Gilmore Girls (season 2)

The second season of Gilmore Girls , an American Comedy-drama television series , was released on October 9, 2001 on The WB television network. The season ended on May 21, 2002, after 22 episodes. The series was moved from Thursday night to Tuesday at 8 / 7c, where it was aired for the entire season.


The season opens with Lorelai accepting Max’s proposal. However, she calls on the wedding a few days beforehand, realising she does not truly love him. Christopher returns with a new girlfriend, Sherry, who he seems ready to settle down with. Both Lorelai and Emily are disappointed that they are not ready to settle down with Lorelai, but they remain in friendly contact.

Rory spends the season in a relationship with Dean, while Tristan, the main rival for her affections from the first season, is sent away to military school. Luke’s nephew Jess comes to stay with him after getting into trouble at home in New York and his interest in Rory is plain. Jess and Rory Rory and a fractured wrist. Despite Rory’s protests, the whole town blames Jess, who goes back to New York. The incident causes a rift between Lorelai and Luke.

Richard feels he is being pushed out at work so resigns. He struggles with retirement and eventually opens his own insurance consultancy business. Lane joins the cheerleaders, attempts a romance with Henry and decides she wants to become a drummer. Rory about, but slowly they realize they have become friends. Sookie and Jackson become engaged while having a visit from his mother.

In the season finale, Paris and Rory are elected as president and vice-president, meaning they will have to spend the summer in Washington. Lorelai sleeps with Christopher but his attempt to be a family. Jess returns to town and Rory kisses him even though she is still dating Dean. The season closed with a stricken Lorelai and Rory walking down the aisle as Sookie’s bridesmaids.


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
  • Jared Padalecki as Dean Forester
  • Milo Ventimiglia as Jess Mariano
  • Kelly Bishop as Emily Gilmore
  • Edward Herrmann as Richard Gilmore


  • Chad Michael Murray as Tristan Dugray

Recurring cast

  • Sean Gunn as Kirk Gleason
  • Liz Torres as Miss Patty
  • Michael Winters as Taylor Doose
  • Jackson Douglas as Jackson Belleville
  • Teal Redmann as Louise Grant
  • Shelly Cole as Madeline Lynn
  • David Sutcliffe as Christopher Hayden
  • Sally Struthers as Babette Dell
  • Emily Kuroda as Mrs. Kim
  • Brian Tarantina as Bootsy
  • Scott Cohen as Max Medina
  • Grant Lee Phillips as Grant
  • Mike Gandolfi as Andrew
  • Ted Rooney as Morey Dell
  • Adam Wylie as Brad Langford
  • Rose Abdoo as Gypsy
  • Dakin Matthews as Headmaster Hanlin Charleston
  • Biff Yeager as Tom
  • Mädchen Amick as Sherry Tinsdale
  • Emily Bergl as Francie Jarvis


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title Directed by Written by Original air date Prod. 
US viewers
(millions)  [1]
22 1 “Sadie, Sadie” Amy Sherman-Palladino Amy Sherman-Palladino October 9, 2001 227451 5.0
Lane freaks out when her parents buy her one-way ticket to Korea for the summer. Luke gives Lorelai a lot to think about when she tells him about Max’s proposal. Lorelai finally says “yes” to Max and tells everyone except her parents. When Rory Brings Dean to a special dinner at her grandparents’ house to celebrate making it into the top 3% at Chilton and Richard criticizes Dean for not meeting Gilmore standards of excellence, Rory springs to Dean’s defense and creates a rift between Richard and his granddaughter . Emily is heartbroken when she finds out about the wedding from Sookie instead of Lorelai.
23 2 “Hammers and Veils” Michael Katleman Amy Sherman-Palladino October 9, 2001 227452 5.0
Lorelai avoids telling her parents about her commitment to Max, while Rory urges her to spill. Sorello is the first woman in the world to have a wedding, but she is not the only one. Meanwhile, Rory and Dean are in a paradise due to the fact that Rory suddenly becomes obsessed with finding enough extracurricular activities that will make them apart from the other Harvard applicants.
24 3 “Red Light on the Wedding Night” Gail Mancuso Daniel Palladino October 16, 2001 227453 4.5
Lorelai, Sookie, Emily, Michael, and Rory go to a drag club for Lorelai’s bachelorette party. Emily regales the group with stories about the week before her wedding, some of which give Lorelai pause about her own feelings about marriage. When everyone else leaves to call their sweeties, Lorelai calls Christopher instead of Max. Later that evening at home, Lorelai announces to Rory that she’s calling the wedding off because she’s realized that is not the one for her. Mother and daughter are the stars of Hollow.
25 4 “The Road Trip to Harvard” Jamie Babbit Daniel Palladino October 23, 2001 227454 4.8
To Lorelai and Rory: The Role of Lorelai and Lorelai: The Role of Lorelai and Rory . Lane comes home with bootlegs from Seoul. Lorelai breaks into tears when she sees the chuppah that Luke made for her. Luke commiserates with Lorelai even though he’s secretly overjoyed to hear that the wedding’s off. Lorelai decides to get serious about making a dream come true.
26 5 “Nick & Nora / Sid & Nancy” Michael Katleman Amy Sherman-Palladino October 30, 2001 227455 4.8
Luke’s sister Liz, her 17 year old son Jess is headed for trouble, puts him on a bus to Stars Hollow to live with Luke. Lorelai finds out and offers Luke some guidance on feeding a teenager, but is rebuffed. Undaunted, she hosts a dinner party for Jess, who is sullen and angry with everyone except Rory. At the first opportunity, he takes a beer from the fridge and sneaks out to the back porch. Lorelai finds him and gives him a reading on how good he has it with Luke. Jess tells her what she can do with her little speech and then leaves. When Luke finds out about Lorelai’s meddling, they quarrel and he goes to find Jess. Taylor calls Luke the next day to accuse Jess of stealing money from the bridge fund at the market. Luke confronts Jess about this accusation, And becomes so frustrated at his response that he shoves him into the lake. Realizing that he needs Lorelai’s help, Babette’s gnomes is missing. He goes back to the diner, lays down the law to Jess and retrieves Babette’s gnome. Rory’s life is miserable, so she sabotages her participation on “The Franklin” by giving Rory the wrong time for the staff meeting, and then assigning her to a story on the paving of the new faculty parking lot. Her plan is frustrated when the faculty advisor singles out Rory’s article for praise. Undeterred, Paris assigns Rory the job of interviewing Max after she sees Rory and Max painfully avoid each other in the hall. Rory accepts the challenge, and after a few painful moments,
27 6 “Presenting Lorelai Gilmore” Chris Long Sheila R. Lawrence November 6, 2001 227456 5.6
At the urging of her friends, Emily decides that Rory’s making her debut at a society ball will be just the thing to get Richard back into the social swing. To Lorelai’s amazement, Rory willingly agrees and Emily goes into high gear shopping in preparation. Christopher agrees to escort Rory and Lorelai becomes involved in his new relationship.
28 7 “Like Mother, Like Daughter” Dennis Erdman Joan Binder Weiss November 13, 2001 227457 5.1
Headmaster Charleston decrees that both Gilmore girls need to improve their social skills at Chilton if they want to write a glowing recommendation for Rory’s Harvard application. Rory’s first attempt to socialize leads her to ask a group of girls to lunch if she could join them. They agree and hit it off famously. After lunch, an insanely jealous Paris accosts Rory and tells her the group that she innocently stumbled into is “The Puffs,” Chilton’s famed secret sorority. Rory not to bad-mouth to the group. At the next opportunity, Rory talks Paris to the group and they are both accepted as pledges. The Puffs “kidnap” Rory, Paris and the other pledges very early one morning under the guise of taking them to breakfast, But instead take them to Headmaster Charleston’s office to be initiated into the group. In the middle of the ceremony, they are discovered by Charleston and the security guards. He calls their parents and threatens their college careers, until Rory stands up to him and says that if he had not forced her to socialize, she would not be there at all. He agrees and reconsiders, saying that she is a good student who deserves to go to Harvard. After being chided by Emily for her lack of participation, Lorelai joins the Booster Club and offers to host a fundraising fashion show at the Inn. To her dismay, she discovers that the Booster Club mothers are the models; Not wanting to be mortified by herself, and to exact a little payback for being chided, she signs Emily up to model as well. On the day of the show, Lorelai calls Luke to fix the runway, And he catches the eye of Eva, the Booster Club president, who’s quite taken with him. Lorelai becomes uncomfortable when she sees them huddled together talking. The day goes even further downhill when Lorelai discovers that she and Emily will be modeling matching mother-daughter outfits. They end up looking terrific and having a ball struting their stuff on the runway, and the show is a tremendous success. Back in Stars Hollow, Lorelai visits Eva. Eva will combine the two. Eva will combine the two. Luke sees right through her, and after letting her know that he’ll date whoever he pleases, tells her that he ‘ S not interested in Eva and was only giving back directions to Hartford. Lorelai, secretly happy but realizing she’s made a fool of herself, hurries out of the diner, to Luke’s fun.
29 8 “The Ins and Outs of Inns” Michael Katleman Daniel Palladino November 20, 2001 227458 4.4
Lorelai and Sookie are a great place to spend a weekend getaway. The unexpected arrival of Mia, the absentee owner of the Independence Inn, complicates matters even further when Lorelai begins to experience pitches of guilt at leaving Mia with the responsibility of running the Inn again. When Lorelai finally summons up the courage to tell her about their plans, Mia is supportive and enthusiastic, and announces that this was just the opportunity she was waiting for to sell the Inn. Lorelai is saddened at this news and tells Emily how much she and Rory grew up together, oblivious to the breast she is causing her mother. Lorelai’s emotional turmoil culminates with her first ever argument with Sookie. After a pep talk from Luke, Lorelai apologizes to Sookie and recommits to their friendship and partnership. Story by the loss of years and memories while Lorelai and Rory lived at the Inn, Emily decides to meet Mia, the woman who was such an important part of their lives then. Mia explains that she took them in to give them a place to feel safe, while Emily explains that she wanted Mia to send them home. Emily asks Mia if she has any pictures of the girls from those days, and Mia eagerly agrees to send them to her right away. Someone has planted a fake murder scene at the front of Doose’s market, complete with police tape and the chalk outline of a body. Naturally, this gets Taylor in a dither; After scouring Stars Hollow for the culprit, he confronts Luke at the diner and accuses Jess. Luke jumps to Jess’ S defense and throws Taylor out. Later that evening, Luke, Lorelai, Rory and Mia stumble upon a secret town meeting where Jess is accused once more and Luke is vilified for bringing him into town. Luke stands behind his nephew again, supported by Lorelai. The next day, Rory tells Jess that she knows he’s really the culprit, and that he’s being a jerk for letting her take all the heat from everyone in Stars Hollow. After Jess gets her to admit that it was a pretty funny prank after all, he agrees to lighten up and be more considerate of Luke’s feelings. Rory tells Jess that she knows he’s really the culprit, and that he’s being a jerk for letting her take all the heat from everyone in Stars Hollow. After Jess gets her to admit that it was a pretty funny prank after all, he agrees to lighten up and be more considerate of Luke’s feelings. Rory tells Jess that she knows he’s really the culprit, and that he’s being a jerk for letting her take all the heat from everyone in Stars Hollow. After Jess gets her to admit that it was a pretty funny prank after all, he agrees to lighten up and be more considerate of Luke’s feelings.
30 9 “Run Away, Little Boy” Danny Leiner John Stephens November 27, 2001 227459 4.9
Lorelai receives a wedding present without a card attached, and insists that it be returned. Sookie sees to what great lengths Lorelai is going to find out who feels, and tells Lorelai to move forward in life to get some closure on her relationship with Max. Lorelai takes her advice and accepts a dinner date with Paul, one of the other students in her business class. The date goes well, but they decide to remain friends because they do not have much in common. When Paul appears at Luke’s Saturday with his parents in tow, Lorelai gets ribbed by everyone in town because he’s so young. Luke is uncharacteristically quiet, which Lorelai can not figure out until Sookie explains that he had a crush on Lorelai forever. Lorelai goes to him to know him that he ‘ Ll always be a very important part of her life, and Luke brightens up again. Rory, Paris, Madeline and Louise are assigned to the death scene from “Romeo and Juliet” as part of the Chilton Shakespearean Festival. Rory the role of Juliet, Rory the role of Juliet. Tristan returns to school with Duncan and Bowman after their suspension, and is cast as Romeo against Rory’s wishes. When a scheduling mixup occurs with the rehearsal hall, Rory is horrified to learn that Paris has rented Miss Patty’s studio and that the group will suit in Stars Hollow to practice. Tristan wastes no time in going to the market and taunting Dean, and they all come to blows before Rory pulls them apart. The next day at school, Rory pleads with Tristan not to mention anything to Dean about their kiss at the party, because it meant nothing to her. She also cautions him about hanging out with Duncan and Bowman. Stung by her words, but hiding it well, Tristan storms off. The next day, Dean and Rory are going to be the first to be able to re-appear. On the evening of the performance, Paris freaks out because Tristan is nowhere to be found. He finally shows up to tell Rory that his father pulled him out of Chilton to send him to boarding school, because he was caught with Duncan and Bowman breaking into Bowman’s father’s safe on a lark. Paris storms off, puts on his costume, and takes over as Romeo, making his performance, and their grades.
31 10 “The Bracebridge Dinner” Chris Long Daniel Palladino December 11, 2001 227460 5.0
A blizzard prevents a group from attending the historical dinner that Sookie has painstakingly prepared at their request, so she and Lorelai decide to invite all their friends in the Hollow to enjoy the feast at the Inn. At Rory’s urging, Lorelai also invited Richard and Emily, in an attempt to boost Richard’s spirits. During dinner, Emily is hurt and angered when Richard reveals that he has quit his job without consulting her. Jess tries to get between Rory and Dean when Dean is distracted by his little sister.
32 11 “Secrets and Loans” Nicole Holofcener Linda Loiselle Guzik January 22, 2002 227461 5.3
Lorelai and Rory have an argument after Rory goes against her mother’s wishes and asks her grandparents to lend Lorelai the money she needs to repair termite damage to their house. Lane’s desire to become a cheerleader causes a strain in her relationship with Rory. After an exhaustive and unproductive attempt to raise funds on her own credit rating, Lorelai is forced to ask Emily to cosign a loan. Rory drives Paris crazy when she refuses to reveal her PSAT scores.
33 12 “Richard in Stars Hollow” Steve Gomer Frank Lombardi January 29, 2002 227462 5.3
Richard visits Stars Hollow, and drives Lorelai and Rory crazy by passing judgment on every aspect of their lives. Paris screenshots Hallow searching for a “seedy underbelly” for the front story of the Franklin. Rory earns unexpected praise when she accidentally encourages censorship in the Hollow Video Store, which Paris uses as their basis for their assignment.
34 13 “A-Tisket, A-Tasket” Robert Berlinger Amy Sherman-Palladino February 5, 2002 227463 5.0
The annual Stars Hollow charity picnic basket lunch auction sparks controversies among couples throughout town. Jess outbids Dean for Rory’s basketball, causing Dean and Rory to quarrel when Rory abides by tradition and shares the lunch with Jess. Jackson refuses to bid on Sookie’s basketball after she leads him to believe that she does not want to move in together. Luke comes to Lorelai’s rescue, bests on her basketball, and feeds them both at the diner after Miss Patty sets up with a trio of unsuitable bidders. Henry tires of the end runs around Mrs. Kim, and calls it quits with Lane. Rory and Jess: Rory and Jess: Rory and Jess: Rory and Jess Sookie and Jackson work things out. Lorelai and Rory quarrel when Rory finds out that her mother is a sympathetic ear to Dean’s concerns about Jess. After Emily agrees with her daughter’s district of Jess, Lorelai realizes that they are both wrong, and apologizes to her daughter.
35 14 “It Should’ve Been Lorelai” Lesli Linka Glatter Daniel Palladino February 12, 2002 227464 4.9
Christopher comes to town on a business trip with his girlfriend Sherry in tow. Since Sherry and Christopher’s relationship is getting serious, Sherry wants to begin bonding with Rory – on Friday night. Without consulting Emily, Lorelai apologies Rory from the Gilmore Friday night dinner, and takes Christopher with her instead. When Emily finds out about Sherry over cocktails, she has a meltdown and rushes off to the kitchen. Lorelai follows her and finds out that Emily has always envisioned that Lorelai and Christopher would end up together. Emily blames Lorelai for always keeping him, and everyone else, at arms length. After mulling over her mother’s words, the next morning Lorelai tells Christopher that she’s always thought that they would get back together, too, And that’s why she’s never had a relationship that lasted, including the one with Max. Christopher gets very angry, refusing to accept the responsibility for the way Lorelai’s romantic life has turned out.
36 15 “Lost and Found” Gail Mancuso Amy Sherman-Palladino February 26, 2002 227465 4.8
Rory embarks on a campaign to improve Lorelai’s relationship with Jess, and convinces her to let him clean out their gutters so he can make some extra money. Luke, annoyed by his cramped living quarters, goes apartment hunting. With the help of Lorelai, Luke is able to find a great place, but is shocked when he finds out who owns the building. Meanwhile, Dean notices that Rory is not wearing the bracelet that he made for her. Rory makes up an excuse, but later flips into panic mode when she can not find the bracelet.
37 16 “There’s the Rub” Amy Sherman-Palladino Sheila R. Lawrence April 9, 2002 227466 4.8
When Emily and Lorelai go to a spa for a weekend of relaxation, Emily lets her hair down, kicks up her heels and ends up bonding with Lorelai in a way that her daughter could inspire. Thrilled that she has the house all to herself, Rory hopes to spend a quiet night at home doing laundry and eating Indian food. Her plans are foiled – first by Paris, then by Jess, and finally by Dean. In the process, she discovers that she has a surprising savior, a secret suitor, and a skeptical sweetheart.
38 17 “Dead Uncles and Vegetables” Jamie Babbit Daniel Palladino April 16, 2002 227467 4.5
Lorelai and Rory pitch in at the diner while Luke plans his uncle Louie’s funeral. Taylor is unhinged when a farmer’s market opens in the town square and puts a damper on his business. Emily goes completely overboard in helping Sookie plan her wedding. Rory prods Jess into being more of a help. Luke is a family member of the Hollywood Academy of Fine Arts.
39 18 “Back in the Saddle Again” Kevin Dowling Linda Loiselle Guzik April 23, 2002 227468 4.8
Rory asks Richard for help in creating and marketing a first-aid kit for Chilton’s annual Business Fair, which leads him to realize that he is unhappy in retirement and wants to start a second career. Fresh from having underbid on Rory’s lunch basket and the loss of the bracelet he made for her, Dean goes overboard in trying to be close to Rory, afraid that she is losing interest in him, and finally becomes resigned to her affection for Jess. At first, Michael is ecstatic when his flamboyant mother visits, but after Lorelai causes problems for him when she reveals to Giselle that Michel has been holding back from his mother, Michel quickly is driven by his mother’s incessant questioning.
40 19 “Teach Me Tonight” Steve Robman Amy Sherman-Palladino April 30, 2002 227469 5.1
Lorelai’s complaint about Taylor’s choice for “Movie in the Square Night” ‘T include any masterpieces. Against her better judgment, Lorelai agrees to Luke’s request that Rory tutor an about-to-flunk-out Jess. Rory and Jess: The Rise and the Jess: The Rise and the Jess. A distraught Lorelai blames Luke for the accident, creating a serious rift in their relationship. Christopher arrives in the middle of the night ready to go after Jess, but he ‘ S already left Stars Hollow to return home. Kirk’s short film premieres at Movie Night.
41 20 “Help Wanted” Chris Long Allan Heinberg May 7, 2002 227470 4.6
Richard opens a new office and hires a secretary with Lorelai’s help. Dean comes home. Lane falls in love with a drum set at Hollow’s new music shop and discovers that become a rock drummer is her new dream in life. Rory is dismayed to discover that everyone blames Jess for the accident despite her protestations. To the consternation of all in Stars Hollow, Luke closes the diner and goes fishing.
42 21 “Lorelai’s Graduation Day” Jamie Babbit Daniel Palladino May 14, 2002 227471 3.4
Lorelai and Rory have a breakfast at Sookie’s in an effort to avoid Luke’s, but Lorelai can not avoid an awkward encounter with him at Doose’s Market, where he fails to pick up on her hints to patch things up. In an effort to help Lorelai through final stress test, Rory gets her excited about attending her college graduation ceremony and secretly invite Richard and Emily, despite Lorelai’s assertion that they never agree to expect. After a late night phone call from Jess, Rory impulsively cuts school the next day and visits him in Manhattan. Christopher sends Lorelai has graduation gift basket filled with goodies and an expensive necklace. Lorelai is shocked to see Emily, Richard, and the film crew accompanying them to her graduation, and must contend with an obnoxious classmate with an attitude about the rich. Rory is furious with herself when she takes the wrong bus home and misses her mother’s graduation. When Rory finally arrives home, Lorelai forgives her when she realizes that the trip to New York may indicate that her daughter has fallen in love with Jess, despite her protests to the contrary.
43 22 “I Can not Get Started” Amy Sherman-Palladino Amy Sherman-Palladino, John Stephens May 21, 2002 227472 5.2
Sookie’s wedding draws near, while Lorelai finally relents and goes into the diner, where she apologizes profusely to Luke. Sookie’s wedding is a must-see. While Lorelai and Chris seem to be getting along, Sherry drops a bomb. Rory as vice-president. Jess returns to Stars Holly and asks Luke if he can stay.

DVD release

The Complete Second Season [2]
Set details Special features
  • 22 episodes
  • 6-disc set
  • 1.33: 1 aspect ratio
  • Subtitles: English
  • English (Dolby Digital 2 0 Surround)
  • Additional scenes
    • “Sadie, Sadie”
    • “Presenting Lorelai Gilmore”
    • “There’s the Rub”
    • “I Can not Get Started”
  • “A Film by Kirk”
  • “International Success” featurette
  • Gilmore Goodies & Gossip: On-Screen Factoids – “A-Tisket, A-Tasket”
  • “Who Wants to Argue” shouting matches
  • “Guide to Gilmorisms” booklet
Release dates
North America United Kingdom Continental Europe norway australia
December 7, 2004 March 13, 2006 March 15, 2006 March 8, 2006 April 5, 2006


  1. Jump up^ ” ” Gilmore Girls “USA ratings” .
  2. Jump up^ Tyner, Adam (December 23, 2004). “Gilmore Girls: The Complete Second Season” . DVD Talk . Retrieved February 20, 2012 .

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