5 times Emily was the best (and 5 times she was the worst)
Depending on when you first watched Gilmore Girls your opinion of Emily Gilmore may have changed over the years. Sometimes the show portrays her as the villainous and frequent antagonist in the life of Rory and Lorelai. Lorelai would especially like you to believe that Emily Gilmore is evil, at least during the first seasons of the series.
But watching the show now, it’s easier to see what Emily’s motivations were for some of the choices she made. Sometimes you can even agree that Lorelai is acting immature because of her distaste for her own mother. That’s not to say Emily has always been a saint, she made some bad decisions while the show aired. We take a look at some of his best moments and some of his worst.
ten Best: She took care of Lorelai when she had a back spasm.
During the show’s first season, there is an episode where Rory attends her first formal dance at Chilton. It’s a big night for Rory and of course Emily wants to be a part of it. She comes looking for pictures of Rory in her dress.
When she arrives, she finds out that Lorelai is stuck on the couch due to a back spasm. She decides to spend the night and take care of her daughter. The moment is also one of the best moments between them when Emily tries to get Lorelai to eat a piece of toast with mashed bananas on top. Both agree that it’s disgusting.
9 Worse: But then she kind of screwed it up when she hinted that Lorelai was a terrible mother.
It’s a shame that such a beautiful night between Lorelai and her mother was ruined by a mistake. Rory and Dean accidentally fall asleep while reading a book at Miss Patty’s. As Rory doesn’t come home until the morning, Lorelai and Emily immediately jump to the worst conclusion.
They both panic that Rory and Dean are doing more than read together and Emily clearly has flashbacks to the discovery that Lorelai was pregnant at 16. The two start a terrible fight in the kitchen. While their fear is understandable, Emily makes terrible comments about Lorelai’s parenting style. Lorelai receives a few low blows on her own, it’s a sad end to what has been a good time between them.
8 Best: Emily made sure Rory knew she was never considered a mistake.
Once Christopher is back in Rory and Lorelai’s life for a while, the Gilmores decide to throw a dinner party where they invite Christopher’s parents over so they can come across as one big happy family for once. Sadly, the night turns sour after an untimely comment from Lorelai that sparks a heated argument between Christopher’s father and Richard. Lorelai asks Rory to go to the other room as the fight heats up.
But Emily decides to comfort Rory and makes sure she understands, no matter what they are all fighting for in the past, Rory was never considered a mistake, not a single second. It’s a really sweet moment in between. Plus, it’s pretty hilarious to hear Emily use a swear word to describe Christopher’s dad, one he totally deserves.
7 Worse: inviting all of Rory Chilton’s friends to a party without asking them.
Another moment of the season that wasn’t Emily’s best is when she throws a birthday party for Rory and invites everyone over to Chilton without asking her.
Emily couldn’t have known that Rory was on bad terms with people like Paris and Tristan at the time, but she could have done the decent thing and just asked Rory about it. Her heart seemed to be in the right place, but it turned out to be a big mistake and sparked a rare fight between Emily and Rory.
6 Best: She did her best to be polite to Jess at dinner.
Once Rory and Jess have officially become a couple, Emily asks Rory to invite Jess to dinner. She does, but when Jess shows up he wears a big black eye and acts very surly.
To Emily’s credit, she is extremely polite. She’s not even passive-aggressive like we’ve seen in the past towards people like Luke. She sincerely tries to make the evening as pleasant as possible. Finally, Rory and Jess fight and Jess storms out. Emily comforts Rory and allows her to spend the night.
5 Worse: trying to get Rory to date someone new when she was with Dean.
In season five, Emily and Richard learn that Rory is dating Dean again. Instead of respecting her and her relationship, they throw a party and dress Rory up. It’s basically like a meat market to show Rory off to all the decent, single young men they know.
It’s clear that they don’t think Dean is good enough for Rory and would rather she date someone from their own social circles. While the night is good for Rory and Logan fans, it’s still a dodgy thing for Emily and Richard.
4 Best: This time, she fell in love with Shira Huntzberger.
There’s no question that the moment Emily broke Logan’s mother, Shira Huntzberger, is one of the best on the show and certainly one of Emily’s highlights. It comes after Mitchum discourages Rory by telling her that she will essentially never be good enough to pursue her dreams of becoming a journalist.
It’s not just Mitchum who is cruel to Rory either, nor does Shira think Rory is good enough for her daughter. During a DAR function, Emily makes sure Shira knows exactly what she thinks about her by calling her about her drinking problem and weight fluctuation.
3 Worse: when she tried to separate Luke and Lorelai.
If you ask someone what was the worst thing Emily has ever done, most fans of the show will probably say the time Emily tried to put Luke and Lorelai apart for good. She recruits Christopher to come to her and the renewal of Richard’s vows and hints that this is her last chance to have Lorelai before she settles down with Luke.
The whole results in a terrible quarrel between all the parties involved. Emily ends up getting her wish as Luke breaks up with Lorelai and leaves her devastated. It also leads to a terrible falling out between Lorelai and Emily.
2 Best: When she chooses a house for Luke and Lorelai.
In order to make amends for her past actions and to try to understand the idea of Luke and Lorelai reuniting, Emily does something extremely touching in season six. After having eye surgery, Lorelai has to help take care of Emily for a day. They go to an open house where Lorelai panics, thinking Emily is going to move to Stars Hollow.
But then she finds out that Emily was actually planning to buy a house for Luke and Lorelai as a wedding present. She even thinks about the location and rooms if they had more kids. It’s an extremely sweet and caring moment, even though Lorelai is then forced to admit that she and Luke may not be getting married after all.
1 Worse: when she tried to get too controlling with Rory.
Not many are fans of the story of season six where Rory leaves Yale and goes to live with his grandparents. For a while, Emily and Richard are only nice to Rory, but as Rory’s stay is over, things get intense.
Emily even forgets that Rory is not her daughter and calls Richard “her father”. They also bring Rory back into the house as if she were a child. Rory is also extremely immature during most of these episodes, but it was pretty scary to realize how much Emily wanted to have on Rory at the time.
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