In what is possibly the best news of the month, Gilmore Girls is finally headed to Netflix on Oct. 1. (We can only hope shows like Friends will follow.) Good ol' GG is easily one of the top TV shows ever, and now we get to relive all the fast-talking humor and obscure references again. But as much as I love Gilmore Girls (and I do, I really do) not every episode was a winner. No, I'm not just talking about the controversial 7th season, I'm talking about all the sad episodes where Lorelai and Rory are fighting or Luke and Lorelai can't make things work.
So when you binge watch this October, I recommend skipping these 15 episodes to make your viewing experience less tragic and more fun.
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"Sadie Sadie" Season 2 — Episode 1
Lorelai accepts Max’s proposal, which puts a nail in the coffin for any potential relationship with Luke (for now). Then Dean is interrogated by the Gilmores for not being smart enough (this is back when you like Dean, so it’s sad.) Oh and to top it all off, Lane is sent to Korea with no sign of being allowed to return. It’s just not worth watching this one.
"Secrets and Loans" Season 2 — Episode 11
Rory goes behind her mom’s back to get a loan from Emily. This understandably upsets Lorelai. It’s actually one of Rory’s worst episodes as later she judges Lane for becoming a cheerleader. Like, who cares? Come on, Rory.
"Lorelai's Graduation Day" Season 2 — Episode 21
Rory misses her mother’s business school graduation to see Jess in New York. It breaks Lorelai’s heart that Rory’s not in the crowd and when Lauren Graham cries, I cry.
"Swan Song" Season 3 — Episode 14
I hated this one because I wanted to believe there was good in Jess. Unfortunately he lied about how he got a black eye and was sullen through Friday night dinner. This prompted Emily to yell at Lorelai about letting Rory date him. The elder Gilmore ladies have a tenuous enough relationship as it is, and Jess adding stress to it didn’t help. Come on, Jess, I wanted more for you.
"The Incredible Sinking Lorelais" Season 4 — Episode 14
Lorelai’s grandmother calls her a failure and then Lorelai forced to ask Luke for a loan. Meanwhile Rory gets so overwhelmed at school that she cries about it to ex-boyfriend Dean. It’s not a good episode for either of the show’s leading women, hence the title.
"Say Goodbye to Daisy Miller" Season 5 — Episode 1
After Rory and Lorelai fight about Rory’s affair with Dean, Rory runs away to Europe with Emily. Luke also leaves Lorelai to join his sister at the renaissance fair. It’s a rough start to the season for Lorelai, especially since she and Luke had finally kissed only for him to have to go.
"A House Is Not a Home" Season 5 — Episode 22
Nothing like starting the episode with Lorelai picking Rory up from jail. But things go from bad to worse when Rory decides to take a year off from Yale and Emily and Richard back her up to drive a wedge between Lorelai and Rory. The mother-daughter pair rarely fight, so when they do it makes the show hard to watch. And that scene with Lorelai watching Rory unpack in Emily and Richard’s pool house is unbearable.
"Twenty-One is the Loneliest Number" Season 6 — Episode 7
Lorelai and Rory have been planning for her 21st birthday since forever, but as they’re still in a feud their plans go to waste. Then we have to watch Rory suffer through her grandmother’s stodgy party complete with an awful-tasting Rory-themed martini. It’s sad to see the family spend this special day embroiled in dispute.
"Just Like Gwen and Gavin" Season 6 — Episode 12
It’s the beginning of the end for Luke and Lorelai’s relationship when she finds out he’s been keeping his daughter a secret. Then he asks her to postpone the wedding—never a good sign in TV shows.
"A Vineyard Valentine" Season 6 — Episode 15
Luke’s character is usually lovably hostile, but on a trip to Martha’s Vineyard with Lorelai, Rory, and Logan turns sour when Luke can literally not stop complaining. Add to this the sadness Lorelai experiences when she sees how good Logan is to Rory and how she is not getting that from Luke and this is one of the worst Luke episodes of the show.
"Partings" Season 6 — Episode 22
Luke and Lorelai break up. Enough said.
"That's What You Get, Folks, for Makin' Whoopee" Season 7 — Episode 2
This episode is just weak in general with the introduction of pregnant Lane. It felt like an injustice to her character to just give her twins out of the blue. Lane deserved more than that. Damn you, Season 7.
"French Twist" Season 7 — Episode 7
Lorelai elopes in Paris with Christopher in an act that is both uncharacteristic for her and a plot hole because getting married in a foreign country takes a little more planning than that. (Just ask Brad and Angelina.)
"Introducing Lorelai Planetarium" Season 7 — Episode 8
The whole marriage episode in general is only just topped by when Rory finds out she wasn’t invited to the wedding of her own parents. Could you imagine if Rory did that to her mom? Lorelai would never forgive her.
"Merry Fisticuffs" Season 7 — Episode 10
Luke and Christopher get into a fistfight in the middle of town. Meanwhile Luke is also battling for custody of his child because his ex is being incredibly insensitive. Season 7 was rough on Luke. I hated him for most of it which made it hard to watch episodes focused on him.