is Where They Found the Gnostic Gospels

Tue, Feb 10, 2004 60 mins

While waiting for his car to be fixed, Jess tries to keep a low profile but keeps bumping into Rory, who finally faces off with her irresponsible ex after his separate showdowns with Luke and Lorelai. In other developments, Luke gets off on the wrong foot with his sister's new beau; and Lorelai and Jason pose as a couple at a charity event, per Emily's request.

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Episode 14

The Incredible Sinking Lorelais

Tue, Feb 17, 2004 60 mins

Mother and daughter play an endless game of phone tag, as Lorelai is overwhelmed by responsibilities at the inn and Rory struggles to keep up with her classes at Yale. In other developments, Gran (Marion Ross) visits and presides over an unpleasant dinner at Emily and Richard's; Lorelai gets bad news from her contractor; and Lane wears out her welcome at Yale. Dean: Jared Padalecki. Tanna: Olivia Hack. Janet: Katie Walder.

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Episode 15

Scene in a Mall

Tue, Feb 24, 2004 60 mins

Lorelai and Rory play hooky from the inn and Yale to go to the mall, where they encounter Emily and get sucked into her frenzied shopping spree. In other developments, Luke loans Lorelai the money she needs to finish renovating the Dragonfly; Lane gets an apartment with her bandmates; and Rory gets a glimpse of Dean's new life as a newlywed.

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Episode 16

The Reigning Lorelai

Tue, Mar 2, 2004 60 mins

An unexpected death in the family devastates Richard and the discovery of a long-kept secret sends Emily off the deep end, leaving Lorelai to plan the funeral. Elsewhere, Rory settles in at the Yale Daily News; and Luke has trouble keeping his personal affairs personal. Doyle: Danny Strong. Glenn: Ethan Cohn. Nicole: Tricia O'Kelley.

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Episode 17

Girls in Bikinis, Boys Doin' the Twist

Tue, Apr 13, 2004 60 mins

Fed up with the cold weather in Connecticut, Rory and Paris head to Florida for spring break, where they encounter two familiar faces from Chilton. Elsewhere, Jason surprises Lorelai with a token of his affection; and Luke suspects that his relationship with Nicole is in trouble. Dean: Jared Padalecki. Janet: Katie Walder. Glenn: Ethan Cohn. Madeline: Shelly Cole. Louise: Teal Redmann.

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Episode 18

Tick, Tick, Tick, Boom!

Tue, Apr 20, 2004 60 mins

Richard hopes to reconcile with his estranged ex-business partner---and Jason's distant father---but the man has ulterior motives for accepting the Gilmores' dinner invitation. Elsewhere, Rory and Dean argue about his plans for the future; and Jason scrambles to get back in Richard's good graces after his relationship with Lorelai is revealed. Floyd: Lawrence Pressman. Dean: Jared Padalecki. Lindsay: Arielle Kebbel.

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Episode 19


Tue, Apr 27, 2004 60 mins

Richard's poor treatment of Jason has unanticipated consequences when Lorelai and Emily have strong reactions to the situation. Elsewhere, Luke makes his divorce final; Lane believes that Mrs. Kim has replaced her with a surrogate daughter; and Rory questions a grade from Prof. Flemming (Michael York). Gil: Sebastian Bach.

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Episode 20

Luke Can See Her Face

Tue, May 4, 2004 60 mins

Dismayed by the failure of his marriage, Luke decides to take control of his love life and has a surprising epiphany. Elsewhere, Lorelai is overwhelmed by last-minute details at the inn; Liz and T.J. announce their engagement and choose Stars Hollow as their wedding site; Paris second-guesses her relationship with Asher after a medical crisis lands him in the ER; Luke confronts Jess (Milo Ventimiglia) about his selfish behavior after he refuses to participate in Liz's wedding.

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Episode 21

Last Week Fights, This Week Tights

Tue, May 11, 2004 60 mins

Lorelai accompanies Luke to Liz and T.J.'s wedding, where she sees the grouchy diner owner in a different light; Rory calls Dean for a ride after her date abandons her, but their bonding session is cut short by the arrival of a desperate Jess. Elsewhere, Mrs. Kim finally visits Lane's apartment; and Lorelai grills Emily about an absent Richard's whereabouts. Jess: Milo Ventimiglia. Dean: Jared Padalecki. Liz: Kathleen Wilhoite. T.J.: Michael DeLuise. Mrs. Kim: Emily Kuroda.

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Episode 22

Raincoats and Recipes

Tue, May 18, 2004 60 mins

Exes cause complications when Jason shows up at the Dragonfly to win back Lorelai, and Rory decides to alter her relationship with Dean. In other events, Lorelai tries to orchestrate a reconciliation between her parents, with disastrous results. Jason: Chris Eigeman. Dean: Jared Padalecki. Lindsay: Arielle Kebbel. Lulu: Rini Bell.

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