Gilmore Girls, Season 7, Episode 21 Recap: Unto the Breach

This episode originally aired on May 8, 2007 on The CW


Lorelai and Christopher are reunited at a party Emily and Richard throw in honor of Rory’s graduation.


Rory graduates from Yale in this emotional episode, marking a significant milestone for both her and Lorelai, who has always dreamed of this day. With a degree in political science, Rory is ready to conquer the journalistic world. However, her graduation becomes bittersweet when she is offered a reporting job to cover Barack Obama’s campaign trail for an online magazine, forcing her to make decisions about her immediate future.

Lorelai and Christopher have an earnest conversation about their relationship, discussing their divorce and managing to find a way to be friends for Rory’s sake. It’s a mature moment that shows how the characters have developed throughout the series.

Meanwhile, Emily and Richard throw a graduation party for Rory, inviting the entire town of Stars Hollow to their Hartford mansion. However, there’s a twist: Rory hasn’t been informed about the party. The event ultimately turns out to be a warm, lively affair, with Rory expressing her gratitude toward her grandparents for all they have done for her.

During the graduation ceremony, Lorelai, Emily, and Richard sit together, united in their pride for Rory, symbolizing the family’s interconnectedness despite their occasional differences. A quiet, tender moment between Lorelai and Luke suggests that the embers of their relationship are still glowing, leaving viewers hopeful for reconciliation.

Memorable quotes from this episode of Gilmore Girls:

Lorelai Gilmore: We’re going to figure out this whole divorced parenting thing eventually.
Christopher Hayden: She might be 60.
Lorelai Gilmore: Well, 60-year-olds are notoriously needy. At least we’ll be in sync by then.

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