Gilmore Girls, Season 5, Episode 4 Recap: Tippecanoe and Taylor, Too

This episode originally aired on October 12, 2004 on The WB


Jackson decides to run for town selectman; Lorelai and Sookie help him campaign. Rory and Dean struggle to work things out.


In “Tippecanoe and Taylor, Too”, the town of Stars Hollow is buzzing with the mayoral election, serving as a whimsical backdrop to the episode’s various narrative threads.

The focal point of the episode is Jackson Belleville running against Taylor Doose for the position of town selectman. Encouraged by Sookie, Jackson decides to challenge the incumbent Taylor to bring change to the town’s administration. The election brings out the quirks and spirited community engagement typical of Stars Hollow, providing viewers with plenty of laughs and light-hearted moments.

Simultaneously, Lorelai and Luke navigate the initial stages of their romantic relationship. Trying to keep their dating life under wraps, the couple maneuvers through the challenges of maintaining privacy while cherishing the newfound depth in their connection. Their dynamic is tender, tentative, and filled with the anticipation that characterizes new romance.

On the Yale front, Rory continues to adjust to sophomore year and the presence of Logan Huntzberger in her life. Logan’s confident and carefree demeanor brings a contrasting energy to Rory’s more disciplined and focused personality, laying the groundwork for future interactions and potential conflicts between the two.

Memorable quotes from this episode of Gilmore Girls:

  • Jackson: “Elections aren’t just about votes; they’re a vibrant dance of opinions, voices rising and falling in the rhythm of democracy.”
  • Lorelai: “New love is like morning dew, delicate, refreshing, clinging to the heart with the softness of a whisper and the promise of a new day.”
  • Rory: “College introduces not just education but a spectrum of personalities, each bringing a different color, challenging, brightening, and shading our perspectives.”
  • Taylor: “Leadership wears many hats, some light, some heavy, each carrying the weight of responsibility and the feather of vision.”
  • Luke: “Relationships aren’t navigated with a compass; they unfold, meander, with the true north being the silent understanding shared between two hearts.”

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