I think I’ve re-watched seasons three and four of Gilmore Girls the most because watching season three, I was able to quote just about every episode.
This is where the series really picked up, and the issues I had in the first two seasons were either dealt with or became a part of the scenery, enough that it didn’t bother me as much. While Lorelai can still be very selfish, she is a lot more tolerable in this season than the previous two, and I’m glad we get to see Rory finish high school (and give a beautiful valedictorian speech in the process). It also wins the prize for Best Opening Scene in a Season Premiere (the dream sequence is everything a Luke/Lorelai shipper like me wants from this show). Here are some of my favourite parts of season three:
A Tale of Poes and Fire
Probably the best episode of the season, and easily one of my top ten across the series. There’s not a single flaw in this installment – from the Edgar Allan Poe society (with two renditions of “The Raven”), to the fire at the Inn which serves as a catalyst for Lorelai/Sookie’s dreams of opening their own inn, to Lorelai SPENDING THE NIGHT AT LUKE’S, plus Rory deciding on Yale, and Kirk’s topical t-shirts (I desperately want a tattoo of the phrase “Faux Poes Foes”)...I love every second. This episode is perfection.
Speaking of perfection, can we swoon over Adam Brody as Dave Rygalski for a minute? I ship him and Lane so hard...I mean, as much as I like Zack, he can’t really compete with Dave. He’s a music nerd and a total sweetheart – what’s not to love? And his speech to Mrs. Kim about taking Lane to prom is one of the most romantic outpourings of affection I’ve ever heard outside of a Jane Austen novel. I haven’t watched The O.C., and I honestly don’t know if I can because Adam Brody will always be Dave in my head (and in my heart).
They Shoot Gilmores, Don’t They?
If the Poe episode is the best episode in the season, the 24-hour dance marathon is a close second. I dig the whole fifties aesthetic, and the idea of a dance marathon, plus Rory FINALLY breaks up with Dean (I guess he breaks up with her, but she was pretty much over him by that point anyway), and it marks the official start of Rory-and-Jess (I’m still indecisive when it comes to Jess, but I have to admit he has his moments). The wardrobe in this episode is just A+ and the plot is an excellent example of “seemingly filler but actually super important”.
Other highlights include: Paris’s meltdown over not getting into Harvard; the guy who played Squints in The Sandlot appearing as Kyle (the one who throws the infamous house party); “Eight o’clock at the Oasis”; and Sookie finding out she’s pregnant.