Season 4 of American drama series Gilmore Girls aired on the WB television network.

Plot

The sum of its parts was definitely greater than the season whole as Gilmore Girls kicked off its fourth year by separating its high-powered mother-daughter duo. After years of toil at snooty private school Chilton, Rory was finally off to the greener pastures of college as she began her first year at Yale. The not-so-long distance put a crimp in her relationship with her mother, Lorelai, as the two were forced to continue their chatty conversations via phone--not exactly the same as trading barbs face-to-face. 

While Rory adjusted to college life with cranky roommate Paris in tow, Lorelai found herself without a daughter but gained a boyfriend in the form of Jason "Digger" Stiles, a childhood acquaintance and now her father's business partner. But the lure of Stars Hollow, the Gilmores' cherished country town, would prove too hard to resist as Lorelai finally made plans to open her own inn and the two ladies found themselves attracted to town residents--for Lorelai, an intensifying of her friendship with diner owner Luke and for Rory, a return to old boyfriend Dean, which put a decided tension into the show. 

Starring

Lauren Graham as Lorelai Gilmore
Alexis Bledel as Rory Gilmore
Melissa McCarthy as Sookie St. James (16 episodes)
Scott Patterson as Luke Danes (21 episodes)
Keiko Agena as Lane Kim (17 episodes)
Yanic Truesdale as Michel Gerard (11 episodes)
Liza Weil as Paris Geller (16 episodes)
Sean Gunn as Kirk Gleason (16 episodes)
Chris Eigeman as Jason Stiles (14 episodes)
and Kelly Bishop as Emily Gilmore (16 episodes)
special appearance by
Edward Herrmann as Richard Gilmore (13 episodes)

Special Guest Stars

Jared Padalecki as Dean Forester (7 episodes)
Michael York as Asher Fleming (4 episodes)
Milo Ventimiglia as Jess Mariano (4 episodes)
Sebastian Bach as Gil (3 episodes)
Marion Ross as Marilyn Gilmore ("The Reigning Lorelai")
SPECIAL APPEARANCE BY
The Shins ("Girls in Bikinis, Boys Doin' the Twist")

Recurring cast

Ethan Cohn as Glenn Babble (10 episodes)
Jackson Douglas as Jackson Belleville (8 episodes)
Olivia Hack as Tanna Schrick (8 episodes)
Liz Torres as Miss Patty (8 episodes)
Emily Kuroda as Mrs. Kim (7 episodes)
Todd Lowe as Zack Van Gerbig (6 episodes)
John Cabrera as Brian Fuller (6 episodes)
Katie Walder as Janet Billings (6 episodes)
Biff Yeager as Tom (6 episodes)

Guest starring

Michael Winters as Taylor Doose (5 episodes)
Sally Struthers as Babette Dell (5 episodes)
Rose Abdoo as Gypsy (5 episodes)
Arielle Kebbel as Lindsay Lister (4 episodes)
Mike Gandolfi as Andrew (4 episodes)
Danny Strong as Doyle McMaster (4 episodes)
Kathleen Wilhoite as Liz Danes (4 episodes)
Brian Berke as Joe (4 episodes)
Wayne Wilcox as Marty (3 episodes)
Tricia O'Kelley as Nicole Leahy (3 episodes)
Grant Lee Phillips as Town Troubadour (3 episodes)
Michael DeLuise as T.J. (3 episodes)
Rini Bell as Lulu Kuschner (3 episodes)
Shelly Cole as Madeline Lynn (2 episodes)
Teal Redmann as Louise Grant (2 episodes)
Rusty Schwimmer as Bruce (2 episodes)
Jim Jansen as Reverend Archie Skinner (2 episodes)
Peter Klausner as William (2 episodes)
Jill Brennan as Carrie Duncan (2 episodes)
Lawrence Pressman as Floyd Stiles (2 episodes)
David DeLuise as T.J.'s brother (2 episodes)
Ted Rooney as Morey Dell ("Ballrooms and Biscotti")
Robert Cicchini as Russell Bynes ("The Lorelais' First Day At Yale")
Alan Oppenheimer as Mr. Blodgett ("The Lorelais' First Day At Yale")
Howard S. Miller as Mr. Stein #1 ("The Lorelais' First Day At Yale")
Allan Wasserman as Mr. Stein #2 ("The Lorelais' First Day At Yale")
Nicole Garza as Kick ("The Hobbit, The Sofa and Digger Stiles")
Natalie Garza as Mickey ("The Hobbit, The Sofa and Digger Stiles")
Chauncey Leopardi as Kyle Gibson ("Chicken or Beef?")
Justin Urich as Dean's Friend #1 ("Chicken or Beef?")
Brian Skala as Dean's Friend #2 ("Chicken or Beef?")
Karl T. Wright as Professor ("The Fundamental Things Apply")
David Rogers as Trevor ("The Fundamental Things Apply")
Traci Lords as Natalie Zimmermann ("The Fundamental Things Apply")
Jason Widener as The Tree Guy ("An Affair To Remember")
Nick Offerman as Beau Belleville ("The Festival of Living Art")
Katherine Brunk as Sandra ("Die, Jerk")
Greg Cipes as Brennon Lewis ("Ted Koppel's Big Night Out")
Linda Gehringer as Pennilyn Lott ("Ted Koppel's Big Night Out")
Bruce McCulloch as Tobin ("The Nanny and the Professor")
Alan Blumenfeld as Rabbi David Barans ("In The Clamor And The Clangor")
Esteban Powell as Darryl ("In The Clamor And The Clangor")
Julie Osburn as Professor Freedman ("In The Clamor And The Clangor")
Joe J. Garcia as Coop ("A Family Matter")
Brandon Barash as Jamie ("A Family Matter")
Thomas Redding as Professor Gilbert ("The Incredible Shrinking Lorelais")
Marion Ross as Lorelai "Trix" Gilmore ("The Incredible Shrinking Lorelais")
Tessa Ludwick as Christine ("Scene In A Mall")
Tiffany Fraser as Shannon ("The Reigning Lorelai")
Charles C. Stevenson, Jr. as Reverend Wilder ("The Reigning Lorelai")
Colin Egglesfield as Sean ("Girls in Bikinis, Boys Doin' the Twist")
Catherine McGoohan as Carol Stiles ("Tick, Tick, Tick, Boom!")
Bob Morrisey as Bob Sutton ("Tick, Tick, Tick, Boom!")
Dave 'Gruber' Allen as The Second Troubadour ("Last Week Fights, This Week Tights")
Teddy Dunn as Graham Sullivan ("Last Week Fights, This Week Tights")

Trivia

  • The season was released on DVD as a six-disc boxed set under the title of Gilmore Girls: The Complete Fourth Season on September 27, 2005 by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.
  • Region 2 on June 14, 2006, Region 4 on July 5, 2006

Photos

Season 4/Gallery

Videos

Episodes

# Episode Title Written By Directed By Airdate
66 1 "Ballrooms and Biscotti" Amy Sherman-Palladino Amy Sherman-Palladino September 23, 2003
67 2 "The Lorelais' First Day at Yale" Daniel Palladino Chris Long September 30, 2003
68 3 "The Hobbit, The Sofa and Digger Stiles" Amy Sherman-Palladino Matthew Diamond October 7, 2003
69 4 "Chicken or Beef?" Jane Espenson Chris Long October 14, 2003
70 5 "The Fundamental Things Apply" John Stephens Neema Barnette October 21, 2003
71 6 "An Affair to Remember" Amy Sherman-Palladino Matthew Diamond October 28, 2003
72 7 "The Festival of Living Art" Daniel Palladino Chris Long November 4, 2003
73 8 "Die, Jerk" Daniel Palladino Tom Moore November 11, 2003
74 9 "Ted Koppel's Big Night Out" Amy Sherman-Palladino Jamie Babbit November 18, 2003
75 10 "The Nanny and the Professor" Scott Kaufer Peter Lauer January 20, 2004
76 11 "In the Clamor and the Clangor" Sheila R. Lawrence and Janet Leahy Michael Grossman January 27, 2004
77 12 "A Family Matter" Daniel Palladino Kenny Ortega February 3, 2004
78 13 "Nag Hammadi Is Where They Found the Gnostic Gospels" Amy Sherman-Palladino Chris Long February 10, 2004
79 14 "The Incredible Shrinking Lorelais" Amy Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Palladino Stephen Clancy February 17, 2004
80 15 "Scene in a Mall" Daniel Palladino Chris Long February 24, 2004
81 16 "The Reigning Lorelai" Jane Espenson Marita Grabiak March 2, 2004
82 17 "Girls in Bikinis, Boys Doin' the Twist" Amy Sherman-Palladino Jamie Babbit April 13, 2004
83 18 "Tick, Tick, Tick, Boom!" Daniel Palladino Daniel Palladino April 20, 2004
84 19 "Afterboom" Sheila R. Lawrence Michael Zinberg April 27, 2004
85 20 "Luke Can See Her Face" Amy S.Palladino & Daniel Palladino Matthew Diamond May 4, 2004
86 21 "Last Week Fights, This Week Tights" Daniel Palladino Chris Long May 11, 2004
87 22 "Raincoats and Recipes" Amy Sherman-Palladino Amy Sherman-Palladino May 18, 2004
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