The series has two protagonists: witty "thirty-something" mother Lorelai Gilmore and her academic teenage daughter Rory.

DIVIDE AND CONQUER – Rory (Alexis Bledel) decides that she and Lorelai (Lauren Graham) should split up at the next Friday night dinner and confront Richard (Edward Herrmann) and Emily (Kelly Bishop) individually about ending their separation.

However, Emily dashes their hopes of a reconciliation by announcing that she is ready to begin dating.

She accidentally became pregnant at age sixteen, and left home a year later to raise Rory in the close-knit town of Stars Hollow.

Lorelai found work and shelter at the Independence Inn, where she eventually progressed from maid to executive manager.

Lorelai invites Christopher to lunch at the Inn and decides to surprise Rory by inviting her as well, but it's Lorelai who's surprised by the tension between father and daughter, which erupts into a heated argument out of Lorelai's earshot; Lorelai feels guilty for lying to Rory when her daughter asks about Luke's reaction to the lunch date with Christopher; Luke helps T. with some plumbing problems at the new house; Emily appears to have a wonderful time on her date, but bursts into tears when she looks around her empty home at the end of the date; Luke feigns indifference when Lorelai finally tells him about lunch with Christopher, but hints at some ambivalence during a later conversation with T.

J.; Marty's timing is off by mere seconds when he attempts to ask Rory out on a date.

Television critics praised Gilmore Girls for its witty dialogue, cross-generational appeal, and effective mix of humor and drama.

It never drew large ratings but was a relative success for The WB, peaking during season five as the network's second most-popular show.

Meanwhile, Lorelai invites Christopher for lunch at the inn, unaware that Rory had warned Christopher to stay away from her mother.