There Are Two Famously Perfect Episodes Of "Gilmore Girls", So I Watched Both To See Which Is Better
God, I love this show.
Warning: Major Gilmore Girls spoilers ahead!
So I was thinking about which episode of Gilmore Girls — *my family's show* — is the best one, and I couldn't decide. Is it "They Shoot Gilmores, Don't They?" (the one with the dance marathon) or is it "Raincoats and Recipes" (the one with The Dragonfly test run, where Rory has sex for the first time with married Dean, and where Lorelai and Luke kiss)?
So I decided to watch both and finally choose the best Gilmore Girls episode once and for all!
"They Shoot Gilmores, Don't They?" (Season 3, Episode 7) comes first. All you need to know for this one is that Rory's dating Dean, but she's clearly into Jess — they've already secretly kissed.
Pro: A 24-hour dance marathon is a flawless frame, and there's that wonderful episode title to go along with it (They Shoot Horses, Don't They? is a tragic 1969 movie about a dance marathon).
Con: There's only one Emily scene, and no Richard.
Pro: The costumes for the dance marathon!
But con: There could be so much comedy out of Jess wearing old-timey garb and he just wears normal stuff. Even though it wouldn't make any sense with the plot or the character, it feels like a missed opportunity.
Pro: "Four in four." Lol.
Con: When the contest starts, everyone dances super energetically! It doesn't make sense. CONSERVE YOUR ENERGY, PEOPLE!
Pro: The townie moments and the way they're all set up for us by Rory (which is a little expository, but I like it).
Con: Rory is the worst and Jess isn't all that great here either. You have a boyfriend, Rory, and he's right next to you!
Pro: Sookie and Jackson's fight escalates perfectly.
Con: If it's a 24 hour dance marathon, how is there only one trophy for one winning duo at the end? Couldn't multiple groups win? I digress.
Pro: Exhausted-beyond-reason Taylor.
Con: I find the Lorelai/Luke moment way too stilted.
Pro: Dave Rygalski!!!!!
Con: Rory is the wooooooorst, to a distracting degree.
Big pro: The climactic breakup, even though Con: Public breakups aren't nice.
Pro: I absolutely love the Rory and Jess scene that follows.
And finally, pro: The final shot, right after Rory hugs her mom so hard and Kirk officially wins the dance marathon.
Now for "Raincoats and Recipes" (Season 4, Episode 22). For this one, you need to know that Lorelai, Sookie, and Michel's inn, The Dragonfly, is finally close to opening, Lorelai and Luke are acting kind of datey around each other, and Rory is flirting with married Dean.
Pro right off the bat: The Dragonfly means so much to Lorelai, and Sookie and Michel. The test run is a big moment.