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Best 'Gilmore Girls' Episodes to Watch With Scotty P's Big Mug Coffee

Luke made coffee. It's time to re-watch 'Gilmore Girls.'

Gilmore Girls fans everywhere are swooning over Scotty P’s Big Mug Coffee. (And if you aren’t yet, you should be.)

Scott Patterson, who plays crush-worthy diner owner Luke Danes, is a Gilmore-level coffee fiend. He grew up hanging out in local diners around the northeast and fell hard for a good cup of coffee. And now, he’s created his own line of coffees. The Breakfast Blend tastes like the best cup of diner coffee I’ve ever had, which is what we all know Luke serves. So, if you haven’t already, place an order for any of Scotty P’s coffees and binge watch some Gilmore Girls.

While you could order all the coffees and watch all the episodes (I mean, what would Lorelai do, right?), you might not have the time or caffeine tolerance for that. Here are my picks for the ten best episodes to watch with a mug (or pot) of Scotty P’s Big Mug Coffee.

WARNING: This article is just brimming with spoilers. It’s based on the assumption you’re re-watching the show. But if you’re new to the world of Gilmore Girls, stop reading this and start your Netflix binge. 


“Lorelai: Please, Luke. Please, please, please!

Luke: How many cups have you had this morning?

Lorelai: None.

Luke: Plus?

Lorelai: Five, but yours is better.

Luke: You have a problem.

Lorelai: Yes, I do.

[Luke fills her cup]

Luke: Junkie.

Lorelai: Angel. You've got wings, baby.” - Gilmore Girls, Season 1, Episode 1

We feel the Luke and Lorelai connection and get Lorelai’s love of coffee in the first words of the series. Both are hugely important, so it’s essential to honor them with a cup of coffee or five (or six). I’m a big fan of Scotty P’s breakfast blend because I feel like it’s what Luke serves. This is one of the few series that has a really good pilot episode that’s true to the rest of the show and it just might be my favorite Gilmore Girls episode of all time. 

"Those Lazy-Hazy-Crazy Days"

“Lorelai: You switched my coffee again.

Luke: I’m a busy man. I don’t have time to sneak around switching your coffee. I have a diner to run, I have shipments to order, I have things to flip and fry. Will you stop that?

[Lorelai finds the bag of regular coffee under the sink]

Lorelai: Ha, haha, hahaha! Under the sink, very clever, but not clever enough bucko.

Luke: Okay, fine, you know what? I give up.

Lorelai: Woo hoo!

Luke: Go one day without coffee.

Lorelai: That’s not giving up.” -Gilmore Girls, Season 3, Episode 1

The season opens with a dream that all supports of the Luke and Lorelai relationship wish was real. Then, everything gets even more bonkers. Paris has her first date. There’s drama between Rory and Lorelai about Rory’s love life. There’s drama between Lorelai and her parents about Lorelai’s love life. And Luke and Lorelai have a sweet scene that’s not a dream at all. 

"A Tale of Poes and Fire"

“Sookie: Okay, pull all of Luke's stuff off the grill and let's get cooking!

Luke: I'm an island.” - Gilmore Girls, Season 3, Episode 17

Luke allows Lorelai and Sookie to take over the entire diner after the Independence Inn catches fire. We get cute moments with Luke and Lorelai, conflict between Luke and Lorelai, and classic banter between Luke and Sookie. Plus, the Poe Society is in town adding to the hilarity. Keep the coffee coming and pass the blueberry-lemon pancakes. 

"The Fundamental Things Apply"

“I don't like fresh Chinese food. I like stale Chinese food.” - Lorelai, Gilmore Girls, Season 4, Episode 5

Rory’s gone to Yale and Lorelai’s a little lonely. The thing to do? Invite Luke over for movie night. While plenty of other stuff happens in this episode, watching Lorelai and Luke try to have movie night for the first time is the best part. 

"Luke Can See Her Face"

“Oh, I can't stop drinking the coffee. I stop drinking the coffee, I stop doing the standing, walking, and words putting into sentence doing.” - Lorelai, Gilmore Girls, Season 4, Episode 20

It’s all about the ending when Luke finally takes action on what we’ve known all along: Lorelai is the one for him. It’s just a bonus that the episode is also filled with memorable coffee quotes, hilarious interactions between Luke and Jess, and a scene in a zucchini patch. 

"Raincoats and Recipes"

“Lorelai: I think I'm dating Luke.

Rory: What?

Lorelai:  I'm not sure. It's just a possibility. I could be wrong.

Rory: But how? When?” -Gilmore Girls, Season 4, Episode 22

"Raincoats and Recipes" is just non-stop feels. Luke and Lorelai’s relationship finally begins. Kirk winds up naked. Rory and Dean have a thing. Oh, yeah, and it’s the test run of the Dragonfly Inn. Everything happens at once, just like in real life. 

"We Got Us a Pippi Virgin"

“Boy, Pippi's a great make-out movie.” - Kirk, Gilmore Girls, Season 5, Episode 5

Do I laugh or do I cringe? That’s the internal struggle throughout this episode. Luke and Lorelai go on a double date with Rory and Dean. It’s the definition of awkward.

Bonus: If you love Pippi as much as Lorelai and Rory you can sing along with them. 

"He’s Slippin’ ‘Em Bread...Dig?"

“What can I get you? Ah, never mind. I'm going to bring you everything you like. I know what you like.” - Luke, Gilmore Girls, Season 6, Episode 10

Rory and Lorelai have made up after the whole “Rory stole a yacht” debacle. The notes Lorelai made of things to tell Rory are maddeningly cryptic (AKA perfect). Luke, Sookie, and Michel are all overjoyed. All seems good, but Luke’s keeping a big secret. 

"Bon Voyage"

“Anyway, we’re better as friends you know, don’t you think? Like “Hey Luke can I get some coffee,” you know friends like that. Like “Hey Luke can you make all the burgers for Rory’s re-enactment graduation party?” You know.” - Lorelai, Gilmore Girls, Season 7, Episode 22

It’s the original series finale. Some things end just as we’d like them to and some don’t. It’s real and unreal. A little cheesy. But full of love. 

"A Year in the Life: Fall"

“I believe, in a former life, I was coffee.” - Lorelai

In the revival, we finally get what we’ve been waiting for in Luke and Lorelai’s relationship. Is there anything sweeter than their wedding sequence? It’s perfect with a cup of coffee in one hand and a tissue in the other (because you’re freaks if you’re not blubbering). 

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