Gilmore Girls (season 5)

The fifth season of Gilmore Girls , an American dramedy television series , began airing on September 21, 2004 on The WB television network. The season ended on May 17, 2005, after 22 episodes. The season aired Tuesday nights at 8 / 7c.


The season picks up at the exact point in the previous season, with Lorelai embarking on a relationship with Luke and Rory. Having finally admitted they are separated, Richard and Emily. Dean’s marriage to Lindsay comes to an abrupt end when she finds a letter Rory wrote to him about their night together. He and Rory try to split time together and quickly split for good.

Christopher reveals that Sherry has left him to look after Georgia alone and asks Lorelai for help. Rory asks him to keep his distance dreams when his father dies suddenly. Both Richard and Emily are uncomfortable with Lorelai and Luke’s relationship, with Richard trying to get Luke to franchise his diner. They reconcile and renew their vows with Rory as best man and Lorelai as maid of honor. Emily invites Christopher and encourages him to pursue Lorelai, resulting in Luke and Lorelai splitting for a time and both Lorelai and Rory falling out with Emily, although Rory continues to expect Friday night dinners alone as part of their deal.

Lane is shocked to realize she has feelings for Zach and they start dating, but she surprises them both by revealing she wants to wait for marriage before having sex. Doyle, Doyle, Doyle, Doyle. Sookie becomes pregnant again and has a daughter, before ordering Jackson to have a vasectomy. Jackson stands against Taylor as a town. Michel wins a camper van on The Price is Right but soon sells it. Kirk is the perfect place to spend a relaxing holiday in Lulu. When Old Man Twickham dies, he and Luke compete to buy it but the town elders decide Luke wants it more.

Despite romantic overtures from Marty, Rory is drawn to Logan Huntzberger, a rich playboy who introduces her to a hedonistic thrill-seeking lifestyle. They have a relationship with Rory. He takes her home and her mother and grandfather make it clear they do not think she’s good enough to marry him. His father Mitchum gives her an internship at one of her papers but tells her he does not think she has what it takes. Upset, she convinces Logan to steal a yacht to take her out on the sea.

In the season finale, Rory has been charged for the yacht and the announcements she is dropping out of Yale. Lorelai refuses to let her come home so Richard and Emily let her move into the pool house and get a job, hoping she will change her mind. Luke tells Taylor he’s pulling out of the house buy when he discovers Lorelai is considering selling the inn, while Lane’s mother arranges for her and the tower church theaters. The season closed with Lorelai asking Luke to marry her.


Main article: List of Gilmore Girls characters

Main cast

  • Lauren Graham as Lorelai Gilmore
  • Alexis Bledel as Rory Gilmore
  • Melissa McCarthy as Sookie St. James
  • Keiko Agena as Lane Kim
  • Yanic Truesdale as Michel Gerard
  • Scott Patterson as Luke Danes
  • Liza Weil as Paris Geller
  • Sean Gunn as Kirk Gleason
  • Kelly Bishop as Emily Gilmore
  • Edward Herrmann as Richard Gilmore

Recurring cast

  • Jackson Douglas as Jackson Belleville
  • Matt Czuchry as Logan Huntzberger
  • Liz Torres as Miss Patty
  • Emily Kuroda as Mrs. Kim
  • Sally Struthers as Babette Dell
  • Ted Rooney as Morey Dell
  • Michael Winters as Taylor Doose
  • Jared Padalecki as Dean Forester
  • David Sutcliffe as Christopher Hayden
  • Todd Lowe as Zach Van Gerbig
  • John Cabrera as Brian Fuller
  • Wayne Wilcox as Marty
  • Sebastian Bach as Gil
  • Danny Strong as Doyle McMaster
  • Kathleen Wilhoite as Liz Danes
  • Michael DeLuise as TJ
  • Gregg Henry as Mitchum Huntzberger


No. in
title Directed by Written by Original air date Prod. 
US viewers
(millions)  [1]
88 1 “Say Goodbye to Daisy Miller” Amy Sherman-Palladino Amy Sherman-Palladino September 21, 2004 2T5301 6.20
Things are still testy between Lorelai and Rory, and Rory’s refusal to discuss the Dean situation causes Lorelai anguish. Emily announces that she and Richard have separated. Sookie is ecstatic when Kirk tells her that Luke and Lorelai kissed. Rory’s attempt to meet Dean and discuss what happened to a lot of action, but no talk. Dean provokes an argument with Lindsay after leaving Rory’s house. Rory to accompany her. Lorelai and Luke are very trying to reassure each other that they are on the right path. Luke heads off to Maine for a week to help Liz and TJ with their Ren Make booth. Rory decides that she needs a break from both Dean and her mother, and decides to take her grandmother up on her invitation to go to Europe.
89 2 “A Messenger, Nothing More” Daniel Palladino Daniel Palladino September 28, 2004 2T5302 5.99
TJ is milking his injuries for all he’s worth, but Luke decides that it’s time to go home after seven weeks on the Ren circuit. Rory calls to apologize and to ask her mother to deliver a letter to Dean. Sookie accurately diagnoses Lorelai with a bad case of management burnout, and the two friends decide to decompress with a girls-day-out. Emily and Rory come home full of fending off the attention of randy European men. Michel is wildly unenthusiastic when he’s pressed into babysitting for those guests who take an inexplicable shine to him. After Lindsay finds Rory’s letter, she throws Dean and all her possessions out of the house, and her mother has an angry confrontation with Lorelai in the town square. Lane realizes that she’s falling for Zack.
90 3 “Written in the Stars” Kenny Ortega Amy Sherman-Palladino October 5, 2004 2T5303 6.10
Luke and Lorelai go on their official Luke’s parents. Luke reminds Lorelai of how they put, shows her a horoscope she gave him for good luck that he kept in his wallet, and assures her that he intends to go the distance with her. Lorelai spends the night at Luke’s place. In the morning, she goes down to the diner to get coffee, and the breakfast crowd sees her wearing only Luke’s shirt. There are a lot of things to do with the Holly and the Hollywood. Meanwhile, Rory meets a rich Yale student named Logan and chews him out for being rude to her friend Marty. Paris holds a wake for Asher that all the guests assume is a keg party with a weird theme.
91 4 “Tippecanoe and Taylor, Too” Lee Shallat-Chemel Bill Prady October 12, 2004 2T5304 5.81
Lorelai confesses that Luke’s breakfast is at Luke’s. Rory is in the midst of an inheritance of asher. Lorelai and Sookie head up Jackson’s campaign committee when he decides to run against Taylor for town. Rory and Dean have difficulty finding a comfortable place to be alone, compounded by Lindsay and his reluctance to make his relationship with Rory public. Lane confesses her true feelings to Zack. After all the votes have been counted, Jackson isn ‘
92 5 “We Got Us a Pippi Virgin” Stephen Clancy Daniel Palladino October 19, 2004 2T5305 5.64
Jackson, The Jackson. Lorelai and Rory delicately nudge Richard and Emily close together. Rory and Dean are the only ones who have a good relationship with Rory and Dean. Richard takes a new hobby, and Emily buys a panic room. Zack talking about the declaration of her feelings, Lane rescinds them, which finally gets Zack talking. Lorelai introduces Luke to ” Pippi Longstocking ” as Kirk gets much better acquainted with Lulu during movie night at the Black & White & Read Bookstore.
93 6 “Norman Mailer, I’m Pregnant!” Matthew Diamond James Berg , Stan Zimmerman October 26, 2004 2T5306 5.60
Doyle is jealous when Glenn’s article gets picked up by the New York Times. Rory discovers that Logan, the sound of a newspaper magnate, is also on the staff of the paper. Paris wages a fierce campaign to get the religion beat and takes an ecumenical approach to alienating the local clergy. Rare uncovers a secret Yale society that counts as a member, and enlists its cooperation in getting a story on the group. Sookie becomes upset when the Inn’s accountant suggests dropping lunch temporarily to save money and Norman Mailer stakes out a table in the dining room to work and give interviews, and refuse to order anything from the menu except iced tea. Lorelai and Rory show up for Friday night dinner, And when they discover that neither Emily nor Richard are home, decide to order pizza and eat on the living room floor. Christopher calls Lorelai in a panic when Sherry suddenly decides to move to Paris, leaving him unprepared to care for a Gigi colicky. After freaking out completely over Norman Mailer’s constant presence Sookie realizes that her extreme emotions and sensitivity in the past days are the result of her being pregnant again. Rory asks Christopher to stay away from Lorelai. S constant presence Sookie realizes that her extreme emotions and sensitivity in the past days are the result of her being pregnant again. Rory asks Christopher to stay away from Lorelai. S constant presence Sookie realizes that her extreme emotions and sensitivity in the past days are the result of her being pregnant again. Rory asks Christopher to stay away from Lorelai.
94 7 “You Jump, I Jump, Jack” Kenny Ortega Daniel Palladino November 2, 2004 2T5307 5.81
After Kirk spills the beans that her daughter is dating Luke, Emily asks that Lorelai bring her to dinner so that they can get reacquainted. Although Lorelai tries to warn him away, Luke goes anyway and is subjected to a passive-aggressive Emily. After Zach announces that he’s ready to start going out with Lane, they spend a cozy first night at home after banishing Brian to Lane’s bedroom. Having learned his lesson with Emily, Luke agrees to accept Richard’s invitation to go golfing, and both men turn a deaf ear to Lorelai’s pleasures to cancel. Rory gets her story on the “Life and Death Brigade” by being blindfolded and whisked away by Logan and his friends to watch the elaborately staged weekend in the woods,
95 8 “The Party’s Over” Eric Laneuville Amy Sherman-Palladino November 9, 2004 2T5308 6.13
After Emily discovers that Rory is seeing Dean again, she calls a temporary truce with Richard so that they can jointly host to Yale alumni party which is to find a suitable match for their unsuspecting granddaughter. Liz and TJ buy a house in Stars Hollow. Mrs. Kim flips out after Kyon tells her that Lane and Zach hugged in Luke’s Diner. When the pressures of being new homeowners lead Liz and TJ to quarrel, TJ seeks refuge with his brother-in-law, and the Luke Luke prepared for Lorelai. Logor appears to be the only one to be able to rescue Rory from yet another prospective bridegroom, and Rory learns that he’s very well acquainted with her grandparents. Lane leads Kyon over to the culinary dark side and reveals the secrets to living a happy teenage life at the Kim house.
96 9 “Emily Says Hello” Kenny Ortega Rebecca Rand Kirshner November 16, 2004 2T5309 6.00
Jackson is the soul of patience as Sookie suffers from mood swings and pregnancy food cravings. Paris’ decision to fast for Ramadan to bring authenticity to her writing takes its toll on Rory and Marty. Against Lorelai’s advice, Michel persists with his plan to foil the bathrobe bandits and nearly gets arrested. Lorelai for advice. Jackson is so overwhelmed by his duties as Selectman that Miss Patty is forced to resort to a ruse to get him to preside over the town meeting. Lorelai invites Christopher to lunch at the Inn and decides to surprise Rory by inviting her as well, but it’s Lorelai who’s surprised by the tension between father and daughter, which erupts into a heated argument out of Lorelai’s earshot. Lorelai feels guilty for lying to Rory when her daughter asks about Luke’s reaction to the lunch date with Christopher. Luke helps TJ with some plumbing problems at the new house. Emily appears to have a wonderful time on her date, but bursts into tears when she looks around her. Luke feigns indifference when Lorelai finally tells him about lunch with Christopher, but hints at some ambivalence during a later conversation with TJ. Marty’s timing is off by mere seconds Rory out on a date. Luke feigns indifference when Lorelai finally tells him about lunch with Christopher, but hints at some ambivalence during a later conversation with TJ. Marty’s timing is off by mere seconds Rory out on a date. Luke feigns indifference when Lorelai finally tells him about lunch with Christopher, but hints at some ambivalence during a later conversation with TJ. Marty’s timing is off by mere seconds Rory out on a date.
97 10 “But Not Cute as Pushkin” Michael Zinberg Amy Sherman-Palladino November 30, 2004 2T5310 6.23
Luke mourns his father’s death. Terrence’s urging Paris to get on with her life fast to her doy where she hooks up with Doyle. Marty finally clues Rory in that both he and Logan are interested in her. Lorelai’s attempt to do something nice for Luke backfires. Rory enlists Richard in turning the practical joke table back on Logan. At Headmaster Charleston’s request, Rory happily gives Anna, a Chilton student and prospective Eli, the Yale grand tour, but the immature Anna manages to get both herself and her host in trouble with her party-crazed ways.
98 11 “Women of Questionable Morals” Matthew Diamond Daniel Palladino January 25, 2005 2T5311 5.04
Wanting to make peace with Rory, Christopher shows up at Yale, but she brushes off his attempt at compromise. When Lorelai learns that Christopher’s father just died, she spends the evening at his place trying to comfort him, then refrains from telling Luke the truth about where she was. Also, Emily & Richard are briefly reconciled when they find and take a lost dog.
99 12 “Come Home” Kenny Ortega Jessica Queller February 1, 2005 2T5312 5.20
Rory offers to help Logan to write an article for the Yale Daily, but she is disappointed by her father. When Richard sees Emily talking to the man she dated, he rear-ends her car forcing her to ride home with him. The Gilmores reconcile and decide to renew their wedding vows. Emily warns Christopher that Lorelai and Luke are getting serious and he had better to be quickly if he hopes to end up with Lorelai.
100 13 ” Wedding Bell Blues “ Amy Sherman-Palladino Amy Sherman-Palladino February 8, 2005 2T5313 6.26
Emily and Richard are the best friends of Lorelai as Emily and Rory as Richard’s Best Man. Luke gets in a fight with Christopher over Lorelai. Logan comes to the ceremony with a girl that looks like his girlfriend, and Rory gets jealous. Rory confronts Logan and Logan and Rory go a level up from flirting.
101 14 “Say Something” Daniel Palladino Daniel Palladino February 15, 2005 2T5314 5.29
Lorelai does her best to get on top of the awful events at the wedding. Lorelai can not take it. Rory asks Logan to hang out with her, but is upset when it gets to her place that there are a lot of people there. She gets a call from Sookie who tells her that Lorelai is in bad shape after Luke told her that he did not think he could be in this relationship. Rory does not have a car, but Logan lets her borrow his car and driver. Taylor has Luke or Lorelai. After taking care of her mom Rory goes back to Yale to work things out with Logan, making sure that the hanging out did not just mean hanging out, it meant alone time.
102 15 “Jews and Chinese Food” Matthew Diamond Amy Sherman-Palladino February 22, 2005 2T5315 5.37
Still smarting from her split with Luke, Lorelai is further stung when she notices that Luke has moved his boat. Meanwhile, Luke will be producing the sets for a school production of ” Fiddler on the Roof, ” knowing that Lorelai is doing costumes, in hopes that their paths will cross. Meanwhile, at Yale, Rory plans to reconnect with Marty to watch Marx Brothers movies, aim Logan interrupts their day by inviting them to dinner with his group.
103 16 “So … Good Talk” Jamie Babbit Lisa Randolph March 1, 2005 2T5316 5.42
When Richard and Emily return from their second honeymoon, Rory waits Friday night dinner without Lorelai, who refuses to speak to her mother or see her, and plans a girls’ night out with Sookie instead. Richard and Emily then give a 100-year-old Greek book to Rory and have another maid. Rory surprises everyone with a rare outburst to her grandmother for interfering in Lorelai’s love life. Meanwhile, Luke, who’s miserable without Lorelai, takes his anger out on his customers and his dark mood causes him to burn the food and when his customers turn his omelet redone, he throws him out of the diner. Lorelai is a small village in the northwestern part of the country. Emily goes to the diner to talk to Luke. Meanwhile,
104 17 “Pulp Friction” Michael Zinberg James Berg, Stan Zimmerman March 8, 2005 2T5317 5.34
Now that Luke and Lorelai are back together, Lorelai can come into the diner. They make a date to celebrate getting back together. Rory and Logan are still dating, however not exclusively. Rory and Lorelai see him with another girl while they are shopping in downtown New Haven, but when Rory goes to Finn’s birthday party with Robert, Logan gets jealous. Emily and Richard assume that since Emily gave instructions to Luke to get back together with Lorelai everything must be all set now. However, they are surprised to see only Rory show up for Friday dinner.
105 18 “To Live and Let Diorama” Jackson Douglas Daniel Palladino April 19, 2005 2T5318 4.82
Old man Twickum dies, aka Taylor, the head of the Historical Society. Much to everyone’s surprise, Luke to help with the museum to stay close to the house. Lorelai is interviewed by a magazine due to her success with the inn. Lane suspects Zach of cheating on her with Sophie. Rory and Paris sulk over their recent pitfalls with love resulting with both of them in Stars Hollow getting tipsy with Lane on Miss Patty’s Punch and all three of them trying to contact their beaus. Dean informs Luke that their situations are the same, and that Lorelai will eventually get bored and move on. Lane discovers Zach secretly practicing in a bluegrass band. (Last appearance of Jared Padalecki .)
106 19 “But I’m a Gilmore!” Michael Zinberg Amy Sherman-Palladino April 26, 2005 2T5319 5.52
Rory finally realizes that she is not a casual dater and tells Logan that she wants to be friends. He surprises her by suggesting they become a couple instead, while she is certainly fine with that plan, his family may not be. Luke fills in as Head Chef at the Dragonfly while Lorelai looks for a temporary replacement for Sookie, who must remain in bed for the rest of her pregnancy. Unfortunately, Sookie does not like losing control of her kitchen and interferes with Luke. And Paris learns the real reason why Doyle has not returned her calls lately.
107 20 “How Many Kropogs to Cape Cod?” Jamie Babbit Bill Prady, Rebecca Rand Kirshner May 3, 2005 2T5320 5.41
Rory starts her internship. Due to low expectation and much to Luke’s delight, Taylor decides to close down the museum and sell the house. Richard and Emily invite Logan to dinner, and Lorelai begs to wait. Lorelai meets with an investor who could travel in her future.
108 21 “Blame Booze and Melville” Jamie Babbit Daniel Palladino May 10, 2005 2T5321 5.14
The magazine comes out and Luke and Lorelai get a little too enthusiastic when celebrating. Sookie goes into labor. Rory is given a surprising review by Mitchum Huntzberger and goes to extremes to unwind. Luke is upset when he finds out that Kirk has a competing offer on the Twickham house. Emily takes in a foreign ballerina.
109 22 “A House Is Not a Home” Amy Sherman-Palladino Amy Sherman-Palladino May 17, 2005 2T5322 5.89
After receiving a call from her, Lorelai goes to pick up Rory up from the police station and takes her home. While on the way home Logan calls Rory and Lorelai orders her not to talk to him and she does anyway. Rory explains that the boat was not Logan’s idea and Lorelai should not blame him. Lorelai goes to Luke and freaks out about what to do and how Luke plays the fatherly type to Rory while talking to Lorelai. Logan finds out that his father upset Rory and says he will have a talk with his father, but Rory begs him not to. Rory tells Lorelai that she will not go back to Yale next year. Lorelai does not like this idea and goes to her parents for help. Somewhere in between, Rory goes to her grandparents house to talk to them about her situation and ends up convincing them to support her decision. They then tell Lorelai that Rory will be living in their poolhouse until she decides she wants to go back to Yale. On the other hand, Mrs. Kim helps Lane and her band get gigs and stay together. Show offers with a proposal from Lorelai.

DVD release

The Complete Fifth Season [2]
Set details Special features
  • 22 episodes
  • 6-disc set
  • 1.33: 1 aspect ratio
  • 1.78: 1 aspect ratio (international)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish and French
  • English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Commentary by Amy Sherman-Palladino and Dan Palladino on “You Jump, I Jump, Jack”
  • Gilmore Girls Turns 100 – Featurette on the 100th episode
  • Behind-the-Scenes of the 100th episode
  • Who Wants to Talk Gilmore? The Season’s Wittiest Wordplay Moments
  • “Guide to Gilmorisms” booklet (available online only)
Release dates
North America United Kingdom Continental Europe norway australia
December 13, 2005 January 18, 2010 August 16, 2006 January 24, 2007 September 6, 2006


  1. Jump up^ ” ” Gilmore Girls “USA ratings” .
  2. Jump up^ Lecter, Scott (January 15, 2006). “Gilmore Girls: The Complete Fifth Season” . DVD Talk . Retrieved February 20, 2012 .

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