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Dear Emily and Richard 

When Sherry goes into labor and asks Rory to be with her at the hospital, Lorelai is reminded of the day Rory was born. Flashbacks tell the story of 16-year-old Lorelai as she learns she is... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lauren Graham ... Lorelai Gilmore
Alexis Bledel ... Rory Gilmore
Melissa McCarthy ... Sookie St. James
Keiko Agena ... Lane Kim
Yanic Truesdale ... Michel Gerard
Scott Patterson ... Luke Danes
Liza Weil ... Paris Geller
Jared Padalecki ... Dean Forester
Milo Ventimiglia ... Jess Mariano
Sean Gunn ... Kirk Gleason
Kelly Bishop ... Emily Gilmore
Edward Herrmann ... Richard Gilmore
Mädchen Amick ... Sherry Tinsdale
Liz Torres ... Miss Patty
Shelly Cole ... Madeline Lynn


When Sherry goes into labor and asks Rory to be with her at the hospital, Lorelai is reminded of the day Rory was born. Flashbacks tell the story of 16-year-old Lorelai as she learns she is pregnant, decides not to marry Christopher, and ultimately leaves home with her new baby. Written by Anonymous

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Comedy | Drama


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Release Date:

4 February 2003 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Though the title of the episode is "Dear Emily and Richard," young Christopher says it "Dear Richard and Emily" when telling young Lorelai they should run away See more »


When Lorelai stops at Luke's to get coffee before Friday night dinner, The cash register is missing from the counter. See more »


Lorelai: [entering Luke's] Okay! I have five minutes to drink as much coffee as I can before I have to drive to Hartford to spend the evening with my mother alone, and who am I saying this to?
Kirk Gleason: I was listening.
Lorelai: Where's Luke?
Kirk Gleason: I don't know.
Lorelai: Well is he here? Is he coming back? How fresh is that pot?
Kirk Gleason: I don't know, I don't know, it was sitting there when I got here but that's only been a minute so I don't know.
Lorelai: [Luke enters] Oh, thank god. Hey, I desperately need a maaassive cup of coffee to go, and - What ...
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References An American in Paris (1951) See more »


Where You Lead
Performed by Carole King and Louise Goffin
Words and Music by Carole King and Toni Stern
Produced by Greg Wells and Carole King
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Girls Girls:Dear Emily and Richard
30 January 2006 | by mrssweetsSee all my reviews

This episode has been by far one of the best during this third season. It was quite interesting to see the flashbacks to Lorelai's teenage years and to also see a younger version of Christopher. Since we have not really seen him much throughout the seasons of Gilmore Girls. Also Rorys reaction to being left alone in the hospital with her dads pregnant fiancée is hilarious. Lorelai also handled the Christopher/Sherry situation very well in this episode. It also showed how well she is coping with the realisation that Christopher has his own family ,and can no longer be there for her and Rory in a family retrospect. This episode was also interesting because we got to see Lorelai as she was before Rory was born,which was cool.

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