Yes, he pulled back and I'm going crazy
—Rory to Paris about Logan
To Live and Let Diorama is the 18th episode of Season 5 of Gilmore Girls.


SOPHIE (CAROLE KING) GUEST STARS & DEAN (JARED PADALECKI) RETURNS – When Stars Hollow's oldest resident dies and leaves his house to the town, Luke (Scott Patterson) has an ulterior motive for volunteering to help turn the house into a temporary museum. Dean (Jared Padalecki) is also working on the project, and offers Luke some unwelcome advice about the dangers of dating a Gilmore girl. To get publicity for the Dragonfly Inn, Lorelai (Lauren Graham) does an interview with a travel magazine, but immediately regrets the unkind comments she makes about being raised by Emily (Kelly Bishop, who does not appear in the episode). Meanwhile, Lane (Keiko Agena) suspects that Zach (Todd Lowe) is having a fling with music store owner Sophie (guest star Carole King), while Rory (Alexis Bledel) and Paris (Liza Weil) are both devastated by trouble with their respective flings.


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
Liza Weil as Paris Geller
Sean Gunn as Kirk Gleason

Special Guest Star

Jared Padalecki as Dean Forester[1]
Carole King as Sophie Bloom

Guest starring

Michael Winters as Taylor Doose
Liz Torres as Miss Patty
Todd Lowe as Zack Van Gerbig
Rose Abdoo as Gypsy
Mike Gandolfi as Andrew
Chauncey Leopardi as Kyle Gibson
Audrey Wasilewski as Sandra


Lane – I've had it! I'm getting to bottom of this!
Paris – Spank his bottom
Lorelai – You think I'd walk into my daughter's room and get naked?
Kirk – I don't know what your domestic routine is
Rory was a kid, Dean. She grew up, she moved on – accept it


  • Luke wants to buy the Twickham house for him and Lorelai.
  • Kirk is still without a home and is being put up in rotation by the town, decided upon at the town meetings.


Notes and references

  1. This marks the last appearance of Dean on the series. The character returns in AYITL
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