Season 3 of Gilmore Girls, an American dramedy television series, aired on the WB television network.


As season three unfolds, both Gilmore girls are growing up fast. Lorelai faced a heartbreaking disappointment when her rekindled romance with Rory's father, Christopher (David Sutcliffe), was thwarted by the unexpected pregnancy of his girlfriend. Trying to move on with her love life, Lorelai now faces the prospect of life without Rory as the dream of Harvard starts to become a reality. Lorelai continues to manage the historic Independence Inn and to nurture her dream of one day opening her own inn with her best friend, the fabulous chef Sookie St. James (Melissa McCarthy, Charlie's Angels), who is now adjusting to married life.

For Rory, the failed reconciliation between her parents was a crushing blow and led to her first angry confrontation with Christopher over his failures as a parent. She tries to overcome her disappointment by immersing herself in the demanding curriculum at Chilton Academy and the uneasy alliance she has formed with her intense schoolmate Paris Geller (Liza Weil, Stir of Echoes). Rory and Paris spent the summer together at a leadership conference in Washington D.C., where Rory managed to temporarily avoid the turmoil of her own love life. Now back in Stars Hollow for her senior year, she will finally have to choose between Dean (Jared Padalecki), her sweet, safe and steady boyfriend of over a year, or the smart, not-so-safe new boy in town, Jess (Milo Ventimiglia). The possibility of a romance between Rory and Jess continues to be a strain on Lorelai's long-standing friendship with Luke Danes (Scott Patterson, Little Big League), the owner of the local diner and the Mike Nichols to Lorelai's Elaine May. Also there to help Rory sort out her teen life is her friend Lane Kim (Keiko Agena, Felicity) who has now turned her music obsession into action. She has joined a band. Of course, her mother has no idea.


Senior year meant some surprising changes for the Gilmore girls, as both Lorelai and Rory wrestled with their pasts in order to figure out what the heck they were going to do with their futures. In the wake of finding out that her relationship with Rory's dad was not to be rekindled, Lorelai endured a variety of suitors as she attempted to keep her life on an even keel--not easy when her former flame's girlfriend was pregnant (and clueless), her former fiancé shows up unexpectedly, and her beloved inn suffers some unforeseen damage.

If it was major drama for Lorelai, it was full-fledged soap opera for Rory, who broke up with longtime boyfriend Dean in the wake of her attraction to the moody bad-boy Jess, only to find her new relationship fraught with difficulties. Add to that the pressure of getting into college (Harvard or Yale?) and stressful senior class politics at the snooty Chilton private school and it's a wonder she still had time to crack wise at breakneck speed with her mom and the rest of Stars Hollow.


Lauren Graham as Lorelai Gilmore
Alexis Bledel as Rory Gilmore
Melissa McCarthy as Sookie St. James
Keiko Agena as Lane Kim
Yanic Truesdale as Michel Gerard
Scott Patterson as Luke Danes
Liza Weil as Paris Geller
Jared Padalecki as Dean Forester
Milo Ventimiglia as Jess Mariano
Sean Gunn as Kirk Gleason
and Kelly Bishop as Emily Gilmore
Special appearance by
Edward Herrmann as Richard Gilmore

Recurring Cast

Jackson Douglas as Jackson Belleville
Emily Kuroda as Mrs. Kim
Liz Torres as Miss Patty
Sally Struthers as Babette Dell
Ted Rooney as Morey Dell
Michael Winters as Taylor Doose
Scott Cohen as Max Medina
David Sutcliffe as Christopher Hayden
Adam Brody as Dave Rygalski
John Cabrera as Brian Fuller
Todd Lowe as Zack Van Gerbig
Teal Redmann as Louise Grant
Shelly Cole as Madeline Lynn


  • The season was released on DVD as a six-disc boxed set under the title of Gilmore Girls: The Complete Third Season on May 3, 2005 by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.


Season 3/Gallery



# Episode Title Written By Directed By Airdate
44 1 "Those Lazy-Hazy-Crazy Days" Amy Sherman-Palladino Amy Sherman-Palladino September 24, 2002
45 2 "Haunted Leg" Amy Sherman-Palladino Chris Long October 1, 2002
46 3 "Application Anxiety" Daniel Palladino Gail Mancuso October 8, 2002
47 4 "One's Got Class and the Other One Dyes" Daniel Palladino Steve Robman October 15, 2002
48 5 "Eight O'Clock at the Oasis" Justin Tanner Joe Anne Fogle October 22, 2002
49 6 "Take the Deviled Eggs..." Daniel Palladino Jamie Babbit November 5, 2002
50 7 "They Shoot Gilmores, Don't They?" Amy Sherman-Palladino Kenny Ortega November 12, 2002
51 8 "Let the Games Begin" Amy Sherman-Palladino and Sheila R. Lawrence Steve Robman November 19, 2002
52 9 "A Deep-Fried Korean Thanksgiving" Daniel Palladino Kenny Ortega November 26, 2002
53 10 "That'll Do, Pig" Sheila R. Lawrence Jamie Babbit January 14, 2003
54 11 "I Solemnly Swear" John Stephens Carla McCloskey January 21, 2003
55 12 "Lorelai Out Of Water" Janet Leahy Jamie Babbit January 28, 2003
56 13 "Dear Emily and Richard" Amy Sherman-Palladino Gail Mancuso February 4, 2003
57 14 "Swan Song" Daniel Palladino Chris Long February 11, 2003
58 15 "Face-Off" John Stephens Kenny Ortega February 18, 2003
59 16 "The Big One" Amy Sherman-Palladino Jamie Babbit February 25, 2003
60 17 "A Tale Of Poes And Fire" Daniel Palladino Chris Long April 15, 2003
61 18 "Happy Birthday, Baby" Amy Sherman-Palladino Gail Mancuso April 22, 2003
62 19 "Keg! Max!" Daniel Palladino Chris Long April 29, 2003
63 20 "Say Goodnight, Gracie" Janet Leahy and Amy Sherman-Palladino Jamie Babbit May 6, 2003
64 21 "Here Comes the Son" Amy Sherman-Palladino Amy Sherman-Palladino May 13, 2003
65 22 "Those Are Strings, Pinocchio" Daniel Palladino Jamie Babbit May 20, 2003