Gilmore Girls (2000–2007)
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The Big One 

Rory and Paris finally hear from Harvard. Lorelai and Max meet again.


Jamie Babbit




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lauren Graham ... Lorelai Gilmore
Alexis Bledel ... Rory Gilmore
Melissa McCarthy ... Sookie St. James
Keiko Agena ... Lane Kim
Yanic Truesdale ... Michel Gerard (credit only)
Scott Patterson ... Luke Danes
Liza Weil ... Paris Geller
Jared Padalecki ... Dean Forester
Sean Gunn ... Kirk Gleason
Kelly Bishop ... Emily Gilmore (credit only)
Edward Herrmann ... Richard Gilmore
Jackson Douglas ... Jackson Belleville
Shelly Cole ... Madeline Lynn
Teal Redmann ... Louise Grant
Dakin Matthews ... Hanlin Charleston


Paris and Rory reconcile so they can put together their speeches for the Chilton bicentennial, which turns out to be a disaster after Paris gets the small envelope in the mail. Lorelai and Max run into each other and realize their feelings still run deep, and Rory gets the big envelope.

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Comedy | Drama


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Release Date:

25 February 2003 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


In an earlier episode of the third season, Rory calls Lorelai "Pamela Des Barres" after Zack hits on her. The book Lorelai is reading in the opening scene is "I'm With the Band: Confessions of a Groupie" by Pamela Des Barres. See more »


When the class is dismissed, Rory starts to talk with Brad and then Paris comes into the scene and moves on to write her name in the list of people who are entering to the Chilton Bicentennial. When she grabs the pencil, she takes about a second to write her name. It's impossible to write "Paris Geller" that fast. See more »


Paris Geller: I slept with Jamie. Last night, after we talked.
Rory Gilmore: Was it something I said?
Paris Geller: I went over there to study, and he lit a fire, and then we did it. What are your thoughts on that?
Rory Gilmore: My thoughts?
Paris Geller: Because I'm not exactly sure how I feel about it myself yet.
[Rory gets up for a drink of water; Paris follows]
Paris Geller: I've been going over it in my head; I mean, it seemed to go pretty well. The fire was nice, and thank god he didn't try to put on any ridiculous make-out music, and - then it just happened. I was ...
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References ABC Afterschool Specials (1972) See more »


Where You Lead
Performed by Carole King and Louise Goffin
Words and Music by Carole King and Toni Stern
Produced by Greg Wells and Carole King
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