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    15 Of The Best "Gilmore Girls" Episodes, Ranked From "Very Good" To "Better Than Coffee From Luke's Diner"

    Mentally, I am in Stars Hollow.

    It's been 20 years since Gilmore Girls premiered!

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    Whether you were Team Dean, Jess, or Logan, this show definitely made us all want to live in a small town and have Lauren Graham for a mom.

    There are so many great episodes to choose from! In honor of the show's anniversary, here are 15 of the best Gilmore Girls episodes, ranked from very good to absolutely iconic:

    Obviously, spoilers ahead!

    15. "You Jump, I Jump, Jack" (Season 5, Episode 7)

    Rory and Logan about to jump with umbrellas
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    What it's about: Logan introduces Rory to a secret society called the Life and Death Brigade. Meanwhile, Emily insists Luke attend Friday night dinner now that he and Lorelai are dating, and Richard takes Luke golfing.

    Why it's great: The Life and Death Brigade stuff is utterly ridiculous, but hey, it's entertaining. It's also one of the best Logan episodes, and him encouraging Rory to take a fun but dangerous risk like this really sets up the way their relationship is destined to play out, for better or for worse.

    Best quote: "It's your choice, Ace. People can live for a hundred years without really living for a minute." —Logan

    14. "Bon Voyage" (Season 7, Episode 22)

    Luke serves Rory and Lorelai at the diner in the final scene
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    What it's about: In the series finale, Rory unexpectedly receives a job offer to cover Obama's presidential campaign.

    Why it's great: The finale received mixed reviews, partly because it left everything pretty unresolved, but for Gilmore Girls, it kind of worked. As much as we all wanted definite closure, it wasn't the worst thing to leave things open-ended and hopeful (personally, I'll take this finale over A Year in the Life any day). Plus, the full-circle moment between Rory and Lorelai at Luke's diner in the final scene is so cute!

    Best quote: "Mom, you've given me everything I need." —Rory

    13. "Love, Daisies, and Troubadours" (Season 1, Episode 21)

    Dean runs up and kisses Rory after she says she loves him back
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    What it's about: Lorelai and Max's relationship grows more serious, Rory tells Dean she loves him, and Luke's girlfriend Rachel confronts him about his feelings for Lorelai.

    Why it's great: It's packed with all the drama and excitement you need for a season finale, and it has some really romantic moments. Even if you're not a Dean fan, let's be honest — that kiss in the school parking lot is one of the show's best. And of course, Max proposing to Lorelai with a thousand yellow daisies is forever iconic, even knowing how everything plays out in the end.

    Best quote: "Because I love you, you idiot!" —Rory

    12. "A Deep-Fried Korean Thanksgiving" (Season 3, Episode 9)

    Jackson holds up the turkey he's about to deep fry
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    What it's about: Lorelai and Rory go to four different Thanksgiving dinners. That night at Richard and Emily's, tensions boil over when Lorelai finds out Rory applied to Yale without telling her.

    Why it's great: This is one of the best holiday specials — the premise is just SO Gilmore Girls. Between Thanksgiving at all the different households, the Rory-Dean-Jess angst, and the showdown between Lorelai and her parents, the episode is a perfect mix of drama, comedy, and romance. Plus, drunk Sookie is AMAZING.

    Best quote: "Who are all these jackasses who volunteered, anyway? Talk about selfish." —Paris

    11. "Let Me Hear Your Balalaikas Ringing Out" (Season 6, Episode 8)

    Jess confronts Rory about all of the bad decisions she's been making
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    What it's about: Jess visits Rory and reveals he's published a book, causing her to reconsider her recent life choices.

    Why it's great: JESS RETURNS. But no, seriously, his character coming back to the show as mature, thoughtful, and successful is amazing, and perfect timing. The banter between Jess and Logan is great (and so is Lorelai's plot with her dog, Paul Anka), but it's Jess's whole "What the hell are you doing with your life, Rory?" speech that really makes this episode one of the best. After a season of making bad decisions, this marks the turning point of Rory getting back on track.

    Best quote: "I know you, I know you better than anyone. This isn't you. What's going on?" —Jess

    10. "The Lorelais' First Day at Yale" (Season 4, Episode 2)

    Lorelai spends the night in Rory's new Yale suite
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    What it's about: Lorelai moves Rory into her dorm for her first year at Yale, but neither of them are quite as ready as they thought. Bonus, it turns out Paris and Rory will be living together!

    Why it's great: This is the first time in Rory and Lorelai's lives that they're going to be separated, and it's a big milestone in the show. It has tons of sweet moments, like Lorelai turning around and spending the night in the girls' suite, and a bunch of great Paris lines.

    Best quote: "The old Paris would have been bothered by your penchant to hover. It would have made her want to wring your neck till your eyeballs popped out. But now, I accept it because I can't control everything!" —Paris

    9. "The Big One" (Season 3, Episode 16)

    Paris breaks down on C-Span after she gets rejected from Harvard
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    What it's about: Tensions are high at Chilton as college acceptances — and rejections — arrive.

    Why it's great: Rory finally gets into Harvard! Looking back, it's ridiculous that she gets into basically every Ivy League school — but whatever, we're happy for her, I guess. The real star of this episode, though, is Paris. Her meltdown on C-Span about not getting into Harvard is simply iconic.

    Best quote: "I'm not going to Harvard! I'm not going to Harvard! I had sex, but I'm not going to Harvard!" —Paris

    8. "Lorelai's Graduation Day" (Season 2, Episode 21)

    Rory surprises Jess in New York
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    What it's about: When Rory impulsively decides to skip school and make a trip to see Jess in New York City, she accidentally misses Lorelai's business school graduation.

    Why it's great: If you're on Team Jess, this episode is great for obvious reasons. But even if you're not a Jess fan, this episode is important because it marks one of the first times Rory really screws up. Also, Richard and Emily tearing up in the audience at Lorelai's graduation is too sweet.

    Best quote: "We'll go anywhere you want — my treat — and I won't enjoy it. Then we'll come home and I'll go straight to bed and I'll have a terrible night's sleep." —Rory

    7. "A-Tisket, A-Tasket" (Season 2, Episode 13)

    Rory and Dean argue after Jess bids on her basket at the auction
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    What it's about: It's the town's annual picnic basket auction, but things don't go as planned when Jess outbids Dean. Meanwhile, Miss Patty tries to set Lorelai up, much to her horror.

    Why it's great: You've gotta love a good love triangle! No matter whose side you're on, the Dean-Rory-Jess drama is wildly entertaining, and Rory's budding friendship with Jess is one of the first things she and Lorelai really fight over. Plus, Luke and Lorelai sharing a picnic is too damn adorable.

    Best quote: "Basket. Basket-maker. Guy who didn't bring enough money." —Jess

    6. "Wedding Bell Blues" (Season 5, Episode 13)

    Lorelai tells Emily they're done
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    What it's about: After being separated for some time, Emily and Richard renew their vows. Drama ensues as Emily tries to get Christopher and Lorelai back together to keep her away from Luke.

    Why it's great: Oh, the DRAMA. This is one of the biggest showdowns between Lorelai and Emily, and it's pretty hard to watch. And then there's Rory and Logan hooking up at her grandparents' vow renewal, which is so hilariously on brand and terrible. You'll definitely need your popcorn for this episode.

    Best quote: "You and me, we're done." —Lorelai

    5. "Rory's Dance" (Season 1, Episode 9)

    Rory and Dean accidentally fall asleep after the dance
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    What it's about: Rory attends her first Chilton dance and takes Dean as her date, but things don't quite go according to plan.

    Why it's great: This episode literally has everything — cute Rory and Dean moments (he was kind of okay in the beginning, right?), Emily and Lorelai bonding for once, the ultimate Dean and Tristan showdown, and of course, that explosive fight between Lorelai, Emily, and Rory at the end. It's so hard to watch because we know Rory just made an innocent mistake and fell asleep with Dean after the dance, but Lorelai and Emily don't know the full story. It's one of those episodes where you just feel for everyone.

    Best quote: "You did a lovely job. With Rory and the dress." —Emily

    4. "I Can't Get Started" (Season 2, Episode 22)

    Rory and Jess kiss at Sookie's wedding
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    What it's about: Lorelai brings Christopher as her date to Sookie's wedding, but things between them change abruptly when he gets a call from his recent ex-girlfriend.

    Why it's great: There's SO much angst in this episode. The surprise ending with Christopher is infuriating and heartbreaking, but so on brand for him. The kiss between Rory and Jess is one of the best of the series, even if it's not exactly right (cough, cough, still dating Dean). And of course, Sookie's wedding is adorable!

    Best quote: "Welcome home!" —Rory

    3. "They Shoot Gilmores, Don't They?" (Season 3, Episode 7)

    Rory complains about Jess in the audience while dancing with a frustrated Dean
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    What it's about: It's the town's annual 24/7 dance marathon, and Lorelai is determined to beat Kirk this year. Things come to a head in the Dean/Rory/Jess love triangle.

    Why it's great: The whole premise of the episode is silly and fun, and Kirk definitely steals the show. It has some great classic Rory and Lorelai moments, and Lorelai is ridiculously competitive. However, the episode is probably most remembered for the scene where Dean tells Rory he's finally had enough of her clearly being into Jess. It's heartbreaking for both Dean and Rory, but of course, it's also the start of Rory and Jess's relationship.

    Best quote: "So go ahead, be together. There's nothing standing in your way anymore, 'cause I'm out." —Dean

    2. "Friday Night's Alright for Fighting" (Season 6, Episode 13)

    Lorelai, Rory, and Emily yell at each other over the dinner table
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    What it's about: Rory tries to pull the Yale newspaper together after the staff quits, Luke's new relationship with his daughter April complicates things with Lorelai, and tensions boil over at Friday night dinner.

    Why it's great: This episode has the fight of all Gilmore fights. Seriously, the family dinner is just a scene you have to watch — it's unique in the sense that it isn't just the usual argument between a couple of the Gilmores, it's literally all of them venting their frustrations and getting absolutely everything off their chest and out in the open. It's also pretty damn funny. As a bonus, this is also a great episode for Rory and Logan fans.

    Best quote: "I've never been so happy to see a salad in my entire life." —Lorelai

    1. And finally, "Raincoats and Recipes" (Season 4, Episode 22)

    Luke and Lorelai kiss for the first time
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    What it's about: Lorelai tries to get Emily and Richard to reconcile their differences, but their issues are bigger than she expected. Luke finally declares his feelings for Lorelai, and tensions arise between Lorelai and Rory when she learns that Rory slept with a now-married Dean.

    Why it's great: I'll take "best episodes I never want to watch again," Alex. This episode is phenomenal in every way, but oh man, is it heartbreaking and frustrating to watch. It marks a big change in the series — this is Rory's first really bad decision, and it causes the first major rift between her and Lorelai that can't just be fixed with coffee at Luke's. Oh, and Luke and Lorelai FINALLY kiss! Between the drama, romance, and heartbreak of it all, this episode is a must-watch for any Gilmore Girls fan.

    Best quote: "Will you just stand still?" —Luke

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