Gilmore Girls, Season 7, Episode 17 Recap: Gilmore Girls Only

This episode originally aired on March 6, 2007 on The CW


Lorelai, Rory and Emily take a road trip to North Carolina to attend a wedding; Lane goes into labor.


Lorelai, Rory, and Emily embark on a road trip to North Carolina to attend Mia’s wedding. Mia is the woman who took in Lorelai and Rory when they first left the Gilmore mansion, so she holds a special place in their hearts.

During the trip, Emily is somewhat out of her element, unfamiliar with the world outside of her privileged bubble. The dynamics between the three Gilmore girls are on full display. There are touching moments of connection between Emily and Lorelai, which contrasts with the general tension that defines their relationship.

Rory spends some time trying to make peace with her recent breakup from Logan and continues to worry about her post-graduation plans. The road trip provides a chance for Rory and Lorelai to bond over shared memories and also allows Rory to gain some perspective from both her mother and grandmother about life, love, and the future.

Back in Stars Hollow, Lane and Zack struggle with their new roles as parents to twin boys. Zack feels overwhelmed by the responsibility, and Lane worries about the impact of parenthood on their relationship. They work through their issues and start finding their rhythm as a family.

The episode ends with the trio returning to Stars Hollow, having shared moments of laughter, tension, and heart-to-heart conversations. The journey, both literal and metaphorical, showcases the unique and complex relationships between the three generations of Gilmore women.

Memorable quotes from this episode of Gilmore Girls:

  • Emily (after seeing a motel): “Is that where we’re staying? It looks like a place where they’d film a ‘Cops’ episode.”
  • Lorelai: “A road trip isn’t about the destination, Mom. It’s about the junk food you eat along the way.”
  • Rory: “Life’s a journey, and I’m not done taking my steps.”
  • Lorelai (to Rory): “You and me, kid. We’re invincible.”
  • Emily (reflecting on life): “Sometimes, you think you know where you’re headed, and you end up in a totally different place.”

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