With seven seasons — and a revival that’s just days away! — picking a favorite episode of Gilmore Girls is quite the task, but Kelly Bishop — who played Lorelai’s mother and Rory’s grandmother, and ruled as queen of Friday night dinners — has one and it’s notable because “it was so un-Emily.”
“It was when Richard’s mother died and I read the letter and found out that she had been trying to talk him out of marrying me and then I went on a binge,” Bishop says of her character in a clip from the new episode of EW Reunites: Gilmore Girls on the PEOPLE/Entertainment Weekly Network (PEN). “I was just drunk in every scene. I was smoking cigarettes. It was like my Tennessee Williams episode.” She adds, “So that was my favorite one just because it was so bizarrely out there.”
Jared Padalecki, meanwhile, highlighted a scene where Rory finally tells his character, Dean, that she’s in love with him. “I think we’ve all been in the situation where we feel like maybe we’re out of place, maybe we’re not welcome, but we put ourselves out there,” he explains. “Dean got to experience putting himself out there, going to a rich school and saying like, ‘I don’t belong here, but I’m going to go because I care about this person,’ and then feeling like, ‘Oh, here comes the shame’ and then Rory comes and says, ‘I love you, you idiot,’ and it was a nice, sort of redeeming moment.”
As for Milo Ventimiglia, very specific moments stand out, like the way he said “in cones” as his character Jess — who followed in Dean’s footsteps as Rory’s next boyfriend — in an episode called “Teach Me Tonight” where Jess and Rory get ice cream. What’s more, “I remember when Jess dressed up like Luke just to bust his chops,” Ventimiglia recalls. “Those are some of the funniest things.”
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