Episode 1 : Say Goodbye to Daisy Miller
After 19-year-old Rory Gilmore (series star ALEXIS BLEDEL) makes love with her former boyfriend, Dean (recurring guest star JARED PADALECKI)--who is married--she argues bitterly with Lorelai (series star LAUREN GRAHAM), who is disappointed by her daughter's choices. Despite her best efforts, Rory cannot resist Dean, even when she guiltily observes how hard Dean's eager young wife is working to keep their marriage together. Meanwhile, Lorelai copes with a tricky situation of her own: Eccentric resident Kirk (series star SEAN GUNN) has witnessed her kissing recently divorced coffee shop owner Luke Danes (series star SCOTT PATTERSON) after the gala opening of the new Dragonfly Inn, Lorelai's long-awaited venture with her friend Sookie St. James (series star MELISSA McCARTHY). Despite the gossip, Luke and Lorelai seem to finally be happy together. The longtime marriage of Lorelai's parents, Richard and Emily (series star KELLY BISHOP), continues to crumble.
Episode 2 : A Messenger, Nothing More
While calling Lorelai from Rome, Rory admits that she complicated her relationship with Dean (recurring guest star JARED PADALECKI). Lorelai gives Dean a letter from Rory, but Dean's wife, Lindsay (recurring guest star ARIELLE KEBBEL), finds the letter and makes Dean move out of the house. Rory returns from Europe, and a terrible argument ensues when she and Lorelai encounter Lindsay and her mother. Meanwhile, Luke returns to Stars Hollow after spending several weeks helping his injured sister, Liz (recurring guest star KATHLEEN WILHOITE), on the Renaissance Fair circuit. Luke and Lorelai try to find a private spot to say hello but are interrupted by a town parade.
Episode 3 : Written In the Stars
Early in the morning after Lorelai and Luke spend a romantic night together at Luke's place, Lorelai walks into the diner dressed in one of Luke's flannel shirts and discovers that the place is full of customers. Lorelai is a little offended when it appears that no one cares about their relationship--until it becomes a topic of heated discussion at the town meeting. Meanwhile, Rory verbally spars with a haughty, rich student named Logan (recurring guest star MATT CZUCHRY - "Eight Legged Freaks") after he is rude to her friend Marty (recurring guest star WAYNE WILCOX). And Paris holds a wake for her older lover Professor Asher Flemming, who died over the summer.
Episode 4 : Tippecanoe and Taylor Too
Rory and Dean have difficulty meeting alone because they live far apart and Dean (recurring guest star JARED PADALECKI) shares a car with his estranged wife. Impulsively, Rory asks Dean if he left his wife because Lindsay found Rory's letter--and she is not completely satisfied with his response. Lorelai and Sookie manage Jackson's (recurring guest star JACKSON DOUGLAS) campaign when he decides to compete against Taylor (recurring guest star MICHAEL WINTERS) for town selectman. Lane tells her band mate Zach (recurring guest star TODD LOWE) that she has feelings for him.
Episode 7 : You Jump, I Jump, Jack
Rory is impressed when Logan (recurring guest star MATT CZUCHRY) takes her to an elaborate event staged by his secret society, and she participates in a thrilling--but dangerous--stunt. Meanwhile, when she discovers that Lorelai is dating Luke, Emily insists he come to dinner. Not to be outdone, Richard invites Luke to a game of golf, and Luke is overwhelmed by the strength of the elder Gilmores' personalities.