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Luke – Alright, stop imagining me in tights, Patty
Patty – It's a free country, honey
―Master of distraction

Partings is the finale and 22nd episode of Season 6 of Gilmore Girls.


LOVE TAKES A PAINFUL TURN FOR BOTH LORELAI AND RORY AS STARS HOLLOW IS INVADED BY TROUBADOURS – Stars Hollow is suddenly overrun with troubadours when news gets out that the town's regular street performer (Grant Lee Phillips) has been discovered. On the evening of Logan's (Matt Czuchry) graduation from Yale, Rory throws him a wild party, but the knowledge that he is being forced to leave for London the next day makes their time together bittersweet. Meanwhile, at a Friday night dinner, Emily and Richard attempt to set Christopher (David Sutcliffe) up with an attractive young woman (guest star Melora Hardin). Finally, Lorelai decides she was wrong to let Luke postpone their wedding for so long and delivers a tearful ultimatum.


Lorelai wakes up at Sookie and Jackson's place and is now trying desperately to avoid Luke. Logan graduates from Yale, with both Rory and the Huntzberger clan in attendance. Taylor must deal with a bevy of street musicians who have descended upon Stars Hollow now that the town troubadour has left after striking a record deal. The dejected singer returns only to find that his turf has been overrun with musicians. At Friday night dinner, Emily tries to set up Christopher with a comely psychologist named Carolyn, but he has no interest in her and asks Lorelai to bail him out. At the evening's end, Lorelai pours her heart to Carolyn, discussing her relationship woes with her. It's Logan's final night in the U.S., and Rory throws a Britain-themed party for Logan, complete with a look-alike of Her Majesty, cardboard cutouts of Big Ben and the Buckingham Palace guards, and an appropriately styled Rory wearing wearing knee-high go-go boots. Rory and Logan discuss their relationship as he prepares to depart for England. They share an emotional good-bye the next morning right before Logan heads to the airport. The episode concludes with a frantic Lorelai confronting Luke about their wedding date. Lorelai, distraught, shows up at Christopher's door and spends the night with him.


Lauren Graham as Lorelai Gilmore
Alexis Bledel as Rory Gilmore
Melissa McCarthy as Sookie St. James
Scott Patterson as Luke Danes
Sean Gunn as Kirk Gleason
Matt Czuchry as Logan Huntzberger
and Kelly Bishop as Emily Gilmore
special appearance by
Edward Herrmann as Richard Gilmore

Special Guest Stars

David Sutcliffe as Christopher Hayden

Special Appearances By

Gregg Henry as Mitchum Huntzberger
Mary Lynn Rajskub as Musician

Guest starring

Melora Hardin as Carolyn Bates
Liz Torres as Miss Patty
Michael Winters as Taylor Doose
Jackson Douglas as Jackson Belleville (voice)
Grant Lee Phillips as Town Troubadour
Alan Loayza as Colin McCrae
Tanc Sade as Finn
Dave (Gruber) Allen as The Second Troubadour
Gregg Binkley as Officer Weston


Sam Phillips as Muse Troubadour
Joe Pernice as Bearded Troubadour
Ron Mael as Bauhaus Troubadour
Russell Mael as Bohemian Troubadour
Ira Kaplan as Hoboken Guy Troubadour
Georgia Hubley as Hoboken Girl Troubadour
James McNew as McNewer Hoboken Troubadour
Thurston Moore as Cool Dad Troubadour
Kim Gordon as Cool Mom Troubadour
Daniel Palladino as Town Loner Troubadour
Coco Gordon-Moore as Cool Kid Troubadour
Dave Rygalski as Thumbless Bass Troubadour
Brian Zydiak as Thumbless Guitar Troubadour
Eric Gorfain as Sideburned Troubadour
Nicolette Collier as Georgia Hayden
Rich DiDonato as Cliff
Inger Jackson as Inger
Patty Malcolm as Mrs. Harris
Irene White as Gerta
Soledad Campos as Miriam
Amy Kuney as Folk Singer Troubadour


Jim Jansen as Reverend Skinner
Alan Blumenfeld as Rabbi David Barans[2]


Carolyn – What about Max? Did you love him?
Lorelai – No, I didn't. I wanted to, but, I didn't
And the crazy thing is, I am ready to get married; I am ready to start the next phase of my life, I want another kid
—Lorelai to Carolyn
Logan – Tell me not to get on that plane. Tell me to blow off my father, the paper, the whole Huntzberger destiny. Just tell me I can figure something else out. Just tell me not to go
Rory – Well, I can't do that
―No support


  • Emily's college roommate was Marie Randall – her daughter, Carolyn Bates, attends Friday Night Dinner.
  • Musical guests include Sonic Youth, series scorer Sam Phillips, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Yo La Tengo, Sparks, Joe Pernice and Dave Gruber Allen.
  • Daniel Palladino sings with one of the many troubadour groups flooding Stars Hollow, singing the infamous line 'Doctor, give me rum, cause a beaver ate my thumb'.
  • Logan graduates from Yale and leaves for London. Rory throws him a themed going away party.
  • Lorelai gives Luke an ultimatum to elope with her but he refuses to do it because of April. During her speech to him she also says she loves him for the first time on-screen.
  • Lorelai sleeps with Christopher.


amazing glow | PERNICE BROTHERS
performed by joe pernice
perfume | SPARKS
last train to clarksville | THE MONKEES
the story of yo la tengo | YO LA TENGO
what a waste | SONIC YOUTH
taking pictures | SAM PHILLIPS




  • Neil Young, Pat Boone, Insane Clown Posse, U2, Petula Clark


  • Fatal Attraction
  • Turning Point
  • Purple Rain
  • Shakespeare in Love


Logan – Yo, Alfred Stieglitz! Stop with the pictures.
Rory – I prefer Cartier-Bresson.
Logan – I'm taking that Stalin biography away from you.
Troubadour – Can you say "BTK?"
Lorelai – Kimmy saw this guy at the mall who was a total Chachi, and he bought us a slurpee, and we totally lost track of time.
RoryI won't be ignored, Dan.
Rory – I made reservations at this crappy Italian restaurant with Chianti bottles hanging from the ceiling, and the husband and wife that own the place wind up screaming at each other after 8:00. We love it!
Miss Patty – You know, half the time people speak to me, I'm thinking about Baryshnikov. Did you see Turning Point?
Emily – It's so important to find someone who can make you laugh. I was always so envious of Johnny Carson's wives. I just thought these women must do nothing but laugh all the time.
Taylor – Oh, forget it … Barney Fife.
Lorelai – You're talking about Emily Dickinson, right? 'Cause Emily Gilmore was made to do this.
Lorelai – Lynnie, as a psychologist, tell me what do you think of The Sopranos?
Carolyn – Actually, I miss Adriana.
Logan – Kiss me, Mary Poppins.
Emily – The way he was going on about that motorcycle of this. I half expected him to start talking about his Tonka truck and announcing to the room he wanted to be a fireman or a cowboy someday.
Lorelai – For months now, I've been skulking around not saying anything, not having an opinion, like I'm Clarence Thomas or something, and I … I'm done with that.
Rory – I keep trying to think of fabulous things to say, but all I can think is, "Say 'Hi' to William and Harry for me."

Notes and references

  1. This is the last episode of the series to involve creator Amy Sherman-Palladino, until AYITL.
  2. Last appearance of Rabbi Barans on the series