Gilmore Girls: Season 6, Episode 9

The Prodigal Daughter Returns (15 Nov. 2005)

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Like meat and potatoes, like salt and tomatoes, the Gilmore girls belong together. Rory comes home. And a supersmart middle schooler shows up at Luke's Diner with a startling idea for a science fair project.

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Paris Geller (credit only)
Kirk Gleason (credit only)
Logan Huntzberger (credit only)


Luke announces that the house remodeling is all done, but Lorelai has major problems with her new old bedroom set. When Chris calls for the first time in a year it sparks a fight. Rory is crashing with Lane after leaving her grandparents' house. Determined like never before, she sets out to get a job, prepare her return to Yale and finally come home to her mother. Meanwhile, a girl with a science project comes to the diner to study Luke's DNA. Written by Peter Brandt Nielsen

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During Lorelai's house warming dinner with Sookie and Jackson, Sookie tells Lorelai that she can't believe she didn't do anything to the kitchen. They did change the kitchen however. The kitchen used to have hardwood floors and they changed them to large yellow and white tiles. The table and chairs are different too. When Lorelai is at the diner talking to Lane, her napkin goes from under the knife to closer to the edge of the table under her cup. When Lorelai and Rory are hugging and the camera is moving around them, the shadow of the camera can be seen. When Lorelai tries to come in her house at the beginning of the episode, she can't because Luke put a chain on the door and had it latched. At the end of the episode when Rory is in the driveway and Lorelai runs outside to meet her, the chain and latch is not on the door. See more »


The episode begins with Luke having installed a security chain on the front door of Lorelei's house. But when she runs out to hug Rory, the chain is gone. See more »


Jackson: [asking why Luke and Lorelai are fighting] Was it because I brought up my meat rub?
Sookie: Yes, it was.
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