‘Gilmore Girls’: 3 Times Luke Danes Was a Good Friend to Kirk

Luke Danes and Kirk Gleason may not have appeared to be friends in the traditional sense, but in a lot of ways, the duo had a more profound connection than most residents of Stars Hollow. Kirk, at the very least, seemed to trust Luke to come through for him when he needed him the most. In most cases, Luke managed to do just that. There are three specific moments were Luke was very clearly a really good friend to the town goofball.

Luke helped Kirk find Easter eggs

Luke was never one for the town’s odd traditions. He didn’t take part in the firelight festival, and he found the idea of decorating for holidays ridiculous, but he suspended his beliefs to help out a friend in need more than once. Kirk was often the beneficiary of Luke’s kindness. When Kirk managed to lose dozens of rotting Easter eggs in the town square, he launched a mission to collect them.

As the day wore on, Kirk’s volunteers began to dwindle, leaving him alone in the square, searching for the remaining eggs. When it looked like all hope was lost, Luke dropped a baggie full of the rotting eggs in front of Kirk. Not only was Luke a great friend, but he didn’t even want credit for helping save the town’s upcoming events.

He was willing to help Kirk through his night terrors

Luke didn’t only help Kirk save face with the town; he also got involved in his romantic life, too, however reluctantly. When Kirk asked Luke to help him out at the Dragonfly Inn’s soft opening, Luke wasn’t receptive at first, but when Kirk explained that he was in love with Lulu and afraid of scaring her, Luke relented.

Luke agreed to jump in if Kirk happened to have a night terror, which did happen. Luke went the extra mile, though, and led a naked Kirk back to the Dragonfly where he could be cared for. Sure, it wasn’t exactly what Luke wanted to be doing at the moment, but he did it anyway—proving, once again, that Luke as an excellent friend to Kirk.

Luke pushed Kirk into becoming an adult

Luke didn’t just help Kirk when things went wrong; he also tried to steer him in the right direction when things seemed calm. Luke even suggested that Kirk needed to move his life forward by moving out of his mother’s house. Kirk eventually took the advice, although the end result wasn’t exactly great.

Gilmore Girl's star, Scott Patterson
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Luke’s heart, in the end, always seemed to be in the right place, and that’s what fans really love about the grumpy diner owner, after all. Whether he was helping Kirk out or saving the day for Lorelai, Luke was always there to help, even if he didn’t always do so happily.