Gilmore Girls Season 4

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Season 4 of Gilmore Girls aired on the WB starting on September 23, 2003 and aired 22 episodes. GilmoreGirlsNews.com is be re-watching Season 1-7 of Gilmore Girls at 5/4c each week day, Season 4 started on February 13, 2008.

4.01 "Ballrooms and Biscotti"
Air Date: September 23, 2003
[Recap, Photos & Discussion]

Lorelai and Rory return from their trip from Europe. They realize they forgot to buy Luke a present. Sookie knows the sex of her baby, but Jackson wants it to be a surprise. Rory realizes her dates were wrong and she has to go to Yale in 2 days, not in one week. Lorelai has to miss Friday night dinner to run errands, and Emily makes Rory stay late as punishment. Lorelai comes to the rescue and the girls watch ballroom dancing and eat biscotti.

4.02 "The Lorelais’ First Day at Yale"
Air Date: September 30, 2003
[Recap, Photos & Discussion]

Lorelai helps Rory move into her new room at Yale and to begin her life as a college girl. Rory is surprised to find a familiar face as her roommate – Paris. Rory is not quite ready to let go of her mother, so Lorelai orders take-out for all the girls on the floor and they have a party.

4.03 "The Hobbit, the Sofa and Digger Stiles"
Air Date: October 7, 2003
[Recap, Photos & Discussion]

Sookie and Lorelai cater a kids birthday party, and the results make Sookie unsure if she’ll be a good mother. Rory gets frustrated with Emily decides to redecorate her room at Yale and meddle with her life.

4.04 "Chicken or Beef"
Air Date: October 14, 2003
[Recap, Photos & Discussion]

After an awkward run-in with Dean, he invites Lorelai and Rory to his wedding with Lindsay. At Dean’s bachelor party, he gets drunk and tells Luke his true feelings for Rory.

4.05 "The Fundamental Things Apply"
Air Date: October 21, 2003
[Recap, Photos & Discussion]

Rory decides to go out on her first date at Yale, but it’s a bad date. Lorelai invites Luke to take Rory’s place on their traditional movie nights.

4.06 "An Affair to Remember"
Air Date: October 28, 2003
[Recap, Photos & Discussion]

Emily throws a launch party for Richard’s new company – she has Lorelai and Sookie cater it. Digger throws off many well-laid plans. Rory has a hard time finding a place to study. She finds a ‘study tree.’

4.07 "The Festival of Living Art"
Air Date: November 4, 2003
[Recap, Photos & Discussion][The Art]

Stars Hollow puts together The Festival of Living Art – Kirk gets an interesting part. Nicole shows up with a proposal to Luke to continue their relationship. Sookie’s pregnancy goes past her due date.

4.08 "Die, Jerk"
Air Date: November 11, 2003
[Recap, Photos & Discussion]

Working on the Yale Daily newspaper, Rory writes a scathing review of a ballerina. She must face the wrath of said ballerina.

4.09 "Ted Koppel’s Big Night Out"
Air Date: November 18, 2003
[Recap, Photos & Discussion]

Emily, Richard, Rory and Lorelai attend the Harvard-Yale football game. Emily finds out that Richard has been seeing his ex-fiancee on a regular basis. Lorelai decides to go out on a date with Jason (Digger). Rory catches Paris kissing a much older professor.

4.10 "The Nanny and the Professor"
Air Date: January 20, 2004
[Recap, Photos & Discussion]

Rory takes part in an all-night hazing ritual for the new staffers of the Yale Daily News. Rory makes up an excuse for Paris, who skips it to be with Professor Fleming.

4.11 "In the Clamor and the Clangor"
Air Date: January 27, 2004
[Recap, Photos & Discussion]

Lane sneaks out of her house to play a gig with her band, but Mrs. Kim finds out. Not approving of Lane’s double life, she kicks her out of the house.

4.12 "A Family Matter"
Air Date: February 3, 2004
[Recap, Photos & Discussion]

Lorelai promises to tell Richard and Emily about dating Jason, but then decides not to when Emily jokes about how silly it would be if Lorelai and he were to date. Jess returns.

4.13 "Nag Hammandi is Where They Found the Gnostic Gospels"
Air Date: February 10, 2004
[Recap & Discussion]

Stranded in Stars Hollow, Jess keeps running into Rory then quickly walking off. Until Rory decides to be the first to walk off – Jess chases her and makes a very big declaration. Jason and Lorelai go for dinner function with Richard and Emily – but pretend not to be a couple. Emily wants them to pretend otherwise.

4.14 "The Incredible Shrinking Lorelais"
Air Date: February 17, 2004
[Recap & Discussion]

Lorelai deals with the stress of opening the Dragonfly Inn. Rory deals with her own stress at Yale. Trix comes into town and insults both Richard and Lorelai.

4.15 "Scene in a Mall"
Air Date: February 24, 2004
[Recap & Discussion]

Lorelai and Rory are out shopping when they run into Emily having a meltdown.

4.16 "The Reigning Lorelai"
Air Date: March 2, 2004
[Recap & Discussion]

Trix dies and Emily finds out that she had tried to get Richard to jilt her at the altar. Emily decides not to plan Trix’s funeral, leaving it to Lorelai.

4.17 "Girls in Bikinis, Boys Doin’ The Twist"
Air Date: April 13, 2004
[Recap & Discussion]

It’s been a cold winter and, after a story, Rory and Paris decide to go to the beach for Spring Break. Deciding to do it the ‘right way’ is not as easy as they thought. They meet up with Louise and Madeline.

4.18 "Tick, Tick, Tick, Boom!"
Air Date: April 20, 2004
[Recap & Discussion]

Floyd, Jason’s father, files a lawsuit against Richard and Jason. Floyd tells Richard that Jason and Lorelai have been seeing each other. Lindsay demands that Dean stop being friends with Rory.

4.19 "Afterboom"
Air Date: April 27, 2004
[Recap & Discussion]

Luke tells Lorelai, again, that he and Nicole are getting a divorce. Lorelai deals with the fallout from the dinner with Floyd.

4.20 "Luke Can See Her Face"
Air Date: May 4, 2004
[Recap & Discussion]

After listening to tapes of ‘LOVE’, Luke realizes that he has feelings for Lorelai.

4.21 "Last Week Fights, This Week Tights"
Air Date: May 11, 2004
[Recap & Discussion]

Lorelai and Luke go to his sister Liz’s wedding. They have a ‘moment.’ Jess arrives at Rory’s dorm room and surprises her. He wants Rory to go away with him. Rory has her own ‘moment’ with Dean.

4.22 "Raincoats and Recipes"
Air Date: May 18, 2004
[Recap & Discussion]

Lorelai invites her friends and family to the Dragonfly Inn for a test run. Lorelai’s relationship with Luke – and Rory’s relationship with Dean – take big steps forward. Rory loses her virginity to Dean and deals with the consequences of sleeping with a married man.

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