Season 1 Episodes

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Love, Daisies and Troubadours

Season 1, Episode 21 - Air Date: 5/10/2001
Paris wreaks her revenge after Tristan lies about going to a concert with Rory; Rachel leaves Stars Hollow after she becomes convinced that despite his protests, Luke is in love with Lorelai; Rory's defense of the Stars Hollow troubadour during a town meeting brings her back together with Dean, enabling her to finally say, and mean, the words that he's been longing to hear; Luke and Max meet and engage in a little not-so-friendly rivalry as Max begins to suspect, despite her protests, that Lorelai and Luke were once an item; Max proposes to Lorelai with a thousand yellow daisies.
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P.S. I Lo...

Season 1, Episode 20 - Air Date: 5/3/2001
Lorelai helps Luke shop for a birthday present for Rachel and goes wild outfitting him with a new wardrobe; overwhelmed by sadness at her breakup with Dean, Rory is distressed to discover that Lane and Dean have become science project partners, and incensed to find out from Max that Lorelai has neglected to mention that they are dating again, so she argues with Lorelai and then takes off for Hartford to spend the night at her grandparents' house without telling her mother; when an angry Lorelai confronts Dean and discovers the truth about his breakup with Rory, she fears that she has taught Rory not to commit to a relationship.
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Emily In Wonderland

Season 1, Episode 19 - Air Date: 4/26/2001
Rachel finds an abandoned inn that Lorelai and Sookie fall in love with; Lorelai and Rachel spend the afternoon getting to know each other and Rachel asks Lorelai to put in a good word for her with Luke; as Rory takes Emily on a tour of Stars Hollow, Emily hits it off with Mrs.
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The Third Lorelai

Season 1, Episode 18 - Air Date: 3/22/2001
Emily becomes unhinged at the prospect of a visit from Richard's mother Trix; Paris is outraged when she discovers that Tristan asked her for a date at Rory's urging; fearing that she'll never see Lorelai again, Emily opposes Trix's offer to set up a trust fund for Rory.
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The Breakup, Part 2

Season 1, Episode 17 - Air Date: 3/15/2001
Rory decides to engage in a flurry of activity to avoid thinking about Dean, despite Lorelai's advice to wallow; Lorelai runs interference as the residents of Stars Hollow reach out to console Rory and Luke attempts to bar Dean from the diner; Rachel pitches in to help Luke out at the diner; Jackson prepares dinner for Sookie, and has a tough time keeping her out of the kitchen; Rory decides to attend Madeline's party and takes Lane along for company; Lorelai decides to visit Max when she realizes how much she misses him; Lane is torn when she meets the perfect guy at the party; Rory attempts to befriend Tristan after he has very public breakup with his girlfriend at the party, and when he apologizes for his past bad behavior towards her and kisses her, she bursts into tears; at home, Rory sobs to Lorelai that she's ready to wallow now.
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Star-Crossed Lovers and Other Strangers

Season 1, Episode 16 - Air Date: 3/8/2001
Luke's ex-girlfriend Rachel arrives in Stars Hollow unexpectedly, and immediately picks up on the attraction between Luke and Lorelai, which they deny.
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Christopher Returns

Season 1, Episode 15 - Air Date: 3/1/2001
Wanting to play a greater role in Rory's life, Christopher settles in for his visit and lets Rory give him the grand tour of Stars Hollow.
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That Damn Donna Reed

Season 1, Episode 14 - Air Date: 2/22/2001
An evening of ""The Donna Reed Show"" reruns infects Dean and both Gilmore Girls -- Dean expresses a longing for the type of family represented by the show, Lorelai helps Luke spruce up the diner with a fresh paint job and new curtains, and Rory dresses up like Donna and fixes a 1950s style dinner for Dean while petsitting Babette's new kitten; when the baby chick that's the subject of Rory's midterm project gets loose in the house, Lorelai frantically calls Luke to help her search the house; both Sookie and Emily force Lorelai to confront her feelings for Luke; Christopher roars into town on his motorcycle, and agrees to stay at Lorelai's and Rory's during his visit.
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Concert Interruptus

Season 1, Episode 13 - Air Date: 2/15/2001
Lorelai organizes the Stars Hollow Charity Rummage Sale and buys a sweatshirt donated by Luke. When she wears it into the diner, he goes ballistic, much to her shock.
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Double Date

Season 1, Episode 12 - Air Date: 1/18/2001
From the WB Media Site: ""After Lorelai encourages Sookie to ask out her produce man, Jackson, she soon finds herself on the double date from hell with Jackson's very odd cousin (guest star Max Perlich, ""Homicide: Life on the Street""), which makes Luke jealous enough to finally work up the courage to ask Lorelai out.
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Paris is Burning

Season 1, Episode 11 - Air Date: 1/11/2001
As Lorelai and Max grow closer, Rory begins to get attached to the idea of Max in their lives, which freaks Lorelai out; Sookie and Lorelai have a frank talk about relationships; Lorelai tries to ease out of her relationship with Max during Parent's Day at Chilton, but ends up passionately kissing him in his classroom just as Paris walks by; stung by the details in the newspapers about her parents' messy divorce, Paris tells everyone in the lunchroom about Max and Lorelai to deflect gossip away from her and towards Rory; Rory confronts Paris, gets an apology, and offers a sympathetic ear, which is grudgingly accepted; Sookie asks Jackson out on a date and he accepts.
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Forgiveness and Stuff

Season 1, Episode 10 - Air Date: 12/21/2000
Things are still chilly between Rory and Lorelai; Lane gives Rory advice about the right Christmas gift for Dean; Emily and Lorelai have a tiff about Christmas dinner, leaving Rory to go by herself; Dean and Lorelai patch things up; Luke makes a lonely Lorelai a Santa burger; Richard collapses and is rushed to the hospital; Luke gives a car-less Lorelai a ride to the hospital; relieved that Richard's collapse was only a bout of angina, the Gilmores settle their differences.
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Rory's Dance

Season 1, Episode 9 - Air Date: 12/20/2000
During dinner at her mother's, Lorelai finds out that not only is there a formal dance at Chilton, but that Rory doesn't want to go.
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Love and War and Snow

Season 1, Episode 8 - Air Date: 12/14/2000
The first snow of the season falls heavily, stranding Rory at Emily and Richard's house and their cook at home, leaving Rory to make dinner and introduce her grandparents to the joys of frozen pizza with extra cheese.
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Kiss and Tell

Season 1, Episode 7 - Air Date: 11/16/2000
Dean gives Rory her first kiss; fearful of her mother's disapproval, Rory decides not to tell Lorelai for a little while; Lorelai gets stressed when she hears about the kiss from Mrs.
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Rory's Birthday Parties

Season 1, Episode 6 - Air Date: 11/9/2000
It's Rory's birthday, and her grandmother and mother each plan a party representative of their respective styles; Emily's elegant party so discomfits Rory that they argue; to make peace, Emily and Richard attend Lorelai's informal bash the next evening.
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Cinnamon's Wake

Season 1, Episode 5 - Air Date: 11/2/2000
During their weekly dinner at Emily's, Lorelai learns of her cousin Claudia's funeral, but as she didn't know the woman, she doesn't want to go.
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The Deer Hunters

Season 1, Episode 4 - Air Date: 10/26/2000
Max Medina gives Rory the first ""D"" of her life on an English paper. Paris taunts her non-stop about being a failure and gets Rory very stressed about an upcoming test on Shakespeare that will count for 20% of her English grade.
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Kill Me Now

Season 1, Episode 3 - Air Date: 10/19/2000
When Rory announces at Friday night dinner that she has to pick a team sport to play at Chilton, Emily insists that Richard take Rory to the club and teach her golf.
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The Lorelais' First Day at Chilton

Season 1, Episode 2 - Air Date: 10/12/2000
Lorelai oversleeps on Rory's first day at Chilton, and discovers that all her good clothes are at the cleaners.
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Pilot

Season 1, Episode 1 - Air Date: 10/5/2000
After Rory is accepted at Chilton, an extremely prestigious and expensive prep school, Lorelai's difficulty in raising the tuition money forces her to ask her wealthy parents, from whom she is estranged, for a loan.

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