Gilmore Girls: Season 1, Episode 1

Pilot (5 Oct. 2000)

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Rory is accepted into the elite Chilton prep school. Bad news for Lorelai: she must make amends with her parents to borrow the money for Rory's tuition. The money is available- with strings attached.

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jill Brennan ...
Mrs. Traister
Cesar Lopapa ...


Lorelai Gilmore has worked her way up from maid at an inn to running the place, all while being a smart and funny single mom to a smart and funny teenage girl, also named Lorelai, or Rory, for short. Times are happy when 16-year-old Rory gets accepted at Chilton, a private school. They become less happy when Lorelai gets the bill, which means she must borrow money from her rich parents. Worse, her mother resorts to blackmail: in exchange for the loan, Lorelai and Rory must come to dinner once a week. Meanwhile, Rory meets a gorgeous boy at school. He's from Chicago, and he actually got her reference to "Rosemary's Baby". He's also impressed that she loves to read. Now Rory suddenly wants to stay where she is. Will she let a perfectly good plaid skirt go to waste? Written by J. Spurlin

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Comedy | Drama





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Rory states that she stands 5'7". Which is the actual height of Alexis Bledel. See more »


In the Pilot episode Luke's diner is in the middle of the block and doesn't have a "William's Hardware" sign. The letters are instead engraved above the door. See more »


[first lines]
Lorelai: Please, Luke. Please, please, please!
Luke Danes: How many cups have you had this morning?
Lorelai: None.
Luke Danes: Plus?
Lorelai: Five, but yours is better.
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References Rosemary's Baby (1968) See more »


Where The Colors Don't Go
Written by Sam Phillips
Performed by Sam Phillips
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The Beginning...
20 October 2014 | by See all my reviews

I really love the Series Premiere of Gilmore Girls. It gives you all of the information you need, without giving too much of the show away. It doesn't spoil anything, or let you know how the show will play out, which is good, because some Series Premieres do.

I love Gilmore Girls so much and I didn't see it until about 2006, so going back and seeing all of the outdated/retro stuff just fascinated me. I was so intrigued about the storyline, because as far as I know, there aren't any similar shows out there. Not even now, fourteen years later.

Wow, I can't believe this show started fourteen years ago and finished seven years ago. Wow, time flies when something amazing is happening.

In this episode, we meet Lorelei and Rory Gilmore. Mother and daughter. We find out basic facts about their lives, like Lorelie's job and best friend, Rory's school and her best friend. That Rory is very intelligent and will be attending a private school. That Emily and Richard Gilmore are very rich, somewhat rude people. Only because they pretty much blackmail Lorelei into having dinner with them every Friday night. The least they could've done is chosen a different night. Do they not know that Friday night are going out nights. Why not Tuesday or Wednesday? Nobody does anything on a Tuesday or Wednesday night. We meet Luke who owns the diner, and we see that Rory doesn't want to change schools, all because of a new boy she met. Come on, Rory. Don't sacrifice your future just for a little crush.

Overall, I give this episode a 10 out of 10.

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