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Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life recap: 'Winter'

Emily deals with the loss of Richard while Rory travels the world to find her next gig

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Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life

Season 8, Ep. 1 | Aired Nov 25

I smell snow Gilmore!!! It’s been far too long since we last said goodbye to Stars Hollow and its many inhabitants, and there are no words to express my excitement as it’s finally time to see them all again. And more than that, I’m excited that I can say the first Gilmore Girls episode did not disappoint. It was chock-full of pop culture references, quirky story lines, heartfelt moments, and even a cameo or two.

So, let’s get to it!

The entire revival kicks off with a black screen as some of the original series’ most memorable lines play, starting with the first line of the pilot — Lorelai begging Luke for coffee — and including such highlights as “Oy with the poodles already” and “I love you, you idiot” before ending on Lorelai pronouncing, “I smell snow.”

Just like that, we’re back in a snowy Stars Hollow, but this time, it’s 2016. So while Lorelai and Rory meet up at the gazebo — Rory’s in town for a day before she’s back on a plane to London — they’re surrounded by people on iPhones taking selfies. Okay, raise your hand if you cried when Lorelai said, “I’ve missed you, kid.” Because I definitely did. And you have to give them props for throwing in a little wink to the fans when Lorelai asks how long it’s been and Rory says “Feels like years.” DOESN’T IT THOUGH?

From there, Lorelai takes Rory on a tour of the town, which features Taylor’s signs for his latest campaign: He’s petitioning that the town switch from septic tanks to a sewer line. Hopefully this one is more successful than the time they put parking meters in the town and then had to remove them because nobody paid (even though you know Kirk was willing to help tow).

When Rory gets a call on one of her many phones, she starts running around town trying to find reception, which eventually lands her in the produce section at Doose’s. Sadly, Miss Patty isn’t there to tell her to try a plum — they’re better than sex, you know — but Lane is there! She informs Rory that Zack got a promotion and is now the manager for The Roots, which apparently isn’t a good thing.

Meanwhile, back outside, Lorelai runs into Kirk, who is walking his new pet pig, Petal. (It seems he and Lulu mentioned maybe having a kid and the town chipped in to get them the pig in the hopes that it would buy them a few years.) Kirk, not surprisingly, is launching a new business, and this one is a ride-sharing company called Ooober. You simply call Kirk’s mother, she calls him, and boom, you’ve got a ride! No, it’s not at all like Uber because Kirk doesn’t have an app.

Once Rory makes her way back outside, Lorelai smells snow, and we get our first shot of Grant-Lee Phillips as the town troubadour while Rory and Lorelai make their way home, say hello to Paul Anka, and then say hello to a super proud Luke.

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Luke, who’s in the middle of making the girls dinner despite the fact that they’re eating tacos — what, you thought their metabolisms would’ve changed? — cannot get over the article that Rory wrote for The New Yorker. In fact, he subscribes now.

Leaving Luke in the kitchen, Lorelai and Rory head into Rory’s bedroom, which is filled with boxes from Rory’s Brooklyn apartment. As Rory puts it, “Lena Dunham will just have to get along without me.” Right now, Rory is excited about her chance to be “rootless” and travel wherever there’s a story to write. The only problem? She can’t find her underwear … or her lucky outfit, which she’s going to need for her Condé Nast interview.

Just then, Paul arrives at the door. No, not the dog. It seems Rory has been dating a guy named Paul for the past two years. But the real kicker? She barely remembers him. Then there’s Luke and Lorelai, who definitely don’t remember the poor guy that they’ve clearly met several times. Luke even took him on a fishing trip! (Yeah, this bit 100 percent worked for me I loved every moment of it.)

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