** There are NO SPOILERS for the new season of Gilmore Girls here. This recap is for catch-up purposes only. So, it’s safe to look.**
Okay. So. The show is based around a mother and daughter – Lorelai and Rory, who live in a town called Star’s Hollow. Lorelei was raised by super-rich parents but then she went and had s.e.x. with her boyfriend and got knocked up at 16.
She won’t marry her boyf cos she’s all like, “Thanks for the sperm, but I’m too young,” and her parents get mad and refuse to support her, so she takes her pregnant belly and runs away to live at an inn, which feels like a fancy way of saying ‘bed and breakfast’. She starts off as a maid and works her way up to manager while she raises Rory.
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Cut to 16 years later, Lorelai is 32 and Rory is 16, and they are quirky, fast-talking, coffee maniacs, who, because they’re so close in age because Lorelai got knocked up so early, seem more like best friends than mother and daughter. Also, Rory is a straight up genius, and gets accepted into a very fancy private high school BUT – plot twist to drive the story forward! – Lorelai can’t afford tuition fees at the very fancy high school on her inn-manager salary. So she needs to ask her super rich parents Emily and Richard, who kicked her out of home at her time of pregnant need, if they’ll lend her the money. They agree to lend her the fancy school money if she and Rory promise to come to dinner every Friday night. They do, and Gilmore Girls begins.