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* After a disastrous dinner in which Dean meets Emily and Richard, the latter spends the latter half of the evening grilling Dean about his grades and career plans. This leads to Richard ranting about the boy long after he's gone to Emily who picks up the phone to Sookie who tells her [[UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom about a wedding party she's throwing for Lorelai and Max]], when Lorelai hasn't said anything about her engagement to her parents. Emily marches in and demands Richard apologise to Rory for fear that their granddaughter might not tell them when she's getting married seeing as their daughter hasn't. Special mention to Emily leaving Richard's study and barely managing to hold back tears.
-->'''Emily''': Our daughter is getting married. She's getting married and she didn't tell us. When Rory decides to get married, I'd like her to tell us.


Though It was billed as a light-hearted {{Dramedy}}, Gilmore Girls was not without its heartbreaking moments:

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Though It it was billed as a light-hearted {{Dramedy}}, Gilmore Girls was not without its heartbreaking moments:



* "The Prodigal Daughter Returns" [[spoiler: where Lorelai and Rory finally reconcile. Especially when you consider that Rory's spent the whole episode getting her life back together (talking to her dean, moving out of her grandparents' house, parking herself at the Stamford Gazette until she's given a job) and doesn't call her mom and ask to come home until she's completely got herself back on track]] doubles as a CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming

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* "The Prodigal Daughter Returns" [[spoiler: where Lorelai and Rory finally reconcile. Especially when you consider that Rory's spent the whole episode getting her life back together (talking to her dean, moving out of her grandparents' house, parking herself at the Stamford Gazette until she's given a job) and doesn't call her mom and ask to come home until she's completely got herself back on track]] doubles as a CrowningMomentOfHeartwarmingSugarWiki/{{Heartwarming Moment|s}}.



** Also a CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming

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** Also a CrowningMomentOfHeartwarmingSugarWiki/{{Heartwarming Moment|s}}.



--->'''Rory''' : Richard and Emily Gilmore are kind, decent unfailingly generous people. They are my twin pillars without whom I could not stand. But my ultimate inspiration comes from my best friend. The dazzling woman from whom I received my name and my life's blood; Lorelai Gilmore. My mother never gave me any idea that I couldn't do whatever I wanted to do or be whomever I wanted to be...As she guided me through these incredible 18 years, I don't think she ever realized that the person I most wanted to be was her. (tearfully) [[CrowningMomentofHeartwarming Thank you, Mom. You are my guide post for everything.]]

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--->'''Rory''' : Richard and Emily Gilmore are kind, decent unfailingly generous people. They are my twin pillars without whom I could not stand. But my ultimate inspiration comes from my best friend. The dazzling woman from whom I received my name and my life's blood; Lorelai Gilmore. My mother never gave me any idea that I couldn't do whatever I wanted to do or be whomever I wanted to be...As she guided me through these incredible 18 years, I don't think she ever realized that the person I most wanted to be was her. (tearfully) [[CrowningMomentofHeartwarming [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments Thank you, Mom. You are my guide post for everything.]]



* When Lorelai graduates from community college, Richard and Emily are obviously deeply moved and very proud. Their sheer joy and emotion is very touching. This scene is also CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming. However, Rory's missing this moment seriously clouds the happy picture.

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* When Lorelai graduates from community college, Richard and Emily are obviously deeply moved and very proud. Their sheer joy and emotion is very touching. This scene is also CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming.a SugarWiki/{{Heartwarming Moment|s}}. However, Rory's missing this moment seriously clouds the happy picture.


* At the end of Say Something (5.14) in a moment of weakness Lorelai leaves Luke a message begging him to come over after they’ve broken up. She is embarrassed and immediately leaves to retrieve the tape from Luke’s; when she gets home, she finds Luke has broken into her home because he thought she was in trouble and needed him. Even though they aren’t together anymore, he still cares deeply about her.

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* At the end of Say Something (5.14) 14), after Luke and Lorelai have broken up, in a moment of weakness Lorelai leaves Luke a message begging him to come over after they’ve broken up. over. She is embarrassed then hangs up, embarrassed, and immediately leaves to retrieve the tape from Luke’s; when she gets home, she finds that Luke has [[ItMakesSenseInContext broken into her home home]] because he thought she was in trouble and needed him. Even though they aren’t together anymore, he still cares deeply about her.




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* At the end of Say Something (5.14) in a moment of weakness Lorelai leaves Luke a message begging him to come over after they’ve broken up. She is embarrassed and immediately leaves to retrieve the tape from Luke’s; when she gets home, she finds Luke has broken into her home because he thought she was in trouble and needed him. Even though they aren’t together anymore, he still cares deeply about her.


* Emily standing alone in front of Richards coffin. Has the double whammy tearjerker of acting as a send off not just for Richard, but also Edward Herrmann.

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* Emily standing alone in front of Richards Richard's coffin. Has the double whammy tearjerker of acting as a send off not just for Richard, but also Edward Herrmann.


* Logan leaving for London

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* Logan leaving for LondonLondon.



* WordOfGod has confirmed that the new miniseries will deal with the death of Richard Gilmore (and its impact on the rest of the family), since [[TheCharacterDiedWithHim Edward Herrmann died in 2014]].



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* WordOfGod has confirmed that the new miniseries will deal with the death of Richard Gilmore (and its impact on the rest of the family), since [[TheCharacterDiedWithHim Edward Herrmann died in 2014]].



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* Lorelai’s phone conversation with Emily about her 13th birthday in the revival episode ‘Fall’. On said birthday she had just been dumped and had run way to the mall, and Richard came and found her. Instead of yelling like she expected, be bought her a pretzel, took her to a double billing, and general just let her wallow.

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* Lorelai’s Lorelai's phone conversation with Emily about her 13th birthday in the revival episode ‘Fall’.'Fall'. On said birthday she had just been dumped and had run way to the mall, and Richard came and found her. Instead of yelling like she expected, be bought her a pretzel, took her to a double billing, and general just let her wallow.



* [[spoiler: Rory and Logan in the bedroom scene in the B&B in New Hampshire in ‘Fall’. It's clear they both know their relationship is ending, and Rory’s tearful optimism, coupled with Logan’s heart-broken face as they both pretend nothing is wrong will break you.]]

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* [[spoiler: Rory and Logan in the bedroom scene in the B&B in New Hampshire in ‘Fall’.'Fall'. It's clear they both know their relationship is ending, and Rory’s tearful optimism, coupled with Logan’s heart-broken face as they both pretend nothing is wrong will break you.]]



* The opening credits of Winter, where audio clips of significant scenes from the original series can be heard, such as Emily confronting Lorelai about leaving the house when she found out she was pregnant, Luke telling Lorelai that he was "all in" for their relationship, and Paris breaking down over national television that she didn't get into Harvard, among others.

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* The opening credits of Winter, where audio clips of significant scenes from the original series can be heard, such as Emily confronting Lorelai about leaving the house when she found out she was pregnant, Luke telling Lorelai that he was "all in" for their relationship, and Paris breaking down over national television that she didn't get into Harvard, among others.others.
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* In "Here Comes the Son" (S3:E21) Luke visits the Gilmore girls at their home and tells Lorelai that Jess has run away from Luke's (all without Rory's knowledge). At first Luke expresses relief that Jess is gone, but right before he is about to leave Lorelai's porch, his eyes widen as if on the verge of tears. He turns his back to Lorelai, quickly wipes his face and leans against the porch rail, before looking at her with a defeated look on his face. His sadness and total sense of failure are then summed up:

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* In "Here Comes the Son" (S3:E21) Luke visits the Gilmore girls at their home and tells Lorelai that Jess has run away from Luke's (all without Rory's knowledge). At first Luke expresses relief that Jess is gone, but right before he is about to leave Lorelai's porch, his eyes widen as if on the verge of tears. He turns his back to Lorelai, quickly wipes his face and leans against the porch rail, before looking at her with a defeated look on his face. His sadness and total sense of failure [[https://youtu.be/rUBlxTNjBKE?t=1m1s are then summed up:up:]]



* Henry "breaking up" with Lane before their first date when he realizes that they can't have a normal relationship. They might have been able to have a chance together if Lane told her mother about Henry, but she realizes it too late to do anything about it.

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* Henry "breaking up" with Lane before their first date when he realizes that they can't have a normal relationship. They might have been able to have a chance together if Lane told her mother about Henry, but she realizes it it's too late to do anything about it.


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**Also at the very end of that same episode when Rory, after just having kissed Jess for the first time and being determined to stay in Stars Hollow for the summer, runs to Lorelai:
-->'''Rory''': I think I'm going to Washington.
-->'''Lorelai''': Oh. Okay.


* In "Here Comes the Son" (S3:E21) Luke visits the Gilmore girls at their home and tells Lorelai that Jess has run away from Luke's (all without Rory's knowledge). At first Luke expresses relief that Jess is gone, but right before he is about to leave Lorelai's porch, his eyes widen as if on the verge of tears. He turns his back to Lorelai, quickly wipes his face and leans against the porch rail, before facing her with a defeated look on his face. His sadness and total sense of failure are then summed up:

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* In "Here Comes the Son" (S3:E21) Luke visits the Gilmore girls at their home and tells Lorelai that Jess has run away from Luke's (all without Rory's knowledge). At first Luke expresses relief that Jess is gone, but right before he is about to leave Lorelai's porch, his eyes widen as if on the verge of tears. He turns his back to Lorelai, quickly wipes his face and leans against the porch rail, before facing looking at her with a defeated look on his face. His sadness and total sense of failure are then summed up:

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* In "Here Comes the Son" (S3:E21) Luke visits the Gilmore girls at their home and tells Lorelai that Jess has run away from Luke's (all without Rory's knowledge). At first Luke expresses relief that Jess is gone, but right before he is about to leave Lorelai's porch, his eyes widen as if on the verge of tears. He turns his back to Lorelai, quickly wipes his face and leans against the porch rail, before facing her with a defeated look on his face. His sadness and total sense of failure are then summed up:
--> '''Luke''': I failed him.

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* Season 1's "Rory's Birthday Parties" highlights the very strained relationship between Emily and her daughter and granddaughter. While most of the episode is the typical difference in dynamic that causes conflict (with Lorelai accusing Emily of not knowing her or Rory at all), it veers into this trope when Emily (and Richard) attend Rory's birthday party at her home. It's awkward; Emily and Richard have never been to the house, have never met their friends, and this is not their kind of party. Emily leaves to go upstairs, where she finds a picture of Lorelai in a cast. Emily is somewhat shocked to realize that something that large had happened in her daughter's life and she knew nothing about it; Lorelai reassures her it was "no big deal." When she and Richard leave, she despondently tells him that Lorelai was right: "I don't know them at all."


* From the episode "Jews and Chinese Food", which takes place after Luke and Lorelai's breakup in season 5. During the elementary school production of ''FiddlerOnTheRoof'', the song "Do You Love Me?" is performed while Luke and Lorelai stand next to each other without saying a single word. It's painfully clear that they want to speak to each other, but since they're fighting, they don't say anything.

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* From the episode "Jews and Chinese Food", which takes place after Luke and Lorelai's breakup in season 5. During the elementary school production of ''FiddlerOnTheRoof'', ''Theatre/FiddlerOnTheRoof'', the song "Do You Love Me?" is performed while Luke and Lorelai stand next to each other without saying a single word. It's painfully clear that they want to speak to each other, but since they're fighting, they don't say anything.


* While it's definetely heartwarming too and only does Emily good, [[spoiler:it can still be sad to see her finally selling her and Richard's house they've lived in throughout the entire original show.]]

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* While it's definetely heartwarming too and only does Emily good, [[spoiler:it can still be sad to see her finally selling her and Richard's house they've lived in throughout the entire original show.]]]]
* The opening credits of Winter, where audio clips of significant scenes from the original series can be heard, such as Emily confronting Lorelai about leaving the house when she found out she was pregnant, Luke telling Lorelai that he was "all in" for their relationship, and Paris breaking down over national television that she didn't get into Harvard, among others.

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** That is if you're not among the viewers finding the whole charade with them to be UnintentionallyUnsympathetic.


* [[spoiler: Rory and Logan in the bedroom scene in the B&B in New Hampshire in ‘Fall’. It's clear they both know their relationship is ending, and Rory’s tearful optimism, coupled with Logan’s heart-broken face as they both pretend nothing is wrong with break you.]]

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* [[spoiler: Rory and Logan in the bedroom scene in the B&B in New Hampshire in ‘Fall’. It's clear they both know their relationship is ending, and Rory’s tearful optimism, coupled with Logan’s heart-broken face as they both pretend nothing is wrong with will break you.]]



** Realising that when Rory turned down the offer of Logan’s house to write her book, saying she already knew where she would write it, this is where she meant, in Richards study. Cue hours of waterworks.

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** Realising that when Rory turned down the offer of Logan’s house to write her book, saying she already knew where she would write it, this is where she meant, in Richards study. Cue hours of waterworks.waterworks.
* The brief part with [[spoiler:Jess looking sadly at Rory through the window before leaving. It makes you wonder if he's doomed to pine for her for many years still just like Luke did with Lorelai.]]
* While it's definetely heartwarming too and only does Emily good, [[spoiler:it can still be sad to see her finally selling her and Richard's house they've lived in throughout the entire original show.]]

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