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Twenty-One Is The Loneliest Number is the 7th episode of Season 6 of Gilmore Girls.


RORY'S TWENTY-FIRST BIRTHDAY — As Rory's (Alexis Bledel) twenty-first birthday approaches, both Lorelai (Lauren Graham) and Rory are saddened by the fact that their ongoing estrangement will keep them from spending the day the way they had always planned. Richard (Edward Herrmann) tries to convince Lorelai to help him with a plan to get Rory back to Yale, but Lorelai insists that Rory has to make the decision herself. While Richard continues to worry about Rory's future, Emily (Kelly Bishop) throws herself into planning an elaborate birthday party. Meanwhile, Emily and Richard are shocked when they realize that Rory and Logan (Matt Czuchry) have been having sex.


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
Matt Czuchry as Logan Huntzberger
and Kelly Bishop as Emily Gilmore
special appearance by
Edward Herrmann as Richard Gilmore

Special Appearance By

Madeleine Albright

Recurring cast

Sally Struthers as Babette Dell
Todd Lowe as Zack Van Gerbig

Guest starring

Danny Strong as Doyle McMaster
Ted Rooney as Morey Dell
Susan Bjurman as Vivian Lewis
Michael Clayton McCarthy as Reverend Boatwright


Laura Carson as Tweenie Halpern
Lyndsey Fields as Shelby
Debbie Zipp as Katherine
Tamara Zook as Claire
A.J. Tesler as Rob
Joseph G. Williamson as Bartender
Kavita Patil as Gilmore Maid









Lorelai – When Rory wants help, she will ask for it. The minute she does, I will fly in faster than the Gulf Stream I'm sure you're going to offer to buy her next.
Rory – So, do I look older?
Madeline Albright – Oh, yeah. Walk into Denny's before five and you've got yourself a discount.
Rory – I just had a dream that Madeline Albright was my mother.
Lorelai – I want to be a mad scientist, I'm going to come out in a blood-stained white lab coat and freaky makeup and a big giant Don King kind of hairdo.
Lorelai – Okay, and so I come out and do mad scientist banter, like, 'Hey, who here's from Bellevue?
Luke – What are the odds of you getting me to do a skit where you electrocute me, cut me open, and pull link sausages out of me? 'Cause I'm thinking they're right up there with Pia Zadora making a big comeback.
Lorelai – Determined, demented, delovely.
Sookie – I can't believe Rory's turning 21. It seems like just yesterday she was crying because you told her Charlotte Brontë couldn't come to her sleepover because she's dead.
Rory – It's been weeks since I've had anything that hasn't been supersized for dinner.
Luke – It tasted pink. I mean, like, really tasted really pink. Like's like drinking a My Little Pony.
Lorelai – We were going to drink martinis. The Rat Pack drank martinis. James Bond drank martinis.
Lorelai – No, me and John O'Hurley. Luke doesn't know yet. I hope he takes it okay.

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