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    20 Times Lorelai Gilmore Raised The TV Mothering Bar

    "I love you. You're the greatest kid in the world. And you're in a skirt. Keep your knees closed."

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    1. When Lorelai went out of her way to take Rory on a tour of her dream school Harvard.

    Lauren Graham as Lorelai Gilmore and Alexis Bledel as Rory Gilmore in the show "Gilmore Girls."
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    2. When Lorelai learned that the cops raided a party because Jess and Dean got into a fight "over" Rory.

    Lorelai sings, "Did you ever know that you're my hero," Rory says, "Oh my god," and Lorelai sings, "You're everything I would like to be"
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    3. When she swallowed her pride and asked Emily and Richard to pay for Chilton.

    Lorelai says, "They want me to put down an enrollment fee, plus the first semester's tuition, and I have to do that immediately or she loses her spot," Richard says, "So, you need money," and Lorelai unhappily says, "Yeah"
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    4. And she agreed to have a weekly dinner with them, despite it being the last thing she wanted to do.

    Emily says, "Friday nights, you and Rory will have dinner here. Does 7 o'clock work for you," and Lorelai says, "Perfect"
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    5. When she encouraged Rory to truly mourn her first breakup by eating junk food and crying.

    Lauren Graham as Lorelai Gilmore and Alexis Bledel as Rory Gilmore in the show "Gilmore Girls."
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    6. When Lorelai ran around like a chicken without a head to get Rory ready for Yale when she misread her move-in date.

    Lauren Graham as Lorelai Gilmore and Alexis Bledel as Rory Gilmore in the show "Gilmore Girls."
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    7. When she offered unwavering support and love to Rory after she drunkenly broke down due to her complicated relationship with Logan.

    Lauren Graham as Lorelai Gilmore and Alexis Bledel as Rory Gilmore in the show "Gilmore Girls."
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    8. When Lorelai gave Rory extremely sage advice.

    Lorelai says, "I just want you to remember three things while you're sitting up there. I love you. You're the greatest kid in the world. And you're in a skirt. Keep your knees closed."
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    9. When Rory was freaking out about being alone with Sherry while she was giving birth, so Lorelai drove up there to Boston.

    Rory, on the phone, says, "I need you. I need you here. I need you now. I cannot do this alone. I need my mommy and, dammit, I don't care who knows it," Lorelai says, "What hospital is it," and then Lorelai goes to the hospital
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    10. When she assessed the concept of Rory and Jess.

    Lorelai says, "I think Rory's seventeen. It's probably about time for a Jess."
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    11. When Lorelai and Rory went cake tasting.

    Rory says, "Okay, our house is burning down and you can save the cake or me. What do you choose," and Lorelai says, "Well that's not fair, the cake doesn't have legs"
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    12. When she threw Rory the sweet 16th birthday party she wanted after Emily hijacked her original party.

    The cast of "Gilmore Girls" sings Rory happy birthday during an episode of the show.
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    13. When Lorelai bought Rory souvenirs even though Rory was the one who went on a trip.

    Lauren Graham as Lorelai Gilmore and Alexis Bledel as Rory Gilmore in the show "Gilmore Girls."
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    14. When Lorelai immediately hugged crying Rory at the dance marathon, even though she had no idea what was wrong.

    Lorelai hugging Rory while she cries.
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    15. When she talked to Rory about how she missed Max.

    Lorelai says, "I had a dream about him the other night," Rory says, "Really? dirty?" and Lorelai says, "No, absolutely not. And when you're twenty-one, I'll tell you the real answer."
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    16. When she threw her back out and still managed to make Rory a beautiful dress for her school dance.

    Lauren Graham as Lorelai Gilmore and Alexis Bledel as Rory Gilmore in the show "Gilmore Girls."
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    17. When she fully got on board with Rory's idea to devil-egg Jess's car.

    Lorelai says, "I don't think there's been a better use of deviled eggs in culinary history," as she and Rory throw deviled eggs at Jess's car
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    18. When Lorelai stayed the night at Rory's dorm because she was nervous about starting college.

    Lauren Graham as Lorelai Gilmore and Alexis Bledel as Rory Gilmore in the show "Gilmore Girls."
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    19. When she didn't put up with Rory's shit after she slept with married Dean.

    Rory says, "She's not good for him, okay? She lets him quit school and work himself to death," and Lorelai says, "No, no, Rory, uh-uh. You can't be one of those girls who blames the wife for forcing the husband to cheat."
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    20. And when she left the safety and comfort of living with her parents to strike out and make her own life with Rory.

    Alexis Bledel as Rory Gilmore in the show "Gilmore Girls."
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