Season 1, Episode 5: Cinnamon’s Wake
Directed by Michael Katleman, Written by Daniel Palladino
Air date: November 2nd, 2000
Cue the musical theme from The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
More time with the Stars Hollow bunch, a cat’s funeral and the preludes to two new romantic subplots.
Season 1, Episode 4: The Deer Hunters
Directed by Alan Myerson, Written by Jed Seidel
Air date: October 26th, 2000
A parent-teacher conference, romantic sparks, a healthy dose of Shakespeare, two meltdowns, and a whole lot of risotto.
Season 1, Episode 2: The Lorelais’ First Day at Chilton
Directed by Arlene Sanford, Written by Amy Sherman-Palladino
Air date: October 12th, 2000
I did not realize this until I researched the production details of this episode, but director Arlene Sanford directed three episodes of Nashville, an episode of Friends, and, to my great surprise, nineteen of twenty episodes of little known show The Torkelsons, which I adored as a teenager. The Torkelsons was very successful at creating a believable warmth by way of an unquestionable sense of home and family, which lends itself naturally to the likes of Gilmore Girls.