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Thirty something Lorelai Gilmore (series star LAUREN GRAHAM) and coffee shop owner Luke Danes (series star SCOTT PATTERSON) begin making plans for their future, but Luke is embarrassed when word spreads that Lorelai was the one who proposed marriage. Still hurt that her daughter, Rory (series star ALEXIS BLEDEL), has decided to drop out of Yale and move in with Lorelai's proper, old-money parents, Emily (series star KELLY BISHOP) and Richard (series star EDWARD HERRMANN), Lorelai tells them that they can take care of Rory from now on. Although Richard hires a respected attorney and longtime friend to help Rory get an easy sentence for stealing the yacht, a judge orders Rory to serve 300 hours of community service. Rory's boyfriend from Yale, Logan Huntzberger (series star MATT CZUCHRY), hosts a "felon party" for Rory.
Runtime: 60 minutes Rating: Original Air Date: 9/13/2005
After a long absence, Christopher Haden (recurring guest star DAVID SUTCLIFFE - "I'm With Her," "Under the Tuscan Sun"), Rory's father, reappears in the lives of Lorelai and Rory. Luke struggles with what the presence of Christopher will mean to him and his relationship with Lorelai. Lorelai and Rory enjoy their first Thanksgiving at the Dragonfly Inn, and Rory receives surprising news about Logan. Meanwhile, on the eve of an important gig for the band, Lane has to deal with Zack's (recurring guest star TODD LOWE) jealousy over a song Brian (recurring guest star JOHN CABRERA) wrote about her. Grammy Award winner CAROLE KING - composer, producer and singer of the "Gilmore Girls" theme song, "Where You Lead," recurs as Sophie Bloom, the owner of Stars Hollow's music shop.
Runtime: 60 minutes Rating: Original Air Date: 9/20/2005
Feeling that he has missed too much and wants to get to know his newly discovered daughter, Luke goes to have a talk with her mother, his former girlfriend Anna Nardini (recurring guest star SHERILYN FENN - "Twin Peaks"). Meanwhile, Lorelai sets a date for the wedding after finding the perfect dress, but she is worried by the nagging feeling that something is about to go wrong. Back at Yale, Rory happily moves into a dingy off-campus apartment with Paris and Doyle (recurring guest star DANNY STRONG) and tries to avoid running into Logan. However, when Logan shows up at her apartment and declares his love for her, Rory breaks down.
Runtime: 60 minutes Rating: Original Air Date: 1/10/2006
Knowing he has let too much time go by, Luke is still unable to tell Lorelai about the existence of his 12-year-old daughter, April (recurring guest star VANESSA MARANO), and he is thrown into a panic when April wants to hang out with him at the diner. When April and Lorelai both show up at the diner and begin chatting, April innocently explains that Luke is her father. Lorelai tries to be supportive, even offering to postpone the wedding date, but Luke's reaction to this idea leaves her confused and hurt. Back at Yale, Logan takes unusual steps to win Rory back, and the newspaper staff rebels against Paris' reign of terror at the Yale Daily News. Meanwhile, Stars Hollow holds its annual Winter Carnival, and Lorelai and Rory run a booth featuring their dog, Paul Anka, as a fortuneteller.
Runtime: 60 minutes Rating: Original Air Date: 10/4/2005
While Luke deals with the reality of having his daughter, April (recurring guest star VANESSA MARANO), in his life, Lorelai tries to pretend she doesn't mind the repercussions the new situation is having on their engagement. Rory's concern over Paris' lack of management skills at the Yale Daily News finally reaches a crisis point when most of the staff quits in protest. With Logan's help, Rory makes a valiant attempt to get the paper out on time. Meanwhile, Lorelai breaks the news to Richard and Emily that their money will no longer be needed for Rory's education, and the resentment starts to build. The subsequent Friday night dinner erupts into an emotional confrontation where all four Gilmores finally get their issues out on the table.
Runtime: 60 minutes Rating: Original Air Date: 1/31/2006
Wanting to get to know her future son-in-law better, Emily asks Lorelai to invite Luke over for dinner. In order to avoid an argument, Lorelai purposely fails to mention that the wedding has been postponed. Meanwhile, the Yale Daily News staff finally fires Paris and chooses Rory to be the new editor. After a furious Paris kicks Rory out of the apartment, Rory has no idea where to go until Logan convinces her to move into his apartment. When Rory gives Christopher (recurring guest star DAVID SUTCLIFFE) a tour of Yale, he learns of the new living arrangement and tells Lorelai.
Runtime: 60 minutes Rating: Original Air Date: 2/7/2006
As Valentine's Day approaches, Rory and Logan invite Lorelai and Luke to spend a weekend with them at Logan's family house on Martha's Vineyard. Rory and Logan have a wonderful time, but Lorelai is upset by Luke's unfriendly attitude towards Logan. Luke's attitude changes when he realizes he forgot to buy Lorelai a Valentine gift, and Logan saves the day by letting Luke give Lorelai one of the gifts he had bought for Rory. When Lorelai finally confesses to Luke that she is worried the wedding will never take place, he reassures her that they will get married soon. The weekend ends in an ugly scene when Logan's father, Mitchum Huntzberger (recurring guest star GREGG HENRY), arrives and berates Logan for ignoring his responsibilities in the family business.
Runtime: 60 minutes Rating: Original Air Date: 2/14/2006
Proud parents Lorelai and Christopher (recurring guest star DAVID SUTCLIFFE) attend a journalism panel at Yale, where Rory dazzles the crowd. Afterwards, Lorelai offers to help Christopher by baby-sitting his 4-year-old daughter and is horrified by the toddler's terrible behavior. The next day, Rory and Logan attend the wedding of Logan's sister, Honor (DEVON SORVARI). While helping the bride and her three bridesmaids get ready, Rory is devastated to learn how Logan spent his time during their recent breakup. Logan tries to defend his actions, but a devastated Rory turns to Lorelai and Paris for comfort. Also, Lane is still heartbroken over Zach (recurring guest star TODD LOWE)--until he turns up at the diner with a surprise.
Runtime: 60 minutes Rating: Original Air Date: 2/28/2006
After forgiving Logan for his indiscretions, Rory needs some time for herself, so she visits Lorelai in Stars Hollow. Although Lorelai refuses to admit that she is upset, Rory can tell that she is bothered by the news that Luke will be gone for a few days on a field trip with his daughter. Against Lorelai's wishes, Rory goes to the store owned by the girl's mother, Ana (recurring guest star SHERILYN FENN), to spy on her. Meanwhile, when Zack (recurring guest star TODD LOWE) finally works up the courage to ask Mrs. Kim (recurring guest star EMILY KURODA) for permission to marry Lane, he is surprised at the deal she makes with him.
Runtime: 60 minutes Rating: Original Air Date: 4/4/2006
Lorelai has a bizarre dream about singer/songwriter PAUL ANKA (himself). Meanwhile, although Rory and Logan are back together, Logan is miserable knowing that Rory hasn't really forgiven him, and he takes off with his friends for another stunt with the Life and Death Brigade. Rory accepts Jess' (recurring guest star MILO VENTIMIGLIA) invitation to attend an open house at his new book store/art gallery/publishing house in Philadelphia. While there, she is surprised to run into Luke, who is accompanying his daughter, April (recurring guest star VANESSA MARANO), on an academic field trip. Back in Stars Hollow, Lorelai is horrified to find that Richard and Emily have been looking at real estate in her town.
Runtime: 60 minutes Rating: Original Air Date: 4/11/2006