Gilmore Girls

Gilmore Girls

Season four is a year of transitions for the Gilmores. Lorelai quits her job to realize her ambition of opening an inn of her own with her best friend, Sookie (Melissa McCarthy, Samantha Who?). Rory, meanwhile, is adjusting to her new life at Yale.
Season four is a year of transitions for the Gilmores. Lorelai quits her job to realize her ambition of opening an inn of her own with her best friend, Sookie (Melissa McCarthy, Samantha Who?). Rory, meanwhile, is adjusting to her new life at Yale.

Season 4 (22 episodes)

  • 1. Ballrooms & Biscotti

    Original air date: 09/23/2003 Runtime: 43:39 min.

    Original air date: 09/23/2003 Runtime: 43:39 min. Immediately upon returning from a whirlwind summer backpacking trip to Europe, Lorelai and Rory Gilmore embark on a heavily scheduled week of mother/daughter activities, in bittersweet anticipation of Rory going away to Yale University as a freshman.

  • 2. The Lorelais' First Day at Yale

    Original air date: 09/30/2003 Runtime: 42:07 min.

    Original air date: 09/30/2003 Runtime: 42:07 min. Mother and daughter share Rory's first day at Yale University by moving Rory into her dormitory, where she meets a strange new roommate, Tanna (recurring guest star OLIVIA HACK), and learns that her old adversary, Paris, will also be sharing her room.

  • 3. The Hobbit, the Sofa and Digger Stiles

    Original air date: 10/07/2003 Runtime: 44:18 min.

    Original air date: 10/07/2003 Runtime: 44:18 min. Rory is shocked when Emily completely redecorates Rory's dormitory room without her permission. At her first Yale party, Rory finds herself trapped by twins who were instructed by Emily to find Rory and keep her safe.

  • 4. Chicken or Beef?

    Original air date: 10/14/2003 Runtime: 44:13 min.

    Original air date: 10/14/2003 Runtime: 44:13 min. While visiting Stars Hollow for the weekend, Rory encounters her ex-boyfriend Dean, who awkwardly invites her to his wedding the next day.

  • 5. The Fundamental Things Apply

    Original air date: 10/21/2003 Runtime: 44:17 min.

    Original air date: 10/21/2003 Runtime: 44:17 min. Rory goes on her first date since ending her relationship with Jess and finds that college dating is not going to be easy. Lorelai invites Luke over for the traditional movie night she used to share with Rory.

  • 6. An Affair to Remember

    Original air date: 10/28/2003 Runtime: 44:12 min.

    Original air date: 10/28/2003 Runtime: 44:12 min. When Emily plans an elaborate launch party for Richard's new company, she hires Lorelai and Sookie to cater the affair but insists they prove that they are worthy of her trust.

  • 7. The Festival of Living Art

    Original air date: 11/04/2003 Runtime: 44:21 min.

    Original air date: 11/04/2003 Runtime: 44:21 min. Stars Hollow hosts the Festival of Living Art, an event in which the townspeople dress up and present tableaux imitating famous paintings. Rory appears in Portrait of a Young Girl Named Antea.

  • 8. Die, Jerk

    Original air date: 11/11/2003 Runtime: 43:50 min.

    Original air date: 11/11/2003 Runtime: 43:50 min. When the editor of the Yale student newspaper tells Rory that her articles are dull, she writes a scathing review of the Yale ballet and becomes the vindictive lead ballerina's target.

  • 9. Ted Koppel's Big Night Out

    Original air date: 11/18/2003 Runtime: 44:18 min.

    Original air date: 11/18/2003 Runtime: 44:18 min. Lorelai's innocent conversation with Richard's ex-fiancée, Pennilyn Lott, leads Emily to realize that Richard and Pennilyn have been meeting secretly for lunch for many years.

  • 10. The Nanny and the Professor

    Original air date: 01/20/2004 Runtime: 43:50 min.

    Original air date: 01/20/2004 Runtime: 43:50 min. While Lorelai and Sookie work on renovating their new inn, Michel clashes with a rival who he believes wants the manager position promised to Michel. Meanwhile, Lorelai happily spends a romantic night at Jason's house, despite his many eccentricities.

  • 11. In the Clamor and the Clangor

    Original air date: 01/27/2004 Runtime: 43:46 min.

    Original air date: 01/27/2004 Runtime: 43:46 min. Lorelai is upset to find out that Luke has gotten an apartment with Nicole in another town in Connecticut. However, when Lorelai realizes he is reluctant to move, she admits to him that she doesn't want him to leave Stars Hollow.

  • 12. A Family Matter

    Original air date: 02/03/2004 Runtime: 43:45 min.

    Original air date: 02/03/2004 Runtime: 43:45 min. Lorelai promises Jason that she will tell her parents about their relationship, but she reconsiders after Emily comments about how laughable it would be if Lorelai and Jason began dating.

  • 13. Nag Hammadi is Where They Found the Gnostic Gospels

    Original air date: 02/10/2004 Runtime: 43:48 min.

    Original air date: 02/10/2004 Runtime: 43:48 min. Stranded in Stars Hollow while his car is being repaired, Jess keeps crossing paths with Rory--but he walks away from her every time. Luke tries to talk to Jess about Liz, Luke's sister and Jess' mother, who is dating someone new.

  • 14. The Incredible Sinking Lorelais

    Original air date: 02/17/2004 Runtime: 43:47 min.

    Original air date: 02/17/2004 Runtime: 43:47 min. Although she is completely exhausted by her heavy workload at Yale, Rory is horrified when a professor suggests that she drop a class.

  • 15. Scene in a Mall

    Original air date: 02/24/2004 Runtime: 41:08 min.

    Original air date: 02/24/2004 Runtime: 41:08 min. Rory encounters Dean for the second time at the Dragonfly Inn and gets a glimpse of his new life. Later, Lorelai and Rory decide to spend a day together at the mall, but they run into Emily and are caught up in her wild shopping spree.

  • 16. The Reigning Lorelai

    Original air date: 03/02/2004 Runtime: 43:44 min.

    Original air date: 03/02/2004 Runtime: 43:44 min. When Gran dies suddenly, Richard has an emotional breakdown. Emily handles the funeral arrangements with her usual efficiency--until she finds a letter Gran had written to Richard years earlier, begging him not to marry Emily.

  • 17. Girls in Bikinis, Boys Doin' the Twist

    Original air date: 03/09/2004 Runtime: 43:15 min.

    Original air date: 03/09/2004 Runtime: 43:15 min. Exasperated by the freezing Connecticut weather, Rory and Paris travel to Florida for their first spring break. Amidst sun, sand and too much partying, they meet Madeline and Louise, their pals from Chilton.

  • 18. Tick, Tick, Tick Boom

    Original air date: 04/20/2004 Runtime: 43:33 min.

    Original air date: 04/20/2004 Runtime: 43:33 min. Jason's father, Floyd, sues Jason and Richard for taking his clients. Floyd also reveals that Jason and Lorelai have been dating secretly for months.

  • 19. Afterboom

    Original air date: 04/27/2004 Runtime: 43:51 min.

    Original air date: 04/27/2004 Runtime: 43:51 min. When Jason reveals that he is no longer in business with Richard, Lorelai has an ugly confrontation with her father about his treatment of Jason. Later, after an extremely uncomfortable Friday night family dinner.

  • 20. Luke Can See Her Face

    Original air date: 05/04/2004 Runtime: 43:48 min.

    Original air date: 05/04/2004 Runtime: 43:48 min. Depressed over the failure of his marriage, Luke resorts to a self-help tape and suddenly realizes that he already knows who his soul mate is.

  • 21. Last Week Fights, This Week Tights

    Original air date: 05/11/2004 Runtime: 43:39 min.

    Original air date: 05/11/2004 Runtime: 43:39 min. All the townspeople of Stars Hollow come to Liz's Renaissance-themed wedding. Jess walks Liz down the aisle, and Lorelai and Luke share a romantic dance, after which Luke asks Lorelai out on a date.

  • 22. Raincoats & Recipes

    Original air date: 05/18/2004 Runtime: 43:46 min.

    Original air date: 05/18/2004 Runtime: 43:46 min. Lorelai suspects that Luke's intentions towards her have become serious, but she doesn't have time to dwell on the situation as she prepares for the opening of the Dragonfly Inn by inviting friends and family to a test run.