Season 4 of Gilmore Girls, an American dramedy television series, aired on the WB television network.


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. 


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
and Kelly Bishop as Emily Gilmore
special appearance by
Edward Herrmann as Richard Gilmore

Recurring Cast

Jared Padalecki as Dean Forester
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
John Cabrera as Brian Fuller
Todd Lowe as Zack Van Gerbig
Sebastian Bach as Gil
Wayne Wilcox as Marty
Danny Strong as Doyle McMaster

Special Guest Stars

Kathleen Wilhoite as Liz Danes
Michael DeLuise as T.J.
Milo Ventimiglia as Jess Mariano
Arielle Kebbel as Lindsay Lister
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 Fourth Season on September 27, 2005 by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.
  • Region 2 on June 14, 2006, Region 4 on July 5, 2006


Season 4/Gallery



# 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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