The Reigning Lorelai is the 16th episode of Season 4 of Gilmore Girls.

Synopsis

Lorelai goes underwear shopping. For a dead person. She's in charge of funeral arrangements for recently-deceased Gran, now that Emily has found Gran's decades-old letter telling Richard not to marry her.

Plot

The rift between Emily and Richard widens when he goes on a golf date with clients instead of accompanying his wife to the funeral of one of her oldest friends. Doyle goes on a theft and plagiarism rant. Trix dies suddenly and stricken with grief and guilt, Richard is inconsolable. Emily calls it quits on arranging Trix's funeral and drops everything in her daughter's lap after finding a letter in which her mother-in-law pleads with her son on the eve of his wedding to Emily to marry Pennilyn Lott instead.

Luke and Nicole have all of Stars Hollow listening in and reading lips as they quarrel. Worried about her parents, and frantic over fulfilling Trix's exacting requirements for her funeral, Lorelai has a meltdown while shopping for Trix's funeral underwear. After the service, cousin Marilyn regales family and friends with tales of Lorelai the First. Emily and Richard finally reach out to each other as he defies one of his mother's last wishes for the sake of his wife.

Starring

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
Sean Gunn as Kirk Gleason
Chris Eigeman as Jason Stiles
and Kelly Bishop as Emily Gilmore
special appearance by
Edward Herrmann as Richard Gilmore

Special Guest Star

Marion Ross as Marilyn Gilmore

Recurring cast

Liz Torres as Miss Patty
Ethan Cohn as Glenn Babble

Guest starring

Danny Strong as Doyle McMaster
Tricia O'Kelley as Nicole Leahy
Tiffany Fraser as Shannon
Charles C. Stevenson, Jr. as Reverend Wilder

Co-Starring

Gay Storm as Darcy
Richard Voigts as Jenson
Mary Linda Phillips as Emma
Josh Holt as Cute Boy
Elise Robertson as Georgia

Photos

Gilmorisms

LITERATURE

FILM

POP CULTURE

Rory – Snails?
Emily – Escargot.
LorelaiA slimy thing by any other name
Doyle – Can you say Stephen Glass?
Doyle – I'd rather not have Tobey Maguire playing me in a movie about the Yale Daily News scandal, thank you very much.
Doyle – Breeding ground for the next Jayson Blair!
Lorelai – Dad's got a Winona in the family? How cool. Who is it?
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