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Back row: Lane, Michel, Paris, Richard, Emily, Sookie, Kirk, Miss Patty; Middle row: Dean, Luke, Lorelai, Jess; Front: Rory

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Lorelai Victoria Gilmore

Lorelai Victoria Gilmore, played by Lauren Graham, is the only daughter of Richard and Emily Gilmore. She is the mother of Lorelai "Rory" Leigh Gilmore. She became pregnant at the age of 16 but refused to marry Christopher Hayden, Rory's father, so he could grow up and work for his dad even though her father insisted. Instead she ran away to the town of Stars Hollow, which is half an hour away from Hartford. In Stars Hollow she meets Mia, the owner of the Independence Inn. She begs Mia to hire her though she has no experience of any kind. Mia gives Lorelai a job as a maid and allows Lorelai and Rory to live in a converted potting shed behind the inn, where they live for most of Rory's childhood. Lorelai eventually becomes the general manager of the inn, which is the position she holds when we first meet her.

Lorelai and Sookie St. James find an old run-down inn called the Dragonfly Inn. When its owner dies, they decide to buy it. However, the Independence Inn has just burned down and they are out of money. Rory asks her grandparents to lend her money for tuition at Yale, so that Lorelai and Sookie are able to purchase The Dragonfly Inn.

She dated Luke Danes, but they broke up due to the fact that he kept putting off getting married because he discovered he had a daughter. The first year of their relationship, which took place in the fifth season, was pretty much smooth sailling, except for the small period of time that they weren't together because of Christopher, Lorelai's ex, and her mother's meddling. They end up getting back together, engaged, and are a couple through the sixth season until the finale, when Lorelai gives him an ultimatum and they break up. Throughout most of the final season of the show, they aren't together because Lorelai starts dating and then marries Christopher, but she and Christopher break up about mid-way through the season. Lorelai and Luke presumably gets back together at the end of the season, as she kisses him at Rory's farewell party and wears the necklace Luke got for her.

Lorelai "Rory" Leigh Gilmore

Lorelai "Rory" Leigh Gilmore , played by Alexis Bledel, is the only child of Lorelai Gilmore and the first-born daughter of Christopher Hayden, born on October 8, 1984 at 4:03 a.m. Rory shares her mother's taste in junk food, coffee, movies, music, and much more. They both exhibit a talent for witty, fast-paced, pop-culture-laden dialogue, and they are extremely close. Rory spent her childhood in the Independence Inn in Stars Hollow where her mother originally worked as maid. Lorelai was later able to buy a house, where Rory spent her adolescent years. Rory did not have much contact with her grandparents,Richard and Emily, until she started to attend Chilton. She quickly grew close to her grandparents, especially her grandfather. This was often a source of contention between Rory and Lorelai, who had a tumultuous relationship with her parents.

Rory attended the prestigious Chilton Academy for her sophomore, junior and senior years of high school. To pay tuition, Lorelai had to ask her estranged grandparents for help. They agreed to pay on one condition: Lorelai and Rory would have to come to their house every Friday night for dinner. This tradition continued after graduation as Richard and Emily agreed to pay for Rory's college tuition (and even continued after her financial obligation to them had ended). Rory had no contact with her paternal grandparents, except in the first season when Emily and Richard invite them and Rory's father to a Friday night dinner. After Straub refers to Lorelai as "that girl", stating that Lorelai's pregnancy ruined Christopher's future while making cruel comments about Lorelai, Richard becomes extremely angry, expressing how much he cares for Lorelai and kicks both Straub and Francine out of the house. It was during this time that Emily tells Rory that she had no regrets about her birth, and both she and Richard felt that way but they never want to tell her that.

Before leaving Stars Hollow High School, Rory met fellow school mate Dean Forester, who became her first steady boyfriend. Rory and Dean dated for two and a half seasons before Dean broke it off due to her obvious attraction to 'bad boy' Jess Mariano, the nephew of Luke Danes. Rory and Jess dated, but Jess was often moody, undependable, and secretive, which caused problems in their relationship. Rory later expressed regret about the relationship to her best friend Lane Kim; saying that, while she was initially attracted to Jess' intellectualism and his "bad boy nature," she had become used to Dean's reliability and affectionate nature. She expected Jess to treat her the same way, but she realizes he never would. Jess later decided to leave for California to see his dad without telling Rory, who was graduating from high school at the time. He returned during her freshman year of college and professed his love for her. Though his feelings were reciprocated, Rory would not run away to New York with him.

After graduating from Chilton as valedictorian, Rory went on to attend Yale University, although it had been her childhood dream to go to Harvard. Rory resided in Branford College, the same residential college of her grandfather, Richard GIlmore. Rory majored in English, although her true interest was journalism; her role model for many years was Christiane Amanpour. After a brief but substantial rekindling of her relationship with Dean Forester, she lost her virginity to him. This was the subject of the first major fight between Rory and Lorelai, as Dean had married another woman after Rory left him, and was still married at the time of Rory and Dean's liaison. Dean eventually ended the relationship during Rory's sophomore year at Yale, when he realized that Rory had entered a world where he could not follow her. After this Rory started to date the heir to the Huntzberger Publishing Company, Logan Huntzberger. Although their relationship began casually as a "no strings attached" affair, Rory's feelings for Logan deepened, and she told him that she would rather be friends than try to be something she is not. He interpreted this as an ultimatum and agreed to exclusively date her. Logan eventually brought Rory to a family dinner at his house, where he introduced her as his girlfriend. Logan's mother and grandfather did not think Rory could handle being married to a Huntzberger and insulted her at the dinner table. Logan's father, Mitchum Huntzberger, gave Rory an internship at one of his newspapers because he felt guilty about his family's awful behavior, but at the end of the internship, he told her that she "just didn't have it" to make it as a journalist. This upset Rory so much that she stole a yacht with Logan as a "joyride". After being caught, she was sentenced to 300 hours of community service. As a result, Rory also rethought her lifelong ambition to become a journalist and decided to take "time off" from Yale. She moved into her grandparents' pool house and accepted a job with the Daughters of the American Revolution. Rory's decision to leave Yale, combined with her decision to move in with her grandparents, caused a massive season-long rift between her and her mother and they didnt speak for ages, which was only repaired once Rory returned to school.

Rory returned to Yale after a visit from Jess, who made her realize that her current life (working for the DAR, living under her grandparents' strict rule, not going to school) did not reflect who she truly was. Jess's visit also coincided with a fight between Logan and his father, leaving Logan in a bad mood; after interrupting Jess and Rory's reunion, he proceeded to be arrogant and cruel to Jess, constantly taunting him about his bookstore. This led to a prolonged split-up between Rory and Logan, though they later reunited. However, during the break up, Logan had brief but sexual flings with several other girls. Feeling betrayed, Rory went to Jess's bookstore where she met April, who Luke had taken to meet Jess. After Luke and Jess's friends left, Rory and Jess were alone together. Jess assumed Rory had broken up with Logan and kissed her. Rory reciprocated at first, then pushed him away, explaining that she had just got back together with Logan. Jess was upset by her behavior, telling her that he didn't deserve to be treated in this way. Rory acknowledged that she had behaved badly but confessed she loved Logan in spite of what he had done, that she couldn't seem to stop. Jess said that she could tell Logan that something had happened if that would help, and Rory left. This is the last time Jess is seen in the series.

Around a year later, while her grandparents hosted a graduation party, Logan proposed to Rory, shocking her. After her graduation ceremony, Rory declined because she felt she was too young and had too many opportunities in front of her to tie herself down already. She pleaded with Logan that it didn't have to be "all or nothing" but he said that if she didn't want to marry him, he didn't want to carry on and they broke up for the final time. She later accepts a sudden job offer to work as a journalist to cover Barack Obama's presidential campaign. Luke sets up a surprise farewell party for her. On the day of Rory's departure, Luke opens his diner early, and Lorelai and Rory share a final breakfast before she leaves for her job.

Rory will be quite wealthy when she is older as she stands to inherit millions from her father and grandparents. Also, creators of the show hint that after the series, Rory most likely ends up with Jess Mariano (See Below).

Sookie St. James

Sookie St. James, played by Melissa McCarthy, is a kind-hearted, friendly, kind-eyed, top chef and co-owner of the Dragonfly Inn with Lorelai Gilmore. She is married to Jackson Belleville with whom she has two children named David "Davey" Edward Belleville and Martha Elizabeth Belleville. At the end of the series, she was pregnant with her third child. She originally met Lorelai Gilmore when they worked together at the Independence Inn. They are best friends throughout the series, and eventually open their own inn together. Sookie is a culinary genius with perfectionist tendencies who is very ambitious in both her cooking and baking. Sookie is unable to delegate in her kitchen and there are several storylines throughout the series that comically highlight her inherent control issues. She is also known for being somewhat of a scatterbrain and a klutz, as she is often re-writing her menus (often up to the very last minute) and getting injured in the kitchen (the first scene in her kitchen is quite chaotic with one of her sous chefs being whacked in the head with her pan). Also Sookie St. James is well known for always plating up magnificant foods. In one episode were Lorelai and Sookie take on a catering business, they cater a kids party and instead of sookie making kids food she makes marvellous and equsitive foods where are to high class for the kids. Lorelai tells her this and then Sookie has a breakdown but Lorelai sorts it all out and everything is alright again.

Alex Borstein, the real-life wife of actor Jackson Douglas, who plays Jackson Belleville, was originally cast in the role of Sookie St. James, but had to back out due to scheduling conflicts. Instead, she has taken miscellaneous supporting roles throughout the show, including Drella, the harpist from Season 1, and Miss Celine in Seasons 3 and 5.

Lane Kim

Lane Kim later Lane Hyun-kyung Van Gerbig, played by Keiko Agena, was born and raised in Stars Hollow, Connecticut. The rock-and-roll loving child of strict Seventh-day Adventist, vegan, Korean parents (Mr. Kim is never seen, nor are his whereabouts ever mentioned, but Lane has referred to "parents", plural, on many occasions, and said "My mother and father" in Season 2, and is seen getting into a car and driven away by a faceless man at one point in the series, while being taken to the airport where she is to go to Korea for the summer), Lane was forced to start hiding who she was from her family at a young age. She used loose floorboards and her closet to hide her enormous collection of non-Christian music and books along with her makeup that her mother disapproved of. She and her best friend Rory Gilmore used hollowed out books and a variety of pretexts to try and help Lane live a more acceptable life, all the while resenting her mother's over protective strictness, which she viewed as controlling rather than tough love.

Lane attended Stars Hollow High with Rory until Rory enrolled in Chilton Academy. Lane describes herself as a "dedicated audiophile," although this is a bit of a misnomer, since audiophiles, by definition, are most interested in the technical details associated with high fidelity recording and playback, whereas Lane is actually interested in the history of modern music, its production, its influence upon pop culture, making her more of a music fanatic. Eventually, she joins a band, consisting of Dave Rygalski, Brian Fuller, and Zach Van Gerbig (Todd Lowe). Lane and Dave began a romantic relationship that largely involved intricate strategies for hiding their relationship from her mother and their bandmates. In Season 3, however, they are forced to make their relationship public. The next year, Dave moved to California for college. Sebastian Bach's character, Gil, replaced Dave on guitar, and Zach replaced Dave as Lane's romantic interest. During the time of Rory and Lorelai's estrangement from each other in Season 6, Lane's relationship with her mother as well as with her band is featured more prominently than in the past. In Season 6, the band splits and later reunites. Zach proposes to Lane, and they are married quickly. In Season 7, Lane is pregnant with twins. At the end of "Gilmore Girls Only" (Season 7, Episode 17), Lane gives birth to twin boys, Kwan and Steve.

Michel Gerard

Michel Gerard, played by Yanic Truesdale, is a French concierge who works at the Independence Inn with Lorelai and Sookie. He eats a very strict diet and is very style conscious. He has a history of having little patience for rude guests and can himself be quite rude when conducting business, throwing tantrums that Lorelai has to talk him down from. However, it is understood that he is highly skilled at his job and that Lorelai and Sookie consider him a valuable member of their team. During the time that Lorelai and Sookie are switching over to the Dragonfly Inn, Michel is worried that they aren't going to bring him along. They reassure Michel that they really do care about him. While Michel's character is typically indifferent or uncaring towards children and babies, he owned two Chow Chow dogs named Paw-paw and Chin-chin who were also brothers. During the course of the series, his love and regard for the dogs is apparent. Before the test run for the Dragon Fly Inn he even asserted that he cared for his dogs as much as Lorelai cared for Rory. Though Chin Chin died later in the series, Michel continued to be devoted to the surviving dog, Paw-Paw. Michel is also obsessed with Destiny's Child, particularly shown when Sookie wouldn't let him take his blueberry pancakes unless he had sworn an 'oath', saying that "(may) Destiny's Child break up if (he) count(ed) these blueberries", after which he responded that she should pick another group. The counting would be because Michel was only 'allowed' 12 blueberries per day, as his strict diet would prescribe him. When she declined, he left his pancakes. Michel shows an even greater fondness towards Celine Dion, as he has attended many of her concerts. Once he leaves Lorelai hanging without a male date to bring to Lane's wedding to Zach, even though she needed a date to go, so that he could attend a Celine Dion concert. He also has an appreciation for the "finer things," and therefore has a great respect for Lorelai's mother Emily and her lifestyle. In season 7 episode 3, Michel escorts Lorelai to her first cotillion, and dances with her. He has a giggly girlfriends-like relationship with his mother, which he insists is maintained by only discussing superficial topics and never divulging the details of his personal life. While he often expresses to the other citizens of Stars Hollow his contempt for them, this is an exaggeration, as he does occasionally let down his guard and enjoy their company. Throughout the series, he appears to have grown in affection for Lorelai, Sookie, Rory, and the other people of Stars Hollow, and has generally become more laid-back and friendly.

Lucas "Luke" Danes

Lucas "Luke" Danes, played by Scott Patterson, is the owner of "Luke's Diner." His mother died when he was young, leaving his father to raise Luke and his sister, Liz. Liz is somewhat flaky, whereas Luke is rather dependable and hard-working, but somewhat square-minded. He grew up helping his father at his hardware store and growing very close to him. After his father dies, Luke turns the store into his diner, keeping most of the original architecture intact as a way of honoring his father.

Luke has a gruff and unfriendly personality; however, as the series progresses, his image softens, and his willingness to help out his loved ones becomes apparent. He is close to both Rory and Lorelai, since they are frequently at his diner. He has grown very fond of them over the years.

In season 1, His and Lorelai's relationship begins to grow from faux-contentious banter to a true friendship, and it is evident that Luke has romantic feelings for Lorelai. However, his attempts to express his feelings are continuously thwarted, often by other people, such as Lorelai's on-again, off-again boyfriend Max Medina and Luke's similarly intermittent girlfriend, Rachel (played by Lisa Ann Hadley). Rachel is a photographer who travels the world for months at a time for work, and in the past she has returned to Luke and abruptly left him numerous times, causing him much heartbreak. She returns in season 1, promising that she will remain permanently, but she leaves at the end of the season when it becomes clear that Luke has developed feelings for Lorelai.

When Lorelai announces her engagement to Max, Luke pretends to be happy for her, all the while criticizing how little she knows Max. He later apologizes and presents her with a wedding gift; a chuppah for Max and her to stand under. He is very happy when the engagement is called off.

Later in season 2, Liz sends her son, Jess, to live with his uncle, Luke. Jess has got into trouble in NYC and Liz, not being very stable herself, is unable to deal with his issues. Luke and Jess's relationship is contentious; although they are very similar (both are somewhat anti-social, sarcastic, pessimistic, and gruff), Jess's problems with authority and Luke's inexperience at parenting causes numerous fights between them. One night, Jess is driving with Rory in her car and swerves to miss an animal; they crash and Rory is minorly hurt. Luke sends an unresisting Jess back to NYC, although not before Luke and Lorelai get into a fight. Jess later returns and promises to obey Luke's rules, although he later leaves (at the end of season 3) to live with his father in California. Luke is upset, feeling shunned. Jess returns in season 4, and Luke tries to convince him to come to Liz's wedding; when he pressures Jess, Jess yells at Luke that he pushes people too hard, and when they ultimately fail, they feel even worse for having failed Luke as well. Luke is upset by this, but he and Jess eventually mend their relationship and grow closer.

In season 2, Luke buys the building next door to him in order to renovate his apartment and make it large enough for Jess to live in with him. In season 3, Taylor Doose, the town selectman and one of the most prominent Stars Hollow residents, rents a store in Luke's building, causing Luke to meet Nicole Leahy (played by Tricia O'Kelley), Taylor's lawyer. They date and get married on a cruise they take during the summer before season 4; when they return, they initially decide to divorce but later delay the divorce in favor of dating. The relationship ends, though, when Nicole cheats on Luke.

In season 4, after denying his feelings for Lorelai for years, Luke finally realizes that he is in love with her, and the two kiss at the season finale. They date for much of season 5, much to the displeasure of Lorelai's parents, Emily and Richard, who dislike Luke due to his blue-collar, working class status. Emily invites Christopher, Rory's father, to her and Richard's renewal ceremony, hoping for Christopher and Lorelai to get back together. Luke, Christopher, and Lorelai become upset when they discover Rory kissing Logan Huntzberger in a back room, and Christopher and Luke get into a fight over the other's involvement in Rory's life; Christopher proclaims that Rory is his daughter, whereas Luke declares that he has cared for Rory more over the years (taking care of her when she was sick, attending her high school graduation, helping her move into college, etc.). Christopher declares that he and Lorelai belong together, revealing that Emily tried to set them up, and Luke is saddened and angered. He and Lorelai break up but get back together. At the end of season 5, Lorelai proposes marriage to him when she sees how much he cares for Rory (who has stolen a yacht and quit school). He accepts, although they delay marriage plans until Rory and Lorelai reconcile.

In season 6, April Nardini (Vanessa Marano), age 12, appears at the diner and takes a sample of Luke's hair, so that she can determine – purely as a science fair project – which of her mother's old flames is her father. Though April and her mother Anna Nardini (Sherilyn Fenn) initially want nothing from Luke, who is indeed the father, Luke feels a strong duty to do whatever he can for his daughter, and they awkwardly become friends. Unsure how to integrate April into his life with Lorelai, Luke deliberately hides to Lorelai the fact of April's existence, until April spills the beans over two months later. Feeling betrayed, and hurt, that Luke broke their "no secrets" agreement, Lorelai questions their future marriage. To make matters worse, Luke asks to postpone the wedding to hang out with his kid. She feels left out as Luke spends more time with April and excludes Lorelai from that side of his life, and resentful of being forced to wait again for the man she had fallen in love with. In the finale of season 6, Lorelai gives Luke an ultimatum: either elope with her now, on the spot, or break up. Luke attempts to talk her out of it, and Lorelai walks away.

The breakup from Lorelai does not appear to damage Luke's relationship with April. Things take a bad turn, however, when Anna announces that she was moving back to New Mexico to be with her ailing mother and that she intended to take April with her, and Luke fought her for custody. It ends with Anna and April moving to New Mexico and April visiting Luke during holidays and other times off.

In the final episode of the series, Luke throws a surprise going-away party for Rory and the whole town pitches in to help. On learning that rain is expected, Luke stays up the entire night sewing tarps together to create a giant tent. Sookie tells Lorelai that the whole party was Luke's idea, detailing all the work he put into it. Lorelai thanks Luke, who says it was no big deal, and then confesses that he just wanted to see her happy. Luke and Lorelai kiss, and it is implied that they rekindle their romance as Lorelai is seen flirting with Luke and later wearing the necklace that he gave her.

Emily Gilmore

Emily Gilmore, played by Kelly Bishop, is the mother of Lorelai and grandmother to Rory. Emily had very limited contact with her daughter for most of her adult life, and though they have got to know each other better as adults, they still have a somewhat strained relationship. One constant source of discord between them involves the matter of Christopher Hayden, Rory's father. Despite Chris's shortcomings, Emily always pushed Lorelai to pursue a relationship with him in their adulthood, so that their family can finally be together, only to be frustrated as either Lorelai or Christopher failed to take the necessary steps to make it happen. Emily always dotes on Rory (she being their only grandchild), however, and she and Richard made it financially possible for Rory to attend the exclusive Chilton Preparatory school as well as Yale University.

Emily was raised by a strict social code and graduated from Smith College with a degree in history. She has a sister named Hope. Since her marriage, she has dedicated herself to furthering her husband Richard's career. As a result, she spends much of her time arranging charity events, and she is very concerned with propriety and appearances. She is difficult to please, and is incapable of keeping a maid very long no matter how well she pays them. They quit or are fired in rapid succession for reasons like singing or walking too heavily. Many people have judged her to be a snobbish, haughty and highly opinionated woman. There is a softer, more caring side to Emily, but it is often obscured by her aforementioned snobbish persona.

Emily is heavily involved in Hartford society. Besides being a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, she is also a member of the Symphony Fundraising Committee, the President of the Horticultural Society, and a Co-Chair of the Starlight Foundation. She is a board member on the Hartford Zoological Silent Auction, the Mark Twain House Restoration Fund Luncheon, and the Harriet Beecher Stowe Literacy Auction.

In season 4 it is revealed that Richard had been having yearly lunches with Pennilyn Lott (his ex-girlfriend) since his marriage to Emily, which damages her marriage with Richard, almost leading to divorce. Emily and Richard were separated during Season 5, and Emily even tries dating another man. Though the date went well, it primarily makes Emily realize how much she misses Richard. They soon reconcile and renew their vows.

In Season 6 Emily and Richard take Rory into their house after she drops out of Yale and has been arguing with Lorelai. When Rory moves out again, she gets into a conflict with her grandparents, and her grandmother in particular, partly because Rory feels controlled by Emily, just like her mother had many years earlier. Emily is very upset and describes it as being how she felt when Lorelai had left years earlier.

Some of the issues that had to be worked out were somehow solved in episode 6.13 "Friday Night's Alright for Fighting", but things still are not completely all right between them. When the series ends and Rory goes off to begin a reporting career, Emily believes that their routine Friday night dinners will end since Lorelai and Rory no longer need her money for any tuition. However, Lorelai tells her mother that she will continue going to dinner every Friday night, implying that she will maintain a friendly relationship with her parents.

Richard Gilmore

Richard Gilmore, played by Edward Herrmann, is the father of Lorelai and grandfather to Rory. He has a relatively more comfortable relationship with Lorelai than his wife, Emily, which is highlighted in episode 5.15 'so..good talk' where Lorelai agrees to meet with him even though she is angry at Emily for breaking-up her and Luke. He is an alumnus of Yale and plays a pivotal role in persuading Lorelai as well as getting Rory admitted there.

He and Rory have an adorable grandfather-granddaughter relationship which serves to ease the frequent tension between Emily and Lorelai at the Friday Night Dinners. Emily and Richard themselves have a very conventional husband- wife relationship which has often served as an example of up tightness of Lorelai's previous social circles. However towards the end of 4th season they get separated but get reconciled midway through 5th season.

Richard works as an top level executive in an insurance company until the second season, when he becomes frustrated after noticing that he is gradually being phased out. After a brief flirtation with retirement, Richard quickly becomes bored and goes back into insurance work for himself, before taking on Jason Stiles as a business partner, returning to his company in the 5th season, and finally returning to Yale to teach an economics course in the 7th season.

Dean Forester

Dean Forester, played by Jared Padalecki, is an extremely attractive main character in seasons 2 and 3, and recurring in seasons 1 and 4 through 7. He is introduced as the new guy in town in the "Pilot". He immediately falls for the shy, sensitive, intellectual Rory Gilmore (Alexis Bledel) after she shows him around Stars Hollow. Rory in turn quickly becomes infatuated with him, and he becomes the first serious boyfriend for Rory. Later, however, Jess Mariano is introduced. Although the couple was having problems before Jess, their relationship is further strained after Rory spends more time with Jess. Dean is eventually driven to jealousy by Jess' presence and this leads to the end of his relationship with Rory. He has a sister named Clara, played by Scout Taylor-Compton. It is also suggested that he may have an older sibling.

Dean later starts dating a girl named Lindsay Lister (Arielle Kebbel) and impulsively marries her. However, it is still obvious that he carries strong feelings for Rory. On the night before his wedding to Lindsay, Dean expresses to Luke- a friend who cares to his drunken state- that he feels Rory is the only girl he can marry, later forgetting the statement. His attraction to her remains so strong that, at a party, when he discovers that Jess made her cry, he violently attacks Jess, resulting in a brawl between the two (in the end, Dean threw the first punch of the fight, Jess, the last). Dean remains too close to Rory and, when it becomes clear to him that he's made a mistake in marrying Lindsay, he goes to Rory and starts an affair—Rory's first sexual experience.

Lindsay eventually finds out about the affair and angrily throws Dean out, which briefly complicates things with Rory. But Dean decides to rekindle his romance with Rory (even though she now lives at Yale), much to the aggravation of many, including Luke and Rory's Grandparents, all of whom judge Dean unworthy of Rory. To make matters worse, Dean and Rory find their lives heading in completely different directions. With Rory rarely in Stars Hallow due to her life at Yale and Dean holding three jobs at once to make ends meet, the two of them rarely find time to spend together; both cancel date after date due to their commitments.

The two finally find time for a date; it would be planned that Dean would pick Rory up after a party that her grandparents planned to throw for her. However, the party was thrown with the sole purpose of introducing Rory to other prospective blue blooded boyfriends with business aspirations, including Rory's next boyfriend, Logan Huntzberger. Rory enjoys herself at the party so much that she briefly forgets about her planned outing. She eventually remembers, and by the time she walks out to a furious Dean, the two realize that their lives were heading in different directions, and Dean ends their relationship for good.

In his final appearance in "To Live And Let Diorama", Dean does not see Rory, but rather Luke. Dean relates his faulty relationship with Rory to Luke's with Lorelai, saying that ultimately, Luke would hold Lorelai back from whatever potential she may have. With this statement, Dean is never heard from again.

Paris Geller

Paris Eustace Geller, played by Liza Weil, is introduced in the second episode of Season 1 and makes her last appearance in the penultimate episode of Season 7. The child of wealthy, Jewish parents, she was raised almost completely by her Portuguese nanny. Paris was originally Rory's arch-nemesis at Chilton Academy, partially because she felt threatened by Rory's academic prowess, but more because of the attention that Tristan Dugray (Chad Michael Murray), the local golden boy/bad boy, paid the new transfer from Stars Hollow High. Her two best friends prior to Rory were Madeline and Louise, who were more concerned about boys and makeup than Paris' focus on her academics. Paris starts a relationship with a Princeton man, Jamie (Brandon Barash), which ends after Paris starts an affair with a Yale professor, Asher Fleming (Michael York). The affair ends when Asher dies. Paris starts to date the Yale Daily News editor Doyle McMasters(Danny Strong) and eventually moves in with him. Paris attends Yale as well and is roommates with Rory for all four years, and is finally accepted into Harvard Medical School. Paris is consistently nervous about meeting standards and is often angry when annoyed, having an extreme Type A personality.

Paris was originally created for a three-episode guest arc by series creator Amy Sherman-Palladino and executive producer Gavin Polone at the beginning of the show's first season to introduce Rory Gilmore's character to the high pressures, competitiveness and stress of going from the small public high school in Stars Hollow, to the storied and respected halls of Chilton Academy. This character was created in consolation for Weil after a strong audition for the role of Rory (Weil had been known to Polone through her work in Stir of Echoes, which he and his company produced), which eventually went to Alexis Bledel. Weil however had to change her hair color to play Paris from her natural brown hair coloring to blonde. This was done to further the contrast of Paris to Rory. The character proved to be the proper foil to Rory in time, and the role of Paris in the show was extended and expanded through the first season until Weil became a series regular in the second season.

Jess Mariano

Jess Mariano, played by Milo Ventimiglia, was a main character in seasons 2 and 3, and recurring afterward. He first appears in the episode "Nick & Nora, Sid & Nancy". He combines bad boy traits (rebellious and resentful of authority) with geek traits, being intellectually inclined and well-read. He also shows an interest and ability in magic tricks. He grew up with his mother Liz Danes (Kathleen Wilhoite); his father, Jimmy Mariano (Rob Estes), departed after his birth. Liz sent Jess away to Stars Hollow, Connecticut to live with her brother, Luke Danes because she couldn't handle him and thought that Luke could. But Jess's arrival in Stars Hollow isn't well received by the town at large. Luke has an even bigger problem controlling Jess's personal life at Stars Hollow. Despite his actions, Jess's knowledge of books and pop culture eventually appeal to Rory Gilmore. They become friends despite others' disapproval, and Jess pursues Rory, despite her relationship with Dean. Jess leaves town for a while following a car accident which leaves Rory injured. Rory skips school to visit him in New York, where they officially say goodbye. In the season two finale, he returns for a surprise visit during Sookie's wedding. Rory impetuously kisses Jess, and then begs him not to say anything.

Jess and Rory officially start dating after the local dance marathon when Dean tells Rory he knows she is interested in Jess and breaks up with her. Their relationship runs into trouble because of both Jess's and Rory's constant insecurities and difficulties communicating. Rory later confesses to her friend Lane Kim that, while she was initially attracted to Jess due to their similar interests, she was ultimately too used to Dean's affection and reliability, expecting Jess to treat her the same, only to realize that he never would. When Luke finds out that Jess would not be allowed to graduate from Stars Hollow High because he had cut too many classes, he tells Jess that he must repeat his senior year or leave. Unwilling to accept Luke's stipulations, Jess rides a bus to Venice Beach, California to find his estranged father. He has a brief encounter with Rory on the bus, but she is unaware of his departure at the time. In California, Jess stays with his father.

The WB was originally going to continue Jess's storyline in a spin-off called "Windward Circle". In this new show, Jess works on building his relationship with his estranged father and befriends a bunch of California skateboarders. The Gilmore Girls episode 3.21 "Here Comes the Son" acted as a backdoor pilot for the show. It was originally picked up as a mid-season show, set for January 2004. However, the network cancelled the show before it aired, citing high production costs to shoot on location in Venice Beach as the reason.[1]

Jess briefly returns to Stars Hollow in season four to steal back his car from Luke after his mom tells him Luke stole it from him nearly a year earlier. Jess also sees Rory several times, though every encounter ends with him giving her the cold shoulder. Jess leaves after telling her that he loves her. A few months later, Jess returns to Stars Hollow for his mother Liz's wedding. After the wedding, Jess visits Rory at Yale and asks her to run away with him. She declines.

A year later, a much more mature Jess returns to deliver a copy of the book he has written to Rory, explaining his new life working at an independent publishing company, and explaining that he could not have achieved any of his recent success had she not believed in him when they were teenagers. At the time, Rory had dropped out of Yale and moved into her grandparents house. They decide to get something to eat, but are interrupted by an agitated Logan, who invites himself along. During the reunion, Logan is very possessive of Rory and aggressive toward Jess. Jess politely endures Logan's taunts for as long as possible before walking out (showing that he has matured, as before he would simply have attacked Logan). Although Rory goes after him, Jess refuses to stay. He is shocked that Rory is dating someone like Logan, and more importantly that she has dropped out of school with no plans for the future, and repeatedly demands to know what's going on, telling her "this isn't you, Rory, you know it isn't". His criticism and refusal to accept excuses make Rory take a serious look at her life, and are instrumental in her return to Yale. He then says this is a bad time for them to meet up, so he'll see her another time.

Jess appeared for the final time in the Season 6 episode "The Real Paul Anka", where he, Luke and Rory meet again at the new book store/art gallery/publishing house in Philadelphia where Jess works. Rory and Jess exchange a kiss, but Rory tells Jess that she is still in love with Logan and only did it because she found out Logan had been with someone else while they were broken up. Jess is hurt at being used but says that she can tell Logan something happened, if it will make her feel better. As of the end of the series, Jess is the only one of Rory's ex-boyfriends with whom she is on good terms.

The Gilmore Girls creaters hint that Rory and Jess get back together after the series ending, as they were on good terms, and they state 'the only one for Rory would be Jess Mariano.'[citation needed]

Kirk Gleason

Kirk Gleason, played by Sean Gunn, is a quirky and good-hearted but emotionally stunted, very odd man who until later seasons lives with his mother (when he's not sleeping on park benches or in other people's RVs). By the end of the fourth season, Kirk reveals that he has night terrors that cause him to go streaking through the town naked when they attend the dry run of the Dragonfly Inn. In Season 2, Ep. 13, Kirk tells Jackson Belleville that he was one of thirteen children (and, it is implied, his mother's least favorite).

Sean Gunn appeared in early episodes as different characters. In Season 1, Ep. 2 "The Lorelais' First Day at Chilton", Sean Gunn was the DSL installer, named "Mick" and in Season 1, Ep. 3, he is credited as the "Swan Man". Season 1, Ep. 5 marks the first appearance of Kirk as he is known throughout the rest of the series. In that episode, Kirk is introduced as a new citizen of Stars Hollow (Miss Patty, who knows everyone in Stars Hollow, asks who he is, when meeting him in Doose's market). However, in Season 2, Ep. 14 Mrs. Kim says: "I know you’re Kirk. I’ve known you since you were two." There are several implications telling that Kirk has lived in Stars Hollow for years.

Kirk has had dozens of jobs, such as assistant manager of Doose's Market, cashier at the beauty supply shop, various delivery men, waiter at Weston's coffee shop, various entrepreneurial activities, photographer, assistant at various town functions, DJ, mailman, employee at the Star's Hollow movie theatre, and realtor-in-training.[2]

He had a crush on Lorelai for a while, and asked her out in Season 3, Ep. 2 "Haunted Leg", but was gently rebuffed.[3]

He started dating Lulu, his brother's ex-girlfriend in Season 4, Ep. 6 "An Affair to Remember." Kirk bid on the historic Twickham house in hopes that he and Lulu might someday raise a family there, but the town elders decided to sell the house to Luke (who later reconsidered and revoked his bid). Kirk later on tells Luke he's thinking of breaking up with Lulu, and Luke threatens to beat him up (Luke's way of saying that Kirk has a great thing going with Lulu, and that breaking up with her would be a stupid thing to do). Kirk and Lulu remain together throughout the rest of the show.

Jason "Digger" Stiles

Jason Stiles, played by Chris Eigeman, is the son of Carol (Catherine McGoohan) and Floyd Stiles (Lawrence Pressman). Jason and Lorelai know each from a camp, where Jason received the nickname "Digger," which stuck. When they met again by chance in early Season 4, Jason soon renewed his acquaintance with Lorelai and began pursuing her romantically. He was persistent in the face of her repeated rejection, and wore her down. They hid the relationship from Lorelai's parents for five months, until the night Floyd informed Richard and Jason that he was suing them because of the clients Jason took with him when he left his father's business - and revealed that he had hired a private investigator to tail Jason.

Richard and Floyd made a deal behind Jason's back that allowed Richard to create a boutique company under the umbrella of Gehrmann-Driscoll. When Jason told Lorelai he was suing her father, she broke off their relationship. Though he tried to win her back, even showing up at the Dragonfly Inn on the night of its test run, Lorelai had already moved on to a relationship with Luke Danes. That night, to get Jason away from the Dragonfly Inn, Sookie and Michel call his cell pretending to be somebody else and tell him his condo is on fire so Jason leaves to go see his home. He is not seen again for the remainder of the series.

Logan Huntzberger

Logan Huntzberger, played by Matt Czuchry, is the second child of Mitchum and Shira Huntzberger (portrayed by Gregg Henry and Leann Hunley). Born in 1982 he is heir to the Huntzberger Publishing Company, a national newspaper conglomerate. He has an older sister, Honor. Traditionally a chronic ladies man and more interested in partying than studying, he first takes little note of Rory. By the end of Season 5, they were in a monogamous relationship, which was somewhat volatile and characterized by communication issues. The couple break up and reunite multiple times, though it turns out that they have differing views on what constitutes a break up. Logan was threatened by the arrival of Jess in Season 6, even more so when he found out that Jess and Rory had been "high school sweethearts", and was patronising and aggressive towards him. After Rory argued with Logan about his behaviour towards Jess and the aimlessness of their life together, they decided to "take a break". However, Logan saw this as a break up and proceeded to sleep with his older sister's friends to make himself feel better. Logan is also known for making grand, romantic, and often ridiculously expensive romantic gestures (usually as an apology), such as purchasing a coffee cart and barista for Rory's own personal use. Initially this worked, until Rory found out that he had slept with his sister's friends just before Honor's wedding, which caused a more serious rupture. At the end of Season 6, he is sent to London by his father to take charge of his family's business and, according to Mitchum, "set him on a path." Season 7 sees him acquiring an interest and penchant for his work (in London, then in New York), and the relationship suffers.

Later, after getting involved in a bad business venture that brings a lawsuit in Season 7, Logan quits working for his father and things start to get serious between Logan and Rory. Although Rory and Logan have a fight, Logan asks Lorelai's permission to ask Rory to marry him. Logan proposes to Rory one episode later, but Rory asks for more time to think. Logan makes the offer one last time in the penultimate episode, at Rory's graduation from Yale, saying it's all or nothing. Rory still turns him down, and Logan takes the ring back, and walks off. Logan does not make an appearance in the final episode, and the series ends with them still broken up.

Major Recurring Characters

Jackson Belleville

Jackson Matthew Belleville is played by Jackson Douglas. Although Jackson's name has regularly been "Melville" (mentioned specifically in season 1's "Christopher Returns"); there are several episodes (most recently season 6's "Always A Godmother, Never A God") where it has been "Belleville". The discrepancy is unexplained. Jackson is Stars Hollow's preeminent produce supplier. He takes great pride in providing a top-quality, organic and pesticide-free products to his customers.

Sookie is even more particular about her ingredients than Jackson is, and they frequently argue over the quality of the food. Shared passions and mutual attraction led them to start dating during the first season, and they were married in an outdoor ceremony at the Independence Inn during Season 2, Ep. 22 "I Can't Get Started". Jackson's father was best man, and pressured Jackson into wearing the same kilt that his father and grandfather had worn at their weddings. Lorelai and Rory were bridesmaids.

Jackson has a very large family, including his cousin Rune, who went on a disastrous blind date with Lorelai and stayed with Jackson for a while, until he overstayed his welcome. Sookie begged Lorelai to give him a job and lodging at the Independence Inn, and she hired him as an (incompetent) handyman.

Jackson is the father of David "Davey" Edward Belleville (Born at the end of Season 4, Ep 7 - The Festival of Living Art) and Martha, middle name Janice Lori Ethan Rupert Glenda Carson Daisy Danny Belleville. (Born Season 5, Ep. 21 - Blame Booze And Melville). His Christian family (denomination unknown) pressured him into baptizing both children at the local church. When the family showed up for the baptism, his mother informed him that he, himself, had never been baptized, and pressured him into going through with the ceremony at the same time as his children. Rory is godmother to Davey, and Lorelai is godmother to Martha. Martha has so many middle names because Jackson had originally planned to have more children. When he and Sookie agreed to stop at two, they decided to use all of the names Jackson planned to use on future children as Martha's middle name(s). In episode 7.12 "To Whom It May Concern" Jackson finally tells Sookie that he didn't get a vasectomy and that she is pregnant again.

Jackson has a tendency to be argumentative and is very protective of his wife, and his plotlines often involve chasing down various members of the Stars Hollow community who have unwittingly wronged her. This usually occurs when Sookie is an a hormonal pregnant state. Much of the comedy of Jackson's character comes from his outrageous reactions to seemingly mundane events.

Jackson and his family live in the house that Sookie owned before she met Jackson.

Jackson successfully ran for town selectman, defeating Taylor Doose, though Jackson realized he did not want the job and resigned.

He is also a notorious fan of band Creedence Clearwater Revival and the show frequently references them.

Mrs. Kim

Mrs. Kim, played by Emily Kuroda, is a conservative Korean woman living in Stars Hollow, Connecticut, and she is the mother of Lane Kim, Rory Gilmore's best friend. Notable aspects are her Seventh-day Adventist faith and her vegan diet. Mrs. Kim is owner of Kim's Antiques which has a "you break, you buy" policy. Mrs. Kim also rebelled against her mother because Mrs. Kim is a Christian while her mother is a Buddhist. This was found out during the sixth season. She has appeared in every season of the show.

Mr. Kim never appears in any of the episodes, including Lane's wedding, however Lane specifically mentions her father when her parents plan to send her to Korea (s.2 ep.1). Mrs. Kim mentions Mr. Kim when reminiscing about her wedding night.

Tristin Dugray

Tristin Dugray (occasionally spelled "Tristan"), played by Chad Michael Murray, was a classmate of Rory's at Chilton. He teased Rory in her first weeks at the school ("The Lorelais' First Day at Chilton," "The Deer Hunters"), then attempted to attract her, consequently upsetting her classmate Paris, who had a crush on him dating back since childhood. Tristin teased Rory by occasionally calling her "Mary" as in the Virgin Mary. Louise, one of Paris' best friends, later refers to her as "Mary" but saying "Not virgin, Typhoid" when she and Paris believe that Rory is going with Tristin on a date to a concert. He became something of a romantic rival to Rory's first boyfriend, Dean, trying to ask her to a dance and then picking a fight with Dean, who had escorted her instead. During a short-lived breakup with Dean, Rory and Tristin kissed at a party ("The Breakup, Part 2"), causing her to burst into tears in emotional confusion. Tristin later asked Paris for a date ("The Third Lorelai"), on Rory's advice to find a different type of girl than the kind he usually dated, though he decided afterward that Paris was not his type. In the season-one finale ("Love, Daisies, and Troubadours") he caused friction between the two girls by lying that Rory had accepted his invitation to a concert, but after watching Rory's passionate reunion with Dean, he walked away alone.

Tristin appeared for the last time in a second-season episode ("Run Away, Little Boy") in which he fell in with a group of troublemakers pulling pranks throughout the school and shirked off his studies, much to the anger and dismay of Paris, who needed him as Romeo in a class Shakespeare project. After spending the week torturing Rory with veiled threats to reveal their one-time kiss to Dean, Tristin found himself forced by his father into a military school in North Carolina after the pranks went too far, thus leaving Paris to be the Romeo to Rory's Juliet. Before he leaves, Tristan says he would've kissed Rory but Dean was right there, causing Rory to be slightly upset. His last words on the show were; 'Take care of yourself....Mary." Rory sighed a laugh as he left. (The plot development actually reflected Murray being cast as Lucas Scott on One Tree Hill (TV series), filmed in North Carolina.)

Max Medina

Max Arthuro Medina, played by Scott Cohen, was a recurring character in Season 1, and made guest appearances in seasons 2 and 3. He was Rory’s English teacher in her sophomore year at The Chilton School, and he went on to become romantically involved with Lorelai.

Max met Lorelai at a parent teacher meeting ("The Deer Hunter"), where he assured Lorelai that Rory was a fine student and person who would do well in her new school. However, when Rory subsequently overslept and arrived late to his class after studying all night for her English exam, Max initially refused to allow her to take the test, thus incurring Lorelai's wrath. After some initial coldness in a later encounter at a school bake sale, Lorelai agrees to meet him at a coffee shop to talk, away from the Chilton context. Their early attempts to date were hampered by Lorelai's having to cancel in order to attend a wake for her neighbor's beloved cat ("Cinnamon's Wake"), but later they managed a date when his car broke down in her town and he ended up sleeping on the sofa due to heavy snowfall ("Love, War, and Snow"). The couple separated and reunited various times — once leading to a kissing session during Parent's Day at the school — before Max proposes in the season-one finale ("Love, Daisies and Troubadours"). The beginning of Season 2 saw Lorelai accepting the proposal ("Sadie, Sadie"), preparing for the wedding ("Hammers and Veils"), and then cancelling the engagement after comparing her own lack of excitement to her mother's nostalgic memories of her own engagement ("Red Light on the Wedding Night").

Max continued to be Rory's English teacher after the breakup, a situation they discussed briefly when she was assigned to interview him for the school paper ("Nick & Nora/Sid & Nancy"). He is not seen again that season, but returns to Chilton in Season 3 after teaching at Stanford University for a time; he claims he has recovered from his heartbreak, but a kiss with Lorelai reveals he is not "over" her, prompting Max to decide they should not see each other anymore ("The Big One," "Keg! Max!"). He does not appear again in the series.

Taylor Doose

Taylor Doose is played by Michael Winters. Taylor is the Town Selectman for the town of Stars Hollow, and holds a number of other positions in town government and public organizations. He is largely responsible for organizing Stars Hollow's many events and festivals. He is also the owner of Doose's Market, where he employed Dean Forester for the first five seasons, and Taylor's Old Fashioned Soda Shoppe. He is staunchly conservative and provincial in his thought and temperament.

As Stars Hollow's most powerful citizen, Taylor often uses his positions in a rather self-serving manner. He is a stickler for making sure town rules and statutes are followed to the letter. He also has his own opinions about how people should live. Often this brings him in conflict with other members of the community, most often Luke Danes and Lorelai Gilmore . He also is in charge of the frequent town meetings (held at Miss Patty's studio), which he often uses as a forum to air his personal grievances.

During the fifth season, Taylor was briefly voted out of the Town Selectman office after Jackson Belleville ran against him for the office. However, Jackson realized he did not want the job, and resigned.

He remains single throughout the series and never seems to even date (the implication seeming to be his aggressively fussy and self-serving behavior alienate anyone around him of either sex).

Christopher Hayden

Christopher Hayden, Rory's father, played by David Sutcliffe, first appears in season one in "Christopher Returns". He has never visited the girls in Stars Hollow, but surprises them. Rory is thrilled, but Lorelai is reserved. He lies that his business is doing well, but cannot buy an Oxford English Dictionary for Rory. The tension and chemistry between Lorelai and Christopher is apparent throughout Chris' visit and Rory begins to hope that her parents might get back together. Things go fine until Lorelai's mother, Emily, finds out that Christopher is staying with the girls and decideds to throw a dinner party with Christopher's parents. After a verbal argument occurs between the grandparents, Lorelai and Chris seek seclusion from their families on the balcony (supposedly the site of Rory's conception), they sleep together, an act which Lorelai almost instantly regrets. The next morning Chris asks Lorelai to marry him, but she says "no" thinking that he is not ready for the responsibilities of being part of a family.

Christopher reappears during Season 2 when he is invited to escort Rory at her coming out party, and brings her a copy of the book he tried to buy before as a gift. While in town, he proves that he is more capable of settling down than before, having found a steady job as a consultant for a computer company in Boston and a Volvo. Lorelai begins to think that now is the time for them to pursue a relationship, but, Chris states that his girlfriend, Sherry (Mädchen Amick), is the reason for his stability. Sherry and Christopher come to a debate of Rory's and the girls, a little blind-sided, decide that Sherry and Rory should spend some time together bonding, while Christopher joins Lorelai at their Friday night dinner. Emily is mad that Christopher gets his life together for someone other than Lorelai and treats him rather coldly at dinner. Christopher then appears when Rory breaks her arm and is the support Lorelai needs. At that point, Chris and Sherry have broken up as have Lorelai and Max, so Christopher and Lorelai agree to try to be a couple. Their happiness is cut short when Christopher gets a call from Sherry, saying that she is pregnant. Lorelai and Rory are mad at Christopher and estrange themselves from him. Rory begins to secretly converse with her father after a few months have passed and both are present at the birth of his daughter "Gigi". Christopher misses Rory's high school graduation because of work.

Christopher is not around in season 4. In season 5, Lorelai comes to the rescue when Christopher calls, needing help with his baby daughter, Gigi, after Sherry has left him for a job in Paris. Lorelai is in a happy relationship with Luke at this time and Rory does not want Christopher messing that relationship up, so she tells Chris to stay away from Lorelai. When Christopher's father dies, both Lorelai and Rory realize that he is lonely and that he needs contact with both of them. At Richard and Emily's vow renewal, after being manipulated by Emily before hand, a drunken Chris lashes out at Luke, saying that Lorelai belongs with him and not Luke. Christopher causes drama between Luke and Lorelai as Rory had feared. Luke did not know that she was still in contact with him and becomes very hostile. Lorelai and Luke split temporarily because of this.

In Season 6, Christopher has inherited much money from his recently deceased paternal grandfather and asks the Gilmore girls if there is anything he can do as something of an apology for all his years of neglect. An episode deals with how much Christopher spoiled Gigi. Chris goes with Lorelai to Lane's wedding. The two drink, but Lorelai gets very drunk and makes an embarrassing speech about not getting married to Luke. In the Season Six finale, Lorelai and Luke's relationship hits some turbulence and then explodes. In the last scene, a distraught Lorelai goes to Christopher for comfort and in the season-ending cliffhanger, is seen waking up, naked, in Christopher's bed. Christopher and Lorelai begin dating. When Sherry sends a letter saying she has changed her ways and would like Gigi to visit her in France, Christopher invites Lorelai to accompany him. In Paris they have a romantic time and Christopher impulsively proposes to Lorelai, and they get married in Paris. Christopher and Lorelai's relationship becomes strained again when Christopher says that he wants to have children, but Lorelai said she isn't ready for that now. One night on his way home, Chris gets into a fist fight with Luke, from which neither one emerges the victor. In the end, Lorelai realises that she has never stopped loving Luke and cannot remain married to Christopher. Christopher makes a final appearance at Rory's college graduation, where he and Lorelai appear to be on good terms.

Dave Rygalski

Dave Rygalski, portrayed by Adam Brody, is presumably from the Hartford area although his place of residence is never stated. He is a guitarist in the original "Hep Alien" along with Lane Kim, Zach Van Gerbig, and Brian Fuller. Dave is originally introduced in the episode "Application Anxiety" where he is responding to Lane's "drummer seeks rock band" ad. From the beginning sparks flew between Lane and Dave due to their shared love of rock and roll.[4]

When Brody left the show to star in "The O.C.," his character's absence was explained by sending Dave to college in California (where The O.C. was set); bandmate Zach became Lane's new love interest and eventual husband.

The Rygalski character was inspired by, and named after, the real-life husband of Helen Pai — the show's co-producer and the inspiration for the character of Lane. The real Dave Rygalski shares his namesake's musical hobby and was the inspiration for many of the character's acts of devotion, such as participating in religious activities to please Lane's mother.[5]

Brian Fuller

Brian Fuller, played by John Cabrera, is the bass player of Lane Kim's band, named Hep Alien after the addition of a player to replace Dave Rygalski. Brian is best friend and roommate to fellow band member Zach, who goes on to date and marry Lane. At one point, the three share an apartment. Brian is known for having several ailments including asthma, hypoglycemia, a deviated septum, and rosacea. In the sixth season, he was indirectly responsible for the band's breaking up after he wrote a song titled "Lane" in response to his bandmate's disappointment over boyfriend Zach's writing several songs named for other girls; Zach became intensely jealous, thinking the song indicated a romantic interest on Brian's part, and when they were to play a showcase for a (unknown) record label, Zach started acting like the stereotypical "rockstar" and they never even got through the first song.

Brian and Gil continue the band without Zach and Lane. After some time, Zach shows up at one of their gigs (a bat mitzvah) and reconciles. The band re-unites at Zach and Lane's wedding, during which Brian is found making out with Mrs. Kim's Korean exchange student, Kyon. The band doesn't play again because Lane becomes pregnant. Brian continues to be a dear friend to Lane and Zach until the end of the series.

Marty

Marty, portrayed by Wayne Wilcox, was briefly introduced in the season four episode "The Hobbit, the Sofa and Digger Stiles" as a student at Yale who "had an unfortunate experience with a keg and a party and a need to take [his] clothes off and fall asleep in a hallway." After Rory tells this story to her mother he is nicknamed "naked guy". He is also adopted.

Shortly after, in "The Fundamental Things Apply", Marty reappeared, fully clothed. He invited a late and dishevelled Rory to eat breakfast with him and a group of his friends, who had adopted the name 'The Breakfast Crew' because it 'wasn't an official club or anything'. Marty appeared once more in that season, albeit briefly.

He made several appearances in season five, including an appearance that seemed to be his last. During this, he went to dinner with Rory Gilmore, Logan Huntzberger and a group of Logan's well-to-do friends, some of whom had treated Marty with a lack of respect in the past asking him 'how he could be so big but yet so very small'. Marty had a horrible time and ended up not being able to afford his split of the bill and begrudgingly accepted Rory's offer to pay for it, promising to pay her back. On return to Rory's dorm, Marty revealed what many had already known, that he had romantic feelings for Rory. Rory rebuffed him, informing him of another fact many (including Marty, to a degree) were already aware of: she liked Logan.

Marty was not seen for nearly two years, until the November 14, 2006 episode, "French Twist". He was shown briefly, near the end of the episode, and was revealed to be in a relationship with Rory's new friend, Lucy (Krysten Ritter). In a move that noticeably wounded Rory, Marty pretended that he and Rory did not know one another when Lucy introduced the two.

In "Knit, People, Knit!", Marty bartended Lucy's birthday party, which Rory attended. Rory took initiative and they smoothed things over, but the newfound peace was quickly ruined as Marty made it obvious that he still had feelings for Rory. In the next episode, "Merry Fisticuffs", Logan, Rory, Marty and Lucy were enjoying dinner together when Lucy inquired as to how Rory and Logan met. Logan answered, honestly, that Marty introduced them because he knew that he still had feelings for Rory. He later admitted that he was a bit jealous. Lucy was upset after realizing that both Marty and Rory had been lying. She and Marty end up breaking up. She and Rory become friends again after Rory writes an apology letter to her, and Lucy ultimately realizes the situation wasn't Rory's fault.

Recurring Characters

Stars Hollow

  • Patricia "Miss Patty" LaCosta (Liz Torres) (2000-2007), Stars Hollow's oft-married, oft-divorced dance instructor. She often makes name-dropping references to her past as a dancer and singer; how much of it is true is unknown. She's often seen lusting after young men and wishing she could marry again. She and Babette know most of the gossip of the town. After Taylor, she seems to be the most influential citizen of Stars Hollow. Her dance studio is used for town meetings, among other community events.
  • Babette Dell (Sally Struthers) (2000-2007), neighbor and friend to the Gilmore girls. She enjoys singing and music, and appears to have been involved with many singers in the past and had a very "interesting" life. She mentions once having been pushed out of a car, and once joining a cult. Often paired with Miss Patty, Babette is very into gossiping. She also is very protective of her garden gnomes, her favorite being Pierpont. She is married to Morey Dell and has a "child", a cat named Cinnamon. After the cat dies, they adopt a new cat named Apricot. She is a very attentive neighbor to the Lorelais, calling for help when she is suspicious of trouble and expressing concern for their wellbeing. An extreme example of her concern is when she reports them missing to dozens of European embassies when they return home from their backpacking trip later than planned.
  • Morey Dell (Ted Rooney) (2000-2007), Babette's husband, often plays the piano and has an anything goes attitude. He does whatever Babette tells him and is pretty much her opposite as Babette is loud, short, and plump and Morey is quiet, tall, and lanky.
  • Andrew (Mike Gandolfi) (2000-2005), owner of Stars Hollow Books and Revolutionary War reenacter.
  • Joe (Brian Berke) (2000-2006), resident of Stars Hollow.
  • Rachel (Lisa Ann Hadley) (2001), Luke's intermittent ex-girlfriend from days prior to the time period across which the show is set. She is a traveling photographer, and while she and Luke loved each other, their different lifestyles were ultimately unable to mesh.
  • Clara Forester (Scout Taylor-Compton) (2001, 2003-2004), Dean Forester's younger sister.
  • Bootsy (Brian Tarantina) (2001 - 2002), a Stars Hollow resident who owns and runs the magazine/newspaper stand. He is sometimes a foil for Luke as the two seem to share a common dislike of each other that stems from an incident the two shared in high school.
  • Thomas "Tom" (Biff Yeager) (2001 - 2007), a construction contractor in Stars Hollow.
  • Gypsy (Rose Abdoo) (2002-2007), Stars Hollow's wise-cracking mechanic. She is usually one of the first to protest Taylor's harebrained schemes but is nonetheless very involved in town activities.
  • Zach Van Gerbig (Todd Lowe) (2002 - 2007), member of Dave Rygalski's band which Lane joins; he later dates and subsequently marries Lane, and their twin sons Kwan and Steve are born near the end of Season 7. His own father abandoned him when he was ten years old.
  • Reverend Archie Skinner (Jim Jansen) (2002 - 2007), Stars Hollow's minister. Has a large sense of humor, little patience for Taylor, and a close friendship with Rabbi Barans.
  • Rabbi David Barans (Alan Blumenfeld) (2002 - 2006), Stars Hollow's Rabbi. Like Reverend Skinner, also shows little patience for Taylor and likes to make jokes at his expense.
  • Gil (Sebastian Bach) (2003 - 2007), Joins Lane, Zach, and Brian's band to replace Dave as guitarist; he has a wife and kids and owns a sandwich shop, but had a dream of again becoming a rock star after in the past having a band that split up because they were fighting all the time. This could have been taken from his real life as Sebastian Bach was in the rockband Skid Row but was fired.
  • Elizabeth (Liz) Danes (Kathleen Wilhoite) (2003 - 2007), Luke's sister; she enters the series as mother to Luke's nephew, Jess. When she first arrives, Luke is frustrated with her inability to get her life in order, with a history of bad choices and relationships. She later turns her life around when she meets and marries T.J., and the pair have a successful relationship and a second child, Doula. Liz becomes Luke's main confidant once he and Lorelai separate.
  • T.J./Gary (Michael DeLuise) (2003 - 2007), husband of Liz and father of Doula. Pretends to be a contractor for a time and wants his name to be A.J., because then he would be at the top of the pages in the phone book. His real name is Gary.
  • Lulu (Rini Bell) (2003 - 2007), a resident of Stars Hollow who begins dating Kirk.
  • Kyle (Chauncey Leopardi) (2003 - 2005), a classmate and friend of Dean's from Stars Hollow High, who went on to lose his hand in the Iraq War and had it replaced by a hook. He doesn't seem to mind though, often making jokes and using his missing hand to attract girls, although evidence of its success never really comes up.
  • Lindsay Lister Forester (Arielle Kebbel) (2003 - 2004), dates and then marries Dean after his breakup with Rory; they later divorce after she learns of his affair with Rory.
  • Kyon (Susane Lee) (2004 - 2006), Korean exchange student whom Lane resents because she believes her mother is trying to replace Lane with her after Lane moves out. Kyon later begins rebelling from Mrs. Kim like Lane had, wearing makeup and liking Avril Lavigne, to Lane's bemusement.

Chilton

  • Hanlin Charleston (Dakin Matthews) (2000 - 2005, 2007), the Headmaster of Chilton.
  • Louise Grant (Teal Redmann) and Madeline Lynn (Shelly Cole) (2000 - 2004), Paris's best friends, forming a small clique with her in order for Paris to assert her power. Madeline is an effervescent airhead, Louise has a very dry wit, and both are much more interested in dating boys than succeeding academically.
  • Henrey Cho (Eddie Shin) (2001 - 2002), a Chilton student who dated Lane.
  • Bradley "Brad" Langford (Adam Wylie) (2001 - 2003), a Chilton student who is scared of Paris; he leaves to perform in Into the Woods on Broadway (analogous with Wylie's real-life stint in the play on Broadway) and then returns to have Paris sing the title song in a mocking fashion in order to intimidate him.
  • Francine "Francie" Jarvis (Emily Bergl) (2001-2003), leader of the Puffs, Chilton's "secret" sorority; recruits Rory (and in turn, Paris) for the club, but later as senior class president, seeks revenge on Paris for 'breaking apart' the sorority by having Rory pass legislation she wants under Paris's nose.
  • Tristan (Chad Michael Murray) (2001-2004), The popular boy that Paris Gellar has a huge crush on. He has a crush on Rory, and often fights with Rory's first boyfriend Dean. He ends up leaving for a reform school after he gets caught stealing money from his friend's dad's safe.

Yale

  • Arthur Karlton "A.K." (Adam Hendershott) (2006 - 2007), a staff member at the Yale Daily News
  • Asher Fleming (Michael York) (2005 - 2006), a brilliant Yale professor and author who dated Paris and many other students.
  • Bill (Devon Michaels) (2006 - 2007), a staff member at the Yale Daily News. New Editor of the Yale Daily News
  • Colin McCrae (Alan Loayza) (2005 - 2007), a friend of Logan and Finn's at Yale.
  • Doyle McMaster (Danny Strong) (2003 - 2007), editor of the Yale Daily News during Rory's first year at Yale; later begins dating Paris. He is quick to anger and always seems to be stressed - a perfect match for Paris, some say.
  • Finn (Tanc Sade) (2005 - 2007), an extremely eccentric, Australian friend of Logan and Colin's at Yale.
  • Glenn Babble (Ethan Cohn) (2003 - 2005), a Yale student whom Rory befriends. He is often seen as an insecure nervous wreck, worrying about very small things.
  • Janet Billing (Katie Walder) (2003 - 2005), Rory, Paris, and Tana's roommate during Rory's first year at Yale. She is very athletic and often gets up in the early hours of the morning, infuriating Paris.
  • Joanna "Joni" (Rona Benson) (2006 - 2007), a staff member at the Yale Daily News
  • Tana Schrick (Olivia Hack) (2003 - 2004), Rory, Paris, and Janet's roommate during Rory's first year at Yale. Tana is a 15-year-old prodigy, with no idea how to react in almost any social situations, often giving blunt answers to questions when tact or certain levels of secrecy would have been called for.
  • Lucy (Krysten Ritter) and Olivia (Michelle Ongkingco) (2006 - 2007), two existing friends whom Rory befriends at an art gallery in her final year of college. Lucy is dating Marty when Rory meets her, and the circumstances of their breakup lead to a temporary rift between Rory and the girls, but they reconcile and enjoy graduation together. Lucy is particularly quirky, most notably referring to Marty as "Boyfriend" rather than by name during the entire time they are dating.

Other

  • Straub Hayden (Peter Michael Goetz) and Francine Hayden (Cristine Rose) (2001, 2003), parents of Christopher, whose friendship with Lorelai's parents was dwindled after Rory was born. Christopher is shown to have a very negative relationship with them. They appear in two episodes. Straub shows a strong dislike toward Lorelai, and even insults Rory. This causes a nearly physical interaction with Richard. When Lorelai was pregnant Straub suggested abortion, to Emily's strong objection. Straub passes away later before ever making amends with his son, or having a relationship with his estranged granddaughter. Francine is shown to be less argumentive, but still resistant in accepting Rory as her granddaughter.
  • Nicole Leahy (Tricia O'Kelley) (2003–2004), Taylor's lawyer, whom Luke begins dating and then marries on the spur of the moment on a cruise; they immediately file for divorce, then attempt to reconcile and begin dating again, and then again call it off.
  • Mitchum Huntzberger (Gregg Henry) (2005–2007), Logan's father, a frequent antagonist to Logan, Rory and Lorelai.
  • Shira Huntzberger (Leann Hunley) (2005), wife of Mitchum and mother of Logan.
  • April Nardini (Vanessa Marano) (2005–2007), daughter of Anna and Luke, unknown to Luke until at age 12 she comes to the diner to obtain a sample of Luke's hair for a school science project.
  • Anna Nardini (Sherilyn Fenn) (2006–2007), sells vintage merchandise; mother, with Luke, of April Nardini.
  • Georgia Hayden (Nicolette Collier) (2006-2007), usually called 'GG' or 'Gigi', born in the third season to Christopher and Sherry. Rory's half-sister.
  • Lane's Grandmother, the mother of Mrs. Kim. Her relationship with her daughter is shown to be similar to the relationship Mrs. Kim has with her own, as all the two do during her visit is argue. She appears to be very critical of her daughter, and appears to be the only character Mrs. Kim will answer to. Their relationship may be based on the fact that she is Buddhist, whereas her daughter is Christian, thus, making them clash upon Lane's wedding.

Notable guest stars

Actors
  • Mädchen Amick (actress known for Twin Peaks) appeared as Sherry Tinsdale, Christopher Hayden's partner and mother of his daughter GiGi.
  • Alex Borstein (Family Guy voice actress of such voices as Lois Griffin as well as MADtv actress) as Independence Inn harp player Drella, ep 1.1, 1.2, 1. 3, 1.4, and as Emily Gilmore's fashion consultant Miss Celine: 3.21, 5.12 Borstein also has an uncredited part as Doris in episode 3.5 Note: Alex was also the original Sookie and had already shot the pilot, before contract obligations with MADtv intervened; she never appeared in the show as Sookie. Alex Borstein is married to Jackson Douglas, Sookie's husband on the show.
  • Kathy Baker appeared as Mia in Season 7
  • Adam Brody (American actor, best known for his role as Seth Cohen on The O C) As Dave (Lane's boyfriend and singer in band), season 3
  • Billy Burke (American actor, best known for his role as Charlie Swan, Bella's father, in the Twilight Saga) As Alex Lesman in ep 3.11, 3.12, 3.14.
  • Eileen Davidson (soap opera actress, guest starred as waitress) Season 5
  • Sherilyn Fenn as Sasha, Jess's Dad's (Jimmy) live-in girlfriend, ep 3.21 and Anna Nardini, the ex-girlfriend of Luke Danes and protective mother of April Season 6-7
  • Elizabeth Franz appeared as the owner of the Independence Inn, Mia, in Season 2
  • Joe Fria appeared as a waiter in ep 1.12 (Double Date) and as an old friend of Sookie's who has feelings for her in ep 3.11 (I Solemnly Swear)
  • Jon Hamm (American actor, best known for his role as Donald Draper in Mad Men) As Peyton Sanders in Season 3, Episode 5, "Eight O'Clock at the Oasis".
  • Jessica "Sugar" Kiper (actress and second runner-up on Survivor: Gabon), as Shane (Jess's girlfriend), season 3
  • Nancy Lenehan (character actress) guest starred as LaDawn, owner of the Cheshire Cat B&B in ep 2 4
  • Traci Lords (actress/former adult entertainer) as an interior decorator, Season 4
  • Seth MacFarlane (Emmy-winning American animator, screenwriter, producer, director, voice actor and creator of Family Guy and co-creator of American Dad!), ep 2.21 3.11 as fellow graduate of Lorelai
  • Chad Michael Murray (American actor, best known for his role as Lucas Scott in One Tree Hill) as Tristan Dugray in seasons 1 and 2
  • Masi Oka (Digital-effects artist and Emmmy-nominated actor known for his role as Hiro Nakamura from Heroes) guest starred as a Harvard philosophy student in ep 2.4
Musicians
  • Paul Anka (singer) as himself in Lorelai's dream, ep 6.18. In season six, his name was used for Lorelai's dog.
  • Sebastian Bach (singer, best known as the ex-frontman for Skid Row) as Gil (Lane's bandmate), seasons 4-7
  • The Bangles (early '80s all-women band) as themselves, ep 1.13
  • Carole King (American singer, songwriter, and pianist) as music store owner, Sophie Bloom, ep 2.20, 5.18, 6.10. She also sings the show's theme song.
  • Pernice Brothers (rock band), ep 6.22
  • The Shins (indie rock band) as themselves, ep 4.17
  • Sam Phillips (American singer-songwriter) ep 6.22. Also the music producer for the show.
  • Grant-Lee Phillips as town troubadour.
  • Sonic Youth (rock band) members Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon with their daughter, ep 6.22
  • Sparks (rock band), ep 6.22
  • Yo la Tengo (rock band), ep 6.22
Politicians and others
  • Madeleine Albright (64th United States Secretary of State and first woman to hold that position) as Lorelai Gilmore in Rory's dream, ep 6.7
  • Christiane Amanpour (chief international correspondent for CNN) as herself, ep 7.22
  • Barbara Levy Boxer (D-California) (American politician and the current junior U S Senator from the State of California) as herself, ep 3.1
  • Norman Kingsley Mailer (American novelist, journalist, playwright, screenwriter and film director) as himself, ep 5.6
  • Doug Ose (American politician, former Republican member of the United States House of Representatives from 1999 to 2005, representing the 3rd District of California) as himself, ep 3.1

Unseen Characters

  • Mr. Kim: Lane's father who is never seen at all but when Lane constantly refers to her parents rather than just her mother one would assume that Lane's father is around somewhere. One theory is that he wants to be away from his domineering wife as much as possible or that he travels abroad a lot. Given Mrs. Kim's strict Christian beliefs and her disdain for Lorelai, it would be out of character to raise Lane by herself. Many of Lane's family show up at her wedding; however, her father is never identified.
  • Al: owner and manager of Al's Pancake World. Al decided several years ago to stop serving pancakes and focus on international cuisine, but kept the "Pancake World" name as he already had napkins made up with the logo. The quality of his food can be erratic, but events such as International Grab Bag Night make it the Gilmores' second favorite eating establishment (after Luke's).
  • Bitty Charleston: Hanlin Charleston's wife and a good friend of Emily; often mentioned when Emily hears news of Chilton and Rory before Lorelai does.
  • Mrs. Gleason: Kirk's overbearing mother who won't let him have a key and who mothered a lot of children of whom Kirk is the youngest. Kirk still lives with her, but tries to stay out of the house for as long as possible – often inhabiting Luke's until closing time. (She is heard when Kirk leaves a message on Lorelai's answering machine in season 3)
  • Sookie's Third Baby: The show was canceled before Sookie was able to birth her third child (Sookie's pregnancy was written in to the last season because the actress was pregnant with her own daughter).
  • East Side Tilly: a rival of Miss Patty and Babette. Miss Patty and Babette are always mentioning new gossip of East Side Tilly. All mentions of her are negative in some way.

References

  1. ^ Breaking News - Development Update: June 19 | TheFutonCritic.com
  2. ^ : Kirk: I’ve been working for eleven years, Luke. I’ve had fifteen thousand jobs. I’ve saved every dollar I’ve ever made. That and the miracle of compound interest has created a bounty of a quarter of a million dollars. Again, just under. I don’t want to brag.
    —Season 5, Ep. 21 "Blame Booze and Melville"
  3. ^ : Kirk: By the way, I think you might be the prettiest girl I’ve ever seen... outside of a really filthy magazine.
    —Season 3, Ep. 2 "Haunted Leg"
  4. ^ Lane: Doesn't it suck that Jello Biafra isn't singing for them. / Dave: Yeah, now it's that guy from The Courtship of Eddie's Father. / Lane: Yeah, what's next, Malcolm in the Middle fronting for the Butthole Surfers? / Dave Or Steve Urkel joining the Wu Tang Clan. / Lane: Some things are sacred. (Season 3, Episode 3 "Application Anxiety").
  5. ^ Ada Tseng. "Ode to Gilmore Girls: Behind the Musicality of TV’s Beloved Show," Asia Pacific Arts, August 23, 2006.

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