Gilmore Girls: 100+ Things That Make No Sense

We all love our Gilmore Girls. Even Rory. A trip to Stars Hollow is magically full of vegetable-shilling troubadours, Bjork snow women, Kirk’s doggy daycare, and Taylor’s sexy beard. There’s nothing like it. But let’s be honest, as enchanting as the show may be, it is completely riddled with problems and things that make no damn sense. Some of them are flubs and bloopers, while many other issues defy the realms of logic, mathematics, and decency.

That Dragonfly magazine article, money issues, the Donna Reed dress, Lane’s father, Jason squatting and pooping in the corner of the Dragonfly’s dining room, and Trix’s disappearing fella. How many have you noticed?

It Just Makes no Sense…

  1. Lane magically owns her drum set, which at first she was just playing in the shop. That drum set was worth over $1,000. Where did she get the money?
  2. Taylor put a window in between his soda shoppe and Luke’s Diner. Not only does it serve zero purpose, but it’s hard to imagine Luke agreed to it. It’s just a filming device.
  3. Lorelai and Sookie catered a kid’s birthday party. Unless the Rockerfellers moved to Stars Hollow, who pays caterers and waitstaff to handle a Lord of the Rings 8 year-old birthday party?
  4. The potting shed. Did it have electricity? A refrigerator? Why does it have a toilet and tub in the first place? How about heat for the cold Connecticut winters? Basically, Rory and Lorelai shared a bed and had no kitchen, heat, or private toilet until Rory was an adolescent.
  5. Lorelai was ready to bail on her plans with Sookie to buy the Dragonfly (due to lack of dough) before she was willing to cancel her Europe trip with Rory. Even with backpacking and hostels that is an expensive trip over three months.
  6. Christopher wasn’t there for Rory’s high school graduation.
  7. When Luke and Lorelai decided to get married late at night at the gazebo, they woke up Lane, but not Sookie and Jackson.
  8. At Rory’s 16th birthday party (Stars Hollow edition), the only other teen at the party was Lane. The rest were unnamed adult townspeople. Did that girl have just no friends ever?

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  9. Lorelai says that she and Rory took a train to Ireland to stalk Bono, but there is no train that runs between mainland Europe and Ireland. It’s an island. There aren’t even underwater train tunnels. A ferry would’ve worked.
  10. At the end of the evening during the Dragonfly’s test run, Jason disappears to use the toilet, turning right into the dining room–where there is only a corner. Did he just squat in the dining room?
  11. Rory is announced as the Chilton valedictorian before she takes her final exams.
  12. Emily and Richard’s house magically transforms in layout between seasons 1 and 2.
  13. On the first day of Chilton, Lorelai swears that her outfit is a last resort since all of her clothes are at the cleaners. So she sent every single pair of jeans? And all of her other t-shirts? Her shoes must all be off at the cobbler since she wears those cowboy boots.
  14. Stars Hollow the Musical didn’t star a single resident of Stars Hollow.
  15. In some exterior views of the Crap Shack, basement windows can be seen.
  16. Every now and then, mountains and palm trees are visible in exterior shots of various Connecticut scenes.
  17. Lane’s father. He’s mentioned constantly in season 1, and is still being referenced in season 4, yet clearly he doesn’t live in Stars Hollow. In fact, he doesn’t show up for Lane’s wedding (or baby shower, etc.).
  18. Dragonfly decorator (slash porn star) Natalie swears she wasn’t the one who told Emily that Sookie was pregnant. But if that’s true, who on earth did?
  19. Sookie and Lorelai were super excited to hire Natalie to decorate the inn, but when the inn was profiled in a magazine, Lorelai took 100% of the credit for the interior design.
  20. THAT FUCKING MAGAZINE ARTICLE: You know, the Dragonfly profile?–we’re supposed to believe that they threw a party for the cover article of the issue AND sent a limo for Lorelai (but Sookie and Jackson weren’t included). That is one fancy magazine.
  21. The Crap Shack’s washing machine and clothes dryer are out on the back porch. That’s pretty incredible considering Connecticut winters. And rainstorms.
  22. The Dragonfly Inn has a library (really, a library?) and massive reception sitting area, but no business center, bar, spa, gift shop, coffee bar, television viewing area, banquet room, conference room, kitchenette, or gym.
  23. It is a crazy amazing coincidence that in the teeny-tiny town of Stars Hollow, there just happens to be a vacant inn in disrepair.
  24. During the Christmas that Rory spent in London, if we are to believe that Lorelai really held off Christmas until Rory’s return, then she is an awful, cruel stepmother. Poor Gigi with no tree, no Santa, no gifts, no lights, no cookies. No Christmas. I wonder if Gigi is going to grow up and murder Rory someday.
  25. Since Mrs. Kim freaks out at the idea of a Bangles concert or Lane going a movie–and considering the “mom code” and all–it’s unthinkable that Lane was allowed to go to the Chilton party at Madeline’s house.
  26. Lorelai’s doggy swami booth for the winter carnival has unreal professional signage and props that would’ve cost hundreds, if not thousands, to manufacture.

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  27. The emergency town meeting that Taylor called in the middle of the night (regarding the winter carnival) was allegedly at 4am. This is extra ridiculous because Taylor was vacationing in the same timezone as Connecticut, and his little nephew was still awake and throwing things at him.
  28. The audio-visual setup at the emergency middle-of-the-night town meeting was nonsensical. I doubt Taylor could see or hear anyone.
  29. The length of time it takes for Lorelai to persuade Luke to bid on her basket at the auction is excessive. The bidding would have been long over, and Lorelai would have a new basket beau.
  30. While full-term pregnant with Davy, Sookie is seen lying on her back. This would make not only her breathing difficult, but is also is hard on the baby. Doctors advise against it typically.
  31. After his audition, Gil walks away with his guitar case not latched in a useful way (you can see it hanging open).
  32. The Bracebridge Dinner–did the Independence Inn really foot the bill for the entire group to booze it up? Even if Lorelai refused to refund a lot of the banquet deposit, Mia and her sons probably wouldn’t be thrilled with her choice to open the bar, pay a harpist, burn through candles, use electricity and linens, and not do more to re-purpose some of the food for the restaurant.

  33. During Rory’s freshman year at Yale, she practically stops wearing jeans or anything rock n’ roll. Lots of skirts, even when she’s freezing cold. And we won’t get into the granny coats and doily scarves she dons at the age of 19.
  34. During the “a deer hit my car” frazzle, mother and daughter both present and accept the premise that Rory’s tardiness is solely caused by the deer. In reality, Rory overslept, and then opted to talk on a cell phone while distractedly driving, causing her to linger at a stop sign longer than she should have.
  35. Our Gilmore ladies spend an entire mall outing complaining that they’re totally “skint”, not buying a single item due to lack of funds. But a little later on they manage to purchase about $50 worth of food and beverages at the food court–a Big Mac and fries, pizza, a corndog, fried cheese on a stick, a wrap, sweet and sour pork, a kebab, 6 different beverages…and a few other indistinguishable things.
  36. During Lindsay and Dean’s marriage, Dean mentions that his father-in-law does a lot of things around their apartment, and that Lindsay has a list of tasks for him. That’s a little insane since her young, strong husband works in construction, not to mention he has strong automotive mechanical skills.
  37. We never hear a word about Emily’s parents. While we can presume that they may have passed, never mentioning them is a little out of place, and we never know her maiden name. We only know that Emily has a sister, Hope, who lives overseas.

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  38. Rory, Paris, Madeline, and Louise spent a spring break evening drinking booze out of party cups. The problem is, the cups are clearly empty the whole time.
  39. The horses at the Dragonfly. I’m really confused as to why such a small inn would decide to stable (and insure) horses for the occasional horseback rider. Surely it would’ve been much more cost-effective to contract with a local horse ranch to offer rides? And then the stables could be used for a better out-building?
  40. So Luke adds on to his apartment so another person can live there, but said person (be it Jess or April) gets no wall or door? No privacy for changing clothes?
  41. During Liz and T.J.’s wedding, not one car drives through the streets of Stars Hollow. Same with the reception.
  42. If you pay attention, there is an alarming number of background characters (extras) who interact with our favorite characters but are not permitted to speak (presumably so they get lesser pay/benefits). This means that a LOT of extras are forced to work with awkward smiles, nods, shrugs, head shakes, and then turn and walk away without a word. Lorelai’s hair stylist, wedding guests, waitresses, golf caddies, inn guests, grocery shoppers, guy who loses balloons, etc. I call them The Tongueless. How many of The Tongueless can you spot?
  43. Rory never joined the Life & Death Brigade. That’s strange since she had a major “in” with some of the most high profile members. Between that and her prominent family name, inclusion in their circle, etc. it makes no sense at all that she isn’t a member.

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  44. Stars Hollow has a shoe repair shop (run by Pasquale). I’d ponder how it can succeed, but apparently Lorelai brings in a garbage bag full of shoes, all in disrepair and warranting paid repair? I hope Pasquale is secretly selling drugs.
  45. Little Miss Fairchild, prospective Yale student from Chilton, stays with Rory in her dorm room as part of some kind of program to get her a Yale experience. Nice, right? So where was that program when Rory was desperate to get into Yale?
  46. Remember those crazy expensive unnecessary Inn horses, Cletus and Desdemona? Within a year of the Inn opening, Lorelai talks about how she can store a bunch of junk like fake plants and Thigh Masters in “the old stable”. Poor Cletus and Desdemona.
  47. When Lorelai starts sleeping at Luke’s, he “picks up” a TV for her to fall asleep to. Except that he already had a TV…which you can see earlier in the episode. It’s sitting just around the corner from the bed.
  48. We get a special peek at Richard’s home office when he talks insurance with Lorelai, and he has very peculiar blue curtains with moons all over them. Not very Emily and Richard. (I want them.)
  49. The “Old Man Twickham goodbye”. There is no way a man gets every person in town to line up for hours to say goodbye. Quirky is one thing, but that is beyond surreal. Especially since we never heard one thing about Twickham before that.
  50. THAT FUCKING MAGAZINE ARTICLE: I’ve mulled and mulled how the writer could be interested in over-the-top stories about the owner’s wealthy mother, and it doesn’t jive. No one reading travel magazines (or anywhere in the world) gives two shits about the inn owner’s mom.
  51. The show uses the same door-closing and door-opening sound effect for not only Rory’s dorm rooms, but every other door on the show–including the door to Taylor’s trailer office at the Twickham house.
  52. THAT FUCKING MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Lorelai is embarrassed by her mother anecdotes and asks to have the article pulled, even though that means her business partners aren’t consulted and they will lose out on a much-needed business bump from such publicity.
  53. Apparently, there are Town Elders. Mysterious Town Elders who must be summoned and met covertly in steam rooms. And they exist in a single episode, and only then.
  54. Lor goes to France with Christopher and acts like she is clueless on how to speak French, despite having been there before.

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  55. Sookie was super into knowing the gender of her first baby, but kept the second one a complete mystery. I guess that isn’t the craziest, zaniest thing this show does (unlike the Twickham goodbye line), but it’s inconsistent.
  56. Jackson’s vasectomy: I’ve studied up on this, trust me. Any man getting a vasectomy needs a urology consultation and a series of other appointments. There’s no way Sookie can just ship off her husband like that. Oops. Sookie, don’t be so stupid!
  57. Luke’s Diner has no public restrooms.
  58. After the big mother-daughter rift, Rory comes to Luke’s for a cup of coffee and to pout–except that she has no car (hers is being repaired after being impounded), and she has to get a ride from Emily to go anywhere. So how does she get to Stars Hollow at night like that?
  59. Jess shows up at the Gilmore mansion to reunite with Rory, and while I don’t object to the notion he skulked in the bushes, what is unbelievable is that he was there at about 2:30am with the expectation to bump into her casually (assume the bar closed at 2am, and Rory gave everyone a ride home.)
  60. Rory and Dean celebrate their 3-month anniversary–notably 3 months from Rory’s birthday in October–on the same night as the Founder’s Day Firelight Festival. But that would place the festival in January, and not only are workers/partygoers not dressed for Connecticut in January, many deciduous trees still have their leaves.

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  61. Lane’s hair-dying foray is unbelievably fake. The wig they put her in is laughable.
  62. CONVEYOR BELT! Rory seems unbelievably surprised that she needs more extra-curriculars than the newspaper to get into a top tier school. I only went for a *good* school, and I was editor of the school’s creative arts magazine, played violin in the symphony orchestra, and was an award-winning props master for the drama club. Plus, I held down a part-time job. Eat that, Rory!
  63. Christopher and Logan bond by reminiscing over boarding schools from which they have been ejected. But that seems highly unlikely on the Christopher end: Chris and Lor first kiss at age 14 in the school parking lot (not “a” school parking lot). And two years later they both wear the same blazers (one of which has pizza stuffed in its pockets sometime) and Lor gets knocked up. So when, exactly, did he get kicked out of all those private schools?
  64. Okay, this one is more of a blooper, but in the episode “Star-Crossed Lovers and Other Strangers”, when Lorelai stands up from the kitchen table to get the phone, you can see that a boom mic drops into the shot.
  65. The Donna Reed dress. Where on earth does Rory get the Donna Reed dress (and matching pumps) from?
  66. We never find out the name of Sookie’s third baby. Nor the sex.
  67. It’s unclear how Richard and Emily are so wealthy. Trix and husband had exceptional wealth, granted, but aside from a trust fund, Richard likely wouldn’t have seen any of it until Trix passed. And apparently he needed a loan from her early on. Even as a successful insurance guy, still….I suppose Emily could’ve inherited a fortune early on.

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  68. Okay, Paris’s parents are awful and absent, but they didn’t move her into Yale? They didn’t attend graduation ceremonies? This was a missed opportunity.
  69. Babette and Miss Patty (et al.) seem far too interested to see Rory’s graduation from Yale in person. It may sound touching, but since they aren’t related, and they had no interest in the Chilton matriculation, why is it such a thing? Why are they over-stepping in such a way? And why are their expectations so high? For the record, my grandparents didn’t attend any of my THREE graduations. No, I’m not bitter, you are.
  70. The bookcase that couldn’t possibly fit anywhere in the new Dragonfly Inn would have easily fit next to Rory’s desk in her room. And if not there, it would’ve definitely fit in the common room.
  71. Lane’s budget shopping trip for the band was crazy. She bought a few tiny bags of premium pretzels, even though a cheaper bulk bag was on the next aisle. Name-brand Pop-Tarts are also hella luxurious. Lane, girl, get the bulk pretzels, off-brand cereal in bags, and ramen noodles.
  72. Just before the Dragonfly opens, Sookie injures her foot. Who are the men who carry her and drive her to the hospital like they’re part of the staff? They’re dressed in flannel and look like they’re part of the construction crew, but then how do they know which doc to take her to, and why are they driving her in the company van?
  73. When Liz tells Luke she’s getting married, she’s noticeably missing an earring.
  74. When Lorelai tries to comfort Rory with a living room tour of Asia, it’s seems entirely implausible that she scraped together all the props and decor. Miss Patty may have had the kimonos and a few items–but the posters? All the other crap? 
  75. Dean’s bedroom at his parents’ house is really weird. Lots of football and basketball trophies, except that the only sports team we know he was on was hockey. Weirder still, though, is all of the toy airplanes hanging from the ceiling. Dean moved to town at age 16. Did teenage Dean really hang toy planes?
  76. I’m just gonna say it–you can’t switch Mia actresses and expect me to be okay with it. Either Mia right or don’t Mia at all.
  77. Speaking of casting issues…while I adore the actress who plays Gypsy, it was jarring to see her re-cast as Emily’s maid in the Year in The Life episodes. Totally takes us out of the moment. 

  78. We’ve never seen Lorelai and Rory include Lane in a movie night. No Wonka. No Pippi.
  79. The first time we see Logan at the Yale newspaper office, Doyle takes three steps from Logan’s desk and starts loudly criticizing and bitching about him to Rory. Logan totally would’ve heard every word.
  80. Why the hell does Anne the Accountant advise so decidedly that the Dragonfly should cut lunch? I get why she cautioned that the meal was hemorrhaging money, but there are ten million options for fixing the lunch losses than totally cutting the meal and Sookie’s daytime role. Maybe Anne does hate Sookie.
  81. After Luke tells off Mrs. Thompson for making him move his boat, Lorelai insists on driving him back to the diner. Except that…Mrs. Thompson clearly lives just across from the gazebo, and even she could throw a stone and hit Luke’s.
  82. When Luke goes ape-shit honking at Rory’s limo in front of Doose’s, it isn’t clear how on earth the limo is inhibiting Luke or anyone else. It’s just parked fine along the curb. Luke’s truck is the only thing blocking the intersection.
  83. Where did Rory get backed poster boards of Marx Bros. movies? And the easels? And the blonde wig?

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  84. When Logan and Rory bone for the first time, they start getting carnal with her curtains wide open in her first-floor room. Lots and lots of eye-witnesses.
  85. On the first day of Rory’s Stanford Eagle Gazette internship, she tells the receptionist that she’s never had a picture ID before, which of course is stupid. Not only does she presumably have a driver’s license, but also her Yale ID has a bad picture and once labeled her as “Rony”.
  86. During the Twickham museum episode, the timing is wackadoodle. They go to the opening right after breakfast (remember the cereal forts?), yet Patty has Founder’s Punch ready to go. Why? Whose idea is it to have a free cup of booze with museum admission at 11am-Noon? (And can I be their friend?)
  87. Rory, Paris, and Lane all get boozy on Founders Punch within hours of the museum’s opening–which happened midday. Then they are hungover the NEXT MORNING. What happened to their evenings and nights? Burritos would’ve made more sense at dinnertime the night before.
  88. THAT FUCKING MAGAZINE ARTICLE: In the limo after Lorelai’s alleged “magazine party”, Luke suggests he hasn’t been drunk in years. Apparently, he’s forgotten about the handful of Barbie last season when Jess chewed him out.
  89. So, Lorelai and Luke go raw dog, and the next morning, Lorelai supposes she might be having pregnancy cravings and ready for a pregnancy test. Has that woman learned NOTHING of reproductive biology?
  90. Lorelai says that Martha was born after 14 hours of labor. Nuh-uh. Sookie went into labor mid-afternoon–while she was supposed to be napping and the Gilmore Girls could set up a really lame surprise baby shower. BUT, Lorelai calls Rory about the birth just before noon the next day. (Mitchum notes that it’s about noon.)
  91. Hep Alien’s tour van doesn’t have its headlights on while the band is heading home in the dark.
  92. When Rory hires Paris as a waitress for the DAR fundraiser, Paris acts like she’s never worked hard in her life, and cites ancient Aramaic as one of her only qualifications. But this is the girl who built houses and served in soup kitchens since she was old enough to hold a ladle. Remember?
  93. When Rory begs Luke for 2 danish and 2 coffees (and ultimately denied because Luke and Lorelai are in a fight), she takes her single danish and coffee and walks out without paying.
  94. The ice cream maker that Lorelai receives as an anonymous wedding gift arrives without a box (or instructions, accessories, etc.). Not to mention it isn’t wrapped for postal delivery. So where did this used ice cream maker drop out of the sky from?
  95. After the Romeo and Juliet performance, Dean is fascinated to know if the kiss between Rory and Paris was real. Except that Paris failed to kiss Rory in the performance, so Dean may not have been paying attention.
  96. LAZY HAZY CRAZY DAYS OF SUMMER: There is a weird gold telescope that a looong line of people are waiting to glance through for less than a heartbeat. What on earth are they looking at midday? And one dude totally re-positioned the angle. Rude.
  97. LAZY HAZY CRAZY DAYS OF SUMMER: There is a dude working a cart behind Lorelai & Rory where he is pouring drinks into colorful cups. Except, he is pouring the teeniest-tiniest dribbles into each cup. Are they pure tequila or something? I mean, clearly the extra is trying to stretch out the entire pitcher through a long scene of pouring. But it’s insane.

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  98. LAZY HAZY CRAZY DAYS OF SUMMER: Miss Patty seems to be conducting the dancers, except that she’s standing behind them so they can’t even see her.
  99. During the all-night dance competition there are uniformed security guards–not military or anything, but they have custom shirts, wearing all black. So it’s not just that the local cops were watching for trouble. Who the hell thought that actual security was needed and worth paying for? What was supposed to happen? And where were they when Taylor called for security upon Jess’s entrance?
  100. THE INDEPENDENCE INN FIRE: I get that Lorelai cares hardcore about her guests, but putting them up in town homes? No. That would be creepy and dangerous for all involved. Rent a bus and take them all to the Holiday Inn in Woodbury, you creep.
  101. THE INDEPENDENCE INN FIRE: The Haddlestats. Oh my gods, the Haddlestats. There is no way in hell that they show up at someone’s home around 11pm-ish, demanding to get in on the emergency fun. What fetish are they into where they opt to sleep in a stanger’s bed with no warning, when they could be home? Lorelai should have 1000% told them there was no room and to go home.
  102. THE INDEPENDENCE INN FIRE: Sookie takes over Luke’s, which is just plain rude. Okay, let’s assume The Dragonfly will reimburse Luke for lost revenue and materials. Why do the guests need a gourmet breakfast? Get them boxes of doughnuts and trays of coffee, losers. This is an emergency, not a town takeover. And you can bet most of those peeps will not be repeat customers.
  103. THE INDEPENDENCE INN FIRE: The Poe couple sleeps in Rory’s room, which is full of Harvard crap. Then they get up and go to breakfast at Luke’s, which Lorelai supervises. By the time Rory heads back to her room in the wee morning hours to get dressed for school, her room is full of Yale crap. Was Fred the Poe Guy up at 2am stapling Yale sweatshirts to the wall? And how did Lorelai even get all that crap so fast, especially when considering she was a bit distracted with a terrible emergency.
  104. What’s up with Trix’s fella? So, she’s in the process of moving from London. So did he relocate from London to be with her? If so, why didn’t she shack up with him, rather than the tedious Emily-run household? Okay, maybe she just wanted to be closer to Richard, fine. Why would she invite her fella over to the house? And where does the fella live? Did he have a place to stay during the renovations?

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  105. The story of Jimmy Mariano abandoning Liz and Jess changes over the seasons. At first, he leaves when Jess is older. Then it changes that Jimmy took off immediately after Jess’s birth while out on a diaper errand.
  106. Let’s be very clear: Rory, the incoming Yale freshman is anything but “the most deserving kid ever”. And I want to slap many people in the mouth for the scene where Lorelai says so.
  107. I think Luke’s blowup in front of Nicole’s parents was supposed to be much more explosive. It was fairly unremarkable, but apparently the ‘rents called him many crude names for his quiet rant.
  108. While the Dragonfly is under construction, Lorelai complains for months (worth of episodes) that she is swamped with meetings. What meetings exactly? Sure, a plumber, printer, vendor, or permit meeting here or there can be expected. But I’m guessing that can’t take up more than 8-9 hours per week.

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  109. Do you ever wonder about the set of milk bottles in the background at Luke’s (they’re sitting on the barrel). One of them is “full” of something white. What on earth is it?
  110. It’s sweet when Rory helps Richard figure out how to tie a bow tie for his mom’s funeral. Except…the man wears bow ties almost daily. So how is this a foreign concept?
  111. The show sweetly re-used the same actor for three different speaking roles. Charles C. Stevenson, Jr. played the teasing country club member, Julian (“Kill Me Now”), the confused reverend at Gran’s funeral (“The Reigning Lorelai”), and then Charlie the staffer at the Stars Hollow Gazette (Year in the Life). It’s nice unless you want to pretend that just maybe the show is real. Illusions and whatnot.
  112. When Cheating Rory decides from Italy that she has to get a letter to Dean, she overnights a letter to her mom. I mean, she must have, since she was scheduled to be home in just a couple days. Assuming she could even find a place to overnight the letter so quickly, it would’ve cost over a hundred bucks at least. Has this girl never heard of email? Or even fax? Or, ya know, waiting 2 days and talking to him in person. Or handing him a note her damn self.
  113. At the USO dinner party, Rory gives the servers their period-themed uniforms and tells them to go to work. At what point are they all getting their hair done? 
  114. When the New England Syrup Council visits the Dragonfly and does a group tasting in the dining room, Sookie and Lorelai stand in the doorway watching–and the two talk LOUDLY about how disgusting it is. Every one of those peeps heard them. Rude.
  115. Rory uses just one key on four or five locks to get into her ghetto college apartment. Can I get a whaaaaat?
  116. At the dinner where Lorelai tells Rory about discovering Luke’s daughter, Lorelai unpacks cartons of Chinese food that are clearly empty. Plus, the paper bag they came in has clearly never been handled, hugged, grabbed, or bumped. Super fake.
  117. The chairs in the Dragonfly dining room exactly match a couple of chairs seen in the Crap Shack during season 1. Did Lorelai find a supplier for her favorite household chair that she bought 5+ years ago?
  118. Don’t get me started on the yellow daisies. It was visually cute, but so implausible on a myriad of levels that my brain, it hurts.
  119. When mid-Dean-breakup Rory runs away to the grandparents’ house in Hartford, I’m genuinely puzzled as to how she got a taxi. She doesn’t have a cell to call one (just a pager). MAYBE she found a pay phone and then hid in town until it arrived to whisk her away? All I know is, there is no small town like Stars Hollow where cabs are just hanging out. Rory’s escape took a lot of time and planning.
  120. At Max and Lorelai’s engagement party, their present mountain is absurd. We’re talking at least 300+ presents. For an engagement (not even a wedding). She may be popular in town, but that’s an awful stretch.
  121. Again, we’re at Max and Lorelai’s engagement party and I recognize almost no one. Patty, Kirk, Sookie, yes. But no Babette, no Gypsy, no Troubador, no Taylor, no Bootsy, no Michele, no Joe the Pizza Guy. So how on earth did she get over 300 presents? Who the hell are these people? WHO ARE THEYYYYY?
  122. Lorelai seems pretty flippity-floppity on the whole “mom code” concept that she was so proud of when the girls went to the movies. But later on, it’s ok that Lane lies about drumming in a band and sneaks over to Lorelai’s garage to practice constantly? That surely isn’t in the “mom packets”. —submitted by reader Pixxie Stixx
  123. After the infamous Jess car crash, Luke returns from his hidey fishing/camping trip after a week or two and instantly greets Rory, while offering her doughnuts from the countertop display. Wow, those must’ve been some crunchy doughnuts by then! I’m not saying Rory would’ve turned them down, but, kinda gross.
    –submitted by reader Gypsy
  124. Here’s an obvious one: Cesar changes. I’m glad they eventually expanded Cesar’s role and gave him actual lines, but in rural Connecticut I kinda doubt Luke hired more than one guy named Cesar.
  125. Kirk has 12 brothers and sisters, and we do not get to meet even one of them (nor Kirk’s mom). Missed opportunity.
  126. On Rory’s first day at Chilton, both mother and daughter seem perplexed by the campus. But did they never visit it before? No tour? No interview with HM Charleston or an admission’s officer? This suggests that Lorelai just chose a random prep school for her daughter out of the phonebook and a pamphlet? —submitted by reader Laura
  127. On the morning of Rory’s first day of her junior year at Chilton, she breakfasts with her mom at Luke’s. Let’s assume it has to be about 6:30am at the latest. Then in marches Taylor with a pack of scouts to order fries and whatnots. At 6:30am? Not breakfast, mind you. What the crap is Taylor doing with boys at 6:30 am on a weekday? Shouldn’t those boys be in school?
  128. Why on earth was Luke’s dad’s hardware store named Williams Hardware? According to Luke, he paid for the place in cash and built it on his own. Now even if he didn’t literally build the place, it still makes no sense that he didn’t name it after a mystery person named Williams. Danes Hardware would make sense.
  129. CONVEYOR BELT! Lorelai really had no idea that Rory applied to Yale, Princeton, etc.? There would’ve been application fees, FAFSA forms, and more. Let us not even get started on how sick it is that Rory felt she had to hide college apps from her mom. –submitted by reader CatieB

This list will be updated periodically when more things pop into my dark, weird brain during re-watches. In the meantime, if you think you’ve stumbled upon something I’ve missed, be sure to add it in the comments section. Copper boom!


19 thoughts on “Gilmore Girls: 100+ Things That Make No Sense

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  1. What happened to lorelai’a policy? Lorelai had the “mom code” as to not lie to another mother, namely Mrs. Kim. But wasn’t letting Lane’s band play in her garage still lying to Mrs. Kim? She really picks and choses what she comfortable with, because seeing a movie with boys, isn’t necessarily as drastic as being the only girl playing in a rock band with her boyfriend and then future husband.


  2. Rory never trusted Jess but he never gave her a reason not to? Dean however, burn me at the steak if you must, kind of treated Rory like shit from jump. He would yell at her if things came up that she needed to attend to. Instead of understanding she may need time to process his first ever declaration of love for her, he flew off the handle and broke up with her. Dean constantly told Rory what to do and how to do it. Dean also held things he would do for her over her head to get what he wanted. Rory just accepted that. Yet Lorelai still glorifies him as the perfect first boyfriend! Rory wasnt without faults but Dean kinda sucked.


  3. When Luke goes fishing after Rory and jess’ car accident. He gets back late at night as Rory is passing the diner. Hes presumably been gone at least a week if not two but when he invites Rory in for coffee, theres donuts in the donut dome and he offers her one. Where the heck did the donuts come from after the store has been closed that whole time.


    1. Totally approve of this one. Think it needs to be added to the list. I mean, in theory, he could’ve just given her some really stale-ass doughnuts. I know I’d eat them. But, still, that is a good point!


  4. How does no one ever point out that in the episode where Lorelai & Rory go to Chilton for the first time, they’re in awe and shock at the size of the place? If Lorelai lived in her parents house, which is mere minutes from Chilton, she woukd at the very least know the school, and they imply in the flashback that she went to Chilton. Additionally, why when they all go to the Yale V Harvard game is she so shocked at her parents actions? Wouldn’t alumni, who clearly make it seem like they never miss THE GAME, have taken their only daughter to at least one of those games over the years, if not many more then just one? This is the stuff that drives me crazy.


    1. Hey, these are some really great points. I can almost buy that Richard & Emily could’ve chosen a different prep school for Lorelai (for whatever reason…), but Lorelai not being familiar with the Yale/Harvard game is pretty crazy. I guess if she was such an obstinate kid that they never ever took her, it might work?

      Actually, you’ve touched on a point that I think is even more nonsensical–how is it that Lorelai begged and pleaded to get Rory into Chilton, and they had never toured the campus? No interviews?


  5. In re: the magazine article on the Dragonfly Inn, Lorelei calls the magazine & has the article pulled yet it is mysteriously published anyway. Did I miss something?


  6. In the episode “The Festival of Living Art” Lorelei comments that the dress for the Renoir girl “fits her like a glove” when indeed it is just a blouse: she wears jeans & a blouse.

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  7. Absolutely everything about the DAR in GG is wrong. I am in the DAR & I know…. the most glaring instance being the DAR member with the English accent. Does Amy Palladino even know what the DAR is?

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  8. Lorelei was a maid at the independence inn when she was a teenager and had lived there as well, yet they didnt know any of the townspeople until they moved into their home when Rory was 8. So did they just never go into town for 8 years? Also no one knowing who Kirk was the first few episodes, but then later in the show people talk about how hes lived there since he was a baby. He was also a character named Mick in one episode who installed DSL and then became Kirk a few episodes later. And then the timeline of Luke having conceived April with Ana. It wouldve made sense that the baby was Rachels if you calculate how old April is and that he wouldve been dating Rachel around that time and no one in town had knew about him dating Ana.

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  9. You’ve nailed some of the timeline issues perfectly! I suppose if teen Lorelai was completely wrapped up with work and parenting that she never connected with townsfolk when she would go shopping and whatnot. Getting established in a new town can be tough.

    But the Rachel/Anna thing is weird. So was Rachel after Anna? I kind of love that no one in town remembers or thinks of Anna. Ha!


  10. How on earth does Lorelei not know that Rory applied to other schools? Who paid the application fees or filled out the FAFSA for those schools? And how does she not know you apply to more than one school? Her ignorance is astonishing

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  11. Logan is supposedly a year older than rory. he graduates when she’s in her junior year. when rory is in her senior year he should be 23. but in the episode she celebrates his birthday he’s 25 making him 3 years older than her. how?

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    1. Aha! Keen observation. Though, arguably, maybe Logan was held back a year or two in school and therefore this could be plausible? But I do not give the writers enough credit to assume they thought this through!


  12. I am currently rewatching Gilmore Girls and saw your list. I love it! While watching, I thought about the William’s Hardware also, but William could have been Luke’s dad’s first name. Did they ever say his first name? In a small town such as Stars Hollow, it makes some sense to use his first name, and Luke used his first name for the diner also.


  13. Two other things I just remembered:
    1. Early in the first season, Richard and Emily imply that Richard’s mother is dead, yet she shows up alive later.
    2. In the Pilot, Lorelai tells the flirty guy who is passing through that Rory is 16, and Rory drives herself to school on the day of the big test that she ends up missing. Yet after Rory’s birthday later, she continues to be 16.


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