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Gunning For the Last Laugh

Sean Gunn, who plays one of the show's quirkier characters, talks about his favorite on-the-set moments, from playing Jesus to being terrorized by his cat

Alexis Bledel, Lauren Graham, ... | EYE OF THE TIGER A determined Kirk became Stars Hollow's five-time dance champ
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EYE OF THE TIGER A determined Kirk became Stars Hollow's five-time dance champ

Sean Gunn, aka Stars Hollow's resident buffoon Kirk, was mentally prepared for Gilmore Girls to end its seven-season run (tonight at 8 p.m. on the CW) — just not for how he found out about it on the same day as fans did. ''I got a text message from Cher, the season 2 winner of Beauty and the Geek,'' he says, kindly pausing for laughter. '''Sorry to hear about your show.' That's how I found out it had just got canceled.'' Because the series' fate hadn't been decided at the time of last month's annual wrap party, the cast never got the blow-out they deserved. To give Gunn a proper send-off, we asked him to countdown his Top 10 favorite Kirk episodes. It was the least we could do...especially if we wanted to hear the words ''Cat Kirk'' again.

10. Season 3's ''Haunted Leg''
It's the one where... Kirk asks Lorelei (Lauren Graham) out on a date. ''She's worried the whole episode, How am I gonna get around this?, and then in the last scene she says, 'Oh, you're a nice guy, but we should just be friends,' and Kirk is very upset. It's actually one of the closest things I have to a dramatic moment on the show, even though it's kinda absurd. I'd like to believe that Lorelei made a massive mistake there.''

9. Season 3's ''They Shoot Gilmores, Don't They?''
It's the one where... Lorelei is determined to keep Kirk from winning the Stars Hollow dance marathon yet again. ''The final moment, where I'm hoisting my trophy and running around to the theme from Rocky, is one of my favorites. I wish I could say I improvised that, but I didn't. That was all in the script.''

8. Season 5's ''Blame Booze and Melville''
It's the one where... Luke (Scott Patterson) and Kirk put in competing bids on the Twickham house. ''I get to really be a villain in that episode, which I enjoy. I'd always rather be a jerk than a loser. Unfortunately, Kirk usually skews more toward loser.''

7. Season 3's ''Face-Off''
It's the one where... Kirk announces the hockey game. ''I have a line that I love: 'So it's back to the desert for the [Stars Hollow] Minutemen, perhaps for another 40 years. Of course, by then, I'll be 70 years old. A lot of the rest of you will probably be dead. Taylor, you'll be dead. Babbette, Miss Patty...that man there in the hat.'''

6. Season 2's ''Teach Me Tonight''
It's the one where... A Film by Kirk has its world premiere. ''There's a Stars Hollow film festival, and every year, Taylor [Michael Winters] shows The Yearling. Lorelei's like, 'Oh god, let's show something better this year,' so she's [put] in charge of it. Kirk goes to her and says, 'I don't know if you know this, but I'm an auteur and I've been working on this short film for five years.' And then it's this bizarre, black-and-white arty film. When I meet fans, this is one of the two episodes people mention the most. Everybody loves A Film by Kirk.'' (Yes, those were his own dance moves.)

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