- ❝All I know is that my Lindsay's devastated, Dean's back with his parents, lives are ruined and you and your daughter can go to hell!❞
- —Teresa Lister
ROME, REGRETS AND RENAISSANCE FAIRS – Rory (Alexis Bledel) calls Lorelai (Lauren Graham) from Rome and admits that she made a mess of things with Dean (Jared Padalecki). Lorelai gives Dean a letter from Rory, but Dean's wife Lindsay (Arielle Kebbel) finds the letter and throws Dean out of the house. Rory returns from Europe, and a terrible scene ensues when she and Lorelai run into Lindsay and her mother (guest star Tawny Rene Hamilton) on the street. Meanwhile, Luke (Scott Patterson) returns to Stars Hollow after many weeks helping his injured sister (guest star Kathleen Wilhoite) on the Renaissance Fair circuit. Luke and Lorelai try to find a private spot to say hello, but are interrupted by a town parade.
- Lauren Graham as Lorelai Gilmore
- Alexis Bledel as Rory Gilmore
- Melissa McCarthy as Sookie St. James
- Scott Patterson as Luke Danes
- Keiko Agena as Lane Kim
- Yanic Truesdale as Michel Gerard
- Sean Gunn as Kirk Gleason
- and Kelly Bishop as Emily Gilmore
- special appearance by
- Edward Herrmann as Richard Gilmore
Special Guest Star
- Michael DeLuise as T.J.
- Liz Torres as Miss Patty
- Todd Lowe as Zack Van Gerbig
- John Cabrera as Brian Fuller
- Arielle Kebbel as Lindsay Lister
- Anthony Azizi as Hotel Manager
- Rene Hamilton as Teresa Lister
- Floyd Van Buskirk as Henry
- Kathleen Wilhoite as Liz Danes
- Lane realises she's in love with Zack
- Luke and Lorelai's 'rendezvous' once he returns from Maine mirrors Rory and Jess's first proper conversation and kiss following their admitting having feelings for each other. Both couples-to-be are at Luke's, make up an excuse to leave and meet to be alone, awkwardly and sweetly starting their respective romances.
- Lindsay finds out Dean cheated on her and they break up.
- this town | THE GO-GO'S
- chimacum rain | LINDA PERHACS
- rory watches the balloon
- "Suffragette City" by David Bowie
- "Lithium" by Nirvana
- "Fell in Love With a Girl" by the White Stripes
- Radiohead, Pixies, The Dandy Warhols, The Velvet Underground, Men at Work, Chicago, Wings, Styx, Culture Club, Quarterflash
- The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
- Liz – I was listening to my Deepak Chopra
- Lorelai – (to Luke) What's that, Lucy, a football for me to kick?
- Lorelai – (to Luke) See you when Hillary's president!
- Zack – He was purging the "E! True Hollywood Story" part of it for his own benefit
- Lorelai – Ginchy!