If the Gilmore Girls revival proved anything, it's that this early ‘00s series touched the hearts and lives of way more of us than anyone could have imagined, with Gilmore Girls festivals, eternal lines at Luke's Diner pop-ups in major cities, and an experiential marketing plan that brought multiple generations of fans out of the woodwork to celebrate this singular and formative television masterpiece. We shudder to think at how many coffee addictions were born out of repeat viewings of the series, how many yearbooks were full of "Life's Short, Talk Fast" senior quotes, or how many people thought it was okay to date clearly unstable pseudo-greasers just because they were cute and well-read.
Nothing in life is perfect, even the best show to ever air on television (suck it, Breaking Bad). Gilmore Girls was full of continuity errors, strange out-of-character plot twists, and selfish, self-destructive behaviors masquerading as quirks. There were some parts of this series that will never make any sense, and once you notice them, you won't be able to see the series the same way again. Keep reading for a closer look at the show and its biggest plot holes, mistakes, and just straight-up confusing moments.
The definition of a jack Kirk of all trades, the eccentric-but-lovable Kirk Gleason had over 60 jobs during Gilmore Girls' eight seasons. From his entrance in the series as Mick the DSL Installer (yes, MICK?!?) to stints as a swan delivery man, a video rental clerk and a wedding DJ, Kirk couldn't seem to stay at a job for more than one episode. In real life, having dozens of jobs with short lifespans is usually a bit of a red flag for employers (we'd hate to see his LinkedIn profile), so it makes no sense that Kirk would keep getting hired at businesses with his proven track record of transience and incompetence. Why would he be hired to coordinate the Winter Carnival after losing 59 rotting eggs in the town square? Who would let him work at a beauty shop after selling his toxic skincare line Hay There across town? That's not even mentioning the fact that a lot of his jobs required specific training and job certifications like his time as a mold inspector, a termite inspector and a mechanic. Kirk was passionate about every job he held, but his ever-changing employment status could only work in the fairytale land of Stars Hollow.
A common Gilmore Girls misconception was that Lane Kim's father didn’t exist. In a show about single motherhood, mental shortcuts lead us to believe that Mrs. Kim was also going it alone, despite her constant snarky comments about Lorelai Gilmore's marital status. Lane's father was mentioned occasionally throughout the series, but for some bizarre reason, Amy Sherman-Palladino didn't think to include him in the show even during ~Big Life Events~ like Lane's wedding or the birth of her child. Mr. Kim was finally seen, albeit briefly, during Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life, most likely in response to the fact that we all started to notice that he was MIA. He still had no dialogue and no real impact on Lane's life, but at least now we know he wasn't some type of A Beautiful Mind-style figment of the Kims' imagination.
For all the talk about Mrs. Kim's hyper-observant parenting, Lane was able to hide her rock n' roll lifestyle from her mother throughout all of high school with Mrs. Kim being none the wiser. This was a woman who supposedly could smell fast food on her daughter after she showered (but somehow didn't notice the scent of bleach in Lane's bathroom) and could hear rock music being played from miles away. But she never noticed her daughter walking around in band t-shirts in their tiny Connecticut town or the small music shrine she had set up in her closet... in her bedroom... in Mrs. Kim's own home. Did Mrs. Kim never notice all the money Lane was spending on CDs? Why would she let Lane be a cheerleader but not let her listen to Mazzy Star? Considering Mrs. Kim's helicopter parenting, she'd have to be pretty willfully ignorant to let Lane's double life fly under the radar, especially as someone who had plenty of experience hiding things from her mother. Grandma Kim was a devout Buddhist who didn't know Mrs. Kim and her family were Seventh Day Adventists -- it looks like secrecy ran in the family.
Ah, Friday Night Dinners. The omnipresent pox on Lorelai Gilmore's weekends was instigated after decades of success in avoiding her parents because Lorelai was desperate for money to send Rory to Chilton. Once the loan was paid back, Lorelai would be able to return to her life free from Emily Gilmore's critical eye, but Lorelai never really tried to save money to reimburse her parents. The Gilmore Girls never cooked at home and were always shopping for novelty items like fuzzy alarm clocks or monkey lamps. While the cost of living in a small town like Stars Hollow wouldn't be very high, it would have made more sense for Lorelai's character to do whatever it took to get out from under Emily's thumb, even if it meant cutting down on the Chinese takeout.
Sure, it was an accident, but Rory fully missed Lorelai's business school graduation to spontaneously visit Jess Mariano in New York City. Rory was the sensible foil to Lorelai's impulsive antics. Lorelai ran away from her wedding the night before, Rory agonized over pro-con lists before choosing a college. It would make sense for Lorelai to not think through traffic patterns and alternate routes before choosing the absolute worst day to cross state lines, but it was totally out of character for Rory, who was the one that encouraged Lorelai to celebrate her graduation in the first place.
Lorelai Gilmore never made the best decisions when it came to the men in her life. Exhibit A: Getting pregnant at sixteen. Still, as a mother, she was careful to keep her personal life separate from her home life to protect her daughter from getting too attached to her short-lived romances. No matter how cute and kind Max Medina was, why would Lorelai make such a dramatic 180 from completely separating her dating life from her daughter's life to dating her daughter’s own English teacher? Lorelai consistently placed Rory's needs above her own, so she realistically wouldn't have given into Max's advances when she knew she was making a mistake. As for having poor impulse control and making out with Max in his Chilton classroom... that sounds like the Lorelai Gilmore we all know and love.
Rory Gilmore was driven, goal-oriented and autodidactic, which was how she ended up at Chilton in the first place. Regardless of her bookish intelligence, Rory did spend her first two years in high school at Stars Hollow High, a school that undoubtedly has less AP or IB classes than Chilton, therefore meaning that even with a perfect GPA, Rory's 4.0 would have been lower than the 5.0 available to Chilton students taking a full AP course load. Paris Gellar was Rory's mental equal, but she had the advantage of being able to attend Chilton and schools of its caliber for her entire academic career. No matter how hard she worked, Rory wouldn't have been able to surpass Paris's class rank, especially after struggling to adapt to Chilton's course load at the beginning of the series.
Assuming the impossible was possible and Rory did become valedictorian over Paris, that wouldn’t justify Paris's rejection from Harvard. While Paris's interview supposedly cost her the spot, à la Blair Waldorf's spectacular failure at her Yale interview, Paris's resume and GPA combined with her status as a five generation legacy should have all but ensured her admission to the Ivy League. She was still able to get into Yale, most likely through her father's influence, but her interview skills wouldn't have changed drastically in the interim between her Harvard and Yale interviews. Paris is Paris, after all. Moreover, if the Paris Geller wasn't able to get into Harvard, the D on Rory's resume would have been completely disqualifying.
Did Michel ever actually do his job? He didn't want to answer phones, talk to customers, or even interact with Sookie and Lorelai most of the time, but he was still asked to join them when they opened the Dragonfly Inn. Making things even more confusing, Michel actually accepted their offer despite seeming happy for the first time when working at the cold, hip hotel and spa he moved on to while the Independence Inn was under construction. Michel would have been fired for saying half of the snarky comments he made during the series, and they clearly had a better option in the night manager Tobin, who actually liked his job and was constantly sweet to the Independence Inn team. #JusticeForTobin
Everyone hated Taylor Doose, especially when he would constantly abuse his power as Town Selectman to further his own personal needs. Remember that time he refused Lorelai's permits to work on the Dragonfly because he wanted something from Luke? Or the time he wouldn't consider selling the Twickham House to Luke just because he didn't like him? And don't forget that he was systematically buying up buildings in the town to create a small monopoly on apartment complexes. At best, Taylor was corrupt and a little out of touch. At worst, he was a tyrannical despot. So why was the only person who ever ran for the position against him Jackson, and how did he get the position back after Jackson quit? Was there seriously no one else willing to take on the job? Even Kirk would be a better Town Selectman than Taylor, and he can't even organize an egg hunt!
In an easily-avoidable continuity error, Kirk's first appearance on Gilmore Girls was actually as Mick the DSL Installer. His next credit on the show was as the "Swan Guy," but by episode five, he was christened “Kirk” by Miss Patty. Sean Gunn, the actor who portrayed Kirk, wasn't originally a series regular, but the producers enjoyed his appearances as Mick and Swan Guy so much that they decided to give him a recurring role and changed his name while they were at it. We wouldn't want to see Gilmore Girls without Kirk, but it would have been so easy to just keep calling him Mick or to establish Kirk as some type of confusing nickname for Mick instead of just assuming none of us would notice.
When the OG Lorelai Gilmore, Richard's mother Trix, was first mentioned on the series, the elder Gilmores heavily implied that Trix had passed away long ago and only referred to her in the past tense. Then, during that same season, Trix appears out of the blue to stir up trouble, clearly not dead, before being killed off in a later season. We wouldn't have been surprised if she'd just come back on the revival as a ghost, annoying Emily even from beyond the grave.
Stars Hollow's Town Troubadour was a lovely addition to the show. He played acoustic covers while the titular characters walked around the town square and reinforced the quaint, otherworldly atmosphere of Gilmore Girls’ setting. But he doesn't have anything out to collect money and is never seen taking tips from the townsfolk. Does he, like, have a real job? With what time? He's always around! The only time he's given a real subplot simply strengthens his mystique because all it confirmed was that he didn't want anyone to know anything about him. After seven seasons and a revival, we still don't even know his name, let alone how he made a living.
We all know Gilmore Girls’ seventh season was... not its best. After a dispute regarding hiring more writers, the Palladinos left the show during its sixth season after basically destroying everything viewers held dear, and their writing staff never recaptured the magic of earlier seasons. Gimmicks abounded and the once-charming town of Stars Hollow devolved into caricature. The most upsetting of the final season's plotlines was Christopher and Lorelai's impulsive marriage in Paris... without their beloved Rory. Lauren Graham, who played Lorelai, literally blocked this storyline from her memory because it was so out of character, but the rest of us have to suffer knowing that Lorelai's first marriage happened without her daughter/best friend by her side.
The writing staff of Gilmore Girls really underestimated their audience. They just assumed we wouldn't notice that Mick was Kirk or that Trix wasn't really dead or that the first time we see a photo of Rory's father, he was a totally different guy from the actual actor portraying Rory's father. In a photobooth image of her "parents" that Rory looked at during season one, Lorelai was clearly Lorelai, not some stranger cast to play "Young Lorelai," but Christopher was not David Sutcliffe, who would go on to play Lorelai’s baby daddy for the rest of the series including the revival. Why not just cast two actors to be the younger version of the couple if the writers just fully didn't know who was going to play Christopher later on the season? Did they just think Christopher would never actually be shown? Or that we just wouldn't notice or care? For shame, Gilmore Girls writers, for shame.
On the Gilmore Girls revival, it was well-established that Rory wasn't doing too well professionally. She'd only had one major article published since graduation, she didn’t have a steady job, and she was moving home to take an unpaid position saving the small town Stars Hollow Gazette. At the same time, she was renting an apartment in the most expensive city in America, New York City, taking regular trips to see her cheating paramour Logan Huntzberger in another country, and constantly buying coffee when she could so easily make it at home. She may have simply inherited Lorelai's aforementioned poor money management, but her expenses were pretty lavish considering her struggling career. And we know Logan couldn't be footing the bill for all of Rory's flights, lest his poor fiancé put two and two together and realize he was a cheating buttfaced miscreant.
When we first met Paris, one of her main conflicts with Rory was their similar career goals. Her role as Editor-In-Chief of the Chilton newspaper was her top priority, which carried on into her college career at the Yale Daily News. While in college, she shifted gears to consider both medical school and law school, which makes sense considering her passion — print journalism — was dying after the dot com boom (something Rory could have taken into account when formulating her career goals). What doesn't make any sense is that she took both the MCAT and the LSAT, applied to both medical and law schools, and THEN made her decision. Those test are draining and all-engulfing, and just taking one is enough to ruin your life and steal your happiness. No wonder she burned out and was ousted from the Daily News for essentially having a nervous breakdown. Someone with Paris's focus and determination would have committed to one career path much earlier since she should have been smart enough to save herself the self-sabotaging stress of being pulled in two vastly different directions.