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Lorelai and Emily Gilmore didn’t have the most heartwarming relationship. The mother-daughter duo spent much of Gilmore Girls battling it out and acting coldly toward one another. Despite their icy relationship and turbulent past, there were a few moments when it was obvious that the two did care for each other. Do you remember Lorelai and Emily Gilmore‘s warmest moments? We’ve highlighted three of the most memorable.

Lauren Graham as Lorelai Gilmore and Kelly Bishop as Emily Gilmore sit next to each other on a couch during a scene from 'Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life.'
Lauren Graham as Lorelai Gilmore and Kelly Bishop as Emily Gilmore | Netflix

Emily Gilmore stands up to Christopher for Lorelai

In the season 3 episode “Haunted Leg,” Lorelai was dealing with the heartbreak of having Christopher go back to his pregnant girlfriend Sherry. Emily and Richard Gilmore weren’t thrilled about Christopher and Lorelai’s romance, and they were distraught when Lorelai had to tell them the relationship wasn’t going to work out. 

Although Emily initially wanted things to work out, she finally took Lorelai’s side when she realized just how hurt Lorelai was. She took control and threw Christopher out of the house when he showed up unannounced to see Lorelai. The quiet support was exactly what Lorelai needed. It was especially meaningful because it revolved around a topic that Lorelai and her parents had battled over repeatedly. 

Lorelai and Emily Gilmore have a sweet moment when Lorelai reveals she won’t be marrying Luke Danes 

Emily and Richard Gilmore weren’t initially a fan of Lorelai’s relationship with Luke Danes. Emily did all she could to break up the pair. Still, she eventually accepted that things had gotten serious. Emily even wanted to buy the duo a house as a wedding gift. When Lorelai sadly announced that the wedding wasn’t happening, Emily simply placed her hand on Lorelai’s shoulder and didn’t say a single word. 

The season 6 moment showed Emily’s emotional growth and Lorelai and Emily Gilmore’s connection. Emily and Richard’s effort to find a home that would have worked for both Lorelai and Luke was sweet, too. 

Lorelai comforts her mother after a department store meltdown

Emily arguably was kind to Lorelai more often than the reverse. Still, Lorelai had some heartwarming moments, too. In “Scene in a Mall,” a season 4 episode that followed the unraveling of Emily and Richard’s marriage, Lorelai offered Emily a lot of empathy. 


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In the episode, Lorelai and Rory ran into Emily in the mall. She tricked them into shopping with her. Then, after she got upset and caused a scene, they walked her to the food court to relax. When Emily questioned Lorelai about how loud she was, Lorelai was kind. She told Emily it was fine and that everyone had already forgotten it. Lorelai even paid Emily a compliment — something that seemed to shock the ever-confident Emily. The entire exchange was a heartwarming addition to their relationship.