Pilot ( Gilmore Girls )

” Pilot ” is the pilot episode of the American comedy-drama series Gilmore Girls . Originally aired it is the WB in the United States on October 5, 2000. The episode was written by series creator Amy Sherman-Palladino and directed by Lesli Linka Glatter .

The episode introduces the two main characters, Lorelai Gilmore ( Lauren Graham ) and her daughter Rory ( Alexis Bledel ), as well as Lorelai’s parents ( Kelly Bishop and Edward Herrmann ) and residents of Stars Hollow . After Rory is accepted to the prestigious Chilton Preparatory School, Lorelai is forced to go to her parents for financial assistance. Her parents happily loan their daughter in exchange for an end to the estrangement and a family dinner every Friday night. Unfortunately, things happen to a girl when she gets a little girl. Rory, leading the younger.


The show begins with shots introducing Stars Hollow , Connecticut , home of Lorelai and Rory Gilmore . Lorelai is a 32-year-old single mother who is so close to her 16-year-old daughter, Rory, that many people mistake them for sisters. The show opens at the local Luke’s diner, run by Luke Danes ( Scott Paterson ), where the girls go every morning. Lorelai has a special relationship with the owner and an addiction to caffeine. She squares off with the owner on a daily basis over just how much coffee she is allowed to have. While getting coffee, an unsuspecting male hits on both of the Gilmore girls, separately. This displays some of the quirky problems the Gilmore girls have. Clearly,

Next, the scene shifts to Lorelai working at the Independence Inn. There’s Michel Gerard ( Yanic Truesdale ), a rude French man who runs the front desk, an unbelievably sassy harp player, and Sookie St. James ( Melissa McCarthy ), the chef. Meanwhile, we find out that Rory is the kind of girl who is more interested in academic pursuits and reading than Mrs. Bovary , who worries about clothes and boys. But unbeknownst to Rory there is a new guy in town, and he has his eyes set on her. Rory and her best friend, Lane Kim ( Keiko Agena ) hang out after school and discuss an upcoming teen hayride. Rory would not be dead at the event,

Chilton, which typically means guaranteed admission to Harvard . Rory is psyched, but Lorelai gets a rude awakening: the school wants a pricey enrollment fee in addition to first semester’s tuition. And they want it pronto. Lorelai does not have the money, but can not bear the thought of disappointing her daughter. The only thing left for her to do is ask her parents wealthy. Lorelai’s relationship with her parents is beyond strained. As a teenager, Lorelai did not notably fulfill her parents’ high expectations. Lorelai does not end up asking her parents for money, where she receives the chilly reception. When she asks for the money, they agree, Since it is really for Rory, but have one minor condition. Lorelai’s mother, Emily Gilmore ( Kelly Bishop ), demands that she get to see her daughter and granddaughter once a week. That means dinner every Friday night. Lorelai hesitates, aim agrées.

At school, Rory is explaining to Lane about Chilton when she bumps into Dean Forester ( Jared Padalecki ), the new kid from Chicago who has been eyeing Rory. They talk and Rory begins to really like Dean. Chilton is a great place to stay. Lorelai is confused and astounded, but Rory does not back down. When the truth comes out, Lorelai flips out and says she will not allow her daughter to throw her life away for some random guy. Rory is going to Chilton whether she wants to or not.

When the Gilmore girls go to the grandparents’ house for dinner, the whole night turns into a big disaster. Lorelai’s father starts talking about Rory’s dad, Christopher, and all the success he had with his Internet startup in California. This causes Lorelai to have a mini-breakdown. She and Emily end up fighting in the kitchen, and Rory overhears every word … including the part about paying for Chilton. When it’s all over, Rory recognizes her mom’s bravery and agrees to go to Chilton. The episode ends with the Gilmore Girls sitting in Luke’s diner talking.



The pilot episode received financial support from the script development of the Family Friendly Programming Forum , which includes some of the nation’s leading advertisers, making it one of the first networks to reach the air with such funding. [1] Luke Danes , portrayed by Scott Patterson was initially supposed to be a woman in the pilot’s original script. [2]

Featured music included “The Mind ” by The La’s , ” I Try ” by Macy Gray , “Where the Colors Do not Go” by Sam Phillips , “My Little Corner Of The World” by Yo La Tengo , “Wendy” by Wesley Yang & Gavin McNett , “Ballet Waltz # 3” by Herman Beeftink, and “Heartland” by George Strait .


View of Unionville’s Main Street, where the pilot was filmed

The pilot was shot in Unionville, Ontario near Toronto while the rest of the series was filmed in Burbank, California at the Warner Bros. lot. [3]

Unaired pilot

The series was approved though the original pilot never aired, and continued the same story with some changes to the main cast. In the “Unaired pilot”, the character Sookie St. James was played by Alex Borstein and the character Dean Forester was played by Nathan Wetherington. Alex Borstein’s MADtv contract prevented her from continuing in the role, which was recast with Melissa McCarthy . Borstein made recurring appearances on Gilmore Girls throughout the show, first as the harpist Drella, then as Miss Celine and Doris.


Gilmore , Gilmore , Gilmore , Gilmore , Gilmore , Gilmore , Gilmore , Gilmore , Gilmore . It also tied the network mark for its timeslot in adults 18-34 (2.2 / 7). [4]

While rewatching the series, David Sims of the AV Club called it “a pretty strong piece of television.” He concluded his review, writing: “The pilot just gives us the basics, but this heady poultice is already brewing away.” [5]


  1. Jump up^ Elliott, Stuart (March 31, 2000). “THE MEDIA BUSINESS: ADVERTISING: A coalition of marketers is accelerating efforts to sponsor ‘family-friendly’ prime-time television.” . The New York Times . The New York Times Company . Retrieved October 1, 2012 .
  2. Jump up^ Bellmont, Brian (September 20, 2004). “Luke and Lorelai, sitting in a tree” . Today.com . Retrieved August 16, 2015 .
  3. Jump up^ Berman, AS (July 9, 2015). The Gilmore Girls Companion . BearManor Media. ISBN  1-5939-3616-8 .
  4. Jump up^ “The WB Sets Ratings Records with Oct. 5 Debuts” . Time Warner . October 6, 2000 . Retrieved August 15, 2015 .
  5. Jump up^ Sims, David (March 7, 2013). “Gilmore Girls:” Pilot “/” The Lorelais’ First Day At Chilton ” ” . The AV Club . Retrieved August 16, 2015 .

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