It might be weird that a TV show feels like a season to me, but anytime I think of Gilmore Girls, I think of fall — no matter how magical Lorelai thinks the snow is. There's just something so cozy about it that makes you want to curl up in bed with a pumpkin spice latte and your Netflix account, and I don't think that will ever change. So naturally, some of my favorite episodes of the show involve Thanksgiving, especially the one in Season 3, "A Deep Fried Korean Thanksgiving." In case you need a refresher, that's the episode where Lorelai and Rory attempt to go to four Thanksgiving dinners on the same day — one at Luke's, one at Lane's, one at Sookie's, and one at Richard and Emily's. I don't care how much pizza they eat on a per episode basis. That's a lot of food.
However, when it comes to the actual Gilmore Girls Thanksgiving dinners, some are better than others. For example: the food was probably really good at Richard and Emily's house, but the atmosphere was stuffy. A lot of factors go into what makes a dinner great, and it's not just about the quality of the turkey.
So which Thanksgiving dinner was the best one? I've rated each based on the food served, the location, the company, the booze, the entertainment, and the decor — all seriously important factors on a holiday like this one. Don't get me wrong; each of these Thanksgivings is pretty good, but only one can be crowned the ultimate Gilmore Girls Thanksgiving champ.
This isn't even a competition. Sookie clearly has the best food, because A.) the deep fried turkey, while unusual, had to have been delicious, as all deep fried foods are, and B.) Sookie cooked all the side dishes, and she is a world class chef. So even though Emily and Richard served up fancy, traditional eats also prepared by a chef, Sookie's spread is the clear winner — and it makes Mrs. Kim's icky tofurkey look even worse than it did to begin with.
Luke's wins this one. It's a comfy diner just a short walk away from Lorelai and Rory's place, and it's full of small town charm... and a distinct lack of Emily and Richard's snooty friends, who were the worst. Sookie's house comes in as a close second, because Jackson's friends look like a lot of fun, especially when they're drunk and chanting about turkey.
Luke's does it again! Of course, Lane is awesome, but her mom isn't the most fun lady to have around on a holiday, and don't get me started on Emily and Richard's fancy crowd again. But at Luke's? You've got Luke, Jess, and a smattering of Stars Hollow favorites, like Babette and Miss Patty, who also popped in to spend Thanksgiving at Luke's.
Sookie's wins! OK, so it was close between her Thanksgiving and the one at the Gilmore compound, because being that Lorelai's parents are loaded, the wine and cocktails they were serving were probably top shelf. However, judging by how rowdy Sookie's guests were, I'm willing to bet their alcohol selection was pretty good, too, without the downfalls of having to celebrate Thanksgiving with a bunch of stuck up people who probably didn't get very drunk at all. And what's Thanksgiving without at least one family member on an alcohol-induced rant?
Luke's, by a landslide. And the answer is simple: Kirk, eating his Thanksgiving dinner and retelling the story of how Cat Kirk attacked him. I'd way rather listen to that on Thanksgiving, although Lane's house did have Dave (aka Adam Brody) playing music, so that's definitely a plus.
Even though their Thanksgiving took place in their front yard, Sookie and Jackson's Thanksgiving was the cutest. The picnic table was adorable, and so were all the fall-themed decorations. Nobody else seemed to put in the effort, and that definitely didn't go unnoticed.
The Winner: Sookie's Thanksgiving
Although Luke's Thanksgiving was pretty good, Sookie's is officially the best Gilmore Girls Thanksgiving ever. I'm telling you, I will deep fry anything, especially while wearing a welder's helmet and being cheered on by my closest friends. And did I mention there was booze?