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Raincoats and Recipes is the 22nd episode and finale of Season 4 of Gilmore Girls.


LORELAI RETHINKS HER RELATIONSHIP WITH LUKE, WHILE RORY TRIES TO REPAIR HER RELATIONSHIP WITH DEAN – Lorelai (Lauren Graham) suspects that Luke's (Scott Patterson) intentions toward her have become serious, but she doesn't have time to dwell on it as she prepares for the opening of the Dragonfly Inn by inviting friends and family to a test run. Using the opportunity to force her parents (Kelly Bishop and Ed Herrmann) to reconcile, Lorelai is shocked when it becomes obvious that the damage to their marriage is deeper than she had suspected. When Jason (Chris Eigeman) arrives at the Inn to convince Lorelai that their breakup was a mistake, Luke tries to declare his true feelings for Lorelai. Meanwhile, after their last awkward encounter, Rory (Alexis Bledel) goes to great lengths to salvage her friendship with Dean (Jared Padalecki).


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
Liza Weil as Paris Geller
Sean Gunn as Kirk Gleason
Chris Eigeman as Jason Stiles[1]
and Kelly Bishop as Emily Gilmore
special appearance by
Edward Herrmann as Richard Gilmore

Special Guest Star

Jared Padalecki as Dean Forester

Recurring cast

Liz Torres as Miss Patty
Biff Yeager as Tom
Jackson Douglas as Jackson Belleville

Guest starring

Michael Winters as Taylor Doose
Sally Struthers as Babette Dell
Grant Lee Phillips as Town Troubadour
Rini Bell as Lulu Kuschner


Jamie Gannon as Lev
Graham Norris as Dereck


Babette – I think Kirk wants you to go upstairs and make love to him
Luke – Will you just roll


  • Luke and Lorelai kiss for the first time
  • Rory has sex for the first time


satellite of love | LOU REED
lily-a-passion | GRANT LEE PHILLIPS





Lorelai – There was no waking you up. You were completely out of it. We're talking Farrah on "Letterman."
Rory – What's your damage, Heather?
Lorelai – Maybe he just needed to get out of the house, and since I'm currently one of the women sitting home, thinking, "If I could only find a man like Aragorn," he picked me.
Rory – Well, look who died and made you Hayley Mills
Taylor – It's the little things, the details, that distinguish the Barbra Streisands from the Roslyn Kinds
LorelaiI have the prettiest mother, everybody thinks so
Lorelai – He just showed up here, because, apparently, it's Blake Edwards night at the Dragonfly.

Notes and references

  1. Last appearance of Jason Stiles until Season 8