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By EW Staff
Updated June 06, 2004 at 04:00 AM EDT
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Missed ”Gilmore Girls”? Here’s how to catch up

WHY YOU MISSED IT Um, you and everyone else in the country were watching ”American Idol.”

WHAT YOU MISSED In the fourth season of this sincere family dramedy, Rory (Alexis Bledel, right, pictured with Lauren Graham as Lorelai) finally drops her Little Miss Perfect act and sexes it up with a married man (losing her virginity in the process).

WHO TO WATCH FOR Luke (Scott Patterson), the owner of the local greasy spoon who bypasses standard tough-guy behavior in his search for love, giving his character charm and depth we’d never bargained for.

WE TOLD YOU SO ”Since its 2000 premiere, ‘Gilmore Girls’ has proven more attuned to female attitudes and discontents than the best-selling so-called ‘chick-lit’ books that accrue greater cultural status just because they’re. . .well, books.” — Ken Tucker, April 4, 2003

WHY WATCH NOW If you’re one of the viewers who tuned out during those first yawn-worthy Rory-at-Yale storylines, you’ll want to see how Lorelai hooked up with Luke and Rory became ”the other woman.”